Monday, July 7, 2014

All I Post Anymore Is Thrifting Posts and I'm Sorryish - July 7, 2014

I have so many posts in draft form for this blog. Blood and guts and my heart spilled on the screen. And that's just it - I simply haven't yet felt comfortable enough to be like some of the bloggers I admire and SPILL THAT for random people. The few regular readers. The possible chance that I'd get picked up by some mean site or go viral for good or bad reasons. The potential for family members to find this. (I think one of you already has, hi.) The voice in my head telling me I can't write for shit. All that.

So instead I am giving you another thrifting post. If you're wondering why I bother, well, I do actually still use these posts to go back and see what I've bought/what I have worn. I am trying to use them to help me weed out the stuff I bought "for only a dollar!" that I never use that's taking up space.

I had my delightful day of escape on Tuesday. No special sales, no special reason, just wanted to hang out with my friend. We went to two thrift stores and that was it. And Starbucks.

Store one was the animal store. Nothing was more than $2. I was more restrained than usual (trust me, I was) and put a few things back that were just eh.

Look - I tried to take nicer pictures this time. And I LOVE this dress. It fits me really nicely and it sort of flows out at the skirt. This picture makes it look frumpy but I feel really cute in it. I just have to find a reason to wear it. I think dresses are $2.

Wait. I bought a plain black T-shirt what? $1.50

I didn't know how to set up a cute photo of jeans so I gave up. They're Old Navy and they were $2.

An Old Navy sweater because I am forward thinking. $1.50?

This blueish American Eagle top is cute but I really loved the buttons on the sleeves (which you can barely see in this picture) and the color (which is lighter blue in person).

Yes, another brown sweater. Wait, this isn't the last of them either.

I know it's a black T-shirt but the scoop neck is different!

My friend found this for me. It's American Eagle too and the clouds are embroidered.

I shouldn't have bought this, but I couldn't make myself put it down either. So I did. And it's cute so there.

My kid's size clothing is still 50 cents per piece. If she ever gets bigger, it will go up to a whopping dollar, but for now it's pretty awesome.

And more 50 cent things.
The only book I allowed myself to buy. I had the paperback version of this long ago but I was really happy to find a great condition hardback. Adorable. $1.

Not shown: A Lionel train T-shirt for my husband.

And then the other store. What you won't see is that I accidentally bought an Alabama Tide shirt thinking it was something else. It was $3 and fit really nicely but I have no interest in college football (and I'm mad because I put back a BUNCH of things to save money including a mug tree that I wanted to make into a washi tape holder and I'd rather have had that). SO. I sold it to someone for $5. And that covered the two sweaters below - all sweaters were on sale for a dollar:

It's Old Navy and is browner in person.

Gap, and it's really really really soft. And less boring on than it is on the hanger.
I also bought two nifty mugs for a quarter each - one red and giant, one light green and squared off - that I plan to decorate and resell or gift.

And that is that.

I do hope to someday get back to writing meaty interesting posts about things like my kid and cerebral palsy and my life.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Ugly Pictures, Cool Clothes - Thrifting Post! - May 31, 2014

First: If you are reading this post on Livejournal DO NOT COMMENT ON THE LIVEJOURNAL FEED. I don't ever see it. Comment on my actual blog by clicking through! I love comments! Lots of comments! Hooray!

Second: So. This is quite possibly my ugliest batch of photos ever, but I am too lazy to re-take them all in nice, posed shots with good lighting and angles and...well, you know. I just wanted to get these up quickly.

Yesterday was my last hurrah before the kid goes to camp this summer - her last day of kindergarten was Thursday (yeehaw! despite her cerebral palsy - or perhaps because of it! - she tested ahead of her grade level for reading. Also she says full sentences now, which is fabulous.) so I ran off to do a quick thrifting trip with my friend and then my kid and husband joined me and my friend for dinner.

We only went to one store - the awesome help-the-animals store. Apparently the shirts were all $1.50. The mug was 50 cents and the kid clothes were nearly all 50 cents, but I splurged like whoa on two "specially priced" pieces. Scroll by or don't - these pictures are dreadful but I didn't get much that was exciting either. I just like to have a record of what I've bought.

I really got a kick out of how the way I took this picture made it look like the mug was glowing. Ahhhhh, the choir sings, it's the holy grail. I just liked that it had a funky shape - it will likely be vinyled and sold.

