Vacation and it feels so good!

I am writing you from….vacation!!!

Ahh, so nice, so relaxing.

I work at a school, and it is currently February break, one week of glorious nothingness.  I was going to stay in my home state and relax and ‘get stuff done’ there…

but the second day in, decided a 16 hour drive to TN, Nashville, to visit friends where I used to live, and Knoxville where a friend moved, sounded MUCH better.

Indeed.  I impressively made the first 13 hour stretch in one piece, driving through the night- a FIRST for me, I usually give up after about 4 hours of driving and hand the wheel to someone else.  But the adrenaline really kicked in, and I made it til 3 am from 2:45 p.m. with no problem, and then had to take a few hourly stops to finish out the trip.

But I  made it to my first stop, Knoxville, in one piece where my friend Matt lives.

I crashed for a few hours and then we enjoyed a couple glasses of wine on his back patio, in a dress I found at Goodwill last Fall, wearing it here for the first time:

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I may not be in Florida or the Caribbean, but if I can enjoy a glass of wine on a back patio outside, it’s vacation.  Gotta have my iced coffee too.

Here’s some more pictures for ya:

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A Target dress by Mossimo, new from the store, for $5.99.  Oh look at those eyelets.

Gotta have a nice shot by the bird bath.

I also made it to Goodwill this past Saturday and did very well.

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My loot.

Two of those are gifts for other people.  So generous I am 🙂

A shirt for one of my nieces, whichever one it fits, an adorable little flowery peasant top from Italy half off for $2.00

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It says for a six year old, but it looks a teensy small so it may go to the fiver, Anna.

And also a shirt from a spa in Norwich for my Mom, half off for $2.00.  I know she’s never been there, but it has a pretty design I knew she would love, and I have distinct memories of her workout sweater when I was child being from a college I’m sure she never attended, so I knew she wouldn’t mind.

Sure enough when she saw it, she said, “Now I can pretend I’ve been there.”  Ha.  What did I say?  Or think….

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Ain’t it purty?

Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about  myself…

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American Eagle jeans for $9.99 in pretty good condition- and they’re long enough!!!! It’s a miracle.

To go with a burnt orange Calvin Klein 3/4 tee with rouching beneath the chest and button classps on the bottom of the sleeves, also $9.99

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There’s a few more goodies in there that will have to wait for next time…:)  I’m planning on wearing at least one this week…weather permitting.

I’ve got to go enjoy my wine and company!

Enjoy your presidents week wherever you are :0)

Peace and Happy thrifting,

Jaime

“It’s your path… not theirs”

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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:)

Straw Bags and Horse Farms

I haven’t had much time to make it to a local Goodwill lately to make some finds of my own, although I am in need of a new dresser, so that may be happening sooner rather than later.  But for today, I am stealing my coworker’s find to share with you- don’t worry, she approved it.  

As I was leaving school today,  Ms. Helen showed me her latest treasure that she got at the Goodwill OUTLET store here in Nashville. 

Kill me.

Straw and leather weaved tote, $ 0.80.   Goodwill Outlet Store, Berry Hill, Nashville, TN

Ms. Helen modeling her Goodwill find.  Or just Helen after 3:00.  I think she has a future in modeling, whaddya think? 

Closeup of the straw and leather weaving. 

One of Helen’s passions is working with horses on her family’s farm, and what she spends a lot of her free time doing.  I may be minorly jealous of this.  But I cope.  Lots of ice cream.  And running (to burn off said cream of ice), and playing music, and listening to music, and writing music…well, you get the idea.  Anyway, she says she’ll be able to use this to bring to the farm, as it is sturdy enough to take the wear and tear.  As you can see, it does carry those cowboy boots quite handily.  It definitely looks like it can stand up to the job, and also look good while doing it.  Which is what we really all want, isn’t it?  (Other than life being sugar rimmed…of course)

On a side note, we are lucky enough to have a Goodwill outlet store in Nashville where all the other stores’ rejects end up.  Everything at the outlet store is sold by weight my friends, by weight.  Have you ever heard of anything so spectacular?  Hence this purse being only 0.80 cents!  Dont know if you’ve noticed, but that is a little less than my normal prices of my finds.  My first, and only, purchase at the outlet store so far was a Wine Encyclopedia book for like 1.06.  Thinking back… an encyclopedia MAY not have been the best thing to buy by weight….oh well.  A dollar for knowledge is still pretty good. 

I know that find left you pining for some wine knowledge, let me fill that void for you; here’s one fact I learned from this book: Chardonnay is one of the easiest grapes to grow in all different types of regions, and adapts to change very well, the Lady Gaga of grapes if you will.  (I do my best with analogies, don’t expect much)  The merlot grape, not so much as adaptable.  Soooo, practical tip: if you are going to buy a cheap(er) wine at a restaurant, opt for Chardonnay over Merlot.  Because, well, it’s easier to make a cheap and more palatable Chardonnay than a cheap, palatable Merlot.  Also, if you really don’t know much about wine, the ‘t’ in Merlot is silent.  I just helped you out ALOT, you may not know it, but I did.  You’re welcome.

Hope this inspires you to get out there and make some finds of your own.  Take that money you save and go on a nice vacation!!  Maybe on a tour of the Goodwill’s of America?  Or the Caribbean….Either/Or. 🙂

Happy Spring and Daylight savings time week ( I just made that up, I think its gonna catch on…).  Wake up!

Have you ever been to a Goodwill outlet store?

Yup.

Do you enjoy learning about wine?

Yup.

Do you like horses?

Love.