Leather Satchel, $7.99- Sunday Trip

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This purse really speaks for itself.  I almost didn’t get it because of a dark little scuff on the front, but caught a glimpse of it while waiting in line to purchase a frame, and its strength and beauty took me away once more, so I snatched it up for good.

It is clearly real leather, great detailing and just quality work, you can tell.  For $7.99 I feel its a great price. It will also fit in well with the laid back, muted style of Nashville.  Understated, but still expensive looking.  Its about quality and functionality.

The leather also seems an appropriate choice for the coming colder winter month, although I hate to think about them.  Fall forever, please?  Thanks.

I got this trip on my first trip with my new boyfriend, I told him it was a step in our relationship, coming to Goodwill with me.  I don’t go with just anyone:)  Well, that’s not true, I would go with any and everyone who wanted to go to Goodwill, but its still a special time for me no matter what.  I saw something that caught my eye as soon as we walked in (a scarf…but they priced it at 8.99- are you kidding?? Is it Armani??  Not everything Goodwill does pleases or makes sense to me), so I said, bye, see you in a few, smiled and walked to the woman’s department.

He came back in a short bit, not long enough, but I’ll oblige, with a ‘new’ science fiction book for 1.99.  He is trying to get back into reading after the excitement I had over my last book, Henry and Clara, and our subsequent trip to Mary Lincoln’s house in Lexington, KY.  He’s a science fiction more than historical fiction type, I’ll allow it.

Altogether a successful tip, bonding and shopping combinado.

I’ll include a few other pictures of what we did that day…  I had a Sunday off of work for once and so we were able to spend pretty much the entire day together, doing mostly a bunch of nothing…and it was nice.

We started with a trip to the quite local <two walking blocks away> coffee shop so I could do a homework assignment, and was immediately greeted by a string quartet when I walked in: (have I mentioned I love heart adore Nashville?)

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I was worried it may be too distracting, but it turned out just fine.

I was also pleasantly surprised to see they have QUITE the brunch menu items on Sunday from 10-2 (I was in luck- it was right around 12:00)

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We got the eggs benedict casserole, smoked gouda grits, and the vegetarian biscuits with mushroom gravy ( I am a sucker for mushrooms).  It was all delicious.

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<Grant’s hand making an appearance in the upper left corner>

as you can see.  I love Nashville and my neighborhood.  Which is why I pay what I do to live in a basement apartment with minimal windows, but maximal area enjoyment 🙂

Sunday funday indeed.

Thanks for stopping by, happy thrifting and living!

❤ Jaime

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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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Straw Bags and Horse Farms

I haven’t had much time to make it to a local Goodwill lately to make some finds of my own, although I am in need of a new dresser, so that may be happening sooner rather than later.  But for today, I am stealing my coworker’s find to share with you- don’t worry, she approved it.  

As I was leaving school today,  Ms. Helen showed me her latest treasure that she got at the Goodwill OUTLET store here in Nashville. 

Kill me.

Straw and leather weaved tote, $ 0.80.   Goodwill Outlet Store, Berry Hill, Nashville, TN

Ms. Helen modeling her Goodwill find.  Or just Helen after 3:00.  I think she has a future in modeling, whaddya think? 

Closeup of the straw and leather weaving. 

One of Helen’s passions is working with horses on her family’s farm, and what she spends a lot of her free time doing.  I may be minorly jealous of this.  But I cope.  Lots of ice cream.  And running (to burn off said cream of ice), and playing music, and listening to music, and writing music…well, you get the idea.  Anyway, she says she’ll be able to use this to bring to the farm, as it is sturdy enough to take the wear and tear.  As you can see, it does carry those cowboy boots quite handily.  It definitely looks like it can stand up to the job, and also look good while doing it.  Which is what we really all want, isn’t it?  (Other than life being sugar rimmed…of course)

On a side note, we are lucky enough to have a Goodwill outlet store in Nashville where all the other stores’ rejects end up.  Everything at the outlet store is sold by weight my friends, by weight.  Have you ever heard of anything so spectacular?  Hence this purse being only 0.80 cents!  Dont know if you’ve noticed, but that is a little less than my normal prices of my finds.  My first, and only, purchase at the outlet store so far was a Wine Encyclopedia book for like 1.06.  Thinking back… an encyclopedia MAY not have been the best thing to buy by weight….oh well.  A dollar for knowledge is still pretty good. 

I know that find left you pining for some wine knowledge, let me fill that void for you; here’s one fact I learned from this book: Chardonnay is one of the easiest grapes to grow in all different types of regions, and adapts to change very well, the Lady Gaga of grapes if you will.  (I do my best with analogies, don’t expect much)  The merlot grape, not so much as adaptable.  Soooo, practical tip: if you are going to buy a cheap(er) wine at a restaurant, opt for Chardonnay over Merlot.  Because, well, it’s easier to make a cheap and more palatable Chardonnay than a cheap, palatable Merlot.  Also, if you really don’t know much about wine, the ‘t’ in Merlot is silent.  I just helped you out ALOT, you may not know it, but I did.  You’re welcome.

Hope this inspires you to get out there and make some finds of your own.  Take that money you save and go on a nice vacation!!  Maybe on a tour of the Goodwill’s of America?  Or the Caribbean….Either/Or. 🙂

Happy Spring and Daylight savings time week ( I just made that up, I think its gonna catch on…).  Wake up!

Have you ever been to a Goodwill outlet store?

Yup.

Do you enjoy learning about wine?

Yup.

Do you like horses?

Love.