A Few Life Updates & Small Haul

Hello, all!

Long time no see (again). I’m sorry I’ve been so absent as of late — as I mentioned a few (many) months ago, we’ve been saving for buying a home, and I’m so excited to announce that mission has been accomplished, and we have been proud first-time homeowners for nearly three months!

Long story short, there hasn’t been much thrifting as of late. I’ve made a few small trips, but most of my effort these past few months has been concentrated on house, house, and more house, and clearing out my closet (check out my Poshmark closet for some deals on my gently loved clothing and accessories). It’s all been a bit exhausting, but I’ve loved every second of it.

I did make it to Goodwill and Salvation Army once before we moved, though, which was a nice bit of a break from everything. There’s something so calming about wandering down isles of knickknacks and racks of clothing and pondering the history behind each item. (Or is that just me? It is? Ok.)


On my trip to Goodwill, I found an assortment of cozy springtime things: two infinity scarves, a pair of green leather heels, and a crochet shawl wrap. I also found a book for my mom for Mother’s Day (Wow, that was a while ago, huh?), and a pretty tin jar I’m using to store my seeds — because we have acreage now, and I can have a garden! Wheee!


At Salvation Army, I found this pretty blue maxi skirt with tulips on it and this basket I intend to use for carrying things while puttering around the garden. I did make another stop in at SA a few weeks later (because I apparently can’t go to the Post Office without a pit stop at the thrift store afterward), and I scored this beautiful vintage floral maxi dress for only 81 cents! Aren’t those pearlescent buttons dreamy?

Oh, and I did make it to the humane society thrift store as well, which yielded my best find of the month: actual L.L. Bean boots in my size for $5.99! What a steal!

So there probably won’t be too many thrift hauls in the near future due to being pretty strapped for cash. But I’d assume there will be a few, at least!

If you’re interested in seeing some snapshots of our new life on 3 acres, you can follow me on Instagram @ unwritablegirl.

Hope you all are well and staying cool this summer!

—Marge

Haulin’ Home the Thrift Store, Jan. 2016


Hello, here’s the last super-late edition of Haulin’ Home the Thrift Store, which just so happens to be the first one of 2017.

This year’s thrifting has started off pretty strong! I had incredible luck at my local Goodwill, scoring a whopping seven John Denver vinyl records that I didn’t previously have, plus a giant Pendleton snow globe with Mt. Hood inside.

My husband groaned at the records (he just doesn’t understand the magic of Johnny D’s voice), but he thought the snow globe was pretty cool.

I’ll be honest, I about screamed when I saw it on the shelf in the store. Who would get rid of something that cool?! I paid $12 for it, which seems like a lot, but I knew Pendleton is expensive, so when I got home I looked it up. It’s still on the website for $80. Holy cow, you guys!

I also found these black heeled booties of my dreams. It was a great day. Enough said.

I picked up a few things at Salvation Army in January as well:

  • Nude full slip (for some reason these are ridiculously hard to find)
  • Jeans to DIY into shorts (should I do a shorts DIY for you all?)


And January pulled me back to the Goodwill Outlet, or as it’s known more colloquially, the bins!

I hadn’t made a trip to the bins in about a year, and boy was this a good trip. I scored a bunch of children’s books for my nephew for 10 cents each, a few sweaters to add to my Poshmark inventory, and this gorgeous giant mandala tapestry.


It was by far the crowning glory of the trip. I’d been dying for one nearly exactly like this, but they’re about $40 online. I got this for like $2, since nearly everything is sold by the pound at the bins. Crazy, right?

Unfortunately, it’s so much bigger than I thought, so I don’t currently have a place to hang it. Our apartment isn’t huge, so there’s already stuff on the walls (wedding pictures, etc.). But as soon as we move it’ll be one of the first things I hang up!

Look out for a post soon on how to shop the bins!  In the meantime, let me know what great things you’ve thrifted lately!

—Marge

Haulin’ Home the Thrift Store, Dec. 2016


Hello, everyone! With 2017 well underway, it is time to play catch-up (yet again, sigh). This is the last—and very belated—Haulin’ Home the Thrift Store of 2016, and I don’t know about you, but I’d say I had a pretty good year of thrifting, over all.

In December I didn’t do a whole lot of thrifting, but I did do a little secondhand shopping through Poshmark, which is kind of the same thing but from the comfort of your own home. (Are you guys tired of hearing about Poshmark yet?)

