Lotsa stuff this week and last…Coca-Cola Lady, Anthropologie, J. Crew, Home Decor and more and a Giveaway!!

Where to start.  Me and Goodwill have been busy the last week and a half.  I guess I will just start with the homegoods, and then move on to the good stuff.  The clothing.

Her:

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Vintage coca-cola tray, 1.99

Who doesn’t want this lady sitting on their coffee table, drink in hand, ready to hang out.

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dresser for a troll.  Or jewelry, $4.99

No, I don’t have a troll moving in.  It will be interesting to see what a mini dresser will look like sitting on an exact same version of a larger dresser.  ‘Twill be nteresting.

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brooms for witches.  Or to sit in my hallway or hang in my kitchen and be decorative, 1.99 for a set of 3.

Apparently I have a fairy tale theme going on so far.  Trolls and witches galore.

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Ceramic flower vase, 4.99

This is just pretty.  that’s all I have to say about that.

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Light brown pillar candle holder, 4.99

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toy chest/future DIY project/Window seat, 5.99

A little paint, maybe some stencils, and some pillows thrown on top, and this will be sitting in front of my front window.  Hopefully to be my dog’s new resting place, instead of the couch that me and my friends hang out on.

Last, but certainly not least,

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large brown box, 19.99

Kidding!

Manhattan desk, new in box from target.com, 19.99

List price online, 129.99

I like 19.99.

Sometimes Goodwill scares me.  It’s like someone (God…?) puts exactly what I am looking for and what I need there when I come in.  It’s weird.

I was looking for a desk today, and knew I probably couldn’t fit an already put together one in my Civic, but I went in hoping anyway.  Is that what faith is?? 🙂  And lo and behold, here is one all boxed up and ready to be taken away in my Civic.

Scary.

I see productivity in my future.  Can’t wait.  Many good things will go down at this desk.

And now, on to the good stuff.

Cloooothing.

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Chelsea & Violet shirt, sold at Anthropologie, half off for 2.25!

I love the drapey style of this shirt.  It’s a size small, so I bought it with the intent of maybe reselling it beacause it is a great brand.  But after getting home, I couldn’t help trying it on, and voila!  It fits.  It’s not going anywhere now.  Except out into the world on MY back.

Warm weather wear was not forgotten…Fall IS my favorite season…

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J. Crew light weight off-white sweater, 3 buttons on each shoulder, 5.99

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Annalee + Hope chunky burnt yellow sweater, 5.99

I’m not sure who annalee and hope are, but I think I would like them and want them to be my friend.  This sweater is great.

My favorite part of it, other than the burnt yellow amazingness (that is pretty much my favorite clothing color of the moment) and the fact that it apparently likes to say the plege of allegiance, is the shorter in front than the back style.  It makes what could be a shapeless unstyled chunky sweater somewhat stylish and fun.  And still warm.  Stylish and warm.  Golden!

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Brown Old Navy wrap sweater/cardigan, 5.99

I love the fitted ribbed sleeves and the way you can leave it open or wrap yourself up in it nice and warm and cozy.  ‘Twill come in handy.  ‘Twill is definitely one of my new favorite words.  Using it ALL the time.  ‘Twill.

Definitely paid full price (at Goodwill) for fabulous for all these sweaters, but at a full price of 5.99 it’s still pretty darn randy.

GIVEAWAY PART!!!!-

Lastly, I had some luck last Wednesday on .99 day in my area.  Meaning the half-off color of the week is sold for just .99!  Some pretty good stuff falls through the cracks and makes it to these racks somehow.

For example….

the items below:

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Old Navy striped top, ruffle tuxedo detailing

– Xhilaration polka dot top puffed sleeve tee

– Forever XXI plaid babydoll tank shirt/dress

-Xhilaration spaghetti strap flower dress, cupped bra top

As I said, pretty good week for Goodwill and me.

One of these items is an XS.

The polka dot Xhilaration top to be particular.  I am not an XS.  Small at best.

But it was .99 for a whole lot of cuteness and I couldn’t say no.

SO,

I will be doing a giveaway.

If you would like this shirt and will fit in it, or just want to have it to stare at, whatever floats your boat, simply comment by next Friday,October 4!  l will count the number of comments and pick that number out of a hat, and that number commenter is the lucky winner of this great t-shirt!

Happy thrifting and living!  Have you been having as much luck lately as I have???  I hope so!

-Jaime

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Best Yellow Pumps. Trust Me.

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Yellow pumps by Yoki, half off of $5.99 for $3.00.

$3.

$3.

In case you didn’t catch it the first time.  Or second.

The jeggings in this picture are also Goodwill originally by NY&Co., and I got them for $5.99, I think.  You can read about that great find and trip here!

