Category: Thrifty Finds
I went to Ulta to get my free birthday gift, and that resulted in an unintentional lipstick shopping spree.
But it wasn’t at Ulta.
I kind of get the heebeegeebees at Ulta.
My particular Ulta always seems to have been raided by a bunch of lipstick gremlins who want to cause havoc and mayhem by smearing the beautiful colors all over the display, and who knows where else. I shudder to think.
So I always have to carefully inspect the lipstick itself to see if it has been “used.”
So let me explain how Ulta led to my haul. I felt awkward waiting in a huge line to just get my free item and looked at the clearance items. Most where questionable, and they had my on lip gloss that I had wanted to try marked down.
Remember my hate relationship with lip gloss though? Well I really hate if it’s not sealed, since you can’t clean a lip gloss once that entire tube has been contaminated.
One of the lip glosses WAS sealed, but I started thinking if I didn’t like it… I wasn’t really sure if Ulta had a return policy.
Walgreens DOES however have a return policy on any makeup you don’t like.
I got a clearance, non used lip color, and my free item, then I went to Walgreens.
Walgreens had BOGO 50% off…. hence the haul.
The first I tried were the glosses, and I put one on my top and one on my bottom lip, to avoid chapped and irritated lips.
First is Covergirl Lipgloss in Fruitylicious on top lip and Plumlicious on bottom. (daylight on left, and regular light on right.)
Fruitylicious is a pink with a blue base. It is more opaque, highly pigmented, and less glossy. I like it. I wore it to teach one evening and the color lost its gloss as the night went on and didn’t budge as a result. $7.99 at Walgreens BOGO 50% off.
Plumlicious lacks the color payoff that the previous color has. It’s more sheer, more glossy and less pigmented. I can’t really tell it’s a plum color at all. I’m not loving it, not hating it. There’s no noticeable scent that is offensive to either color, and no weird taste. Got this one for $3.99 with the promo.
Next is Covergirl Tantalize on top lip and Covergirl Outlast longwear lipstick in Plum Fury on bottom lip. Again, left is daylight and right is regular light.
The Tantalize is a light dusty purple color that is opaque with no offensive smell. It goes in smoothly, has no sheen or shimmer to it, and is great alone or with another lipcolor applied over, under or with. This was $4.49 on clearance at Ulta.
The plum fury color has a slight sheen to it, and is very pigmented, almost in a copper shade. Not a plum shade in my opinion. This color is also opaque. The one thing I don’t like about this lipstick is the shape of the tube. It is a round and flat surface, that makes it hard to get a precise cupid’s bow. I realize that I don’t have many lippies this shape, and I like the pointed tubes much better. Regular Price $9.49.
No offensive smells or tastes to either color.
The last shade is my personal favorite out of all of them. It is a Covergirl Continuous Color in the shade Midnight Mauve. This shade has a nice shimmer, is easy to apply, is opaque, with no offensive smell or taste and goes on smoothly and easily. I’ve been looking for a similar shade to the Wet n Wild Taj Mauve-hal which I used to mix with another shade. This might not be the exact match, but it’s pretty close to what I was looking for. Regular price $5.99
Whenever I get a bunch of new lipsticks, I always feel like a kid with a new box of crayons. I remember walking to the pharmacy with my mom when I was a child. There, they sold crayons individually with vibrant and unique colors. My favorites were the neons. This is my grown up version of picking out crayons!
With Valentine’s Day being tomorrow, I figured I would show off some of my recent and not so recent pink thrift store finds! Ok, that’s a lie, because a lot of these were at garage and estate sales too, but they are still “thrifted.”
First is my most recent pink find… these three pink Cuisinart pots. I still have my entire set of my wedding pots and pans, still in the plastic, stacked in my cabinet. But I needed these pink ones! I often use the same skillet, and the same stock pot. It’s just two of us so I never really need more than two burners going at once.
Next is this pink repro pay phone. I wanted one of these really bad, and I almost bought a red one at an estate sale for $25. That was before I knew they made this in pink. I passed on the red one, but happened to be perusing craigslist for garage sales when I spotted this phone in the back of a listing’s photo. I rushed out there, and this beauty was still there. I paid $15 for this one. The previous owner was a 16 year old who was selling this to raise money for shoes for prom.
