$4 Nine West Boots!

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I found the most amazing pair of boots at my local Seeds of Hope thrift store! I got this pair of Nine West Boots for $4, during a 1/2 off shoes sale! These amazing suede boots  retail for approximately $70!

A couple of quick tips for buying boots at the thrift store!

  1. Wipe the interior with antibacterial wipes. For extra measure, use some Gold Bond inside the boots as well. Sanitation is key!
  2.  Make sure to look at the tread on the boots, and the condition of the zipper.

That’s it for now!

Blogger Spotlight: Looking Fly On A Dime

If you want to be like the greats, learn from the greats. –
Raphael Saadiq

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I have a few thrift blogs that I devour weekly, because I love them so much. One of them is called Looking Fly On A Dime, by blogger Patrice Williams. If you remember, I post previously about the book she wrote, also called Looking Fly On A Dime.

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Patrice J. Williams started her quest for budget friendly fashion during college and then plunged deep into the thrift world when she moved to NYC and began her career at a top fashion magazine. I love looking at the amazing outfits she comes up with –and I really love all the advice she gives on how to find your own clothing gems.She has a fun challenge, called #ThriftyThreads365, where she buys only previously used clothing for an entire year. I plan on taking up that challenge in 2017.

Since I love this blog so much, I would love to share a taste of her blog with you, so here are 3 of my favorite blog posts at Looking Fly On A Dime:

1. Thrift Shopping: How It Can Help and Hinder Your Personal Style : I love how she points out the pitfalls of thrifting and what you can do to avoid them.

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2. 7 Ways to Update Your Wardrobe without Spending a Dime : This was really good advice for me –sometimes you need to look at your wardrobe different and use a little creativity.

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3. How Creating A Thrift Wishlist Can Save You Time and Money : THIS! This advice is one of the hugest things that has helped me in my thrifting endeavors.

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Looking Fly On A Dime truly is an inspiration to me and enriches my life. Whenever I find hidden treasures, I feel the need to share with everyone!

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Disclaimer: I am not in any shape or form being compensated to write this post. All opinions are my own. 

 

 

Weekly Round Up: October 3 -9

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Here is my round up of blog posts for last week!

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Spencer Opal Mines -my first time mining for my own rocks!

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Mint Sunglasses and Skinny Jeans -more thrifting and budget shopping fun. 🙂

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My Adventures as a Mandalorian Mercenary -my escapades this summer in a Star Wars costume club.

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Thrifting Tips: Create A Wish List! -my new blog series that gives thrift shopping advice

 

Mint Sunglasses and Skinny Jeans

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                                                  Shh… I know it’s dark! 🙂

Sigh. I have a problem with smashing sunglasses. So here is another pair, this time in mint green. I had actually looked all over down-town for sunglasses, and couldn’t find any. Apparently it’s the wrong time of year for sun wear…. But, thankfully, Wal-Mart always has sunglasses on hand. I was so excited when I found this cute pair sitting in the $5 section! I love to wear green whenever I possibly can. 🙂

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Also, I promised to show some clothing from my yard sale post, so here is that pair of skinny jeans! They are so comfy, and so fun to wear. My button up is pretty simple, but it keeps the focus on the mint. 🙂 And alas, the grass decided to swallow my flats, but I assure you that they are leopard print. If you read my blog often, you’ve probably seen this pair of flats 8000 times.

My outfit deconstructed:

  • Mint Sunglasses: $5, New (Wal-Mart)
  • Navy Button Up Shirt: $2.50, Thrifted (Converse)
  • Mint Skinny Jeans: $.75, Yard sale’d (YMI)
  • Leopard Print flats: $9.99, “New”- bought in 2012 (Payless)

Thrifting Tips -Create a Wish List!

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I love the mystery and intrigue that comes with thrift shopping -I never know what I am going to find! This can be both a blessing and a curse. If I’m not careful, I will end up with a wardrobe full of super cool, super random clothing. If I can’t mix and match  my wardrobe easily, I feel like I have nothing to wear. Thankfully there are ways to combat this.

One way that I make sure to keep my thrift shopping in check is to shop with a wish list. When I look for specific items at thrift stores, it helps me be more discerning, and buy what will really benefit my wardrobe. Also, I am more likely to find amazing things when I am consciously looking for them.

A few tips:

  1. Keep your list under 10 items. This will make thrift shopping with a wish list less daunting.
  2. Think about colors -and neutrals -that can enhance your wardrobe. Right now I am looking for more green and more navy.
  3. Look for “filler” items. These are the so-called boring clothing staples that can stretch your wardrobe -like white button up shirts, black t-shirts, etc.
  4. Think about occasion pieces. Do you need more work clothes, more dresses, or more casual clothing?
  5. Silhouettes are another great way to shop. I tend to buy a-line skirts, so I make a conscious effort to look for other silhouettes, such as pencil skirts or maxi-skirts.

This wish list tip is one of the key components of my thrift shopping strategy. Let me know if you take a thrifting wish list on one of your thrift shopping adventures!

 

Weekly Round Up: September 26-October 2

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Here what’s happened at Dana Maye this week – I wrote about my trip to Oregon, my summer adventures, and my favorite thrift shop ever. 🙂

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Seeds of Hope Thrift Store

Finding the Seeds of Hope website is a bit difficult, so I created a basic information page for all those looking for this awesome thrift store. I plan on writing a future post about why I love Seeds of Hope so much. ❤

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My Summer Adventures

I did a lot of fun things this summer, and wrote a recap about all of that fun. Some of my adventures included a wedding in California, sanding a dining room set, a colonial-themed 4th of July party, and more. 🙂

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A Family Reunion in Oregon

My trip to Yachats, Oregon was just amazing. The town was so much fun, the beach was lovely -and I was so happy to be able to see my family. 🙂

Seeds Of Hope Thrift Store

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I love the Seeds of Hope thrift store here in Bismarck! It is by far the best thrift store I have been to, and I’ve moved quite a bit.