I was so excited when I found these.  As soon as I did, I knew that they were the reason I was meant to go to Goodwill that day.

I really love all of my goodwillfinds, that it would be very hard to choose a favorite.

But if I had to, I may just pick these.

How cute are they??

From the curved stitching on the front and down the sides, to the great half wedge half heel structure, and obviously the awesome burnt yellow.  They are classy and cute.

They were the perfect pop of color to add to this white shirt, blue jean outfit last night meeting friends for drinks, dinner, and a show.  All at the same place.  The Listening Room.  Where I work.

Two of the girls I was out with had shoe envy over these, success 😉

Made me feel even better that I could tell them I got them for $3 at Goodwill.

One of the girls lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, and since she is my size 7, we may have decided we will do a shoe share and mail these back and forth, one month on one month off…gotta stay in touch somehow 😉

The last picture of me is taken at Pour House in Nashville, a newer addition to the restaurant scene here, on 8th avenue.  We ended the night there with one last drink, because us girls, we just can never stop talking right?

In the end, Goodwill never ceases to amaze me with what you can find there, for so cheap, and while supporting a GREAT cause of helping handicapped people find work and rejoin the work force.

-Jaime

New Purse, and don’t try and change your car!

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Brown Distressed Pleather Purse by BUENO, $5.99

From the Berry Hill Goodwill in Nashville, TN.

(does anyone know much about this brand?  I have actually never heard of it or know where is is normally sold, but I do love this purse)

It reminds me of a purse I would find at Target by Converse or something.  But it’s not.  It’s by BUENO.

Bueno it is.  For all y’all non-spanish experts out there, that means GOOD.

It is good.  It is perfect.  The perfect size, and color and vibe.  I like that it has two small pockets on the outside, and a divider insdie of the purse, instead of it just being one big pocket.  It’s the little things that make a purse perfect.

PS, I love a company that names their brand “GOOD”.  How smart is that?  It’s like you don’t even need to decide if you like it or not- they’ve already told you- it’s good!  On a similar note, we just got a new somewhat local draft beer in from Alabammy at work called “Good People.”  Same thing! How smart.  People will automatically trust this brand.  Its made by good people!  Why has every company and brand not named their product ‘Good People’?  Luckily, it is actually pretty good beer, so that’s a plus.  At least they’re not lying.  Good people would not make bad beer.  That’s just silly.

Anyway, back to fashion, I may have mentioned I was on the lookout for a new purse.  Or I may not have.  Well I was, for a summer one, and I did find a cool Indian inspired patterned one at Payless about a month ago for $14.99, regularly $24.99, but decided I still wouldn’t mind having a more plain and less busy one.  Enter, this purse.  I had used my last hunter green Goodwill one all throught the winter and most of the spring, and felt it was too dark for the summer months.

As if one needs an excuse to have more than one seasonal purse…especially at prices under or around $10.

Soooo, on a completely different note, I have some more life advice I would like to include.  It is about being yourself, something I have mentioned the importacne of before- even though it seems so obvious!  We are all made so different, yet for some reason I feel we so often try to conform.  To what standards others decide.

So I was driving my car the other day, as one does to get from Point A to Point B, and I drive a manual car.  For about 6 months now.  It drives ALOT different than an automatic, the kind of car I am much more used to driving.  It is not as smooth a start and never takes off as fast as you have to ease on the gas and off the clutch.  But every since I got it I have been trying to make it start and drive in general just like an automatic.  And it’s very stressful, and I don’t do a good job of it.

They are jerky.  By nature.  It will never be as smooth.

finally, I accepted this.

And I felt so free.

My car, and me as the driver, were free to be who we were.

And now I could find out what things my car will do, and let my car do waht an automatic can’t.  and enjoy the change.  but if I had never stopped trying to make it be an automatic, I may never realize what it as a manual has to offer.

Maybe silly, but it hit me as kind of cool, so I thought I’d share it.

Never force something that just doesn’t want to be.

Whatever it is.

Being myself,

-Jaime

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Fashion Frugality How To

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This whole outift, head to toe, is under $50.

Believe it?

You should.

Shirt: Burlington Coat Factory, on clearance for $6.98 last Friday

Jeans: Goodwill (NY&Co.) $7.99

Necklace: Burlington Coat Factory, $9.99

Earrings: Family Dollar, $1

Shoes: Payless Shoe Source, Half off in a BOGO sale, 17.50

As you all know, I am a Goodwill aficionado, and find absolutely great deals there.  However, it is by far from the only place I find good deals.  I impress myself all the time with my fashion frugality.

