Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Repost: Goodies I've bought and find

I have been in a bit of a crating funk lately. I've been wanting to work on sewing up a few wool skirts for the colder months but just haven't the drive to do it. All I've wanted to do is bake and watch the leaves change color.  I do love the fact that I can watch the leaves change color.  I can't get over how beautiful and vibrant some of the colors are.Especially when the sun catches them from the south. Gorgeous.

A few weeks ago, I had a doctors appointment so I had to go thrifting ,of course. I went to all of my usual stops except for the F.I.S.H thrift store in Carson. I probably won't be going back there since the last trip I took there I saw cockroaches. Yup, pretty gross. I have NEVER seen cockroaches at a thrift store and I have been going to them since I was  5 years old. I don't want to risk bring something home and getting an infestations. Needless to say, I didn't buy anything.

In my last post I mentioned that I have had great luck finding vintage sweaters for the winter. I found these two beauties at a little thrift store for $2.50 a piece

I LOVE this sweater. I've always envied the vintage bloggers with their awesome winter sweater and have lusted after their beautiful design. I found this hidden under a rack of men's sweaters. At this point I've come to accept the fact that very few vintage women's sweaters will fit me. If I do find one that fits, it's too short and I don't like showing my belly.  I was so excited about this sweater I didn't notice the black stains on that sleeve and back. It wasn't until I got home that I noticed. I soaked in it in the sink over night and that helped. However, I bought OxyClean and holy crap that stuff is awesome. It removed like 95% of the stains. There are a few very light stains that you need to be looking for  to find.

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How cute is this label? A Viking holding a mace. Totally awesome.  I figure that this sweater is from the 1960s from the looks of the label. I tried looking the label up but didn't find an exact one.



This is my second Centura brand cardigan. I have a burnt orange once I bought back in 2000 and I love it to death. This is an Orlon cardigan and I realized that it would be the perfect match for me to sew on my letter from high school.
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As excited as I was about these two awesome sweaters, this Johnny Cash LP made my day. I've been wanting a Johhny Cash LP to add to my collection and I finally found one. Actually my brother's girlfriend found it and I swooped it up. It's not in the best condition but it doesn't skip.
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I found this awesome vintage planter at another one of the hidden thrift stores around town. It truly amazes me how much awesome vintage stuff I have found since moving out here. This planter is a vintage Rubens ceramic planter from the 1950s or 1960s. It's in great condition except for some discoloration on the nose and mouth. Right now it's sitting on my kitchen window sill growing some succulents.

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I also found this vintage pullover. It fits me but it's too short so it will be sold. I love the texture of this pullover and it's acrylic too so just wash and wear.


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Helping Hands is my closest thrift store even though it's still a good four miles away from us. I've found many a treasure there. Mostly clothes, fabric, and knitting magazines.

I've been slowly building my collection of wool sweaters/pullovers. I may need to make or buy a camisole since I get a little itchy with wool directly on my skin. This pullover had a few holes (maybe moths) on the front but the pattern lends itself to hiding the stitching.
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I love the vintage color of this pullover. It was right next the the pullover above. It's a little long in the arms but I can always roll up the sleeves.
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I bought this wool coat for $5. Yup, brand new without tags and clean. It's a bit big on me but it's nothing a belt won't fix. Luckily, I have some premium felt that matches the coat perfectly.
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Here it is with my vintage fox collar that I bought for $2. I can't wait to wear it out. It hits me mid-thigh which is great since my behind always gets cold during winter.
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These gorgeous girls I bought for $2 I love me some glitter Lucite especially at a great price. These threw my for a loop once I realized that they aren't earrings. It turned out that they are scarf clips. Not sure how to used these but I may used them as shoe clips too.
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I love this set. Although it did take my a couple of years I bought the bracelet first and really loved it. I got curious if there was a matching necklace and low and behold there was. Although the big elephant is BIG.  It's about 2'' long. I think I paid about $12 for the set.

