I've been forcing myself out of the house each day whether I feel like going or not, as Summer is far too short to waste it at home. Come January, when we're snowed-in days at a time I'll be glad I took full advantage of July. The thrift stores have been positively filled to bursting with the sort of clothes I like-and at bargain prices too. Goodwill has been running a .49 cent and .99 cent tag sale and I've been very lucky of late. Yesterday, I came home with three Jaeger blazers that appear to be unworn (the pockets were still stitched together). At .49 cents and .99 cents it would have been madness to leave them even if the last thing I need is yet another brown blazer. Last week, I found the 80's-does-40's dress I'm wearing here for .49 cents. The previous owner snipped out the shoulder-pads (understandable) but I think I have some that will work at returning this dress to full 80's/40's glory.
This Ceil Chapman brooch needs a few stones replaced, but the setting is in excellent condition and I nearly screamed when I found it for pocket change at a garage sale.
80's does 40's rayon dress-Goodwill
Belt-came with a dress
Old Navy shoes-Goodwill
Ceil Chapman brooch-Garage sale
Carved bone necklace-Antique mall
Vintage clip earrings-New Life Thrift
Vintage straw and seashell handbag-Antique mall
Fragrance-Lucien Lelong, Balalaika
Saturday, I stopped in at a Goodwill I rarely visit on the other side of Omaha. There were four reproduction vintage dresses by Heartbreaker, all in the same size. My guess is they were all the same owner, and they didn't enjoy ironing! I don't either, if I'm honest.
I'm not sure how I feel about this dress. The sleeves aren't as well-made as they could be, and won't lie flat even after extensive pressing. I can remedy this with some fuseable interfacing, but were I buying this dress retail, I might find that irritating. The belt is goofy on any waist larger than 24 inches, and won't stay closed without a pin. Not a huge deal on a .99 cent dress, but were I purchasing new repro-I'd find that a problem. Those issues aside (and the fact that it requires some serious ironing) the dress is pretty, and I did receive compliments on it, including one from the teenaged boy sacking the groceries at Bakers. Who am I to argue with stylish youngsters?
Reproduction 50's dress by Heartbreaker-Goodwill
Gardenia brooch-Tiff and Tam
Vintage clip earrings-Hand-Me-Ups
Vintage handbag-Antique mall
White sling-back shoes-K mart
Fragrance-Vintage formulation White Shoulders
We had a bit of excitement this evening when the gasket on the toilet pipe gave way (it was old and decided tonight was going to be it). Fortunately, I was standing in the next room and heard the pipe blow quickly enough to grab towels while Mr. ETB turned the water off. The problem took all of five minutes to fix, but I shudder to think what would have happened if we'd been out, or asleep upstairs. Anyway, after all that excitement I couldn't get too worked up when the weather radio alarm went off warning of severe weather tonight. I'll deal with it if it happens, but I'm not going to sit and worry about it. 80 mph straight line winds are bad but if it ain't rotating, I'm not panicking. Hopefully, it will miss us. I guess it makes sense to go downstairs to the cellar to wait it out, just in case.
I'll leave you with a photo from last evening's holiday celebration. That's my attempt at, "Casual" attire. And yes, I'm twirling Glow-Sticks like a majorette. That's me-always ready for a parade...or a burst pipe, or severe weather. As the kids say, whatever.