Thursday, March 31, 2011

Looking Back: Last Spring

I wore this outfit almost exactly a year ago! I remember I had gotten this sailor jacket and had no idea what to pair it with, and you all helped me out. It turned out pairing it with a bright color was key to modernizing it. :) I also remember that it was too hot that day to keep the jacket on!

This spring has started out pretty cold and rainy here in Richmond. I can definitely expect to be wearing a jacket of some sort on Saturday while I thrift!

The thing that really stands out here is my long hair... It will definitely be awhile before it gets that long again, but it's getting there. :) Have a happy Thursday, and I promise next week's posts will be more interesting!


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

What I'm Loving...

So I wasn't particularly fruitful in my thrifting/ estate sale adventures this past weekend. (Except finding the main thing I was looking for, so I'm definitely not complaining!) But that means I don't have quite as much to share this week on the 'ol blog.

I thought I'd do something a little different and show the things I've been loving lately. :)

1. My new Fieldguided tote, and the Fieldguided blog!

Fieldguided Tote, etsy; Plastic Jewel, Goodwill Outlet
2. Painting my nails all sorts of crazy ways! Here were my nails on Monday/yesterday, a mix of white Sally Hansen nail polish, Love My Nails heart nail polish, and Wet 'N Wild sparkly nail polish:

3. The map lining of my newly thrifted vintage leather satchel (as seen in yesterday's outfit post):

Vintage Satchel, Goodwill Outlet
4. Making etsy treasuries as wish lists for my birthday! I've made three wish lists so far- there are just so many pretty things! (Lists HERE, HERE, and HERE)

That's pretty much what I've been loving this past week. :) I hope yours is going well!


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

My Thrifting Outfit: Huge Bow + Suede Boots

Hairband, Boots, Pirate Ship Pendant, Vintage Leather Bag: Thrifted; Jeans, Burlington; Bow Sweatshirt, CrystalCurfew etsy; Feather Necklace, Sunglasses: F21
I was so excited to wear this awesome, comfy, cute sweatshirt I bought from CrystalCurfew on etsy! They have the cutest shirts, sweatshirts, and the most awesome space print bag! I bought the space bag and sweatshirt for me, and I got the hubby their Sonic the Hedgehog shirt for his birthday, and he absolutely loves it. Everyone asks where he got it!

A couple other things about this outfit:
1. My newly thrifted perfect vintage leather bag! (The inside lining is map print!)
2. I finally got to wear my green suede boots!
3. My headband matched my sweatshirt! (I kind of felt like a soccer mom...LOL.)
4. You can see Sunday's little snow on the ground. Yup, it snowed on March 27th here in Richmond!

That's about it. We spent Sunday going to the crappiest estate sale ever and finding nothing, heading to the antique store and finding a post card, and going to Target and getting more Nerf darts. (We've been having Nerf wars with our thrifted Nerf guns! Soooo fun!)

I hope your week is going well so far. :)


Monday, March 28, 2011

Found: Vintage Market Bag!

Vintage Market Bag, Goodwill Outlet ($2.50)
I almost couldn't believe my eyes when I looked in the purse bin at Goodwill Outlet on Saturday and spotted just what I was looking for!! Sometimes, thrifting seems like magic. To be able to find (and afford) things I normally wouldn't be able to makes thrifting so worth it to me.

Now, if I could just thrift a Nintendo 3DS (soooo awesome!) and this new camera I saw at Wal*Mart that I just LOVE...


Sunday, March 27, 2011

My Thrifting Outfit: Some Bunny Loves You

Sunglasses, Tote, Jacket: F21; Jeans, Burlington; Flats, T Shirt; Necklaces: DIY andThrifted
You all probably know by now that I love, love, love sunglasses. I love inexpensive ones even more, so when I found these huge ones at Forever 21, I had to get them! At just $5.80, I'd say they're worth it. :)

 I love my newly thrifted shirt with a big 'T' on it! I'm sure it stands for some kind of sports team or something, but I'm pretending it stands for my last name. :)

Mule Necklace, DIY; White Necklace, Thrifted

The tote is my little 'Easter is coming' tote that is just so cute. (Yes, it does say 'Some bunny loves you.' No, I couldn't think of another post title...) Oh, and it was just $3.80!
OMG, and guess what I found yesterday while out thrifting?? Exactly what I was looking for!! More tomorrow...


