I Found It!!

This past Saturday was the first Saturday of the month, in case you didn’t know.  Minds blown yet?:)

Well they will be.  In my area, that day  means all local Goodwills are half off the entire store.  Still hard for me to wrap my mind around that goodness.  It’s so exciting to not have to care about that pesky little ‘color of the week’.  Nope, not on the first Saturday.  Whatever you pick up, you can just cut the price in half.  Red, blue, orange, green…take. your. pick.

When I first discovered this, i would make tentative plans to wake up early and head over there ASAP on the first saturday of each month.  this slowly stopped as i realized how crazy it was, and may be not completely worth it for ME.  i do like sleep.  And i swear i saw an ambulance parked outside once…not ok.

so it has turned into me realizing what day it is after i pull into the parking lot to piles of cars upon cars, as i did this past saturday.  i got off work a little early and had some free time, so as any goodwiller would do, made my way to a goodwill that was on my way home.  i was then pleasantly, or not so pleasantly surprised (because of all the cars and the no parking situation.  I ended up parking somewhat illegally across the street.  rebel am i.) at the half off saturday event.

i’m glad i stopeed.  the line for checkout was no more than 5 minutes at the end, not bad, and the crowds weren’t too bad.

and i came away with some treasures.

the first treasure i will share is this form fitting (i found one!!!) piece of clothing I, and I’m sure my boyfriend, have been waiting for me to find and own.  I came close on this trip, but was thwarted by one too many ruffles…

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Mossimo from Target purple stretch cotton short sleeveless dress.  Half off of $7.99 or $4.00.  Yes.

i almost put it back.  when will i wear this?  get it.  why does it need to be quite so tight?  and purple?  just get it.

there will be an occasion.

it turns out that occasion was the very next night to go to the  movies with my boyfriend, ending our Nashville staycation adventure I told y’all about.  We saw This is the End with about 101,000 hollywood movie stars playing caricatures of themselves in it.  It was pretty cool….

other than that, i really have no words for this movie.  I don’t even know what to say about it.  Ok, that was a little redundant.  It was a fun time on a Sunday night, i’ll just leave it at that.

and i got to rock out my purple dress.

he liked it, i’m sure.  i think he felt like his own version of who kidnapped jaime and replaced her with this tight dress wearing vixen.  It was fun to feel a little like someone else for a night.  a little sexy.  i think when you get in a relationship, you stop trying as hard after a bit to look good for the other person, and you just get comfortable.  Which i love.  i love comfort.  comfort loves me.  but it was nice to dress up and put some effort in for him, and me, again.  He deserves it.

and that may be the very reason he showed up at my work where i was bartending the next night modeling his new seersucker jacket and tie and holding a rose.  just maybe.  🙂

I paired the dress with my new statement necklace from Burlington Coat Factory that I got for $9.99.  I have never found more reasonable jewelry prices than there.  y’all should check ’em out.  Great necklaces that look like they should be around $30 for under $10.  I also added a somewhat cropped dark wash jean jacket from Old Navy a couple of years ago thinking based on years and years of experience that it would be cool in the movie theater.  too cool for a short sleeveless dress.

no.  it was warm.  when is it warm in the theater???  i ended up taking the jacket off and feeling fine.  strange.  can’t plan for anything these days.

i will share more of my finds from that day when the time is right.  and/or when i use them:)  I got a great pair or yellow heels/wedges i can’t wait to show ya pictures of…

until next time, happy day and happy thrifting.  go out and spread some love!:)

-jaime

What are some of your favorite goodwill/thrift store special sale events in your area of the world?

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Flowers and Red Shorts for a Day

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“I’ll think I’ll take ’em”

All Goodwill. 

Shirt- Half off for $2.13 by Forever 21, last Spring of 2012 at the Charlotte Pike Goodwill in Nashville.

Shorts- $4.29 by Mossimo from Target, last Summer or 2012 at the Charlotte Pike Goodwill in Nashville.

I had a little fun with the exposure and contrast settings on this post.  Clearly. 

It’s like instagram on your computer.  Pretty cool.

I fleetingly thought of doing a wordless post, as these pictures are self explanatory, all Goodwill.  And then I stopped.

No words is not in my vocabulary.  No pictures…maybe, but also, not really.

SO! 

Here we go.

These shorts got me a little reprimand and friendly reminder of the dress code at the preschool.  CAN’T be shorter than arms length.  Ok. These may be a LITTLE shorter than that… :/.  Oops.

Heard and received and will not do it again.  Wouldn’t want to distract the 3 year olds with my bare legs. 

I think we all know what I love so much about the shirt.  The excessive amount of flowers covering every bare inch.  I’m not a huge proponent of wearing black.  Ever.  But cover it in whimsical flowers and I’ll make an exception and allow it on my body.

