Monday, June 27, 2011

Thrift Share Monday-Girls' Weekend Edition

This month flew by! I still have lots of thrifted finds to share. :)

The first weekend of the month I found myself heading to the Columbia Gorge area for a girls' only weekend with my friends, filled with river-rafting and wine-tasting. I'm not much of a wine drinker but I found two wines that I really liked. Unfortunately, I didn't bring any home with me but I can buy it off of the winery's website. :) I didn't think there would be any thrifting on this trip (being the die-hard thrifter I am, I looked up thrift stores in the area we were lodging and didn't see any nearby) but one of my friends spotted an antique store when we were heading to a winery. Here are some of the things that made me drool. I would have loved to bring them home but they wouldn't fit in my suitcase.




Some flour sifters and other fun kitchen gadgets.

I adored this radio but I was about out of cash on my road trip budget.

I would have loved these lamps in my room growing up.

Another cool radio.

I could picture this on the back porch off of my house. It was $1500. And my friends probably wouldn't want to be squished in the back of the van on the way home.

I found some fun kitchen towels and some other linens.

Fun round tablecloth for the summertime.

This one needs some TLC. I'm hoping a good soak will have it as good as new.

Retro hankie.
And there was some other vintage goodness through this trip too.

Great way to reuse a rusted car frame, if you have one hanging around your premises. :)

This reminded me of my vintage bike at home.

Shabby jeep used by the winery to drive through orchards.

Totally 60s picture at the Bonneville Dam. I think the wood paneling gives it some added flair.

Joining up with Apron Thrift Girl for Thrift Share Monday.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

This Week's Inspiration 6/19/11

Perfection is the enemy of DONE.
A variation of a Voltaire quote I came across this weekend. I've added this sentence to my small, but growing motivational poster of other sayings on my bulletin board. As one who is adept at procrastination and has many piles of things, projects, work and tasks waiting for the perfect moment to be accomplished, this is a great reminder to just do it now.

Craft a More Productive Day. Some great tips that I'll be incorporating.

Are you a piler too?. Yep, guilty as charged. :)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

This Week's Inspiration 6/12/11

Last weekend, I was out of town with a few of my friends. We went river rafting for the first time. Ever. I was visibly shaking as I made my way down a long series of stairs to the raft where we'd be spending the next few hours. A lot of maneuvering our raft accordingly was working as a team to row at the same time and keep our feet planted to support ourselves as we went over some rough currents. We were focused on having a fantastic time and not falling overboard and we managed to do just that. After making it through the strong currents and into calmer waters, I recalled the feelings of absolute exhiliration, happiness and like I was going to be ill. I also decided at that moment I was going to take those feelings with me into trying other new things in my life. Damn, if I could go down a crazy river with my besties and a somewhat sane river guide, I could do anything! These feelings have waned a bit as I returned home on Monday and I spent the rest of the week embracing my inner slacker. With tomorrow being the start of a new week and the last week of school for my kids (ACK!), it's definitely time to find my motivation and routine again.

Flylady is definitely at the top of my list again. I spent a lot of time cleaning my office before I left for my trip so that I'd be ready to jump into work when I got back. Yeah, that didn't quite work out. :) I think this will be the week things get going again. (Side note: My husband got a message this morning from our relatives saying they'd be in the area today. So housework has already commenced).

Frugal Hacks: Widening the Mind as a Frugal Survival Skill.

Unplugged Sunday at Beauty That Moves. We've already been cable-free for 1 1/2 years. I'm not sure if my family could unplug for a day. I'm willing to give it a try.

I loved watching this and this lady's attitude on focusing what you do have.

Have a great week!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Thrift Share Monday-Riding Along Vintage -Style

Last month, I went to a consignment store for the first time. Prices were on a little on the high side for resale and nothing was jumping out at me, pleading for me to take it home. I thanked the store owner and I did a quick passing glance at some things by the counter. And all of a sudden, there it was.

