malaise at the mall

Let me start with telling you how Monday night started: I was walking through the mall on my way to my 6 o’clock shift, when I saw a woman changing her baby on a bench, then lob the full diaper to a semi-nearby garbage can, only to miss, with said diaper exploding into a poo-y brown pile on the bare concrete floor. The scene got me thinking many thoughts, the most lingering being…when exactly did malls get so undignified? Malls should be enchanting, magical, beautiful places, free from, at the very least poo-tossing. Like the old days!

mall 2mall 4mall 3 mall 1 mall 5Nothing like being nostalgic for a time you weren’t around for, amiright?

xoxo,

Meghan

Photos c/o: Malls of America, Tumblr & Shorpy.

heads up: new thrifts opening this weekend

The weekend is here, and with it comes two brand-new thrift stores!

savage goodwill It seems like a week doesn’t go by without word of another Goodwill store opening somewhere in the metro area. Southwestern Savage is the latest ‘burb to benefit from Goodwill’s growth explosion with grand-opening festivities, including gift-card giveaways and store-wide savings, happening tomorrow. The store, located at 5925 Egan Drive, boasts a new and improved layout and design, with tons of light and open spaces. Get the latest on Goodwill’s good works via Facebook, and look for an announcement on the organization’s new store in Alexandria, opening next month.

hope chest bloomington 2 Tucked into Normandale Village, at the intersection of Normandale Road and 98th Street, lies Hope Chest for Breast Cancer‘s new third location. Like the other two Hope Chest stores, the Bloomington shop peddles a fashionable, eclectic mix of new and next-to-new designer women’s apparel and accessories, furniture and home decor. Peep pics from the grand opening event here!

Happy thrifting!

xo,

Meghan

the beauty thrifter is in!

Processed with VSCOcam with f1 presetI gotta admit, I struggled to pick a photo for this post. Featuring a stock image of a woman with smooth skinny arms would be an easy out, but since this conversation’s really rooted in the topic of embarrassment, I figured why not rip the Band-Aid off and share an image featuring a whole bunch of things that make me self-conscious—my arms, booty, ugly kitchen, broken Crock-Pot, un-brushed hair, etc., etc. (Easy outs aren’t for me, I guess.)

But what now about embarrassment? Well, when it comes to my appendages, I’ve got to admit that more often than not, my arm confidence isn’t as strong as I’d like it to be. While some self-consciousness stems from jiggly bits and the fact I haven’t done a downward dog in months, the majority is a result from my years-long struggle with keratosis pilaris, a fancy name for what most of us call chicken bumps. After trying everything from dry-brushing to derm-prescribed hydroxy creams, this summer, I found cure in the most of unlikely of places…Target’s beauty aisle. Get the full scoop on my discovery today, over on Beauty Bets!

xoxo,

Meghan

weekend sale circuit: oct. 17-18

rummage saleAt the risk of sounding totally cliche, T.G.I.F.! This week’s been a doozy of the tiring variety, and the worst part is, there’s no good reason for all the fatigue! At any rate, let’s look ahead to this weekend…one that will, fingers crossed, be filled with secondhand shopping and maybe a nap (or three).

Hidden Treasures Mid-October Sale: Stock up at this St. Anthony thrift, and enjoy 40% savings both today and tomorrow, on everything from furniture to books, clothing to kitchen goods.

Assistance League Thrift Store Designer Sale: Shop this Penn Avenue thrift today and tomorrow for 75% savings on designer jewelry, shoes, purses and clothes. All art work is also half-off this week!

Vintage-Packed St. Paul Estate Sale: Finding vintage clothes at local estate sales is a crap shoot, but this privately listed, east-of-the-river sale looks promising, with an abundance of clothes, head vases, tools, military collectibles and so much more. Early birds will get the worm at this event; it starts at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow and goes ’til 5 p.m. (Sunday hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Calvary Lutheran’s Annual Rummage Sale: Running today ’til 5 p.m. and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., this Southside sale has become a fall tradition for me. I was there bright and early this morning, and scored some gems, including a vintage Woolrich car coat, a brass and glass candle holder, a new-old wool quilt, an oil painting study of a dying geranium, which I know sounds weird, but is actually quite pretty and some other various kitchen-y things. There’s still tons left, and more to be put out, so hop over to. Bargain-hunters take note—everything’s FREE tomorrow between 2 and 3 p.m.

Happy shopping!

xo,

Meghan

clickin’ around, vol. 55

goldie hawn yo-yoing This is, hands down, the best baking contest EVER invented. Now who wants to come over and dream up a killer cake with me?!? (Thank you, Megan, for the heads up!)

Speaking of female food things: Engagement Chicken: A History of Romantic Culinary Bullsh*t.

Thank heavens I’m not the only one who wants to Skip the Wedding, Stalk the Hashtag. #whew

Top on my list of fall-y things to make this weekend: Apple Peel Bourbon and DIY boot socks.

As someone who lost two Grandmas to Alzheimer’s disease, this poignant and love-filled mini movie had me crying in my cube.

It’s been a month since I read this woman’s story, and my thoughts still keep coming back to her.

On a lighter note: Bob Weir and Jerry Garcia’s AIDS PSA blooper reel. I die.

I have a file going of prints to hang in my fantasy kitchen. These beauties by Amy C. Evans are officially on the list.

Well that’s it for now. I’ve got a full day of work ahead and then I’m heading to Rollie’s in St. Cloud to see Mr. Moe Bandy perform. If you’re unfamiliar, listen to a few of his songs while you check out this round-up of his album cover art. He’s an under-appreciated gem of ’70s-era country, if you ask me!

xoxo,

Meghan

Photo: Goldie Hawn in 1974 c/o Ladies of the '70s.

recently thrifted (kinda)

Hey guys, we’ve made it half-way through the week! As someone who spent the greater part of yesterday thinking it was Thursday, I say HECK YES to that. As promised, here are a few finds from my thrifting adventures in Mora.

