Saturday, April 30, 2011

Blythe's Thrifted Outfit: Skates and Stripes

Ken Shirt; DIY Cut-off Shorts; Barbie Roller Skates: Goodwill Outlet; Book, Borders Closing Sale
In my haze of sickness, I totally forgot to post Blythe's thrifted outfit photo yesterday! Probably because I went ahead and took the photo last Sunday, when I decided to see if these light-up Barbie skates would fit Blythe's smaller feet. Luckily, they do! The hard part was finding a way to prop her up since the skates weren't very steady on their own.

A thrift store-cheap book to the rescue! This was one of the many, many books I got at the final Borders bookstore closing sale for $1.99. I used to work for Borders in Florida, so I was really sad to see our local store close, but I am excited to read all of my new books.

On another note, I am finally starting to feel better! It probably has to do with the huge amount of sleep I've been able to get over the past two days. It's amazing what antibiotics, sleep, medicine, and orange juice can do. :) Have a great weekend, everyone!!


Friday, April 29, 2011

Flowers for Heads

Headless Lladro, Goodwill Outlet; Flower, Thrifted
Remember when I said I'd show you my "fixed" headless Lladro? Well, here he is in all his flower-headed glory, sitting on a shelf on my side of our bedroom. :) I might be (probably am) a little crazy, but I like it a lot! As I was in bed sick all day yesterday and now today, I've been staring up at Mr. Flowerhead and it has made me feel a little bit better. I hope you have a great weekend, and here's to hoping I start to feel better soon!


Thursday, April 28, 2011

Outfitted In: Spring and Florals

Floral Shirt, Bag, Jeans: Thrifted; Bag, Scarf, Fish Necklace: Estate Sale; Shoes, Plato's Closet
Man, has it been hot here in Richmond! (As you can probably tell from my 'glistening' face in this photo from Monday.) Anyway, I don't have too much to talk about today, since I've come down with a sinus infection and bronchitis, and I have a fever...

But yeah. Here's what I wore on Monday night for a quick, fruitless run to Goodwill before I realized how sick I really was. Another showing of one of last year's favorite finds: my lightweight floral shirt. My trusty spring market bag. A touch of yellow. Yup. I think I'm going to go to sleep now.


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Etsy Favorite: "Book" Bags

Book Purse, prettytheory etsy
Remember when Natalie Portman carried a book-shaped clutch to a red-carpet event? I vaguely do- I mostly remember thinking, "Oh my gosh, I need that!!" Of course, the one she has is way out of my price range. Naturally, the search for one similar ended up on etsy, where I found this little shop full of vintage books made into bags and clutches!! For a person who loves old books and is obsessed with bags (aka: me), these are the perfect things. :)

I snatched up a Hardy Boys clutch from the seller, and I am also totally in love with the purse above! (I honestly wish I could have one of each, though...) I'll definitely have pictures, etc. when I get my clutch in the mail. In the meantime, you should check this shop out. :)


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Thrifted DIY: Doodled Purse

Vintage Dooney & Bourke Bag, Family Thrift/DIYed ($2)
When I saw this beat-up old Dooney bag at Family Thrift a couple weekends ago, I had to get it! Why? Well, it was only two bucks since the duck logo had been ripped off the front.

It took me a little while to figure out what I wanted to do with it. The other night, I was in a doodling mood, so I just drew hearts alllll over it. I kind of like it! While I'm definitely not a pro doodler, I think the hearts give it a touch of whimsy. :) And I'm all about whimsy!


Monday, April 25, 2011

Pretty Brooches

Vintage Brooches, Gift
My hubby's aunt brought my sis-in-law a couple containers full of old jewelry to look through, and of course my sis-in-law thought to show them to me too! I was lucky enough to be given these two beautiful brooches that are just my style. :)

The top one is especially neat, since it seems to have real age to it. It is heavy and pink and beautiful- thank you so much Aunt Melanie and Ashley!


