Best Thrift/Consignment Finds of 2012

2013 is almost here, and I thought it would be a good idea to somehow sum up this year. I did it in yesterday’s post by reviewing my best (In my opinion) refashions. Today I am going to share my favorite/best thrift finds of the past year!

And don’t forget to CLICK on the image to see the full post πŸ™‚

10. $ 15 Rock Band Drums – Brand New in box from Target Overstock/Salvation Army Warehouse distric, and spotted by my husband! I do feel like I need to inspire more male thrifters in this world, that’s why #10 is going to Sam πŸ™‚

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9. A very Paul Gauguin dress

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Love this dress, perfect for the summer, even if you don’t know who Paul Gauguin is πŸ˜‰

8. Vintage Polka Dot Top

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7. I got Xanax in my pockets sweater

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Yes, there were 2 Xanax pills in the pocket of this Pure sweater! Not so pure after all, is it? I will never tell what I did with them!

6. Leather “Basket Weave” Style shoes

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5. A Very Zig Zag Dress

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4. Vintage Folk Skirt

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3. Via Spiga CoatΒ 

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2. Corso Como $6 boots

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1. London Fog leather backpack, found at Empty The Nest store in Burnsville, December 29, 2012. The search for a perfect backpack is now complete! I will never need another one again!

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More about this amazing find later!

Happy 2013, and hopefully next year will be 365 times better for all of you, and may it be filled with thrifted and vintage goodies, and a little sweetness on the side!

Z

Coat Obsessed

Last Sunday I was able to meet up with two other Minnesota bloggers, and spend some time thrift shopping. Β 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 Β (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 πŸ™‚ )

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 πŸ˜‰ This thrift find just proved that to look and feel like a million bucks, you don’t necessarily need to spend a million bucks πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

Cheers,

Z

Kaleidoscope of DVF

DVF’s vintage Fall 2011 collection calls for mixed prints! The geometrics of DVF remind me of a toy I used to have as a kid, called the Kaleidoscope!

If you have, by chance, missed the joy of playing with this toy when you were a child, let me share a few pictures with you (but seriously – go to the nearest toy store and check it out!)

And here are the DVF’s prints for the fall! I am not only loving the dress, I am loving the idea of those prints on the walls!

Having been in love with browns for a number of years now, it was obvious which outfit would become my favorite:

I am also loving this Justine dress:

And of course the Finn shoe (ever since I got those Via Spigas, I have been in love with the chunky high heel paired up with a platform!)

I almost died when I saw this baby on sale! It’s the Capreena Mini Dress!

It’s going to go with so many of my shoes and bags!

Happy Monday!

ZhenyAH!

PS. This post was inspired by an ad video I watched this AM, unfortunately, I couldn’t find it to share with you!

I have 2 words for you: Shoes and Hair

This is what a bride should care about the most. Shoes have to be comfortable and hair – well the higher the hair the closer you are to heaven!

I had a hair trial yesterday, and let me tell you – Jasmine is amazing! She is my future parent’s in law neighbor, and a mom to 5 kids! If you are in Minneapolis/St. Paul area let me know if you want her contact info. This is what I looked like after the trial – remember that the real one will look a lot a lot better πŸ™‚

Now on to the shoes. You gotta go designer, and make sure that your shoes are comfortable. I had a dilemma – my dress is a little long, and the heels that I had weren’t high enough. But I didn’t want to get the dress altered, so the only way out was to go for a higher heel. And I went to a perfect store for that – Nordstrom. I absolutely adore the shoes I got! They are by Via Spiga – a modern interpretation of the 70’s style

They are suede too!

Hope you all have a great Monday! I am looking forward to the weekend already πŸ™‚

Love you all, from the land of 10,000 lakes (or more?)

Zhenya