Saturday, October 17, 2015

10 Mile Yard Sale!

Today was the 10 mile yard sale! It happens twice a year...spring and fall.
I didn't get out until around ends at 3, and even then I spent much of that time having conversations with run-into-friends.

And that's okay, because they were important conversations...and also because what do I really need at 10 miles of yard sales?  Nothing really.  Okay, everything, but nothing really.

Actual shopping time was probably an hour...but that is an hour of sale after sale after can spend some money shopping for an hour of sale after sale after sale.

When I was a little girl, like many young ladies, after getting home from a shopping trip, I immediately tried everything on. That has not changed.

So today I thought I'd share my fashion show of sorts with you.

Now...these are not outfits...just a girl going through her stuff, and at one point grabbing a pair of boots, and then not taking them off.

You may see some of these in actual outfit posts in some future time.

Also...I was I didn't put make-up on this morning.


I did brush my teeth.

First up, this sweatshirt for 1 dollar.   The back is gray knit like the sleeves.
Next, this sheer shirt for another 1 dollar.
I like the ruffled collar and the ruffles down the sleeves.
Then I found this hat.  It is new with the tags on it, and was with boxes of new hats. First I was like, "Why would I shop at that "new things probably from China" stand, when I am here for old things (many also probably from China)?"

But on my way back through I did stop, and spent too much money on this hat and a pair of incredibly warm leggings.
I told myself maybe Sara will like this hat too...and so then if I don't wear it, it is worth the 5 dollars.
It's kinda goofy, but sometimes I am too so it's probably okay.
These are the leggings.
They are warm.
I don't know what I'll wear them with...10 dollars is a lot of yard sale cash!  But they are new and they are warm...and velvety soft. I haven't ever seen leggings made out of SOFT , so I thought I should probably have them.
You see that blanket?  That is my favorite blanket.  It is on the floor, because Sara sneaks it into our room in the middle of the night, along with herself and her pillow, to sleep beside our bed.

This dress shirt is a fail.  It is TOO big.  It was 1 dollar.
I didn't want to take the leggings off.
I will probably wear it to paint, or maybe remove the sleeves and wear it like this (without bumpy sleeves under the navy sweater) with navy tights.
This polka dotted, blue dress is summery, but I could wear it with lots of cardigans for fall and winter. It was 1 dollar.
I debated this dress for awhile...thinking it was too small, but it fits great and is comfortable.
Ruffles at the top. 
The next shirt-dress is a turquoise color.  It is knit and seems barely worn.
It is also super comfortable, HAS POCKETS, and will be great for walking the boardwalk in the summer, or for layering.
It was also a super good DEAL at 25 cents.
Love love love this next dress.  Favorite all day find!
Fantastic for fall. It was 1 dollar.
Again with the pockets!  I am a lover of pockets on dresses.
I quickly grabbed a few things to try over it...really almost any cardigan would work...This is just a white sweater.  I think it was a dollar or 50 cents last year at the 10 mile. I would have tried my brown cardigan, but it is dirty. My tan V-neck would probably work better.
Another one...this one khaki.
I would wear leggings or pantyhose with all of these dress outfits.
 This is blurry, but you get the point.  I tried others too, then moved on. 
 This undershirt was 25 cents.
This skirt was 1 dollar. It's made well.
This particular look is a bit too countryish for me. 
It's beaded like that around the top.
I like the fall colors.
That's all of the clothes.
But there's some jewelries too!

I don't usually pay this much for jewelries at yard sales, but a woman had a nice table set up with costume and estate jewelry...and they were vintage and pretty.

I bought two dainty necklaces with copper roses.
This one was 2.50.
See how little it is!
This one was 5 dollars.
It's also teeny tiny, though it looks larger on this photo.
The other things I bought were these two, vintage strawberry for Sara and one for niece Tessa the Besta.  Each were 50 cents.  The one on the top (Sara's) is the size and shape of a strawberry.
 This vintage tin for 25 cents (to put a some day gift in)... 
and Dion's favorite find...a colorful beaded necklace that I don't have a picture of yet...but will post about it another time.

Not bad for an hour of 10 mile yard sales.

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."-Theodore Roosevelt

Friday, October 16, 2015

Fall Vintage Polka Dots

I recently found this vintage polyester dress at Goodwill, and wore it last week to run a few errands/get things done. The cardigan one of my new favorites.

The camera didn't seem to focus well...probably on the wrong setting, as I grabbed it before heading out the door.

This dress has three large, white buttons on each cap-like sleeve. 
I like how there are lots of ways to accessorize a dress like this...but wanted to stay simple and wear the cardigan. I also appreciate the length of the dress.
The cardigan was found at a Salvation Army this summer. The seam up the sleeve had unraveled about 6 inches or so, and needed restitched...nothing too complicated...and so it was really cheap.  It's worth pointing out flaws at thrift store counters to ask if discounting it is a possibility. They almost always gladly discount the item.
I like the subtle print of the cardigan, and this pattern mix.
Outfit Total Without Shoes and Accessories: 7.48
Vintage, Polka dot dress--  5.99 --Goodwill
Cardigan, Mossimo Supply Company-- 1.49 --Salvation Army

Mom/Daughter Matching Key Charm Neclaces-- 5.00 --Claire's
Black and White Heels--  5.00 --Goodwill
      "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." --Theodore Roosevelt

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Making Faded Jeans New Again...a Denim Makeover

Sara is an 11 year old that likes comfort.
Most jeans do not fall into that category for her.

Consequently, countless back-to-school shopping hours have been spent trying all types and sizes on, until she gives the "these will do" on a pair of jeans.  We buy multiples of THAT pair...that she then rarely or ever wears...forgetting about them until they're too we can do it again.

This year we tried something different.  For about 15 speed-shopping minutes, in a goodwill dressing room, she tried every pair of jeans that had the possibly of being her size.  A good 20 to 30 pair were narrowed down to 2. Both purchased.

She liked these Osh Kosh Begosh Jeans for 2.99.  
You can see how faded they were at the knees. Well, they were faded at the knees of the previous owner.  On Sara, those spots appeared half-way between her knees and ankles.
But no worries, because there was always a plan...

Enter RIT dye.
Rit: Denim Blue 36 Dye, 8 Fl Oz

I went with the liquid kind (Walmart, laundry detergent aisle and in many grocery stores).

Following the instructions, I heated water in a large stainless steel pot, then added one bottle of Rit. I intended to add salt, as I have before, but forgot, and it was fine.
Instead of constantly stirring for 30 minutes, I used stainless steel tongs to ensure all of the fabric is below the liquid.  I may have come back to it every 15 minutes, making sure when finished stirring it, that again the fabric stayed just below liquid level.  These jeans were in the dye around 45 minutes.

Then the messy part.

We have a stainless steel sink, so that makes it easier to rinse out the dye without also dying the sink blue.  I did manage to turn our little, pink pig stopper he is a little, blue pig stopper.  I rinsed until the water ran fairly clear.  It takes a little while.  

I finished by placing an old towel flat, on the bottom of the washer, then the dyed jeans on top of the towel.  I do this just to be extra careful not to dye the inside parts of the washer,  Then washed them through twice.

Here is Sara striking a pose in the final result.
The thread doesn't dye, so they really do look like new.

Link to Rit's website...Fun ideas and helpful videos here.

    "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." --Theodore Roosevelt