heads up: family pathways’ annual bag sale

high plains thrifter // family pathwaysAnother day, another bag sale! Tomorrow, bargain hunters should steer themselves north to Family Pathways Thrift Stores, where all the clothing that fits into a bag will be a whopping 50% off. Due to popular demand, shoppers are limited to just one bag at the discounted rate, so you better get to practicing your space-saving folding skills. (The sale is limited to clothing only; accessories aren’t part of the deal.) All nine Family Pathways store locations are participating—click here to find the location closest to you. As always, all profits raised at Family Pathways stores goes to supporting people in need in the northern metro.

Happy hunting!



weekend sale circuit: feb. 21-23

Hunt & Gather

Happy Friday friends! Here’s what the secondhand sales scene is looking like this weekend.

Final Clearance at My Sisters’ Closet: Hurry over to My Sisters’ Closet’s Grand Avenue location to shop the final days of their annual clearance event. Shoppers can expect to find high-end designer pieces in addition to timeless vintage treasures. (Sale ends Sunday.)

Rock ‘n’ Roll Music Sale: Vinyl-lovers who appreciate a good dig should check out this sale. 3,000 vinyl LP records, hundreds of CDs, cassettes and other music-related items will be up for grabs, including hundreds of $1 LPs. Sale runs today, ’til 8 p.m. and tomorrow from 9 to 5.

Hunt & Gather’s Bi-Annual Sale: Take 20% off at the hippest “antique” store in town, today through Sunday. Save on vintage decor, furniture, one-of-a-kind found objects and all kinds of random wonderfulness you never knew you needed.

Fill a Bag for $5 at New to You Thriftique: If the thought of stuffing a grocery bag full of clothes, shoes, outerwear and paying only $5 for the whole shebang excites you, head over to New to You Thriftique tomorrow through Tuesday. There’s no limit on how many bags you can fill, and kids’ clothes are included in this deal.

Hope Chest’s Go for the Gold Sale: Pick your metal and take anywhere from 20-40% any one item today through Sunday. Additionally, belts, shoes and purses are 40% off, and all winter clothing is a whopping 90% off.

Happy hunting!



Photo c/o: MSP Mag's Vintage Insider's Guide.

the beauty thrifter is in!

12446175255_804dd5ebdb_bSince today’s forecast calls for yet another dumping of snow, it seems appropriate to share this round up I put together for my friends at Coupons.com featuring a handful of my all-time favorite winter skin saviors. From a facial scrub that smells like fresh grapefruit (and works miracles on blah, dry skin), to a spray-and-go lotion that keeps scaly legs at bay, each of these products will keep you looking hot (even if the temps are sub-zero outside). If you have time, please do check it out!



Image c/o: Classic Film's Flickr.

a v-day mix, from me to you

tumblr_n0wfhfNdz31qmw1oho1_500Happy Friday, loves. In honor of the holiday, I made you a mix of songs that make me think of the real, true, forever kind of love. Buck Owens, Thin Lizzy, The Lovin’ Spoonful, Loretta Lynn—who wouldn’t fall head over heels for this lineup? Please do give it a listen, my Valentine’s Day gift to you.

xoxo always,


Image c/o: Phases Phrases Photos

clickin’ around, vol. 49

Amanda Norgaard for Lula #14 Spring/Summer 2012 by Jessie Lily Adams.

LOL, #leanin-themed Valentines!

Hands-down the prettiest surf boards I’ve ever seen.

I’m so excited to take in the Vivian Maier exhibit at the Minneapolis Photo Center. Have any of you been?

Kite meets camera; magical images ensue (via sho & tell).

The two-minute beauty routine that’s revving up my mornings (and smoothing my booty!).

Licia Ronzulli, member of the European Parliament, has been taking her daughter Vittoria to Parliament sessions for two years now and the pictures of them are PRICELESS.



Photo c/o: Amanda Norgaard for Lula no. 14 by Jessie Lily Adams

looking at the world with brand-new eyes

Last Friday afternoon, a couple dear friends, a few bottles of wine, some snacks and an unrealistic number of books, piled all cozy-like into my car. We were headed to Clare’s Well, and in all honestly, I had no idea what to expect. It turned out that our destination was magical, in the most sacred of ways. Two perfect days later, I returned home in a state I’m unfamiliar with—complete calm. And after work on Monday, I started a post about my trip…and wound up completely stuck.

Then I went to see Roky Erickson perform at First Avenue. Two-thirds of the way through his set, he sang his 13th Floor Elevators song “Roller Coaster.” And while yes, there were 2,000-some people there, and yes, this song is about tripping balls, when I heard him sing “you’re looking at the world with brand new eyes, and no one can ever spoil the view,” I was like, “YES! That’s exactly how I feel!” Leave it to a classic psych-rock song to sum up my feelings so succinctly.

