Friday, September 20, 2019

#SecondHandSeptember Household items

Originally "homewear" in the prompt, I'm figuring today's second hand items are appliances, furniture, rugs, etc. (Kitchenware is on 9/27).
I already showed you about our (literally) massive collection of used washers and dryers.
We also got our fridge off Craigslist!
[I will add a photo when I find one. Later.]

Just last week, a friend was clearing out space in her apartment and she gave me her flat files.
I can fit all the larger unframed artworks in these. They are currently stacked on top of the metal flat files also shown in the above link.
Yet another corner of the living room gets cleaned up. Yay!
That lasted about two hours.

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

#SecondHandSeptember Vintage Clothing

I'm lucky to live in Los Angeles, I have one of the best vintage clothing boutiques within (not too painful) driving distance: The Way We Wore, 334 S. La Brea Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90036 Instagram link

The Smithsonian Channel aired two seasons about the shop in 2013 and 2015.
In 2015, I sketched from the second season. Below are links to each post:
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The Way We Wore YouTube channel!


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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

#SecondHandSeptember Antiques

Antiques. The family china that you inherited. The stuff "they" say millennials don't want to deal with when you're gone.
Concerned that the Bray china will be tossed, I Facebooked an image to my nieces:
Ashley says she wants it, next challenge is getting it to her, since she's on the opposite side of the country!

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

#SecondHandSeptember Charity Shop of the Week

I'm returning to Providence again this week (it's a town where I allow myself to shop), to feature Foreign Affair Warehouse.
Brook Street location in 2014. Since closed.
Yelp says "CLOSED". Google says "Thayer Street". Must investigate further.
Very much closed. Sigh.

In April 2014, I was lured by the orange and purple stripes on the outside sale rack:
The stripe dress was too small, but I found some other treasures.

This corduroy jacket, lined with quilted nylon, quickly became an indispensable part of my outerwear:
Wearing it in Providence.
It's the perfect weight for what passes for winter in SoCal.
Wearing it last February

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Monday, September 16, 2019

#SecondHandSeptember Books

Oooooh! I love books!
The used book store -- yet another type of shop I avoid in order to save money.
So many good books, so little time!

Locally, I find the Little Free Library very handy.
The one I walk by when I go to the Mar Vista Farmer's Market
Individuals register and set up the boxes on their property with a "give one, take one" model.
Latest batch that I gave.
What I took.
I found this on their site:
Join Us for Give A Good Read Week September 16 – 22
As part of our 10th Anniversary Celebration, we’ve partnered with our friends at Goodreads for a global book-sharing event starting Monday! To participate, visit a Little Free Library book-sharing box, share your latest good read, then snap a photo and post it social with #LFL10 and #GiveAGoodRead. Learn more about Give A Good Read Week.

My latest good read:
Here's a MAP LINK to find a Little Free Library near you.



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Sunday, September 15, 2019

#SecondHandSeptember $10 Charity Shop Challenge, or not.

Ha. I'd say the challenge is restricting my shopping to $10.
In addition, it's Sunday and are any shops open?

I think I'll take my $10 and go get veggies at the Farmer's Market instead.
Dill, Basil, Garlic, Italian Parsley, Cilantro, 5 Jujubes all for $9.
Did I buy some of these beauties?
No! I've got a cherry tomato situation at home!
Second hand tomato plants in fact, volunteer plants from M's garden!
They are draped over a second hand disassembled dog crate left behind by Karen.
The wimpy tomato cages couldn't support them.
I pick a few every morning, enough for my daily work-week sandwich.
Also gracing my sandwiches is this volunteer arugula in another area of the back yard.
It popped up in the aftermath of moving some trees. Not planted!
Note the new crop of seedlings in the foreground. Not planted!

This cilantro I DID plant, from volunteer cilantro that bolted and went to seed earlier in the summer.
Yum.
Do you have second hand items (volunteers, cuttings or seeds from friends, etc) in your garden?

