Thursday, March 24, 2011

Thrifty Finds

Just have a few things to share that I found last week, as the thrift stores around here have been dry as a bone lately. And when I do manage to find something I like, its been WAY overpriced. Perfect example: A strapless black dress originally from GAP at Savers. Marked $19.99 (!!!!) And this was NOT new with tags. Needless to say, I stormed outta there rather frustrated and vowed to never go back (who am I kidding, I always go back :/ )

Here's what I found (all from the Hospice Care Thrift Store):

Some new books to add to my already too full bookshelf:
Girl, Interrupted (Loved that movie, and I'm not even sure I knew it was based on a book) and Into Thin Air (by the same author as Into the Wild)
Adorable woodland creature cookie cutters! These were originally from IKEA. I only paid 99cents!
I've had in incense burner on my thrift wishlist for awhile- was so happy to find this guy for only $1.49!  
And my favorite find of the week:
A Kodak Instamatic with the original box, manual, unused flash cubes, AND....

What appears to be 24 exposures of film left! Which is so, so exciting because it takes 126 film which is no longer being made! I've got plans to use (at least some of) the film on a mini-road trip this weekend, then hopefully find a place that will develop it. I'll be sure to let you know how/if it turns out!
**Note: I'm an idiot... I thought the exposures counted backwards from 24, turns out they counted up from 1! So I was only able to take 1 or 2 photos! I will definitely still get the film developed though- There could be some real vintage treasures on it!

I took a vacation day tomorrow and will be heading up to Green Bay and Door County Wisconsin with my parents and littlest sister. There is a 1970s/ Ugly Sweater party at our hotel on Saturday- should be a real trip! The high temps are supposed to only be in the 20s- YIKES!

Have a marvelous weekend- and stay warm! (I know Wisconsin isn't the only place experiencing a second helping of winter!)

Friday, March 11, 2011

Bookworm Alert

I know I'm not the only one that has a desingated "path" at my favorite thrifts-
I always check out the housewares/furniture section first and foremost, secondly I browse the bookshelves. I also love to spend my Saturday mornings lazily looking through library book sales to find those hidden treasures (early editions and advanced reading copies!!) I am definitely a life-long reader.
I found a copy of the novel 'Sideways' at Goodwill about a month ago. I knew Sideways was a critically acclaimed, Oscar winning movie- but had no idea that it was based on a book! I LOVE the movie, and the book was quite a trip, to say the least!

Some of my all-time favorite books have been turned into movies (and TV shows)- heres what I found in my own personal collection (I'm a life-long movie junkie too!):

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The Chronicles of Narnia, Fantastic Mr Fox, The Golden Compass
The Jane Austen Book Club, Shopgirl, Sex and the City
Great Expectations, Pride and Prejudice (and Zombies!!), Little Women
Rosemary's Baby, Chocolat, Atonement
The Devil Wears Prada, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Because of Winn-Dixie
Dexter, The Reader
(Not included, but taking up plenty of room on our bookshelf and dvd cabinet is the entire Harry Potter series- thanks to boyfriend!)

All of these titles come with my highest recommendations! Do you have a preference when it comes to reading the book / watching the movie first? We all know the book ends up being better than the movie 99% of the time!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Look What I Found

 I found another Penguin ice bucket! Does this ever happen to you while out thrifting? You've been looking for something FOREVER to no avail, then you find it, then you keep finding it! Ha!  Well I didn't hesitate picking this up again. Found it at the Dig N Save, unfortunately no lid, but because it ended up costing less than $1, I wasn't too concerned. 

The original $20 price tag is a joke, right?!
I was also lucky enough last week to thrift both my first PINK Pyrex and MADE IN ENGLAND Pyrex!
Flamingo casserole on the left, and Pyrex England on the right. They're both slightly worse for the wear, but I'm thrilled to have them!
I've also been into building my wardrobe up with more vintage pieces lately, and came across this lovely top:
The prettiest embroidery, and made in Switzerland. It fits like a dream.
One constant, slightly quirky item on my thrift wishlist, is advanced reading copies of books. There's just some strange thrill in knowing that I own something that was never intended for resale.

I found a copy of Chuck Palahniuk's 'Rant':
This will honestly be my first Palahnuik read! Should be interesting!
And perhaps even more thrilling than an advanced reading copy of a book, is a demo of a record!
This is Cheap Trick's "In Color and In Black and White" circa 1977! I think my dad would be proud! Bonus- Cheap Trick is from Rockford, IL- a mere 40 minutes from where I grew up!
The vinyl even came with a promotional poster. It says, "Here's what America's rock press is saying"
This was my favorite review:
"Beatles with balls."- Phonograph World    

I have literally no plans for this entire weekend. There may be some thrifting in the forecast!