I returned from Clare’s Well with fresh perspective in spades; a feeling I’d wrongly assumed I needed to go far, far away to feel. My heart’s so full, and yet, when it comes to the words, I still, two days later, keep coming up short. Fortunately, I took a lot of pictures. Here are a few of my favorites (that I didn’t post to Instagram).

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I’m already counting down the days ’til I can go back.



P.S. The photos in this post were taken and processed using VSCO Cam. It’s the best.

heads up: customer appreciation savings at the Burnsville Salvation Army

high plains thrifter / sal val burnsville dealJust popping by to share this fun, in-store special the Burnsville Salvation Army is running on Thursdays. I happened to stop by the store last Thursday, and when I was checking out, I learned that I just so happened to be 50th shopper of the day. Score! If you haven’t visited this store, know that it’s one of my absolute favorite Salvation Army stores in town. It’s really big, it’s never picked over (except around Halloween) and I always find some treasures. Last week I scored big on dresses, along with some cute stuff to craft with and use in the kitchen. My wild-card find was an old floating minnow bucket that’s going to fit right in at the cabin. I can’t wait to go back and put my 50%-off coupon to use!

If you go, and want to hit more stores while you’re down that way, check out my Burnsville Thrifting Loop map below, which highlights other nearby stores. (Click View Larger Map for store details, including addresses, hours and phone numbers.)



clickin’ around, vol. 48

I have no idea how I came across this but here’s Eddie Murphy at the premiere of Purple Rain. You’re welcome?

There’s something about these illustrated prints of fancy perfumes I just love. (Concept, styling and art direction by Heidi Xandt.)

Miss Moss started a fashion tumblr, and of course, it’s impeccable.

If you’ve ever had an inner dialogue in the shoe department about the sacrifices you’re willing to make to bring a certain pair home, you will definitely relate to this zine.

Three things I pinned and made this week; all were flat-out delicious: Kielbasa and Pierogies Sheet Pan Meal; Buffalo Patatas Bravas and Brown Butter Roasted Banana Muffins.

I’ve been following all The Anti-Diet Project posts and this latest installment (on the stupidity of Last Supper-style mindsets) is, of course, great. Intuitive Eating is where it’s at!

It’s so easy to admire a friend’s skill with layered bracelets, or see a beautifully retro belt styled in a magazine, but to be stumped in front of the mirror when trying to pull it off at home. If accessorizing your way leaves you feeling a little, “huh?,” my friend Sal has a class coming up on February 9th with your name on it. Sal will be sharing pearls of wisdom galore, including advice on how to work in vintage and thrifted finds in the mix (she’s a pro!). Sign up here.



Photo c/o: La Dulzura

weekend sale circuit: jan. 24-26

130122stfashionista-p1Happy Friday, everybody! There are a more than a few solid second-hand sales happening around town this weekend, so I figured I’d put together a quick round-up for you.

Blacklist Vintage Liquidation Sale: Boy am I bummed Blacklist Vintage is closing. The only silver lining of the shop’s closing I can see has to be the liquidation sale, which kicks off tomorrow at noon. The event, advertised as stretching for weeks, will feature progressive discounts, $5 bins for digging and loads of treasures.

Dress for Success Clothing Sale: Fans of deals and shopping for a cause should make time to visit Dress for Success’ annual fundraiser. Open to the public tomorrow only, this sale boasts big-name brands (Calvin Klein, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Michael Kors, etc.) with all proceeds going to Dress for Success’ very worthy work.

Winter Clothing Sale at Hope Chest: Today through Sunday, all winter clothing is 50% off, including sweaters, jeans, boots, tops, coats, furs, scarves and hats. There’s still a lot of winter left, so if you need a little mid-season pick-me-up, why not pay less for it?

White Sale at New to You Thriftique: For the first time ever, the folks at New to You are having a linen sale, and all pillow cases, tablecloths, napkins, place mats, sheets, towels, bedspreads and the like will be half-off. Tempting right? (Sale runs through January 31st, btw.)



heads up: “take a chance” sale at empty the nest

tumblr_mazm7mEsPQ1qf6jy9o1_r1_500Though my overall sense of hand-eye coordination leaves something to be desired, I’m freakishly decent at darts. Which may explain why I’m so excited about Empty the Nest‘s “Take a Chance” sale. Happening tomorrow between noon and 4 p.m., customers have the chance to lob a dart at the board, with the number hit being the percentage they’ll save. Doubles and triples don’t apply, but still, what a tempting prospect, even for the non-darters in the world!

I personally have my eye on this rattan coffee table they posted on Facebook, though I’m pretty sure my boyfriend would kill me if I brought one more piece of furniture into this house. As you know from my past posts on Empty the Nest (here, here, and here), you never know what treasures await in their fully-loaded showroom.

If you pay them a visit tomorrow, I wish you nothing but bulls-eyes!



Photo c/o of: Holllyhocks and Tulips