The Little Orange Skirt That Could in TN

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Burnt (that magic descriptor I love ūüôā Orange Quilted Skirt, .99, Merona, at Goodwill- yes, .99!!!!

It was the one and only time I didn’t pay attention to what¬†the .99 color of the day was; I was too focused on the half off color (I know, seems backwards).¬† So when I got to the register and she said .99 I ’bout flipped out and actually asked why.¬† The color she said. duh.¬† I’ll take it.¬† Still. As I was.¬† Continue, thanks, here’s a dollar.¬† Bye.

I really don’t know sometimes how things make it through weeks of not being bought in order¬†to be .99 or half off.¬† That means this lovely inperfectconditionorangefallskirtwithtwocutebuttonpocketsonthefronthatlooksoincrediblygoodwithtightsandilovetights (breath!) ūüôā

made it through 4 weeks- minimum- of not being bought.

I can’t believe it but I¬†did put an end to it.

I got to wear it for the first time about a month after bringing it home, to a writing session with my one and only cosongwriter.¬† We decided to meet at his place since my roommate would be home stifling our imaginations and creativity, among¬†other things ūüôā¬†(kidding, she is very nice and just an innocent bystander of my trying to be funny)¬† Boy was I glad at that decision.¬† He was staying out in Whites Creek, which I discovered a few months earlier is a beautiful peaceful quiet area of town, with farmland and trails and trees and old shacks and barns.¬† Most outskirts of the city are quite pretty, but Whites Creek especially, I mean you can just tell by the name.¬† So I drove through winding roads and passed a new boutique that I made sure to stop in on my way back (also duh) and took a detour on the way home where I took these fun pictures.

All in all, a great day. Oh, and we did finish our two uncomplete songs.  Work was done in the midst of all this looking good.

I’ve gotta be honest though, I’m sure you’re waiting for the triumphant engine that could like story about what this skirt overcame, but,¬†I don’t really know what this skirt could or couldn’t, or was or wasn’t, doing.¬† Or how it was kept from doing so.¬† Also, it’s¬†not really all¬†that small.

I just really liked the way that title sounded, and so I used it.

It does do a good job looking good, keeping me warm, and helping me hang out in the fields of Tennessee for a bit.¬† However it didn’t really have a load of obstacles to keep it from doing that.¬† It’s had a pretty easy life, to tell the truth.¬† At least since I’ve owned it.¬† I can’t speak for its previous caretakers.

Just pointing out another way this title doesn’t really apply.

At all.

But I like it.¬† ūüôā

As well as the skirt.¬† And can’t wait to take it on more adventures.

The end.

Love you all, happy thrifting and living,

Jaime ‚̧

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Look I Match the Outside

Look I Match the Outside

Lilac Mossimo Skinny Jeans for Spring (it says that on the label- FOR SPRING)- $7.49

Not surprising when the outside I am referring to is covered in pretty purple flowers, come on, we know me.

But how fun is it to match??

The flower picture is outside my friend’s old place, when I dropped him off after we hung out to…well, to move. Away from Nashville. Away from me.

As I told him when I found out he was moving- friends don’t leave friends.

Well apparently they do.

At least I had these great happy colored jeans, perfectly matching my flowery spring top, to skip away in after to make me feel better. We all know the power of a great outfit.

I got these GREAT spring toned lilac colored jeans last week on my quick aimless stop in (along with the purse from my last post) for their full Goodwill price (still a steal price) of $7.49.

Once again- just like my tecent teal pins and needles dress find (Spring clothes galore)- it was my perfect size 8. And it fit. Lets be honest, sometimes our size doesn’t fit. Even when it’s your absolute favorite thing, and that is a sad day. But this is a happy day, because they were a size 8, and they fit. I mean look at them, I’m not lying. They’re great.

P.S. can I tell you a secret?

Maybe it’s that I’m paranoid of embarrassing myself in front of all you fashionable smart people, or maybe it’s because I apparently failed the learn your colors outside of ROY G BIV spectrum in elementary school- but I had to ask someone if that teal dress I memtioned was in fact teal, and I actually just wikipedia’d (that is a verb) the color lilac to make sure these jeans were in fact lilac.

I’m not sure where this color insecurity has come from, but oh, it is there. And now you know.

It was a high of 70 something today, highest yet this year, and I think I had the perfect outfit to not only enjoy it in, but to match it,thanks, to Goodwil!:)

Happy thrifting and living,

-Jaime ‚̧

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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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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

.99 Wednesday For Me…Do You Know The Specials In Your Area?

.99 Wednesday For Me...Do You Know The Specials In Your Area?

Thrift stores are cheap. Looking for discounts at them seems silly, right?

No!

And you call yourself a thrifter??

It may seem silly to check for daily/weekly specials at thrift stores since they usually are already such a deal. But why not, right? If they offer, we shall partake. We are thrifters.

So this is a friendly reminder to make sure you know about your local specials, Goodwill and non Goodwill.

Something to note is that Goodwills are different from region to region, so deals are not the same throughout the country.

Sidenote- neither are gift cards. I found this out the hard way one Christmas.

I am however fairly certain that all Goodwills rotate and manage their inventory using their wonderful color system. New inventory coming in gets a certain color each week, out of about 5 colors. Each week there is a different color that is half off, and it is the color that came in the longest time ago, get it?

