Of course it’s his…

Of course it's his...

Chair- $10
Throw Pillow- $1.99
Dog- $110 and lots of headaches

As the subtitle of this blog says, “the LIFE of a fashionable goodwill-aholic”…and not much more can sum up my life than my dog/puppy :-), Baker Jones (he has two names, mostly for something else to yell at him when I am mad- also it makes him sound like a jazz musician- it happens and he knows his middle name well). I love him more than I probably should or is healthy, but you would too if you had a run in with him, I promise. He has that puppy dog face down to a science. It helps that he is still kind of the size of a puppy too, he never quite made it to the full grown I was expecting, but I still love him anyway, clearly.

So it is/was really no surprise to me when I brought this chair home (you may recognize it from a few posts ago) that it quicly became his. Helped in part by the fact that I immediately directed him to climb up on it and find it very comfortable. Why beat around the bush here.

You see, I have a roommate, and the very pretty off white couch (a color I stay very clear away from…and one pillow may have been flipped the week I moved in due to a clumsy glass of red wine that could just not sit still in my hand- it’s always the glass’s fault) is hers, and she doesn’t want him on it. Understandable. Black fur. White couch. Not the look she’s going for. Then I will buy a chair, (brown, a much more Jaime friendly color) and let him…tell him, to rest on it as much as he wants. Heck, at $10 that chair was cheaper than any dog bed I could buy or have bought for him anywhere.

So he has had no problem making it his own, and can be found on any given njght curled up in the center into the impossibly tiny little ball he forms when sleeping, right next to the also impossibly adorable little double sided of cuteness throw pillow I got from Goodwill sometime ago (months…years…I honestly can’t remember). It’s all a blur at this age.

Side note, I really do love this pillow, and you should make sure you can see what little of it is in this picture. If I had my chose/designing skills/money, my whole apartment would embody the spirit of this pillow. I think you get the picture. I have no idea where it originally hails from, but it came into my life at Goodwill.

Happy thrifting~
-Jaime ❤

Do you have pets that you treat as children too?


Alex’s 6th Birthday Trip

There was a little girl named Alex, and she loved horses, just like her aunt.

And the day before her sixth birthday she had her third horseriding lesson,

 where her family came and watched,

including her younger sister (whose passion is gymnastics, if you couldn’t tell, she is a stretchy little one)

and also her new cousin, (whose passion is sleeping and eating)

and after took her out to lunch at her favorite coffee shop.

(don’t let her fool you, she got TWO muffins because it was her birthday, but like a true lady, did not want them in the picture with her:)

When lunch was over, as she requested, her aunt jay jay and her gammy took her to Goodwill.

On the way she said, “I really want to find a big pink teddy bear with a bow tie.”

And amazingly enough, as she walked through the aisle, perusing the piles and piles of stuffed animals on top of the clothing racks, she came upon this,

A big pink stuffed teddy bear with a bow tie.  And she put it in her cart to bring home with her.

But she was not done with Goodwill that day.  She had to make sure there was nothing else there for her.  And so she walked further to the back of the store and saw this,

put there seemingly just for her for her 6th birthday.

An old fashioned bouncing horse.  She immediately jumped on and knew she would have hours of countless fun and had to bring it home as well.  She even named it Jiggles because of how it jiggled as she rode.  Her aunt knew she would pay at most $20 anything so she could bring it home with her for her birthday.  But it was only 7.50, half off its original price of $15.

It made her aunt happy that the Goodwill fairies seem to show her niece the same favor they do her.

And they did not leave her aunt out that day either, as they led her to this

A knee length Calving Klein kelly green wool car coat, for 12.50.

And also to these,

Talbot’s patent leather flats, perfect size 7, (they know how to make a girl feel like Cinderella) also half of of $8.00 for $4.00.

Yes it was a happy day before her sixth birthday for Alexandra, and her aunt Jay Jay.

Thanks Goodwill!

(in case you didn’t catch on…I am the aunt:)

A Pre-Christmas Dinner Get Together

This year, as my brother was scheduled to work on Christmas day in the ER where he is Physician’s Assistant, we decided to go out for dinner a couple nights beforehand instead so that I could see him while I was in town.  His wife Liz, and my older sister and her husband joined as well, and for our location we chose a new rooftop restauarant that just opened in my hometown.  First we tried the enclosed rooftop area, but it proved to be too loud and filled with bar guests, so we moved inside to where it was much quieter and conducive to conversation and where they luckily they had an open table.  There was no rooftop view, but we could hear ourselves talk and think.

What does this have to do with Goodwill?? you may ask.  Well, plenty.  Goodwill in fact, saved the evening.  Ok, maybe just my outfit.  But introduce me to a girl that would not equate a saved outfit with a saved evening, and I will not shop at Goodwill for a week.  I’m saying that would never happen:) 

So, back to the need for outfit saving.  In packing for Connecticut for ten days, I was bound to forget something.  The first item I realized I forgot (and I am only two days in, so I’m sure there are more to come…) (see Addendum A) was my favorite skinny leapord print belt that would pull my dinner outfit together.  What to do??  Surely not sacrifice a great outfit, and surely not spend close to $20 or more on a replacement belt!  Even at a discount store like T.J. Maxx it would be at least 12.99….