Sunday, April 24, 2011

Outfitted In: Easter Duds

Vintage Cardigan, Striped Shirt, Jeans, Sandals, Bag: Goodwill; Fish Necklace, Vintage Vera Scarf: Estate Sale
This is the outfit I wore yesterday, when we celebrated Easter with the hubby's family. :) We had a busy day, including lots of homemade food, an Easter egg hunt (I scored about nine bucks in coins from the eggs I found!), more food, church, and seeing the hubby's out-of-town relatives. It was a packed, but fun day.

Since we didn't have the chance to go thrifting yesterday, though, I'll have to be creative for next week's posts! I'm sure I can come up with something to talk about. :) I hope you have a great Easter!


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Estate Sale Treasure: How to Tell if the Sun's Shining

Vintage Barometer, Estate Sale ($2)
At the awesome estate sale last Sunday, I picked up this little guy for a mere two bucks! When we got home and spread out our treasure, the hubby mentioned that it's a barometer. I'm not sure it works, though, since the one day it rained since I got it (yesterday) it still said 'fair'. But I don't mind. It can serve as a reminder that despite the day's troubles, my life is pretty darn good. :)

Have a great Saturday!!!


Friday, April 22, 2011

Blythe's Thrifted Outfit: Happy Easter!

Vintage Doll Dress, Bloomers, and Purse: Goodwill Outlet (<$1)
Here are more of the lovely doll clothes I scored at Goodwill Outlet a couple weekends ago. Some (now grown-up?) little girl must have gotten rid of her whole collection, because there was a veritable gold mine that day! For her Easter outfit, Blythe is sporting her new frilly yellow dress with little stars on it, last week's pink bloomers, and her pink purse. Love it- I just wish that I had more shoes for her! I'm thinking little wing-tip oxfords in tan and cream would be perfect with this outfit. :)

Happy Friday!!!


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Estate Sale Treasure: The Pull of the Gull

Vintage Seagull Pin, Estate Sale ($1.50)
As a Florida-born girl, I grew up with a bit of a love-hate relationship with seagulls. You see, they are everywhere in the Sunshine State- always looking for a bit of dropped french fry or crumbs. They aren't scared to get close to people, which in turn is a little, well, scary. But, on the other hand, their sound is part of what makes Florida home for me. So I'll always have a special place in my heart for them. And vintage pins made in their likeness...


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Estate Sale Treasure: A Curious Fish

Vintage Fish Pendant, Estate Sale ($2)
I've been searching for an affordable vintage fish pendant for what seems like forever. Every time I've found one, it's been at an antique store for over twenty bucks. That's the magic of an estate sale on the last day: everything was already fairly priced plus an additional 50 percent off! And that, my friends, is how I scored this really cool jointed fish pendant for a mere two bucks. :)

I've (of course) already strung Mr. Fish on a leather cord for near-constant wear. Unfortunately, they frown upon large sea animal jewelry at my work, but I plan on wearing this fellow pretty much everywhere else. Do you have any silly jewelry that you just love?


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Outfitted In: Black and Boats

Boat Print Shirt, F21; Cardigan, Gift; Jeans, Brooch, Necklace, Bag, Scarf (on bag): All Thrifted; Sandals, Clever Nettle etsy
The hubby and I went to brunch at a restaurant called The Boathouse with his family on Sunday, so of course I had to wear my boat-print shirt. :) I also love my new sandals from the Clever Nettle etsy shop! I've always admired the items in the shop, but I usually can't afford much. Then these sandals showed up on the Clever Nettle blog in my size and price range, and I knew they had to be mine! They are so comfortable and easy to walk in- especially for having a little bit of a wedge to them. And goodness knows this short girl can use a little bit of height. :)

Sunday was such a pretty, sunny day compared to the day before. (As you can probably tell by the quality of the outfit pictures compared to Saturday's!) I always love it when the hubby and I can spend time together, and Sundays are our days. :)

I hope your week is going well so far!


