I have always been a sucker for anything itty bitty. Today I went to a giant flea market in the ‘burbs with my friends and made out with (among others) the tiny little gems above. Five extra small antique butter dishes and one baby perfume glass bottle (which I’m using as a vase). I have no idea what I’m going to use the butter dishes for, but I’m pretty stoked about them!
I have just returned from my first thrift excursion as a resident of Philadelphia. I’m pretty pleased with what I got. It’s crazy that these days I have zero interest in looking at clothes while I’m thrifting — my mind is purely focused on housewares. How gorgeous is the color palette of that rug? And the antique soup spoons just melt my heart — I can’t wait to use them. I also love that crochet thing, whatever it is.
Some highlights of last week, though: a brand new thrift store and Are You Afraid of the Dark. And Ralph’s Italian Ices. And Little V’s pizza. And duck fat french fries. And Bareburger. I guess I haven’t been sticking to that raw diet I started. Time to get back on track!
I found this gorgeous necklace at my favorite thrift store yesterday — how awesome is it?! I paid $8, which is pretty steep for me, but it’s really heavy and just so, so cool. I couldn’t resist. I’mma be rocking this thing all summer long.
It’s probably going to be pretty quiet around this here blog for the next few days. I have two intense days of interviews for my two favorite companies in the entire freaking world. I’m not sure if words could possibly express my level excitement right now. AH! I’ll check y’all later.
Now I’m off to enjoy this beautiful day. Happy SPD, everyone. Don’t you dare drink and drive!
Denim skirt: Thrifted
Tye-die tank: Weekend Market in Bangkok, Thailand
Every thrifter has one item that they’re the most proud of; the shiniest diamond in the roughest of roughs. This is mine. It’s a navy Brooks Brothers blazer that fits me like a gosh darn glove. I scored this baby a few years ago for $4. FOUR DOLLARS. It was in perfect condition. I’m not sure it had ever even been worn. I haven’t found a better thrift gem since — and I’ve found quite a few gems. I just love it. I wear it all year round. It’s probably the best in the fall or spring because I can use it as a light jacket, but I love to wear it at night in the summer with an oversized tank top and an itty bitty pair of shorts.
Now, I must know, what’s the best item you’ve ever thrifted?
If you go into a dollar store with an ultra-specific shopping list in mind, you probably won’t conquer it. But if you go into a dollar store “just because,” holy cow, you will be so surprised what you may find! When I’m in gung-ho dollar store mode, I always hit up Jack’s 99 Cents Store on 31st and 6th. When I’m in a crafty mood, I go to Dollar Tree on Long Island. And now I have another favorite to add to the list. To be honest, I don’t know the name of it. I do know that it’s on 14th and 5th. And I also know that it’s where I got the amazing navajo mini backpack pictured above.
$1.99, folks. That’s what I paid for this little guy. Is the quality of material good? No. Is the construction flawed? Absolutely. Is it awesome? Yes, ma’am. If I can spend $6 on a beer that I down in 15 minutes, I’m pretty okay with spending $2 on a backpack that will last a few months. I’m a little in love with it. I just hope my other little guy doesn’t get jealous.
And just in case you were wondering..
Tank top: Weekend market in Bangkok, Thailand
Jeans: Boutique in Wellington, New Zealand
Boots: Top Shop
Thrift stores are the best places to get candle holders and the like. Why? For the same reason they’re good for everything else — everything’s antique, pretty, one-of-a-kind, and basically free. I love the little gems I’ve collected over the years. These are some of my favorites. I especially love the clay-colored cement-looking candle jar. The wick is now burned all the way through, which is upsetting because it smelled delightful, but I will never get rid of it. It’s so beautiful!