Friday, November 6, 2009

Thrifting a winter wardrobe, mmmm.........pumpkin pie!

Having lived in Southern California my whole life where you could practically wear flip flops all year, resulted in a very lacking fall/winter wardrobe. Texas is a whole differnent story from CA, it gets really really chilly. Yay a valid reason for me to go thrifting.

My first stop was my favorite goodwill down the street from my house. This is not just your ordinary goodwill its a discount center, its the place unsold goodwill items go to die. Alot of the stuff is broken, empty or missing almost every component but now and then I find a gem or 2 or like today, 5 gems for a steal of a price.

I did quite well today, found an adorable brown and orange plaid pencil skirt (pictured top left), 1950's jacket w/ fake fur collar (top right), two pieces of floral fabric perfect for blouses, two records at 49 cents each, and a late 1950's book entitled Immortals of the Screen all for under $6. While at the goodwill a nice lady recommended a thrift store down the street, on my way I found a church rummage sale but didnt find anything at all. The thrift store turned out to be quite a fine, great selection and tons of vintage. Resisting the urge to look around I only browsed the sweaters, since I had already picked up a few things at the goodwill that wont keep me warm this winter. I ended up buying 3 sweaters; a short sleeved number which makes me think of eating pumpkin pie everytime I look at it......mmm, a long sleeve green Jantzen sweater and a white long sleeve zip up.

This book is a treasure trove of photographs and screen shots from so many stars of the early 1900's to late 1950's. Some of the stars covered in this book are Gary Cooper, Errol Flynn, Marilyn Monroe, Jean Harlow, Marion Davies and Will Rogers, just to name a few.

Is it not the best when you find exactly what you intended on buying as well as a few bonuses?


  1. I just discovered your blog but it's lovely :) I currently live in SoCal so I definitely know the feeling of a lacking fall wardrobe. Luckily, I visited New Mexico for a week, and found a lovely suede coat at a thrift shop in Albuquerque for only $8 (totally mint too).
    Love the coat your found!

  2. That first outfit is especially adorable!

  3. ha ha ha! Your dogs are too cute!

  4. lovely! I love both outfits!!
    we did goodwill today too, and got two recliners...probably from the 70's, but still awesome retro looking.


  5. Love the skirt, great find!
    Lovely blog you have, keep up the good work, and best wishes.

  6. What amazing finds! I can't even recall the last time I had a successful thrifting day (let alone found a genuinely vintage piece - Toronto is sooo picked over when it comes to affordable vintage), this post is inspiring though for sure - proof that treasures are definitely still lurking out there (at the second hand shops) to be found :)

    Tons of hugs, gorgeous dear!
    ♥ Jessica

  7. Hey there. Nice post. Happy Sunday. Hope you've been enjoying the weekend. Take care. Have a great week ahead. Cheers!

  8. Lovely finds!!! Do you ever drive up to Austin to go thrifting? I always have such good luck when I go down there! I love going down there for the day and dedicating the whole day to thrifting and there's enough stores to do that and still not visit them all!

  9. Fantastic finds! I love that jacket!

  10. calirosie- Thank you, and thank you for stopping by. I bet your suede coat is lovely, and having a story to tell about how you find it, makes the coat that much more meaningful.

    Bettie Booh- Isnt it cute, it has a couple stains but I am pretty sure I will be able to get those out with woolite. I just couldnt pass it up for such a great price.

    Trixie- :) Clockwise that is Betty, Sammy and Ava, its funny I didnt notice until I put the pictures on the computer that at least one of them was in each shot.

    Lapetitemort- Dont you just love goodwill sometimes, some 1970's vintage reminds me of modern 1950's.

    Colin- Thank you.

    Jessica- Thank you hun! I am happy to hear I bring you hope, the best of luck when thrifting! I like to wake up early and go to shops and go days when few people will be there like the middle of the week. Finds are out there its just getting harder and harder as more people find out the wonders of thrifting and of vintage clothes and all.

    Keith- Happy Sunday to you as well and thank you for all the kind wishes.


  11. Ms. B- Actually not yet, I have been planning to make a trip and have heard nothing but good things about Austin. I am going to do just that maybe we can meet up some time and go thrifting!


  12. you are back! nice to see you again!

  13. Oh how lovely. I really adore the jacket you found, simply beautiful!


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