Mom’s Birthday Tree and her Party from a Thrift Store!

 

 

 

Mom’s Birthday Tree and her Party from a Thrift Store!

You know me and my “tree” that I decorate for all occasions!   Mom just had a birthday and I decorated the tree with her gift, things for her garden!   Wind chimes, gloves and garden tools (these were all brand new, not thrifted).

Birthday tree for Mom

Birthday tree for Mom

 

 

I realized while setting everything out for her birthday party that all of my dishes were thrifted.

 

McKenzie Childs platter, vintage French yellow serving dish, "girly" plates ... all from a Thrift Store!

McKenzie Childs platter, vintage French yellow serving dish, “girly” plates … all from a Thrift Store!

 

Thrift Store Birthday Plate

Thrift Store Birthday Plate

 

Butterfly wings from the Dollar Store go along with the "Garden" theme.   The "Birthday" plate and cake stand both from a Thrift Store.

Butterfly wings from the Dollar Store go along with the “Garden” theme.
The “Birthday” plate and cake stand both from a Thrift Store.

 

Thrift Store Birthday Plate

Thrift Store Birthday Plate

 

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday!

Birthday Party!

Birthday Party!

 

Garden Themed Tree with wind chimes, garden tools and garden gloves!

Garden Themed Tree with wind chimes, garden tools and garden gloves!

 

 

Wind Chime

Wind Chime

 

Welcome!

Welcome!

 

Garden Gloves

Garden Gloves

 

Coffee Carafe, coffee cups and plates all thrifted

Coffee Carafe, coffee cups and plates all thrifted

 

Make a Wish!!!!!!!!! Happy Birthday to an Amazing Woman!

Make a Wish!!!!!!!!!
Happy Birthday to an Amazing Woman!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Essential Jean Jacket

This GAP denim jacket was $7.00 at a thrift store

This GAP denim jacket was $7.00 at a thrift store

 

The Essential Jean Jacket

A jean jacket is a must have for every closet!     This GAP denim jacket retails for $69.95.

I think that white jeans also fall into the MUST HAVE for any wardrobe!

GAP jacket retails $69.95 ... Thrift Store $7.00

GAP jacket retails $69.95 …
Thrift Store $7.00

 

THRIFT STORE FINDS:

  • GAP denim jacket   (Assistance League)   ………..  $7.00
  • Striped shirt   (Goodwill)   ……………..   $5.99
  • Leather Belt   (Goodwill)   …………    $2.99
  • DKNY white jeans   (Goodwill)   …………..   $6.99

 

Denim Jacket, white jeans and leather belt all thrifted

Denim Jacket, white jeans and leather belt all thrifted

 

 

Jean Jacket: a wardrobe essential

Jean Jacket: a wardrobe essential

 

 

 

Thrift Store

Thrift Store

Feeling Grey in JCREW

Feeling Grey in JCREW

JCREW thrifted sweater

JCREW thrifted sweater

This grey and white leopard cardigan sweater from JCREW was found while thrifting for only $5.99!    Even though it is a wild pattern it can be treated as a neutral to wear with any color.   This sweater is definitely one of those items that the sisters fight over … I mean share!

THRIFTED FINDS:

  • JCREW sweater   (Goodwill)   ………….  $5.99
  • Leather belt   (Goodwill)   …………   $2.99
JCREW sweater found at Houston Goodwill Store

JCREW sweater found at Houston Goodwill Store

 

 

 

Mother’s Day gifts ~ Thrifted and Re-purposed!

Sorry, to wait to post this so close to Mothers Day, but both my mom and mother-in-law read this blog so I wanted to wait until the last minute to post this.

I am so excited about my Mothers-Day gifts this year!   All in the spirit of being Thrifty and Frugal, both my mother and my mother-in-law, have been the perfect example of how to not only thrift but save money.

After reading a review on this book I couldn’t wait to get it for my mother-in-law (the queen of thrifting).   Of course I always try to find it re-purposed first and bought it from Goodwill/Denver (how fitting)!

Tossed & Found: Where Frugal is Chic

“You Can Be Frugal, Fashionable and Fabulous!

Tossed & Found dishes up a generous plate of intriguing stories pulled from the frugal adventures of a newly thrift-conscious nations. Barb Tobias, America’s Thrift Talk Diva, is the Mistress of Thrift showing the adventure seeker how to find the treasures beneath the tarnished.

