August Thrift Haul

The beginning of the month was very light thrifting for me — small but mighty — and then I want one last time over the weekend and found some real winners. I can’t wait to share it all with you, so let’s get to it!

{Pssst, you can read about my previous thrifting adventures here}

Washed Pink Merona Jean Jacket, $11.99

This jacket was hanging on the end of an aisle and it just called to me. It’s hard to pick up the exact washed out pink color in photos, but it’s really gorgeous in person. Kinda like a muted clay color… Anyways, it still had the original Target tags on it for $29.99, so it was kind of a steal even if I didn’t thrift it for $12!

As it was, I immediately had the idea that I needed to embroider it. Have I ever done embroidery? Nope. Just cross-stitch. But I had a very specific idea in mind: I wanted the back to be embroidered, maybe one of the chest pocket areas and I wanted a super fun fabric to go inside (so that you can see it when you take the jacket off, and also to cover the inside of the embroidery).

In my imagination I was thinking something kind of reminiscent of Johnny Was… but without the $300 price tag. Inspiration!

If you follow me on Instagram, you have an idea how this imagined project turned out. I’ll be sharing more about it in a full blog post soon!

Ellen Tracy Skirt, $5.99 on sale for $3.00

I love the watercolor floral design of this skirt, the black waistband and the fabulous pockets. It was on sale for just $3, so after initially thinking that this would be a great work skirt once I return to work… well, I decided that it’s a great home skirt with a t-shirt! I mean, for $3 why not?

Nic + Zoe Brushstroke Linen Sweater, $7

I really like the Nic + Zoe brand, but retail pricing is too expensive for me so I’m so excited to have found this pretty lightweight linen sweater! Similar sweaters retail for around $150 and this one has an oversized fit, scoop neck, ¾ sleeves and a pretty brushstroke design. This will be perfect over a tank top and shorts on a slightly chilly summer evening. I can also see me pairing it with a simple skirt, leggings, or joggers to fancy up some work-from-home outfits. Such a steal for just $7!

Ellen Tracy dress, $7.99 on sale for $4

I’m such a fan of a good faux wrap jersey dress and I really like the pattern on this one. It’s super soft and stretchy and hits right around knee on me… so it’s perfect for work with a cute cardigan. All clothes were on sale at the thrift store for 50% off the weekend I went, so this dress ended up only costing me $4.

Lola & Sophie chiffon tank over tee, $4.99 on sale for $2.50

You guys! This still had the tag on it from the original store for $106.95! I did some google sleuthing and found that the brand is made in New York and sold out of a shopfront there. This blouse has an inner layer which is super soft jersey material, and then an outer layer of matching chiffon. Here’s a better look at the outer layer:

It fits beautifully and I can see me wearing this with shorts over the summer, or paired with some slim trousers and a cardigan in the fall at work. Love, love, love this top and it was only $2.50!

Madras patterned tablecloth, $5.99 on sale for $3

I was taking a look through the fabric/linens section and found this super fun madras patterned tablecloth. My initial thoughts are that I want to chop it up for a few fun projects — perhaps some cloth napkins and maybe a shopping tote bag? The fabric is super soft and I can’t wait to work with it and see what I end up making!

Floral fabric, $2.49 on sale for $1.25

This was the steal of the day! I literally just went to the fabric store for a yard of fabric and paid $10.99 for it. I saw this gorgeous floral fabric at the thrift store and it is a really nice weight, like a canvas or a linen. I couldn’t tell how much it was when I bought it, but when I got it home, washed and dried it, and then stretched it out… I eyeballed it at around 4 yards. It was on sale for $1.25. That’s right… I bought FOUR YARDS of beautiful fabric for $1.25, which is insane! For my first projects, I’m thinking I’m going to recover the seat of a chair and also make a pillow with some fun pompom fringe. I’ll keep you posted!

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July Thrift Haul

I did a little thrifting trip early in July and to be honest, I’m not really sure what I was thinking. A few things were great choices… and the others. Well, let’s get to it.

Spring Blossom Green Pyrex Bowl, $6.99

As I shared in my Antiquing Fun post, I’ve loved Pyrex for a long time and recently decided to start collecting it. I found this Crazy Daisy bowl first and was thrilled that it was only $6.99! This pattern was made between 1972 – 1978 and it just makes me so happy. Rather than sticking it in my china cabinet to stare at, I’ve been using it pretty regularly for various kitchen needs. It’s in perfect condition after over 40 years… so I’m sure it will still look great over the years that I use it!

Workout DVD’s, $2.99 each

Since I won’t be going back to the gym for a while, I decided to buy a few workout DVD’s to add to my rotation. On this stop I found Billy Blanks Tae-Bo, Denise Austin Power Zone, and Billy’s Bootcamp Cardio Inferno. I also found Latin Cardio Dance and the Dirty Dancing Official Dance Routine DVD…so that should be fun and hilarious!

