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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More Dresses for Jaime :) Oh, and the greatest coffee table EVER

 

 A girl can never have too many dresses, right?  Well, if you look at my closet you will know that the answer is No.  Capital N.

I got this one at Goodwill a couple weeks ago:

7.99, Origially Old Navy, animal inspired print navy blue shirt dress.

Necklace: Plato’s Closet.   Strappy Wedges: Target.

And then you can put this great khaki fitted blazer over for a different, more put together, maybe a little warmer? look.

Oh, yeah, the blazer is also from Goodwill, 6.99.  Does that surprise you?  Origially from Target for I think over $20.  My sister was’t happy when she saw mine.  Yeah, she got it at Target in black for the regular price.  I still love her though.

And also this one:

Ann Taylor Loft, also, 7.99. 

Boots: Nashville Flea Market, 5.00

From some grown up store Ann Taylor Loft.  But I can still sass it up with red cowboy boots and my chunky yellow necklace from Plato’s closet, Ann Taylor Loft or not.  I will admit, I am guilty of loving a purse, seeing it is Liz Claiborne or some similar other ‘old lady’ brand (sorry Liz), in my opinion at least, and immediately putting it down:/  No questions asked, not further inspection of the product.  Not for me.  I am not ashamed to admit that.  I am glad I didn’t do that with this dress.  Although it is harder to do this at Goodwill when most things are under $8.  If I like it, it could say Dress Barn for all I care, and I’d still buy it.  Well, that may be going a little too far. 

I like the waist pleats on this dress, and the cap sleeves.  So cute. 

Oh, you want to see the greatest coffee table ever?  Or the top three… as my boyfriend says.  He may be right, but I’ve never seen the other two.  Remains to be proved.  Like most of our arguments:)

Here goes…

No idea where this is originally from, Heaven?  🙂 But it was $35.  I would’ve paid twice that, for the look, the storage, the stylish legs, the rustic look….oh, let me count the ways.  

Oh, I almost forgot, the top flips up to reveal more storage inside, in addition to the droor on the front:

Clearly, I am already making use of it:)  This is a great way to just put everything you would throw on TOP of your coffee table, inside it, and creat the illusion that you are perfectly neat, clean, put together person:)  Everybody will be jealous.  Everyone you get to come to your house at least.  Which by that point, they’re already pretty impressed with you anyway, right?  Okay, now you see how my rambling mind works, and what I live with everyday. 

And it came with this great vintage Reader’s digest condensed book inside the front droor:

Not to be unclear, it is the book on top.  I may have seen that this was in the droor before I purchased it, but I just thought I’d assume it was a package deal, and not tell the Goodwill folks.  I knew it would look perfect on top of my new table:)  The other two are books that are currently on my reading radar, All He Ever Wanted by Anita Shreve (I’m pretty sure I have mentioned how much I love her several times by this point) and a book that I think was supposed to make it to my grandfather for christmas, along with several others, The Birth of Modern Politics, but I think it looks pretty interesting, so I’ll just hand it over next time I catch up with him:)  (If you’re reading this Bubs, now ya know!)

I think that is enough to leave you with today, I wouldn’t want you to burst with impressed-ness.  That should be a word.  Goodwill has me for at lesat another month, in which I’m sure it will amaze me once again, and hook me for another month…and so on and so forth. 

In case you forgot, Goodwill is known for helping and hiring people with disabilities, so they do really good work!  Your money not only gets you great finds, but goes to a great cause!

So go out and see what you can find!  And show me!  Until next time, live life, and love life:)

-Jaime!