Thrifting in Minneapolis

Feathers Unruffled {A Home Decor Post}

I don’t normally post about home decor, unless it’s DIY, but this time I just wanted to share how something random, bought on a whim,, transformed my living room and made that one small part of it (aka my console table) complete.

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I got these feathers a week ago at the Minnesota State Fair. They were only a $1 each at the International Bazaar (which does by the way have a Russian booth!) and I couldn’t simply pass by.

So after spending all afternoon wandering around the Fair Grounds with these feathers sticking out, I was amazed they actually made it home that night.

To be honest, I wasn’t going to put them in a vase. I did have a different spot for them in mind, but they never made it there!

Instead they were dropped off on the console table that I freecycled a couple years ago, next to these two frames, one being a cross stitch by my dear friend Tamara, reminding me where, when and who I married ;) And the other is a picture version of the latter.

Once I sat down and actually looked over where the feathers were, I knew that it’s where they belonged.

So then the vase hunting began. From Target to TJ Maxx, to Marshall’s to finally – BINGO – a thrift store (this time it was Salvation Army) during a Labor Day sale, this beauty ended up costing me only $3.50 plus tax!

Ding Ding Ding we have a winner thought I…

Now to find the lamps…

Xx,

Z

PS. Check out these salt and pepper shakers Sam’s friend Blake brought me from England:

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One of them is a London Guard and the other is The British Gentleman! Can you guess which one is which? LOL

 

 

Thrift Haul Where Shoulder Pads come to DIE!

Let’s call it my Christmas Thrift Haul! My finds are as unpredictable, as Minnesota weather! Megan from Mr C. & Me and I have been planning this thrift trip for a while, but last weeks SNOWPOCALYPSE delayed it. This weekend it rained… Yes, Global Warming is getting the best of our winters (I can always go back to Russia for that, but I hear it’s not going that well there either :) )

I also dragged Dominika with us, and the clothes that she got is absolutely amazing! Especially (SPOILER ALERT!) vintage Christian Dior pants! But more on that later!

Our first stop was Arc Value Village in Richfield, where we found the Dior pants, as well as some Ed Hardy shoes. But being the geniuses that we are, we didn’t get the pants.

Then we hit up Goodwill in Bloomington, and Dominika found this amazing fuchsia shirt, and well, that’s when we went back to Arc to get those pants! Thank goodness they were still there!

Our next and final stop was Savers in Bloomington, and that’s where I ended up spending most of my “thrift allowance” money (Okay I just made that up! I don’t have a thrift allowance, but I try and follow the “$20 limit per store” rule that I stole from Sammy Davis. Maybe I should give myself a monthly thrifting allowance? What do you think?)

And here is what I got:

Fabric first!

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The top one is a really bright pink, and unfortunately my iPhone camera doesn’t do this fabric justice. The only thing I was really bummed about was the price. I paid $8.99 plus tax for 7.5 yards. Now the original tag was still attached to the fabric, and it read $7.50! What’s up with that Goodwill??? The middle and the bottom fabrics are meant for a dress I am planning on sewing sometime in the future! Hopefully soon!

I also got this awesome vintage pattern, and the great thing about it is – ONE SIZE FITS ALL! So come to me with your fabrics and we can make you a dress like this. I am planning on altering the sleeves, though!

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And finally the dresses! All vintage, all from Savers, $3.99 each! I love each and every single one of them!

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Of course two out of the three dresses came with shoulder pads, but I took them out faster than a blink of an eye! Now only to figure out what to do with them! They are so pretty, I can’t just throw them away!

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So? What do you think? Did I do well? Not so well! It all came to under $30! Don’t forget to check Megan’s blog and see what she got!

Have a great week!

Z

My 50 cents Cape

Last week when I was at the library, I decided to stop by the “sewing/fashion” section and browse around! I was able to score some amazing books (great for beginners and more advanced seamstresses or DIYers like me :) )

As you may have guessed, that’s why I went thrifting for fabric last Saturday! (Haul post here)

My first project came from this book:

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There are a total of 10 different projects in this book, and each one of these projects has 8 variations! It’s a very inspiring book, even if you are not looking for any inspiration! Plus the step by step instructions are so easy to follow, that t makes sewing and designing  a lot more fun!

I chose this cape as my first project. And my 50 cents of wool were perfect for it!

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The amount of fabric was just right! I spent about 3 hours on Sunday night working on this:

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I couldn’t be more proud! But it’s not over yet! I have some nice velvet that I want to use to decorate the cape, but I want to ask your opinion, so please take a minute and vote:

I hope you are as in the mood for the new Hobbit or a re-run of The Lord of the Rings as I am ;)

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Xo,

Z

Thrifting for Treasure: My Latest Steeple People Thrift Haul

Steeple People will probably be my favorite, number one, go to store when it comes to a thrifting quickie! It’s only 10 minutes away from my house (WALKING!), the prices are incredibly reasonable, and there is always a great chance of scoring something vintage! They also carry fabrics, which is what I was looking for!

