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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Those Who Can’t Buy, DIY

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original bureau, $14.99, Goodwill

stencil, Michael’s, $10.99

Get it?  It’s cool cause it rhymes…

Anyway.

I have history of buying fixer uppers at Goodwill….and not fixer uppering them…

cough, cough

but times have changed.

And I have fixed up.

The above bureau to be exact.

Whatcha think?

I like it quite a bit.

I started with the white paint.

And then was at Michael’s getting supplies to make something for my new niece Summer Jane, and saw the stencil I used above and knew I had to get it.

The example the stencil packaging had on it was of a bureau just like mine, same exact doors and everything, so I can’t take too much credit for seeing the stencil and thinking of my bureau.

It was pretty much laid out for me by Martha.

Martha Stewart.

I then tossed the idea up of either doing one in the center of each panel door, or two on each, like I have above, kinda.

I went with doing two, and then decided that was ‘two’ much 🙂 and did not do any on the bottom panels.  I think it works.

I’m in love with the stencil.

Adds just the right amount of elegance and whimsy.

And competely recreates the bureau.

I had wanted to do a nice refinishing of the wood, but that was much more work!  Apparently.

Baby steps.

My friend said the wood on top was not a quality wood like the doors to be refinished and would be very difficult.  And I had paint on hand, and then a stencil appeared in my life, so this is what happened.

Happy thrifting and DIY’ing,

-Jaime

My Sanctuary- with $4.49 Tiled Garden Table

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tiled garden table, Half-off for $4.49

This is my front porch.

Lovely place, wouldn’t you say?

I agree.

However, I haven’t hung out here much since I moved here July 1.  I don’t know why.

But I was at Goodwill this past Saturday- I stopped in for half-off day (which takes place the first Saturday of every month in my area- make sure you check your local Goodwill specials as everywhere is different!!)  It’s usually pretty crazy, but they staff it well so that it doesn’t take too long once you get in line, and I found this awesome tiled garden table.

It was priced at $8.99, so I got it for half at $4.49.  Not bad at all.

I love the bright, fun tile pattern.

As soon as I got home, I put it on my porch, and immediately sat out there with a glass of wine and a homemade harvest salad (bleu cheese, apples, almonds and mushrooms and a raspberry vinaigrette dressing)  It was as good as it sounds, yes.

And I sat out there again yesterday.

I guess all my porch needed was a table.

And I am loving it.  Somehow theres just enought shade, that even in 90+ degree hotness, I still feel okay out there for a little bit.  Maybe the table is a little magical too.  Maybe.

That’s Goodwill for ya.  Showing ya things you never knew you always needed.  For less.

-Jaime

Live the life you’ve always dreamed.  Go ahead

For $55 small ones I got…

At the retail store:

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A handmade bureau/tv armoire, $15.99.

This looks handmade and kind of rough.  It needs a paint job for sure.  Which I am happy to do.  Eventually.  I have always loved refinishing dressers and furniture, so this will be a fun project for me, and a very cheap armoire for my clothes.

Which I have in abundance because of a beyond addiction to all things Goodwill.

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Xhilaration lacy, flowery, flowy tank top, full price at $4.49.

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Life In Progress burnt orange corduroy pleated trouser shorts, $4.49.

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Somewhat oversized H&M off-white fake leather purse, $5.99.  Perfect condition.

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Xhilaration branch cropped short sleeve loose fitting t-shirt, $4.49

And at the outlet:

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A-line double layered cotton embellished skirt by apostrophe, gift for Mom, ~0.60 at the Goodwill outlet.  Purchased by weight at $1.69/lb.

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Great Pajama capris by Secret from the mart of Wals…about 0.60 by weight

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This beautiful quilt.  by Target, $3.99 by weight. 

Technically, it was over the 5 lb mark, so when something gets that heavy, they will just give you a reasonable price.

Reasonable?  I think, yes.

This quilt is not perfect, its got a few small spots and a few small tears, but nothing I wouldn’t do sooner or later myself, and nothing a guest staying over would reject a night’s sleep for:)  Oh the wonderful host am I.  Goodwill makes it easy to have extra stuff on hand for the unexpected guest.  However, I quickly decided this would not be a guest blanket, but my personal bed covering for at least a little bit:)

I also got, but do not have pictured,

a lovely new square scarf for $1.99

a pair of khaki capris for a friend for 0.60

a pair of white wide leg pants and a matching blue and white tee for $1 each for a friend,

and a heather blue pocket cardigan from Old Navy for another friend.