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Saturday, September 14, 2019

#SecondHandSeptember This Week's Thrifty Find

It's another Fluevog Thrifty Find!
The Fluevog Tate
All my September Thrifty Finds will be Fluevogs. I've found that many!
Because of the lacing, I can get my foot into this Fluevog style. His slip-on boots? Not a chance.
Believe me, I've tried!
With Grunge/90's styles making a fashion return, these are perfect, toe scuffs and all.
Thank you, eBay!
Now I just need SoCal winter. I will not wear boots in 80-90F weather.

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Friday, September 13, 2019

#SecondHandSeptember Charity Shopping Like a Pro

Let's refer to the notes I took back in 2012 at the TxSC (Texas Style Council) Conference during a Thrifting 101 Field Trip to Savers:
Link to photos from the shopping trip
Can you read my scribbles? The most important notes:
Shopping tips:
Pay attention to fave areas, start there
Keep running shopping list
[Quality garments have] inside as good as outside
[To determine] when a piece made:
Zipper metal - pre 70's
ILGWU Union label will date [helpful link]

Things to bring:
Measuring tape
Hand sanitizer
Flashlight to see holes

Wear:
Tank
Leggings
so can try things on over

Wash everything when you get home
Biz for stains (if no metal on garment)
Dryelle [at home dry cleaning product]
How to remove smells from leather via Suzanne Carillo
More cleaning advice from Suzanne

Best advice of all:
Instead of measuring a garment for fit by holding it up to your waist,
hold it from your navel to the middle of your back!
genius, right?


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Thursday, September 12, 2019

#SecondHandSeptember Capsule Secondhand Wardrobe

I am a maximalist and don't buy into the capsule concept.
Instead, I'll pretend I'm taking a weekend trip packing as much second hand stuff as possible into my second hand suitcase!
 Isn't this the cutest? I found it at the Goodwill in Austin, TX.
 Desecrated with stickers.
What's INSIDE the suitcase? Even I don't know!

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March 27, 2014


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

#SecondHandSeptember Secondhand Music

This turned into a journey into the past, as I thumbed through my LP collection.
Yes, I still have LPs, in milk crates! (will add photo later)

Morninglory Music (Isla Vista, Santa Barbara)
Disc-O-Rama (NYC)
St Mark's Sounds (NYC)
Round Again Records (Providence) STILL OPEN!!!!
Poobah Records (Pasadena) STILL OPEN!
Stopping here (late for work) might add more later

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

#SecondHandSeptember Charity Shop of the Week

The Thrifty Goose in Providence RI is a good place for a treasure hunt. You'll find it in the basement of St. Martin's Church on the east side of town.
They have "special deal" days, with a color coded tag system which amplify one's savings.

On my last visit in June, I snagged a few men's shirts, a sari that I'm slowly transforming into a tunic, and six balls of chenille for a future weaving project.
This project is taking FOREVER.
Here I am (long hair!) with my Providence pals Vicky and Patucci in 2009 in front of the $1 Last Chance rack.
The Thrifty Goose
St. Martin’s Church (lower level)
50 Orchard Avenue
Providence, RI 02906

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Monday, September 9, 2019

#SecondhandSeptember Online Secondhand Shops

EBay
I only recently started shopping off of eBay. I believe I held off from fear of getting addicted. Also the bidding thing was off-putting, annoying (getting out-bid at the last minute), and too tempting in the "getting invested in the bidding itself and paying too much" issue. I favor the "Buy it now" deals.
Then there are the eBay Alerts. A problematic situation in terms of my Fluevog obsession.
Every morning in my email this:
Those oxfords. The "new match" has been taunting me for at least a month!
Someone with a 7.5 foot buy them, please!
Craigslist
is great for household items
I got these flat files years ago:
[black lettering from original owner]
Then there was the day Severo discovered the "free on the curb" section of Craigslist:
disclaimer: this includes the broken washer and becoming broken dryer (on right) that we replaced
I'll leave it at these Big Two.
Maybe you have a favorite smaller site? (aside from Poshmark, which I discussed on Day 5)
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Sunday, September 8, 2019

#SecondhandSeptember My Local Flea Market

All hail the Santa Monica Airport Antique and Collectable Market!