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These earrings are really cool. They are caved scarabs in a trio of colors. I wish I could find a matching bracelet or necklace that didn't cost a fortune. Lately, I've been wanting to add more tiki themed or colors to my collection.
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This beauty I bought from decoderm007 off of Etsy. It's an artisan piece using Bakelite chips shaped like suns and moons on a  black chain. It's very reminiscent of novelty necklace of  the 1940s. I can't wait to wear it out.
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I won this awesome 1940s celluloid chain necklace from eBay. I thought the wood hearts would be very heavy but they are unbelievably light. It has "Bora" written on the biggest hear which leads me to believe it was a souvenir necklace.
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I love elastic bracelets. They can be a bit pricey. Especially vintage Lucite ones. I bought this one along with a couple of bubblegum pink bangles that alas were too small.
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Bakelite Hoops!! I bought these for $15 for all three including shipping. Anyone who has ever looked into buying some Bakelite hoops now that they can rune anywhere from $12 -$45 a pair depending on color and texture. So I was tickled pink when I won these babies.
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I made this blouse from vintage fabric and used vintage buttons for the Fall for Cotton sewalong. Unfortunately, I felt like crap that final week and didn't get my entry in. I love the way it turned out and I figured out a better shape to the sleeve.
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Lastly, I made this brooch out of a necklace that I hadn't worn in a long time. I glued a brooch pin to the back and let it dry. I haven't worn it out yet but I will.
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My sister game me this cute eyeglasses case. It's from the Philippines and made from raffia and straw. I love it.
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I've had  great luck lately at the thrift stores. There's a flea market coming up this week and you can be sure I'll be there. Can't wait to see what goodies I find.

If you haven't entered my giveaway be sure to enter before midnight Friday 10/11. It is open internationally too so everyone has a chance to win.

20 comments:

  1. Wow awesome finds!! You've been a busy thrifting bee! I love your wool coat that you added your fur collar to!

    MaryD

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    1. Thank you Mary. It does add a touch of class.

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  2. So many wonderful finds! Loving all of your sweaters and accessories. And great job on your fall for cotton blouse!

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    1. Thank you Elisa. I just need to make my wool skirt to match.

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  3. That moose sweater is too gorgeous! I wouldn't have thought it got cold enough in Nevada for sweaters, but what do I know?!
    I too have been in a sewing funk for ages.......I'm actually just starting to feel keen again, but now have no time. GAH!
    Can't get over how amazing and prolific your scores are!!! I'm quite taken with the scarf clips, the elephant set and the scarab earrings! XXX

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    1. Thanks Helga. We live in Northern Nevada an hour from Reno and it's gotten pretty cold. The highest temp we get in the winter on average is in the 30s (F). It was hard getting used to cold weather like that when I grew up with So Cal winters, if you can call them that.

      I nearly squeed when I saw the moose sweater. So awesome.

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  4. Great finds!! I especially love the carved earrings!

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    1. Thank you! I love carved earrings but they can be a bit on the expensive side.

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  5. Great finds. I love the glitter lucite scarf clips and the bakelite sun and moon necklace. I have a serious weakness for vintage plastics.

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    1. Thank you! I love vintage plastics too but some of them are WAY out of my price range.

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  6. Holy Crap is right, I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEE oxy clean!!!!! Also I think we need to go shopping soon. You seem to have the coolest finds. Love all the sweater. I have one similar to your vint orange one, but mine isn't vintage. :(

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    1. I had seen women cleaning vintage clothes with it and I was like "yeah right." Man I was wrong. That stuff is made of awesomeness.

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  7. So much incredible vintage-ness going on here! *Swoon!!!* Oxi is the beyond awesome for cleaning vintage clothes. Had it not been for the fact that I knew first hand of its super powers, I would have passed up at least a couple of the garments I bought last month while in Calgary.

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Thank you Jessica. I was really amazed. If I ever run into slightly soiled clothes I shall have no fear in buying them.

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  8. Wow such great stuff. Love the wool sweater and coat and the necklaces.
    The glitter Lucite scarf clips are rather lovely.

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    1. Thank you! I've been really lucky finding wool sweaters this past few months.

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  9. I am digging that little pumpkin planter. Totally adorable and so fitting for the season! And those glittery Lucite clips are to die for. Add a little chain between them and you're all set. Great finds, hun. Thanks for sharing!

    Hellcat Vintage

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    1. Thanks Deborah. I haven't decided whether I want to alter them to be earrings or just leave them be. I love my little pumpkin planter. He's on my kitchen windowsill.

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  10. Wahoo great scores!!! I'm glad you're finding treasures in your hood. And online of course too! Loving all the jewellry! Bummer I missed your giveaway.. looked amazing! Lucky thread snipper! x

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    1. Thanks! I love thrift stores. It's instant gratification and that makes me super happy.

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