I couldn’t resist this set of Dorothy Parker wannabes, considering $3 bought me both the pitcher and set of eight glasses at One More Time. They’re fakes, but they’re MINT CONDITION FAKES so who cares? (The shot glass on the left I picked up for the cabin, and set me back a cool 25 cents.)

high plains thrifter / dorothy draper knock-offs Two vintage loaf pans (50 cents a piece), a souvenir tile for a most beloved state (25 cents), an optimistic mug (25 cents) I’m saving to give as a gift and the sweet crate that holds it all ($3), are all from One More Time.

DSC_4223 I have a soft spot for stationery sets of all kinds, invitations included, so picking up these sets for 50 cents a pop seemed like a great idea…until I got home and realized I could pretty much have a party a week now ’til forver and STILL have snail-mail invites left. #oops The bridal-party top hat ($1) was intended for Meggie’s bridal dinner, but of course, when her party rolled around, I completely forgot to bring it. #oopsagain Last but not least, how about this cut-crystal cake plate and matching dome ($2.50)? I cannot wait to break it out this winter! (All of these goodies came from Good Works Thrift Store.)

high plains thrifter // hat, cake carrier, invitesHave you hit the thrifts this recently? Tell me I’m not the only one who makes an #oops purchase every now and again!

xo,

Meghan

Photos c/o: LB Jeffries Photography.

thrifting trip: mora

Processed with VSCOcam with s1 presetWhen it comes to thrifting trips, I don’t really need much of an excuse to hit the road. So this past summer, when I got an email from Michelle, inviting me to check out the new Good Works Thrift Store up in Mora, I didn’t hesitate. Enlisting the company of my dear friend Meggie, who was at the time waist-deep in a whirlwind of wedding planning, we hit the road one sunny Friday afternoon, Mora-bound.

Situated an hour and 15 minutes north of Minneapolis, at the junction of Highways 23 and 65, Mora boasts three thrift stores (and a bonus flea market!), all within mere minutes of each other. Our first stop was Good Works Thrift Store, an extension of Industries, Inc., a local nonprofit that provides job opportunities for people with disabilities and other challenges, allowing them to to become as independent in their communities as possible. (No small feat in a community as small as Mora.)

high plains thrifter // good works thrift store, mora, mn Greeting us at the store was a trio of lovely, passionate and proud employees, including Rhonda, the store’s manager (right) and, of course, Michelle, director of sales and marketing (left).

high plains thrifter // good works thrift store, mora, mnI was immediately struck by the quality of the merchandise; this is NOT one of those junky thrift stores you can find up in the country. Good Works store is large and in charge,  naturally lit with big windows up front. I was really impressed by the assortment of home goods, glassware, craft supplies, lamps, side tables and books. Meggie, hunting for the cake carriers, jam jars, vases, plates and Pyrex that would bedeck her wedding tables, had TONS of luck, loading up an entire cart.

high plains thrifter // good works thrift store, mora, mnPrices were fair overall, and the curation of items was totally sensible, with books organized by genre and finer dishes stages on tables to give a sense of how they’d look at home. Based on the overall sense of organization, it’s clear that a lot of hard work, thought and elbow grease went into getting this store up and running. (Stay tuned for a full store review on Good Works in coming months!) Thanks for inviting me up, Michelle!Processed with VSCOcam with s1 presetUpon Michelle’s recommendation, we headed towards Mora’s “downtown,” to hit One More Time Thrift Store, a charitable thrift run by 7-County Senior Federation, which lies about two minutes away from Good Works.

Processed with VSCOcam with s2 presetWhile smaller in square-footage than Good Works, One More Time’s bargain-basement prices make it well worth a stop.

Processed with VSCOcam with s1 presetAs one would expect from a thrift-store run by seniors from north-central Minnesota, the goods are pristine, exactly the type of stuff you’d find if you cleaned out a grandparent’s basement. (There’s a second location of One More Time in Isle. As if I needed another excuse for a road trip!)

Processed with VSCOcam with s2 presetThird time’s a charm did not turn out to be the case for our third thrift-store destination—The Queen’s Closet, located directly across the parking lot from One More Time.

Processed with VSCOcam with s1 preset Set in a kind of squat building, both Meggie and I were underwhelmed by the random, sparse, disorganized assortment of merchandise in this two-room store. This couch was really cute though!

high plains thrifter / mora, mnOur last shopping stop on the way out of town was the Brunswick Flea Market, a sprawling year-round barn-market that boasts a lot of vendors, a huge assortment of merchandise and pretty high prices. To get the deals, you’ll need to dig (Meggie scored an amazing ’70s cake carrier for $2!), so definitely don’t stop in unless you have some time to browse. And be sure to bring cash, as they don’t accept cards!

brunswick flea marketAll this shopping had left us feeling famished, so we wound up pit-stopping at the Brass Rail in Grandy, right on Highway 65. A small-town bar turned chicken joint, it took all of one bite of their broasted chicken for us to understand why it’s what they’re known for!

Processed with VSCOcam with s2 presetIf you’d like to pay a visit to Mora’s thrift-store scene, here’s a handy map to help guide you on your way!

If you head up there, I’d love to hear what you thought and better yet, what you found! (Speaking of finds, I’ll be back tomorrow, sharing a few things I took home from our trip to Mora!) And be sure to check out my guide to thrifting along 35-W, in case you’d like to make a big loop, or my guide to thrifting in Cambridge, which is also on the way to/from Mora!

xoxo,

Meghan