OMG! Okay so I think I had the best thrifting experience ever last weekend. The hubby and I are in the processing of redecorating the humble abode. We are trying to decorate more around of who we are as opposed to how a traditional home should look. I have to admit that I am actually having a blast at it too.
On this thrifting trip I had it all planned out the night before. I knew where I was going and what time the yard sales were starting. You know the early bird catches the worm! I usually scour craigslist on Friday nights to get a list of sales I want to visit. The first sale was not far from me and that is where I found my gems. The funny thing is I found exactly what I was looking for. An extra chair for the living room, something for the front door entryway and a little extra for the fireplace. Total price for all items. A whopping $20 bucks. Can you say bargain!!
I love this vibrant orange coral color of the small chest. It has 3 drawers that look like 6 small drawers which I find interesting. The woman who sold it to me painted it herself and added the sheet of copper to the top with thumbtack details around the edge. I thought that was really cool.
These vintage luggage cases caught my eye as soon as I walked up the driveway and I originally wasn’t going to purchase them. When I handed her the $20 bill for the chest and the chair, instead of her giving me back $5 in change she insisted that I take these as well. Who can pass up a deal like that? The fabric on the inside is to die for!! Oh and get this! They have Pan Am Airline tags on them. Cool right!
Now this chair had me from eyesight. It’s exactly what I was looking for and goes perfectly with our area rug. All I need is a cute pillow and a foot rest and we’ll be all good. I’m telling you, thrifting is so much fun. Especially when you find exactly what you were looking for.
Just had to show my latest find at the Goodwill! The color combo and detail on these little button earrings are to die for. I just love a good thrift!
You know what I’ve come to realize. I LOVE FLATS! There is no getting around it. I’ve tried to get into the platform heels and all that jazz, but it just wasn’t me. Now don’t get me wrong, I will put on a pair of cute heels if that is what the outfit calls for. You know, if I’m going to a wedding or got on a cute dress or skinny jeans that just screams heels. But that is a rare occasion. Most of my ensembles are relaxed and casual which to me screams FLATS!
At the moment I think flats are just as popular as heels. They come in so many different colors, styles, and fabrics. You have flats for every season of the year and they are all equally cute. I have been lucky to find the most stylish ones just from thrifting. Sometimes I see the worst looking flats when I’m at the Goodwill or out at yard sales. But then there are the moments when I’m like “JACKPOT”.
That’s what I said when I found these Isaac Mizrahi for Target faux snakeskin flats at Goodwill. These go with almost anything that I put on and that’s the main reason I love them, besides the fact that they are the cutest. I paid about $3.99 for these a little over a year ago and they are still in great condition. I think these are my all-time favorite find when it comes to flats.
This next pair of flats has a deep wheat color with a hint of gold metallic. But what really caught my eye was the pattern on the low wedge heel. I mean REALLY! Who would of thought? And I am telling you, these are soooo comfortable. For some reason these have that “I’m wealthy” look to them. Even though the inside of my wallet doesn’t match that look, I still like the feeling. LOL!
You will not believe how long I’ve had these last pair of flats I’m going to show you. It has been over 5 years because that’s how long I’ve been married and I purchased them before that. And guess what? I haven’t worn them yet. I know! That’s crazy! Guess what else? They are J.Crew! At the time I got them they retailed for over $100 bucks and I only paid $12 for them from Rugged Warehouse which at that time was a discount clothing warehouse type of store. I haven’t shopped there in a couple of years now so I have no clue as to what they sale today. Guess what else? I have another pair in green and just wore those for the first time a couple of days ago. I know your probably saying, “What’s wrong with you”? Absolutely nothing! Sometimes I just like to wait for the perfect time to wear something.
So there it is! I profess my love for flats. So tell me! What do you prefer? Are you a flats type of person or do you live to be sky high in heels?
Yes I’m ashamed to say it, but until this past weekend, I was an eggplant virgin. I’ve always thought of myself as being very adventurous when it came to trying new foods but for some reason this veggie seemed to keep passing by my radar. I always thought it was going to have this really sour pickle taste, and don’t get me wrong, I love pickles. I just don’t like them hot or cooked. Don’t ask where I got that notion from because it didn’t taste like that at all. It seems to soak up whatever flavors to add to them.
Eggplant wasn’t even on the grocery list but as I was browsing through the fruit and veggie area I noticed the pretty vibrant purple color. I’m on the third week of eating no meat with the exception of seafood so I am kind of forced to try new things. When my eyes caught the eggplant I was like I had nothing to lose. Might as well give it a try.
Of course I had to scour the internet on how to cook eggplant. Yeah yeah yeah… I told you I was a virgin. After finding something fairly easy I sauteed them with some leftover mushrooms in the fridge along with some Thai chili peppers, garlic, bell pepper, celery, soy sauce, lemon juice and a little veggie stock. It came out delicious. Even the Hubby loved it, which is always a plus.
I would have to say that I am very pleased with myself. Also with the fact that I am embarking on my third week of eating no meat. I honestly didn’t think I could last this long. But after a while it just becomes what’s normal.
I have to tell you that I am REALLY enjoying my 3 day weekend. There needs to be a law in place banning us from working on Mondays. I’m still pinching myself because I can’t believe there is still one more day that I get to just relax and do whatever my heart pleases. Ahhhh….this is the life! Anyhoo, the Hubby and I decided to run a bunch of errands together yesterday, including visiting the Whole Foods Market for the first time since it’s been here in Charlotte. We even had lunch there where I tried chicken fried tofu which surprisingly taste much like McDonald’s chicken nuggets. But I have to admit that I wasn’t really impressed with the store prices. It was just way too expensive. Now I see why some people call it Whole Paycheck. I think I’ll stick to my Asian supermarket for now. They have the best stuff and the best prices. Come to think of it, I may have to do a post on that place. It’s where I get most of my produce from for really great prices.
