I Know Where All the Good Stuff Is

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Vintage (shoulder pads and errrything) ‘Big Armpit’ Pink and Grey Flower Sweater- Sooo Comfy!!!- $5.99

(excuse the mess that I am- I’m gonna be wearing it post gym house lounging, so why not show y’all that??  No need to put on fronts here)

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Target by Mossimo medium weight knit sweater- $5.99

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Mossimo at Target Colorful knit medium weight sweater- $5.99

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Sweaters holding hands, priceless.

While checking out with these great goods- the female cashier, about my age, said,

“You got all the good sweaters!  I’m not even gonna bother looking now, cause I know where they all are.”

True.

Sad for you, but true.  My gain is your loss…err….sorry!

And I always thought by working there, they had first dibs.  Apparently they still can’t get by me:)  She was right, I did find all the good sweaters that day.  And have worn each one already.

I’d have to say my favorite is the actual vintage flower sweatshirt.  I swear you could walk into mass chaos that is Forever 21 and come out with a look alike attempt remake of this, for more, but what’s better than having the real thing?:)

The other two sweaters are great for what they are, but they aren’t 30 plus years old.

Coincidentally (or not???) all the bedding in this picture is Goodwill as well.  The lovely quilt, as well as the fun throw pillows you see.  These were not purchased on this trip, but at several of many other Goodwill trips.  All the pillows were 2.99 or under.  Love them. Two of them are reversible- so its like two in one:)  Making ’em even cheaper!!

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my goods!!

Happy living and thrifting,

Jaime ❤

Sweater Vests Are Still In, Right?

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At least one like this?  Yes.

Sweater Vest- Brand/Name/Tag- none (love having items with no brand or tag), but it really speaks for itself- price- not remembered, but no more than 5.99, and most likely less.  I rarely pay full price, even at Goodwill.

Its a talent.

Awesome Gold Pendant Necklace- 2.99, years and years ago….

This necklace would most absolutely likely go in my would be Goodwill “Hall of Fame”, which would include items purchased that have stood the test of time, and are now wonderful staples in my wonderful wardrobe.

AKA I’d be LOST without them.

I have a good feeling about the sweater the necklace is now adorning making it to the big leagues as well.  But time will tell.

I am having thoughts of doing a Hall Of Fame post, with all my favoritest staplest items I have collected over years past, but that will take much work and thought I’m sure, so we will see about it.  But the thought of sharing all my favoritest Goodwill staple items does excite me quite a bit, as they are all very exciting and wonderful!

Back to the sweater vest- it is warm and comfy and cozy and cute- as if all that wasn’t evident in my bathroom photo shoot pictures.  And perfect for the sudden winter, and first snow fall this morning, that has befallen Nashville.

I love it over this long sleeve neutral brown V-neck tee…and under that necklace!

On the unviewed bottom, I have dark wash skinny jeans and almost knee high dark brown boots.  Lots of neutrality, but the different shades of neutrality provide enough excitement so as to keep it from the realms of being boring.

A great find, from a great store with a great cause!

Happy Jaime.

Not so happy that I am studying and doing homework in it, but I’ll survive.

Happy thrifting and living,

Jaime ❤

The Little Orange Skirt That Could in TN

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Burnt (that magic descriptor I love 🙂 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!) 🙂

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 🙂 (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.  🙂

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 ❤

Some History in Lexington, KY at the Mary Todd Lincoln House, Thanks to Goodwill

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DKNY Skinny jeans- $7.49, representin’ at the Mary Todd Lincoln house in Lexington, KY, Goodwill

Unpictured- “Henry and Clara”, a novel, .99, Goodwill in CT.

Who’s that sexy tourist in DKNY skinny blue jeans?  (hey, if you can’t pay yourself compliments, then who can?  I’m aware that question doesn’t make much sense)

It’s me.

I’m so excited about this picture and everything about it for one main reason- the reason I am where I am in this picture as well as the clothing in it are BOTH owed to Goodwill.  This picture is of me visiting the home of the late Mary Todd Lincoln, an experience I am so thankful to have had, but would never have happened if it hadn’t been for a novel called “Henry and Clara” that I picked up and couldn’t put back down at Goodwill last August.

Not only was the book amazing, but it thankfully broke my 1-2 year reading dry spell that I had sadly been on.  It was about Henry and Clara Rathbone, the two people sitting in the booth with Abraham Lincoln when he was assassinated by one John Wilkes Booth.  It is a gripping, tragic, controversial love story as well as informative historical recounting of those turbulent times in our country’s history that will have anyone who reads it gripped.  Who knew how interesting their stories were?  Well I am glad one person did and decided to write this amazing and informative novel, allowing me to look like a huge dork being excited about historical dead people when talking to friends about my life… So If you love History, Abraham Lincoln, or just looking at words on paper at all, you’ve GOT to give this one a try.

While the story is about Henry and Clara Rathbone, Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary were not surprisingly large parts of the story as well, as there would be no book without them.  I always grow very close to the characters (er in this case…real people….?) in the books that I read.  So when I found out that Mary Todd Lincoln’s house, where she spent ages 14-22 of her life and visited later on with Abe, was in the very town of Lexington, KY that I happened to be visiting for a couple days, I was quite ecstatic.  I couldn’t wait to get there and stand on the very same ground that she had.

If she was alive, this may be considered stalking.  Lucky for me, she isn’t, so I’m safe for the moment.

I stood on the ground, and you can now view the excitement of that happening at your leisure in the picture I have posted above.