While there is a Seeds of Hope Facebook Page, it can be a bit hard for shoppers to find. So, I decided to post some basic information about this amazing place.

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Hours of Operation

  • Monday through Saturday: 9:30 to 5 pm
  • Sunday: Closed

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Digger’s Room Hours

(a room where Tuesday -Thursday you can fill a bag for $1, and on Friday it’s free)

  • Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 1 pm -5 pm
  • Friday: 10 am -5 pm
  • Saturday, Sunday & Monday: Closed

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Phone #: (701) 222-8895

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Address:

520 E Main Ave
Bismarck, ND 58501
(on the corner of N 6th St. and Main St.

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Seeds of Hope Maps (Courtesy of Google):

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Bismarck View

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Downtown View

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Happy Thrifting!

 

Book Review: Looking Fly On A Dime

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I stumbled across Looking Fly On A Dime while looking for thrifting books on Amazon. I fell shamelessly, head over heels in love!

This is the best book I have read on thrift shopping. I love Patrice’s story about how she became a thrifting magician. The author is both relatable and gets to the point quickly, which makes for a good read.

The tips and strategies are simple and easy to implement, and a few caught me by surprise. Some of the tips include:

  • How to maximize quick trips to the thrift store
  • How to get the most out of in-depth thrift shopping
  • How to avoid buyer’s remorse and build your wardrobe
  • And even tips for sanitation 🙂

Looking Fly On A Dime is well worth its cost, and I’d recommend it for anyone who is wanting to polish up their thrift-shopping skills. 🙂

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Disclaimer: I am not being compensated for this post in any shape or form. All opinions are 100% mine.

 

Blogger Spotlight: Refashionista

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Here is one of my thrift-shopping, treasure-hunting heroes! Her name is Jillian Owens, and she is the blogger at Refashionista. While thrifting blogs are great, I love the added twist of looking at an outfit differently and transforming it with a needle and thread.

Jillian Owens created a Dress A Day challenge, where for 365 days, she refashioned a dress every single day. That is just amazing to me! A whole year seems too intimidating to me right now, but I plan on doing a mini-version, and refashion one outfit a day for a month.

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Refashionista is one of my biggest blog inspirations. Every time I read a blog post, I start looking at my own clothing to see how to modify and change it. I love this quote by Jillian –it sums up exactly how I feel about thrifting, refashioning and the relationship with our clothing:

“We just go to a store and idly flick through racks of almost identical-looking clothing, try it on, purchase it, wear it and discard it. Refashioning is a radically self-reliant and involved process that makes you actually think about what you’re wearing in a more meaningful way.”

Here are 3 of my favorite blog posts at Refashionista:

1. Wanna Be Wednesday: Ressica Edition

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I love to see how she creates celebrity and fashion designer look-a-likes from clothing that has seen better days. Even if an outfit is ugly at the thrift store, it can experience a beautiful rebirth!

2. Finding Fashion Inspiration with the Refashionista 

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Jillian Owens is also a featured blogger at the The Good Life blog, owned by Goodwill. I love how she talks about finding sources of inspiration for our wardrobes. Inspiration can be found in all sorts of places!

3. Viva Las Vegas Dress

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This refashion post is right up my alley. I adore sparkly evening dresses, but have no excuse to wear them. And even worse -I love vintage so much that I often choose “grandma” clothing. I love how she refashioned it into a more modern, wearable dress. It could be fun to make shirts /tunics as well!

In short, Refashionista is awesome! What do you think of me doing the 1 month challenge? 🙂

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Disclaimer: I am not being compensation in any shape or form for this post. My opinions are my own.

 

 

Spring Is Here!

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Hallelujah! Spring has finally made it to Bismarck! While I am grateful for the reprieve this winter, I love to see everything turn green and come alive. The trees have started blooming around our apartment complex and they smell amazing. I looked outside, saw the sunset and knew I had to take some pictures. Ben, my awesome husband and camera man, was happy to help me out. 🙂

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Today’s outfit was a bit more “new” than usual… if you can call it that. 🙂 I bought my flats back in 2012, and they are still going strong! I like the get the most wear out of my clothes as possible.  I bought the shorts on clearance last year at Old Navy, and I love how comfy they are. I bought the necklace last week -it was 75% off at One World Boutique. So, I’m not exactly showcasing my thrifting skills today. That said, my outfit still comes out to a pretty low price.

My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • Green Shirt: Part of $1 Digger Bag, Thrifted (Maurices)
  • Shorts: $6, New (Old Navy)
  • Leopard Print Flats: $10, New -back in 2012! (Payless Shoes)
  • Green and Gold Necklace: $3, New (One World Boutique)

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I had to take a picture by my awesome car. I got her last year after my Suzuki Sidekick had a heart attack. She’s a little Ford Escape, and I love how I can spot this car from two parking lots away. A vibrant car deserves a vibrant name, so I call her Saffron. 🙂

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The sunset really was beautiful and I’m glad I got out to enjoy the lovely weather. It never manages to amaze me just how magical spring is. Even when I see the same trees and the same flowers each year, they still manage to take my breath away.

(Note: These pictures were taken on May 6th. It took me a while to actually share them here at Dana Maye.)