However some Goodwills, like mine, take it a step further and offer the color of the week for .99 on certain days.

If you must.

In my case, this is Wednesday and Sunday, so these are particularly good days to go. The chance of snatching something amazing up for .99 is just too hard to pass up. And believe me it happens.

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However, if Goodwill really isn’t your favorite cup of tea (I don’t know anyone who it isn’t at least ONE of their cups of tea), rest assured, they are not the only places that do specials.

For example, another thrift store in my area, 12th Ave Thrift, which supports veterans, has 25-35% off every Saturday. Yeah. Seems crazy to have discounts on already cheap prices, but hey, I’ll take it and I’ll like it. Ain’t no problem here.

OR

You have this type of discount, my most favoritest kind:

Me, at the register purchasing my wares, “I’m sorry, what cost 3.99?” (Thinking the item was supposed to be 4.99)

Sweet older veteran cashier, “This shirt, I’m giving you a dollar off, do you still want it?”

Me, “Yes, yes I still want. And I’m sorry I spoke out of turn.”

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Nice man. Nice man. After my own heart.

And since I haven’t been to Goodwill in over a week (I just got back from an amazing San Francisco/Northern California getaway. Amazing. In case you missed that the first time) and it is Wednesday, it seems an appropriate time for me to check it out.

The picture above are some great brown khaki shorts I found a few months ago on .99 Wednesday at the east Nashville Goodwill on Gallatin Pike.

They have become my hiking shorts.

Cause they’re brown?

I don’t know. But they’re comfortable, and apparently get me in an earthy mood. Done.

Above, I am wearing them inside a tree.

Oh you need some more explanation?

A redwood tree in Muir Woods Monument in Northern California. I just like the way that sounds. Northern Califooornia. They’re huuuuge.

That park was awesome, really felt a little like a midget for the day. Also fun.

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Happy July! Pictureless Post…

Hi!¬† Happy July!¬† What is it about a new month that is so exciting?¬† Especially July…right in the heart of summer, one of the best seasons.¬† Such a good season, in my opinion, that¬†I just wrote a song about it a week or two ago, and the tag line is “It’s summertime, let life begin again.”¬† Life is good in the summer.

What¬†I did for July so far is move.¬† Again.¬† This time only 20 min. across town¬†instead of¬†17 hours across the country.¬† Potato, potato.¬† K, that saying doesn’t really work quite as well when you are typing it.¬†¬†But you get my drift.¬† It was much easier though, and I didn’t have to sell all my furniture.

I moved in with this girl who I work with at the preschool.¬† So far I’m pretty happy with the new place.¬† First day here, and I run into Keith Urban at the local Starbucks.¬† I’ll take it.¬† Put me into shock for a good half hour, but it was worth it.

My Goodwill futon came with me, it has done a good job for the past 3 months, so I’ll keep it.¬† Not firing it or reassigning it to couch position¬†just yet.

A house move means a Goodwill move as well.¬† Luckily, my love, Nashville, has tons of Goodwills, so there really is one for every area.¬† I have lived close to the Charlotte Pike one and have used that one, I just lived near the East Nashville/Gallatin Goodwill and got to get to know that pretty well, and now I live near the third and final one in Berry Hill.¬† This location is particularly exciting because it also has¬†a Goodwill outlet attached!¬† This is where all things to go to die, or to finally be sold.¬†¬†Half empty or half full? ¬†Anything that doesn’t sell at a regular¬†Goodwill is taken here and put in bins and sold by weight.¬† My new roommate got her straw purse there that I wrote about it this post.¬† I have gotten a few things there in the past as well.¬† And now I will get to go there more often!

This particular Goodwill also has a bountiful furniture section, something the East Nashville location actually didn’t have at all.¬† Strange really. ¬†Sometimes a piece or two would be thrown in the corner near the childrens’ clothing (makes sense?? they do a lot of furniture buying those kids I have found…).¬† Hardly constituting a furniture section.

I can’t wait to find out what new things I will need for my new place and see if I can find it at Goodwill.

Also (I think this is my first pictureless post???) I don’t have a picture, but I am wearing out in public for the first time my anna ‘winged’ shirt I like to call it because it is of the style that has the ‘wings’ attached to the sides.¬† I could add the picture again here, but I’m kind of excited about having a post with no pictures.¬† For some reason.¬† Y’all might not be.

Happy July everyone!¬† Make the most of these Summer days, they’ll be gone before we know it.¬† Go for a swim, a hike, or have a cookout.¬† Just a few ideas.¬† Using stuff from Goodwill whilst, of course:)

Lastly, I want to shout out to urbanwallart.wordpress.com for being my 50th follower:)¬† Its a special number.¬† He makes GREAT art and y’all should check him out.¬† I love and appreciate all of you, so much!, but he was numero 50, so I wanted to give him some¬†props.¬† Can’t wait to get to 100 and more…

-Jaime

“What fun would it be if we lived forever?¬† Where is the¬†challenge in that?”

What would you do if you knew you were gonna live forever?

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View from Chimney Rock, near Asheville, NC. 

Ok, you caught me, I couldn’t do it.¬† I added a picture.

But that quote just really needed this, dontcha think? ūüėČ