In one of my favorite colors. It was vintage. It was $78. I couldn't think of a reason to buy it. Would I really ride it? I posted a picture of it on Facebook, hoping my gearhead of a brother would see it within a reasonable period of time. Luckily, he was online within a couple hours of seeing it. His reason for me to get it was because it was cool. I called the store and put it on hold for a few days to think it over. It turned out to have a couple of minor issues and might need new tires and I asked the consignment store owner if she would consider $65. She called her consignor and it was a deal! I'm on the lookout for a vintage wire bike basket.

A couple of days later, I went to a rummage sale where I found a couple of great vintage dresses and some clothes for my kids. I spotted a vintage bike leaning up against a table. Price tag was $25. I posted a picture of it on Facebook, noting it was the week for vintage bikes. My brother commented he was seriously interested in it. By this time, I'd already left the rummage sale and had embarked on some other errands. I really hoped it was there as I knew he would have a fun time tricking it out. Woot! It was still there. The challenge was trying to get it into the back of my small sedan. I've never been able to get the back seats to fold down, so I called my husband at work and left him a voice mail requesting help. Time was running out as I needed to be heading home in time for when the kids got out of school. It took me about 20 minutes of maneuvering, twisting, contorting and a little bit of swearing to get the bike into the back seat. My husband did call me back when I was about halfway home. It was as much of a challenge to get the bike out of the car as it was to get it in.

I'll leave you with one of my favorite clips from Sesame Street from when I was a kid about riding bikes.

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

This Week's Inspiration 5/29/11

Sundays for me represent a day of getting things ready for a new week, menu planning, writing up to-do lists, and checking my calendar. I like to have some sort of plan-of-attack, even if something pops up, I can have something to refer back to if I get off track.

With being self-employed, it's challenging to keep the balance of family, home and work when they all happen under the same roof. Even after 3 1/2 years, I'm still getting my act together.

Some things that are inspiring me this week to help me meet my goals.

Start a Business Journal. I love this idea. I started a journal in a basic black and white composition notebook with a small list of goals for June. Many times I have an idea, usually when I'm about to doze off for the night, and I don't remember it in the morning.

Flylady. I've been following Flylady since 1999. I'm working on a daily schedule to incorporate the Flight Plan that she sends out each day.

The list of books over in my sidebar. The only book I've made it all the way through is the cookbook. I'm on page 21 of The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything by Ken Robinson. I'll be scheduling some reading time into my day as I work on my schedule.

This will be a short work week for me as I'm heading out with some of my oldest and dearest friends for our second annual girls' vacation. I haven't seen them since October and can't wait to reconnect.

I hope you have a great week!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Thrift Share Monday-Let's Dish

It's been almost a month since my last thrift share post. I've most definitely have thrifted to my heart's content in that time and have some wonderful things to share. I'll be catching up on my thrifting in future posts.

On Friday, I went to a rummage sale that I did well at last year, but this year it was very overpriced and the selection was as my older cousin would say, meh. I headed over to a nearby thrift store on the search for my youngest kiddo some jeans as she is has hit yet another growth spurt this year. I found some in her favorite brand and they were priced at $9.99, $14.99 and $3.99 (half off). Most of the jeans in her size were priced in the $10 range, to my surprise. Has anyone noticed a jump in prices at the chain thrift stores? I looked at the department store website of my kiddo's favorite jean brand and a new pair cost $30-$40. So I got 3 pairs for the price of one which is still a good deal. Selection has been spotty this garage sale season for clothing in my kids' sizes at garage sales.

I stopped at a smaller thrift store on my way home. I noticed a set of dishes at the front of the store when I was getting ready to check out. I walked past them a few times, picked up a couple of plates, a mug and set them back down. I browsed through the books and felt drawn again to the dishes. I didn't need a set of dishes. Really. I've been through a lot of dishes in 16 1/2 years of marriage.

