Monday, November 3, 2014

Thrift Haul: The Slow Return. Batman, Groovy Vintage Clothes, Free Designer Goodies

I've ever so slowly been returning to the hunt, trying to train myself not to pick up my old favorites like gorgeous ceramic teapots and mugs that aren't stunning mid century modern pottery, super unique or very sellable. Or interesting bits for my own collection. Which means I bring home next to nothing now. And I love it, I'm enjoying the journey to being close to minimal! But I did find a few neat things worth sharing lately:


I'll be posting more details later but I'm challenging myself to change my wardrobe, curating a "classic" one with more basics, using only the thrift store. These shoes are are like-new with no wear for $2.00.


They're by Lucky Brand. Love their clothes but have always refused to buy because the price. Fun to find some for next to nothing at the thrift store. The wedges and heels on their website right now go from $89.00 to $159.00.


Batman! I was driving home one day and couldn't resist an intriguing estate sale. There was so much I wanted to buy, huge boat book ends with lots of patina, for instance. But I refuse to sit on tons of merchandise for long anymore, it's killing me soul! Lost it on the Batman coloring book, though. My love of Batman could not be contained the cover illustration is gorgeous. Every single page inside is colored though. For sale if anyone would like it. Would look lovely framed.


This kokeshi change purse replaces...my last kokeshi-doll style "change purse". I can't resist cute "smalls". My previous one now holds gum, it was too small for the amount of change I tend to drag around.


This 1970s sweater came right in time for a cold front. We were enjoying a hot indian summer until this weekend when the temps dropped to 47 during the day, which is cold for us in north Florida. This groovy sweater is keeping me warm for now. It's also for sale. I'm attempting to find all vintage pieces for wardrobe basics if possible. This one isn't basic but I loved the retro stripes.


This thrifted dress was a gift from mom who knows I'm running out of clothes that fit/aren't in need of repairs. It's by Express and fits really well, I love the colors.


The back of the dress. I've been enjoying wearing the dress with tights, boots, and a turtleneck underneath.


And another thrifted gift from mom, a comfortable romper. Cute piece, I love wearing white. So...how long until this random geometric pattern stuff that's on everything becomes retro, collectible, and wearable again? 20 years? It's so randomly ubiquitous.


I like how the back is open.


And then more summer clothes, it is the haul of clothes! These were free and both are expensive name-brand and barely if-ever worn. I love spending nothing or close to it on quality clothes. Beats $75+ for sandals! There's too much abundance around second-hand.


With personal and merchandise possessions dwindling I'm excited to slowly go back to thrifts, shopping with great care not to acquire anything that isn't absolutely needed or absolutely amazing. Stepping up the curating game! By the by, I'm still trying to clearance the HELL out of my current merchandise, I really need a fresh start. check out my sale on Etsy. If you're local, check out my booth at Southern Crossing Antique Mall, it's booth #4504.


I'm also selling my favorite second-hand find, my gorgeous mid century modern couch! Every time it has appeared on the website I've gotten e-mailed offers on it, if it's in the background of a craigslist post or item listing people want the sexy beast. My boyfriend just moved in and his huge sectional is more practical; my couch has no where to live. It'll be tough to see it go. Do e-mail me if you're local and interested or have any questions.

Been finding anything interesting lately at the thrifts? I'm still enjoying my reprieve for now, still getting a clear picture of the things I'll bring home into the future.

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12 comments:

  1. You have some great finds there, especially the wedges!

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    1. Thanks. The wedges are my favs, too. I found an awesome vintage men's shirt forgot to include the one photo I had of that. It's in my antique mall booth so I couldn't get a better photo.

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  2. The Lucky wedges are fabulous! Loving your minimalist approach. Wanting to turn my thrifting-hoarding habit around. A difficult habit to break, aargh. :)

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    1. It is! I shouldn't have bought the Batman coloring book, one example of old habits dying hard...

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  3. The thrifts have been very pleasant to me lately. I have been happy with that. Van, you should look for vintage Christmas for your shop!

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    1. Hm...perhaps, 'tis a good suggestion. Now would be the time for sure. I ironically usually do really poorly for December but having lots of vintage Christmas would make for great impulse buys. I'm not sure if I'm going to keep up the booth or even my retail side into next year or not so it's been tough to decide on wether or not to keep hunting.

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  4. It's been a while since I've dropped by Van, but you've clearly been busy with changes. I understand the change in mindset to being super picky about what you acquire and bring home. I do the same and therefore I hope takes what I do with my business to another levelled. I see others selling things I'd pass in because of condition. Anyway I wanted to say I don't think I ever recall you do a bit a personal fashion / clothing round up.........I do love a $2 pair of shoes from the thrift shops in next to new condition or never worn. I picked up some Cate Spade heels late for $2 that go for a fortune retail.

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    1. Yep, it's been a tricky transition period around here Trudie, glad you picked up on that. I got burned out on moving/acquiring lots of smalls so I took a long hunting break, clearanced many things/purged/re-did business plans over and over and I'm still clearing some mental clutter. Now I need the thrifts to replenish wardrobe/household bits so I'll be writing about that in more detail soon. I consider going into selling vintage clothes on/off because of the comparative ease but I want to ponder it more.

      I looove getting nice clothes/shoes/accessories/etc. for next to nothing at the thrifts. Makes you never want to step foot in a mall again!

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    1. Indeed :) Super comfortable, too.

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  6. NOT THE COUCH ditch the sectional and keep your mid mod style! Love the minimalist movement, I've been moving that way for the last 10 months--I love finding ONE thing and relish the space open in my house :) cheers

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  7. I was tempted but with the amount of people over the sectional is way more practical for the people who visit. It was hard but I'm ready to let it go and get money for it! Sadly my frist $450 deal fell though ;p

    Same here on the space, I'm clearly crud daily!

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