Monday, April 18, 2011

Estate Sale Treasure: Glass Like Mercury

Mercury-Colored Glasses, Estate Sale ($0.50 for all)
The hubby and I checked out a really awesome estate sale yesterday. It was packed with the coolest random things from fish jewelry to vintage bubble umbrellas. (And yes, I did get both of those things!) Probably our most favorite finds of the day were these neat glasses, though. Not only were they less than a dollar for all of them, but they look so cool! While I don't drink alcohol (just don't like it), I can see myself pouring some sparkling grape juice into these for a celebratory glass when the hubby finishes his school semester and I turn 25. (Both of which happen this soon!)

While I did find a couple things on Saturday, they were mostly gifts. But no worries- I have yesterday's outfit, plenty more estate sale finds, and Blythe's weekly outfit post coming up this week. Thank you again for sticking with me as I change over to another blog name/space. I really appreciate everyone who reads my posts, and I hope you enjoy Already Loved as much as I already am!


Sunday, April 17, 2011

Outfitted In: Maroon and Vintage

Maroon Sweatshirt, Jeans, Sandals, Vintage Market Bag: All Thrifted; Striped Shirt, Target Clearance; Necklace, F21
Welcome to the new blog! I am really excited about a new start, and I really love the new name. I was on my way to Goodwill Outlet yesterday, with the rain pouring down and an old Lit c.d. playing, when I thought of it. You can thank the overcast, rainy weather for the out-of-focus outfit photo, but I do honestly love it when it rains. :)

As for yesterday's outfit: the sweatshirt is newly thrifted, and I really love the fit. There's something so difficult about finding a well-fitting sweatshirt- one that's not too baggy or too tight. The sandals are also a recent Goodwill score, and they are super-comfortable and studded...double awesome.

I hope you're having a great weekend!


Saturday, April 16, 2011

Hello, Goodbye

As much as I've loved blogging over at Another's Treasure for the past couple years, I feel like I've grown out of it. With springtime here, and new starts in every pollen-filled breeze, a fresh new blog seems fitting. So I'd like to welcome you to Already Loved, a blog filled with new-to-me outfits, finds, vintage, etsy favorites, and Blythe appearances. The common thread, of course, is that most everything posted about has been previously enjoyed and passed on to live its second(hand) life. Thank you for your support the past couple years, and here's to new beginnings!


PS: I've imported the past two month's posts from Another's Treasure, and the old blog will remain up as an archive if you ever want to read it. :)

Estate Sale Treasure

Vintage Radio, Estate Sale ($2)
The only thing I got from last Sunday's estate sale was this awesome, still in the box, radio! This photo doesn't even show the best part- the back, which is this great 70s green! It's always neat to find stuff like this brand new from 40-plus years ago. You wonder if the former owner got it as a gift and it wasn't their style, or if they bought it for someone and forgot about it. At least, I wonder these things. The best part of estate sales is taking a look at the past...

Have a great Saturday, everyone!!!


Friday, April 15, 2011

Blythe's Thrifted Outfit: Springy Dots

Vintage Doll Clothes and Barbie Purse, Goodwill Outlet
I love these dotted pink shorts on Blythe! And they go so well with the dotted orange blouse. :) Sort of matchy-clashy. This is the first of many cute new outfits you'll see from the Goodwill Outlet bins last Saturday!

Happy Friday!!!!


Thursday, April 14, 2011

A Little JCrew

JCrew Suede Flats, Goodwill Outlet ($2.50)
You all know by now how much I love JCrew, and how much I love their flats! Well, I found the perfect ones at Goodwill Outlet on Saturday! Perfect except they are about a size too big for me. Ah, well. You can't win them all. I plan on bringing them on our family vacation next month to pass on to my mom. :)

I don't think I've mentioned it yet, but me, my hubby, my parents, and possibly my brother are going to San Francisco and Lake Tahoe for a week in May! I am sooooo excited!!! I hear the thrifting/vintage stores are awesome in San Fran, and I can't wait to see all the sights and hang out with some of my favorite people in the world- my family.


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Temps are rising...

