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

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.

9 essentials i’m thrifting this fall

 It’s the same old story each and every autumn: the air turns crisp, leaves drop, days shorten and pumpkin spice lattes and apple orchard adventures overtake my Instagram feed. As soon as the annual chill arrives, without fail, my practically Pavlovian-style response is to run out (or hop online) and spruce up my wardrobe. And now that I’ve completed a fall closet clean-out, giving my unwanted goods to Savers, there’s actually a wee bit of room to squeeze in some new goods!

To keep me focused as I browse the thrift-store racks, I honed in on the pieces I was missing (so easy to do after a thorough closet clean-out) and inspiration, both old and new, I can’t get out of my brain. By refining my thoughts and making a list, I’ll save time when thrifting big stores like Savers and money I may have accidentally spent on items I don’t need. Below are the essentials that made the cut!

fall trends collage 1Dark florals: I feel more than a small twinge of sadness when it comes time to pack up my favorite summer florals. Fortunately, thrift-store racks boast plenty of saturated prints and I plan on sussing out at least a dress, blouse, skirt or scarf before the snow flies.

Jeans to destroy: “Oh hell no!” = my instant reaction to the prices I’ve seen on tattered denim ($148 for the pair of jeans pictured above, OMG!). I figure if I thrift a few pairs that fit  well and screw one up in the distressing process, no bigs, I’ll still be about $130 ahead.

Black denim jacket: Seeing as I wear my denim jacket four out of seven days a week, seeking out a black one seems kind of like a no-brainer. To me, a good denim jacket fits like I borrowed it from my boyfriend, so I’ll definitely be combing the men’s section at the thrifts for this.

Photos c/o: Let it Be / Nasty Gal / Free People

fall trends collage 2Midi skirts: My love of midis will not wane, so what? But truly though, what’s not to appreciate. They’re an acceptable length to wear to work, warm and, perhaps best of all, super easy to thrift. For fall, I look for wool or wool blend midis, and maybe a poly option or two.

Turtleneck sweater: Ever since elementary school, turtlenecks and I have kept our distance, but I’m feeling like this year is THE year to get over my aversion. If I can find one that’s a fun color, like the nubby Orla Kiely beauty pictured above, I’ll be in cozy town in no time.

Vests: This summer I wore two denim vests so much, it made me realize how more  belong in my closet. I love how they can introduce another texture to an outfit, plus, they’re warm! From suede to crochet, fur to wool, I know I’ll have lots of luck finding some solid options secondhand.

Photos c/o: B. Jones Style / Orly Kiely / Waiste

fall trends collage 3A bold coat: Green, black, green, black, navy. That’s my coat collection in a nutshell. This fall, I’m on the hunt for something bright and something bold. Mustard, emerald, red, baby blue, oxblood, pink…as long as it’s not black, green or navy, I’m game!

A simple shift: Solids are out of my comfort zone, but the big-haired beauty above has given me hope that I can wear a non-printed dress and not feel totally drab. If I follow in her footsteps, pairing it with some huge hair and a killer bag, this staple just might work!

A wide-brimmed hat: Turns out, I’m kind of picky about hats! Disappointed by the quality of the ones I’ve found at the mall, and reluctant to shell out for one, I’m going to keep my eyes peeled at the thrifts, shopping both the men’s and women’s departments ’til I find the perfect one.

Photos c/o: Jalouse / my tumblr / Bohemian Diesel

Are you hot on the trail of particular items this fall? Does making a checklist help keep you focused? If you’ve got any fall shopping routines or tips, I’d love to hear ‘em!

xoxo,

Meghan

P.S. My friends at Savers sponsored this post; all opinions are my own.

recently thrifted

Just popping in after a long day to share a few functional finds from the past couple weeks!

My old mat had worn out its welcome, so I scooped up this beauty at the Goodwill on Nicollet Avenue. Originally priced at $9.99, I got it for half of that because it was a green tag sale day. I LOVE when that happens!

welcome mat // goodwill Another Nicollet Goodwill find = this woven basket-turned-plant-holder. It’s in perfect shape, and only set me back $1.99!

plant hanger I leave a trail of jewelry around my house, and it’s such a horrible habit! This old ashtray makes the perfect bracelet-catcher, and the souvenir Minnesota dish holds my rings beautifully. Both were found for a song at the Salvation Army in Norfolk, Nebraska.

ashtrays I’ve been on the hunt for an affordable set of Christmas glasses and I found ‘em in Norfolk! These aren’t super old (mid-’80s, I’m guessing) but they are in great shape, and cost 14-and-a-half cents a piece, meaning the set of eight cost just over a dollar!

xmas glasses In the clothes department, Norfolk’s Salvation Army was refreshingly not picked over. I found tons of beautiful ’50s, ’60s and ’70s items, but settled on two ’60s-era shifts (one store-bought, the other homemade), a white ’90s maxi and a classic plaid Western snap front. (Sorry for the horrifically lazy photo!)

clothesBeen out to the thrifts lately? If so, I’d love to hear what you’ve found!

Wishing you a restful eve!!

xo,

Meghan

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