heads up: mighty swell’s first-ever men’s sale!

At Mighty Swell, pleasing our amazing customers is our no. 1 priority. So when the requests for more clothes for guys kept rolling in, the idea for a menswear-only sale was born. I couldn’t be more excited about the group of vendors we’ve assembled for this sale—they’re seriously some of the best pickers in town and helping them load in over the past couple of days has been a delight. I’m also happy that our friend Danny Sigelman made us a soundtrack for the weekend. He’s selling off some of his vintage vinyl this weekend, too— about 300 or so records, all priced between 50 cents to $10, with the majority of them falling into the $2-3 range. And, lest I forget the really important stuff, we’ll also have beer sticks. Talk about icing on the cake. If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll grab your fella(s) and stop by for a spell. We’ll be open 5-9 p.m. tonight, 12-5 p.m. tomorrow.



clickin’ around, vol. 29


Pretty much every post on Closet Visit makes me dizzy with dress envy, but Allison Miller‘s embroidered coral ditty stole my heart. How precious is that collar?!

If you’ve ever thought about throwing ‘bows at the thrift store, this print by Tuesday Bassen might make you chuckle.

In this week’s num-num file: Pizza-stuffed chicken breasts, roasted banana bars with maple glaze and all of these citrus-y cocktail recipes conveniently rounded up by Eating for England.

Meet Ashlie Chavez and Jaime Rugh, my latest collage artist crushes.

Mary Beth, aka one of the sweetest Mighty Swell vendors of all time, just kicked off a 31-day home organization challenge on her blog, Occupation Housewife. I can’t wait to follow along!

I’m loving this delicate DIY necklace idea from Liz Kantner and this sweet boho bunting how-to from Wednesday Custom Design. Definitely filing the latter idea away for my bedroom redo.



recently thrifted, vernon kilns china

Resisting this set of china at Value Village last Monday evening was impossible. 35 pieces of hand-painted china for $15? How could I possibly not snatch it up?

The pattern is called “May Flower” and it was manufactured from the mid-1940s through 1953 by one of California’s big five pottery producers, Vernon Kilns.

Similarly sized sets on eBay run between $199 (25 pieces) to $270 (40)…not that I plan on selling it or anything. The set’s already settled into my china cabinet, mixing and matching ever so nicely with my collection of my hand-me-down Mason’s Ironstone, a gift from mom when I moved to Minneapolis 10 years ago. Anywho, that’s my favorite find of the week. Did you get out thrifting on MLK Day? Find anything wonderful?



clickin’ around, vol. 28


 Are vintage girls the new feminists?

I really can’t get enough of the tie-neck blouse trend.

This is cool: Donate $10 to Operation Uplink and you’ll provide 25 soldiers in Iraq & Afghanistan 10 minutes of free phone time.

  These gorgeous DIY satsuma candle project are perfect for a wintery dinner party.

 How to let go of busy.

I want to make a million of these maple-cream topped cakies. They’re healthy if squash’s in ‘em right?

Speaking of healthy eating, I’m filing this crockpot cheddar beer chicken recipe away for nacho night. Holy yum.

How sweet are these hand-drawn patterns by Alyson Fox? I could look at them all day.

 As if I wasn’t ready enough for spring’s arrival, along comes Sessun’s spring/summer collection.



recently thrifted

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? I have a short little list I’m working on. In addition to the usual (drink more water, etc.), I have a couple thrifting-related goals. Towards the end of last year, I was alarmed at how thrifting, something I enjoyed so much, started to feel like work, now that it actually is, well, my work. I missed the old, pre-reselling days when I simply shopped at thrifts for fun—no pressure, no competitive feelings—just a girl in search of a good old-fashioned bargain or vintage gem. So, my no. 1 resolution, thrifting-wise, is to recapture the joy of the hunt.

With the intention of getting back to that happy place in 2012, I’ve changed both my mindset and a few of my shopping habits. Visiting estate sales on Sundays is one such tweak. I have one firm (FIRM!) day off a week—Sunday—that I spend however I want. And sometimes all I want to do is visit an estate sale! So last Sunday morning, I did. Over the course of the weekend, I could see that the sale had been ravaged—the rooms were all nearly bare, the carpet littered with leaves and debris. With my old mindset, I might have been disappointed by how empty it was, sad over all the finds I missed. But somehow, knowing that I had chosen to be there on my day of leisure set my mind right. I contentedly made my way around each room, digging through boxes, opening drawers, eyes open. It felt like the old days, like progress was being made. And of course, I found some things I’m excited about.

This class photo, featuring the home’s owner (the teacher, pictured in the top left corner), was tossed on a bed with towels and linens. Easily overlooked by others; a gem to me.

I have a horrible habit of leaving a trail of jewelry around my house. In nearly every room sits a bangle, a pair of earrings, a brooch, a necklace or some combination thereof. Meaning, I never pass up the opportunity to pick up a pretty vintage catch-all or box. This one, adorned with cute little forget-me-nots, now sits atop my commode.

A couple vintage hymnals to add to my collection. The one on the right bears an inscription from 1913!

It’s likely that this stunning crewel pillow will end up at shop, not because I don’t love it, but because it doesn’t go with my living room’s color scheme. It has the most gorgeous detail!

I was so happy to find this vintage Salton bun warmer for mama Kate. She complimented mine at a soup swap I hosted last fall, and I’ve been on the hunt for her ever since. P.S. If you ever find one of these at the thrifts, buy it! They’re wonderful, especially in the winter.

 Other things I came home with, not pictured: some vintage stationery and postcards, a cool tiny hand-carved cactus knick-knack & a couple more pieces of sheet music. My grand total was $5, but enjoying the fun of the search…well that was simply priceless.



heads up: MLK day sales

A photo from Dr. Martin Luther King’s memorial service, 1968, on display at the Muhammad Ali Center inLouisville.

For those of you lucky enough to have tomorrow off, let me just say, I’m jealous. There are so many great opportunities for savings at the thrifts! Here’s a quick round-up for you…

Tomorrow, take 50 percent off everything (excluding new/red-tagged merchandise).  Hours of operation? 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Unique and Valu Thrifts
Enjoy 50 percent off your entire purchase at all the area Uniques (and the always-awesome Valu Thrift) tomorrow. Stores will stay open until 9 p.m.

Stock up on blue tagged items at your nearby Goodwill and save 50 percent. Stores will be open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Salvation Army Thrift Stores
Nothing fussy at good ole Sal Val, just 50% savings at all of their nine metro area locations. FYI, the Target basement downtown is packed with Christmas returns—brand-new merchandise they can’t put back on the shelves at the regular stores because its been opened. I bought my honey a brand new Food Saver Vacuum Sealing Machine (regular price $150) for $30 last time I was there. I also spied new Keurig machines, chafing dishes and crockpots, all priced to go.

ARC’s Value Village Thrift Stores
Monday marks the finale of Value Village’s weekend-long half-off everything customer appreciation blowout. It might be picked over, but then again, they might have restocked a bunch today—you’ll never know unless you go! Stores will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Have fun shopping!



heads up: bag sale at resale 101 starts today

ReSale 101 is ringing in the new year with a killer bag sale—fill a grocery bag with orange-tagged clothes for only $5! Other savings in store include 75% off all Christmas merchandise and 50% off some household and vintage items, shoes and accessories. In other words, tons of deals! The shop will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 a.m. today and then from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow through the Saturday. Check out my initial impressions of ReSale 101, including pics of the store, here.

Happy shopping!