weekend sale circuit: memorial day weekend

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The unofficial start to summer is finally here, and there are a TON of sales to take advantage of. Grab a friend, free up some time and save big at any of these first-rate secondhand establishments!

Spring Sale at Mom’s House: My talented friend and neighbor Holly is hosting a sale at her home tomorrow (Saturday) and it is bound to AWESOME. In addition to choice vintage for men and women, up for grabs will be original art, plants, household goods and handmade treasures by There There. You’ll find the address, hours and sneak peeks right here!

Assistance League Thrift Store: Though they’re closed on Memorial Day proper, this week’s special (half-off linens, lamps and furniture) continues today and tomorrow.

Resale 101: Lots of deals to be had today and tomorrow (note: this shop is closed Sunday and Monday), including 40% off women’s pants and spring jackets, BOGO on books, 30% of household items and 20-50% savings on furniture.

Hope Chest for Breast Cancer: Spend $100 get $25 off today through Sunday (both locations will be closed Monday).

New to You Thriftique: Perhaps the best deals of the weekend will be found at this Golden Valley store’s $5 fill-a-bag sale Saturday. Talk about a bargain!

Salvation Army Family Stores: Take 50% off clothing Memorial Day at all area family stores. If you’re in the mood to dig, the downtown by-the-pound location will offer a 99-cents-per-pound deal that very same day.

ARC’s Value Village: Similar savings are to be had at Value Village stores, with 50% off all the things Monday (except for the things with a white or orange tag). Village Rewards members will enjoy early access to the sale Sunday, but if you can’t go ’til Monday, don’t fret—they’ll be restocking like mad Sunday night.

Goodwill: In step with Value Village and Sal Val, most everything at Goodwill will be half-off Memorial Day, including clothes, shoes and furniture. Find the store nearest you here.

Wishing you the happiest of long weekends!

xo,

Meghan

how to: remove grease pencil markings

Hey sweethearts, happy Monday!

Today’s how-to is easy peasy, but it’s also super handy, as many, many, many thrifts use grease pencil (aka wax pencil) to mark prices on items, ranging from from shoes to dishes and pretty much everything in between. Fortunately, removing these marks is a super-simple two-step process!

You’ll need: A bottle of 100-percent acetone (found with nail polish remover) and cotton pads or a soft, clean rag.

Step one: Dab some acetone on your cotton or rag.

Step two: Give the markings a little rub and watch them vanish!

Annnnd, you’re done! So easy right? This little trick works for taking grease-pencil prices off the soles of thrifted shoes, glassware, you name it. USE CAUTION, however, when using acetone on painted surfaces, as it can also remove the paint, along with the wax. Test in an inconspicuous location or try another method. Under NO circumstances should you ever use acetone on finished wood.

Wishing you a wonderful, albeit snowy, evening!

xo,

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

’tis the season (to clean out your closet)

tumblr_mgs0roXvCe1r2phi9o1_1280With the first days of fall under our belts and the weekend around the corner, it seems like a natural time to get geared up for a closet clean-out. No matter how many purges my wardrobe and I have undertaken together, mentally preparing beforehand continues to be an essential step in the process. Here are the six things I remind myself before embarking on a seasonal mission of minimizing.

1. You’ll need to go it alone. Those articles that encourage you to invite a pal over and open some wine while you go through your closet together…forget that! A closet clean-out is an inherently dirty, personal and emotional task, one that’s best attacked alone. That said, who am I to turn down expert guidance? My friend Sally McGraw authored Already Pretty, an incredibly friendly, honest and uber-positive guide to defining, refining and owning your one-of-a-kind style. To help psych me up, I reread pertinent portions (chapters 2, 5 and 6 if you must know)…there’s something about Sally’s writing and sage advice that keeps me focused on the bigger picture. (Craving hands-on help? She’s available for style and closet consults, either in-person or online, too.)