Vintage Thermometer, Goodwill Outlet ($1)
I grabbed this cool (sort-of) working thermometer right out of the Goodwill Outlet bin on Saturday! It's pretty neat how it works, but I admittedly got it for its looks. :) I have it on our kitchen counter, and unfortunately the 80 degree ball has been up at the top by itself for the past couple days. It looks like spring might already be over for us- summer here we come!


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

My Thrifting Outfit: Leopard and Blues

Shirt, Flats, Necklace, Sweater, Bangles: Thrifted; Jeans, Burlington; Bag, Fieldguided
Sunday was a pretty packed day for the hubby and I. We went to Panera, Best Buy, Borders, Forever 21, an awesome estate sale, the movies to see 'Arthur', and finally the grocery store. Whew! But it was a good day, and we definitely got some neat things at the estate sale. The hubby even bought a lighter that looked like an old pistol!

The weather was a little overcast, but perfect otherwise. Definitely great short-sleeved sweater weather. :) Awww, Sundays. I can't wait for another one!


Monday, April 11, 2011

Spring has Sprung

Watering Can Vinyl Purse, Heritage Antiques
I couldn't resist sharing this with you all, even though I've already given it to my gardening-loving mother-in-law. :) Isn't it just the perfect spring bag? When I bought it, the owner warned me (jokingly, of course) to not actually use it to water plants!

I hope everyone had a great weekend. Mine was too short! I do have half-days today and tomorrow though, so maybe I'll head out to the thrifts again. :)


Sunday, April 10, 2011

My Thrifting Outfit: Olive You

Olive Cardigan, Plane Necklace: Thrifted; Striped Shirt, Target Clearance; Jeans, Burlington; Shoes, Plato's Closet; Feather Necklace, F21; Fieldguided Tote, etsy
I love this newly thrifted sweater. It's like a big, comfy hug- and the perfect weight for our crazy changing weather here in Richmond. This is also my first time taking out my Fieldguided tote, (instead of just enjoying looking at it hanging on the wall!) and I love it! It's the perfect size, and the straps are long enough to be comfy on my shoulder. :)

I hit the doll clothes jackpot at Goodwill Outlet yesterday too! I can't wait to show you all the adorably spring-like outfits on Blythe. :) Have a great rest of your weekend!!!


Saturday, April 9, 2011

A Little Fishy

Vintage Fish Ribbon, Goodwill Outlet (<$1)
Goodwill Outlet this past Saturday was a gold mine of cool little vintage things! I especially loved this sturdy vintage ribbon with fish on it. :) (Yes, I know they are upside-down in the photo!)

I think I might try to make a belt with this eventually, but right now I have it wrapped around my computer chair to spice it up a little.

I hope your weekend is great! Mine starts this afternoon- so here's to hoping the morning goes by quick and easy!


Friday, April 8, 2011

Blythe's Thrifted Outfit: Dotted and Flared

Barbie Jeans, Dotted Doll Shirt, Purse: Goodwill Outlet
I love the fit of this polka-dotted doll shirt on Blythe. I think it was made for larger dolls, but the oversize fit reminds me of the shirts you find so often at Forever 21. As for the Barbie jeans, they fit perfectly except the long length. But who wants to hem awesome bell bottoms to make them ordinary? Not me!

I hope you are having a lovely Friday. After today and tomorrow morning, it'll be the weekend for me! I'm definitely looking forward to it. :)


Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Tale of the Headless Sailor

Headless/ Toe-less Lladro Sailor, Goodwill Outlet ($1)
When I saw this poor, broken guy in the Goodwill Outlet bin on Saturday, I knew just what he was. You see, my Grammy collects Lladros, and for about a buck, I had to have this headless fellow!

The funny thing about this is that I think I like him better without a head. Here's a photo of an intact one. (It is kind of cool that the original has a pipe. The hubby would like that.) But I like him better as I've put him to use: with a fabric flower where the head should go! I'll take a photo sometime. :)


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

My Thrifted Outfit: New Finds and Sunshine

Ray Bans, TJMaxx; Jeans, Burlington; Feather Necklace, F21; Shoes, Plato's Closet; Shirt, Cardigan, Bag, Ship Necklace, Thrifted
This new bag I got at Goodwill Outlet on Saturday has the perfect hippie-on-the-move vibe. Its a great size and shape for weekend adventures, for sure. Another newly thrifted item I wore Sunday (when this photo was taken) was my purple cardigan. You can't tell too well from the picture, but the edges are scalloped! It has such a sweet look and feel, and I had been looking to add some purple to my closet. Well, that's about all I have for now. I haven't been having the best week ever, so here's to hoping the rest goes by fast!


