Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Thrifted Office OOTD & things I've left behind

Brrrr!  Once again Mother Nature has thrown us a curve ball. I've had to crack out the sweaters as the temperature has been dropping to the freezing mark at night.  How is the weather where you are from??

Here are some pictures I had on my old iPhone.  

This is a thrifty outfit - the pale pink cardigan is part of a vintage, cardi and skirt set from Ports.  I don't know if Ports is still in business.  They sold high-end clothing back in the 80s. The skirt and cardi are made of virgin wool - it's just warm enough, but not too warm, to wear in an overly air-conditioned office in the summer.  I believe I paid about $4 for the set, so the cardi was $2.

The blue Reitman's tunic was thrifted for a few dollars.

I collect these vintage, multi-strand chokers.  I usually pay about $3-$4 for them at thrift stores.  The silver necklace underneath was a $5 clearance find from Bianca Nygard.

I'm particularly fond of the following find.

It's a vintage Capezio bag!!   I thrifted it from the Goodwill by the Pound in Minnieapolis.  If you are a hard-core thrifter, and you haven't been to a Goodwill clearance....ya gotta go!! They charge about $1.60 per pound for clothing and purses - prices vary by region though.  I paid about $1 for this purse.

I try very hard not to bring home too much clutter.  I know I am a clutterbug, and I like my knickknacks.  Sometimes things will catch my eye at the thrift store.  Instead of buying it, I'll take a picture of it.

Et voila!  Here is a terrifying glimpse of  a collection of things that caught my eye.  Proceed with caution.  

Pig shaped creamer.

Vintage nursery decoration.

It hurt to leave this cannister set behind.

Mint condition cannister set!!

This bear would have done well on eBay.  I used to buy things from thrift stores and resell on eBay - but I don't do that anymore.

Souvenir Koala bear

Wah! This vintage shirt has Parisian, night life scenes!!

Once I described this coin bank to my (Scottish) step-son, he insisted I buy it for him (which I did).

Hmmm.  I think there is stereotyping going on here.

OK, these candlesticks came home with me.  They are clean and elegant - and I think they'll look FAB with my white collection.

Fine, bone china candlesticks.

This is another souvenir item that I would have sold on eBay.

Irridescent chicken!!  Wwah!!!  It's so kitsch (forget the statement I made about clean, white candlesticks!!!).  

It hurt, but I left this behind.  I hope it found a good home.

Hmmmm, I really liked this elf, sugar bowl too.  But it stayed behind.  Dammit!!

Vintage, made in Japan.

Gah!! I fell in love with these velvet, wingback chairs.  But my garage is already full of chairs and furniture that is going to be refinished or repainted.  So they stayed behind.

This collection of pastel colored dishes was delicious.  But I have no need for them. Gah!!

Well, these are the sorts of things that I love to look at in thrift stores.  I'm glad I kept my resolve and that I didn't buy these things, as they would have added a significant amount of clutter to my house.  Remember kids, you don't want to end up on Hoarders. 

happy thrifting ;)


  1. I'd have bought the Paris print shirt, but that creamer jug is terrifying! I married a Scotsman and will only say that stereotypes don't occur in a vacuum! He bought me a side of mutton one year for Mother's Day (and I'm vegetarian)!

    Aren't strand necklaces the best? They can instantly fix an odd looking neckline without sewing.

  2. Hee, hee hee. I am somewhat mortified that the "Mr. Pennypincher" coin bank is now proudly on display on a12 year old's nightstand. I know! Isn't that Paris shirt wonderful!!! I stared at it long and hard...I even paired it with a print maxi-skirt that I found. But I knew I wouldn't wear it so I left it behind.

    Vintage strand necklaces rock!! I just wish I could wear the clip earrings that match them!!

    happy thrifting ;)