summer of dresses kick-off party pics

Good morning all, and happy May Day!

I wanted to pop in quickly so I could share some pics from last night’s Summer of Dresses kick-off fiesta/preview sale. It was a such a fun evening. Thank you, Meghan, for asking us to host the kick-off. Rae and I were so honored to be a part.

{All photos are courtesy of Canary Grey.}

Photos of our guests in their dresses are already up on Summer of Dresses—do go check ’em out and then get to posting your own! If you couldn’t make it last night, don’t fret: Mighty Swell will be open again this Saturday and Sunday and we’ll be restocking the shop with fresh vintage throughout the week. (Click here for details on this weekend’s event!)



mighty swell + design*sponge = photo booth magic

Just about a month ago, Rae and I had the opportunity to create the photo backdrop for Design*Sponge’s book party at the Anthropologie store in Edina. The 8 x 8 backdrop needed to be portable, yet sturdy, pretty from a distance yet photogenic up close. After a week of brainstorming, we settled on the idea of a trinket wall. We thrifted the trinkets (or doo-dads, as I like to call them) from Unique Thrift stores.  From dolls to magnets, beads to toys, coasters to tiny plates, game pieces to buttons, nothing was safe from our glue guns.

The backdrop was made from plywood and scrap wood I had stashed in my garage from my bathroom remodel. We washed it with a light mint green stain (Minwax Water Based Wood Stain in Antique Jade, to be exact) which allowed the pretty grain of the wood to come through.  After Rae traced the diamonds on the dry plywood, we hauled it piece by piece into my living room, where we proceeded to sit and glue trinkets and watch Parks & Recreation. Approximately 100 years later…we were done!

The day of the signing, at literally the crack of dawn, we hauled it over to Anthro and did a few last minute touch ups. It was such a relief when the set-up was done. And I have to say, I think it turned out pretty awesome.

You can see for yourself in this gallery of photobooth photos from the signing.

Many thanks to Grace and Amy from Design*Sponge (pictured above) for giving us the opportunity. Although I might be fine with never seeing a glue gun again as long as I live, it sure was fun to put this together.



heads up: there’s a new savers in town

Exciting news friends!

There’s a brand new Savers store opening in Woodbury next week! And as someone who’s made some pretty big scores at Savers over the years, this news clearly makes my heart pit pat just a little bit faster. Another thing that’s got me jazzed about this store opening in particular? Savers has asked me to style up a little fashion show at their preview shopping party! (Such an honor, right? Especially considering I don’t and never will consider myself a stylist!) I’ve enlisted the help of my no. 1 business partner in crime and together, we’ll be dressing a dozen or so of their employees and a handful of kids that benefit from the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota (this particular Savers nonprofit partner) in some fun, affordable looks for fall. And boy, are we excited.

 I’m also delighted to be able to extend the invitation to the preview event out to all of you, dear hearts! The fun is happening on Tuesday, September 6th, from 6-8 p.m., at the metro area’s newest Savers, located at 8401 Tamarack Road in Woodbury. I would love to see all your beautiful faces there! You have to admit the opportunity to shop a thrift two days before it opens to the public is pretty cool. Plus, if you bring a gently used clothing item, you’ll be entered to win a $100 gift card they’re giving away that night. (Sidenote: If the sound of winning a Savers gift card sounds good to you, I advise to keep an eye on Mighty Swell’s Facebook page over the next day or two…they might have given me some extra somethin’ somethins’ to pass along to one of our lucky followers. I’m just sayin’!)

I’ll be back tomorrow with a round up of Labor Day weekend sales—there are so many good deals to be had it’s nuts!
I hope you all have wonderful evenings…



heads up: mighty swell sidewalk & rummage sale!

Hi dolls!

One of my tip-top favorite things about Mighty Swell‘s storefront space is our ‘hood. Neighbors stopping in to say “hi” while I’m putzing around the store, knowing the man at the family run hardware store on a first-name basis, having a regular order at the hot dog shop next door—these small interactions in our nook of the community make my heart sing. So, when we learned about the Standish, Ericsson & Corcoran Neighborhood Garage Sale (the largest in the city!) we knew we just had to be a part! So, we’re having a sidewalk sale, TOMORROW from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.!

Rae and I have marked down a hefty amount of vintage merchandise, and we’ve also pillaged through our closets, garages, attics and basements, unearthing all kinds of fun stuff. And everything outside will be priced to GO. After all, we’ve got to make a little room for all the pretty stuff we’ve found for our upcoming summer sale right? (Details on that coming soon, promise!)

Anyway, if you are in the area and want to experience summer bargain hunting at its finest, I highly suggest checking this event out! You can pick up sale maps starting at 8:45 a.m. at the following locations:

Angry Catfish Coffee / 4208 28th Avenue South
Midtown Farmers’ Market / Lake Street & 22nd Avenue
Caribou Coffee / 4745 Cedar Avenue South (Cedar & Minnehaha)
Holiday Station Store / 3550 Cedar Avenue South

And don’t forget to highlight Mighty Swell Vintage when you’re circling the sales you want to hit—we’re at 3109 East 42nd Street. (Or just look for the cute teal open sign, a bunch of balloons and a sidewalk full of stuff!!)

See you there, rain or shine!