Pillowcase Gifts…and other fun things

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Gap navy blue skinny capri khakis, stitching down the front leg, just my size (and taste)! $5.99

Vintage Couture wall art, just my taste! $gifted from my Mom, the original goodwill-aholic {and role model}.

New from Target black Champion fleece jacket, $12

Purple and orange Avia workout pullover hoodie, $3

New from Target brown faux leather boots, just my size, $15

I wore the top outfit to work today, and thought I’d share it with y’all!  The pants and boots were purchased within the past two months at my local Goodwill boutique.

The wall art was sitting on my bed waiting for me when I got home as a gift from my dear Mom.  She knows of my love for all things Vintage and Couture, and so found it hard not to snap these up for me.  Not much better than coming home to gifts sitting on your pillowcase, am I right?

The black fleece has served me very well in my homecoming in September to CT and to a very harsh winter.  I came home from warm TN with not much winter wear to speak of, and Goodwill (plus some great Christmas sales at Old Navy) have helped stock me back up.

Lastly, the Avia workout top was another of my purchases I bought with the grouping I blogged about last night, in “A Smattering of Things”.  I knew there was something missing in that post!  The morning I found and purchased this top, I said to  myself, “I need a workout pullover for when I go to the gym or want to run outside with my dog…”

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(I just happen to have an adorable picture of him.  Baker Jones.  Black lab/Shepherd extraordinairre.  Look, I can spell extraordinairre:)

and in true Goodwill fashion, I found one.  I love when that happens.

Lastly, I will share with you some action shots of my new Forever XXI cropped knitted sweater:

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(You see?  Way in the corner….:)  Watching my adorable and crazy nephew Luke,

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and after a wonderful last minute potluck dinner with friends in the second.  It’s versatile enough for both events.  The mark of a great sweater.

The gal on the left is my thrifting compatriot:)  Her pants (which you can’t see…because I smartly deleted the picture in which you could…) are White House Black Market from Goodwill, for less than $10.  You’ll have to take my word that they look great.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please share with me your finds and thoughts and go out and support shopping second hand, good causes, and saving money!  Experience the thrill of the hunt:)

-Jaime

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Successful Research…Jackpot

After writing my blog post yesterday, I decided I needed to go do a little ‘research’ for the next post, and…

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$24.

All.

All of this, pictured above, plus a pair of black strappy sandals.

Well, I should be clear, I got all the tops and the flats pictured by themselves above.

In order from top left, clockwise:

-Maroon knitted cropped Forver 21 sweater, 3.00

-Coral canvas flats (that appear brand new, for those nervous about buying shoes 2nd hand), 4.00

(Same Forver 21 sweater)

-Yellow flowery ruffly tank top, THX, 3.99

-Xhilaration plaid chiffon babydoll top, 4.99

-Ann Taylor Coral Cardigan, 2.00

-Black strappy flat sandals (not pictured) Kelly & Kate, 2.00

I should explain how all of the above was ONLY $24.  That is cheap, even for me.  All of the items, except for the flats and the yellow tank, were the color of the week, and therefore half off.  This means if they hadn’t been half off, my total would have been about $45.  Still good, but not quite as amazing.

It pays to look for that color red…or green…or yellow…or blue…just check the sign when you walk in the door:)

If interested, the necklace worn with the Coral cardigan, I bought at a store in a casino mall in Niagara falls, ON for $5.

The necklace pictured with the maroon sweater I got at MUSE boutique in Nashville, TN, USA with a groupon I had purchased to that boutique.

The bracelet seen in all the pictures is Alex and Ani charm bracelet, gifted from my mother, sold at many different retailers.

I also found out on this trip, being my birthday month, that I have a 25% off over any 20$ purchase that I can use any time this month.  So that is something to look forward to and maybe save for a bigger purchase.  Goodwill always has good surprises for me:).

Happy thrifting and come again soon!

-Jaime

A Smattering of Things…

There will really be no theme to this post…because I have found so much good stuff in the past couple months of working part time (less work = more time to thrift, albeit less money to thrift with…:(, so I will post the stuff I have already taken pictures of, with no rhyme or reason to a theme between the items.

