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.

weekend sale circuit: sept. 19-21

tumblr_n8ja1iHZHT1qabu3po1_1280Another weekend is upon us and there’s lots of sweet thrift-store sales to take advantage of. Best get it in and shop now before stores are overrun with Halloween-costume shoppers!

Hidden Treasures September Sale: Spruce up your space, and enjoy 40% savings at this St. Anthony thrift store today and tomorrow, on everything from furniture to books, clothing to kitchen goods. Since prices at this shop are already reasonable, you could wind up finding serious bargains.

ReSale 101’s Birthday Sale: In honor of their birthday, ReSale 101 is offering 25% off housewares and vintage today and 25% women’s clothing tomorrow.

Assistance League Thrift Store Open Sunday: As part of Penn Avenue’s Penn Fest, the Assistance League Thrift Store in Richfield will be open from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, a day they’re typically closed. Show this 30%-off coupon and save big bucks on any one regularly priced item.

Rank & File x Hello Vintage Pop-up Shop: You’ve got one more shot at catching these lovelies before they pack up and head back to the Mall of St. Paul. Catch them at Bull Run tomorrow between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Sunday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. And tune in here tomorrow to what I found at their sale last weekend. It’s pretty major!

Wishing you happy, relaxing weekends.

xo,

Meghan

Photo by: John Humble c/o Mayan Handball Court.

weekend sale circuit: sept. 13-14

rankfile + hello vintageFor days I’ve been thinking up ways to best break my blogging hiatus, and then last night it hit me. Why don’t I tell you about a couple super-sweet secondhand shopping events, happening this very weekend? Sounds good, right? Right!

Rank & File x Hello Vintage Pop-up Shop: Aw man, where to start? I guess with Libby and Katie, the talented women behind these businesses and this can’t-miss event. These girls are picking pros, each with their own strain of impeccable taste, keen eye for design and a selective inventory that runs deeps. Usually one has to trek to the Mall of St. Paul in order to peruse their collective stash of fairly priced ’60s-’80s-era housewares, artwork, handmade goods and textiles, but this weekend, they’ve hauled it all to Minneapolis so they can pop up next to Bull Run’s original location. How convenient is that? Catch them there tomorrow between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Sunday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. And tune into their Instas—@rankandfile and @hellovintagemn—for sneak peeks of what’s up for grabs. (So much good stuff, I can already hear my wallet weeping.)

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The Most Glorious Garage Sale: My friend and business partner Rae and I have lots in common, including a shared tendency to hoard inordinate amounts of vintage in our basements. Fortunately for all of us, she’ll be setting tons of it out to sell at her rummage sale tomorrow, starting at 8 a.m., including loads of clothes, shoes, small furniture, tasteful modern and vintage home decor, accessories, housewares, linens, crafts supplies and other bargain-priced miscellany you’ll definitely want to buy. Go early and bring cash! 

Wishing you wonderful, thrifting-filled weekends dearies!

xo,

Meghan

recently thrifted

I’ve been in a bit of bling-buying mood recently, which usually spells t-r-o-u-b-l-e for my bank account. Instead of picking up the first sparkly thing that caught my eye at the thrifts (or 10 of them), I vowed to seek out well-made pieces that would fill a need in my collection and/or complement what I already have. Here are three of my favorite finds…

Processed with VSCOcam with s2 preset I’m planning on finding a longer, thinner chain for this silver and enamel eagle pendant ($15), but in the meantime, I’m wearing it as is. Like all the time. And I can’t even explain how delicate these shell earrings are ($10). Both were purchased from the lovely Holly at yesterdays’ Double Peace Studio’s pop-up.

Processed with VSCOcam with s2 preset It’s a rare day that I leave the house without a bracelet on. And on silver days, I’m most definitely wearing one of my beloved cuffs. When I spotted this beauty with abalone inlay ($12) at Second Début‘s St. Louis Park location, I had not choice but to snap it up.

Processed with VSCOcam with s2 presetP.S. Did you know that Second Début location has a vintage section? It does, and holy crap is it amazing! Not at all cheap, but definitely home to some top-quality stuff.

xoxo,

Meghan

recently thrifted

Hi y’all! I’m pooped from writing literally all day, but I had to share some of my finds from the past week. Apologies in advance for the lack in witty commentary…my brain’s tired.

high plains thrifter // floral dishes Vintage floral plates for a future photo shoot, 69 cents to $1.99, found at the St. Vincent de Paul store off Lake Street.

trays 1 A mint-condition set of cream and gold trays, four for $5, also from Vinnie’s. The striped dress I’m wearing is also a Vinnie’s find. It’s a super-comfy stretchy cotton Calvin Klein number with the most flattering scoop-neck. I think it was $3?

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bookcase 2 A big old bookcase that’s destined to hold our stereo, turntable and records. We need to secure it to the wall before loading it up with vinyl, so it’s currently kind of a hodge-podge. I was so happy that the finish matches our trim perfectly AND that there’s a nice-sized cabinet on the bottom (MORE STORAGE!). I found this bad boy via Craigslist, for sale at Empty the Nest in Burnsville for $30.

Have you been out thrifting recently? I’m drying to hear about your prize finds!

xoxo,

Meghan

recently thrifted

high plains thrifter // brass candle holders

high plains thrifter // brass candle holders I’ve been a teensy bit obsessed with brass as of late, so I was pretty stoked when I happened upon this set of seven candlesticks at the New to You Thriftique. I immediately imagined them together on top of my piano, and when I noticed they were staggered in height…well that clinched the deal for me. All of them together cost $4, i.e. 57 cents a piece.high plains thrifter // juice glasses

 Juice glasses are the just-right size for wine (and, I guess, juice), so when I spotted this set at the Salvation Army Family Store in St. Cloud, I had to bring ‘em home. The bonus is that they match the other set in my cupboard wonderfully! (They were 49 cents a pop.)

high plains thrifter // lars syberg pottery I paid 25 cents for this Lars Syberg planter at a neighborhood church rummage and I’m just smitten with it. Hopefully the crocus bulbs I’m trying to force into bloom appreciate their pretty mid-century home!

