weekend sale circuit: may 16-18

tumblr_n19nl02LiV1qzfrd2o1_1280Hey all, it’s finally Friday! If you’re in the mood to do some secondhand shopping this weekend, here are a few sales happening around town you might want to check out!

Camp DuNord & Camp Widji Garage Sale: Rumor has it this sprawling, weekend-long sale is the place to go for used camping equipment and tents. A 30-year tradition that started in a front yard in Roseville and has since moved to the Merchandise Mart Building at the State Fair Grounds, this event raises funds to support the summer camps. (Click through for hours, directions and details.)

Kingfield Garage Sale: Neighborhood rummage sale season continues tomorrow with Kingfield’s annual event. Save time and plan ahead with this handy Google Map that outlines sale locations, or pick up a printed map at the Nicollet Ace Hardware, Butter Bakery Cafe, Anodyne or Royal Grounds. Official sale hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., tomorrow only.

New to You Thriftique’s Warehouse Sale: When thrift-store warehouses overflow, it can only mean good things for us. For the first time ever, the New to You Thriftique is opening its furniture-laden back-stock to the general public. Teasers posted promise a huge selection of kitchen and dining sets, desks, sofas, book cases, beds and sporting goods and gardening supplies galore. The warehouse is conveniently located at 8838 7th Avenue North in Golden Valley, directly across from the new Culver’s, and the sale runs tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Linen & Designer Goods Sale at Assistance League Thrift Store: Refresh your linen stash this weekend and enjoy 50% savings on all tablecloths, sheets, napkins, etc. All designer goods are 75% this week as well! (Check out my recent review of the store here!)

xoxo,

Meghan

Photo c/o: Seven is the Funniest Number.

heads up: woodbury lions community garage sale

img3928Spring has finally (FINALLY!) sprung in Minnesota, meaning garage-sale season is officially underway. (Thank heavens!) At the top of my list of sales to hit this spring is the Woodbury Lions Community Garage Sale, running tomorrow, May 8th through Saturday, May 10th. Now in its 37th year (!!!), this mammoth event includes literally hundreds of sales, and is one of the biggest community rummage sales in the entire state.

Of particular note is a sale happening in the Stonemill Farms neighborhood (exact address: 2487 Fieldstone Curve, Woodbury 55129). Hosted by a friend of a friend, this sale, that starts today at noon, boasts a stellar lineup of merchandise (baby/kids clothes, shoes, activities, games, maternity clothes, furniture, Depression-era glassware, designer purses). More importantly, all proceeds raised at this particular event are going to cover medical expenses of my friend’s friend, who was diagnosed with a congenital CMV infection while pregnant with her second child. I’d never heard of this virus before hearing her story, but it’s actually surprisingly common, and the treatments currently available are shockingly limited. (Please do take a moment to learn more about virus, and how to prevent the spread of it, here at www.stopcmv.org.)

Detailed directories are available for $5 starting tonight through the weekend at the Woodbury Kowalski’s Market, Rainbow Foods, Cub Foods and most all area gas stations. To plan your trek in advance, download the digital directory now to your phone or tablet, available here. Sale hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., tomorrow through Saturday.

Good luck and have fun!

xoxo,

Meghan

Photo c/o: The Woodbury Bulletin.

heads up: big changes in store at the downtown Salvation Army

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetFor whatever weird reason, the downtown Salvation Army store has always felt like home to me. There was something about the size, the grit or the smell that could, without fail, transport me back to my hometown Salvation Army store, while at the same time making me feel so rooted and at home in Minneapolis. It’s been an institution to me for so many years. One that I never imagined changing…and yet, it’s about to.

Over the weekend, I got word that the top floor of the downtown location will be turned into a buy-the-pound store permanently, with a grand opening set for Saturday, June 7 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Not surprisingly, I have mixed feelings about this bit of news. One one hand, the prices sound awesome! All clothing and accessories will be $1.49 per pound, housewares will be $1.29 a pound, books will range from 25-49 cents a piece and all electronics will be a flat $3.49. And fans of the Target basement fans don’t need to fret—the lower level will remain the same, i.e. chock-full of cast-off new Target merchandise. But even with the low prices, change-hating ol’ me isn’t exactly sure what to think. Is the quality of the merchandise going to keep taking a total nose-dive? Are they still going to sell furniture? What does this all mean?