 

Before Christmas, I popped by our Salvation Army and snagged a retro-looking wicker purse with red accents (about 1.50 at the Salvation Army 50% off sale). I’m really exited about this purse because it’s perfect for summer! Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of it for you guys. Sorry 😦 I will try to add one later.


I took my sister thrifting at Goodwill while we were home for Christmas and gave her most of my thrifting good luck. She doesn’t really understand shopping thrift stores, but she had major luck when I took her and gave her a few pointers. Safe to say, I think I converted her!

I didn’t score nearly as much as her, but this is what I did find:

  • vintage floral maxi dress—It had a hole in one of the side seams, but nothing I couldn’t fix myself! -pair of black Ferragamo-style flats
  • men’s flannel for myself (the red and white one on the left)
  • two flannel shirts for my husband—one is L.L. Bean, perfect condition, and I got it for $5.99!

Living in the Pacific Northwest is a dream come true when looking for flannel, I tell you what. I’ve had a lot of luck, as you can see.

Keep your eyes out for the belated January thrift haul soon!

Haulin’ Home the Thrift Store, Nov. 2016

Hey, everyone!

My beloved Value Village closed permanently last month—I’m a tad heartbroken, but I’ll probably also save more money, so, is it really that horrible?

But before closing the store forever, it went out with a 50% off, everything-must-go sale, which I giddily took advantage of. Most everything was picked over already, but I did snag a few gems!

Namely, this Christmas sweater! Originally $12.99 but I got it for half off—and the faux fur collar is detachable! Talk about a hell of a deal!

I also got Jordan the giant blue sweater, and two other sweaters for myself. Plus a massive book haul. I’m going to miss the book selection this store always had. *soft crying*


We also stopped by Goodwill in my hometown when visiting my parents. Jordan got me this lovely knit red beanie, and himself a brand-new vinyl record display frame (not pictured).

After we got back from Thanksgiving with his family, I decided it was officially time to set up our first Christmas tree together! But my little pink three-foot tree was not going to cut it this year…. so we went to Goodwill, obviously.

We scored a practically brand new six-foot tree for $20, a NWT tree skirt (originally $24 at Marshalls, but we got it for $9) and a nice assortment of ball ornaments.

Before the cat attacked the tree. Smh.

 

And you know what they say about one door closing and another door opening? Value Village’s permanent closure opened the door for This-N-That, a new thrift store that opened days after VV closed—and it’s even closer to our apartment than VV was! I stopped by to scope it out and left with this zazzy pair of cropped H&M pants for 3.99.

What did you score at the thrift store this month?

Thrifting for the Holidays

Let’s face it: The holidays can get expensive—there are gift exchanges, holiday parties, family get-togethers, forking over an arm and a leg plus your firstborn for gift wrap, and the spiked eggnog you’ll purchase to drown your holiday blues in at the end of it all.

It can be stressful, but doesn’t have to be.

I know there’s this stigma about thrift stores (supposedly dirty and gross, or something?) but there are so many brand-new or very gently used items there that would make excellent gifts, all for the fraction of what you’d pay at a big-box store. Thrifting for the holidays is a great way to save a little cash while giving your loved ones a unique, personal gift.

Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Have a bookworm friend? Pick out a few gently used books for her and make her a sweet bookmark! You could even tuck a coffee gift card into the pages, and I’m sure she’d be thrilled.

Have a caffeine addict friend? Look for a cute mug or teacup, and find her favorite tea/coffee to fill it with. Bonus points if you can find a matching teapot!

Need a white elephant exchange gift? Look no further than the shelves of Goodwill—you’re almost guaranteed to find something wacky. (I once contributed a backscratcher that had an alligator foot on the end. It was an instant hit.)

Have a friend who deserves a little pampering? Look for some never-been-used candles (they do exist!) and pick up some face masks or bath salts from Walmart. Nestle them all in a small basket (which you also thrifted, of course).

Have a beauty addict friend? Look for a stylish purse or makeup case, and fill it with a few inexpensive cosmetics from a big-box store.

Have a sentimental friend? Seek out a frame or two that seems their style, and fill them with pictures of the two of you. If you’re fortunate enough to stumble upon a shadow box, you could fill it with small tokens of your friendship for them to display in their house.

Have a friend with a green thumb? Look for a cute planter and fill it with packets of seeds, or plant her favorite flower in it. She’ll think you’re an extra special friend if you also manage to find gardening gloves and a mini watering can!