These next two go together but were found at two separate garage sales. The pink bridesmaid was in a box with several other colors. I’ve kept one of each, sold a few in my etsy shop, and still have a few left. The bride and groom were at an overpriced garage sale. I felt grateful to find this shabby chic beauty for just $1.
This pink hat was found somewhere in Pittsburgh at a large second hand sale that was held in a convention center. I negotiated the price down because I bought a few different vintage hats and bundled. Instant collection!
The last few photos are not thrift finds but I felt like I had to show them off here. This painting was actually done by my husband. He made this in high school, long before we ever met, but this shabby chic piece of art is perfect for my style. And it’s like this big pink vintage style crock with the delicate flowers he painted were done just for me!
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, my gerbera sprouted three beautiful blooms. I have to showcase them here:
And furbaby wants you to know she has a pink dollar tree find too.
Enjoy Valentine’s Day tomorrow!
Valentine’s Day, I thought, would be easy to decorate. I have a lot of pink stuff, and a lot of girly stuff. But when I shopped my home for items to display, I found it difficult to make the items look like they all fit in the same tone. I ended up putting together this vignette which I am not IN LOVE with, but until I can collect a little here and there, it will have to do!
These are, of course, thrift and estate sale treasures I have found in PA and FL. This Crush bottle was at my wedding (please let someone else see the humor in the “crush” bottle for valentine’s day), and the little girl with the fan I found just the other day here in FL. She was hanging around for months at a local thrift and I kept picking her up, and putting her back. Finally I bought her.
The doll behind her was also a find at a church rummage sale I blogged about around Christmas. She’s a 1950’s Vogue doll, with little hearts on her jumper.
Also that day, I found this hankie at another church sale. Good day! That pink lace tablecloth was my gram’s and this pink jewelry box was at my bridal shower. Of course a book about vintage valentines, and wedding cake toppers from my collections are here….
That card box was a find from the same sale I got the hankie. The little creature is doing the “he loves me, loves me not” thing. That little egg ornament in the front is fit for every season. I had it displayed at Christmas, it fits here in Valentine’s Day, and of course on Easter coming up!
My pink phone found at a yard sale, plus these two sharing a toast to happy days on this little trinket plate, and more wedding cake toppers are putting the icing on this valentine red velvet cupcake!
One last thing… it’s my 2nd blog anniversary!!!! Even though I’ve just started my new blog purpose and vision as of late, I started sharing my thrift and estate sale finds right off the bat when I started. Happy 2nd B-Day to Nicolyndime!!!
What better way to start out 2017 than to show you all my thrift finds over the break?
There was way more stuff at Goodwill after the break. I stopped in two days after Christmas, because I was looking for a handbag. I can’t even believe I can say that I needed one, but I did. I have a zillion handbags, but only one that I found at a garage sale that fits my Happy Planner (and everything else I schlep around with me in an emergency) nice and orderly.
Maybe someday I’ll start filming again ( hey, a new years goal) and I’ll show you what’s in my bag.
But staying on track….I went to Goodwill looking for a replacement purse for my current one in which the strap was literally hanging on by a thread. I thought I found a bag, which didn’t work so I exchanged it for other stuff, resulting in a second visit to the Goodwill. All in all I found lots of good things!
Remember how I said I have a zillion purses…. add one:
It’s cute, it’s a Betsy Johnson, I liked it.. sold. It was $6.99
Also you’ll see at the top of the photo my favorite find in this grouping, a kitschy vintage blue swan towel holder (.99) a pale green ceramic spouted dish with a handle (.69) a little incomplete child’s tea set that I’ll probably actually use, in my favorite 50’s shades of pastel pink, blue, green and yellow (2.99) and a jar of little quotes in the cutest little envelopes ever (.99).
This rather regular looking pie plate was alerting my spidey senses. I picked it up and realized it was a white whale….. A real flamingo pink pyrex dish that is in perfect condition. I actually thought someone was going to see it and snatch it from my hands. I looked around really quickly and gasped a little at my findings. At just 1.99 I’m sure someone in the back didn’t realize what it was, as those Goodwill employees can sometimes be highly knowledgeable about what is popular and what is in high demand! If you follow me on instagram, I gramed this the second I found it! Check it out there to see a photo of the bottom.