Paper Denim and Cloth jeans - my second thrifted pair (the others are turquoise and were from Goodwill so cost way more). $2. I like how they fit.

So I guess Jack Wills is a thing in England, and my exhaustive research (read: one Swagbucks* search) tells me that this shirt likely cost around $40 new. Nice.

See how bad these pictures are? SO BAD. This is a cute cardigan-shrug that I will wear with dresses, I'm sure. I will. Really. I think this might have also been $2.

Cover your eyes. It's...a picture of a blob! It's a black, long-sleeved T-shirt because I need 100 of these. I think it's Old Navy.

Gray T-shirt! THRILLING!

Purple T-shirt! EXCITING!

Old Navy 3/4 sleeve shirt. I liked the buttons, wasn't 100% sure about the rest, bought it anyway.

Hideous picture of what is actually a lovely Converse One Star T-shirt. It's not neon, it doesn't glow, it doesn't hurt your eyes. I just am terrible at taking pictures.

It's actually a brown shirt. Oh I am so sorry to hurt your eyes like this.

Red waffle shirt from Old Navy. Smushy!

I don't even know what is going on here. I think this shirt is really blue. It's cute. I swear.

WHAT? It's another black shirt. And this picture makes it look like it's made of satin or velour or something. It's just cotton. I promise.

This blue 3/4 sleeve Old Navy shirt was in my maybe pile and then I bought it. It's fine.

Two pairs of denim capris for the kid that may or may not fit her skinny booty. One was 50 cents, I think? One was definitely $2 because it's Gap and that made it...pricier for some reason.

And these Gymboree jeans for her were also "special" and so a dollar.

Because she is.

This one has a weensy hole in the top left that makes me think it was a Value Village shirt first. It will likely be a spare in-the-backpack shirt or something.

It's just a plain shirt for the kid. I didn't notice it had a small pull on the top...but at 50 cents, with her being such a mess, whatever.

This terrrrrrible picture of a brown T-shirt shrugs goodbye to you. Then it hops away like a kangaroo. 
*That's a referral link.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Thrifting Post - 50 Cent Day Edition - May 20, 2014

Every month, the newly discovered thrift store clears out things from the previous month or two and marks it all down to 50 cents. Bam. Boom. Pow. 50 cents. Clothing and also some random pillow cases and things. Only other woman was shopping when I was in the store, and there was no competition between us. I just grabbed everything that looked cute and tried it all on, then culled it to these 11 things. I paid less than $6 total for all of this - even at the thrift store's regular prices I would've spent around $70 (well, I wouldn't have but you know what I mean).

City shirt!

New with tags Dockers skirt. Price tag says $40. It's so cute too - soft, dark blue corduroy.

Express skirt

I am probably going to resell this Guster shirt. I knew the band when they were Gus!

Jordache jeans for the kid.

Levi's shirt.

Terrrrrible picture of way cute black Ann Taylor Loft button down shirt.

FAVORITE. It's a NY&Co. skirt and I loooooove it.

Plain boring but cute Old Navy waffle shirt.

How could I resist a Piggly Wiggly shirt???? (The back says something about Piggly Wiggly too.)

White Stag skirt - I guess that's the evil empire's house brand? It's cute for 50 cents.
Taaaadaaaah! And yes, I'm still working on that crafty post. I just have to finish a few things around here first.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Mini Thrift Haul - May 12, 2014

$8.50 for all of it
There are two new-ish thrift stores I've discovered, and dangerously they are both walking distance from my house. I haven't posted everything I've bought (honestly, it's not THAT much) but here's today's smallish haul. The Hello Kitty sweatshirt was there every week, and every week I'd say "I don't need it for $5" - but this week it was half price, so I grabbed it. (Next week they're doing a monthly 50 cent sale but I decided not to take a chance - I don't even know if it would be considered a 50 cent item anyway.) It has Hello Kitty's ears and bow on the hood...I just couldn't deal with how cute it was. The pink HK shirt for the kid was a dollar (also half price). If you squint, you can see a white plate in the upper left that was a quarter - I have crafty plans for it. Upper right was my weirdest yet best score - an unopened container of polycrylic semi-gloss sealer for $3. If you scroll back to my craft corner updates, you'll see that I had some unfinished wood drawers given to me by a neighbor that I have since stained. It still needed something, but I wasn't sure what - until now! And finally, Container Store drawer dividers for 50 cents per unopened package (one is marked $6.99). Part of my organizing plans!