And don’t forget—there are SO many other things to be found if you keep your eyes peeled; you don’t have to limit yourself to little kits/baskets like I suggested above. Quirky trinkets and unique articles of clothing abound at the thrift store.

My sister loves shabby chic things, and almost any sort of shabby chic knickknack I find goes into my cart for her. Just make sure all parts work and that you can clean it up if it looks a little on the scuffed side.

Screw brand-new gifts—some of the best gifts I’ve received have come secondhand from someone who thought of me when they stumbled upon it. Wouldn’t you like to give someone that thrill of joy too?

Haulin’ Home the Thrift Store, Oct. 2016

Hey, everyone! I got a little carried away last month while trying to beef up my fall/winter wardrobe. I had two pretty successful trips to Value Village in October.

The first trip was mostly focused on sweaters—especially ones that can serve double duty as work wear and casual wear. I ended up with three sweaters (ok, technically one is a sweater dress), a blouse, and a denim button up.

Blouse with diamonds: 4.99

Orange sweater dress: 9.99

Red sweater: 4.99

Dusty orange sweater: 6.99, half off for 3.49

Denim button-up: 3.99

I also snagged some outerwear. I was looking for a rain coat, but I ended up with this dreamy Audrey Horne-esque plaid coat and a corduroy jacket instead.

Corduroy jacket: 14.99,  half off for 7.49

Long plaid coat: 12.99, half off for 7.49

This was a pretty good excursion, in my opinion, because I don’t typically find colored-tag-of-the-day items that I actually like, but on this trip I found three that I love!

I also got a bunch of books:

Not really sure why I bought so many when my to-read list is already 10 miles long, but since this excursion I’ve managed to finish both Eggs and The Red Pony.

The second excursion was focused on finding a little stool, but of course I ended up with more than I needed.

I did find a little “stool”—this ugly little brass chair with a horrendous leopard-print cushion, which I plan on giving an overhaul (new paint and new cushion)—but I also found a few purses and some maxi dresses.

I’m discovering that I love maxi dresses. I have one that I wear to work all the time, and I was hoping to find more—they’re perfect for those “I don’t know what to wear, so I guess I’ll just throw on this dress and a sweater” days. Or for days when you’re running a tad late.

This dreamy ’90s denim/floral maxi is probably my favorite of the bunch. It’s by my favorite brand to thrift, All That Jazz, which always seems to make the cutest dresses.

The red polka dot one probably won’t get much wear until the spring, but the other two are perfect for fall.


Red polka dot maxi: 9.99

Denim floral maxi: 7.99

Leopard maxi: 12.99

I did think these dresses were a tad overpriced, but I loved them too much to pass on them! They will all get a lot of wear because they can double as work clothes and spring/summer dresses.

And here’s what I scored in the purse department:

Betsey Johnson purse: 12.99

Daisy patterned purse: 4.99

The Betsey one is practically brand new, so this was an especially good deal. And you can’t go wrong with a little leopard print! The daisy patterned purse will get a lot of use this coming spring and summer. I just love the ’90s feel it exudes, don’t you?

I apologize that this post is so late (it’s almost mid-November—yikes!), but I’ve been feeling very discouraged and disheartened since the election. I fully intended to post it earlier, but I’ve been trying to focus on self care and making sure my hurting friends are doing ok.

This weekend I am taking a trip to Value Village again—partly out of self care for some retail therapy, and partially because it is having a going-out-of-business sale. Yes, my beloved VV is closing permanently. I will keep you updated on what, if anything, I score.

Until next time, please make sure to take care of yourself and show kindness toward others.

—Marge

Haulin’ Home the Thrift Store, Sept. 2016

Hey everyone, it’s that time of the month again! (Not that time, sheesh.) I only made it to the thrift store once in September because of all the wedding stuff I had to do. And I didn’t get a super amazing haul—I only got two things.

I know, I’m as surprised as you are. But I am really excited about what I got!

I didn’t really need any more clothes, but I couldn’t resist a few new things for our honeymoon (even though I keep telling myself my wardrobe is fine because Ireland weather is essentially Portland weather & I have everything I need).

After meandering throughout the store for nearly an hour, I decided on this cute plaid dress (Jordan calls it my PB&J dress) and this fluffy sweater—the pearl buttons sold me!

The dress I will wear with leggings and rain boots, most likely, and probably a scarf. The sweater will be nice with dark jeans, sneakers, and some red lipstick (obviously).

What did you thrift last month?