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I love this market and I could even walk to it if I got myself a granny cart to tote my loot home. Therein lies my problem. I ALWAYS find stuff to buy. I try my utmost to "shop with my camera" . but then I'll see some irresistible object. And then I have to impose a shopping ban upon myself.
Things. I hear their siren call.

The time I ALMOST successfully shopped with my camera. (1/2019)
Another time (2/2018)
Both times, bought things. I am so weak.

Another great find:
Ungaro silk shirt: $6.
link to post about it

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Saturday, September 7, 2019

#SecondhandSeptember This Week's Thrifty Find

Since I'm trying (and already failed at) a #NoPurchaseSeptember, my "thrifty finds" will be second hand items that I've recently rediscovered amidst my clutter.

Its easy! All I have to do is go through one of my boxes of stuff! And maybe put the item where it belongs! Haha.

I didn't even do that. I looked at my shoe shelf at all the Fall Fluevogs I've amassed off eBay and put on a pair.
(They're "Fall" Fluevogs because it's been too hot to wear them).
I got these in June for $49 and they're NEW! Absolutely no wear on the soles.
I love all the detailing. And they're super comfy!

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Friday, September 6, 2019

#SecondHandSeptember Decluttering Methods

Who out there is neat and tidy?
I fully admit that I am not.

Some might call it a "creative mess".
I know, in my soul, it's simply a mess.
I even put it as a disclaimer on my Instagram bio:

Let's talk Instagram decluttering.

You've probably seen an ad in your feed for making your Instagram "cleaner".
[I can't show you the actual ad because I ticked "See it too often" and now that I want to utilize it, it's not appearing. Watch, it'll return after I publish this post. Will add after I next see it].
Anyway, it shows example #1, a chaotic feed that looks much like this:
Next is example #2, a feed with a consistent color story and alternating images and blocks of text, like this (blurred to protect the innocent. I'm not dissing the IGer, I'm dissing the layout):
Personally, example #2 looks bland and boring and I don't want to read all that text.

[9/10] - here's the IG ad

I do agree that example #1 looks like my brain and is a bit scary. Here's another glimpse:

My personal solution (and let's all agree, it's YOUR feed, and you can post whatever and however you want) is to be more mindful and restrain myself to three posts a day. This then lines up like with like in the IG grid of three:

This I find especially difficult on the weekends because I'm usually not taking outfit photos and I'm doing fun stuff that I want to share! [See bottom row above].
So, I'm letting it all hang out on the weekends and reining myself back in during the work week.

We won't discuss the state of my house. It's not digital and less easily controlled.
Ha! Check out my 9/9 post -- the flat files got magically cleaned up!
Today (9/10), it looks even worse than above.
I got a new-to-me piece of furniture and chaos ensued.

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

#SecondHandSeptember Make Money from Secondhand

I have several friends who sell vintage items on Etsy for a living, others who do carboot or flea/antique markets.
I'll be featuring them on Day 30, Thrifty Friends.

Me, I sell my stuff on Poshmark.

I find it easier. For one thing, Poshmark deals with the postage, and sends a pre-paid shipping label. I recently did a private transaction with Patti (waiting to see her styling!) and the postage cost more than I thought it'd be. Oh USPS, sigh.

I don't make gobs of $$$ on Poshmark, I'm not about to quit the day job! I do amass a little bank, and then I use it to shop buy clogs. They DO take 20% commission, AFTER you've made the sale. Your listings are limitless.
Unfortunately, Poshmark is only available in the US and Canada, and only within each country (it's a customs/postage thing). Email them to get your country added!

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Monday, September 2, 2019

#SecondhandSeptember Reasons to Buy Secondhand

Oxfam is the instigator of #secondhandSeptember and this morning I went to the source:

Inspiring, yes? I think that sums up 2) Reasons to buy secondhand nicely.
photo by Aaron "tango" Tang
My first visit to a charity shop or thrift store or secondhand shop (that I remember) was the summer of 1971. I bought a red button down shirt with a Peter Pan collar (what ever happened to that?), a long sleeved thermal "dress/slip" (it was upstate NY!), and a gingham midi skirt that I wore well into the 80s.
[cannot find photo. Will add when I do]

But wait! Didn't I get my most favorite skirt ever at a church tag sale in Troy, NY in the spring of 71? I'm thinking maybe! Or not (after finding the post for the link).

