April 4, 1928 ~ May 28, 2014
We are saddened to hear the news of the passing of our beloved Dr. Maya Angelou. Her books, poems, and strong passion for civil rights have inspired many of us. I always imagined she was one of my grandmother’s growing up. I could always feel her kind, nurturing, and caring heart bleed right through the television whenever I watched her. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one. Her legacy will always live on. May her beautiful soul rest in peace.
OMG! Okay so I think I had the best thrifting experience ever last weekend. The hubby and I are in the processing of redecorating the humble abode. We are trying to decorate more around of who we are as opposed to how a traditional home should look. I have to admit that I am actually having a blast at it too.
On this thrifting trip I had it all planned out the night before. I knew where I was going and what time the yard sales were starting. You know the early bird catches the worm! I usually scour craigslist on Friday nights to get a list of sales I want to visit. The first sale was not far from me and that is where I found my gems. The funny thing is I found exactly what I was looking for. An extra chair for the living room, something for the front door entryway and a little extra for the fireplace. Total price for all items. A whopping $20 bucks. Can you say bargain!!
I love this vibrant orange coral color of the small chest. It has 3 drawers that look like 6 small drawers which I find interesting. The woman who sold it to me painted it herself and added the sheet of copper to the top with thumbtack details around the edge. I thought that was really cool.
These vintage luggage cases caught my eye as soon as I walked up the driveway and I originally wasn’t going to purchase them. When I handed her the $20 bill for the chest and the chair, instead of her giving me back $5 in change she insisted that I take these as well. Who can pass up a deal like that? The fabric on the inside is to die for!! Oh and get this! They have Pan Am Airline tags on them. Cool right!
Now this chair had me from eyesight. It’s exactly what I was looking for and goes perfectly with our area rug. All I need is a cute pillow and a foot rest and we’ll be all good. I’m telling you, thrifting is so much fun. Especially when you find exactly what you were looking for.
You know what I’ve come to realize. I LOVE FLATS! There is no getting around it. I’ve tried to get into the platform heels and all that jazz, but it just wasn’t me. Now don’t get me wrong, I will put on a pair of cute heels if that is what the outfit calls for. You know, if I’m going to a wedding or got on a cute dress or skinny jeans that just screams heels. But that is a rare occasion. Most of my ensembles are relaxed and casual which to me screams FLATS!
At the moment I think flats are just as popular as heels. They come in so many different colors, styles, and fabrics. You have flats for every season of the year and they are all equally cute. I have been lucky to find the most stylish ones just from thrifting. Sometimes I see the worst looking flats when I’m at the Goodwill or out at yard sales. But then there are the moments when I’m like “JACKPOT”.
That’s what I said when I found these Isaac Mizrahi for Target faux snakeskin flats at Goodwill. These go with almost anything that I put on and that’s the main reason I love them, besides the fact that they are the cutest. I paid about $3.99 for these a little over a year ago and they are still in great condition. I think these are my all-time favorite find when it comes to flats.
This next pair of flats has a deep wheat color with a hint of gold metallic. But what really caught my eye was the pattern on the low wedge heel. I mean REALLY! Who would of thought? And I am telling you, these are soooo comfortable. For some reason these have that “I’m wealthy” look to them. Even though the inside of my wallet doesn’t match that look, I still like the feeling. LOL!
You will not believe how long I’ve had these last pair of flats I’m going to show you. It has been over 5 years because that’s how long I’ve been married and I purchased them before that. And guess what? I haven’t worn them yet. I know! That’s crazy! Guess what else? They are J.Crew! At the time I got them they retailed for over $100 bucks and I only paid $12 for them from Rugged Warehouse which at that time was a discount clothing warehouse type of store. I haven’t shopped there in a couple of years now so I have no clue as to what they sale today. Guess what else? I have another pair in green and just wore those for the first time a couple of days ago. I know your probably saying, “What’s wrong with you”? Absolutely nothing! Sometimes I just like to wait for the perfect time to wear something.
So there it is! I profess my love for flats. So tell me! What do you prefer? Are you a flats type of person or do you live to be sky high in heels?
I know that thrifting can seem like a daunting task, especially when you have to scour through all the not so pretty stuff to get to the lovelies. There are tons of folks out there that will quickly quote Sweet Brown and say “ain’t nobody got time for that”. Rest assured though, it doesn’t have to be that bad. Here are a couple of tips to get you started and on your way.
1.) Bring a friend along: Having someone that you can chat and cut a rug with while thrifting is so much fun and you can actually make light of all the chaos that may be going on around you. Even though your purchases are ultimately up to you, it’s kind of nice to have that second opinion by someone you trust. So grab a partner and get to thrifting.
2.) Don’t assume: Trust me, when you walk into some thrift shops or Goodwill stores you may be completely turned off. I’ve been in a Goodwill where clearly numerous people didn’t even bother to take a bath that morning. Some thrift shops don’t even believe in dusting. I’ve even been to garage sales and estate sales where you know the owners were chain smokers. But don’t fret. Please don’t let that steer you out the door thinking that there couldn’t possibly be anything worth salvaging. That couldn’t be further from the truth. There are gems to be found.
3.) Be patient: I know there are tons of things in these stores and it seems like finding something would be like looking for a needle in haystack. That could very well be true but you just have to stay focused, take your time, and you’ll find your treasures. Don’t leave after 5 minutes because your already tired of looking. You’ll never find anything that way. Patience my dawlings. Patience is key!!
4.) Be critical: You have to definitely inspect all items before you purchase. I don’t know how many times I’ve bought something and once I got it home it had a hole that I didn’t see or a stain that won’t come out. Go over your items several times so that you don’t miss a thing. If you feel that you can fix those small things, then sure, bring it home. But if you know that you will let that item sit in your pile of “projects” , it’s probably best to just leave it. Unless you like having a pile of “projects” sitting around for months on end. LOL!
5.) Get creative: You may find a top that is too big for you but you just love the pattern. Use it to make scarf or a nice tote. All items that are thrifted don’t have to be used in it’s intended way. Think outside the box and surprise yourself.
6.) Donate Donate Donate: You don’t want to become a hoarder do you. Well make sure periodically you go through your home and find things that you are not using anymore and give back to Goodwill or other thrift shops in your area. You can even donate to local churches. It’s always appreciated and it clears your space for more thrifting….he he he : )
I hope you found these tips helpful! They’ve been great to me along the way. Are there any veteran thrifters out there? Please share your tips and tricks to thrifting!!
I am just crazy about decorating and it seems like every time I see a nicely decorated room I just want to change mine up. Trust me, if I could redecorate every month I would. You know what? Come to think of it, if I was to ever become a Millionaire, that’s exactly what I would do. But of course, still in a budget-friendly way. For now though, at least I can imagine that these beautiful rooms were mine all mine.
Better Homes & Garden
I just love the colors of this first room. The chocolate brown, violet, & mustard blend so well together. This room is simple with clean lines but still packs a punch and makes a statement.
Better Homes & Garden
There is something about this room that just makes me think of the Titanic in a new age way. It just oozes luxury. If I were to faint then it would have to be on that beautiful chaise lounge. This room seems like it was just created for dreams.