I realize it’s been a bit…

…since I last posted.  The thing is, it’s a catch 22, the longer I go without posting, the harder it is to post because I have so much  more to choose from to post about!

Post, post, post.

That and my computer is acting up.

The first reason sounds so much cooler.

But either way, whenever I go an amount of time without posting, it DOES NOT mean I am not Goodwill shopping. Rest assured.  I’m not sure that will ever be the state of my life.  I find way too much good stuff there.  (get that pun…?:)  I know y’all missed my cleverness.

I do have this great little photo shoot my friend Rion was nice enough to help out with about a month ago…:/, so I will share that for now.

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(my photo:)

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(another pic- all me)

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location- The Stone Fox, restaurant/bar/music venue/awesomeness- Nashville, TN

Skirt: Goodwill, .99

Belt: T.J. Maxx, 12.99

Tee: T.J. Maxx, 5.99

Purse: Yard Sale, $5

Bracelet: Salvation Army, Tampa, $4

As you can see, I find bargains everywhere.  People’s yards… t.j. maxx… other thrift stores.  Always on the lookout, and ALWAYS benefiting.

I love it.

When buying the bracelet, I wasn’t positive it was ‘me’ because it is a little larger and overstated and flashy than I thought I liked.

I wore it out of the store, and I don’t think I took it off for three days:)  It has definitely come in handy since as well.

Thank you Salvation Army, Tampa Bay.  Thank you.  $4 well spent.

This was my first time wearing the skirt out, and I simply wore it running errands to prepare for my road trip from Nashville to Charleston for one of my good girlfriend’s weddings.  Happy day.  Happy weekend.

Lastly, I must mention the belt.  One of my favorite purchases from Marshall’s about two years ago, ever.  $12.99 also very well spent.  It is more versatile than I ever could have predicted, and definitely works with this outfit, in addition to many others.

I haven’t actualy been inside this Stone Fox yet, but I have friends that have, and can’t wait to go see a show or grab a drink there myself.  I now live half a mile away from this, on the same street, so I can’t imagine it will be very long before it happens.  yay.

Well, I am glad to be back, I will do my absolutely, positively best to not go so long again next time.

BUT, in the name of more excuses, I was on one vacation…and I moved sine we last spoke.

K, that’s all.

Happy thrifting and living,

keep it real,

-Jaime

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

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

Who’s Ready for Fall??? Go get your boots on!

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My satisfied face.  Mmmhmmmm.  I found a good one.

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Sweater- Forever XXI, $5.99

Boots- Blowfish, $5.99

Flats- daniblack, $2.99, half off color of the week

Wallet- $2.99, no brand name

Me. I am.  Always.  All year.  I love the colors.  The crisp cool air.  The scarves.  The boots.  The accessories!!!  The feel of things ending to make way for new beginnings.

All of the above.

But who is ready clothing wise?

I am just a little bit closer thanks to my trip yesterday to Goodwill.

The sweater is the perfect neutral palette for me to spice up with scarves and hats and such, which I have plenty of.  I also love the sleeve style where it is loose under the armpit area.  Who doesn’t like a little extra breathing room right there? (Does anyone know what the correct term for this style is?  I’d love to know)

The boots are great because they slip easily on and off, are comfortable, and not too high of a heel.  I also have one other or blowfish shoes, they are open toed flats, that I got for about $20 at DSW a couple years ago, and I get compliments on them almost every time I wear them.  So I felt good about another blowfish purchase.

The ‘wallet’, or credit card holder, has a see through pocket for my ID on the other side, as well as a zipper pocket for change/cash.  The perfect little size.  And I saw my friend use one just like it the other night, and thought that I would like to look for one, and there it was.  Good timing as always Goodwill.

I love my new Fall Essentials.  And can’t wait for it to be just cool enough to use them.  It’s still holding strong at 90+ here in TN at the moment.

My trip to San Francisco in less than two weeks may just be the perfect time.

And…an item I passed on 😦  The right shoe was just too loose, as they were technically a size too big.  Technicalities.  Foot size shmize.

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Forever XXI Ballet flats, $4.99

Heartbreaking, huh?

And, in a not so Fall manner…I may have put a cheap box of light blonde Revlon on my hair last night…

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…NOT so fally…but I’m glad it turned out alright.  Not bright orange or green.  These are plusses.

I’d love to go dark for the fall/winter, as they recommend, but anytime I do, it turns a reddish brown, not just straight brown.  Someday I’ll figure it out.  For now, blonde will do.

And lastly, thanks Martyna over at spoolish.com for reminding me to look for Fall essentials, or else I may just have never found these wonderful items:)

happy Fall thrifting to all of you,

-Jaime

Are you as excited to wear scarves again as I am?

Not that I completely stopped over the summer months…

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

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