“Its What’s on the Inside That Counts” Sunday Trip Part Deux

You didn’t think I’d keep you waiting too long did you?:)

Purses.  A girl can never have too many.

Ooohhhhh, I love Love!  Melie Bianco Brown Oversized Purse, $7.99.  Gotta love the polka dot party on the inside:)

This purse has TWO great parts:

1) The bottom has a zipper all along it that you can unzip to make it BIGGER, kinda like luggage you bring to the airport.  Its about time they crossed over that technology.  Now I’ll never have to worry about finding anything ever again!  Actually, I made sure it had enough pockets on the inside and out to take care of that problem:)  Not a fan of one pocket big purses.

2) The long strap is adjustable, so it doesn’t always have to look all hipster like like that.  But it can if I want it to.  That’s how the adjustable thing works, if you didn’t know already. 

Now, a Goodwill miracle happened while I was looking at this purse at the counter (yes, this purse was so nice they had it BEHIND the counter:), a lady worker came up to me and said

“I’ll give it to you for $7”. 

‘Exsqueeeze me?” (I replied in the voice of Jack McFarland from Will and Grace).

I guess good things do happen to good people. 

I hadn’t even asked for a better price!  The asking price of 9.99 was PERFECTLY reasonable for me.  But I wasn’t one to argue, $7 it was and not a dollar more!  Except when the lady ringing me up said that by $7 she meant $7.99.  I argued then.  I get it from my mom. And then I stopped.  Someone just gave me a discount for no reason.  Quit while you’re ahead, Jaime.  I learned that from my mom as well:)

Anyway, in all reality, I have been VERY proud of myself over the past year.  I dont think I have bought ONE new purse. (And by new, of course i’m including from Goodwill- its new to me:)

Proving to you that my nose did not just grow.  Coincidentally also proving that the quality self portraits are clearly not an important part of this blog.  

Also, the sweater in this picture was a purchase from yesterday, a longer knit cardigan, 5.99. 

There it is.

But really, this last year has not been normal for me, I think I pursed myself out in 2010.  I used a purse I bought last december for aWHILE and when I got sick of it, used this past find at Goodwill for the rest of the time:

100% leather Medium sized purse from The Gap.  Also pretty on the inside. 

**Sidenote- A little ink on leather removal tip- the day I bought this I was wearing a new apparently cheap shirt (sorry, Target) and the purple ink rubbed off all over one side of the purse.  Not very nice.  So I looked up online how to remove ink and it said to spray hairspray on it.  It worked!  So keep that in mind. 

I GUESS they assume people who can buy 100% leather purses from The Gap can also afford shirts where the ink will not rub off on them.  Well, you know what they say about assumptions!  Well, they’re assumptions, that’s all.  They’re not fact.

Purse #2

Large Teal emille m. Purse.  again, way to go with the ‘business on the outside, party on the inside’ emille:) I like.


The same magical price negotiation happened with this purse.  “I’ll give it to you for 14” she says, (which we know I later learned meant 14.99….whatever cashier lady, I still took it. Still better than $19.99).  I’d like to think it was just my lucky day, but maybe it is because I spend half my income at that store, and people are beginning to notice.  Either way.  I’m fine with that.

So to get back to the title of this post, both of these purses are prettier on the inside, and I know it will put a little smile on my face every time I go in there.  So remember men everyone out there; no matter how beautiful or not beautiful you find someone, its what is on the insde that counts.  Truly.  No one likes a pretty girl or guy with a stinky attitude.  Just sayin’.  I think we can say that is pretty universally true.

Now, this bracelet is just pretty:

I’ve had this bracelet for about five years.  I got it at my hometown Goodwill for I think $2.99.  And I love it just as much today as I did when I got it.  Unfortunately, signs of aging are beginning to show, kind of like its owner:) 

Inside!  Inside!!

I’ve got to remember that:)

One last item:

Cute little key holder wall art thing.  But, I have two roommates, and I didn’t think they would like this very much, so I passed. 