PS: Yes, my hair finally kind of goes into a ponytail!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

What I'm Wanting: Vintage Market Bag

Vintage Basket Weave Purse, Hillplace etsy shop
I've seen bags like this before at the thrifts, but I didn't get them. Now, with spring on its way, I think it would be the perfect bag for the warmer months! So, I'm on the lookout while I thrift today. :)

Wish me luck, and happy weekend!!!


Friday, March 25, 2011

Blythe's Thrifted Outfit: Treasure Trolls

Vintage Barbie Troll Shirt; Doll Cut-offs; Both: Goodwill Outlet (<$1)
I was excited to snatch up this 80s Treasure Trolls Barbie shirt at Goodwill Outlet a couple weeks ago! I'm always on the lookout for doll shirts, since they're harder to find than dresses and closer to something I'd wear. This outfit is definitely more my style than what I usually find for Blythe!

I'm so glad it's Friday. :) Almost thrift time!


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Roy G. Biv

Beaded Choker Necklace, Good Samaritan ($3)
I love colorful things. Some days, I just want to pile on all the colors of the rainbow, whether they match or not. (Kind of especially if they don't.) So for days such as those, this necklace is perfection.

It not only incorporates lots of color, but it is also blessedly metal-free! It's always so nice when I can find a necklace I can wear as-is. :)

Have a great Thursday!


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Buckles and Leather

Eddie Bauer Briefcase Bag, Goodwill Outlet ($2.50)
I was so excited to grab this bag from the Goodwill Outlet bin on Saturday! I am loving the double-buckle, top-handle look lately, and this messenger bag fits the bill. The leather is also pretty nice, which is a nice plus. :)

This week is going by pretty fast- it's already Wednesday! Let's hope it keeps on chugging right toward Friday!!


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

My Thrifting Outfit: Pink, Blue, and Shrek Green

One of Saturday's favorite finds was something really, really silly: a Burger King Shrek watch! It's cute, plastic, and fun- I loved looking down at it all day Sunday! (Sorry- I'm a really big plastic watch nerd since I can't wear metal ones. :))

Button-Up, Target Clearance ($9); Striped Sweater, Gift from In-Laws; Jeans, Burlington ($15); KSwiss Shoes, Rugged Warehouse ($19); Scorpion Bolo, Heritage Antiques ($6); Bag, G.O. ($2.50); Shrek Watch, G.O. (<$1)
This outfit was not quite warm enough for Sunday's weather, since we were outside most of the day. We celebrated the hubby's birthday at the remote control airplane flying field, where we also had a cookout. I was shivering a little bit in the cold wind!

Here's a close-up of Mr. Shrek:

 Do you rock silly accessories, or is it just me and the third graders?


PS: Happy 26th birthday, Josh!!!!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Spring has Sprung...and a Duck!

Our tree outside our apartment has bloomed :) So pretty!
I just had to share this photo I took of my favorite tree outside our apartment. The blooms appeared so suddenly! (I think really that spring is just such a new concept to me, being from Florida and not experiencing many seasons...)

Anyway, here's one of the more random things I picked up at Goodwill Outlet on Saturday: a stuffed duck! I'd love to also find a stuffed Bass fish, since Bass is my maiden name. :)

Stuffed Duck, Goodwill Outlet (<$1)
Couldn't you just picture this in an old country lodge? Or, okay, in a 'country-chic' home of the 1980s... But I like it nonetheless! I just can't resist animal things. :)

I hope everyone had a great weekend!