  • Some pieces we received from a pattern we put on our wedding registry. I'm unsure of what happened to those dishes.

  • Pfaltzgraff's Tea Rose pattern (first complete dish set I ever bought at a garage sale being newly married).

  • A full set of formal china my husband and father-in-law found at an estate sale (which moved with us 11 times in 14 years and I used them for maybe a year after they sat in storage before I discovered I really never liked the pattern).

  • Pfaltzgraff's Blue Isle pattern (which was discontinued 3 months after I purchased a few pieces & near impossible to find secondhand without paying a pretty penny.)

  • Hodge-podge thrifted plates & bowls in various patterns & colors.

A few years ago, I decided on plain white plates at a department store. Unfortunately, in my haste, they turned out not to be the best quality and they've cracked, chipped and just plain broke in half. I noted the dishes in the thrift store were Noritake and I really thought the pattern was sweet. I had not checked the price at this point and thought for sure they would be expensive. Price tag for all the dishes: $20. I snapped them up in a heartbeat. My husband even likes the pattern which is a plus. :)

I did some quick research on the pattern (Palos Verde) and they were produced in the 1960s-1970s. I absolutely adore them.

Be sure to check out other thrifted finds at Apron Thrift Girl .

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Spring/Summer Goals

Goodness, I haven't meant to be an absentee blogger. This spring has been pretty jam-packed with my kids' activities, appointments, work, errands and home organization projects (always ongoing.), the usual stuff.

Even with school coming to an end in about 4 weeks, things aren't showing any signs of slowing down.

Here is what I hope to accomplish by the end of the summer:

1. Go through storage bins and shelves in basement.
2. Clean out & inventory basement freezer.
3. Clear out the front yard jungle flower bed and put in some annuals.
4. Get quotes for windows for house.
5. Clean out filing cabinets.
6. Decide on family summer activities.

1. List as much inventory as possible this summer.
2. Find a reputable dry cleaner.
3. Get caught up on bookkeeping
4. Revisit my business plan. (Thank you Selena for the inspiration on this).
5. Create a daily schedule working on tasks in set blocks of time. This includes home items as well.

I may add to this list as time goes on but it gives me a good starting point of planning and using my time well.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Let's Get Ready for Spring Fling!

It's time to fling those winter woolies and jump into spring!

All items in my Etsy shop, Pardon My Past, are 25% off from Thursday, April 21st-Monday, May 2nd, 2011. Prices will be adjusted with the discount taken.

This is a great event brought about by the Etsy Vintage Market Team and the Etsy Vintage Twitter Team. For a wonderful selection of items, search "vtgspring" on Etsy under the Vintage section. Sales & promotions will vary from each shop, so be sure to check individual shop announcements for specific details.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Thrift Share Monday-First Finds of Spring

Since my last post, I'm feeling much better and thankful my family didn't come down with that bad cold.

The sun has been trying very hard to emerge since the first day of spring but the gray clouds persist on hanging around. I didn't let the weather deter me the last couple of weeks from thrifting.

Here are some of my recent finds:

The book is for one of my kids for when they are out on their own. My mom gave me a copy after I was first married and I still have it. The little red tote will be used to hold small bottles of cleaning supplies that I use between my office and laundry room. I was thrilled to find the vintage cloth napkins. The ones on the left will be available in my Etsy shop soon.

I couldn't believe I found this chrome cake carrier an hour after a rummage sale started. The lid locks in place from the bottom. My youngest kiddo and I have been making cake and trying out new frosting recipes and didn't really have anything to store the extra cake. I love these vintage tablecloths and wish they fit my dining room table. They will also be available this spring on Etsy.

Vintage wool fringed blanket and vintage craft magazines.

The vintage kitchen towels I found on my birthday when we did a little thrifting. They are most definitely keepers. I also love this cheerful floral pillowcase.

