Thursday, December 27, 2012

A Thrifty Haul...its been awhile....


Its been awhile since I've posted my thrift day finds. This haul definitely represents more than one thrifty day.  I primarily shop thrift but I confess that are a few items in this post that I've acquired that as brand new retail pieces; special things that just had to come home with me.  My days of buying brand new are few and far between, but it happens occasionally. Take a peek at the goodies....old and new
This beautiful hand crocheted table cloth is in pristine condition. It cost me only $2.75.  I had to have it; the work is intricate and the stitches are perfect.  I put it in a garment bag and washed on the hand wash cycle and it came out perfectly.

The picture doesn't justice to the vivid color of this top. In person, its a bright peacock blue and the embellishments at the waist are black and gold metallic.  Its festive. Its also really plunge-y in the front, so I will have to wear a camisole under it.  It was only $3.00 for the New York and Company piece!

I love the violet and teal colors of this French Connection sweater.  It was brand new with tags in a privately owned little thrift store and cost only $4.00.  


This Old Navy cotton wrap dress was also brand new with tags!  Its also very plunge-y.  I plan to wear a lightweight black slip underneath.  $6.00


A perfect dance party dress!  This is going to be fun to social dance in; the short sleeves will help keep me cool, the bottom is flirty and flippy.  The hemline is asymmetrical, but its not a "mullet"; the sides are a bit longer than the front and back.   $5.00 at Goodwill.  I'm doing a Happy dance!

I found this Favel Italian leather bag at the consignment shop.  It has rich velvety suede lining inside.  Its the perfect size to throw in a little gym towel, my keys, wallet and phone to take to Zumba class.


There are a couple of very small chips in this piece of pottery, but they are barely visible because the pottery is that reddish clay color underneath the paint and glaze..  The tiny chips give it a slightly worn patina that adds charm to the piece.  See, I don't thrift just clothing!

What a steal!  A dollar apiece for these oven-going individual size what-cha-ma-call-its.  Are they mini casseroles?  I don't know what to call them.  But I'm going to have fun making mini meals for my guys in them.

This is sleeve detail on a pretty black cardigan I purchased for $12.00.   The cardi didn't photograph well, so I excluded it, but I couldn't resist sharing the flirty sleeve.

Brand new, boxed, blank cards that I found for a dollar per box.  I love the laser cut designs and the color schemes.  I still love sending a receiving cards and letters by snail mail, despite the ease of emailing!

Pale, buttery yellow is my favorite color, but I can only wear it in small doses. It tends to wash me out (I can however, wear bright school bus yellow, but I don't think I want to!).  I think this delicate little ballerina cardigan is just the right dose.
By the way....I was really drooling over a pale yellow and gold lace ballroom gown; it was a gorgeous goddess dress, but it looked terrible on me!  Funny, that my favorite color is a color I can't wear.

Ok....I know this 2 piece suit looks kind of blah, bland and nothing...but I'm super excited about it.....
Here's why; its a STRETCH fabric Eileen Fisher suit that I purchased in November for $25.00.
WHY...am I excited about a stretch fabric suit?
Because I have been on the hunt for a black stretch fabric suit that I can use to dance a showcase in!
I want to do a Foxtrot to either Peter Gunn or the Mission Impossible theme.  Of course a black fedora is involved.  I can dance in this suit!!!  The pants are a bit big and need some tailoring, but I wasn't about to pass up this hard to find item for the cost of a few tweaks!!! This is going to be fun.

**Speaking of dance...my next big comp is in February at The Indiana Challenge.  I am dancing a LOT of dances...so excited!!! The IC is a pretty big four day event.  Its a blast and because its local, many of my friends will be dancing the comp and hanging out there.  Its a very special event and this will be my 6th year competing there.  
No...not wearing the suit for that, but I'm on a mission to lost 12 lbs to better fit my dresses.

Ok....back to the stuff.  This crock is sturdy! It was only $3.00 and I love it for my frequently used utensils.


Now for MY BAD..........
These are not thrifted.  I love wraps and use them often.  The black coat looks plain on the hanger, but on, its beautiful, and defines my waist. It reminds me a bit of the coats that ladies wore on stagecoaches, when they went for calling, or went to tea and wore corsets and gowns.
 Did I post this already?  I can't wait to wear it, but its a bit cold right now


Another great thrift find...this silk J.Jill 'big shirt'.  I'm not sure how to style it, but the color is really pretty and the silk felt so nice against my skin when I tried it on.  Any style ideas?  I can't wear skinnies right now...but maybe a black pencil skirt?

