Monday, December 12, 2011

Thrift Haul: Selective Thrifting, Hunting With Care at the Flea Market

To get back into work-mode, the first thing I did when I arrived in Florida was hit the thrifts. Well, after accidentally sleeping through all of Saturday and waking up at 5PM thinking it was 5AM; jet lag! I'm serious about downsizing and accomplishing my Twelve Before 2012 list, so I purchased a mere two items at two dollars each; kitschy kitty art on wood and a cherry red American Tourister suitcase.

The cute maneki neko figurine is from a 100 yen store. Speaking of 100 yen stores, I have a few more finds to show. I scooped up these two banners for my kitchen. I remember seeing ones simular to these at an anime con so I was happy to purchase these straight from the source for less.

This is one of my few purchases outside of the 100 yen store. These ubiquitous bags, featuring art from the popular manga One Piece, were purchased by many tourists to carry souvenirs. The 2nd most popular bag I saw tourists toting featured Hello Kitty in Shisha (Okinawan dragon-dog) costumes.

The bag will be my go-to flea market shopping bag. I love One Piece and it's a sturdy bag, it's carried a lot of weight for me across the globe already! I'm surprised the bag hasn't ripped to shreds by now.

Finally, I bought some cute tanuki reliquaries for friends and kept one of them to hold my leftover yen. I keep it on my desk to remind me to religiously save up for the next trip to Japan and research ways to get there thriftily. Anyone have any leads to share on that? ;)

By the way, don't forget to enter my Maiden Voyage giveaway, the prize is gorgeous! I'll announce the Maiden Voyage giveaway winner and have a special new giveaway up tomorrow.

What did you find this weekend?
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  1. I zoomed in on the red suitcase and the shopping bag, I like them both. ♥

  2. Paulette: Me too, I've never seen a vintage suitcase in a vibrant red like that.

  3. Don't you love how Japanese animal characters are always waving at you?!

  4. SixBalloons: I just noticed that all the ones in this post are waving, I love it!

  5. If you are going to sell that red train case you will have NO problem at all! we've sold 3 or so red ones like that and they always go fast. great find!

  6. Leah: Thanks for the tip! I'll stick it in the shop and watch it sell quickly ;)

  7. I agree about the red case - I see them in shops and they sell fast. So cute. The one piece bag is too cool.

  8. Helen: Yay, looks like I picked a winner. Now watch irony set in and keep me saddled with it somehow...

  9. Awww that tanuki is cute. I have a bunch of leftover Yen too. I keep a few in my wallet, just in case ha ha. The thriftiest way for me to see Japan was to study abroad when I was still in college. $9000 for six weeks of studying, living in a hotel, eating, drinking, sightseeing, souvenirs and adventures (with Yen to spare)! Of course I'll be paying that loan back for some time. But worth every penny...or Yen rather.

    <3Jackie @ Let's Go Thrifting!

  10. Jackie: I bet it was! Six weeks in heaven, sounds-like. I spent under a bit under $2K on my vacation because I stayed with a friend. Not much over my ticket price! I spent hundreds on food though, yum...

    A friend and I are looking for low-cost Japan-visiting opportunities. They gotta be out there somewhere!


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