Vintage hankies. A couple are signed by Tammis Keefe and the others by different artists.

Be sure to stop over at Apron Thrift Girl for Thrift Share Monday.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Taking Some Sick Days

No thrifting, shop updates or general to-dos going on. I've been a frazzled, coughing and congested mess since Tuesday. It's times like these I'm grateful for working from home, however home and work tasks have piled up. My DH and kids have been great about pitching in. I feel I'm turned a corner as even yesterday it would have been too much for me to sit and concentrate on trying to compose a post. Hope everyone is feeling well and hope you find some great thrifty finds!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

February Reseller's Challenge Results

I didn't post my results weekly as I had intended. This month in itself was challenging with my family and I being sick for a week, kids' activities, doctors' appointments and just everyday things. My 6-month old laptop's hard drive took a nose dive over the weekend as I was planning to list inventory. Unfortunately, it was unable to be revived, even to retrieve files. Thankfully, it is still under warranty. I'm a little heartbroken over losing some files and bookmarks.

Through this challenge, I've learned it pays to be organized. It is difficult to work in a cluttered office. I spent two days this month reorganizing inventory and setting up a dedicated spot to take photos. I also have all of my business paperwork ready for tax time. I'm still working on keeping home and work-from-home balanced.

My goal in this challenge was to have 100 items listed in my eBay store. I started with 23 items and ended with 38 items. I sold 20 items and listed 40 new items. There were some things I had for a while and decided to donate.

So while I didn't meet my goal for February, I'm looking forward to making it in March.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Thrift Share Monday-It's All About the Accessories

It was hard to be patient all last week while I waited until Saturday morning for an estate sale ad that mentioned vintage clothing and 100s of pairs of shoes. It was a very cold 27 degrees when I went out to my car and headed out. I arrived about 20 minutes early, parking was a breeze and noticed that people were already coming in and out of the house. I headed in the direction of a bedroom which happened to be the first door on the right. The room was very dim and the shoes were divided into two plastic bins. For about 10 minutes, I played Memory in trying to find the correct match for making a pair of shoes. There were a LOT of shoes. I left my bags out in my car as I thought they might be a hindrance but it turned out I needed them. I didn't want to go back out into the cold, so I reorganized the purses from two bins down to one bin and used the extra bin for my finds. The clothes were a mish-mash of mostly vintage elderly lady clothing and some things that had potential. There was a gorgeous gray wool coat and dress that looked like it was part of a nurse's uniform. I made it through the rest of the house, lugging my heavy plastic bin from room to room. I overheard in my passing by that people were lined up at the door an hour before the sale and that they were let into shop. It annoyed me a little bit but I let it pass. Some lovely treasures I admired from afar as they were far from my budget were fur coats and stoles, antique furniture and gorgeous Persian rugs. The gal running the estate sale kept emphasizing that they were Persian not Turkish. She noted that I had one of the totes from the bedroom and said I hope you brought some bags because I'm not selling that. After I paid, I made a trip out to my car for my bags and fortunately everything fit. As I was filling my bags, I noticed a couple pairs of the shoes had some damage that I might not be able to fix. I asked her if I could have my money back on those two pairs or if she'd consider a price reduction. She gave me my money back, said she'd appreciate if I would put the two pairs back I decided not to take or just take them away for free, in a snotty tone and walked away. I resisted the urge to stick my tongue out at her, put one of pairs of shoes back and took the other one. I headed to a large rummage sale that left my head swimming with all of the stuff and kids running around (just bought a book and pair of sandals there) and then to a small thrift store before heading home.

Here are the highlights of my trip.

I love the floral print shoes. They were the first ones that caught my eye.

My favorite is the leather satchel tote.

Fun belts to accessorize vintage clothing I'm selling.

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Thrift Share Monday: Vintage Fun

I can't believe it's been a month since my last Thrift Share post. I have been thrifting here and there. I recently went to an estate sale for the first time in a while. I arrived about 10 minutes late and there were already about 20 people in line in the driveway checking out with more people milling into the house.