Haulin’ Home the Thrift Store, Aug. 2016

Happy first day of September, everyone! Is it just me, or did summer fly by so dang fast? I made a few stops to some thrift stores this last month and found some amazing stuff! Let’s start off with this swoon-worthy denim skirt pictured below. 


Denim Mossimo skirt—I fell in love with this skirt at Target, but it was 19.99, and I didn’t want to fork over that much money when I knew I could find a similar one at a thrift store. Fast-forward 20 minutes later: I’m in Goodwill, pulling the exact same skirt off the rack, priced at 6.99. SCORE.

Vinyl—I paid a total of $30ish for 12 LPs (2.99 each), which was a pretty damn good deal. Most notably: John Denver’s Poems, Prayers, and Promises. I’d been looking EVERYWHERE for it.

I floated on cloud nine the rest of the day after the skirt + vinyl haul. It was too good to be true. (For any of you Vancouver, WA, people, the Fourth Plain Goodwill almost always has excellent stuff.) Most of the thrift stores J. and I have scoured for vinyl never have that great of a selection, so I snatched up what I could.

I made a trip to the humane society’s thrift store (ReTails) as well, scoring some wedding décor:


Webster’s student dictionary—we’re using this for our “guest book.”

Orange candle holder—we will use this to hold the pens for the guest book. 3.99

Hankies—this is my “something blue!” Plus the red one for my mom, which I’d like to embroider something nice on for her, and hopefully I can find one for my mom-in-law too. 2.99 each

This total came out to roughly $11, plus a free reusable tote to carry it all out in (which our cat later discovered on the bed and decided to roll around on).


A few other notable items thrifted throughout the month:


White House Black Market blouse, 7.99—I’m always on the lookout for work clothes, and this blouse is perfect paired with some skinny slacks and flats.

Two more Johnny D. LPs—I don’t think I need to say anything about this. 2.99 each.

Overall, I’m very pleased with my finds throughout August. 

What did you score at the thrift store this last month? 

Haulin’ Home the Thrift Store

It’s no secret that I’m a thrift store addict. If I were inclined to slap a bumper sticker on my car, it would read something like, “I BRAKE 4 THRIFT STORES”  (and yard sales, and flea markets, and antique shops, and estate sales…).

I feel like I don’t usually have a lot of success in Vancouver thrift stores because we’re so close to Portland — prices are double what I’m used to seeing in Eastern Washington (6.99 vs. 3.99 for a pair of shoes), and it seems like clothing is almost always the too-trendy surplus from Target that I’m never interested in. But I had pretty good luck this last month, I think, so I thought I’d share.

Let’s start off with a few purses I picked up together.

The ivory one was 6.99, and the embroidered clutch was 3.99. The embroidered one is really cool because it has leather accents, and it’s unbranded and looks fairly old. The ivory one appealed to me because of the tassels (who doesn’t like tassels?) and a unique pull-out card holder it has inside.

This next photo is from the same Goodwill but a different excursion.

  • Red robe (floor-length with black lace accents)—7.99, a little spendy, in my opinion, but I’m going to wear it while getting ready for the wedding.
  • Moody Blues album—2.99
  • Vintage denim from Thompson Jean Co.—3.99, they make my butt look A+++
  • Black leather booties—7.99 Justified the “high” price because they’ll go to Ireland with me for the honeymoon.
  • Mug—0.99

I made a trip out to the Goodwill Outlet Center this month as well, and I’m very pleased with my results. Gray jeggings, mint pullover, and navy blouse (plus a leather motorcycle jacket to sell on eBay) for 7.50 (the jacket is pretty heavy, which I think is what put the price “over the edge,” otherwise I probably would have only spent about $3.)

Practically a complete outfit!

I also went to two stores with my mom & my fiancé over Memorial Day weekend while home in Spokane (her idea, not mine—I swear!). I didn’t intend to buy anything (as usual), but 3.99 kitty flats? Um, yes please.

  • Chambray blouse—3.99
  • American flag purse—4.99
  • Kitty flats—3.99
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God, paperback—1.99

The show stealer of the month? A down comforter (not pictured), practically brand new, for only 14.99. I probably wouldn’t have even considered buying it if it weren’t for my mom’s complete overhaul of my childhood bedroom—complete with hotel-style bedding (Read: white sheets, down comforter. Catch my drift?).

My fiancé is lucky I’m so thrifty. My shopping habits would be a big problem if I didn’t buy secondhand.

Also our bed is going to be so comfy. Just putting that out there.

Do you guys like reading thrift hauls? Should I do this more often (budget willing)?