I have a note out my PR contact at Salvation Army North regarding some of these questions, including what implications the change in format will have on shopping there over the next month. (I’ll update the post when I hear back.) In the meantime, what do you think? Can you see this being a good or a bad thing? I’m already wistful for the old days and the store hasn’t even changed yet!

xoxo,

Meghan

nice find: kara’s waylon t-shirt

Hello lovelies, and happy Monday! In my many years of thrifting, I’ve come to believe that some items wind up with certain people on purpose. Like when Kara posted her cute mug in this thrifted Waylon tee, I knew I had to quell my insane jealousy and accept that it was simply meant for her. Here she is with the full scoop on her Nice Find.

Name: Kara
Location: Minneapolis
My Nice Find is: Oh, nothing fancy—just a men’s XL Waylon Jennings tee! NBD.

9c1334b4b9cd11e3b7520ef2b06b89f1_8I thrifted it at: It came from Unique in Northeast. My bestie Amy plucked it out of the rack for me like magic.
I paid: $5? Maybe?
I’m going to wear it: Everywhere…if my brother doesn’t steal it first.
My best piece of thrifting advice is: Go with a friend who understands your style and you understand hers. You find double the stuff that way!
My favorite Waylon Jennings song is: This week? “Good Hearted Woman.”

So…who’s up next? If you have a #nicefind you’d like to share, I would love to tell your story! Shoot me an email (hpthrifter@gmail.com) about a thrifted purchase that made you giddy, along with a photo, and we can go from there!
I hope to hear from you soon!
xoxo,
Meghan

recently thrifted

Late Friday afternoon, I scooped my Mama up from the airport and made a beeline for her favorite thrift-store in the Twin Cities—ARC’s Value Village in Richfield. For nearly eight years, my brother lived a scant mile from this store, and let me tell you, it didn’t take long for a trip to “that nice thrift store down the road” to become an essential part of my Mom’s itinerary whenever she came to town. Now that he’s moved a little further north, I knew she’d appreciate a quick pop-in to her beloved old haunt. We spent less than an hour making the rounds of the bustling store, but I still managed to do quite a bit of damage. Here are a few of my favorite finds!

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I blame this Southern Living piece for my new obsession with Jello molds. Mom also pointed out that the shiny silver one would serve wonderfully as an ice mold in a bowl of punch. Great point, Momma!

high plains thrifter / tin bowls I picked up these aluminum bowls to serve as props for work, but that didn’t stop me from serving afternoon snacks out of them today.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset high plains thrifter // sandals My love for granny sandals knows no bounds. Both of these pairs are the epitome of comfortable with ultra-cushy soles and sensible strap situations.

high plains thrifter // cocktail napkinshigh plains thrifter / cocktail napkins How could I pass up this bundle of cocktail napkins? I’m easily smitten with cheery ditzy prints and bright colors.

high plains thrifter // purse This Italian-made leather satchel is the bag I’ve been looking for. The style reminded me instantly of this J.W. Hulme Legacy bag I’ve coveted for eons, but could never justify buying. I also picked up this striped tank during our trip to Value Village, and I can already tell it’s going to be a staple this summer. I love the lace straps and stretchy material.

high plains thrifter // cowyboy boots Last but not least, can we talk about these boots? I spotted them from afar, and when I got closer, could not believe my eyes when I saw they were in the eight-and-a-half section. I picked them up, partly skeptical, partly overjoyed, and was like, “no way these are going to fit,” considering how cowboy boots can often look deceptively small. Lo and behold, they fit like a glove, making me the world’s happiest cowgirl.

Also found, but not pictured, a cream deadstock silk blouse from Carson Piere Scott. It has the most delicate pearl beading and details—so perfect for work. I also brought home a tan, long-sleeved Levi’s button-down to layer over dresses and tanks. (My Mom, no surprise, was content to look and not buy, given her jam-packed suitcase situation. She also remarked how much the prices had gone up since her last visit, an opinion I can’t disagree with.)

If you’ve been out thrifting lately, I hope you’ve had just as much luck AND fun as I had Friday.

xoxo,

Meghan

weekend sale circuit: april 17-19

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Apologies for the quietude around here this past week. I’ve been dealing with a super sick pup and some tight freelance deadlines, both of which have kept me from having any semblance of free time. Thankfully my ol’ Finnnie seems to be on the mend and my clients are sitting pretty with polished pieces in their inboxes, so it’ll be back to business as usual soon, starting with this roundup of secondhand sales (and a swap) happening this weekend! (Don’t forget: Most thrifts will be closed Sunday!)