My first find which was sitting on a table next to the cashier was this 60s pink tote purse. I'm working on restoring it to its former glory. When I was checking out,a gal working as the cashier, sighed and said you're buying my bag! She told me she used the purse as a briefcase when she went to Wendy Ward Charm School and then how she took it with her on her first job interviews. It was so wonderful talking with her and finding out the history of the purse. I sometimes wish that things could talk, just to find out what kind of journey they've been through.

Here are some of my recent finds:

Vintage staples & mini stapler

Vintage American Tourister bag. Coming Soon to Etsy.

Small bowl. I'm going to use it in the laundry room as a catch-all for earrings, coins, etc. that come through the wash. I was so excited to find this pattern of Pyrex. It's a keeper.

80s napkin holder, vintage alarm clock and kitchen towels. All coming soon to Etsy.

Small birds salt and pepper shakers (heading to Etsy). Small vintage notebook rescued from a free pile; heading to my purse for jotting down notes.

For more thrifted finds, stop by Thrift Share Monday at Apron Thrift Girl.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Simplifying #1: Business Bookkeeping

This past fall, I read Time Management from the Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern. One of her tips that really stuck with me was scheduling time for things that you seemed to have no time for or kept getting put off. One of those areas for me is my business bookkeeping. I'm really good about making a list of all the things I've purchased to resell, making a note of how I paid for them (cash, check or debit card) and then organizing the inventory. However, I'm not so good about doing bookkeeping on a regular basis. Up until a couple of weeks ago, all of my inventory lists, receipts and various notes were in a messy pile "organized" in a wire basket in a far corner of my desk. With state sales tax needing to be completed by the end of January, I couldn't put off the inevitable any longer. I had made some small progress each day with organizing the paperwork and getting things entered into newly created spreadsheets. However, I still felt a little panicked when I realized how little time there was to my deadline and I still had to plow through a lot of paperwork and figures. Procrastinating is definitely not my friend.

After Christmas, I purchased an Anne Taintor engagement calendar for 2011. I've gone through and scheduled bookkeeping days throughout the rest of the year and made up a list of monthly bookkeeping tasks that I put in my business control journal. My goal is by doing my bookkeeping on a monthly rather than yearly basis, it will free up much more of my time come next January.

I managed to get my state sales taxes done on the very day they were due. Good news is I'm now ready for 2010 tax time since I got caught up on all of my paperwork.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Reseller's February Listing Challenge

Another thing I love besides thrifting is a good challenge. Just ask my husband. He has whooped me in Monopoly the last three nights in a row. Like a glutton for punishment, I keep playing in hopes that I will win big.

Apron Thrift Girl is hosting a challenge for the month of February for resellers. The goal is to pick a certain number of secondhand items to list over the next 28 days. This challenge is just the kick in the pants I need. And it goes along with my new year's resolutions (which I'll be updating my progress tomorrow) of simplifying, not procrastinating and organizing. Thrifting is the fun part of my job. The picture taking, typing up ads and shipping are not at times. However, I have a lot of stuff to list. And it won't sell if it's not listed.

My goal for this challenge is to have 100 items in my eBay store by the end of this month. When I began this challenge yesterday, I had 23. I'd also like to get more things listed in both of my Etsy shops this month but my main focus is eBay this time around. I'll post my progress each Tuesday.

And to keep me in line is my motivational poster:

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Etsy Vintage Market Team: Vintage Love Sale!

The Etsy Vintage Market Team is hosting a sale from February 1st-February 14th, 2011!

Everthing at Pardon My Past will be 15% off. Prices will reflect discount taken.

Looking for vintage clothing & accessories? Stop on over at my newest shop, My Wandering Wardrobe. Use coupon code "10LOVE" for 10% off of your purchase.