Processed with VSCOcam with p5 preset I stumbled upon this stash of beautifully embroidered, 99-cent hankies at Bibles for Missions in Crystal and had to buy them all. They’re just so sweet!

high plains thrifter // betty crocker microwave cookbook While I’m always on the lookout for new-old Betty cookbooks to add to my stash, this copy of Betty Crocker’s Microwave Cookbook is actually for my pal Cindy. (Of course I already have a copy, LOL obsessed much?) She makes all kinds of delicious magic both on her blog and for BettyCrocker.com and I can’t wait to see what ideas this book inspires. (I have no doubt they’ll be awesome!)

Have y’all found anything worth raving about recently? If so, I’d love to hear about it!

xoxo,

Meghan

how to: not be an idiot at the tailor

While this post is from the summer of 2010, Sew Simple remains my go-to spot for all my alterations. Since they just opened the doors to their new location (yay!), I thought it’d be a good time to refresh this post with updated info and additional tips.

Confession: I can’t sew for shit. My most recent accomplishment involving a needle and thread was sewing buttons onto a shirt of my sweetheart’s—a task that took me approximately an hour and an extra-large whiskey ginger.

It’s understandable then, when I need something hemmed, patched or repaired, I take it to the pros. Like Pahoua Hoffman and her mom, Chia, at Sew Simple, a-cute-as-a-button operation (conveniently located in the same building as my favorite Chinese takeout joint) that specializes in speedy, affordable alterations and tailoring. Since taking your thrifted vintage in to a tailor can be a bit intimidating at first, I thought, with the help of Sew Simple’s pros, we could cover some basics so your next visit is a snap.

1. Learn some basic lingo.

Knowing what to ask for is half the battle, and getting some simple terms down will definitely help you to not sound like a fool.

Hem: A hem is made when the bottom edge of a garment is folded over once, folded over again and then sewed down. A simple hem is when the garment is unlined. If you want a maxi dress made into a mini, or pants made into shorts, hemming is what you want. This also applies to shortening shirt hems, sleeves, jackets…anything with an edge.

Original hem: At Sew Simple, you can choose to have a simple hem (described above), or you can opt to keep the original hem (also known as a Euro hem) where the extra length is tucked under and sewn in such a way that the original hem is kept intact. This option is good for when you want to keep a detailed hem or maintain the same thread color used on other parts of the garment.

Taking in: The process of taking in an item makes it smaller for a more fitted silhouette. If you love a skirt, for example, but the waist is slightly too big, this is what you ask for.

Let out: The process of opening the seam allowance (definition below) to let out the extra fabric to create a looser fit. This is what you want to ask for if you thrifted a blazer or dress and the fit is a little too snug.

Seam allowance: A seam allowance is the area between the edge of fabric and the stitching line on two (or more) pieces of material being stitched together. Seam allowances can range from 1/4-inch wide  to as much as several inches. If you’re hoping to have something let out, check the seam allowance. If it’s small (like 1/2-inch or less), your tailor won’t be able to do much.

Lining: Lining is an inner layer of fabric, fur or other fabric that provides a nice, neat finish.

Seam: A seam is a line of fabric held together by thread.

2. Have realistic expectations.

Don’t get your hopes up; not everything is reparable. “We’ll tell you when we can’t fix something,” says Hoffman. Bringing your item in to a tailor is a good first step (don’t call and try to explain what you want fixed over the phone!). Consultations are often free, as is the case at Sew Simple.

Don’t expect that your garment will look “perfect” or brand-new, especially if you’re getting holes repaired, Hoffman cautions. “Most people who understand what vintage is are just happy that their garment is wearable again,” she says.

Don’t plan on being in and out in a flash. You will need to allot time to explain to your tailor what you want done, and if you want the fit altered, you’ll need time to try the garment on and have your tailor work with you to hatch a plan.

Some fixes need more of a designer’s touch, for example, if you want to reconstruct a piece or alter is drastically. An experienced tailor will know when something is beyond their skill level, and can refer you to a designer who can help. Sew Simple has relationships with local designers who can help you with a more creative project and can refer you to them.

3. Don’t go empty-handed.

Do bring (or wear) the underthings you’ll be wearing with the piece of clothing you want altered or fixed. It’s amazing the difference that foundation garments (a strapless bra or pair of Spanx, for example) can make in terms of fit. Also be sure to bring the shoes you’ll be wearing with the item—heels, flats, etc.—this goes for guys, too!

Do bring your wallet. Most tailors require full or partial payment in advance. Pricing varies per tailor, per repair. Most tailors will give you a quote for every piece. Sew Simple has a handy list of prices for common alterations, which you can check out here. (Handy much?)

Do be prepared to wait for your goodies. Your tailor should be able to give you a ballpark range of when your garment will be ready—usually in a few days to a week, with more complex alterations taking longer. If you need it in a jiffy, let them know, and they might be able to rush it through. At Sew Simple, there’s no fee to put a rush on an item, but be ready to shell out a bit more for faster service at other tailors.

A big thank you goes to Pahoua and her mom, who were ultra-helpful with putting this post together. Keep your eyes out for more tailoring-related posts featuring wisdom from the friendly folks at Sew Simple!

Sew Simple
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Closed on Sunday
Location: 2424 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55404
Contact: Phone, 612.872.4430
They’re also on Facebook and Twitter!

xo,

Meghan