We had a potluck dinner after church yesterday morning, and I wanted to be comfortable since I knew I’d be working in the kitchen. Usually they have the air conditioning cranked up at church, so I added a black sweater before heading out the door. Didn’t get a pic with the sweater on…and I changed shoes right before we left the house, too. Turns out the soles on the peep-toe flats slipped around a lot on the kitchen floor, and that would not have been good at church. A pair of black ballerina flats I’ve had for ages were a better choice.
This morning, I stopped by the two little thrift shops in town, but I did not find anything. While I was downtown, I popped into my favorite little fashion place, New York Fashion Exchange, where I purchased Scarf Number 40. You’ll have to wait for an outfit posting to see it, though. As I drove out of town, I saw a sign for a garage sale, so I followed it. Glad I did! Here’s what I found:
This fabulous handbag was marked $5, which is far more than I would normally pay for a purse at a yard sale, but it is real rabbit fur and leather – and it is an Antonio Melani. This purse would have been priced well over $100 retail, so it was worth the asking price. I didn’t even haggle! This will be a fun addition to my fall/winter wardrobe.
Friday evening, Some Postman and I went to the Big City to celebrate a momentous occasion. He got the official word that he has been accepted for the position of full-time rural mail carrier! He’ll be doing the same job he’s been doing for the past 9 years as a sub, but only one route now and with benefits. We took in a movie and dinner at Red Robin afterward. The cherry Cokes were amazing! We each drank two, and my Postman took a third to go. As we were leaving the restaurant, the tornado sirens were sounding. (We’d been keeping an eye on the sky as we ate dinner, so we weren’t surprised.) Most people headed over to the movie theater to take shelter; we ran to our car through the rain and wind, listened to the radio for a few minutes to evaluate the situation, then took off for home. It rained HARD and even had some small hail. My Postman is an excellent driver, and we broke through to the other side of the storm without mishap. Our rain gauge here at home showed a mere 0.25″ rainfall.
Not a great photo, but only had time for one shot. Here’s what I wore for our celebration date:
Today is Wednesday…just an ordinary Wednesday. Well, except for the record-breaking temps we’re going to have. It’s supposed to reach 95° today! Thought this would be a good day to wear one of my new summer dresses. I had to tack up the neckline on this one – the V extended all the way down to the elastic empire waist!
Doing a little catch-up here – this post will have outfits from today as well as last Sunday.
From last Sunday, April 15, which I thought was Tax Day until I learned that Tax Day was April 17th this year. Since when did they start moving it around and how do you find out about that?….anyway….
I got several compliments on this top (which only cost a quarter at the church sale I went to on Friday!). I’m pretty sure I like it, but since it’s sheer, a cami must be worn underneath it. And the trouble with most camis is that it gives you “uni-boob” with this style of top. At least this cami, with its shapewear qualities, contained the “inner tube” effect created by the elastic under the bust and the waistband of the pants, which is most evident while sitting. This is why you will almost NEVER see photos of me sitting on this blog! I’m fine standing up, but sit my short self down, and out pops the inner tube. Ew! I really gotta shed some pounds…
Since much of my wardrobe consists of thrifted items, either purchased at second-hand stores, yard sales or eBay, and because I’m getting bored with just outfit posts, I thought I’d add a weekly feature. (This is also to encourage me to be more consistent about writing.) I’ve got another idea bouncing around in my forgetful old brain, but that’s for another time. As long as I remember…the old grey matter, it ain’t what it used to be, folks!
Most months, there’s a Catholic church in a nearby town that has a “garage sale” in an old gymnasium on the third weekend of the month. This month was a “double feature” – they had the sale both Friday and Saturday. I’ve learned that if you don’t go on Friday, everything has been well-picked-over and very little is left on Saturday. So I hopped in my little green car and zipped over there first thing Friday morning. Usually, I catch a ride with The Girls – a group of Senior ladies who are just as addicted to thrift shopping as I am. This time, however, I didn’t leave the house in time so I had to drive by myself.
One of The Girls, M, is an accomplished seamstress; she crafted shopping bags for each of us to use when we go to the monthly sale. The custom at this sale is to bring your own bag or cardboard box and fill it as you shop. M’s bags are HUGE! Here’s mine: I put a regular-size grocery bag next to it so you get an idea of just how enormous it is. There’s a pocket inside at the top, also, to hold little things like jewelry.