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Patchwork= Awesome

Patchwork Pillow, Goodwill Outlet (<$1)
I am so in love with everything patchwork and/or quilted! There's something so homey about it that always draws me in. In the case of this awesome vintage pillow, I spotted it from across Goodwill Outlet...and speed-walked right to it! After some thorough washing, it's my new 'reading pillow'- the perfect size and shape for propping up my head to read book after book. :)

Speaking of books, what are you guys reading? I'm usually in the middle of quite a few at a time. Right now, I'm reading: On The Road by Jack Kerouac; Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert; and Bringing Home the Birkin by Michael Tonello. I have a bunch of books lined up to read as well! Such a book nerd. :)


Monday, April 4, 2011

What a Dollar Will Get You...

Vintage Unopened Tennis Balls; Vintage Wall Decor; Vintage Love Mug; All: Church Yard Sale ($1)
...At a church yard sale :) I saw this little sale at a local church on my way to the thrifts, and I had to stop! I'm glad I did, 'cause I picked up all these vintage goodies for a dollar!!!

My favorite thing here has got to be the 'Love' cup. :) So cute! I almost couldn't believe it when the lady at the booth said, "How about a dollar for all of it?" I just agreed and handed the dollar over with a huge smile on my face. :)

I also got the prettiest shades of OPI nail polish for a buck each, including the absolute perfect shade of peach. I'll definitely be showing it off soon. :)


Sunday, April 3, 2011

My Thrifting Outfit: Leopard and Sailor Stripes

Ray Ban Wayfarers, TJMaxx; Striped Shirt, Target Clearance; Jeans, Burlington; Jacket, F21; Necklace, Flats, Vest, and Bag:  Thrifted
Oh my gosh, you guys! I am so excited about my newest pair of sunglasses- a special edition Ray Ban Wayfarer pair that I found at TJMaxx for less than fifty bucks! I've been wanting a pair of the classic Wayfarer shape- they seem to stay better on my little nose- and these are especially cool. :)

Also new in this outfit: the striped shirt I've been eying at Target for months that finally ended up on the clearance rack, and the F21 jacket I was telling you about yesterday. I have to say, paired with my awesome vintage satchel and leopard print flats, I was loving this outfit!

I also scored some really great vintage goodies whilst out thrifting/antiquing/church yard sale-ing! I can't wait to show you all the goods this week. :)


Saturday, April 2, 2011

Remix: F21 Jacket

When I picked up this jacket from Forever 21 back in October, I didn't realize how much wear I'd get out of it! Not only did I find myself throwing it on almost every day to go to work, but I wore it in quite a lot of outfit shots as well.

I usually do these posts as 'thrifted remixes', but since I only spent about twenty bucks on this jacket and I got at least a hundred wears out of it, I think it counts! Another reason I'm doing a post on this jacket? I think it's about worn out. I love it so much that I got one almost like it to replace it, and I'm wearing it today. :)

Wish me luck thrifting so I have more to share with you all next week. :)


Friday, April 1, 2011

Blythe's Thrifted Outfit: Tomboy/ Rock Star

Boy Doll Sweater, Cut-offs: Goodwill Outlet; Guitar, Dollar Tree
It has been pretty chilly in Richmond this past week, so I thought it was fitting to put Blythe in a thrifted boy doll sweater with last week's cut-offs. For a rock star edge, I picked up this former party favor at Dollar Tree. As a guitar player/ tomboy-at-heart myself, I could see myself throwing on a human-sized version of this outfit in an instant.

I hope you all have a great weekend! I for one can't wait to hit the thrifts. :)