So I would like to start impressing you and share with you great finds in addition to the ones I discover at Goodwill.  Hopefully you will be inspired and will believe that you DO NOT need to pay full price or break the bank (how does one break a bank anyway?) to look FABULOUS.

You can read about when I bought the jeans here.

I still love them.  In case you are of the lazy type and don’t want to click on that link and go to a WHOLE ‘nother web page, I got them for $7.99 and they are NY&Co Jeggings, although they do still have a zipper and button and are very substantial jeans.  Basically, I don’t agree with the jegging label, but that is what it says on the tag.

One may argue (as I do sometimes with myself) that if you are getting a good deal, it is because someone else doesn’t want it and it’s just an ugly piece of clothing that no one should own.

Not so.

I do pay, on the rare occasion, full price for items that I really truly feel in my heart are worth it.  Items that I won’t have nights of sleepless regret over.  And I get wonderful compliments on said items, and I accept said compliments graciously like a Lady.

HOWEVER.

I get many compliments on my bargains as well.  Just as many.

Case in point.

When trying on the lovely white shirt a lady actually walked up to me and told me it looked so good that I needed to buy one in every color.  Of course this just upset me because it was on clearance and I knew in my heart there were no other colors.

This did not stop me from looking.

I didn’t find anything.

But, my point is, I got a compliment not only while trying the shirt on, but once again last night while wearing it at an industry party at Bar 308 (awesome place if you ever get the chance to check it out).  Two compliments and it only cost me $6.98.  I am growing to refrain myself from responding to a compliment with the place and price I got it for and instead simply saying “Thank you.”

I was so excited to find a shirt of this style that fit well.  I have been wanting one since February when I first saw this style in a Target ad.  And now I own a wonderfully hobo sheik one that can be embellished with one of my many statement necklaces.

Lastly, as if the Universe knew I was going to write this post today,  this happened.  The lady sitting next to me at California Pizza Kitchen where I had lunch with my new friend, asked me where I got the earrings in this outfit from because she ABSOLUTELY LOVED them.

Family Dollar.

I was almost embarrassed to tell her.  Not because of myself but because she may be embarrassed that she liked jewelry from such a place.  Luckily, she seemed okay after the information was shared.  She didn’t immediately melt into a pile of shame on the floor of CPK.

Incidentally, I have since failed to see any more jewelry at Family Dollar.  Maybe it was a fluke that they were selling it there that day, but it just proves, you should always be on the lookout for a fashion deal.  You never know where they are going to pop up.

Happy shopping, and always, thrifting.

-Jaime

Crazy dress for a crazy girl- Happy Memorial Day

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Xhilaration at Target, $6.99 from Goodwill in CT.

Love this crazy dress.  This is the first time I have gotten to wear it summer style without leggings or a cardigan etc over/under it.  I got it last fall and the first time I wore it I added blue tights, black boots and a black cardigan as it was in December in CT.

I like it both ways…but am partial to the kind I get to wear while sitting on a patio eating BBQ in the sun.

I wore this fun dress to get some BBQ with my good girl friend Rion (who has the coolest spelled name ever!) at Edley’s BBQ in Nashville on today, Memorial Day.  I have been wanting to try this place for awhile, and you can imagine my joy when I found out a new location just opened up on my side of town.  Done.

I had a brisket sandwich with bean salad and macaroni on the side.  I left feeling uncomfortably full…but worth it because it was all delicious.

Thank goodness for the stretch covered waist on this frock.  I knew that would come in handy.

Also once again sporting my Wal-Mart necklace.  I wonder how long it will take me to get sick of this one.  Pretty excited about it.

On a more serious note, I would like to take a moment to thank all of our past, current and future men and women who have served and fight for our freedom.  I take it for granted a lot, but am very thankful to be able to worship who I want to worship (God), do what I want to do, and shop where I want to shop (Goodwill).

Nothing is too trivial to be thankful for on this day, because someone gave up their live so you could do something as simple as eat cereal in your house…or apartment…or condominium- wherever you choose to dwell- it is your freedom to choose!  Ok, I think you get my point.  I am thankful.  As I never had the guts to serve myself, I’m glad someone else has and does and will.

Happy Memorial Day everyone!  Thanks for stopping by.

-Jaime

“Freedom is never free.”

NY&Co. Embroidered Tunic (& bubbles)

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NY&Co. Gold embroidered tan linen tunic top, $4.49.

I wore it to work today where I:

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watched these kids (and a few more) and passed some of the time with bubble fun.

Then I came home and enjoyed this:

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All in my Goodwill/NY&Co. tunic.

Also enjoyed was a red pepper with eggplant spread that was not captured because my camera is too full :/

I eat well, my friends, I eat well.  Thanks to regular trips to Trader Joe’s.

