The Joys of Thrifting

Hello lovely people!

Hope everyone out there is having a wonderful President’s Day. I know a lot of you have had a little bit of time off this weekend. I’ve had an awfully long and productive weekend, and by productive, I mean I ate a lot of candy. And cleaned my kitchen. While listening to Martin Garrix. I know, I know…

One of the many highlights of my recent week has undoubtedly been the Oakland Museum’s 55th Annual White Elephant sale. For those of you that are not familiar, the White Elephant Sale is a massive warehouse sale composed of entirely donated goods, benefiting the Oakland Museum. You can find everything there: from vintage furs to Christmas decorations. Imagine the biggest, best, and most organized Salvation Army you’ve ever been to- that’s the White Elephant.


My favorite section. Vintage Clothing.





A bit of history…


The best sign ever. Good for them!


Beautiful and delicate teacups.


Antique household knick-knacks.



More knick-knacks. Or is it Brick-a-Brack?


Flamingo. Guarding the Ladies Shoes. Why? Just Why?

Every time it comes around, I find myself spending hours just strolling through their warehouse, most of the time not looking for anything in particular, but finding treasures nonetheless. My mother has been going for years, and first took me when I was very small, maybe five or six years old. I was not a fan of it’s organized chaos as a child. I was a fan of retail, and found the endless searching both frustrating and boring. I’ve certainly come a long way. What appeals to me about thrifting is finding something entirely unique. Things at thrift stores aren’t sitting around in mass-produced quantities, and good finds are generally few and far between, so when you find something that appeals to you, it’s all the more special. Don’t get me started on the ridiculous prices. I recently found brand new, leather Tory Burch sandals for $1. ONE Dollar. It’s like they’re paying me to take things away, rather than the other way around.

Here are some of my most recent finds (often kindly sponsored by my mother). Let’s just say I’ve met my shopping quota for a while.


At the top, we have a pair of Michael Kors heeled suede sandals (from our local Salvation Army). Next to them are my $1 Tory Burch sandals. I’m excited for warm weather, can’t you tell? I also found a red 1980’s Barry Bricken skirt that’s beautifully tailored (also from Salvation). The black pencil skirt is Moschino Cheap and Chic, and the black suede boots are Via Spiga Dacias, which were an amazing find by my lovely boss. She has the best eye ever.

I’m perhaps most excited about the vintage lace dress I picked up. It needs a little love, as some seams have come undone, and the lace is a little tattered in some spots, but it’s an altogether beautiful find. It has a little strapless lilac lining that you can’t see too clearly in the picture below, and one of those fantastic metal zippers. I’m guessing it’s from the late-1950’s, early 1960’s, due to the construction. A big thanks to V is for Vintage, for their fantastic zipper guide. Because I’m a dork and I get excited by things like zippers.

IMG_0870Isn’t she pretty? Now I just need a place to wear her.

Hope you had as much fun as I did this weekend. Call me if you ever need a hand at your local thrift store. You never know what gems you may find.



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