Saturday, November 5, 2011

Gift Thrift

Already I have failed NaNoBloPo. Hopefully no one wept at seeing I didn't post yesterday. Today I'd like to highlight two of my favorite items, both given to me by my beloved paternal Grandma D. Here we are a few years ago at Christmas:

I'm very thankful to have two wonderful grandmothers in my life!

The first item is this red orange dress. Perhaps someone can help with the history of it; did my Aunt J make the dress for Grandma Diane? Or did Aunt J make it for herself? Anyway, I LOVE how it fits me PERFECTLY. I resemble my Dad's side of the family and in this case genetics are a blessing.
Grandma D is also responsible for starting my Haeger flower pot collection, as she allowed me to remove this red pot from her basement. The plant inside it is a from a cutting from her as well! (I have never seen another pot like this one.)
What are some of your most treasured gifts?

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Thrifted Objets d'Art

Heyo, Happy sunny Thursday to you! I realize most of my friends and family fully embrace thrifting as a hobby and lifestyle, so in many ways I'm preaching to the choir with this blog. For those of you who aren't thrift aficionados I will suggest that thrift stores and resale shops also can provide furniture and decorations for your home.

I'm totally in love with this stained glass column, found at the Lake St. Savers:
Also note Robert's handiwork on the tile floor, freshly painted bathtub and restored claw foot!

I also collect flower pot-type vessels, particularly from the manufacturer Haeger. The golden yellow pots here above my cabinet are Haeger. The other fluted round ones don't have a manufacturer label; I just like the shape.

See you tomorrow!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Nov 2

Howdy and welcome to November 2nd. Today I could find neither my phone nor my water bottle as I left the house. Probably they are throwing a big party and bothering Stella in her kennel. Here is my outfit from yesterday. My photographer was sitting down as he took the picture, which explains the awkward angle of my bust and double chin.
This is a J Crew dress purchased at the University Avenue Goodwill. Boots from one of the Unique thrift stores? The plastic necklace I purchased in Northfield, MN on an excursion with my Mother in Law. You can't see the row of tiny red beads at the top of it. Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

NaBloPoMo 2011

Greetings friends,

On Sunday I decided I should participate in NaBloPoMo for the first time. Considering it's been eleven months since I've posted here it's clear blogging hasn't been a priority of mine.

But buying thrift store items remains an important part of my lifestyle. I still purchase new items, such as these boots.

(Which I got for $35! They must have been the last 9.5 wide pair or something, which I why I bought them.)

So for November 1st, I present this blurry picture of yesterday's thrifted outfit: Martin and Osa jersey shirt (thrift store unknown...maybe an Arc Value Village?) and Zinc wide leg trousers (Goodwill, Portage, WI). Also my adorable dog Stella!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Thrifted outfit showcase!

The above photo highlights a mixture of older and newer thrifted items. The gray sweater dress is from Target, found this weekend at the Lake Street Savers. Black patent boots are from two Augusts ago, Goodwill on University Avenue. Red belt from a Unique, red necklace from one of the Savers.

This picture highlights the challenges of a do it yourself Christmas portrait with a dog. Note the treat crumbs below my chair!

United in Thrift,

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Long neglected thrift blog....

I hope to start posting more as my semester finishes. Here, a totally thrifted outfit!

Check out these crazy Steve Madden boots (pretty uncomfortable!)

Details to follow.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Designer Jeans!

Dear Reader,

While I have not been blogging, I have been thrifting! Hopefully many of you took advantage of the big sales over the Fourth of July weekend!

Designer jeans are a major reason shopping pre-owned can save you big money. Ranging from $100 to $200, brands such as Joe's Jeans, Citizens of Humanity, Level 99, Adriano Goldschmied, 7 for All Mankind, Paige Premium Denim, Chip and Pepper, True Religion and Rock & Republic all can be found in thrift stores for a fraction of the original cost.

While the Unique Thrift Stores may sell these jeans from $15 to $40, check out these Joe's I found at the Roseville Goodwill for $6.99!

While these didn't fit me, I sold them to a friend who gave them to her niece.

I think the best odds of finding designer jeans are at the Lake Street Savers, followed by the University Avenue Goodwill. For extensive and more expensive high-end jean collections, check out Plato's Closet, TurnStyle, Clothing Mentor, Marshalls/TJ Maxx or my favorite consignment shop, Nu Look!