Sunday, March 20, 2011

My Thrifting Outfit: Red, red, red

Sunglasses, eBay; Shirt, F21; Jeans, Burlington; Sweater, Purse, Shoes: Goodwill; Necklace, Thrift Store in Florida
I couldn't resist just piling on red thing after red thing for yesterday's thrifting outfit. I figured that, paired with basics like caramel leather and jeans, you can't have too much red!

Thrifting was pretty fun yesterday, since the hubby was off work again. We've been searching for a Sega Genesis, but haven't scored one yet. What we did find? Some awesome art prints, Pokey (from Gumby), a sword tie tack, and a West Germany little Easter basket, among other great treasures!

I hope you're having a great, relaxing weekend. :) I know I'm enjoying mine!


Saturday, March 19, 2011

Three Dimensional

1950s Textured Wall Art, Estate Sale ($2.50)    
I loved the estate sale we went to last Sunday. I don't know how they are elsewhere, but here in Richmond, estate sales have the best stuff waiting in the basement! We found the War of the Worlds book for less than a buck, a very old wooden baseball bat for $2.50 and this wall art for the same.

In addition to this pretty scene, (which, in case you missed the post title, pops out from the frame) there was a Florida Panther one! I loved it, but I couldn't convince the hubby that we should take both home. Alas, we just have this pretty vintage mountain-scape.

I am so glad it's Saturday! Thrift days are my absolute favorites (can you tell?!), so I'm super excited. :) Plus, tomorrow we're celebrating the hubby's birthday with his family, so that should be cool too. Have a good one!


Friday, March 18, 2011

Blythe's Thrifted Outfit: So Seventies

Vintage Doll Top and Bell Bottoms, Goodwill Outlet (<$1)
With all the 70-esque fashion floating around, I couldn't resist these super bell-bottom pants for Blythe! They are way more psychedelic and literally disco than you might want to wear, but for a doll- why not?

This outfit would be perfect for today's weather, too- it is supposed to be over 80 degrees! We'll be back to cooler weather over the weekend, but today it's summer outside. :)

I hope you have a great Friday!!!


Thursday, March 17, 2011

War of the Worlds

Vintage War of the Worlds, Estate Sale; ($0.25)
I must admit that I never saw the movie War of the Worlds... and that this old book appealed to me mostly because of the awesome cover! While I am an avid reader (I go through about 3 books a week), I haven't read this yet either, but I plan to.

Usually with older books, I am drawn to the ones that look the coolest- and what's cooler than this crazy scene?

Do you all do the same, or do you pick out books like a normal person (ie: by their content!)?


Sunday, March 13, 2011

My Thrifting Outfit: Knits and Such

Shirt, Target Clearance; Knit Vest, Goodwill; Vintage Sweater, Goodwill; Jeans, Burlington; Shoes, F21; Bag, TJMaxx Clearance; Bangles, Thrifted/Vintage/F21; Shell Necklace, Diversity Thrift
I recently remembered this comfy knit vest was in the back of my closet, and just in time! It was perfect outside for this outfit yesterday, with blue skies and 60-something degree weather.

And it was so fun thrifting with the hubby again! He even found a couple things for himself, like a Nintendo and games, and a Homer Simpson Cookie Jar. (We're going to use it as a flower vase...awesome!)

I had good luck too. :) We're talking Ugg boots in my size, vintage goodies, and the most awesome pair of vintage aviator sunglasses ever...


Saturday, March 12, 2011

An Old Stuffed Panda and a Mini Tea Cup

Vintage Panda; Vintage Japan Tea Cup and Saucer; Both: Goodwill Outlet (<$1)
Although I know my sis-in-law does read this blog sometimes, I can't resist posting about the two little things I thrifted for her last Saturday. Ashley loves pandas and Japanese finds, so these both were begging to be snatched up for her. :)

The little stuffed panda is pretty old- I'd say at least from the 30s or 40s. (Yes, I am aware the eyes are creepy!) And although there was only one set, this little play tea cup and saucer were so cute I couldn't pass them up!