Didja get all that?

And it only set me back $55.

Goodwill never ceases to amaze me.

I have used a few of these items already, and here they are in action:

The branch patterned loose tee from Target was the perfect wear for my sips n’ strokes class with a few girlfriends the very next night.  I do know how to put my clothes to use RIGHT away, that’s for sure.

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She’s sipping.  I’m stroking.  We are so getting this.

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Whatcha think?  It’s called Walk in the Rain, Part II.

Or maybe I’ll rename mine walk in the asteroids, I don’t know…

I’ll be honest, I did strip to just my lovely under tank top for the whole painting part.I know me.  I spill.  At least I arrived and left in style with this on and my new purse on my shoulder.

As I said, I am already using my new purse.  It didn’t take me long to make the switchover.  You ladies know what that means.  It can be an emotional event.

And I wore the burgundy covered loveliness tank top for happy hour drinking on Saturday, and afterwards to walk my dog.

Commence walk photo shoot:

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feet shot

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bracelet shot (I’m sure its from Goodwill, but honestly can’t remember🙂

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action shot

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selfie!

I hope you are inspired to make some finds of your own!

Til next time,

Jaime

Happy July! Pictureless Post…

Hi!  Happy July!  What is it about a new month that is so exciting?  Especially July…right in the heart of summer, one of the best seasons.  Such a good season, in my opinion, that I just wrote a song about it a week or two ago, and the tag line is “It’s summertime, let life begin again.”  Life is good in the summer.

What I did for July so far is move.  Again.  This time only 20 min. across town instead of 17 hours across the country.  Potato, potato.  K, that saying doesn’t really work quite as well when you are typing it.  But you get my drift.  It was much easier though, and I didn’t have to sell all my furniture.

I moved in with this girl who I work with at the preschool.  So far I’m pretty happy with the new place.  First day here, and I run into Keith Urban at the local Starbucks.  I’ll take it.  Put me into shock for a good half hour, but it was worth it.

My Goodwill futon came with me, it has done a good job for the past 3 months, so I’ll keep it.  Not firing it or reassigning it to couch position just yet.

A house move means a Goodwill move as well.  Luckily, my love, Nashville, has tons of Goodwills, so there really is one for every area.  I have lived close to the Charlotte Pike one and have used that one, I just lived near the East Nashville/Gallatin Goodwill and got to get to know that pretty well, and now I live near the third and final one in Berry Hill.  This location is particularly exciting because it also has a Goodwill outlet attached!  This is where all things to go to die, or to finally be sold.  Half empty or half full?  Anything that doesn’t sell at a regular Goodwill is taken here and put in bins and sold by weight.  My new roommate got her straw purse there that I wrote about it this post.  I have gotten a few things there in the past as well.  And now I will get to go there more often!

This particular Goodwill also has a bountiful furniture section, something the East Nashville location actually didn’t have at all.  Strange really.  Sometimes a piece or two would be thrown in the corner near the childrens’ clothing (makes sense?? they do a lot of furniture buying those kids I have found…).  Hardly constituting a furniture section.

I can’t wait to find out what new things I will need for my new place and see if I can find it at Goodwill.

Also (I think this is my first pictureless post???) I don’t have a picture, but I am wearing out in public for the first time my anna ‘winged’ shirt I like to call it because it is of the style that has the ‘wings’ attached to the sides.  I could add the picture again here, but I’m kind of excited about having a post with no pictures.  For some reason.  Y’all might not be.

Happy July everyone!  Make the most of these Summer days, they’ll be gone before we know it.  Go for a swim, a hike, or have a cookout.  Just a few ideas.  Using stuff from Goodwill whilst, of course:)

Lastly, I want to shout out to urbanwallart.wordpress.com for being my 50th follower:)  Its a special number.  He makes GREAT art and y’all should check him out.  I love and appreciate all of you, so much!, but he was numero 50, so I wanted to give him some props.  Can’t wait to get to 100 and more…

-Jaime

“What fun would it be if we lived forever?  Where is the challenge in that?”

What would you do if you knew you were gonna live forever?

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View from Chimney Rock, near Asheville, NC. 

Ok, you caught me, I couldn’t do it.  I added a picture.

But that quote just really needed this, dontcha think? 😉

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.