Our first foray into "shopping" secondhand was probably raiding our mom's closets, amiright? We all tried on Mom's shoes. I swiped her striped Skyr turtlenecks. Bwahahahaha. Sorry, Mom.

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Sunday, September 1, 2019

Fall into #SecondHandSeptember

It's the start of September and that means a new Link Up Party!
This was posted by a Facebook friend, and I think it's worth joining in.
1) Take the pledge


S E P T E M B E R I know it’s still August! ☀️ And I promise I’m not wishing the time away, but if you’re on Instagram, whether you’re a blogger or not, I’d love for you to join in with @oxfamgb #SecondHandSeptember 📲 Lots of #UKMoneyBloggers are signing up to the pledge to #SayNoToNew for 30 days in September 👩🏻‍💻👨🏻‍💻We want to raise awareness about the real cost of #fastfashion 🌍 Please share this post and get more people joining in for a bigger impact 👊🏼 I promise you’ll save money whilst making a difference 😇 #oxfam #oxfamshop #fashion #fashionista #fashion #OOTD #Instafashion #vintage #secondhand #thriftstorefinds #thrifting #ThriftyFinds #Instastyle #LookBooks #wiwt #WIW #FashionWeek #outfitoftheday #ethicalfashion #ethicalclothing #sustainablefashion #savingmoney #sustainable #sustainableclothing #charityshopfind #thrifty
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 2) Reasons to buy secondhand
 3) Charity/ thrift shop of the week
 4) Fave secondhand piece
 5) Make money from secondhand
 6) Decluttering methods [gah!]
 7) This week's thrifty find
 8) Carboot sales [what is the US equivalent? Flea market?]
 9) Online secondhand shops
10) Charity/ thrift shop of the week
11) Secondhand music
12) Capsule Secondhand wardrobe
13) Charity/ thrift shopping like a pro
14) This week's thrifty find
15) £10/ $10 charity shop challenge
16) Secondhand books
17) Charity/ thrift shop of the week
18) Antiques
19) Vintage clothing
20) Secondhand homeware
21) This week's thrifty find
22) Tips for reselling
23) Secondhand party clothes
24) Charity/ thrift shop of the week
25) Secondhand accessories
26) Customization
27) Secondhand kitchenware
28) £10/ $10 charity shop challenge
29) This week's thrifty find
30) Autumn capsule wardrobe Thrifty friends

I took the liberty of customizing and Americanizing some of the prompts.
I'm also going to do this challenge with as little shopping as possible.
I will be mostly posting my responses on Instagram and will add the posts to the Link Party.

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Saturday, August 31, 2019

Summertime Goals: August Summery Summary

Daily Goals:
Do a Daily Drawing. (Fashion sketches count). 12/31
The fashion sketches are TOP SECRET
This, however, was a fun "Sunday Challenge" in my Facebook sketch group:
"Draw yourself as royalty in 3 minutes"
I used Procreate. [It took longer than 3 minutes!]
Procreate doodles (new) 19/31
This one got the most Likes:
This one I "donated" to the day job, I think it'll be good for Costco Canada panties if I change the colours:

Weekly Goals:
Waterlogues from old road trip photos 19/4 / Post to Saatchi Art 4/4
Sew and/or repair at least one garment. 2/4

List at least one item on Poshmark 4/4
Upload new art to Redbubble. 2/4
Sew one patch onto Crazy Quilt (new). 0/4 [sigh]

Summer Goals:
54 FASHION SKETCHES (new) 13/54 
Get taxes done. not yet
DeClutter the living room (again). started and needs more constant/consistent work
Get sewing machine repaired. (how many years has this been broken now?) not yet

Do you have any sort of "To Do" list? Or maybe a "Honey Do"?
I'll report back again at the end of the September, progress or not.

The SUMMER Link Party closes at 9/2, so get those summer things linked!

There will be a different sort of Link Party for September -- check back tomorrow!

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