• Reading

    Thrift Haul

    We usually have a Spring and Fall family Ladies’s Shopping Day. This year we had a modified family Ladies’ Shopping Day. Usually more people come and we shop for hours at around 3-4 stores and then eat out. I think we shopped for less than 1.5 hours, and I went to two stores. Mom and one aunt went to three, and we picked up food to eat at my grandmother’s house, she I think just went to one place.

    I only ever been to the post office (for work) and grocery stores and those are usually fairly quick. So I think that is the longest I’ve worn a mask. I also think anyone besides our family at the stores is too much on a normal day in a normal year. Plus large thrift stores with booths are overwhelming, so despite being the youngest by quite a bit, I was done in just as fast, if not faster. But because I’m usually much faster at looking, I found a considerable haul.

    I found this one for about $2.50. I saw several more with a price range of $8 to $13. However, I think I have a reamer, unless I got rid of it. It was prettier to0, a green glass one. Oh, well, we’ll see once I unpack everything in the near future.

    Now, farm house isn’t my style, but I do like farm house cooking, and I do like a touch of rustic style now and then. I found this bean pot for $12.

    I found these fun Christmas cookie cutters for a total of $5.

    I’m trying to keep a lookout for trays since I learned the tip of using trays to tie decor together via one of the the Sorry Girls videos. This was between $11 and $12.

    I love silver and pewter. Once I again, I think I managed to find the cheapest option, this is silver plated. I’ll polish it at some point, although the patina is kinda cool too. I found this for $10 while the other options I saw were in the $20 and above range, and I don’t think I like the shapes of any of them as well either.

    I saw this sake bottle before at least once over 6 months ago, except the little cups were with it at that time. It was only $5, and I’m planning on using it as a vase (my first thought was with a sprig of eucalyptus), but I still left my information in case they find the cups.

    Gotta have a teacup of course. This was $3. There were several, but I like having different ones, but then I was thinking, what if it broke?! However, I think I should stick with this one, especially since at another store I asked them to hold me an entire blue, white, and silver Noritake dinner set which had tea cups.

    And when I was putting up various things I opted not to get, I found a Kitchen Aid crock pot for $14!!!! It works, I tried it out to make sure.

    I have another cream multi-strand pearl necklace. I’m wanting to restring both of them into different things. We’ll see. This was $5.

    $5 vintage feel studs. I love the oversized retro look. I’ve already worn these. I often find at least one unique pair of earrings to add to my collection on these trips.

    Speaking of the earring collection, the day before I received my first Mejuri purchase. I was just scrolling their website dream shopping, when I saw these, I think they may be limited edition, and I knew I wanted them. I love the vintage modern look.

  • Beauty and Fashion

    On Thrifting Shoes

    I am quite choosy on shoe styles, and I am trying to be more selective on both quality and comfort.

    I have found some quite nice shoes on eBay and Thred-Up, and at Clothes Mentor. With the eBay you do have to realize that people do prize to high often and look only at lower prices. With the latter two options, you have look through a considerable amount of ugly and cheap shoes and (with Clothes Mentor) shoes that ought to be for sale only at yard sales or Goodwill . . . or in the dumpster. With all second-hand places/sites you do have to buy what you love when you see it.

    And I do have a little leniency on wear with heels particularly. Perhaps when I can afford to, I will be more selective.

    Of the two shoes I posted previously only the cocoa sandals work; the white Coach sandals hurt. All of these have leather uppers (as did the cocoa sandals) except for the last pair which do not have materials listed; I think the soles are leather though.

    I bought these on eBay. I have worn the silver off the inside; these looked virtually new when I bought them. Sofft and Nine West. About $21 and $25 including shipping.

    I bought these at Clothes Mentor priced at $24 each plus I got my employee discount. I would like to lace the cocoa booties with ribbon. Antonio Melani and J. Crew.

    And these on Thred-Up; I am saving them for my brother’s wedding since I am so hard on shoes. J. Crew. About $40.

  • Beauty and Fashion


    Last month I placed and received my first Twice order. The company had a 40% off offer for first time shoppers (I would suggest waiting until this offer re-occurs; it is going on right now on 5/24). I have noticed that I sometimes shop in color themes, not intentionally (nor would I recommend doing it intentionally as you might miss out on other colors).

     Yes, I will be re-fashioning this jacket; I did not pay attention to size which is fine, but I usually intentionally buy bigger sizes; this time I was surprised.

    This was a Clothes Mentor purchase. I am trying to buy better shoes and get rid of super high heels. Unfortunately the white shoes hurt pretty bad. They are Coach, so I want to try to sell them on ebay.
  • Beauty and Fashion

    Clothes Mentor

    I love this consignment chain! I went for the first time last week and spent millions…maybe…maybe could’ve.
    Anyway, here is my haul. I was pleased with the prices and conditions and fiber choices for my fabric snobbery (or snobbobery to use my dad’s version of the word). I don’t look good in capris, so I am planning on making the capris into Bermuda shorts. I am also planning on letting out the pleats at the botton of the white top, taking off the heavy hem, and taking in the sides a bit. Other than that everything should fit nicely…after I finished losing my weight.

    Price: $7   Brand: New York and Company   Material: 78% cotton, 20% polyester (ugh), 2% spandex
     Price: $16   Brand: Ann Taylor   Material: 55% cotton, the rest various manmade fibers
    Price: $16   Brand: Ann Taylor  Material: 100% silk
    Price: $10   Brand: New York and Company   Material: 100% cotton
    Price: $10   Brand: Express   Material: 55% silk, 45% cotton
    Price: $10   Brand: Cynthia Rowley   Material: 55% linen, 45% rayon
    Price: $9   Brand: Ann Taylor LOFT   Material: 100% cotton
    Price: $6   Brand: Apt. 9   Material: Trim: 100% silk, Body: 58% silk, 27% nylon, 15% cotton
    Price: $10   Brand: Talbots   Material: 58%  silk, 42% cotton
    Price: $10   Brand: Unlisted
    Price: $7   Brand: Impo
    Price: $18   Brand: Madden Girl
    I am sooo sorry for all these fluffy posts. I am waaaay behind on my Classics Club reviews; I am doing (in starts and stops) the old-fashioned and, for me, more expressive hand-written draft route first. I am afraid my Middlemarch review may be as long as the book itself…well, it could be. Hopefully, I will have at least one of those up this week.