One of the hardest things about having kids, in my opinion, is the lack of chunks of “me” time. Don’t misread what I’m saying. I totally love my kids! But I’m one of those “selfish” moms that need time on my own to just be able to do what I love without interruption or worrying about looking after others. So this past week, I had a huge chunk of “me” time!! Guess what I did?
You guessed it–I spent a solid 2.5 hours at the thrift store on a 50% day!
broke my “diet” treated myself to a yummy pumpkin spiced latte at a Rubi coffee kiosk!
….and then when I got home, walked through the door with an armful of thrift store scores and Rubi hot chocolate for the boys!
My New Friend and THRIFT Buddy!
And to top it all off, I found a thrift diving buddy, Nicole!!
I started a new “9-to-5″ a few months ago and she’s become part of my posse of “cool people” that I am thankful to meet. PLUS…..she totally loves thrift stores! WOOT!
Nicole and I saw this awesome sideboard for only $25!! Nicole kicked herself for not buying. She thought about it all night so she went back the next day and when she got there, talked herself out of buying it because she didn’t like how the top wasn’t hardwood! **GASP!**
Rule #1 of thrift diving: who cares if it’s not solid wood! Everything can be painted over to cover up “less than” finishes!
IT WAS ONLY $25……!!!! Aren’t you so mad she didn’t buy it?!
I didn’t even know it was 50% off the whole store; they’d advertised that it was only clothing. So imagine to my great delight the whole store 50% off! No one else really knew, either; the place was barely packed, which never happens on a 50% off day!
This piece was in perfect condition! I think it was about $30?? A steal, I tell ya… This almost doesn’t need paint!!
Nicole found these beautiful vintage plates! Only $1.50! She plans to hang them on her wall! They are GORGEOUS!
It was so much fun shopping with a buddy! I usually do all my thrift diving alone because I just don’t have any friends that love thrift stores as much as me. But to finally find someone to mull over other people’s trash together–YAY!! It’s so….bonding. LOL
Okay, so how cute is this houndstooth skirt I found for about $6.00?! It still had an original tag on it!
And for a mere $5.00, I picked up this beauty. It’s got one of those 5X mirrors on the other side! When I looked up the brand, they cost at least $100! Yep, that’s me in the reflection.
I was a little disappointed that this cute little green “windbreaker” type of jacket didn’t fit quite right. Isn’t it adorable?! With the deal, it was only $5.00.
A bit…”young” on me, eh? It was a small. DARN!
And isn’t it funny how you can always spot DESIGNER stuff at the thrift store? It’s true that good quality stuff stands out. I saw these shoes and decided to research their name. Hmmm…Donald J. Pliner?? Never heard of him, but wow….$250 shoes?!?!
But why is it you can never find sexy little shoes like this in a size 10?! I tried to squeeze my feet in them, but at 8.5, it wasn’t workin’.
Of course I am always looking out for my fellow thrift diver…..so when I saw this woman standing in the shoe aisle, I said to her, “You know….those are designer shoes over there. They cost about $250. You should buy them.” She hesitantly puts them on, sees how cute they are, and marvels over the fact that they were only $10.
Yeah. I know. A steal…..
Anyhow…….I wanted to get some Halloween stuff. These masks were ugly! I think they’d freak out my little ones!
No masks…but I did find the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. LOL….for only $2.50! I also got the plastic gourds for a buck. I would love to fill it with Halloween candy, but that would be setting myself up for healthy eating failure! Maybe mixed nuts, however??
Nicole and I picked up some plastic pumpkins for Trick or Treating for only $0.50 for our boys.
And there’s something about this thrift store where $12.00 dining tables are the norm! Because not only did I find my own dining table there for $12.00 but this one was also marked for $12.00! Isn’t it cute??
This $7.00 table was a deal I couldn’t pass up! I plan to put it in my foyer after I decorate it.
If I had a little girl, this would have been perfect! I should have bought it for my niece! Isn’t this adorable? A necklace holder!
I always think it’s funny to find people’s art work like this at the thrift store. I wonder who Chelsea was? Anyhow, Chelsea’s frame was just what I was looking for, for just $3.00!
I later took Chelsea out and put in a 16×20 that I blew up from a photograph I took one day with my new DSLR. What do you think?! This is one of my favorite shots EVER. Just have to find the perfect spot for it! There’s nothing more exciting to decorate with your own art, you know?! I blew up the pic at Shutterfly for about $12 – $15.
OMG….2.5 hours later of shopping with Nicole, I was EX-HAUS-TED! I was happy that I had some time for myself to putter around the thrift store!! I don’t get to do that very often (well, not for 2.5 hours, that is! HA!)
My feet were killing me. I just wanted to sit down and sip something warm and yummy.
Addicted to Coffee!
Guys, I’m addicted to pumpkin spiced lattes!!! YIKES! It’s hard, because I’ve been trying to lose weight, for, like, EVER, and I am finally making a conscious effort on a new kick lately. But I crave pumpkin spiced lattes.
So I stopped off at the Safeway near my house, to try out one of the Rubi coffee kiosks . After being frugal at the thrift store, Lord knows I didn’t want to pay through the nose for a pumpkin spiced latte from some places (who shall remain nameless, but we all know who they are). Sorry, $5.00 is too much. For a latte?!
The Rubi kioski sells a pumpkin spiced latte for $1.50 (for a small) and $2.00 for a large. You can’t beat that!! And no line or waiting. Double score!
Have any of you ever ordered coffee from a kiosk?! This was my first time! I wonder what else you can inexpensively buy from a kiosk? I imagine everything! When they start selling thrift store knick-knacks from a kiosk, you know they’ve gone too far. HA!
Anyhow, it’s easy to order with the touch screen, and the drinks are made pretty quickly, with customizable options. Very clever, indeed! And very affordable, too!
Here’s the awesome part: I had a “free drink” code that I got after going to their website. Just text them and you can try it for free. And you know I like FREE, right??
The Rubi Kiosks use Seattle’s Best Coffee and is ground fresh at the kiosk when you order it, and there are several milk and sweetener options available for personalization. When I ordered my pumpkin spiced latte and hot chocolate, though, I don’t think I was given any choice of sweetener options. I would have liked them to be a bit sweeter, though. Probably best they weren’t since I am on a “limited sugar and sweets” eating plan now!
I ended up taking the hot chocolate home for the boys, too. Of course, my greedy little 7 year old didn’t want to share! LOL. My poor, begging toddler!
Why’s it so hard for kids this age to just smile normally? Anyone else dealing with “over-the-top” camera smiles from their kids? LOL
Have you guys found awesome stuff at the thrift store lately? And how do you like to end a productive day of thrift diving? Leave a comment below to share!