North Face Woodland Sweater Wrap, $14.99 on sale for $7

I wish this one photographed better, but it’s a cocoon sweater wrap, so it looks kind of odd on the hanger. I did a ton of googling and finally tracked this down it was from the Spring 2018 North Face release and retailed for $75. I love it so much and it will look so cute with a t-shirt and jeans once the weather cools down. The only problem is that I overlooked that it has wool in the fabric of the sleeves, so I’m not sure if I’ll be able to wear it!

More Workout DVD’s, $1.50 each, on sale for $.75 each

What can I say, I was on a DVD buying spree and on 4th of July weekend everything in the store was half off! On this stop I picked up: Little Miss Sunshine (my FAVORITE movie!), Jillian Michaels, Hip Hop Abs (Beachbody), Cardo Kickboxing, 30-Day Jump Start. For less than a dollar each, they were a steal!

Okay, moving on the my what-was-I-thinking items…

DKNY Tulle Skirt, $5.99, on sale for $3

You guys. I don’t know. A tulle skirt just grabs me and I must have gone blind when I saw this one. It’s a black tulle DKNY skirt with swirly bits at the bottom… and now that the shopping adrenaline has worn off, I think its actually kind of ugly. At least it was just a $3 mistake!

Harajuko Mini for Target skirt, $7.99 on sale for $4

Once again, that dang tulle got me… this time with glittery silver stars. It’s a new with tags Harajuku Mini for Target skirt and it’s so puffy and glittery, I couldn’t help myself. I’m not totally regretting this one though. My initial thought was that it would make for a great Halloween costume piece, but after trying it on I’m kind of digging it as a running skirt. Sure, it’s a running skirt that will throw glitter all over myself and everyone who passes within 5 feet of me… but that kind of sounds pretty perfect!

{Pssst, you can read about my previous thrifting adventures here}

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Antiquing Fun: Finding Deals in Deale, Maryland

My friend and I first found out about all the antiquing goodness in Deale, Maryland earlier this year (you can read about it here), so when we found ourselves out and about in that area again, we decided to hit up some of our favorites. Of course, this time was a little different… with social distancing, face masks and hand sanitizer.

We didn’t visit the entire Vintage Loop this time and just stuck to a few stores that we previously loved. I also tried to be a bit pickier this time… but still ended up bringing a few treasures home.

Floral Coasters, $4.50

First up is this pretty set of two coasters. There are no markings on them and they have cork on the bottoms, so I have no idea where they came from. They were only $4.50 for both of them though and they VERY MUCH fit my floral life aesthetic, so I had to buy them. They were immediately put to good use, with one being sent to my living room and one going to live in my den.

Little Round Vase – Handmade in Poland, $12

This cute little round vase has “hand made in Poland” marked on the bottom, and it seems to be a very typical/classic version of Polish art. It is incredibly cute and the design is so pretty – both around the vase and even on the top of the lip. This could be used for anything from flowers, to pencils, to make-up brushes. I’m not sure exactly where this is going to end up in my house, but I do like it a lot.

Pyrex casserole dish, $9

I’ve admired vintage Pyrex for a while and have recently decided to start building a little collection. Rather than taking “the easy way out” and hitting the order button when a style I like pops up on eBay, I’m trying to find pieces through thrifting and vintage stores. However, if I don’t come across a pink gooseberry casserole dish soon, I may cave and have to order one!

I did some googling and I’m pretty sure this is a vintage square flowers verde Cinderella 2 ½ quart dish that was sold between 1968 – 1972. I also recently thrifted another Pyrex, a Spring Blossom Green (known as “Crazy Daisy”), which was made between 1972 – 1978 and is one of the most recognizable Pyrex patterns in the signature avocado green. While I could certainly display them in my china cabinet, these two went into immediate use. After 50 years they still look great and are perfect for me to use when shredding chicken, serving watermelon, or mixing up some pancake batter!

Folk Art pig, $14

I mean, who doesn’t need a handmade folk art pig in their life?! This little guy with his rough wood exterior and painted spots really called to me. It was signed on the bottom by “Lesh” and currently lives on my office desk. I haven’t named him yet, but I’m leaning towards either Vincent. Or maybe HAMilton.

Hammered Copper Necklace, $8

I was poking through the jewelry section and really liked the hammered metal charm on this necklace… but the chain was absolute cheap crap. I’m pretty sure they found them separately and just put them together to sell. When I got home the chain immediately went into the trash and I attached the charm to a rose gold chain from a different necklace. With that being said, I always forget that I rarely wear necklaces… but it is really pretty.

All in all, I spent less than $50 and brought some pretty little treasures back home with me! Do you have a favorite?

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