Tossed & Found takes the reader on an amazing journey with tales of treasure; it reveals how to clear the clutter from the home and resell it; and it uncovers the secrets to decorating and dressing with fantastic results. From first-time apartment dwellers to transitioning baby boomers, Tossed & Found has something for everyone.”

For my mom, I found this handmade pottery serving dish …. when I first found it (4 months ago, I have been waiting patiently to give to her) I knew I had to get it for her!  First of all the quality is incredible, it is hand crafted and probably weighs 3 pounds!   She grew up on the Oregon coast so it is perfect for her with the seashell in the center.

shop with pippa thrift store gift

Talavera, Hand Made Tapestries all thrifted for Cinco de Mayo …

Handmade Blanket from Mexico found at a Thrift Store makes a perfect tablecloth for my Cinco de Mayo setting.

 

Talavera thrift store finds!

Talavera thrift store finds!

 

When I found this gorgeous hand made blanket from Mexico for only $7.00 at Assistance League Thrift Shop in Conroe, I knew it would make the perfect table cloth for my Cinco de Mayo theme I do every year at my house!   The talavera cowboy boots are actually piggy banks that I got on a trip to Mexico last year.   The cactus glasses are from the Dollar Tree … probably cheaper than even a thrift store would charge!

I found this hand made bowl, made in Greece, at a thrift shop for only $7.99

I found this hand made bowl, made in Greece, at a thrift shop for only $7.99

 

 

Talavera pottery of Puebla, Mexico is a type of majolica pottery … I have gotten plates as a gift and have found several pieces, while thrifting, to compliment my collection.  The pitcher on the table is talavera and was only $4.99, here are some pics of my original find in an Austin Goodwill Thrift Store …

 

In LOVE with this hand painted chip & dip plate and hand made Mexican Talavera pitcher ..... Perfect to go with all my Cinco de Mayo dishes!!!!!!

In LOVE with this hand painted chip & dip plate and hand made Mexican Talavera pitcher ….. Perfect to go with all my Cinco de Mayo dishes!!!!!!

 

THRIFT STORE FINDS:

Hand Made Blanket from Mexico:  Thrifted for $7.00

Cactus Glasses:   Dollar Tree,   $1 x 6

Sombrero:    Dollar Tree,  $1

Blue & White Greek Bowl:    Thrifted for $7.99

Striped, Chip & Dip Plate:    Thrifted for $4.99

Talavera Pitcher:    Thrifted for $4.99

Cowboy Boots:   Flea Market, 2 for $14

Pinata’s:    Texas Dollar Store

 

Combining finds from both the Dollar Store and Thrift Shopping help complete this table!

Combining finds from both the Dollar Store and Thrift Shopping help complete this table!

 

 

 

This striped, chip & date plate and the navy candlesticks were all found at a Thrift Store.

This striped, chip & date plate and the navy candlesticks were all found at a Thrift Store.

Cute Cactus Margarita Glass found at a Dollar Store

Cute Cactus Margarita Glass found at a Dollar Store

 

Of course I have to decorate my bottle tree for Cinco de Mayo!

Of course I have to decorate my bottle tree for Cinco de Mayo!

 

 

 

Thrift Challenge With Patti ~ To The Office for Under $20

Thrift Challenge With Patti ~ To The Office for Under $20

One of my favorite link-ups is Monday Mingle with Not Dead Yet Style Blog, and that is how I met Patti.

If you asked me to describe her with one word it would be Elegance!   She incorporates thrifting into her slightly eclectic fashion and you should see the thrifting deals she finds!   Also, she shares with her readers how to embrace your own style and your age, making her even more lovely!   Click HERE to see more of her elegant and classic style!

So we came up with a $20 Thrifting Challenge …. the entire outfit had to be from a thrift store.   Patti was the winner in this one!

 

 

$20 Thrift Store Challenge

$20 Thrift Store Challenge

THRIFTED FINDS:

PATTI

  • Cardigan $4.00
  • Banana Republic skirt $3.00
  • Green under sweater $2.00
  • Boots  $9.00
  • Belt    $2.00
  • TOTAL:    $20.00

PIPPA

  • Ann Taylor silk cardigan $5.99
  • Gap silk skirt $5.99
  • Nine-West shoes $9.99
  • TOTAL:    $21.97

 

Thrift Store Challenge under $20

Thrift Store Challenge under $20

 

MADDY:

  • Banana Republic Cashmere sweater $5.99
  • Anthropologie Skirt  $5.99
  • Gap Jean Jacket  $7.00
  • Ross Shoes   $9.00  (not thrifted)
  • TOTAL:  $27.98

ABBY:

  • JCREW cardigan   $5.99
  • Walmart Denim  $9.97  (not thrifted)
  • Leather Boots  $2.00
  • TOTAL:  $17.96

 

 

Winner of the $20 Thrifting Challenge

Winner of the $20 Thrifting Challenge

 

I’m declaring Patti the winner of this contest because she did it ALL thrifted!  

