May Thrift Haul

I suppose this post should actually be called May “secondhand” haul, because none of these items were thrifted. Instead, I had a super fun weekend in Annapolis/Edgewater/Deale with my friend Lindsey and picked up a few treasures along my way at secondhand, consignment, and antiques stores. Let’s check out my treasures!

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

Cronin Tulip Pitcher, $9

I loved the look of this little pitcher, so I wasn’t surprised at all when I came home and did a little research to find that it is from the 1950’s. I scooped it up for only $9 with the intention to add it to my pretty Pyrex display in my china cabinet. While I felt great about that purchase, I felt even better when I came across the EXACT pitcher at another antique store later that day… for $20. If you search ebay, you can find my pitcher and many similar designs ranging from $20 – $40.

Brooch, $3

This sparkly little brooch doesn’t have any markings on it, so it’s most likely nothing special. However, I love the antique rhinestones that have a little bit of age to them. This simple style will look pretty on my cardigans when I want to add a little extra sparkle to my work outfits.

Cutting Board, $28 and Vase $9

There were two of these pretty blue beaded bud vases and I kept looking at them every time I’d walk by. When Lindsey picked up one, I had to pull the trigger and we both bought matching bud vases. Since she influenced my vase purchase, I had to do her the favor of influencing her cutting board purchase. I bought this pretty little striped version and she ended up with a solid walnut version. No regrets!

Kantha Quilt, $35

I had actually been doing some light internet stalking for a Kantha quilt a couple months ago and never decided on one that I loved. If you’re not familiar with Kantha quilts, many of them are made in West Bengal of vintage Indian saris, with no batting and a unique combination of patterns and a straight running stitch. This one is super soft and lightweight, and I love the colors. I think this one will initially be added to my sunroom as a lightweight cover on chilly evenings. But it might make its way to the end of my bed, to add a little pop of color to our bedroom.

Now, onto my clothes haul. I was initially looking for some casual skirts and dresses to add to my closet since I’ve purged so many away. However, all I found was exercise gear. No worries though, I got some fantastic deals!

PraNa leggings, $12

PraNa is a socially responsible, fair-trade company that makes really great athletic clothing. I think these are the Beksa leggings, which retail for $89 on their website. They are in perfect condition, so I figured for $12 I might as well add them to my rotation.

Atheta tank top, $15

Athleta is another fancy brand for athletic clothes (owned by the same company as Old Navy, Gap and Banana Republic). I have a few pairs of Athleta joggers that I LOVE and also a couple pairs of their leggings. Their clothing is built to last and after lots and lots of washing, there is very little wear and pilling. This tank top was in great condition and similar tops are selling for $49 on the Athleta website.

Under Armour Sole of the City half zip, $4.50

 I saw this top on the rack and HAD to have it. I actually have the tank top version of this shirt that I purchased last time I ran the Sole of the City 10k. This long sleeve version was probably sold after the race for $50 – 75ish. It’s super comfortable and in perfect condition and I will absolutely get some wear out of it when the weather is chilly. It was also marked all the way down to $4.50. SCORE!

Lululemon Align Joggers, $35

I’m pretty sure this is the third time straight that I found Lululemon while out ‘picking’ with Lindsey. And Every. Dang. Time. It is in her size and too small for me. I found like 5 new with tags items over the weekend and gave them to her to try on… and she said she didn’t like the joggers because they came up too high on the tummy. Well, I LOVE pants that suck my tummy in, so I decided to give them a try even though they are an 8 and I’m more of a 10/12ish. As luck would have it, they fit great and I finally thrifted my very first Lululemon item. These retail for $98, so even though $35 is paying up for secondhand…since they still had the tags on them, I’ll allow it!

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April Thrift Haul

I have another thrift haul to share with you all! Early in April, my husband decided to take our son on an overnight camping trip and left me ALL ALONE for the weekend. It. Was. Awesome. I’m a natural introvert, so having someone home with me at all times wears me down after a while. To finally have some time to myself was like a gift. And pretty much as soon as they left the driveway, I jumped in my car to go thrifting!