I ended up walking away with a bag full of stuff, which included Corso Como boots, a vintage dress, and 3 pieces of fabric, one of which has already been transformed into something amazing!

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Here are the fabrics:

50 cents of wool

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$3 of black and navy blue fabrics ($1.50 each, though the navy blue one has more yards!)

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A $6 pair of Corso Como black leather boots! I wasn’t going to get them, but after looking the brand up on my phone (another reason to have a smart phone when thrifting!) and seeing how much those would’ve cost me at Nordstrom, I couldn’t put them down!

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And finally a $2 100% silk Anne Crimmins for Umi Collections dress (it will be featured in one of my upcoming refashion posts), and I am already putting together outfits featuring this dress in my head :)

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That’s all I got! What did you like/dislike from my haul? Did you go thrifting this weekend? If so, what did you get! Please leave links below :)

Have a great Tuesday!

Zhenya

 

Thrifting my husband’s Way!

Happy Monday, I am super excited to share this post with you today, it’s another thrift haul, but this time it’s my husband’s! But before I do, drumroll please, my blog now has a Facebook Page -you are all invited to join in the fun by liking it!

Now back to thrifting…

I love when Sam goes thrifting with me! It’s our bonding time! Well yesterday was a really big day for him thrifting wise, because he got the RockBand drum set at the Target overstock (located in the basement of the Salvation Army in Warehouse District aka North Loop)

And it was only $15!!! Yeah Sam was pretty pumped! So pumped, he carried the box all the way home. All the way to the WareHouse District! I know! It was quiet a workout!

The rest of the day was spent playing the drums:

We also went to two Goodwills, and got a Guitar Hero mic for $3.50 and a Dance mat for $2.50. I picked up a few extra Choose to Reuse coupon books at the library last week, that’s why the price on the items below was so low! We had to do two separate transactions though, because it’s one coupon per customer and it only takes 50% off of one item! Yet another plus of thrifting with your hubby!

I am glad I was able to make Sam’s day, and he was able to stop me from buying any more clothes :) It’s a win win for everyone!

Do you ever thrift with your spouse? If so, do you like it?

Have an awesome week!

Xo,

Z

Coat Obsessed

Last Sunday I was able to meet up with two other Minnesota bloggers, and spend some time thrift shopping.  Megan and I have been planning to go thrifting for a while, and when the blogger meet up got cancelled, out came Plan B! We went to several different thrift stores:

- Arc’s Value Village in Richfield  (you really have to look if you want to find something, this is a great store to go to if you have a lot of time on your hands and you are in the mood for a “treasure hunt”)

- Turn Style in Minneapolis (overpriced for a thrift store, but the quality isn’t necessarily that great for a consignment shop. I personally prefer Clothes Mentor, we only stopped by at this location because we were having lunch near by!)

- Savers in Bloomington (It’s literally less than a mile away from Blommington’s Goodwill! So if you are going thrifting you can pack those two locations in one trip! But to be honest, thrifting in Minneapolis is located rather conveniently, there are plenty of thrift stores in one area or another :) )

I will definitely share what I got at Savers in one of my upcoming DIY posts, let me share what I got at Arc’s first, because it’s going to blow your mind away! (As you may have guessed I didn’t buy anything at Turn Style, hmmm I wonder why??? :P)

1. A Via Spiga Coat in size 4! And it was only $15.99, even less after my 20% off coupon, thanks to Hennepin County’s Choose to Reuse Program! So in the end it was around $12.50

 

It’s belted, super warm, I’ve been obsessed with it since the first time I put it on, have been wearing it since monday, I mean I am in love with the coat! And who wouldn’t be, check out the lining:

 

And what it’s made of:

I will take 70% wool and 10% cashmere anyday ;) This thrift find just proved that to look and feel like a million bucks, you don’t necessarily need to spend a million bucks :)

My second coat falls into a vintage category, for some reason it fell into the “Halloween” category as well! But it turned out for the best price wise, it only cost me $1.50, though the tag said $5.99

 

Here is my vintage tag:

 

 

And here is the Wonder Coat itself:

 

As you can tell, it’s also belted! To be honest I put this coat back on the rack after I tried it on, but then something made me go back for it, and I don’t regret it one bit! All I have to do now is fix the button, it was missing, but was rather thoughtfully placed into a pocket, along with a penny (I was definitely lucky that day!)

So what do you think? Was it a hit or a miss?