 

 

 

 

Banana Republic and Converse Shoes … Thrift Shop Style!

Banana Republic and Converse Shoes … Thrift Shop Style!

Thrifted Banana Republic PInk Button Down Blouse for $5.99 and Thrifted Converse Tennis Shoes for $5.99

Thrifted Banana Republic PInk Button Down Blouse for $5.99 and Thrifted Converse Tennis Shoes for $5.99

 

I’m not sure … but I THINK she is jumping for JOY that she found a Banana Republice blouse that retails for $79.50 at  Houston Goodwill for only $5.99.    The skinny jeans were on sale at Old Navy … but they are soooooo cute, they were worth the money! (ha .. in thrifting language that means over $6.99)

The Converse shoes were also thrifted from Goodwill for $5.99 … similar “Chuck Out” on the Converse Website for $55 HERE

THRIFT STORE FINDS:

Banana Republic Oxford Blouse  (Houston Goodwill) ………..  $5.99

Converse Tennis Shoes (Houston Goodwill)   …………..  $5.99

 

(btw … she doesn’t like her socks to match!)

Top and tennis shoes found at a Houston Goodwill Thrift Shop

Top and tennis shoes found at a Houston Goodwill Thrift Shop

 

 

Wow .. Loving the Converse Tennis Shoes found in the boys section for only $5.99 (retail $55)

Wow .. Loving the Converse Tennis Shoes found in the boys section for only $5.99 (retail $55)

 

 

Its Earth Day and Lets Meet Sue …

Its Earth Day

(remember to RE-USE by thrifting and DONATE!!!!!!!!)

and Lets Meet Sue … with A Colourful Canvas

Is this entire outfit thrifted?

Sue, from A Colourful Canvas is an avid thrifter and shares some of her tips with us!   You can tell she has a bubbly personality and loves life when you read her blog.   We participate in quite a few link-ups together and you can always pick her out of the crowd.    She not only has a unique sense of style but is always COLOURFUL!

Be sure to stop by her blog HERE.

I LOVE this springtime outfit, the colors are delicious!

Here is a Thrifting Quiz for you:

(answers at the bottom of this page).

  • What is my favorite thrifted item I am wearing?
  • What is the least likely to be thrifted?

 

Thrift Store Finds or DIY bracelets!

Thrift Store Finds or DIY bracelets!

 Q:  Why do you thrift?

Oh gosh, why do I thrift?  I love going thrift shopping, and I think it’s the endless possibilities of what I might find that are so exciting to me.   A good bargain is always great, but for me the real thrill is riffling through a crowded clothing rack and discovering a like-new garment that not only fits me perfectly, but perfectly fits my style, and my colour palette.

I remember doing a little thrifting back when I was in high school.   But in my twenties I bought new clothing only.  I did, however, buy used and/or antique furniture and accessories.  I think I was in my mid-thirties when I started to once again shop for clothing at thrift stores, and I haven’t stopped since.

Q:  How much time do you spend per week thrifting?

I probably spend an average of an hour or two a week thrifting.  Once a week I will go to two, maybe three stores.

Q:   Any tips you can share about thrifting?

Wearing the right clothing makes my thrift store shopping more enjoyable.  For me that means wearing a shirt instead of a top that goes over my head, because my hair can quickly go to frizz.  Slip on shoes are helpful too, because it’s rare that thrift store changing rooms provide seating.

I  also have a colour card that I carry around with me.  It helps immensely to keep me on track, and I rarely come home with something that doesn’t fit in with the rest of my clothing.

 

Here are the answers for our “thrifting” quiz …

http://www.acolourfulcanvas.blogspot.com/

http://www.acolourfulcanvas.blogspot.com/

Can you believe this entire outfit is thrifted!

