For $55 small ones I got…

At the retail store:

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A handmade bureau/tv armoire, $15.99.

This looks handmade and kind of rough.  It needs a paint job for sure.  Which I am happy to do.  Eventually.  I have always loved refinishing dressers and furniture, so this will be a fun project for me, and a very cheap armoire for my clothes.

Which I have in abundance because of a beyond addiction to all things Goodwill.

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Xhilaration lacy, flowery, flowy tank top, full price at $4.49.

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Life In Progress burnt orange corduroy pleated trouser shorts, $4.49.

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Somewhat oversized H&M off-white fake leather purse, $5.99.  Perfect condition.

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Xhilaration branch cropped short sleeve loose fitting t-shirt, $4.49

And at the outlet:

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A-line double layered cotton embellished skirt by apostrophe, gift for Mom, ~0.60 at the Goodwill outlet.  Purchased by weight at $1.69/lb.

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Great Pajama capris by Secret from the mart of Wals…about 0.60 by weight

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This beautiful quilt.  by Target, $3.99 by weight. 

Technically, it was over the 5 lb mark, so when something gets that heavy, they will just give you a reasonable price.

Reasonable?  I think, yes.

This quilt is not perfect, its got a few small spots and a few small tears, but nothing I wouldn’t do sooner or later myself, and nothing a guest staying over would reject a night’s sleep for:)  Oh the wonderful host am I.  Goodwill makes it easy to have extra stuff on hand for the unexpected guest.  However, I quickly decided this would not be a guest blanket, but my personal bed covering for at least a little bit:)

I also got, but do not have pictured,

a lovely new square scarf for $1.99

a pair of khaki capris for a friend for 0.60

a pair of white wide leg pants and a matching blue and white tee for $1 each for a friend,

and a heather blue pocket cardigan from Old Navy for another friend.

Didja get all that?

And it only set me back $55.

Goodwill never ceases to amaze me.

I have used a few of these items already, and here they are in action:

The branch patterned loose tee from Target was the perfect wear for my sips n’ strokes class with a few girlfriends the very next night.  I do know how to put my clothes to use RIGHT away, that’s for sure.

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She’s sipping.  I’m stroking.  We are so getting this.

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Whatcha think?  It’s called Walk in the Rain, Part II.

Or maybe I’ll rename mine walk in the asteroids, I don’t know…

I’ll be honest, I did strip to just my lovely under tank top for the whole painting part.I know me.  I spill.  At least I arrived and left in style with this on and my new purse on my shoulder.

As I said, I am already using my new purse.  It didn’t take me long to make the switchover.  You ladies know what that means.  It can be an emotional event.

And I wore the burgundy covered loveliness tank top for happy hour drinking on Saturday, and afterwards to walk my dog.

Commence walk photo shoot:

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feet shot

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bracelet shot (I’m sure its from Goodwill, but honestly can’t remember🙂

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action shot

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selfie!

I hope you are inspired to make some finds of your own!

Til next time,

Jaime

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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

 

Gold Goblets and Bloody Mary’s

Gold Goblets and Bloody Mary's

As I mentioned in my last post, I moved across town yesterday. It was probably my easiest and smoothest move to date. I’m getting REALLY good at it.

Everyone knows how you tempt people to help you move right? Promising them your never ending friendship, love and devotion. Ok, maybe not. Maybe it’s more along the lines of food and drinks… Now I never like to be the typical human, so instead of beer and pizza- which, trust me, I can and do enjoy the heck out of every now and then- I decided on Bloody Mary’s and brunch type items.

Now my friend brought some vodka as well (now that is a good friend- helps you move AND brings liquor…she’s a keeper) and she brought citron vodka. We decided to use that instead of the regular vodka for the Mary’s, and it was a great decision. It added a little kick, I squeezed some lime in as well, swirled it with a celery stick and drank away.

And we drank them out of these two awesome gold spotted goblets I purchased more than one year ago, but less than two (that’s about as exact as I can get) at Goodwill. I tell ya, they make darned good Bloody Mary glasses.

And it was a great way to end a day of moving. Sitting chatting with a new friend (New friend. Helping move. Removing the myth that moving day helpers are reserved for family members and people you have blackmail quality information on. I tell ya they just don’t make em like that anymore) over a late afternoon homemade citrus Bloody Mary in my new kitchen.

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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? 😉

Vintage wonderfulness and Plaid

$16.73 for all of the following finds…

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I got this awesome flowery, short sleeve vintage top by Frejani with puffed sleeves, shoulder pads, and a thick black elastic band around the waist and the outer half of the sleeves.  So cute.  I’m not sure what decade this hails from, but I love it.  Here is a close up of the tag and the pattern:

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I also got this great eye glasses pin, $3, I am in love with it, it even has the little fake string to hold eye glasses around your neck!

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I should have taken a picture of me wearing it to show the full size, but it is no more than 2″ across.  Not too large.  And now my bosom will be able to see oh so well:)  20/20 I hope.

H&M plaid shirt, $4.99:

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I thought you might want a few different angles.  Dizzy yet? 🙂

I love the blue color, it really makes my eyes POP.  And you can’t beat the price, as always.

