weekend sale circuit: april 17-19

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Apologies for the quietude around here this past week. I’ve been dealing with a super sick pup and some tight freelance deadlines, both of which have kept me from having any semblance of free time. Thankfully my ol’ Finnnie seems to be on the mend and my clients are sitting pretty with polished pieces in their inboxes, so it’ll be back to business as usual soon, starting with this roundup of secondhand sales (and a swap) happening this weekend! (Don’t forget: Most thrifts will be closed Sunday!)

Hope Chest for Breast Cancer Easter Sale: In an effort to clear up some room on their sales floor, today through Saturday, all wooden furniture is 30% off and all entertainment centers and armoires are half-off. All Easter items and swimwear will also be marked down by 75%.

 Hidden Treasures Thrift Store Easter Weekend Blowout: Tomorrow and Saturday only, everything in-store will be 40% off.

Friedman Iverson’s Annual Record Swap: Tomorrow, on the eve of Record Store Day, the Twin Cities’ handsomest law firm will host their (practically famous) annual record swap. From 6-9 p.m., guests are welcome to bring unwanted vinyl to swap (not sell!) with other like-minded music lovers. Furthering sweetening the pot? Drinks, snacks and DJs. Be there!!!

Happy Easter!

xoxo,

Meghan

Photo c/o: Shelley Fabulous.

pinned it, made it: watercolor thank-you notes

Pinned this

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and then tried my hand at making my own! (One of my personal betterment resolutions for 2014 is to be better at getting thank-you notes out in a timely way. I’m super embarrassed of how terribly I’ve fallen out of the practice, but I’ve promised myself “no more!”)

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My lettering skills leave quite a bit to be desired, but I am OK with that. Plus, I found all the supplies in my basement! (#bonus) Props to Scout’s Honor Co.’s delightful blog for heaps of inspiration. Have you been inspired to create from Pinterest lately? If so, I’d love to know what you’re making!

xoxo,

Meghan

heads up: one-day dress sale at Savers + Unique Thrift Stores

tumblr_msh9i3GjjE1qaujg4o1_500I don’t know about y’all, but I am beyond stoked that sundress season is back. And though I’m in no way in need of any new (old) dresses, that doesn’t make me any less  tempted by the 40%-off dress sale happening at Savers, Unique and Valu Thrift Stores today. The event, running at all area stores from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., includes dresses for both grown-up and little ladies alike (but excludes frocks with red tags). You must have an I M Unique Club Card or Super Savers Club Card in your possession to partake in the savings. (Do NOT try registering for a card today, they won’t allow it on sale days!)

xoxo,

Meghan

Photo c/o: Ghost Vintage Clothing.

nice find: sam’s afghan rug

Hi friends, and happy Monday! I’m super excited to kick this week off with a fresh feature for this ol’ blog, inspired by YOU. As fun as it is to share my thrifted finds with y’all, I love nothing more than hearing about your awesome thrift-store scores, or as I’m calling them, Nice Finds. I can think of no better way to start this series than by turning it over to the lovely lady who inspired it in the first place with her unbelievable “score of the century.”

Screen shot 2014-04-06 at 5.56.41 PMName: Samantha
Location: Northeast Minneapolis
My Nice Find is: A vintage afghan wool rug. I think it’s about 9 x 10 feet in size?

image_2I thrifted it atThe Cottage House occasional shop in South Minneapolis. It was on a porch, stapled and nailed into the wall to keep the draft out. It was so beautiful and so enormous, I had to ask if it was for sale. When they said sure, and named the (rock-bottom) price, I just about had a heart attack.
I paid: $30.
image_1My favorite place to thrift is: In Harrisonville, Missouri (where I’m originally from), there is a large flea market called the Trade Fair.  It’s been around since I was a little girl and I make sure to stop in every time I’m home. I’m also a big fan of Bauer Brothers Salvage, especially since we’re in the midst of renovating our new home.

My best piece of thrifting advice is: Try to have a place in mind before you purchase something.

Thank you, Sam, for sharing your story and your wise words of advice!
So…who’s up next? If you have a #nicefind you’d like to share, I would love to tell your story! Shoot me an email (hpthrifter@gmail.com) about a thrifted purchase that made you giddy, along with a photo, and we can go from there!
I hope to hear from you soon!
xoxo,
Meghan

the beauty thrifter is in!

tumblr_mufgyv5Ed51qiflw2o1_500‘Tis the season to simplify, and our daily makeup regimen should not be immune. If spring’s got you in the mood to streamline, head on over to Beauty Bets to learn about a two-in-one wonder-stick that’s quickly become one of my favorite Sally finds of all time. The best part? It’s only $5! For the full scoop, head on over here.

xoxo,

Meghan

Photo c/o: Simply Sassy

 

store review: st. vincent de paul thrift store

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Right off of one of south Minneapolis’ busiest east-west thoroughfares (Lake Street), sits the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store. Truth be told, for the longest time, it was never one of my favorite spots to visit. After one bad experience, I never really wanted to go back, even though it’s practically in my neighborhood. In recent months, with icy roads keeping me closer to home, I gave this store a second chance, and it has since become one of my go-to spots for a quick pop-in.

WHAT’S GOOD

 Furniture: Upon recent visits, the back room has housed some reasonably priced pieces of furniture, including old highboys, dressers, vanities, headboards, etc., with most of them in very clean, serviceable condition. The concrete floor and overall garage-like vibe of the back room makes me a bit hesitant to buy anything upholstered, but I’d certainly have no qualms about bringing home a table, bookcase or anything in that vein from this store.

 Paper goods: I’m a big fan of vintage stationery and cards, and I’m always impressed by Vinnie’s assortment of cards, packaged stationery sets and the like.

 One-off dishes, glass ware and vases: While I never see too many complete (or even close to complete) sets, I have found several cute plates and glasses. If you’re hunting for vases for a wedding or project, Vinnie’s has you covered there too.

 Picture frames: If you use old frames for DIY projects, photos or art projects, this is the place to go, with super cheap frames in lots of sizes.

WHAT’S MEH

 Clothes: Slim selection overall and what’s there seems a little sad. (That said, I did happen upon the cutest, navy and white striped cotton Calvin Klein dress last time I was there, so, I guess you never know.)

Table linens: Another category with a surprisingly slim selection.

 Books: Mostly junky paperbacks and old magazines.

Take a peek around!

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Selection/Variety:  ♥ ♥ ♥

Quality: ♥ ♥ 

Pricing: ♥ ♥ ♥ 

Organization: ♥ ♥

Customer service: ♥ ♥ ♥

Where does money raised at this store go? With a motto of “Neighbors Helping Neighbors,” the Society of St. Vincent de Paul works not only to relieve need, but also to redress the situations that cause it. Advocating the concepts of Christian social justice, the Society believes in the rights and dignity of every individual and the need for equality of opportunity in education and employment. In 2010, Twin Cities Vincentians visited more than 1,900 neighbors in homes and hospitals, providing food, clothing, transportation and emotional comfort.

Do they take credit cards? Yes!

Do they accept donations? Yep, and they’ll even come get it from you!

Pro tip: Check out their monthly sale calendar, available here, for advance notice on tag sales, dollar days and senior discounts.

While you’re in the area: Treat yourself to tacos at any of the nearby mercados. La Alborada is great and Mercado Central also has tons of tasty options.

Where it is: 2939 12th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55423

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; closed on Sunday

Contact: 612.722.7882, Facebook

Have you a fan of this St. Vincent de Paul store? If so, I’d love to hear your take!

xo,

Meghan