It's always really fun to thrift items for other people. I swear that would be my dream job- like a personal shopper, but a personal thrifter and gifter.

Well, I'm off to work, but hopefully the hubby and I will find some great things this afternoon!!


Friday, March 11, 2011

Blythe's Thrifted Outfit

Vintage Barbie Dress, Antique Shop in Florida ($2); New Pink Computer Chair, Goodwill ($8)
Here was the perfect opportunity to show off this neat old Barbie dress on Blythe and my newly thrifted pink computer chair. (It was a particularly dark and rainy day yesterday, and this was pretty much my only photo option, in other words!)

First, the dress was a cool find from an antique shop near my parent's house when we were down there for Thanksgiving. It's a tad big on Blythe, but I like the print on it for spring!

The chair was an awesome and timely find, since I loveeeee my vintage ice cream chair but can't sit on it comfortably for more than a couple minutes! Now my pretty Valentine's day chair is doing what it does best- looking good- and my new computer chair is cute and pink and comfy. Win-win.

Happy Friday! I have to work tomorrow morning, but then I'll be off to the thrift shops with the hubby since he has the day off for once! I'm excited to go with him again. :)


Thursday, March 10, 2011

A Thing for Seed Beads

Vintage Beaded Coin Purse, Goodwill Outlet ($0.25)
You all know how much I love pretty vintage things, and what better than a vintage item made with tiny seed beads? I swear, one of these days all my tiny-beaded things will fall apart, and I'll never be able to get the little things off the floor. :)

But isn't this vintage coin purse pretty? I love finding things like this at Goodwill Outlet, because there's no markup for it being cool and old, like there would be at certain other thrift shops. And of course, you just can't beat the price!

Have a good one! :)


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

My Thrifting Outfit: Touches of Yellow

I'm a big fan of an easy outfit. For me, that usually means a slightly dressier version of jeans and a tee, like this:

Zebra Shirt, Goodwill; Jeans, Burlington; Cardigan, Gift; Bangles: Antique Shops and F21; Hair Bow, F21; Shoes, Plato's Closet; Bag, TJMaxx Clearance
Sunday was spent visiting the hubby and I's favorite big antique mall and checking out a new Mexican restaurant. Both were great! I scored an awesome bow pin, and the hubby got a crazy looking estate pipe at the antique mall. And the Mexican place was cheap and tasty. :)

It shaped up to be a rainy, but otherwise pretty perfect, day.


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A Checkered Past

Checkered Sunglasses, Goodwill Outlet (<$1)
...And let the red and white madness continue!!! Lol. Another find in Saturday's outfit colors was this checkered pair of sunnies, made in Taiwan. When I saw them in the bottom of the G.O. bin, I couldn't believe the vintage coolness of them!

They totally remind me of my hubby's ska music-obsessed days. (And I couldn't resist the post title...I mean, who knows? When you buy things at Goodwill Outlet, they very well might've had a checkered past. Hence the super-sanitizing that goes on after purchasing things!)

I hope you are having a great week so far. :)


Monday, March 7, 2011

The Beautiful Handmade Quilt of my Dreams

Vintage Handmade Quilt, Heritage Antiques ($25)
It's been awhile, but I've talked before about my obsession with vintage handmade quilts. When I found this one for a mere twenty-five bucks at my local antique store, I couldn't believe it!! I love the totally graphic red and white design, and it's big enough to use on our queen size bed!

It was extra-weird that I found this on Saturday, when I was wearing red and white. I must have looked quite the picture wearing my outfit and hugging my matching quilt to myself for dear life. I kept checking the price tag to make certain it didn't really say $125...

I hope you had a great weekend!


