Vintage fashion.

I recently added some great vintage items to my eBay shop! Take a look at these thrifted cuties…

Check out my eBay shop for the details on these great pieces!

❤ Beth

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Today’s haul.

Apropos of my previous post, I did some serious thrifting this morning and added a bunch of new vintage/boho and vintage-inspired items to my eBay shop! I haven’t sold anything yet, but I’m hopeful.

Below are some of the items I added to my shop.

I’m excited to go to a local flea market tomorrow and potentially score some more great vintage stuff!

Have a great weekend.

❤ Beth

‘Tis the season.

I’ve been bargain-hunting like crazy as of late, and I’ve got a lot to show for it!

Let’s start with my successful trip to the Fell’s Point Second Sunday Antique Market a couple of weekends ago.

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A gorgeous day. Perfect for thrifting!

For just a few bucks, I am now the proud owner of this lovely vintage decorative tin, evidently made in Germany. 

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I also came across a beautiful vintage Swedish tablecloth for $5, which of course I had to have. It looked a bit dingy and stained, so I asked the seller for cleaning advice. She recommended soaking the tablecloth in a mixture of Oxi Clean™ and dishwashing liquid. After following her instructions, I now have a vibrant and fresh tablecloth!

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I also had some luck at Goodwill recently, where I picked up a couple of ornate brass trays/wall plates, as well as some holiday-themed Crate & Barrel™ nesting bowls in perfect condition.

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Only $6 for the set!

 

Lastly, I took advantage of holiday sales and braved the shopping crowds, and it was definitely worth it. So many awesome deals!, However, I can’t actually share most of my finds, since many of them are Xmas gifts for friends and must remain secret! I did, however, pick up a couple of things for myself…

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World Market earrings for less than $5!
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J. Jill bracelet for less than $10!
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Mercury glass votives at Michael’s: $2 a pop!

I’ll share my other amazing deals at some point after the holiday season. 🙂

It’s in the family.

Last weekend my cousin Aiden visited! We spent some time with my grandmother, whose retro abode is loaded with antiques and mid-century kitsch. It’s definitely got a vintage feel.

It’s become our habit to do a bit of treasure-hunting whenever we visit our grandmother. She loves passing her old stuff down to us, and, well, we don’t really say no.

Below, Aiden models one of grandma’s gifts: a black vintage purse in nearly mint condition. We can’t quite place the logo. It’s definitely not Chanel.

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She’s also sporting some very cool thrifted slacks from a San Francisco shop called The Wasteland.

During her visit, we went on several thrifting adventures (yard sale, Goodwill, flea market, etc.) in the Rockville, MD area. As can be expected, some trips were more fruitful than others. I ended up coming home with a pretty hand mirror and a brass planter. Here’s a pic of the mirror; I’m saving the brass planter for a future post on my ever-growing indoor garden. 🙂

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Only spent $3 on this pretty metal reproduction.

After returning home from my weekend at Grandma’s, I was excited to see that my new boots from American Eagle had arrived. I got these on sale for like 60% off! I think I spent around $20 on them total.

IMG_4187.JPGI’ve been wearing them nonstop, as we’ve been having some beautiful Fall weather the past week.

Enjoy your weekend! 🙂

Halloween pics, as promised.

In my last post, I shared some budget-friendly items I’d acquired for my upcoming Halloween costume. The concept was punk rocker/goth girl/biker chick. I went to an early Halloween party last night, so here’s how the look turned out:

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I was so happy with the make up and costume! I spent a couple of bucks on fake tats and mesh gloves from Party City, and picked up the faux nose ring from Claire’s for less than 10 bucks. Oh, and this YouTube makeup tutorial was a big inspiration!

What’s your plan for Halloween? Got a thrifty DIY costume in the works? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!  🙂

Halloween haul.

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. As a kid, I always went all out. Yet as an adult, I’ve found that I’ve become abysmally lazy when it comes to getting my act together each October. But this year is going to be different. This year, I’m going to rock it. Literally. I’ve got a party coming up soon, and I’ve decided to go as a punk rocker!

