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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(another pic- all me)

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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

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Half-Off Saturday and Vintage Skirts

I don’t know what kind of Goodwill-aholic I would be if I hadn’t made it to half off Saturday today, which takes place the first glorious Saturday of every month.  And this half off business is no exaggeration.  The entire store is, HALF OFF.  When does that ever happen?  I forget how awesome it feels to walk in, find something you like, and just cut the price in half, just like that.  Oh, that dress is $7.99?  I think I’ll pay $4, yes?  There is no ‘just the color green is half off’, or ‘.99 but only on Wednesdays’.  Nope, it’s the entire store, no exceptions.  Name brands included (take that Macy’s:)  It is a great feeling.  I will have to make sure I get to it more often than I do.

I must admit, I almost missed it today as well.  I work at 3:00 on Saturdays at a Restaurant, and did not make it before I went in to work.  Since I usually get out between 9 and 10, it would have made it difficult for me to get to Goodwill before the 8:00 closing time.  (I’ve always been good at telling time).  However, enter an incredibly slow Saturday night.  My manager cut me (restaurant lingo for ‘you can go home’; I was not injured or hurt in any way, although my wallet may be for lack of money made…hence I shop at Goodwill!) at 6:00.  Ok, all you mathematicians out there, this leaves me 2 hours to get home, play with my beautiful puppy Baker, and get to Goodwill, before closing time.  I think it can be done.

I left my house for Goodwill at 7:35.  As some of you may know, I am a short 5 minute drive to my local Goodiwll.  Coincidence?  Maybe.  And maybe I could have done better on time and leaving my house earlier…but I stopped to eat dinner somewhere in there as well.  Or maybe I just wanted to prove the point I made in my last post; Goodwill shopping does not take ‘loads of time’ as some people like to argue.  And it sure didn’t this time; I found three great items by closing time, which was 15 minutes after I got there.  Although I may have waited to go to the register until I heard someone say over the intercom “literally, if you don’t bring your items to the register now, we will consider you a donated item and mark you with a price tag and put you on the shelve”.  Maybe a slight exagerration, but lets just say I used up all of my 15 minutes that I had in the store:)

And here is what I found:

Great grey straight leg Gap Jeans, $3.75.  (Half off of $7.49)

That would be  discount of around 93%, assuming the pants were around $60 in the store, which is a safe assumption.

These fit me like a glove, at size 8, and I found them sitting right on the end of the pants rack.  Just waiting for me.  Remember what I said about not needing a lot of time?  Just need to open your eyes.  Ok, I will stop belaboring that point now, and move on….

to my next find!

Awesome faded high waisted jean skirt by Johnathon Williamson for Impulse only at Macy’s, $2.14.  (Half off of $4.29)

I mean is that real?  $2.14 for a skirt?  Sometimes I just don’t know.  I love this skirt.  I love it for several reasons, the obvious being how good it looks…. :-0…

and the less obvious- to you all at least, is that just earlier that day I went looking for a high waisted pair of shorts (not quite a skirt, but close enough) at an actual mall.  And I did not find anything.  This, coincidentally is what contributed to me not having time to make it to Goodwill before work.   Anyway, I should have known better than to try a mall before Goodwill.  When I went to Goodwill I was thinking I would find an actual vintage pair of high waisted shorts or skirt with it being Goodwill and all, but these are not.  They are contemporay or’fake’ vintage as you I guess you could call it.  But as I said, I still love them.  And will wear the dickens out of em!

And I think I also proved how versatile each item was by wearing the same top and necklace in each photo.  That or I didn’t really feel like changing.  I’ll let you decide.

And last, but not least,

a comfortable cotton bluish-grey knee length skirt, by Mossimo from Target.  Also $2.14.  (Half off of $4.29)

I got this because I work at a pre-school and we aren’t allowed to wear shorts of a certain length, but it gets quite hot for jeans…enter skirts.  Comfortable skirts.  This skirt will be perfect to let me run around and play with the kiddies, but be respectfully dressed and not too sweaty while doing it.

Notice I took the necklace off for the casual shot.  This is not to say I can’t wear the necklace to pre-school, I can; I  just thought I’d switch it up a bit for you.   There is really never a bad time to wear a necklace like that.

Since I had advice in my last post, I will leave you with a random non-Goodwill related piece, although I did hear it on the radio as I was leaving Goodwill,

“Keep on dreaming even if it breaks your heart”  -Eli Young Band (check em out)

Whatever that dream may be….

Are you all having an awesome weekend so far?  Well if not, you’ve still got a day to turn it around!

I’m working a lot….but always find time for fun:)

What are some of your favorite skirt finds at Goodwill/thrift stores?

Too many….but the above jean one may be a rival for the top spot.