Hello ladies! I've been just about dying to share this haul of goods I got with you earlier in the week, but have had zero time to do up a proper post. Well, it's Friday morning, I got my man off to work with a good breakfast in his stomach and I have a little time here to enjoy a cup of coffee and share some finds with you.
So, on Monday afternoon while preparing dinner, I thoght to myself, "I am in terrible need of some clothes." The truth is I do not like clothes shopping becuase I am short and overweight and the whole process is usually quite frustrating. And as our income has gone up in the past couple of years, I am more reluctant to even bother with the thrift store, and instead go to the two stores I know have petite-cut clothes and just buy a few things there.
But, as a result, I have very little clothing, so Monday night I thought well I better just bite the bullet and go into town to the thrift store. Caleb agreed and we headed out.
We arrived at our local Talize store (ladies, if you live neara a Talize make sure to check it out, fabulous second hand store with good prices) and as we were getting out of the care we noticed big "SALE" signs on the windows, and on closer inspection discovered the store was having their bi-annual half off everything in the store sale! What were the odds of that? We got pretty excited and headed into the very busy store and while we had to fight the crowds, we both got a TON of stuff at highway robbery prices. When it was all said and done, we got two huge bags (think big black garbave bags) full of clothing and a few household items, for 90 dollars canadain (so about...70 dollars US). That's insane, ladies! And we got points on our Talize card and had two dollars taken off that price to boot! Needless to say, we were excited.
So, without further adieau, let me show you what I got. I'll show the housewares first and then the clothes, and read to the bottom because you won't believe the awesome stuff I got.
First, I got this cute cream pitcher, which you can see found its way to my kitchen shelf before I even had a chance to take a picture.
I also scored with this pretty green glass (to match with my Christmas dishes) cake stand, and this serving plate. Now here's what's cool about this servin dish: my mother in law recently gave me the pink glass dish set she had been using for holidays and nicer meals since my husband was born, and it's lovely but doesn't have a serving plate. Well, don't you know this one matches that dish set? And I got it for 1.50, thank you very much.
Now, as for clothing, without a doubt my biggest find was this retro shirt-dress that actually fit me. Ladies, I am short and heavy and finding tops in a second had store that fit is hard enoguh, but a DRESS? Almost impossible. And yet.. this one fit! Behold:
I know the pics aren't great, sorry. If Caleb were home, I would have asked him to take some, but this is what I could manage. But isn't it cute?
Look at the cute black, red and white detail on the dress. And you'll notice here that I am wearing a fabulously retro black and white chunky necklace that I also got, for a dollar, at the Talize!
You can see here I also scored another cute retro necklace, big red and clear plastic 'beads', I can't wait to be able to figure out something to wear with this one, too.
Ok, back to the dress. It's such a nice length and doesn't it look smart with my heels? Now the only downer about the dress as it was was that it clearly ws meant to have a belt (had the loops built in) but no belt came with it. I was bummed because I have a hard time finding fashionable belts in my size, but wouldn't you k now it..
I found a black belt that goes perfetly with the dress right there at Talize! And I only paid 50 cents for it. Crazy.
My next find was this blazer, great for the fall. This is another surprise becuase since I am so short (not even 5' 1"), I have a hard time finding long-sleeve tops, and especially jackets and blazers, that fit me becuase they are usually too long in the sleeve an dlook boxy. But this one must have been cut for petites because it fit me!
This will look great with jeans or slacks or even a plain skirt in just a few weeks when fall is here. I think with the half off I only paid three dollars for it. Sweet!
I also found this skirt, it's a black and white micro design and is lined so it will be nice for fall and winter.
I am the worst clothing photographer ever, but you can see I got a whole whack of shirts, dressy and casual,
Including this funky retro Elton John shirt. Fun!!
You already saw the necklaces I bought, but here are a few more accessories I picked up, including a couple of pairs of hoops earings, and a pair of Steve Madden wedge shoes.
Here's a better shot of the shoes. They are a dark blue, so they'll be good with jeans.
Well, I think that just about does it for that trip. I was really humbled by God's goodness, because He allowed us to just show up for a sale we didn't even know was going on, so we could afford to buy twice as much as we would have otherwise. I have a wedding to attend tomorrow, and I was feeling concerned I wouldn't have anything to wear, but now I'm excited to wear that fun retro dress, the matching necklace, and of course the hair is going to be retro-fabulous with one of the do's I've learned from The Glamorous Housewife. I'll take picutes when I'm all done to share.
Thanks for coming along on my Shopping Spree! I've actually got even more to show you from another thrift store stop I made later in the week, but I'll probably save that for Today's Thrifty Treasures on the weekend.
God Bless, ladies, thanks for going on the journey with me!