My friend and awesome hair stylist Paris loaned me some great wardrobe pieces for the costume…

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…and I’ve just returned from a very successful trip to CVS, where I loaded up on some Halloween make up necessities (black and red eye makeup, false lashes, etc.), as well as some staple beauty items. Oh, and look at the savings!

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I saved almost $20! And yes, I bought a bracelet from the drugstore.

I’ll head to Party City later this week to get some temporary tattoos and a fake nose ring. I seriously can’t wait to put it all together. I’ve been watching punk rock makeup tutorials on YouTube, and I’m just getting really psyched!

Here’s to a budget-friendly Halloween! 🙂

Yard sale spoils.

Folks, the yard sale gods were on my side this weekend.

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I went to a multi-family neighborhood sale on Saturday morning and a single home sale today. Arrived at both of them at 8am–right at the start–and it was good I did! It always seems like everything’s been picked over if I get there any later than 3o minutes after they start.

On Saturday morning, I scored a funny sign that I plan on hanging in my classroom (only 75 cents!), and a pretty silver necklace ($3). I also picked up a great pair of brass candlesticks for $5, but I don’t want to post a picture of them here until I’ve had a chance to polish them.

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75 cent sign 🙂
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Looks and feels like sterling silver. Goes with everything!

 

This morning, I picked up an imitation Fiesta™ serving plate in one of my favorite colors (only a few minor scratches), and a secondhand copy of the novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer. If you haven’t read it, you absolutely should.

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Only a buck each!

 

I also found this small dry erase board in good shape–only paid a few bucks for it! Another win for the classroom, since I only have chalkboards.

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Playing with the meme feature on my photo editing app.

 

I’d say it was a pretty successful bargain-hunting weekend! Stay tuned for a photo of the brass candlesticks in the near future.

Happy thrifting! 🙂

Outlet haul.

During my beach vacation, I visited the outlet shops and got some really great stuff…at a steal!

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A few bargain highlights:

  • From Old Navy outlet: basic tank tops, $8 each (one white, one black, and one teal)
  • From LOFT outlet: Pair of casual jeans for $22, scarf for $16 (They were having a 40% off sale, and I ended up signing up for the rewards card, which meant another 15% off!)
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Old Navy tank, LOFT scarf

I absolutely love the floral print on this scarf. It’s super lightweight, which makes it great for the Spring and also the Summer –> Fall transition. It can easily be dressed up or down, depending on how it’s styled.

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Scarf close-up!

Here are the LOFT jeans. Lose-fitting, comfy, casual.

I wish there were outlets closer to my home, but my wallet is also grateful that there aren’t! 🙂

Lady in Red.

Just got back from my weekend beach trip! The weather was on our side and we had a great time.

Here’s a photo of Carisa modeling a cute red blouse that I picked up at a yard sale for $5.

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Hanging out at the Rehoboth Beach outlets. 

I gave it to her for keeps because it definitely suited it her more than it did me. The fit and fabric render it dressy enough for a night out, but also casual enough for daytime wear (depending on how you style it). Definitely a steal! ❤

#tbt: A *tote*al bargain.

Did I mention I was a professional punster in my past life? 😛

I’m heading to the beach this weekend and I couldn’t be more excited; I’ve been looking forward to this getaway all summer. Right now, the weather forecast shows thunderstorms, but I’m going to pretend it doesn’t and hope for the best.

So…here’s my beach tote. 

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When I found this bag hanging out on the $5 clearance rack at Aerie a couple of summers ago, I couldn’t say no. I mean, it’s pretty plain, I guess, but it does the job. And I think simple yet sophisticated is a good look.

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I’m not sure exactly what it’s made of–some type of woven material. It came with a matching pouch inside, which is super convenient for storing a phone or similar item that could use some extra protection from the elements.

That’s all for today. If you need me, I’ll be praying to the weather gods.