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

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.

pinned it, made it: sage smudge sticks

Facing an abundance of Russian sage in my garden this summer, I knew come autumn, I’d need to figure out a way to preserve it. I pinned this handy how-to from You Grow Girl, one of my favorite resources for garden-related DIYs, btw.

How To Make Your Own Smudge Sticks

A few weekends back, I harvested said sage and bound it into little bunches to give as smudge-stick gifts. Tying them together was such wonderful aromatherapy, making the mess I made on my living room floor well worth it.

high plains thrifter // diy smudge sticksOf course I had to test one out for myself…

high plains thrifter // diy smudge stickAre you doing anything to preserve the late-summer bounty? If so, I’d love to hear what projects you’re tackling!

xo,

Meghan

Top photo c/o: You Grow Girl.

heads up: columbus day savings at savers

1896949_10152053404403773_948611411_n Whether you’re celebrating Columbus or Indigenous Peoples’ Day, tomorrow brings big savings at Savers thrift stores throughout the metro area. All men’s, women’s, kids’ clothing, shoes and accessories, plus bed and bath items will be a whopping HALF-OFF! This one-day-only discount cannot be combined with other coupons or offers. New merchandise is also off-limits, when it comes to the 50% savings.

Happy hunting!

xo,

Meghan

Photo c/o: Savers' Facebook.

before & after: cabin furniture edition

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetAll excuses aside, the summer of 2014 was not a banner season for DIYs. My most significant undertaking—reupholstering a set of vintage furniture that’s been at my family’s cabin for eons—wasn’t actually mine at all. I outsourced it to a pro, Helen Miller of Miller Upholstering. With a reputation for great work and love for vintage designs, tasking Helen with this project was a total no-brainer.

While it took convincing to get some members of my family on board with the reupholstering vs. buying new, Helen got it from the get-go. She immediately recognized the set’s manufacturer (Cushman’s Colonial Creations), and went the distance when it came to finding fabric samples in line with the furniture’s unique design (drums, drumsticks and eagles) and our utilitarian needs (stain and sun resistance, etc.). Fearlessly, she sewed 10 cushions based on my, MEGHAN’S, measurements. And you know what? They fit perfectly.

When all was said and done, on the couch I went with a stain and waterproof navy fabric for the base cushions and a large, buffalo-style check for the uppers…please note how the plaid lines up perfectly (thanks, Helen!).

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetThe chairs got the same durable base, and Federal-era cream and navy rose print uppers.

Processed with VSCOcam with f3 presetAll in all, I couldn’t be more pleased with the final product or the process. If your vintage or thrifted furniture is in need of upholstery assistance, and you want to work with a lady who gets it and who will go beyond to give you the best possible service, look Ms. Miller up. (She’s on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest too!)

xoxo,

Meghan

plain talk

photo(56)It’s my opinion that the best road trips leave you feeling equal parts exhausted and exhilarated. After a quick out-and-back to Nebraska for the Harvest the Hope benefit, my brain is pooped, but my soul, soothed. The full day of music and wonderful company deserve kudos for much of that, but so do the miles of rolling scenery I enjoyed from the cushy comfort of the passenger seat. The picturesque prairie sunsets and acres of crispy farmland reminded me of a beautiful passage of the Stegner masterpiece I’m currently making my way through, so much so that I had to share it here, with you.

“It was very big; she felt she could see a long way, even into the future, and she felt how the world rolled under her. After she had watched the summer plains for a long time, and the smarting under her lids passed, a meadowlark sang sharp and pure from a fencepost, and she began to think that the future into which this new world of her choosing moved with her could hardly be unfriendly, could hardly be anything but good.”

Ugh, Wally, you just get me/it/everything!

Be back soon to share a few of my small-town Salvation Army finds. I scored some really cute stuff!

xoxo,

Meghan