As you read in Part 1 of Tales from the Thrift – I love a bargain! I’ve been perfecting my thrifting “style” over the years and I believe I’ve turned a new leaf this year when it comes to the hunt. This happened when I began photographing my finds and keeping track of these new-found treasures. When I find something these days, I ask myself a few questions…(1) do I really like the item? Sometimes it’s a name brand item but it’s not my style. This could be clothing, dishes or glassware, jewelry or collectible items. (2) Will I use it? This could mean, does it go with any of my collections or is there a spot in my house that needs sprucing up and this would make the difference? Will i wear it? and finally (3) Is this something I can I’ll use while entertaining or for an event? For instance, I host an annual cookie swap party, so is it something that I could use as a theme for that party or another?
This past year, I’ve lucked up on a lot of great jewelry at the thrift stores! Last year, I wrote a post about all the vintage Christmas pins I found. I have a collection so this fit right into my criteria and I do love using them during the holidays. This year it’s been about silver jewelry and pearls with a dash of statement necklaces! During one trip I found two very different pearl bracelets…one gray wrap bracelet ($2.99) and the other a white pearl and gold cuff ($3.99), still with the original tag on it, I might add!
On another trip, there were a multitude of silver jewelry to choose from and I walked away with another bracelet and 3 pairs of earrings. The bracelet was really an exciting find for me. It’s a Mexican Cabochon link bracelet with all the markings on it. I paid $9.99 for it which was a steal when I’ve seen them for as much as $80 on Ebay and other online places! I have two others already, one from my mother and one I found in an antique store. I paired all three together for a beautiful look recently. The earrings I found are all very vintage looking and very timeless. One pair is a drop pearl, and you can’t go wrong with pearls! The other two can be change based on your wardrobe – casual or dressy. I like stuff like that!
Finally, I love a good statement necklace! I have several I’ve collected over the years and I look for unique pieces that you don’t see coming and going. This amber stone necklace has a Chico’s tag on it and if you’ve been shopping at that store, you know these are rather pricey! When I saw this one I knew it would be a great fall piece because of the color. It was $5.99! The other statement necklace is from J.Crew and was $1.99. I plan to wear this over the holidays because it has bling! (This photo is posted at the beginning of the blog post.)
Finding Mexican made items is also something I’m always on the lookout for, especially talavera pottery. It turns up here and there and I’m always thrilled! Recently I found this planter for $2.99. I have several in various colors and designs and I love adding more to the mix. I also walked into the thrift store a few days before Day of the Dead this year and found these punched tin lanterns. They were perfect for my dining room altar and are marked Mexico. Timing is everything plus when I find things like this I always have the belief that they were there just waiting for me to come and get them!
Fiesta dishes are also a love of mine! A few years ago I decided I wanted a set in every color I could find at the time and Kohl’s had a great sale and I took advantage of THAT sale! I’ve been able to find various Fiesta vintage pieces while thrifting. A few weeks ago I lucked up on bowls, mugs and plates in three colors. Each were priced individually at $1.99.
Wow…I still have more to share so I guess there will be a Part 3 after all! Stay tuned for more Tales from the Thrift tomorrow!