I would have killed (and by kill I mean kill with kindness) to have some yellow skinny jeans to pair with this top.  I don’t love adding distressing in addition to color on the bottom with such a busy shirt on top.  But beggars Goodwillers can’t always be choosers.  But most of the time, we can.

The shorts do just fine.  More than fine. 

I also decided to not really add any jewelry to this outfit at the time either, probably could have done simple earrings, but I decided to just go without this time.  Let the shirt speak if you will.  Let it “Spirk” 🙂 

Til next time!

-Jaime

“…The heart will see when it’s ready,

that holding on is too heavy,

a weight to bear…”

-from my latest song, Heart catch up

 

Floweraholics Anonymous

Hi.  My name is Jaime.  And I am addicted to flowers.

The first step is ackowledgement they say.

But how am I supposed to kick it if Goodwill keeps providing me with such lovely flowered cover things??

For so cheap??

I don’t know, but its best just not to fight it, I think.

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Small hanging canvas, .99.  Priced on the spot.  Reasonably:)

Is it not the cutest thing ever??? I ’bout had a heart attack when I picked it up.

This is known as a GBISHA- the ‘Goodwill bargain induced shock heart attack’.

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Standing Photo album/frame, $2.99.

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Hanging Jewelry Organizer, $.99!! The cheapest I have seen them is $9.99.  Anywhere.

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Little blue flowery journal, for my songwriting ways, $.99.

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Three mason jars, $.49 each,

used to make tealight on water candle holders like this:

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So pretty!?

Tealights were $2 for 20 at Family Dollar, one of my other favorite places to shop.

They have candles like this on the bar top where I work, and I loved it so much I wanted to copy it at my house.  I knew Goodwill has mason jars a lot, so I popped over to get these, and found them along with all my other great items as well.

Pretty simple:

Just fill the mason jar with water.  Place the tealight on top.

Immediate pretty and romantic ambience.

What I DIDN’T take home:

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This awesome Mossimo from Target (donated, not purchased from Target by Goodwill) striped boatneck pocket shirt for $4.49.

Why you ask?

This:
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Normally, I would buy the shirt/item, get home, and notice the indiscretion.  Somehow I noticed it before I purchased it this time and couldn’t bring myself to buy it.  For the best I guess.  $4.49 more in my pocket.

A GREAT day at Goodwill, I’d say.  I love all my items so much, and do not care how flowery or feminine they are.  I am flowery and feminine and am proud of it.  I may have to change my decor ways someday when I get married…but we’ll see.

Until then….

Thanks for stopping by!

Go out and support your local Goodwills and thrift stores!  They do great work!  (For both our closets, homes, and society 😉

-Jaime

OMG these shorts are so great

Is what I said leaving the dressing room after trying these .99 shorts on!

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It was Wednesday, and in my area that means the glorious color of the week is only .99, (as well as on Sunday) whatever the item, and these shorts were indeed the color of the week, red.

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And I scooped em up,

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and wore ’em hiking

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and sitting on rocks by the river,

and loved it.

I also found this great blouse by for $4.49.  What a price.  I love flowers.  I love blouses.  This shirt has both.  Or is both…one of the two.  Or both of the two.  I’m done now.

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Lastly, that day I purchased a comfortable cotton long sleeve purple heavy tee, new from Target, also for $4.49.

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Can’t wait to lounge around in this.

Other items I ‘found’ but did not scoop up for fiscal responsibility and grown up reasons (maybe I could give the governement a hand or advice in this area…?) are these two items:

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At $8 this purse by Mossimo isn’t outrageously priced, but I don’t need one, and am really looking to down size my purse wearing anyway, and this doesn’t really support that goal, as pretty as it is.  I do love the scoop pocket style.

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This clutch/wallet would support the smaller theme, but I am looking for one with straps.  No one needs to be walking around holding something, that/s just annoying.

For now I will just stare and pine…and be fine with the lovely purse I currently have from Goodwill that I get oh so many compliments on.  It will do for now.  This is what I mean by grown up reasons.  That is such a responsible grown up thing to say, wouldn’t you agree?

On a previous trip, I snagged this top for .99 as well

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This is a Gap XS…go figure that one.  I have never been accused of being an XS, even when I was like 10 years old..:)  I understand it’s not supposed to be a tight fitting shirt…but its not tight on me, fits perfectly loose, and the shoulders should not fit on me if it was a true XS.  But I’m not complaining or aguing, it fits and I like it.  And I’ll wear it to have Mexican and $3 Margaritas any day of the week.

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This is all I have for now…stay tuned for a furniture post!  I have recently moved, and found several great finds for my new place at two area Goodwills!  Couldn’t be happier with them, and I will share them next!

Until then, happy thrifting, Goodwilling, and living,

-Jaime

Keeps me looking good…

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I found this awesome burnt yellow tuxedo shirt from Forever 21 for $3.99 this past Saturday at my local Goodwill.  My friend had friend’s in town and they came to my side of town because she likes my Goodwill better, and I met them there and walked away with this.

