Thursday, December 26, 2013

Under $20

A few weeks ago, I went on a spontaneous thrifting trip with my friend Suzy. We got brunch at a diner and both had a free day so we drove to Quakertown to check out a couple thrift stores.

... little did I know I'd end up with so much stuff! The funniest part of this, is that it was right before it was time for me to pack up all my belongings to travel across the country. I'm trying to downsize.. but I couldn't help it! I found so many good things for really cheap!

This was the first shirt I saw when we walked in the store. I immediately wanted it, but didn't think it would fit. Surprise! It fit perfectly with some high-waisted jeans. Score.

This one was a classic. I wear a lot of black, and foxes are awesome - done.

And who would ever question this shirt? Bonus, it glows in the dark. All three of these shirts were from Salvation Army in Quakertown, PA.

It's been a while since I bought any new (old) books. And of course I chose the time I'm trying to downsize to buy a whole pile. I never read any of these, and most of them I've been curious about for a while, so I just thought "let's do this," and got them all.

I'm always on a hunt for new pyrex dishes on the cheap. I noticed the kitchen stuff was all half off right before we left the store and nabbed this one, lid and all.

Speaking of half off kitchen stuff - I got this glass for a quarter. My mom called me a glass homewrecker because I take one instead of a whole set.. I call it ending up with less stuff. The glass, dish, and books are all from Liberty Thrift in Quakertown, PA.

All of this stuff came out to be less than $20! Why would I not thrift?

Happy Thrifting!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Globe Mugs

The infamous globe mugs! I know a lot of people who have these - including my own mother and my best friend. I always use them when I'm at home, and would excitedly grab one out of the cabinet at my friend's house as well. They're just fun, and I love that they're clear.

That's probably why, when my mom saw a whole set of them at an estate auction, she bought them for me. So when I opened my gifts on my 18th birthday, I was delighted to find these (and I remember laughing a lot).

They're perfect for a smaller cup of coffee or tea; I also use them for small portions of ice cream (when I don't want to go overboard because mmmm ice cream)! I actually have never used that one with the little spout (for milk/cream), but I do keep sugar in that last one.

Do you have globe mugs? They seem to be pretty popular!

Happy Thrifting!

Monday, November 11, 2013


How is it that I've gone this long without even mentioning flannel?

I've always loved flannel shirts. Even when I was little. I love the fabric, the patterns, the coziness.
It's something I cannot get myself to buy at a regular store because they are so plentiful at the thrift stores and so much cheaper. And heck, I like the already worn-in feeling (as much as that may seem gross to a lot of people).

I picked up this one at the Whitehall Salvation Army last year. I actually don't think I've worn it yet, since I always automatically go to my usuals. I'll have to change that soon.

I got this one from Goodwill. It's definitely originally from Target - and it's a girl's! Most of my flannels are guys so they're boxier, but this one fits my girly shape really well.

This technically isn't a flannel, but it's a plaid button-down so I'm including it. I'm pretty sure I got this one from the Wilkes-Barre Salvation Army a few years back. I love the colors of it. According to my mom, it was made by the same union my grammy used to work for! (refer to second photo) How cool!

I will definitely have more flannel updates in the future!

Happy Thrifting!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Bronze Egypt

I bought knickknacks way back before I had a place of my own. I'd display my little finds all over my childhood bedroom (and let me tell you, it's a sight to be seen). So, when I eventually moved out I decided to take some things I still liked and leave the rest.

I figured something like this could definitely come in handy. We have been using it just for a place to put odds and ends, but eventually I'd like it to have a real purpose.

And of course I wasn't going to leave these Nefertiti bookends at home! I still think they're cool. It could have something to do with the fact that I still love the movie The Mummy. Plus Egyptian stuff is cool - Ed and I went to the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose over the summer! I got a little excited when I saw a Nefertiti bust there:

So back on track - I got all of the above thrifted items from the Saylorsburg Flea Market sometime during my high school years. I've been meaning to go back ever since, but I just haven't gone that way! One of these days...

Happy Thrifting!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Little Owls and Pressed Flowers

While deconstructing my wall, I decided to pair these 3 small ones together to show you.

Cute little owls in trees seem to be a theme here!

I hate to say that once again I don't remember where I got this. I'm thinking it was half-off day at the Roseville Hospice Thrift Store, but I can't quite be sure. I always love seeing pressed flowers/plants. I even started a collection of my own once (I still have it/actively press flowers), but I never follow through with doing anything to the ones I press! Maybe I will one day, but until then I will admire and purchase old ones.

These owls come from a community church yard sale a few years back. I just thought it was simple and cute - and well.. I like owls!

I got this in my high school yard-saling days. There are a loooot of things from those days that I look at now thinking "why did I buy that?" but I still think this tile is cute. I recently found out my friend Amber has a little decoration of the same exact thing, but in ceramic form! I just thought that was so neat. Same design and everything but in 3D.

Now you can see not everything I decorate with is brown - although I will admit, most of it is in my "wall" collection.

Happy Thrifting!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Pyrex Dishes

My mom and I had a conversation last night about Pyrex dishes, so I thought it would be fitting to do a little post about my own.

I love the little glass storage containers that you can use for your leftovers. They're super cute and come in all types of patterns! I see them at antique stores all the time, however I only have a few because I try to find them as cheap as possible. (They are usually rather pricey at antique stores, in my opinion.)

I got this one at an antique store in Bellefonte, PA. The seller was having a sale (20% off or something of the sort), and it was my first pyrex purchase. I felt like such an adult because I was actually buying kitchen items for my new studio apartment (plus, how cute?!). I treasured this one from the very beginning.

I found this one at a yard sale for 50 cents - a steal!!! Now THAT'S what I'm talking about. I just love the thrifting hunt, and finding hidden treasure like this, when people just want to get rid of their things for pocket change. This one made me very happy, and I love using it - that handle comes in very handy.

It's absolutely killing me that I can't remember where I found this one. I almost always remember where I find stuff because it's such a little adventure. I think I must have gotten it at a thrift store. That would explain why I can't remember (I hope!). Anyway, this one is perfect when the other two are a tad too small (those two hold the same amount as each other). Plus that design reminds me of PA Dutch art, so obviously it caught my eye.

The hunt is still (and always will be) on. I always check the prices on these babies, but rarely pick any up. This also comes from a realization that we don't technically neeeeed more of these at the moment. However I think they're darling, and much better than plastic containers. Until next time...

Happy Thrifting!

Monday, August 19, 2013

McGinty's Saloon

Ed has a wall of his own in the den. I don't have any photos of the whole wall, but maybe sometime when we have our new place and we get our decorations back up, I'll take some photos of it.

Just like me, his theme is: things he likes. He doesn't buy tiny items like me though. His are mostly larger, and don't have the same color scheme (browns, etc) as mine. Ed found this group of decorations at an estate sale. I think they were actually just on a pile in the pantry. We both thought these were pretty neat though, and the price was right for him!

Such a cool set!

Happy Thrifting!