The prices at this sale are so cheap, it’s well worth the drive. I spent $7.25 and nearly filled my bag. These are the small items I purchased:
We tried out the wine bottle opener last night – it works, but Some Postman had to do it. I was not smarter than the thing! The necklace may be hand-crafted; the colors are so pretty. I’m not sure if the cross bracelet will remain in my collection; dangly things tend to bug me, but this one is cute so I’ll give it a try. The bracelet in the middle is my favorite – it matched the shirt I was wearing yesterday (sorry, no pics of yesterday’s outfit).
Next is a future gift for one of my nieces. Once in a while I’ll purchase a toy at this sale, but I’ve had a couple of toys that were labeled “works” and they didn’t. I haven’t put a fresh battery in this Care Bear yet to see if she does anything, but even if she doesn’t, she’s still cute and will be enjoyed by either L or T.
Clothing is by far the best bargain at this sale. OK, shoes and books, too, but I didn’t score any of those this time. Most clothing is only 25¢ a piece; shoes are a quarter a pair or a dollar for boots (unless otherwise marked). Books are at the most 25¢, while many are a dime and paperbacks are just a nickel. Cheap, huh?!
These are the tops I stuffed into my giant bag. They all fit, although the two sleeveless ones are a bit big under the arms. I don’t think I’ll bother taking them up, however, since it’s hotter than blue blazes when I wear sleeveless tops, so I won’t care if they’re a bit loose. I may dye the white sweater. My favorite top is the second one from the left.
And these are the bottoms… The denim shorts are for Some Postman. (See, I even shopped for him!) I’d hoped to find some capri pants this trip, and I did. The olive green pair will need some tucks taken in the waist. Since they are a mid-rise, the back of the waistband gaps. They are not a good length for short stumpy me, but there’s a button on the side seam and a loop inside so the cuff can be rolled up. The denim capris, despite the fact that they are the size I normally wear, do not fit at all. (There is not an opportunity to try on clothing at this place. If you like it and you think it might fit, you stuff it in your bag before someone else grabs it! And darn, for a quarter, even if it doesn’t fit, who cares?!) The blue seersucker elastic-waist granny capris were purchased at a different thrift store on the way home for $1.50; they fit, of course (hello, elastic waist!). Yeah, they aren’t very fashionable, but I like to have several of these type of cool, breezy pants on hand in summer, since I don’t wear shorts out in public anymore. And, surprisingly, the floral sleeveless top with the blue yoke coordinates with these pants well!The cute pencil skirt does fit…but I’d have to wear industrial strength Spanx underneath for it to look good. I’ll hang onto the skirt and the denim capris for a while, just in case I manage to shed a few pounds.
There you have it! Thrifty fashion shopping like this makes me happy. I know I have more than enough clothes already, but it’s so fun to see what cute things I can find for a song.
Friday the 13th….. I am not a superstitious person, but I do find superstitions to be funny. Yesterday was neither a lucky day nor an unlucky one; it was simply Friday, April the 13th. It was good, in that I got to spend some time with my Bestie. It was also kind of sad, in that my Bestie gave me the news that she is moving away. I am happy for her, though, since she’ll be moving away to be near her ex-husband, with whom she is working to reconcile their marriage. Any time a marriage is restored, I am thrilled. It’s not as if I’ll never see Bestie again; she has two kids who live here, so she’ll come see them occasionally – and therefore, me!
I love you, Bestie! ♥
My sisters once asked me how many shoes were in my collection, so I counted them. At that time, several years ago, it was about 85 pair, if I recall correctly. That completely surprised me – I didn’t think it was that many! – but reassured my sisters that their husbands were indeed wrong. They did NOT have too many shoes! (My husband, on the other hand, could confirm that I did have too many.)
While visiting one of my favorite stores last weekend, in talking to my favorite sales girl, the subject of scarves came up. It so happens that NYFE sells awesome scarves. And I had my eye on one in particular… Anyway, I got to thinking that perhaps I should count my current scarf collection. So that’s what I did this morning.
Can you guess how many scarves are in here? I counted twice, just to be sure. There are some underneath others, too, so I’ll just have to tell you. There are 39 scarves! Yikes! An odd number! You know what that means? I’m a-gonna need to buy one more scarf! Any suggestions on what color? I think I’ve got most of the rainbow represented here. Oh! I know…I really need a striped scarf! OK, the mission is on…
Since it’s rather chilly today, I pulled out my newest scarf – the one I purchased at New York Fashion Exchange on Saturday (thanks, R, for the “special customer” discount!). It’s keeping me warm and adding some spring-y happiness to my day. I love scarves!