And there you have it – the continuation to the never ending story of my obsession with outerwear! (I also got a new coat for my husband, pics will be up too for you gents reading this blog! I really hope you are out there!)

Have a great weekend everyone, I will be in Fargo until Sunday night, so if you know of any good thrift stores there, comment below, or tweet me :)

Cheers,

Z

Thrifting for Treasure: Suburban Edition

Dear everyone,
I think I’d better start writing all of my posts over the weekend and scheduling them to be published during the week, because it was so hard to put down my October issue of Vogue, but my passion for thrifting took over and today I’m sharing yet some more of my awesome finds!
Last Thursday I had an awesome opportunity to go thrifting after corporate orientation for my new job. So I hit up the Minnetonka Goodwill on Wayzata Boulevard and Clothes Mentor, located less than half a mile from the first location!
And here is what I found:
A pair of Cabin Creek shoes for $4.99, leather upper too :) I love the basket style weaving, and the sole looks barely worn! These shoes were made in Brazil, I remember finding a pair of vintage shoes last year that were made in the same country, so I am starting to wonder about Brazil here :)

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Next I found this cardigan type of sweater ( I gotta find out what exactly those are called, since this doesn’t have buttons or pockets :) )

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And this was $5.99!
I also scored this amazing velvet blazer from The Limited for $6.99. I’m not exactly sure whether I want to keep the tassels on the front, so far they aren’t bothering me, so I’ll let them live! The necklace came from Clothes Mentor, and cost me only $10, keep in mind that this is 4 strands of pink quartz with a Ralph Lauren tag on it :)

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My most expensive purchase of the day was this Levi’s leather jacket, I got it at Clothes Mentor for $32, it was originally $40, but I had a 20% off coupon! I was specifically looking for a leather jacket, and I knew that I was probably gonna have to splurge. Do you think that’s too much for such a purchase or not enough :) ?

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Now I have a funny story about this next piece, and you’ve already heard it if you are my Facebook friend. This is a $6.99 Pure hand knit sweater. So I wore it to work on Friday, and during my lunch break, while walking to see my former coworkers at Macy’s I found 2 Xanax pills in the right pocket :)

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And last, but not least is this vintage Monsoon sweater! That was $5.99 too, I believe :)

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So now here is the big question: what were your most and least favorite pieces? I’m so looking forward to your comments!
Xo,
Zhenya

Getting Ready for Friday Thrifting

Thursday night.

We just came back from sailing.

I think my face is a little bit sunburnt.

Well it’s probably dehydration as well.

But tomorrow I only work till 2.45 pm.

And my favorite thrift store of all times has a BOGO sale on women’s shoes and clothing.

So I am going!

Straight from work!

But before I go, I need some ideas.

Something specific to look for.

So here it goes!

 

I really hope to score some sweaters tomorrow :) And put outfits together for you!

Xo,

Z

Thrifting for Treasure: 3 pairs of shoes for $6

Hey, that’s a dollar a shoe! I know! How awesome is that? Here is my problem though. I went to one of my favorite thrift stores – Steeple People (duh!) – to make a donation – and walked away with 3 pairs of shoes. Seriously, Zhenya? The thing is – shoes were half off, and they usually run $4 a pair! That’s a steal!

Some of you have already seen those shoes, but I kind of hogged one pair and didn’t show it to anyone :) Oh did I tell you 2 out of 3 pairs were brand new? Oh Yeah!

From right to left: Nine West Flats (the only used pair), Mustang Lace up Boots, Soda Knee High Boots (at least I think that’s what the brand is called)

And then I went a little crazy:

Can you find the right pair???

And finally, here is me in my new Knee Highs :)

What have you found in a thrift store recently?

Looking forward to your comments,

Doodles,

Z

Из названия, я думаю уже догадались, что каждая пара обуви вышла мне всего в $2 – по доллару за ботинок))) Классно, правда? Моя проблема в чем? Я пошла в свой любимый секонд – Steeple People (куда же еще) – чтобы избавиться от кое-каких ненужных мне шмоток, а в итоге ушла от туда с 3 парами обуви! Серьезно! Обычно пара обуви стоит там $4, а в тот день у них была 50% распродажа, ну это почти даром!

Я думаю, что некоторые из вас уже видели фотки моих находок, но одну пару я никому не показывала. Кстати 2 пары из 3х были совершенно новые! Вот так вот )

Итак на фото (самое первое фото в посте) справа на лево: балетки Nine West (не новые), ботинки на шнуровке Mustang и высокие сапоги фирмы Soda (по-моему фирма так называется).

У меня никогда не было таких высоких сапог, так что для меня это немного crazy :)

Расскажите также о своих последних покупках в комментариях!

Всем отличного дня,

Z

 

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