Coming soon: A post about my latest crafty projects!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Spring cleaning and creating my new craft corner! - April 16, 2014

A few weeks ago I had lunch with my friend Denise, who is starting an organization and home-staging business. I brought her sheepishly into my house, which was, as always, a big crazy mess. She looked around and started pointing out things I already owned that could be repurposed. The lightbulbs started going off above my cartoon head. Then she came back and not only took me to Dollar Tree for some inexpensive organization solutions but also sat with me while I pawed through my desk of DOOM. That thing had drawers filled with such delights as many 3.5" floppies, an exploded battery, and pictures of a friend's baby - when said baby just turned 11. Then, happily, a neighbor was doing her own spring cleaning and gave me some things that were perfect to continue to corral my chaos.

This before picture is actually slightly after-before (because I never remember to take my before pictures - I've started saying "Take a Before Picture Today!" about everything. First, it gives you that picture. Second, it forces you to have a starting point for any new project.):

Believe it or not, I'd actually started cleaning up at this point...

Like...see that purple thing on the second shelf from the top? I'd corralled a bunch of toys - mine and the kid's - in there! Really!

That's my husband's laptop...and it was living on a chair he won as an award. The round table held various wedding-related memorabilia - but note that we've been married for ten years. There was a lot of dust on there.
So the first thing to do was to swap out the furniture. Denise noted that I owned a desk and a bookcase that both were wood (vs the white particleboard that you see) that would match the other furniture in the area. "But...move furniture? That's big and scary!" I said. I was wrong.

Bye bye table and chair. The books got neater too...
Empty!

Well...empty-ish.
The new bookcase emptied. (It was living upstairs in our office near...more books, as you can see.)

New bookcase in place! The bottom two shelves are for my cookbooks. The tippy top has my bridal bouquet, the centerpiece from my wedding shower, and the centerpiece from our wedding - finally people can SEE them!
I've had the desk since childhood. It was in our office acting as, well, my office, but it was hard to access and I always felt like I was intruding on my husband (who is a voiceover talent and who often needs to be recording in there).

Old night table (which had been forgotten in a corner, full of junk) now repurposed as part of the craft station. Inside is all my vinyl and then some foam stickers/embellishments and some notepads, all very organized, I promise, but also just...hidden and in their own spaces.

The fabric shoebox was 30 cents from Target. I decorated it with regular permanent vinyl, cut with my Silhouette.

Inside the desk drawers, everything is now corralled and organized.
 
Little containers section off this drawer to hold glue, scissors, hole punches, tape, that sort of thing.
Dollar Tree containers hold Silhouette supplies and extra things like staples and tape - all labeled!
A repurposed shower caddy from a friend's yard sale - now my postage and packing materials live on it!

Here, right now, is what my craft corner looks like! The wooden drawers on the far left were given to me by my aforementioned neighbor - I bought stain and will be changing it up over the next few days. If you look closely you can see a floating frame on it with a vinyl-cut image of my daughter.

Button-making machines and parts.

Button-making parts, mostly in repurposed food jars/Talenti containers, plus some apothecary jar-type-things. Everything, again, labeled! So nice to be able to find what I need when I need it!

Corralling the paper clutter with metal magazine holders, which were another gift from my neighbor. I put washi tape on each one for fun and then made quick little magnets to use as labels because this is a work in progress - I still need to sort through the paper in each one, but at least now it's organized. Next to those, my scrapbook paper and button-making scraps, plus my Reiki manual.
It is LOVELY to finally have a space that I can call my own with a place for everything and everything in a place. And I may have spent $20 total doing it - everything was either mine to begin with, given to me by someone, recycled, or bought at a place like Dollar Tree or Ikea. I'm still working on this too - still working on my paper clutter, still finding new ways to organize everything. Plus, this is just the start of a full-house cleaning/reorganizing spree!

(Not shown: My fabric scraps, which I use to make buttons/magnets/mirrors, are now all folded and organized and in their own plastic drawer instead of spilling out of random plastic bags. My various types of printer paper are now organized near my printer but not quite ready for their photo to be taken - next time! And my china cabinet now has a new display on its top that includes funky cookbooks and pictures of my daughter.)

That's a lot of pictures but I have more to show you over the next few weeks!