Hope Chest for Breast Cancer Easter Sale: In an effort to clear up some room on their sales floor, today through Saturday, all wooden furniture is 30% off and all entertainment centers and armoires are half-off. All Easter items and swimwear will also be marked down by 75%.

 Hidden Treasures Thrift Store Easter Weekend Blowout: Tomorrow and Saturday only, everything in-store will be 40% off.

Friedman Iverson’s Annual Record Swap: Tomorrow, on the eve of Record Store Day, the Twin Cities’ handsomest law firm will host their (practically famous) annual record swap. From 6-9 p.m., guests are welcome to bring unwanted vinyl to swap (not sell!) with other like-minded music lovers. Furthering sweetening the pot? Drinks, snacks and DJs. Be there!!!

Happy Easter!

xoxo,

Meghan

Photo c/o: Shelley Fabulous.

heads up: one-day dress sale at Savers + Unique Thrift Stores

tumblr_msh9i3GjjE1qaujg4o1_500I don’t know about y’all, but I am beyond stoked that sundress season is back. And though I’m in no way in need of any new (old) dresses, that doesn’t make me any less  tempted by the 40%-off dress sale happening at Savers, Unique and Valu Thrift Stores today. The event, running at all area stores from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., includes dresses for both grown-up and little ladies alike (but excludes frocks with red tags). You must have an I M Unique Club Card or Super Savers Club Card in your possession to partake in the savings. (Do NOT try registering for a card today, they won’t allow it on sale days!)

xoxo,

Meghan

Photo c/o: Ghost Vintage Clothing.

nice find: sam’s afghan rug

Hi friends, and happy Monday! I’m super excited to kick this week off with a fresh feature for this ol’ blog, inspired by YOU. As fun as it is to share my thrifted finds with y’all, I love nothing more than hearing about your awesome thrift-store scores, or as I’m calling them, Nice Finds. I can think of no better way to start this series than by turning it over to the lovely lady who inspired it in the first place with her unbelievable “score of the century.”

Screen shot 2014-04-06 at 5.56.41 PMName: Samantha
Location: Northeast Minneapolis
My Nice Find is: A vintage afghan wool rug. I think it’s about 9 x 10 feet in size?

image_2I thrifted it atThe Cottage House occasional shop in South Minneapolis. It was on a porch, stapled and nailed into the wall to keep the draft out. It was so beautiful and so enormous, I had to ask if it was for sale. When they said sure, and named the (rock-bottom) price, I just about had a heart attack.
I paid: $30.
image_1My favorite place to thrift is: In Harrisonville, Missouri (where I’m originally from), there is a large flea market called the Trade Fair.  It’s been around since I was a little girl and I make sure to stop in every time I’m home. I’m also a big fan of Bauer Brothers Salvage, especially since we’re in the midst of renovating our new home.

My best piece of thrifting advice is: Try to have a place in mind before you purchase something.

Thank you, Sam, for sharing your story and your wise words of advice!
So…who’s up next? If you have a #nicefind you’d like to share, I would love to tell your story! Shoot me an email (hpthrifter@gmail.com) about a thrifted purchase that made you giddy, along with a photo, and we can go from there!
I hope to hear from you soon!
xoxo,
Meghan

store review: st. vincent de paul thrift store

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Right off of one of south Minneapolis’ busiest east-west thoroughfares (Lake Street), sits the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store. Truth be told, for the longest time, it was never one of my favorite spots to visit. After one bad experience, I never really wanted to go back, even though it’s practically in my neighborhood. In recent months, with icy roads keeping me closer to home, I gave this store a second chance, and it has since become one of my go-to spots for a quick pop-in.

WHAT’S GOOD

 Furniture: Upon recent visits, the back room has housed some reasonably priced pieces of furniture, including old highboys, dressers, vanities, headboards, etc., with most of them in very clean, serviceable condition. The concrete floor and overall garage-like vibe of the back room makes me a bit hesitant to buy anything upholstered, but I’d certainly have no qualms about bringing home a table, bookcase or anything in that vein from this store.

 Paper goods: I’m a big fan of vintage stationery and cards, and I’m always impressed by Vinnie’s assortment of cards, packaged stationery sets and the like.