Also above that, a soap dish that was .99. I liked the vintage farmhouse look of it. The red lidded item is a sugar dispenser, I think. I was drawn to the red, to put in my Valentine’s Day vignette. It was only .69.
If you haven’t done a thorough loop yet of Goodwill… always do one more final round. I found these vintage elf knee huggers in that final loop. They were lassoed together with two more vintage Dakin and Company stuffed animals, that I think will end up in the shop. The entire set was only .99. I like who was in the back on this day just haphazardly pricing items to get them on the floor! I also found this tree topper that is likely ready to be classified vintage in a few short years, if not already. I have a mini collection of these. It doesn’t light up, which could be a bad bulb, but I don’t care. I loved the three candles in the center.
I ended up finding some tinsel still in the box (just the way I like it, and exactly how I plan to display it next year) for 2 for a quarter at a church thrift store. I forgot to take a photo of it before packing it away. Plus I found a pink wicker magazine rack for the bathroom… the vintage kitschy pastel guest bath. It matches my scale and trash can from an estate sale perfectly!
On the second trip to exchange the purse that didn’t work, I found more stuff….a new to me dance bag for $5.99, and this:
It’s from Cracker Barrel, and it is a sweet retro snowman lighted wall decoration. Just $1.99, I didn’t even have to think about it.
I hope you all enjoyed your break, or have made some New Year Goals. I admit, I took a little break from the blog, and hopefully can get back in the swing of things soon. I have a lot of potentially exciting things on the cusp of happening, and as soon as they are a green light, I can share the news with all of you… but I don’t want to count my chicks before they hatch!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
I have been honing in on where the good stuff is, and it’s church rummage sales right now. The church ladies who may have had these items for a very long time decide it’s high time to get rid of some of this “junk” and to raise some cash for the church. They often price them at a great deal, and that allows a frugal minded gal get wonderful treasures to enjoy in her own decor!!!!
I won’t bore you with the details but instead let the photos speak for themselves…. without further ado…
Sale 1: A mini sale of the one I just missed out on at a local church. Next one is in the spring.
50’s plastic tissue box, Cornflower blue corningware tray, Spring Blossom gemco creamer (will be in shop), 50’s vinyl doll, Madame Alexander Happy Meal Doll, two celluloid angels, Lefton Mrs. Claus Salt Shaker, Mini bottle brush tree, and a stack of vintage paper decorations.
Sale 2: (Same Day)
Vintage Hanky, Stick pins, Vintage books, Blue Cornflower Corningware percolator, Vintage Hat (etsy shop), Collapsible drink cup with pill holder, vintage greeting cards (but I bought just for the box alone, the cards were a bonus) Pepsi SP shakers (Etsy Shop), mini photo album, Tupperware Condiment container, vintage wrapping paper.
Best of all this sale had a free box…. and look at what I found in there!
Those game boards are amazing, those vintage candles, also amazing, and the chatter teeth remind me of A Christmas Story when the teacher opens the drawer of toys she’s confiscated from her students. I’ll bet not many folks in today’s world know what that little maraca looking thing is. Venture to take a guess?
Sale 3: The following weekend… it was an entire Christmas Rummage Sale. Wow!
I got candle lights, vintage electric tree decor, tablecloths, an apron, ornaments, and a red vintage avon candle. I love the vintage holidays!
I went on an adventure again, so even though this is not a rummage sale haul, I want to include it here:
I absolutely love it when I come across a vintage find that is priced so well, I don’t even have to consider it. This wedding cake topper was one. Only $1, and just the right touch of shabby with it’s yellowed millinery. It was added right to my collection! That Town and Country Pyrex bowl will get listed in the etsy shop, and the cooky book is a later version of the one I already have, but I’m keeping it. Bottle brush trees and vintage snowcouple sp shakers round out that day’s finds.
I can’t wait to get out all of my Christmas Decor!!! I’m getting so excited!
Yeah, this is how I feel about the local thrifts. Some people you just gravitate towards, and just click with, while others you choose not to spend exuberant amounts of time with. Some of the thrifts act like friends you haven’t seen in awhile, and you’d like to stop in and see what’s new!
As I was typing this I realized the local gals (thrifts) are kinda like the Spice Girls. (90’s child… I can’t help it.)
