15 March 2008

Getting The Goods

Another week has flown by without a post...whew!

Life just does not seem to let up. The husband and dogs left a week ago in search of warmth and sunshine..I must confess...I had no desire..my only desire was one of pure selfishness...peace and quiet, no demands, no meals to cook, no one to think about but ME!

Well I have had plenty of quiet but I am afraid that after a record breaking week of sales in my ebay store..there was no peace and plenty of demands...I found no time to stitch on my shirt project but I did manage to duck into a couple of thrift shops and brought home some prizes!!! YEAH!

That got me thinking...I need to be more organized with my commitment of no "new clothes" purchases so that I can see my progress and keep a tally. I have also done some thinking (usually in the middle of the night) about this.....

Okay...so you decide that you are no longer going to make NEW clothing purchases..but does that mean you can just go hog wild in the thrift shop...just because its a bargain? Shouldn't the goal be to have less? and how about the amazingly tiny new closet I have?...I have already started filling a bag of stuff to go BACK to the thrift shop.

Okay so with that in mind.....TADA! Here are my latest finds. All of these items were from a resale shop except the Missoni which was from a charitable thrift shop and that is reflected in the price:

Missoni Cashmere tunic sweater $3
Calvin Klein floral cotton skirt $18
Banana Republic cotton voile tucked front blouse NWT $16
Club Monaco silk pleated skirt $10

I am going to figure out how I can keep that list of purchases running on a side bar.

.......and I could not let another day go by with out some kind of "hands on project", so last night at 9PM I started wrapping beads to make another Louis V necklace and I think it may be my most favorite one yet!!!...I would also like to add that these are all LIBERTY OF LONDON fabrics. These really are the best fabrics for this project. I realize that these fabrics are not easy to find. I just went on ebay and bought a small collection of 50 different prints in 4X4 inch pieces. If you are unable to find them let me know because I am thinking about putting together kits for the necklace.


PS...I forgot to mention the cute brooch on the Banana Republic blouse. That was a gift from my niece Natalie. It came from this cute shop where she works in Holly, Michigan called Laundry(one of many jobs)...she is the "thrifter extraordinaire"....she will even dance for you in her thrifty duds!+ she makes a superb scone..all while talking a mile a moment!...love ya Nat!


Julie said...

Your beads are lovely. How do you make them?

I don't have a real issue with buying clothes at thrifts but I do have a problem being able to pass up things I can use in crafts -- fabric, vintage goods, books, etc. I"m never going to use up or sell everything I've amassed yet I find the need to go every few weeks. I think it is because it is usually my only chance to get out on my own and the deals are too good to pass up.

I loooove the skirt with the black top

froo*gal said...

Hi Julie.....I promise I will catch up with "tag"!

You can find instructions for the beaded necklace in my January 17 blog....also, I have the same weakness for vintage craft stuff....like buttons, trims, fabrics and such. Isn't it great to be able to create when you have boxes of treasures to choose from!! Yesterday I opened a box of vintage kimono fabric and found things that I forgot I even had. I took a picture and will post it tomorrow.

Barbe Saint John/ Saints and Sinners® said...

What a score!!! all those outfits are adorable and such good prices! Can I send you money and you can be my personal shopper too???

fab stuff, you have great style!

froo*gal said...


You may just have won "the prize" for getting me reestablished with my blog..and my inner "froo*gal"...and I love that your moniker is "saints and sinners"...because I have a confession to make..."I have sinned"...and I really need to write about that. I fell off the frugal wagon this summer and I am now slowly climbing back on, dragging my reluctant ass...I am not proud of failing, but I am human and to be human is to know failure....so thank you for finding me and stimulating me to start posting again!
.....hmmmmm...... resale personal shopper...now there is an idea!

Kathy (aka froo*gal)