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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And Those Who Can’t DIY…Buy? Rolled Magazine Paper Bowl DIY!

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Rolled Magazine Paper bowl, .99, Goodwill

how to(and other fun crafts): http://doitandhow.com/?s=magazine

Well, not normally in my case, but for .99 at Goodwill, yes.

This was such a find for me.

I love the DIY/Craft look, especially when I don’t actually have to do it myself…so I’m a cheater 😉

I mean, ya know I love a good craft, but I don’t always have the patience skills time.

This looks pretty difficult actually.

I am not sure if someone else made it, and I am going to would never take credit, or if it is store bought.  I don’t see any label on it, but it could have come off… (Detective Jaime at work here, watch out.  She comes out every now and then.)

Either way, it’s fabulous and I can’t wait to display it in the new house I am moving into next month in my FAVORITE area of town.

Since I didn’t actually make this one myself in order to show you how to, I found a lady who did, or at last has a link to how to do it.

So here is my link to a link to create your own rolled up magazine paper basket, and it’s actually two slightly different more fun versions of it.

The blog is www.doitandhow.com, and this is the page with magazine paper projects, including two bowls and one frame.

I’m telling you, if Pinterest was more like this blog, I would be addicted to it just like everyone else.

I couldn’t stop looking at her posts once I found this one.  Each craft and DIY was so cool!

I want to do every one.

LIke now.

One was making a necklace out of an old t-shirt by cutting it up and using the fabric.  I like necklaces!  I don’t like spending money!  I can find plenty of old cheap t-shirts at Goodwill!

Love!

…another was turning old mason jars into cool ones with words on them using a hot glue gun and spray paint.

I have all of those supplies!!!

And on my reactions went….

until I decided to start paying attention in class again 😉  but nevermind that…

good student award here.

So you should check it out and find some cool projects, in addition to the DIY magazine paper bowl one.  Let me know if any of you try it and are successful!!  Looks like so much fun!

Unless you find one at Goodwill first like me that is. 😉

-Jaime

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

Speaking of lamps…and “A Friend Loves At All Times”

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lamp- Goodwill, $4.99 several years ago

cross sign- Goodwill, .99 last Saturday

A bed is NOT a bed without a lamp beside it.  How are you supposed to read?  Or blog?  Or write?

Or stare for an inappropriately long time at your puppy while he sleeps? 😉

I can’t help it.

One needs a lamp.  Or else you get completely comfortable and have to do the dreaded walk to the door to shut off the lights.  No one wants to do that.  Or you fall asleep and wake up in the middle of the night and do it then.

Neither good options.  Enter, lamp.

Thankfully I just got back my favorite lamp from the house I left it in when I moved back to CT last September.  (And then returned here in March for those of you not up. to. date.)  Somehow I didn’t bring it with me when I left.

Well, I shouldn’t say somehow.  Somehow is that I had a broken ankle and both my friends and my boyfriend (bless their amazing hearts) had to ‘help’ me pack, (follow my stressed out orders) and I had to fly out before all my belongings were even safely in my car.  Hence the lamp going missing.  I would say that has something to do with how.

Sidenote: Moving with a broken ankle/tibia IS NOT FUN.  In the realm of fun and not fun.  It is definitely not fun.

Fortunately, the lamp was still in the same place that I left it, and in one of my many visits to my old place/their current place, I finally remembered to put it in my car.

And then on my nightstand.  Next to my bed.

It is coincidentally one of my favorite Goodwill purchases ever, and I bought it before I started this blog, but I think I have shared it once before.

I don’t think I can share it enough.

I also love the cross I purchased last Saturday for .99.  A steal.  And a good reminder.

A friend loves at all times.

Or should.  We all make mistakes.

And I will leave you with a picture of me once again enjoying my ‘sanctuary‘ on this first absolutely lovely day of fall like weather.  High of 77.  Nowhere near the 90+ temps of late.  And I am loving it.