In steps my mother. 

“Go to Goodwill”, she says.  Now, my mother said this, but I assure you the thought would not have been far behind in my own head.  So down Main Street I drive, and into Goodwill I go (walking at this point, the driving did stop in the parking lot.  I get  excited, but I do still remember to park :-).  Straight to the belt rack I go, and am very satisfied to see the $3 sign I above it.  A perfect price point in my opinion.

After a mere five minutes of sorting throught them, I find two promising prospects (and one that had absolutly nothing to do with the outfit at hand, but was still very cute.  However I decided to pass on spending the extra $3- that’s one beer! as my friend Amy would say.  Wise words).  Both were skinny belts, one fake red leather, and one black with gold rimmed circles cut out along the length.  Neither would completely replace the forgotten belt, but at $3, I was able to buy both, have options and a red belt for some future outfit that would surely be in need.  

Here are the pictures you have been waiting for: 

One superb model

Skinny Red Belt - $3

And to answer your question, yes, I really am always this beautiful.  Ask my mother:)

Black Studded belt- $3

The black one ended up winning out, so that I could coordinatingly wear my favorite new mauve tank top underneath. 

I realize that taking a picture from beneath is not the most attractive angle.  You’d have to ask my sister why she did this.  I love her, but I do doubt her love for me sometimes.  Just kidding =:0   I’m pretty sure she was just trying to get the best angle for the belt, but that doesn’t sound quite as dramatic.  And anyway, the picture also works because in the future you may begin to think of me as perfect, and this picture will be here as a reminder that although seemingly true, I am not in fact perfect.  Just almost. 

In case you were wondering, the dinner was a smashing success, as I’m not sure it would have been if my wrap cardigan had sat there flapping in the wind the entire time.  The indian spiced sweet potato tots were my favorite appetizer, and my for my entree I chose a wonderful teriyaki salmon with roasted brusselsprouts (yes, I do in fact LIKE brusselsprouts!! And I was never even force fed them as a child) and asparagus as my meal.  It was finished off with bread pudding, one of my all time favorite desserts (it may be a fact that I say this about all desserts- but is that really a lie???), complements of the owner, who I happened to go to highschool, middle school and elementary school with. 

That wraps it up for the night.  Again, I hope you all have a Merry and Bright Christmas day, filled with family, food, fashion and cheer….and, of course, Goodwill. 

Yours always,  Jaime

Addendum A:

Socks.  I forgot socks.  Average temp while I’m here you ask?  30-40 degrees.  Socks may have been a smart addition to my 43.5 pound suitcase.  (46.2 pounds according to Ben who carried it, but who’s really counting).  I think I owe him a beer because he guessed so close.  

Q: What is something you without fail ALWAYS forget to bring on vacation??

A: Toothbrush, which I remembered this time!! 

What about you?

Passing the Goodwill Spirit On….

Nothing excites me more than passing my passion for shopping at Goodwill on to the next generation.  This includes, but is surely not limited to, my oldest niece at five years of age, Alexandra Grace Edwards.  Luckily, in my absence, as I live in Nashville, TN, my mother makes good headway; taking her on regular trips.  On my first day back for Christmas vacation, we didn’t waste any time, bringing her there immediately. 
Alexandra did me proud.   “Lift me Jaime, lift me!” she shouted, pleading with me to empty my hands of the goods she had already trustingly placed in my hands in order to help her find treasures that may be waiting just out of her diminutive reach.   It was my pleasure.  As if it wasn’t a good enought Christmas present to watch her pick up item after item like it may contain some secret pleasure that until that moment she wasn’t aware she couldn’t live without, seeing her push her limits to find these treasures surely was. 

Despite her need for me to be her constant personal shopping aide, I was able to escape her clutching hands long enough to find some gems of my own.  Like her, I dont know how I lived up to this day without them.   Here are some of mine, and her, treasures for your viewing pleasure.   I hope you can appreciate them as much as I.

 Belong on my two feet

I think Monet would be proud

Nine West Vintage Style Pumps- $7.99. 

Words can’t express my elation as I turned these heavenly shoes over and saw that lovely number 7 on the bottom, immediately making me Cinderella and these shoes my prince charming.  They left the store with me for a mere 7.99, and adorned my feet that evening for a lovely evening of chatting, eating and drinking with my sisters, mother and sister in law.  A wonderful start to any Christmas vacation.  And a beatiful red at that:)

Hat and Scarf Set for a little girl – $5
Alexandra knew when she saw this set (scarf included also, but not in the picture) that it was meant for her.  Her selling point was the mittens.  The top above the fingers flips on and off so she can use her fingers.  This is something I now know that  five year old finds quite valuable. 
Merry Merry Christmas everyone!  May your season be FILLED with Goodwill and Cheer!