Well, I’m off to hopefully check out a movie with the boy.  I’m so out of it, I don’t even know what is in theaters anymore.  Is Bridesmaids still out?  Oh, no, that’s right, its currently in my VCR on repeat.  Did I just say VCR?  wow.  Alzheimer’s is setting in early.  You’ll have to forgive these age comments, my birthday was only 6 days ago.  I need some time. 

Happy Monday all!  And happy Goodwill shopping!  Go out and support your Goodwill’s local mission and your local shopping habit. 

Are you a purse fanatic?  Or do you prefer to keep it simple?

What good movies have you seen lately?



Purses, Pillows and Parmesan, Oh My!

Yesterday, I went to my friend Crystal’s house for some yummy homemade eggplant parmesan.  I maypick my friends based on how good or how many homemade meals they will make me…not a bad idea- y’all should try it:)

Isn’t she lovely? 

It was amaaaazing.  Spinach, mozzarella, veggie pasta sauce, and breaded eggplant, all layered and combined and baked at 375 (she said she wanted it bubbly) for about 35 minutes.  Long enough for me to run home and grab the wine my friend had given me for my birthday. 

Cheers!!  We are ready to manja!!

So, dinner/lunch, some would call it Linner, or dunch (it’s gonna catch on…), ended right around 5, and then she had to get ready for her date that night.  So I helped with that.  Mostly by chatting and distracting her as much as I could.  Hey, I didn’t say I was good at it.  And when she was ready to go have a life, I thought, “What could I do until I have a life when I go to my friend’s show later that night?  Well….Goodwill was only a couple blocks away, and it had been at least a week…a quick stop wouldn’t hurt anyone:)  And anyway, I had coveted Crystal’s cute antique recipe box she had taken her eggplant parmesan recipe out of, and I thought maybe that could be the reason for my trip.  Not that you always need one, but sometimes its nice to pretend like you are going in there ACTUALLY looking for something:)

I knew the trip was meant to be when I walked in and immediately saw this:

Just sitting there.  Saying, Hi, jaime, I was waiting for you, so glad you made it. 

Why, you’re welcome lovely yellow clutch.  So nice of you to wait for me.  I will put you in my cart, and later on stuff you full of cards, cash, receipts and who knows what else.  It will be fun.

It was Nine West, 1.99. 

And to the right of that one, I found this- I hadn’t even made two steps inside the store!  As far as Goodwill luck goes, this was so far at the top of my list. 

A leapord print wallet.  The hard kind.  Also 1.99. 

And then immediately after, to the right a little more…

A off white classic looking purse that needs to be mine.  It had zippers, and all sorts of little pockets and everything.  Who needs those luggage type purses with one big pocket, that, yes, you can fit your entire LIFE in, but you also can’t ever find it:)  And for 3.99, theres no reason it shouldn’t be mine.  So classic and cute.  And I used it that night when I went to my friend’s show, who had actually canceled and didn’t tell anyone, but I still got to use my purse:

Thats me and my crafty cool friend Rion.  I ALSO pick my friends based on whether or not their names, like mine, are androgynous and can be both a guy’s or girl’s name.  Its kind of strange, but you have to have some criteria, right? 😉

So you may be wondering what happened with the aforementioned recipe box search….well, I found this:

$0.99.  Soo excited!  Until I turned it over and found that it was just the triangle top to what WAS a recipe box.  The search will continue.  Oh well.  It still caused the trip that got me the purses, and…..these great pillows:

1.99 each.  Its like they were always on my bed, they’re so at home.  So colorful!  Couldn’t be more perfect.  If it were up to me, black would be outlawed.  But God and I haven’t come to an agreement on that yet. 

All in all, a great goodwill trip!  I spent $14, on a purse, 2 wallets, and 2 throw pillows.  I will come again!

I’d like to leave you with this:

A picture from my birthday.  I dont think much really needs to be said about this. 

Except that that s’more was DELICIOUS.  If you can’t already tell. 

Are you a colorful crazy person?  Or do you like to stick to black and basics? 

What are your latest goodwill finds?


Thanks for looking! 

Talk to you again soon,