 One-off dishes, glass ware and vases: While I never see too many complete (or even close to complete) sets, I have found several cute plates and glasses. If you’re hunting for vases for a wedding or project, Vinnie’s has you covered there too.

 Picture frames: If you use old frames for DIY projects, photos or art projects, this is the place to go, with super cheap frames in lots of sizes.

WHAT’S MEH

 Clothes: Slim selection overall and what’s there seems a little sad. (That said, I did happen upon the cutest, navy and white striped cotton Calvin Klein dress last time I was there, so, I guess you never know.)

Table linens: Another category with a surprisingly slim selection.

 Books: Mostly junky paperbacks and old magazines.

Take a peek around!

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Selection/Variety:  ♥ ♥ ♥

Quality: ♥ ♥ 

Pricing: ♥ ♥ ♥ 

Organization: ♥ ♥

Customer service: ♥ ♥ ♥

Where does money raised at this store go? With a motto of “Neighbors Helping Neighbors,” the Society of St. Vincent de Paul works not only to relieve need, but also to redress the situations that cause it. Advocating the concepts of Christian social justice, the Society believes in the rights and dignity of every individual and the need for equality of opportunity in education and employment. In 2010, Twin Cities Vincentians visited more than 1,900 neighbors in homes and hospitals, providing food, clothing, transportation and emotional comfort.

Do they take credit cards? Yes!

Do they accept donations? Yep, and they’ll even come get it from you!

Pro tip: Check out their monthly sale calendar, available here, for advance notice on tag sales, dollar days and senior discounts.

While you’re in the area: Treat yourself to tacos at any of the nearby mercados. La Alborada is great and Mercado Central also has tons of tasty options.

Where it is: 2939 12th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55423

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; closed on Sunday

Contact: 612.722.7882, Facebook

Have you a fan of this St. Vincent de Paul store? If so, I’d love to hear your take!

xo,

Meghan

spring looks i’m excited to thrift

The spring thaw is in full swing here, and holy crap, I forgot what a joyous time of year it is. Sure it’s muddy, slushy and ugly out there, but there’s also humidity in the air and puddles on the sidewalk, heck, I even opened my windows this weekend! All that good stuff aside, spring in Minnesota can be a horrible season to dress for, with 50-degree temperatures in the afternoon and snow flurries a few hours later. (Happened just yesterday, in fact.) To get inspired for the mercurial month or two that lies ahead, I rounded up a few key pieces I’m scoping out the thrifts for that will hopefully make the transition easier.

Leather moto jacket: A tea bag once told me that intentions create your reality, and so right here, right now, I’d like to say that 2014 is the year I intend to thrift a perfectly fitting, cropped leather jacket, any color will do. C’mon manifest destiny, do your thing!

high plains thrifter // spring looks jacketsPhoto sources: The Little Magpie / Maritsa / unknown / The Locals

Belts + midis: High-waisted, belted midi skirts and dresses are a mainstay of mine year-round, but I still can’t wait to be able to wear them sans tights.

high plains thrifter // spring looks beltsPhoto sources: unknown / unknown / Inunomimi / Wonderland London

Slouchy pants: I’m lazy about trying stuff on at the thrift, but I’m going to have to suck it up and face that fitting room if I ever want to find pants that’ll fit right or a jumpsuit that doesn’t give me camel toe.

high plains thrifter / spring looks pants

Photo sources: unknown / Emma Dime / Stockholm Streetsyle

Sweaters + midis: I’m sick to death of ALL my winter coats, which makes me favor skirt and sweater combos like the ones below, which will keep me warm, unencumbered from my heavy jackets. And yep, more below-the-knee length skirts.

high plains thrifter / spring looks sweaters

Photo sources: Bethany Marie / Who What Wear / Fab Sugar

Belted trench: The only trench-like coat I own is a yucky mauve color (not sure what I was thinking with that purchase), but I’d love just a plain ol’ tan one.

high plains thrifter / trenchesPhoto sources: Glamour Mag UK / Gal Meets Glam / Blue Montana / Etsy

Other things I’m on the lookout for: old leather booties, brown leather flats (to replace the ones I wore out last year), vintage Twins gear, silver jewelry always, ’60s/’70s maxi dresses, denim vest (seeing as I misplaced my favorite one), more blouses for work and short-alls and cute bathing suits since summer’s coming!

Are there any particular pieces you’re hunting for this spring? I’d love to hear what you’re scouting out!

xoxo,

Meghan