Search "vmteamlove" on Etsy to find great vintage items to fall in love with!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Menu Planning Monday-January 31st

I made it halfway through last week's menu and lost steam after my business paperwork dominated my energy and time. This week looks much calmer.

Here's what we're having for dinner.

Garlic Bread

Vietnamese Banh Mi Sandwiches (Steamy Kitchen cookbook)


Baked Crispy Chicken with Citrus Teriyaki Sauce (Steamy Kitchen cookbook)

Fish & Chips

Crockpot chili


There are many more menu planning ideas at The Organizing Junkie.

Good news: I've been thrifting! Bad news: I'm getting caught up on everything else that was ignored while I was doing paperwork. Look for a post next Monday on my thrifted finds.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Menu Plan Monday-January 24th

Well, we made it through all of the recipes on last week's menu plan. This is quite a feat as sometimes I just don't feel like cooking and we end up dining out. This week will be quite busy as my business state sales taxes are due next Monday. So it is crunch time. Pun intended.

Here's what we're having:

Garlic Bread

Tamale Pie (Make It Fast, Cook It Slow cookbook)

Vietnamese Banh Mi Sandwiches (Steamy Kitchen cookbook)


Baked Crispy Chicken with Citrus Teriyaki Sauce (Steamy Kitchen cookbook)

Fish and Chips

Angel Hair Pasta with Alfredo Sauce & Shrimp

For more menu planning ideas, be sure to stop by The Organizing Junkie.

No thrift share post this week.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


From January 21st (this Friday) to January 31st, 2011, the Vintage Market Team will be hosting an end-of-season sale.

Almost everything at Pardon My Past will be 25% off!

And everything over at My Wandering Wardrobe will be 15% off.

Many VMTeam shops will be participating. Be sure to search vmteamsoldes in the Etsy search.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Thrift Share Monday-First Sale of the Year

During the winter months, rummage and yard sales are few and far between. There might be the occasional moving sale and such but that's about it. So when I saw a rummage sale in the online classifieds happening this Friday, I couldn't dust off my reusable bags fast enough.

My DH and I had a date night in another part of town later in the day, so I took him to work and then headed to the sale. I had 8 hours that I could dedicate to thrifting! It was raining cats and dogs when I arrived. The sale was held in a small building with two rooms crammed with stuff. There were already about 20 people shopping when I arrived. There was another gal shopping for vintage as she had a darling navy blue train case in one hand and an awesome looking chair in another. I could feel my competitive side coming out and I resisted the urge to start madly and quickly shopping so I would find the rest of the treasures. Shopping erratically means more than likely I'd miss more things being in a rush. Before heading into a thrift store or sale, I remind myself that whatever is meant to be found by me will be waiting for me when I go in there. It gives me a sense of calmness before heading in and not getting caught up in a frenzy. I could definitely tell who the dealers and other resellers were. They reminded me of village pillagers, swooping in, grabbing everything their arms could hold and leaving a mess in their wake. It took me about four or five turns around the rooms to go through everything. At one point the other vintie was at my elbow as I was crouched down going through bags under the tables. She was really nice and waited patiently until I finished going through them and then asked if I was done once I set it aside. By steadily and cautiously going through everything, I found these gems.

Vintage aqua ornaments. This is one of my favorite colors. I'm keeping these.

Metal file box

Vintage patterns.

Vintage cinch belt.

From the free box: free tissue paper (to use for Etsy orders), strappy sandals (heading to the consignment store this spring) and brown boots like thesewhich my oldest kiddo claimed.

An interesting music montage throughout the rest of my day as I made my stops.

Globus Gateway bag (headed for Etsy)

Tops for myself $4.99 and $3.99

Vintage 70s jacket

Vintage mini dress

Vintage children's books

Magazines from the friends of the library shelf. 10 cents each.

My favorite find of all:

DH and I had a great date night. We saw True Grit and had Italia for dinner.

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