So Long September

Wow, where did September go?  I can’t believe we are already in the heart of autumn.  This is one of my favorite times of the year!  Today I went to two different Goodwill stores and both had gorgeous displays featuring fall colors, fashions, and home décor.  Trendy, Thrifty, Now has a nice feature on the season’s top colors that you may want to check out. I came home with just two items, both from the Carolina Forest Goodwill.

Worthington Brown Short Sleeve Lightweight Jacket (JCPenney) Retail $36.00 – Goodwill $3.99 (new)

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This is ideal for fall in South Carolina. Not too heavy, perfect for layering, and just the right color.

Pretty Little Purses and Pouches $1.29

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I was happy to find this book that’s filled with instructions to make 29 different purses, my favorite things to make! Hopefully I’ll have a follow-up post on this book in the near future. I’m getting back into sewing, even though my craft room still isn’t unpacked yet.

Last week my Mom taught me how to make fabric pumpkins, and we spent an afternoon making a whole patch of pumpkins.  (The fabric to make these was all purchased secondhand.)  I’ll keep these out right through Thanksgiving.

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As promised, here’s a picture of my filled K-Cup carousel.  It’s perfect for my kitchen. I enjoyed a cup this morning along with some banana nut bread.  The house smelled soooo good. I just love autumn!  Don’t you?

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Welcome Back to Got It At Goodwill

It’s been a l-o-n-g time!  A lot has changed over the past nine months, but one thing that hasn’t is that I’m still shopping at Goodwill.  This summer I relocated to coastal South Carolina, an area I have loved for years.  Moving is always an adjustment and I’m still getting settled in, unpacking, and exploring all there is to do in the area. Thanks to everyone who has checked on me over the past few months.  I’ve been wanting to get back to regular posting for quite a while so why not just jump back in with a Thrifty Thursday post.  Here are a few of my thrifty finds…

New Apt 9 Geometric Ponte Peplum Top with Leather Trim Retail $40 (Target) – Goodwill $3.99

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New Decree Military Camo Vest Retail $40 (JC Penney) – Goodwill $3.99

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K-Cup Carousel (used) Retail $24.99 – Goodwill $3.70  / New Calphalon Fork Retail $6.99 – Goodwill $1.43 Housewares were 25% off this week. (The carousel is in excellent condition, but the picture looks horrible from the light glare. I promise an updated photo when I get it set up in the kitchen!)

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Books and bags are hard to resist! The 9th Girl $1.29 and a new ‘The Metropolitan’ cross body hard wallet $.99 

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My favorite item this week is the K-Cup carousel, which should free up some space in my cupboard! Can you believe I Got It At Goodwill?

Say Goodbye To Survival Mode

I am so happy to be a part of the launch team for Crystal Paine’s newest book Say Goodbye To Survival Mode. I’ve been a long-time follower of her blog Money Saving Mom. Crystal has taught me how to coupon, budget, plan meals, set goals, and “be a better home economist”. I’ve also read her other books The Money Saving Mom’s Budget and 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life. While I’ve never met Crystal, I feel like she is a friend and my personal ‘life coach’. She is smart, strong, passionate, and most of all….encouraging. If you are feeling worn-out, stressed, unmotivated, and like you are just going through the motions of day-to-day living, this book is waiting for you.

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I just finished a review copy of the book and I’m already putting it into action. I’m feeling rested, less stressed, healthier, and excited to get out of bed each morning. We are in the process of getting ready to move several states away and it’s a big undertaking considering I’m such a pack-rat and obviously a thrift-store addict. (Recently I have cut way back on my thrifting which is why my posts have been scarce!) Unlike Crystal I have a hard time getting rid of things, especially sentimental things. I am using her strategies to down-size and right-size. While I’ll never be a minimalist, I’m striving to have a simpler lifestyle. “Either you control the clutter or the clutter will control you.”

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I’m continually working on time management since I commute and work full-time, but I am prioritizing and making things simpler on the home front. I’m identifying and cutting back on time suckers like watching television and social media sites. I’m establishing routines. I’m changing bad habits and starting good habits. Small steps turn into big strides that will turn into milestones!

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If you feel like you are stuck in survival mode, I urge you to start with Crystal’s FREE Say Goodbye To Survival Mode 7-Day Challenge. You will receive a daily e-mail message and task to complete. You can sign-up at Money Saving Mom.

 

You can pre-order the book which will be released on January 21st.

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Are YOU ready?  When you pre-order the book you also get over $125 in freebies and discounts.

 

Old El Paso Review and Giveaway

Disclosure:  The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark.

Thanks to General Mills and MyBlogSpark, I recently had the opportunity to try a new Old El Paso Frozen Entrée Meal For Two.  I absolutely love Mexican food and I’ve purchased Old El Paso products for many years so I was thrilled to be selected.  I chose the Chicken Fajitas, one of my favorite Mexican dishes.

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It was perfect for a quick dinner after an exhausting day at work, only taking about 15 minutes to prepare. Dinner was on the table at 5:30!  I pulled out my skillet and poured the bag in.   You can see the roasted onions, red peppers, green peppers, and chicken – full of flavor.