The Groovy Chica: AKA Ginger Spice. I’ve got a few local thrifts that I like to stop into regularly. One is beachside, and has those beachside vibes. It’s sandwiched in between a health food grocery and a yoga studio. It fits right into that energy. I know if I want to find something hip, groovy, chic, or funky, that I can find it there.
The Hoarder: AKA Scary Spice. Down the road a bit, also on beachfront, I like to stop into a St. Vincent De Paul thrift store. When I stop into this store, I know I’ll be able to find some upscale items in the front “new” store, and some garage sale deals in the back “old” store. I make sure that I have time to really pore over all of the items. I have found some of my best vintage goodies here, but it IS hit or miss. In the front upscale portion everything looks neat and orderly, but there are some hoarding tendencies in the second building. You can’t be scared to go digging to find that gem, and you have to be sometimes a little authoritative as the volunteer cashiers tend to accidentally add up your total in THEIR favor.
The Minimalist: AKA Sporty Spice. Yet another church thrift, this store is somewhat small, but I’ve found lots of treasures stopping in on a whim. I usually don’t need a ton of time to browse through, ad there are only a few clothing racks, pieces of furniture, household goods, and books organized into one large open space.
Popular Girl: AKA Posh Spice. Goodwill, WITH an attached clearance center. Clothing in excess. This one rules the area. Always busy, always popular, and always stocked full of clothing if you are willing to search. It’s hit or miss with household goods, and I’ve rarely found any good vintage treasures here. Shoes also tend to be hit or miss. Next door is the clearance center where you buy clothing by the pound. This gal has more than enough to go around.
The Sweet Giver: AKA Baby Spice. A local thrift that benefits local doggies and kitties. It’s quite common to see a furbaby face when visiting. They have a small pet section, and a small selection of boutique arranged clothing and shoes. This thrift is quiet in it’s presence, and has a pleasant and quaint demeanor.
And believe it or not I’m still meeting new thrifts. The other day driving by the hospital, I made a detour and found a thrift I want to explore. What other girl bands await to be discovered in the local thrifts? I wonder….
Even through the holidays I was able to find some frugal favs for myself. Remember to subscribe to the channel so you don’t miss out!
This month’s Allure Magazine Fashion Cravings reflects one of the Pantone Colors of the year… Rose Quartz. Of course I am all for seeing this color for a year since it is a shade of pink… a more blush and understated version of my favorite Barbie Pink color. Keep an eye out for this shade in all the realms of fashion and decorating!
I simply went to my closet again for some thrifty finds from the past, and it didn’t take long to find some items in this color. Honestly, this is probably one of the easiest colors to find at the thrift store!
Here is the “ready to work out” look. This thin sweatshirt is perfect to start your workout, until you are warmed up and ready to go. This is essential for a dancer, as sometimes the studios can be chilly at first!
The next look is a simple addition to a blank slate outfit, and gives a little pop of that rose quartz color!
This scarf has a silver thread woven through, and complements the black sequin of the top.
The last look is my wild card rose quartz look. I found this top at an estate sale here in Florida.
I paired it with a grey duster jacket to tone down the look a bit!
So keep an eye out for that beautiful blush color at the thrift stores and estate sales you attend. You are sure to find it all the rage in home decor, fashion, and beauty. You can still be fashionable and trendy on a penny this season by spying these finds at your favorite secondhand shops.
I love seeing other people’s finds as much as I like finding my own treasures, so as always, keep me posted on your treasure hunt loot by commenting down below!
This month I didn’t even have to go to the thrift store in order to find a thrifted duplicate because I already had one at home! Perfect timing for a super busy week.
This month’s Fashion Craving in the December Allure Magazine is all about geometric patterns. I immediately thought about these leggings that I thrifted from an estate sale this summer for less than a dollar!
I think it’s a pretty close match to this jacket… what do you think?
These leggings are the kind that have the soft velour or brushed felt feeling… (does that make any sense?)
I paired two simple looks… one with a purple button down, and one with a black.
I have a confession to make. I haven’t gotten my winter shoes out of the storage unit yet, because it’s still completely acceptable to be wearing flip flops here in Florida. But if I had my winter shoes… I would have completed this look with my black combat boots or my black boots that come to the calf.
But on this particular day… this is how I was rolling for this photo….
It’s all about the comfort…..