2. It’s not going to take an afternoon. Sure, if you’re looking to skim off the top and barely make a dent, you’ll probably be set after an hour or two of work. But in case you’re a hoarder like myself, you may have a lot to cull through, and setting a short time limit could add unnecessary pressure, especially if you’re going to try everything on (which you absolutely should). Personally, I prefer to set myself a deadline a week or two out, and then carve out time when my schedule allows. A half-hour here, an afternoon there, just pick a category—pants, purses, accessories, work skirts—and get to work.

3. You’ll need a system. When tackling a wardrobe reboot, I bring an entire BOX of garbage bags upstairs with me, setting aside a bag for items that need dry-cleaning, one for pieces hurting for repair or tailoring, another for clothing that I could potentially resell (or find a new home with a friend) and the rest for items that are destined to be donated. (Clothing that’s worn-out, ratty or ruined is earmarked for the rag pile.)

4. Facts will be faced. Paid top dollar for a pair of boots you’ve only worn once? Scored a gorgeous designer piece that isn’t really your style, but it was SUCH a deal, you can’t bear to let it go? Haven’t fit into your “favorite” pair of jeans in years? Just. Be. Honest. The fact you that once upon a time you were fiscally irresponsible/had bad judgment/size 8 isn’t anything to be ashamed of. We’re only human, y’all! In fact, getting rid of pieces that bring up of feelings of disappointment, shame or self-loathing can be downright cathartic, especially when you consider all the room you’re making for pieces that make you feel AMAZING.

5. Letting go can be hard. One truism from Sally’s book that consistently stands out to me is “Clothing is imbued with emotion, steeped in memory, and parting with it can be downright painful.” Not to mention stressful! Get ready for emotions to arise when making decisions about what to keep and what to part with. One trick that helps me maintain objectivity is asking “If I were to see this item at a store today, would I buy it?” If the answer is no, the attachment is purely sentimental. Take a minute to remember the good times you had together. Then, let go.

6. A good exit strategy is key. Now that you’ve done all the hard work, it’s time to get your unwanted goods out of your house ASAP.  For me and my crazy schedule, finding an organization with convenient drop-off donation service is a must. Savers recently opened eight Donation Drop Stations in Minnesota, including metro-area spots in Robbinsdale, Apple Valley, Columbia Heights and Richfield. Every donation made not only gives gently used goods a second life and keeps them out of landfills, and also supports local nonprofits like the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota, the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota  and Vietnam Veterans of America. Savers pays these local organizations for every single donation made, whether or not it makes it to the sales floor. With locations close by, and convenient drop-off hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week), getting your unwanted clothes at Savers makes total sense. (Just don’t forget to ask for a receipt!)

Y’all cleaning your closets out this fall? If so, I’d love to hear your tried-and-true tips for maximum effectiveness. My overstuffed drawers and I could use the advice!!

xoxo,

Meghan

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

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

heads up: can’t-miss country club garage sale

yKLWqbzI love days when blog-topics literally fall into my lap. Like this morning, when my co-worker Erin mentioned she was going to a “fancy” neighborhood garage sale on Saturday. Considering the source, a woman whose collection of vintage St. John is utterly mind-blowing and never looks anything less than 100-percent pulled-together, I knew had to get the scoop and share it here. If anyone gets the actual true definition of “fancy,” it’s her!

Here I go, quoting the Craigslist ad:

“The King of all garage sales. Tomorrow (Sat.) from 8-1:00. Near 50th and France. HWY 100 to 50th Street Go East to Wooddale. Look for the Green signs. There are other sales going on in the Country Club Neighborhood….here are a few of the addresses participating:
4511 Wooddale Ave
4524 Arden Ave
4503 Wooddale Ave
4525 Drexel
4208 Sunnyside Road
4508 Bruce
4514 Wooddale
4501 Casco”

So there you have it! Not a lot of details, but definitely a whole lot of promise, given the zip code. If you’re unfamiliar with Edina, don’t be deterred if you get a little shade thrown your way by its residents.

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It comes with the territory.

Wishing you all the best of weekends!

xoxo,

Meghan

Photo + GIF c/o: Lucille Bluth Knows Best.