Sunday, March 6, 2011

My Thrifting Outfit: Vintage Red

I totally scored the other night at Goodwill and the clearance racks of Target and Burlington! This outfit is the product of finding some great wardrobe pieces for even better prices:

White Button-up, Target Clearance; Vintage Floral Shirt, Goodwill; Vintage Cardigan, Goodwill; Jeans, Burlington; Green Tassel Flats, Goodwill; Bag, TJMaxx Clearance
Four of these things I've been searching for forever...the perfect white button-up, great-fitting dark blue skinny jeans, a black Mulberry-esque bag, and tasseled flats!

I grabbed the vintage floral shirt on a whim, but I really ended up liking it! It goes so well with my red cardigan :) (Which I know isn't a huge step away from my favorite blue one, but I love vintage grandpa cardigans!!!)

I hope you all are having a great weekend!


Saturday, March 5, 2011

Fishin' for Presents

Fly Fishing Glass Cup, Goodwill Outlet
I like how Sarah of Five Camels ordered business cards to the effect of "thrifted and thoroughly washed by Sarah."

I personally find most of my gifts for people at thrift shops, too, so I see how such a card would be helpful for gift recipients! The above glass cup is for my father-in-law (who I don't think reads this, so it should be okay!), because he's a fan of fly fishing.

Some people are harder than others to shop for, so when I find something for them while thrifting, I grab it! Does anyone else shop for gifts at the thrifts?


Friday, March 4, 2011

Blythe's Thrifted Outfit

Doll Hat; Vintage Dress; Goodwill Outlet (<$1)
I totally went the easy route with Blythe's outfit this week...hence the outfit from yesterday's finds post! This week has been just zooming by- I hardly feel like it should be March already. (Not that I'm complaining- my vacation week/ birthday is in May, so I'm counting down the days. :))

The video games that serve as the background to this photo are definitely the hubby's. I wish I could say I was good at any of them, but I'm really, really not!

I hope everyone has a great Friday. :) I know I'm ready for the weekend!


Thursday, March 3, 2011

Honey, I Shrunk the Clothes!

Vintage Doll Clothes, Goodwill Outlet (<$1)
Have you seen Honey, I Shrunk the Kids? The hubby and I watched it the other night for the first time in years, and it's a pretty cool movie.

I sometimes find myself wishing I could shrink down to doll-size to fit in all the vintage doll clothes I find at Goodwill Outlet. (Is that weird, or are you with me? :)) For instance, this adorable hat that fits Blythe's head perfectly and this frilly vintage doll dress would be so much fun! These little clothes remind me of my dress-up box I had when I was little :)

I hope you're having a great week!


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Pulling Vintage out of a Hat

Vintage Leather Wallet, Goodwill Outlet ($0.50)
I swear I talk about this every day, but it really is amazing what can be found in the Goodwill Outlet bins! In regards to vintage, especially.

I've found all sorts of old favorites being a 1950s Viewmaster, 60s and 70s doll clothes for Blythe, and even 60s Barbie party napkins still in the plastic wrap! The new goes quickly at Goodwill Outlet, but the old still has a fighting chance of coming home with a non-elbow-throwing gal like me.

This vintage patent leather wallet is one of those finds I couldn't believe. It's in perfect condition, with the original card inside with the maker's info and a space for your vital numbers. Such a neat thing to grab out of a random bin filled with broken old cell phones, doll heads, and the like.

Ahhh, Goodwill Outlet. Always an adventure.


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

My Thrifting Outfit: Wavy Hair and Tennis Shoes

Sunday went by way too fast this week! The hubby and I woke up late, got some donuts for breakfast, and then hit up an estate sale. I finally found a candle snuffer for a decent price- 50 cents!

Jacket and Shoes; F21; Shirt, Goodwill; Necklace, Goodwill Outlet; Bag, Target; Hair Pin, Vintage
This was a comfy and laid-back outfit for a lazy Sunday- the best kind!

Sorry that there's no Thrifty Blogger of the Month post today... I ran out of time in this short month! No worries- there will be a new one in a couple of days :)