Love that place so much.  I don’t know what I would do without it.

Have to cook?

:-/

Let’s not joke about that.

Nothing like a little focaccia bread dipped in rosemary and thyme olive oil….nothing.  and not spending $30 or more out at an Italian Restaurant just to get it before the meal.  Priceless.

I also recieved exactly two compliments on this shirt today while at the school!

I like to include compliments I recieve because they are always so surprised after when I tell them the item is from Goodwill!  Although, the cat is out of the bag…now people are surprised when I am wearing something from a first hand store, and not the other way around.  I now feel redundant letting them know where I purchased my beautiful, amazing item.

It was a great day…can’t wait to do it again.

-Jaime

Youth has no age -Pablo Picasso

IKEA meets Goodwill

Hi.

I have come to bring you my long awaited furniture post (by who, I’m not sure, but I have promised it for a couple weeks now:-).

As you all may know, I recently moved across the country (ok, half way across, but really whats the difference??), and I like to keep it simple sweet always with furniture and moving- I buy cheap, sell cheap or give away or leave (thanks mom and old roommates :-x) wherever I am coming from or going to.  Goodwill, Tag Sales (yard sales as apparently I’ve learned most people call them at least in the South) and Craigslist play a big part in making this possible for me.  I have moved several times after selling all and buying completely new stuff, for either a minor financial loss, or sometimes even making a profit.  And this way I am able to move only in my civic and not have to pay movers or rent one of those UHaul thingies I’ve heard so much about.  I wouldn’t trust myself to drive that anyway.

So this time was no different, as I gave away my dresser, bookshelf, sold my bed last time I moved from here, I couldn’t just take all that stuff back.  And I left all my newish furniture at my Mother’s in CT, so I got here with nada.

No worries.

Goodwill to the rescue.

My first purchase was an awesome condition black full size futon that folds in two different ways (up into a couch, and also into a chaise lounge style- I have yet to use it that way as it is my bed), for $40.  A steal in my opinion.  It is one where the cushion is attached, making it even better to use as a bed.  And in my four weeks on it so far, I have slept well each night.

Sorry, no pictures of that piece 😦

Secondly, a couple weeks later, and the same day I found my lovely concert shirt at Goodwill, I was also hoping to find a nightstand and/or a coffee table set.

I found a coffee table set.

I love when I go into Goodwill looking specifically for certain things, and find them.  Both of them.  In the same day.  Blows my mind.  And makes me happy.  It proves that it is not just a place for strolling casually to see what treasures you come upon that you never knew you could never again live without.  Get it? 🙂  Although I like when that happens too.  Most people feel that way when they meet me…:)

Just saying.  Haha.

You have already seen the geometric shirt perfect for the Awolnation concert I didn’t get to go to:( and now I will show you my coffee and end table set in perfect condition from IKEA- aka furniture heaven and/or headache heaven, whichever you prefer.

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There they are.

IKEA Coffee and End Table set, $40 total

I guess $40 was the magic number from the Universe for my furniture purchases this time around, becasue this WHOLE set was a mere $40 as well.  That makes $80 total for a bed, effectively, and a living room set.  I got my couch free from my awesome friend who just moved to Austin, TX two days after I arrived in Nashville.  Thank you, Universe.

Also, I’m sure it has been shared in a past post becuase it is from Goodwill for $4, but the awesome yellow patch quilt is from the Charlotte Pike Goodwill in Nashville, TN within the past year and a half.  I also found the same quilt in black that same day:)  Who knew Goodwill had color selection?

And I couldn’t leave without sharing my dresser with you.  It’s not from Goodwill, but its just too cool of a story not to share.

I was out one saturday morning perusing local thrifts for a dresser or five to house my more than is ever appropriate collection of clothing (partly due to my Goodwill addiction), and was on my way home empty handed when I saw this on the side of the road:

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So I will describe it:  It is a turqoise shabby chic (read: messily) painted approximately 4′ tall 5 drawer dresser that puts a storage dent in my clothing collection and makes my room very happy.

Above it I have hanging my small wall art canvas of a green tree I purchased at Goodwill about two years ago and still love.  It and the dresser go very well together.

You may have heard me mention before of my love of bright colors.  I think turquoise falls nicely into this love.  So who better to pick this up than me?  Well, it turns out technically the guy giving it away was better to pick it up and lift it in into my car than measly old me…but I did a pretty good job of a driving away with it sticking out of my trunk and driving over the railroad tracks to my casa.

Happy car, happy Jaime.

Addendum: You can see a picture of the dresser in this later post, Lady in White.  🙂  You’re welcome.

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