A pretty nice and affordable thrift haul, don't you think?

Please indulge me as I share just a couple of random holiday things:

This was my Christmas gift from my oldest son.  It made me cry.  Its a shadow box framing my Dad's military flag and old family photos.  My son Dan...gives the best gifts.  He puts a lot of thought into his gifts.

I had to share this photo of my little Brady-Mac...my precious grandson.  Christmas is so much fun with a little one around.  I'm not sure what he was saying, but obviously it gave us a giggle.  That's the hubby on the couch in the background.

My husband and I don't really exchange gifts, but he did buy me some additional Lia Sophia pieces to wear and use for my shows.  I'm still working on getting the ball rolling with the LS...but its tough right now with the holidays.  I really want to give it a go and give it some time to develop, but I'm impatient!

I know this post has been rather random and rambling.  My thrift posts sometimes lack cohesiveness, but I love to sharing my thrift finds..even if I ramble to do so.  I would like to inspire others to make a habit of thrifting; to demonstrate that you can look great on a budget and without always buying new things.  I've had great thrifting luck.  I have fun finding pretty things, without knowing what I'm going to stumble upon.  I'm a committed and loyal thrifter.

Thank you, my dears for your patience and your tolerance of my rambling posts.  Thank you for your support and your comments, and for your loyalty to my little blog.
 Enjoy your New Year and please be safe.

36 comments:

  1. Great stuff! I love thrifting and know how serendipitous it is. You did well. Oh, and I love the Peter Gunn music. Fun post.

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  2. Serendipitous...that's the perfect word to describe thrifting. Thank you.

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  3. You don't need to apologize for your posts - I love how you ramble, Lisa. It's like I can hear your voice. :) I love that you find such great things thrifting! I've been a little more spendy on the new (but ethically/locally made) lately, and will be reining in soon, and this is a good reminder that thrifting is a good way to indulge without hitting the pocketbook so hard.

    Love your black coat, so envious over that leather bag!

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    1. Thank you Sheila. It's nice to hear that you enjoy my posts. Although thrift is my first choice.....it is good to have a few new pieces every now and then . The coat is one of those special must have pieces

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  4. <3
    I want to wish you a happy New Year filled with all that is beautiful!May this New Year brings you immense happiness in all you do

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    1. Thank you and I wish the same for you!

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  5. I always love seeing your thrifting finds! The thrift store is one of my favorite places to find really pretty dishes, those little casseroles blue and white dishes are so cute! (And that crock is gorgeous!) I think your J.Jill silk blouse would be really pretty with bootcut jeans as well as the mentioned pencil skirt, that color is so soft and pretty.
    And oh my goodness! Your grandson is adorable! I have to agree with you, Christmas seems a little more magical with little ones around, their excitement is always so contagious and it's fun to make the holidays special for them.

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    1. Hi Katie. I enjoy my thrifting, that's for sure. I always seem to find wonderful things.
      I do have bootcut jeans that I could wear....I may try them with the shirt and wear layered necklaces and some bangles.

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  6. Wow that is a great haul. So much more satisfying than buying all new.
    I hope you have a wonderful New Year with lots of dancing success.

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    1. Wishing you a safe and wonderful New Year.

      Yes, it is more satisfying than buying new. I have purged my closet of most of my 'new' things, because they were always things I settled for rather than things I loved and wanted.

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  7. You got some great things once again. My favorite thrifted item this time around are the mini casserole dishes. We had that set when I was a little kid! The gift from your son is wonderful. How sweet of him to put so much thought into something that obviously meant a lot to you. Happy New Year Lisa! Heather

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    1. Hi Heather....it was a wonderful, family Christmas and my son's gift was just perfect.
      Have a safe and happy New Year, Heather!

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  8. What a great haul! I love oversize shirts and my black pencil skirt is the first thing I reach for to wear with them. x

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    1. I can picture the look; I'm excited to own my first "big shirt" ever. I'm even more excited that its silk. I'm going to give it a try, Pearl.

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  9. There's nothing incohesive about this lovely post to me, and I adore the fact that you're passionate about encouraging others to thrift, I've always been the same way, too.