My last purchase was a great faux leather brown purse, with a gold placard on the outside pocket:

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And me modeling it very well.  I think I missed my calling as a purse model…

I only got this purse to get myself up to a $20 total.  This is because I have a 25% off discount off of one purchase over $20 because it is my birthday month (yay!).  Now because I find such great deals, I don’t go over $20 a lot in one purchase, so since I was already buying everything else for $15, I knew that (being the math prodigy I am) 25% off of 20 was the same as $15.  So whatever else I picked out I would basically be getting for free (if it was around $5).  This purse was $6, so it seemed as good as any, if not better!

Lastly, I forgot to take a picture, but I got a large hard cover book about photography for $3.  It is old enough that it doesn’t even have tips for digital cameras in it, but I still thought I could garner some basic photography information from it.

So the grand total for all of the above items….was, drumroll……

$16.73!!! (after 25% birthday discount).

Not bad for two shirts (one authentic vintage), an awesome pin, a great bag, and a photography book.

If last week was half off week (everything I bought was the half off color of the week and therefore super super cheap), this week was the EXACT opposite.  Everything I got had a blue tag on it, which is the color of all the NEW stuff arriving at that Goodwill this week.  Meaning, it has two more weeks after this one before it is the half off color of the week.  Too long to wait for such cool stuff.  Too long.

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy thrifting!  Please go out and support shopping second hand, your fashion addictions, and all the good causes that Goodwill and thrift stores in general support in so many ways.

Love, Jaime

Wine, dresses, and marathons

If you have been reading my blog for any length of time, or just know me as a person, you should know I. love. wine.  I love learning about it, drinking it, selling it, making things with wine products, you name it.  I don’t make it yet, maybe someone out there can help me get started with that.  I don’t own a wine rack however, because I don’t like the run of the mill ones I usually find, including at Goodwill.  That is until a couple weeks ago in Harrisburg, PA.  I tagged along when my sister went to run a marathon there.  Oh yeah, and she totally won it:)  Go Katie (you can see her at www.msfitrunner.com, she’s got a few things to say about running.  If you could run 26.2 miles as fast as she could, you would too!).

Luckily, my mom and my niece have the same obsession love  for Goodwill as I, and so Alexandra the three of us didn’t have trouble convincing my sister to stop there the night before she was going to run 26.2 miles (you can’t forget about that .2 I have heard) to see what treasures we could find.  Luckily its her 6th one, so she has become a little bit more lax in her night before preparations.  Andin reality we probably have to give the most credit to her 6 year old daughter’s pleading to stop.  We just can’t get away with the threat of throwing a tantrum quite like she can:)

I was not disappointed.

The wine rack to end all wine racks for $3.99.  Not only is it not plain with the pretty pink beading down each side, it stands one bottle on top of the other.  So many wine racks I see just spread them out, which doesn’t really save you any space.  Lastly, it naturally points the bottle down so that the cork stays moist with wine and doesn’t dry out and break.  Nobody likes cork in their wine.  That I know of.  I’m sure there’s someone out there that enjoys that sort of thing.

It is now proudly holding its first bottle of wine (under my owndership at least).  This wine was what I chose for my Thanksgiving day drinking.  A bottle of Pinot Noir.  A $35 bottle the salesperson told me that they were selling for $15.99.  “How so?” I asked.  “We buy the grapes from the expensive wine place and then make the wine ourselves and sell it under a different name for cheap.”  “Oh”.  I’ll bite.  Or drink I should say.  And I did.

I have to admit, I have so many finds it would take me quite a bit of time to include them all, and I am very excited about all of them.  But here a just a couple more that were easiest to photograph to share with you:)

Forever 21 bohemian Black and White printed top.  Loosefitting style.  Half off for $2.00.

Xhilaration dress, $5.99.  I have worn this once to work at school.  I paired it with some brown tights, and brown knee high boots, that I also got at Goodwill the same day I got this dress, that were originally from Target, for $15, and a tan sweater cardigan.  The Math specialist teacher absolutley loved my outfit and she is now telling everyone about Goodwill :o)  Gotta love being a walking witness!

And speaking of easy to photograph, this picture was already on my camera, so how could I not include it??  It also happens to be taken on the way to Harrisburg where I found the amazing wine rack.  Oh how I love when things come full cirlce:)  I’ll apologize ahead of time about the quality.

You’re probably trying to figure out what is from Goodwill..no, not our faces:)  Clearly this picture isn’t meant to showcase the item, but it’s the lovely green down vest I am wearing!  I purchased this Gap down vest for $9.99 a couple weeks earlier, and it has served me well in my recent move to cooler temperatures and more family in CT.  The little lady is my Goodwill loving niece Alexandra.  She got a good math study tool at Goodwill that weekend.  She wasn’t a huge fan until I showed her how to use it and then it provided a good distraction on the 5 hour trip home.

I’ll end with some pretty pictures of Harrisburg….a beautiful, quaint city…

My sister there with the pink socks.  Coincidence that she happens to be covering over every number on her bib except the number one?  Maybe.

Obsessed with this bridge.  I happened to be volunteering directing the runners right in front of this bridge, so I got a few goood pictures of it.

Happy thrifting/Goodwilling!  Please share your finds and stories with me!  I’d love to hear them.  And I hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving full of love and warmth:)

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