But without Goodwill, I wouldn’t know of Mary Todd, or be excited about her house in Lexington, KY, where I happened to be visiting.  And it would have been just another historical landmark on the side of the road I would have driven right by.

Assuming I was on that road for some other reason.  If not, I would have not even driven by it, but I didn’t know what else to say so I said “I would have just driven by.”

I also wouldn’t have had any pants on.

Well, that may be false.  I’m sure I would have put something on, but they wouldn’t have been these great DKNY skinny died blue jeans.

THE POINT IS- the reach of Goodwill knows no bounds in my life.  🙂  And I am so thankful for that.

I’m also sure the late First Lady would have appreciated my frugality at her residence.

Actually- I know that’s not true- the book talked of her great opulence in what she spent on her clothing and fashions, sometimes ridiculous amounts.

Look at me!  Look what I know about Abraham Lincoln’s wife’s dressing habits!  I’m so impressed.

(There I go again with the compliments.) I’ve gotten used to it.

They had tours at the house, but they were an hour long and we were on a time crunch, so we left sans tour and some history learning that may have happened, but most likely with a happier boyfriend.  He did not read the book, so I’m SURE did not share my excitement for this old wood structure on the side of the road that housed some people at some point.  I did read it, and so did share in my own excitement quite a bit.

Here are a few more pictures of the grounds, and the lovely sign saying, “this building is of importance- take note” outside.  Pictures are not allowed inside, so I obliged the rules and kept my finger clicking to the exterior.  The gardens were at least quite pretty though.

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And there ya have it.  Thanks to Goodwill, I read this great book and found out about Mary Todd Lincoln, the controversial love story and lives of Henry and Clara Rathbone who were in the booth with Abe that night, and so much more.

Next on my list…Natchitoches, LA, the setting for Cane River, one of my favorite historical fiction novels about four generations of slavery and then early emancipation.  Its only just over 10 hours away…somehow I just haven’t gathered the courage or time to make that visit yet.  I’ll keep you posted….

….as I’m sure I’ll be wearing or using something Goodwill when the time arrives.

Happy thrifting and living,

❤ Jaime

 

Outfit under 10…and ain’t it great?

Outfit under 10...and ain't it great?

Top- Banana Republic at Goodwill- 4.49
Shorts- J. crew at Goodwill- 4.49
Total outfit- priceless:)

Ok well maybe not…more like 8.98 to be exact.

Look at me being all preppy with the J. Crew and Banana Republic. I have my moments.

These shorts are awesome. What with turning 30 this past year, I feel it’s time to lengthen my short length, mom or not (except to my dog Baker) and I’m ok with that. These will be great for running around and looking green in. In fact I wore them grocery shopping the very day I got them. Groceries bought and eaten very successfully.

The shirt. The shirt. What can I say. How cute?? And white…this makes me a little nervous. But again, turning 30, I should be able to handle a white shirt here and there, but maybe not to the dog park, as I almost did for it’s first adventure. That is something a 25 year old Jaime would do. Not a mature smart responsible 30 year old Jaime. So it still sits, white and ready, waiting to be adventured and told about to you.

It is so pretty though.

And a perfectly fitting size 8. I love seeing that number at Goodwill. As well as a 7. My shoe size.

Do you go back and forth between styles too? Or strictly stay trendy/hipster/preppy/hippy/what have you? I’ve decided I like to change it up myself. Life is too short to live once. Get it?:) Change it up!!

Happy thrifting and living,

Jaime ❤

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If this is what cheating gets me…

If this is what cheating gets me...

…then I’m sorry, I’m not gonna stop.

Oh, also, I cut all my hair off 🙂

And what more does a pixie cut need than a ponies are pretty shirt. So many p’s in there.

This shirt set me back $3.59. And put me forward a whole lot more.

So cute.

Happy thrifting AND living,

Jaime ❤

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Wide leg trouser button front jeans- $6.59.

Wide leg trouser button front jeans- $6.59.

I’m not gonna lie- I cheated on Goodwill the last couple days with a not so little thrift store down here called ‘The Southern Thrift’. I’m not ashamed, I got some good stuff.

Including these button front (I am and always have been obsessed with this classic button front high, or semi high, waist style) wide leg trousers by Ann Taylor Loft for…$6.59.

I paired these trousers with one of my favorite imitation vintage graphic tees I got for right around 3.48 at Tar-jay clearance a couple years ago. I got another pattern in the same style shirt, pink with a big graphic butterfly, at the same time, but sadly am afraid I got rid of it in one of those silly times I ACTUALLY cleaned out my closet. I won’t let that happen again.

These both were paired with my trusty open toed flats by blowfish that I got for around $20 at DSW probably more than 2 years ago. And I kid you not, I get compliments on EVERY time I wear them. I really don’t get it, but clearly they’re something special. I hope they NEVER DIE, knock on wood, because I wear them year round, get compliments on them, and am not sure what will happen to me if they do. So we just won’t think about it.

Blowfish. Please keep on keepin’ on. Mama’s got ya.

Side side note- clearly I love this blowfish brand- Goodwill blessed me with a pair of perfect little grey booties by blowfish this last year for $3. Love them as well. But my flats always come first. I’m a grounded girl and I like it that way.

I also got a great oversized quilted ‘purse’ that I will use as a brief case of sorts for notebooks and a laptop (my friend’s, mine is still…broken).

The rest of the list includes size appropriate (smaller than a quarter) clip on (fun!) earrings for work, and a shirt that rivals my imitation graphic tee, and that I may make a separate post to share, a tee from AE that says, “Ponies are pretty,” done. Done. Boatneck shortsleeve pink perfection. $3.59. I will share.

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