 

Outfit Details:

  • Coat d Studio,  my favorite spring purchase  (thrifted)

(this is quite the exclusive find: Studio d is Yoga-inspired clothing for on and off the mat. Made in Ottawa, Canada by people who love what they do.)

  • Pants, Tommy Hilfiger (Thrifted)
  • Top Thrifted,
  • Scarf thrifted,
  • Shoes New New, thrifted,
  • Purse  Croft & Barrows, thrifted (this same purse still available online, Lime is SOLD OUT, pink still available!)
  • bracelets, either DIY or thrifted.

 

 

 

 

Thrifty Finds Friday: from Houston Goodwill

Thrifty Finds Friday: from Houston Goodwill

COACH, Anthropologie, Lilly Pulitzer, JCREW, Banana Republic, GAP and more …

This Anthropologie skirt is sooo cute for summer!

This Anthropologie skirt is sooo cute for summer!   ($6.99)

JCREW thrifted plaid skirt ... this will look so fabulous with a chambray shirt!

JCREW thrifted plaid skirt … this will look so fabulous with a chambray shirt!    ($6.99)

 

Lilly Pullitzer Skirt found at Goodwill

Lilly Pullitzer Skirt found at Goodwill    ($6.99)

 

JCREW tank top

JCREW tank top   ($5.99)

 

This blouse from the GAP is made of a funky cotton gauze type of fabric ..... I can't wait to wear this!

This blouse from the GAP is made of a funky cotton gauze type of fabric ….. I can’t wait to wear this!    ($5.99)

 

Darling Winter Jacket from the GAP ... love the ruffle on the hemline

Darling Winter Jacket from the GAP … love the ruffle on the hemline  ($9.99)

 

This jacket is even cute from the back!

This jacket is even cute from the back!

 

I can't wait to wear this cotton nude lace BANANA REPUBLIC skirt!

I can’t wait to wear this cotton nude lace BANANA REPUBLIC skirt!   ($6.99)

 

Coach Eye Glass case from Goodwill

Coach Eye Glass case from Goodwill     ($7.99)

 

GAP skirt brand new with tags ... I'm going to shorten this to wear with tights and boots in the winter!

GAP skirt brand new with tags … I’m going to shorten this to wear with tights and boots in the winter!   ($6.99)

 

Look at the details on the waist!

Look at the details on the waist!

 

Anthropologie skirt

Anthropologie skirt   ($6.99)

 

I normally don't buy Forever 21 at a Thrift Stop but this blouse was too pretty to pass up!

I normally don’t buy Forever 21 at a Thrift Stop but this blouse was too pretty to pass up!   ($5.99)

 

Skirt from the GAP

Skirt from the GAP   ($6.99)

 

Daughters of the Liberation  ... Anthropologie

Daughters of the Liberation … Anthropologie    ($6.99)

 

Wow ... Pen Duick Mens Waterproof Jacket!

Wow … Pen Duick Mens Waterproof Jacket!   ($9.99)

 

 

Jen and Pippa are virtual volunteers working to benefit nonprofit organizations by

helping promote thrift stores in the Houston area!

If you are not yet doing so, consider DONATING for the nonprofit organization of your choice today!

 

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Casual Everyday J Crew Banana Republic Style

Casual Everyday J Crew Style

This thrifted JCREW red "baby" corduroy is perfect for casual everyday style!

This thrifted JCREW red “baby” corduroy is perfect for casual everyday style!

 

This JCREW “baby” corduroy top is simple, comfortable yet perfect for everyday style!

Found at a Goodwill Thrift Store for only $5.99, just a fraction of the original price.

The leather belt is worn almost daily.

The Banana Republic rainboots are a bit more than I normally spend but considering they had not only the cool equestrian style but also the original price tag of $99 …. that justified the $19.99 price tag!

THRIFT STORE FINDS:

  • Red JCREW Cordoroy Top   (Goodwill) ……………. $5.99
  • Leather Belt  (Goodwill)  …………………..   $2.99
  • Banana Republic Rubber Boots  (Goodwill)    …………..   $19.99

Remember that EARTH DAY is April 22nd …

We can make a difference by RECYCLING, REUSING & DONATING!

JCREW top and Banana Republic Boots ... both found at a Goodwill Store!

JCREW top and Banana Republic Boots … both found at a Goodwill Store!

Remember to DONATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 22, 2013 is Earth Day

 

Earth Day ... April 22, 2013

Earth Day … April 22, 2013