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While the entrée was cooking in the skillet,  I warmed a can of pinto beans, a can of Mexican-style corn, and made some quick nachos (chips, salsa, cheese) in the oven.

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Dinner was quick, easy, nutritious, and delicious! It definitely had an authentic savory Mexican flavor.  I will serve this again and plan to try the other Old El Paso Frozen Entrée selections.  There are eight in all: Shredded Beef Burritos, Chicken Burritos, Steak Quesadillas, Chicken Quesadillas, Shredded Beef Enchiladas, Chicken Enchiladas, Steak Fajitas, and Chicken Fajitas.  To learn more about the products visit the Old El Paso website.

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GIVEAWAY:  One lucky Got It At Goodwill reader will win a coupon for a FREE Old El Paso Frozen Entrée, a serving platter, and a $10 VISA card.

To enter: Leave a comment on this post with which of the new Old El Paso Frozen Entrée for Two selections you would like to try.  Limit one entry per person.  Open to US residents only. One winner will be randomly selected and notified by email. The winner will have 24 hours to respond or another winner will be selected.   Got It At Goodwill is not responsible for prize fulfillment.  The giveaway ends on Friday, November 22nd at 8pm.

Blazer Refashion

On a recent afternoon of thrifting I came across this vintage blazer.  I loved the variety of colors and the price.  It was only $1.00. It would look great with jeans.  What I didn’t like was the size.  It was a six.  Way, way, way too small for me.  The story of my thrifting life.

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I had put it back on the rack, but I was drawn back to these buttons, a pearly purple shade.  Three buttons for a dollar…..purchase justified.

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I planned on cutting off the buttons and tossing the rest, but the fabric was great quality so I decided to hold on to it.  Today I pulled it out and started cutting.

Using the back panel I made a fold-over clutch featuring one of those lovely buttons.  I lined it with a purple chambray.

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I turned the sleeves into an infinity scarf and made floral embellishments using the remaining buttons.

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The scarf is thick and will be perfect when the weather turns cool.  I plan on styling it with a solid color t-shirt and denim jacket.

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I love my thrifty new accessories and I still have some fabric left!

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Inspiration From The Farm

Let me start by saying this did NOT come from Goodwill.

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Darby Mack Designs – Surf’s Up

I was blessed to have won this camera bag in a giveaway hosted by Warthan Farms Photography. Jennifer allowed me to choose any bag from the Darby Mack Designs collection that I wanted.  It was one big, tough decision. They all looked amazing! The quality of the fabric is perfect.  I will have this bag for many, many years to come.  I’m already in love with it and it just arrived today.  It holds so much…my camera, a few lenses, and even my laptop.  There are outside pockets and inside pockets too.  It comes with a padded insert to protect my photography gear.  I love the details, even the smallest ones.

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I chose this particular bag because it had both handles and a cross-body strap and these lovely purse feet which will hopefully help me to keep it clean.  Oh, and it’s beachy!

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If you are working on your wish list, you might want to let Santa know about Darby Mack Designs.

I met Jennifer last month when I took one of her Beginnings Workshop classes at her farm in Waverly, Virginia.  As a beginner, the class was ideal for me and introduced me the basics of photography and how to take my camera off the automatic setting.  In one afternoon I learned what all those buttons and dials on my camera were for, how to shoot in manual, and how to capture a beautiful photograph. I’ve let her know several times how amazed I am that I’m now able to take a great photograph without using a flash.

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She holds all of her Workshops at her studio, a cozy country cottage on her family’s farm.  If you love antiques, quilts, tasty food, and everything country ~ this is the perfect fit for you.  All of her Workshops include a practice session where she gives you the opportunity to shoot photos out on the farm, cotton fields and all.

I’m looking forward to purchasing some editing software in the future and then I want to take one of Jennifer’s full weekend Farmgirl Workshops.  All of her classes are small so she has time to work with you individually and answer all of your questions, no matter how silly you think they are.  She also offers individual mentoring sessions and portfolio reviews.  I hope you’ll see a continuous improvement in the photos here at Got It At Goodwill.

Please take a moment to check out her blog as well as information about her upcoming Workshops.  Be sure to tell her that I sent you by.

 

 

Fall Bucket List

Happy First Day of Autumn!  I’m officially ready for fall now that I am back from my summer vacation at Myrtle Beach.  It was a wonderful week,  simply perfect. There’s just something about the warm salty breeze at the shore. It’s so refreshing, healing, and relaxing. It’s been less than 24 hours, and I’m missing this already.

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But now we’re on to autumn, one of my favorite seasons. I love the colors, scents, and tastes! This morning we picked up some pumpkins for the front stoop and I’ve got my Fall Bucket List ready so here we go…

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(1) Try out three new recipes. One made with apples, one with pumpkins, and a soup.  Do you have something good to share?  Please leave me a comment.

(2) Make an autumn craft project.  I really need something for my front door, maybe a wreath? Last fall I made these 3 pillows.

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(3) Go to a fall festival.  They are abundant this time of year!