Okay so now I’m rambling. All I wanted to do was share with you the thrifty outfit I wore yesterday. I wanted to be really comfy and I wanted something with a pop of color to reflect how gorgeous the weather was. I mean it was BEAUTIFUL!! Finally there was sun!
You can’t get no better than a classic button down shirt. It’s by Jones New York and really lightweight and airy. The tropical green color really pops and made me feel like I was on an island. I just rolled up the sleeves, paired it with some blue jeans, my favorite loafers and a big colorful hobo bag. I was ready for whatever the day was going to throw at me.
The top, jeans, shoes, purse, & YES even the belt were all purchased from the Goodwill. Can you say BARGAIN!!! I love that place!
I know that thrifting can seem like a daunting task, especially when you have to scour through all the not so pretty stuff to get to the lovelies. There are tons of folks out there that will quickly quote Sweet Brown and say “ain’t nobody got time for that”. Rest assured though, it doesn’t have to be that bad. Here are a couple of tips to get you started and on your way.
1.) Bring a friend along: Having someone that you can chat and cut a rug with while thrifting is so much fun and you can actually make light of all the chaos that may be going on around you. Even though your purchases are ultimately up to you, it’s kind of nice to have that second opinion by someone you trust. So grab a partner and get to thrifting.
2.) Don’t assume: Trust me, when you walk into some thrift shops or Goodwill stores you may be completely turned off. I’ve been in a Goodwill where clearly numerous people didn’t even bother to take a bath that morning. Some thrift shops don’t even believe in dusting. I’ve even been to garage sales and estate sales where you know the owners were chain smokers. But don’t fret. Please don’t let that steer you out the door thinking that there couldn’t possibly be anything worth salvaging. That couldn’t be further from the truth. There are gems to be found.
3.) Be patient: I know there are tons of things in these stores and it seems like finding something would be like looking for a needle in haystack. That could very well be true but you just have to stay focused, take your time, and you’ll find your treasures. Don’t leave after 5 minutes because your already tired of looking. You’ll never find anything that way. Patience my dawlings. Patience is key!!
4.) Be critical: You have to definitely inspect all items before you purchase. I don’t know how many times I’ve bought something and once I got it home it had a hole that I didn’t see or a stain that won’t come out. Go over your items several times so that you don’t miss a thing. If you feel that you can fix those small things, then sure, bring it home. But if you know that you will let that item sit in your pile of “projects” , it’s probably best to just leave it. Unless you like having a pile of “projects” sitting around for months on end. LOL!
5.) Get creative: You may find a top that is too big for you but you just love the pattern. Use it to make scarf or a nice tote. All items that are thrifted don’t have to be used in it’s intended way. Think outside the box and surprise yourself.
6.) Donate Donate Donate: You don’t want to become a hoarder do you. Well make sure periodically you go through your home and find things that you are not using anymore and give back to Goodwill or other thrift shops in your area. You can even donate to local churches. It’s always appreciated and it clears your space for more thrifting….he he he : )
I hope you found these tips helpful! They’ve been great to me along the way. Are there any veteran thrifters out there? Please share your tips and tricks to thrifting!!
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Alright it’s official. I’m obsessed with the idea of gardening. I so want a beautiful backyard garden that has an abundance of seasonal fruits, herbs, and veggies. I want to be the chick that grows her own food and is able to produce tasty meals without going broke in the grocery store. Please don’t tell me you all haven’t noticed the inflation of grocery prices in the past couple of years. It’s rather disheartening especially when half the time you don’t even know where you’re food is coming from. It also seems like every time there is a new “hot” or “at the moment” veggie, the price of that item goes up tremendously. Right now the craze is Ramps, which are basically wild leeks or wild onions. I am an avid watcher of the cable food channels and I’ve never seen anyone use this veggie until some weeks ago. I go and do my research and hear it’s all the rage and you can’t even hardly find them in stores and when they’re at the local farmers market they are the first to go. It’s funny how we all jump on the “next best thing” each season.
My late Great-Grandmother Elsie Jenkins had a huge garden in her backyard. I remember traveling from Connecticut to South Carolina with my parents and siblings to visit my Dad’s family every summer. They would leave my sister, brother, and I down there for the entire hot scorching summer and we would thoroughly enjoy ourselves. My favorite moments were when we would help my Great-Grandmother pick fruits and veggies from her garden. We would pick butter beans, field peas, string beans, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes and a whole bunch of others. I remember she had a fig tree in which she would make preserves out of. I was always fascinated by her and how she tended her garden.
So let’s fast forward to now. I’ve decided to make a huge leap to the Pescetarian lifestyle. Just in case you’re not sure what this is, it’s basically a vegetarian that also eats fish and seafood. It is huge for me because my husband makes the best smoked ribs ever. Trust me…I’m not just saying that because he’s my husband. I let him know when his food is bad. LOL! But seriously, I don’t know what I’m going to do without those in my life. But more seriously, I’m trying to have a healthier diet and the ultimate goal is to transition into a full vegetarian but I thought I’d take baby steps toward that by cutting out red meats, chicken, pork as well as processed foods for now.
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So this is where having my own personal garden comes in to play. I figured since I will be consuming more veggies, what better way to save some cash than to grow my own produce. It can be fun and educational at the same time. Right now I’m going to start a windowsill herb garden just to get my feet wet while I research what I want to plant. Then in late summer/fall I’ll start my patio garden. Hopefully my thumb will turn from a really pale ugly green to a beautiful luscious garden green. LOL! We shall see!!