I will start however, with showing you wonderful people, the books.  Good book finds at Goodwill are few and far between, but when they happen, they happen.  These two books are making it to the top of my all time favorites list, and I recommend them to anyone looking for a good read.  And I am also very excited because I have a cool story (at least I think its cool, you can be the judge for yourself 🙂 to go with one of the finds.  I found these two books

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a couple months ago.  (Sidenote- do you love my new bed spread in the background??:)  And as much as I love to read, I haven’t seemed to find the time in the last 6 months or so.  So two plane trips to Nashville and back provided the perfect amount of time to finish both books, almost. The second flight landed a few pages shy of me finishing “How to be Good” 😦 The pilot clearly did not get the memo about the book I was trying to finish and did not circle the runway a few more times for me.  And I have yet to complete it…  But still, both books provided the perfect distraction from small seats and sitting all too close to people I have never met before and generally have no desire to meet again.

I know you are waiting in anticipation of the ‘cool’ story.  Well, here it is.  On the first flight, I had “The Glass Castle” in my purse and ready to read.  Being the nosy person I am, I noticed the gal sitting directly in front of me was engrossed in a book of her own.  Inconspicuously peering over her shoulder to see what book she is reading, I saw it was none other than the Glass Castle!!  This excites me more than you could know.  I love a good coincidence.  And I have found out since that it is a somewhat popular book, but up until that point, all I knew of it was I picked it up at Goodwill for a $1 because it said something along the lines of “NY Times Bestseller” on the front…a little known qualifier of good writing, you may have heard of it:).  So to see a random girl reading it in front of me was very exciting to me, and I couldn’t wait to share it with you fine people, as I am now.  Of course, being the social person I am, I proceeded to tell her I was about to begin that exact book, and she prompted me that it was a very good book, sad, but good.  I found after reading it that I disagreed.  In my opinion, the Author did not write it in a sad way.  More factual, but with a general feeling of the author overcoming unbeatable odds, ‘horrible parenting’, and with a happy ending if you ask me.  All’s well that ends well, right?  She is a current contributor to CNN and MSNBC, so I can’t say her life ended all that badly.

The second book, I was more than pleasantly surprised with as well.  I read “How to be Good” for the duration of both my flights to Nashville and back, and I have all intentions of finishing it soon.  It is a great look into human nature, and the very subject of “how to be good” as the title says.  It is a funny perspective of a doctor struggling with the fact that she may not be a very good person, compared to her newly spiritually transformed husband, despite having to ‘look at people’s boils’ and such day in and day out.  And she uses the fact that she has to do such things as a leveling ground for any bad thoughts or actions she may have.  It is very interesting, and I reccommend it highly.

Now we are done with the book section of this post, I can move on to the fun stuff…clothes:)  That’s what it’s really all about in the end, right?

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I got this beautiful lime green Ann Taylor Loft sweater for $5.99 in perfect condition at my local Goodwill boutique.  And I have gotten good use out of it so far at work in my sweet little classroom where I work each day:)

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I got this scarf as well for $2 on another trip to the same Goodwill.  Cynthia Rowley from Target.

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Lastly, I got this bracelet along with two other ones of the same style but different color beads that you can wear as a set of 3 for $2 total.  That’s right, $2 total.  The other bracelets not pictured are a coral orange color, and a light purple.  Love.

And all together now…

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Oh, and that’s my sweet dog admiring my thriftiness and fashion sense.  He wants to be like me.  Someday.

During my last Nashville trip, I had to make sure I visited the Goodwill that kept me well dressed for the last couple of years I was there, and it once again did not dissappoint.  I found three lovely items in one trip.

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A sparkly, warm, brown oversized short sleeve sweater from Express, $5.99.  And the original tag was still on it when I bought it, so it has never been worn before.  Brand new.  I wore it with skinny jeans and brown boots and a long sleeve shirt underneath for a comfy and fashionable look for less!

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A Bar III dress for $5.99.   Can’t wait to put this one to use.

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And a Forver XXI green and white babydoll business casual top, $4.29.  I have worn it to work with a white cardigan and tan slacks with the off-white patent leather Talbots flats I purchased at Goodwill in October for $8. (see Alex’s 6th Birthday Trip Post in October)  Wearing two items in one outfit from Goodwill is always a good day!

Lastly, everyone needs a good Cinderella shoe to put atop their dresser correct?  Correct.  I have yet to figure what I am going to store inside it, although judging by the look of the top of my dresser, I’m sure I could just start there.  I’ll take other suggestions though:)  I got this shoe at a steal for $2.

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I hope you enjoyed looking at and hearing about these finds as I did finding them and using them!  Go out and see what you can find for much, much less!  And tell me about it!

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