(4) Go back to the beach.  Plans are already in the works.

(5) Declutter, declutter, declutter.  Some things are headed to the trash, some items I’ll sell, and some of my things will be donated to Goodwill.  I have a goal of a minimum of 5 items a day out of the house starting today.

(6) Purchase a new (to me) fall outfit from Goodwill.

(7) Go to Starbucks or McDonald’s for a Pumpkin Spice Latte or better yet, make my own at home.  Surely there’s a Pinterest recipe out there.

(8) Head out for dinner and a flu shot with my husband.  It’s an annual date night event for us.

(9) Read three books.  It doesn’t sound like a lot, but it’s often hard to squeeze in time to read.  Any recommendations for me?

(10)  Watch It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.

Have you made your Fall Bucket List yet?

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Ruched Infinity Scarf

Wow, how did it get to be September already? That means it’s almost autumn, one of my favorite seasons!  I still have a beach trip planned in a couple of weeks so to me summer will be on hold for a little while longer.

With autumn comes cooler temperatures and long sleeves, sweaters, and scarves.  Last week I purchased this Forever 21 ruched grey knit shirt.  It had a color-of-the-week tag meaning it was 50% off.  Including tax it came to $2.11.

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I loved the fabric flower embellishment on the shoulder.

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As typical with a lot of items I fall in love with, it was a size small, which I am not.  It’s okay, I bought it anyhow with a plan in mind.  Grey is a perfect neutral color that goes with just about anything.  I decided to turn this too small shirt into a ruched knit infinity scarf.  I started by taking off the floral embellishment.  It was all one piece and secured by a single strand of thread, so it came off with just a snip.

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Then I simply cut off the bottom hem of the shirt and cut across the shirt about 2 inches above the ruche.  Since the shirt scarf is knit it won’t unravel so there’s no need to hem the edges.

Using 3 small safety pins, I pinned the flowers back on.  I chose to use the safety pins so I could wear the scarf with or without the flowers.  I may want to embellish a different shirt or skirt with the flowers, so safety pins make it easy for a quick change-up.

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Like my displayer?  I got it at Goodwill too for just $1.25.  Now if I could just find a dress form at Goodwill.

The scarf looks just as good without the flowers. It can be worn as cut or wrapped twice for a more snug fit around the neck, which is ideal for chilly autumn nights.  Since it’s still summer I have it paired with a pair of vintage Ray Ban cat eye sunglasses.  I’m guessing late 50’s or early 60’s.  What do you think?  I found these when I was going through “stuff” trying to “down-size” or “right-size.”  They came in a box I purchased at an estate sale many years ago, definitely the real deal! These appear to be prescription too.  They are clear when you look straight ahead, but have some bifocal action when you look down.

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I may decide to part with the shades.  While I was searching to find an approximate age on them, I couldn’t help but notice the prices they were selling for.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Labor Day tomorrow!  Who’s going thrifting besides me?

The Denim Vest

I was recently invited to join the Richmond Virginia Fashion Bloggers.  Of course, I gladly accepted!  I’m looking forward to meeting other fashion, lifestyle, and beauty bloggers and attending some fashion events in the RVA area.

 

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While other bloggers are professing their love for the big brand stores like Nordstrom, Macy’s, H&M, etc., I’ll be over here still sharing my love for Goodwill.  Of course shopping for clothing at Goodwill will save you a ton of money, but remember it also helps the environment and most importantly it provides jobs.

Look what I found last week….a denim vest.  It was a ‘color of the week’ item so my price was only $1.99.

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I love the buttons and trim details!

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A denim vest is the perfect accessory – it goes with anything!  You can wear it with any color, a maxi-dress, a mini-dress, shorts, skinny jeans, long-sleeves, short-sleeves, sleeveless – anything, I promise.  Give it a try.

Here are a few ideas from Pinterest:

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Don’t have one?  I know where you can find one!

 

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In the future I’m going to have to try to step on the other side of the camera to share some of my amazing Goodwill fashion finds!

Celebrate National Thrift Store Day!

I’m so excited!

It’s almost here!

National Thrift Store Day is this Saturday, August 17th!

Did you know that there are more than 25,000 thrift and consignment stores in the USA?  My favorite, Goodwill Industries, has more than 2,500 stores.

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I plan on celebrating with a trip to a few of my favorite locations.  Goodwill Industries serving Hampton Roads & Central Virginia (my regional area) has released a back-to-school coupon good for 10% off a $20 or more purchase. I’ll be sure to take that with me!  To get your own coupon visit their facebook page or the Got It At Goodwill facebook page.  Don’t live in Virginia?  That’s ok, most likely your Goodwill region has a special promotion going on too, just look for their facebook page.

It’s a great time to clear the books, shoes, clothes, and other household goods that are jamming up your closets.  I already have a clothes basket full of clothing ready to go. I love knowing that with my donation that I am changing someone’s life!

Whatever your plans are for the weekend, be sure to celebrate with a quick trip to your favorite thrift store and join in the celebration. Pop those tags!

 

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What and where is your favorite thrift store?

 

 

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