    Thank you very much for your wonderfully nice comment on my highlights of 2012 today, dear Lisa. I'm very happy that we have each other's blogs to follow and am really looking forward to sharing 2013 with you here online.

    ♥ Jessica

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  10. Goodness! What a haul!
    I'm jealous of you having a little one for Christmas...it's not the same without the innocent happy faces of young ones.
    And, what a thoughtful gift from your son! So special!
    Wishing you a Happy & Healthy New Year!
    God bless!

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    1. Thank you Jeannie.....I'm very blessed to have my grandson!

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  11. Congratulations to all your great finds! I have scored quality boots at the Christmas sale. Well, not very cheap, but cheaper. Looks like you had a great Christmas!

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    1. I hope to see your boots in a post!

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  12. You do have some great thrift hauls!
    I especially love your leather tote bag, and the note cards are lovely. now you have an incentive to drop family and friends little notes.
    Chic on the Cheap

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    1. Thanks, Lyddie! I still like to send handwritten cards. I also like to use them for a hostess card for my Lia Sophia parties.

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  13. love the dance party dress and those note cards are fabulous
    i have a thing for stationary!
    brett

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    1. I have a thing for stationary too. Brett!
      I like to wear dresses for dance parties that are not in my repertoire of regular dress. At dance parties, I dance nonstop and I get very sweaty...so its nice to have dresses that I don't worry about being ruined. I've never really ruined one, but still, its just nice to have dresses that are only for dance in order to keep my really good dresses in perfect condition. And nice that they cost very little!

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  14. What a haul Lisa! I love love love the leather tote. What a luscious pattern. Did I tell you I'm a pear shape too? You sure seem to find a ton of things that work well on your body type. I'm very small chested and narrow shouldered so I hardly ever find dresses that work on me.
    Hope you have a lovely time ringing in the New Year.

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    1. Hi Joni, I didn't notice that you are a pear shape because you do such a good job of balancing yourself with your wardrobe. I think dressed look great on pear shaped women. I always feel best in a dress. I think whatever we wear we need to be comfortable in it and if dresses don't feel good to you, then that's ok. But I bet you would look fabulous in the right dress.

      Have a wonderful New Year.

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  15. You found some great items. I love the new coat--it looks cute even on the hanger.

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  16. Thank you......I seem to have very good luck thrifting. The coat....oh its gorgeous. Cant wait to wear it and photograph it.

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  17. Always big score at the thrift store for you Lisa. I am in love with the note cards - so pretty. I am a big fan of writing personal notes, I always feels so special when I do get one :)

    I can't wait to see how you style your new finds!

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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    1. I love personal notes too, Alice.

      I'm looking forward to styling my new things. Happy New Year!

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  18. What an awesome haul! I need to shop where you do.... And I'm really looking forward to seeing how you incorporate these fab finds into your wardrobe!

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    1. I have had some great luck thrifting. I have to admit that there are so many thrift store in my region. Within a 10 mile radius I can think of 8 off the top of my head.

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  19. Hi Lisa,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment on my recent fitness motivation post.

    I did some ballroom dancing (waltz, salsa, jive), I certainly have no talent for any Latin dance .. lol. Anyway, the lessons were really expensive so I never continued.

    I'm following you now, so looking forward to more posts!

    Monica
    www.pear-shaped-gal.com

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    1. Hi Monica,

      I'm also committing to a new fitness regime. Having cute clothes certainly helps get me to the gym more willingly....I picked up a few things too.

      I agree that ballroom is expensive; fortunately, my coach is pretty reasonable by comparison. I offset the cost by shopping thrift for most of my clothing. Sometimes, when I compete...I do actually win money so that helps too. Its the thing I love to do most so I really put my money into that and skimp on other things.

      Thank you for following!

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  20. Thanks for visiting my blog diva!

    You got some good finds! The box of cards are divine and the mini-corning ware bowls are great! I have a few of them myself. You got those for a steal! Someone was selling them at a fleamarket for $7.50 a piece!

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    1. I love your blog! I've been reading it for quite awhile. You have such a great sense of style and color.

      You know, I love flea markets, but sometimes I think they can be a bit overpriced. I guess that's ok though if you find something that is a rare find! I love the CorningWare bowls too. The shop that they came from usually has some really fabulous finds.

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