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happy thrifting and living,

Jaime

Everyone Needs a Peasant Top…right?

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$4.29, no tag, aka I don’t know the brand.

Just like this.

Or at least me. Maybe y’all would like yours to look a little different.

But I recommend not too different as this top is really working out for me.

I honestly can’t remember the first place I wore this amazing piece of clothing, but I do remember that the SECOND was the preschool that I work at.  And I know that while I was wearing it the first time, I do remember thinking,

“I’m gonna wear this to work.”

And I did.

I did.

Lo and behold, while working, I got into a conversation about clothing (shocking, I know) with a college student who was there doing research on our children (completely appropriate and approved by director and parents alike, don’t worry).  Long story short, she complimented my shirt.  That being the above peasant top for people who have trouble following.  And she had very good taste, you’ll just have to trust me on this.

Well I obviously would think she had good taste because she was wearing a very slightly different (just in the neckline) version of a dress that I own myself.  She purchased her dress at Nordstrom’s, I got mine at Goodwill, but it is a Target brand originally.  This makes me slightly confused, first, and then I come to the realization that they all must share patterns and fabrics apparently, from Target to Nordstrom’s and I wonder how this works.  If anyone out there happens to know.

Goodwill strikes again y’all, I hope you are continuing to have thrift luck as I do!

Happy thrifting and thanks for stopping by! Follow me if you’d like! Or you can follow me on instagram, @mygoodwillfinds or @jaimen84. Either/or. Both will show you amazing things and wonderment 😉

-Jaime

Do you like peasant shirts like me, or do you think they are outdated?  Please tell.

I did! Until I kept finding myself trying them on…and so I finally just gave in and bought the perfect one! As a matter of opinion of course…

Ninety-nine cent dress for a Saturday in Germantown

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Dress: Old Navy, for .99 at Goodwill

Sandals: Kelly & Kate, for 2.99 Goodwill

Bracelet: gifted from Cape Cod from a lovely friend.

In case you can’t tell, I love this dress AND Germantown, where I took it out for the first time.

On Wednesday and Sunday in my area, all Goodwills sell their color of the week for just .99, instead of half off as they do for the rest of the week.  So I make sure to hit up Goodwill on a Wednesday or Sunday as often as I can.  I can not believe this dress, along with some other great tops, made it to the .99 rack, but I was happy it did.

The Sandals I got last October in CT while I lived there for a brief stint.  Although it was October when I got them, I knew they were timeless enough that for $2.99 I would still be able to wear them come Summer.

I got to go to brunch last Saturday with my good girlfriend Rion at this new crepes restaurant in town called The Red Bicycle.  It is located in a lovely and quaint area of town called Germantown.  I love Germantown.  This street in particular has some of my favorite Nashville restaurants on it, including City House, and SILO which is a farm to table restaurant.  And The Red Bicycle did not disappoint.  It can keep its location on 5th Ave. North in Nashville, TN.

It was adorable, quirky and fun…three of my favorite attributes in a restaurant.

Oh and the food was good too:)

We each got two specialty crepes and shared them ALL!  I like how after we each ordered our first one the cashier thought we were done..no no.  These look too delicious to stop at one.  Thanks,  And were very full after, but not too full to walk around in 100+ degree heat for a LITTLE bit and stage a mini photo shoot.  (Results above;)

Some shots of the restaurant:

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Ordering counter.  They have wonderful coffee drinks as well.

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colorful chairs and tables galore.

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Our first two crepes have arrived.  Nutella, and the Highlander, which was my FAVORITE!!! Chicken, gorgonzola, apples and tarragon aoili.

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We fit a little talking in there too.

They also had a local photographer’s artwork on the walls, which I feel is always a very nice touch.  Each piece was from a different city around the country, so I felt like I got a little traveling in while eating my crepes.

It was a lovely Saturday and I’m glad I got to share it with y’all:)  Look forward to some more finds coming your way soon… I may just be wearing one as I write this blog…

Happy Thrifting.

-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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