Couldn’t be happier.

I paired it with a necklace from Goodwill from years back:

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I love this necklace as well.  I think it was around $2.99, and looks pretty vintage to me.  It is a long necklace and can be worn as I have it, or just hung around the neck once.

On second thought, a pop of color may have been nice to have in my necklace instead of staying with the same color palate, but overall I still think it is a very nice look.  You can wear with this shirt with heels to dress it up, or boots for a casual Sunday evening drink with a friend.

Number two.

The week before I left for my not so mini week long spontaneous vacation to Nashville I found this great scarf and sweater combination (found separately, combined by yours truly):

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The sweater is Mossimo, and new from Target and bought by Goodwill for $4.99.

The scarf is Calvin Klein and was the standard scarf price of $3.00.  I love all the colors in this scarf and how they work together so well.  All my scarves are pretty ‘heavy’ cotton and a lot of material, so it is nice to have a lighter feeling one that is more for looks.

For my last look of this post, I give you what I will call my “day in the studio” outfit.  I wore this to go record my newest song (up on www.reverbnation.com/jaimenelson) called “Before You”

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A nice light cotton tank top from the Gap for $3.99,

paired with a Forever 21 (purchased at the store) coral cardigan.

That’s how hot I look with headphones on when taking the picture myself from a bad angle.  You’re welcome.

I was accused of looking like a J.Crew model/mom later that evening when sitting at a bar next to a very alternative young man.  Mostly because I was wearing a cardigan.

I’ve been called worse.

I may have been away from Nashville too long.

So those are all my finds, and now you see how Goodwill keeps me looking good!!

I am still amazed at the stuff I find there and for how cheap I get it.  All the time.

Happy thrifting!

Peace,

Jaime

Two-Trip Day

Katie at Thriftyourheartout (www.thriftyourheartout.wordpress.com) was talking about how she needed to make a list of things she needed to look for when she went thrifting.

Well, the only thing I need right now is socks…or to do more laundry:), and I draw the line at buying certian things at Goodwill, and under-under garments make the cut.

So I will continue my aimless perusing, and find great things like these…

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an authentic from Ireland purple and pink houndstooth wool coat for $24.99!!!  I could’ve never known beforehand how badly I needed just that!

If you asked me the one place I would want to go anywhere in the world, my answer will and has always been Ireland.  One of these days I need to bite the bullet (or the airplane) and just go!

But until then, I get to wear this great coat.

(Don’t mind the mismatched colors in the top pic…I’ll remember to wear more neutral colors on future trips)

I also got this great blouse

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$4.99, originally from Target by Mossimo.

Being the country singing fashion gal that I am (you can check me and some of my originals out at www.reverbnation.com/jaimenelson:), I couldn’t pass this up.

I actually had it once, the exact same shirt, but it was a little big.  This one fits like a glove, so I bought it up!

those were on my first trip….

on my second, I picked up…

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a $3 scarf from the Gap that I had found on my first trip and decided I needed to go back for,

and a $3.99 flowery top from Forever 21 to add to my growing collection that I found as a result.

I am very happy with my two trip day to Goodwill and my finds.

I hope you have all had success lately in your trips!

Until next time, peace and love,

Jaime

Two different era’s…Downton Abbey meets present day

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Vintage green dress, $6.99

White Anne Klein heels, $8

Vintage knit sweater, $Can’t remember! $5?

Target Mossimo plaid shirt, $4.99

“One Love” Dark Trouser jeans, $6.99

Green Purse, no brand, $8

I have a love for all things vintage (mostly circa 1920-60’s more or less) and scoop up vintage finds whenever I can at the right price!  I finally got a chance to put one to real use at the advanced season premiere I attended at a theater last night of Downton Abbey, a Masterpiece classics production on CPTV in CT.  If you haven’t seen it yet, you must check it out!  It takes place on a beautiful estate, Downton Abbey in England, and showcases the different lives of the upstairs family of the house, and the downstairs servants, and shows how their lives intertwine and are a part of each others.  The show has great character development and story line and has been a huge hit.  Season 3 starts tonight 1/6/13 on CPTV at 9:00 ET.  You can find season 1 and 2 on Hulu/Netflix like I did and get yourself caught up!  Anyway, it said on the website for the premiere I went to that period dressing was encouraged…I was one of about 3 people to actually heed that note :/  But I didn’t care!  I may have been much more comfortable in boots and jeans, but it is a great dress and needs to be seen:)  And what better of an occasion?!

The first and second outfits are entirely Goodwill- the purse, pants and shirt in the second.  I love it when that happens, and wanted to share it with you even though the shirt was already in a post.

I hope you all had a great first weekend of the new year!  Mine was pretty good and full of relaxation and fun!  Go out and support your local Goodwill/thrift stores, and if you have just one New Years resolution, let more thrifting be it!

Peace and Love…

-Jaime