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

As it turns out, I got super extra lucky because all clothing was 50% off. I was super picky though, so this month’s haul is small yet mighty!

Talbots Black Cotton Eyelet Dress, $9

This dress is the perfect example to just ignore the size tags when you’re thrifting. I typically wear a 10/12 in dresses and this one was marked as a size 16. It was in perfect condition though and I loved both the black eyelet fabric and the cinched in waist and swingy skirt. The fitting rooms were closed, so I crossed my fingers and figured it couldn’t be too hard to throw it on the sewing machine to take it in where it was too big on me.

And that was totally NOT even needed. As you can see from the photo, it fits great! I don’t know if it was undersized (and ended up at the thrift store because someone didn’t bother to return an online order) or if it shrank in someone’s wash. Any which way, it fits me great and it will be adorable with a cardigan for work or for something fun like a baby shower!

Ann Taylor Wrap Dress, $7.50

I love a good wrap dress and this one is such a pretty green! The print kept reminding me of something and I finally figured it out. It looks almost identical to the Orla Kiely Solid Stem Sunflower graphic print! This dress checks all my boxes – comfortable, work appropriate, and knee-length. All that for just $7.50? Yes, thank you!

Books for the Kiddo, $2.50 total

I’ve gotten into the habit of checking the book shelves for both myself and Jack. He recently asked for the Zombie Goldfish book and I hadn’t bought it yet, so this copy worked out perfectly. As for the Minecraft book, he owns the game… so I figured it couldn’t hurt to buy the book for $1.

My whole thrift haul was under $20 and I’m super pleased with both dresses. Jack also loved the books… so score!

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March Thrift Haul

Are you shocked that I have a thrift haul? Me too! I haven’t thrifted or shared a haul since November because I’ve been hunkered down, but I did spend about 20 minutes in a thrift store this month between doctors appointments and came away with some fabulous stuff that I can’t want to share with you!

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

Books, Books, Books!

My library has been closed forever and I miss just browsing through the aisles picking up anything that strikes my fancy. My local crappy thrift store has a couple rows of books, so I decided to give it a try and found these:

  • You are a Badass by Jen Sincero
  • The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
  • Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime by Val McDermid
  • House of Night: The Beginning – this had 2 books in it (Marked and Betrayed) by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
  • Matched by Ally Condie
  • The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand

Each book was around $2, so it was a pretty low risk purchase… 6 books for $15 total. I’ve already read a most of them (you can find my 2021 Book List here) and plan to give them away to anyone who wants them when I’m done.

1 Dress that Led to 2 Dresses

When I was on my quick browse of the thrift store, I saw a dress that caught my eye. I normally don’t bother with Old Navy because it’s pretty inexpensive to buy it new and it doesn’t typically hold up well in the long term. However, this dress had a nice fabric that didn’t seem to pill easily and even had a built-in slip. I loved the print too… the only problem was that it was a medium and my boobs typically require a large. It was marked awfully high for the thrift store at $19.99 and the fitting rooms are closed, so I decided to pass and took a quick photo before I left.

Off I went to my doctor’s appointment and as I was waiting there alone in a room wearing nothing but socks and a paper robe, I decided to waste some time by perusing Poshmark. I used a few different search terms including: Old Navy dress, Old Navy midi dress, and Old Navy tier dress and within a few minutes I found 2 of the dress I was looking for in a size large! One on the sellers had the dress available in both the black pattern and a yellow pattern, so I bundled them together and sent an offer for $38. And she accepted!

Here they are:

And just for funsies, I put them on and pranced around my front yard to take a couple outfit photos:

As it turns out, the size large fits great… so the medium would have probably been too snug in the bust. I ended up paying $19 per dress (+ shipping) but used some money sitting in my Poshmark account so it was even more of a deal. Got to love secondhand shopping!

I’ve already worn the black version of the dress out and about with a moto jacket and booties. Once the weather warms up, I’ll add the yellow version to my rotation with a cute pair of sandals.

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