Back in the Saddle

So a couple of weeks ago I talked about a few of the things I bought on a thrifting day out. I promised pictures of the rest of the stuff I bought, it's about time you guys got to see some more! I love these glasses because my fiancĂ© and I really like making margaritas and daiquiris, and I may have managed to break all the glasses we used to sip them out of (maybe it's time to think about plastic).

I was a little annoyed because the way this thrift store is set up they had the glasses in one section with all the other random glasses and the bowl in another part with random knickknacks, so I'm glad that I saw the bowl as they're clearly a set!

The way this thrift store sells most little things is 2 for $1 or $1 each. So there was no way I was going to walk out of there with 3 things when I could have 4 for the same price! After some poking around I stumbled on this cute little glass.


I love the colour of the flowers, and I had an immediate use for it. (I also really like the slight taper in towards the top, a slightly different shape).

The glass on the left I bought like a year ago from Dollarama to hold my make-up brushes, eyeliners etc. I think it's cute and all but it's too tall. I always have to tip it over and dig around to find anything in it. My new glass does this job perfectly, it's so much easier to get everything in and out! (And I like the look of it better, I think it has more character).

So, that was a grand total of 2 bucks! I think 2 bucks well spent if you ask me!


Did I fall off the Earth?

So I started this blog with high hopes and good intentions. I've had an (anonymous) blog before, but it didn't take long for it to become a very seldom updated bit of moaning on the web, like so many neglected blogs out there. But this blog I really hoped to be very different. And why should I think that? Because I have a passion for thrifting and deals! This passion is what I truly hoped would lead to far more enthusiasm and content. I right away set out snapping pictures of my finds and mentally writing posts as I went about my day.

Little did I know I created my blog right in the middle of the Blogger crash. So my content disappeared, my comments disappeared, and even worse my whole domain disappeared. I waited and waited for it to come back, but every time Blogger told me "Domain not found, but adventuresinthethrift.com is available to be registered". I waited and waited some more. I watched as my posts and comments came back. I watched as everyone else got back into blogging. I Contacted blogger about the problem. I waited. I never heard back about if I should just re-register or wait until they fixed it.

It's been long enough now, I just decided to go ahead and start fresh. And, now, I'm glad. I like this name better. It's from a Shakespeare quote, and I love it. I imported the 3 posts I had up from the old blog. I deleted the blog. I forgot about the drafts I had ready, but there were only 2, and I'm not too upset that they're gone. They certainly weren't masterpieces or anything

So, hello blogosphere, once more!

Oh, and a little side note, 2 weeks ago I wrote about how I was sad it had become too warm to wear this jacket  . Well I guess it's a total case of 'be careful what you wish for'. It's been cold and yucky the past 3 days. You bet I wore my green jacket though!


What Happened to Spring?

So, we've pretty much moved straight from barely spring weather to nearly summer weather all at once. Which is great, I love the heat and the sun, but it kinda sucks too! What? why oh why would I say that?

Because I was hoping to get to wear this little number way more this spring:

I bought it about a month ago. Again, $1, from the best place in the universe! (seriously, if you're in Edmonton, ask me for the details on this amazing thrift store! It is insanely cheap!). It looks pretty much new. It's from Old Navy. It's such a great spring jacket! But we hardly had any spring weather, it's already warm enough that I'll sweat to death if I try to wear this out!

fun little detail, look at this super cute lining!

Well, I guess it will still be super cute come fall!


A little Taste of What I Procured Today

I hit up my the best place in the universe today, and my nearest Salvation Army. I'm not going to show you everything I got, it was a really great day, and I didn't have time to photograph everything, but all in due time!

These plates are for my son. He loves them! they're nice snack sized plates, which I needed a couple more of, and the fact that they are a lion and a truck? Yeah, pretty much perfect for my little man. And the best part? They were 50¢ each!

This adorable purse was just $1!!! I've been looking for a purse something like this. Most of the time I leave the house I need a diaper bag or a tote, but every now and then I'd like something smaller. Since I lost my absolutely amazing little purse back in Dec, I've been on the look out for one. I want something big enough for my wallet, cell phone, keys, lip chap, and perhaps a couple other small things, but still small, with a strap big enough to go on and off my shoulder easily. This meets all those requirements! I don't know if this one will meet the standard of my "go-to" little purse like my other one did, but for a whole dollar, I figured I really couldn't loose.

I love these straps!

Those were all from the best place in the universe, hence the crazy awesome prices!

This pillow I found at the Salvation Army. It was $4. And I love it! I'm pretty sure that we're going to be buying a cheap-y futon in the next little bit, and I want to put this pillow on it! When I found it in a big bin of pillows I almost let it go, because in a couple weeks the store is going to have a 50% off sale, but I decided that I loved it so much I was willing to pony up the $4. The only thing was that it seemed a tad... understuffed. No problem! There's a zipper! I can open it up and add more stuffing (which I knew I had a bag of at home)!

Small problem there too, the zipper only opened this far. Once again I contemplated leaving it there in the bin and hoping it would still be there come sale time. But I know a few tricks when it comes to sticky zippers, and changed my mind back again, and scooped it up. Once I got home I realized that it was actually bits of the stuffing caught in the zipper that was making it stuck. So I pulled them out and it opened up beautifully. I'm going to wash the case (by hand, there's no tag with wash instructions, and I don't want to ruin my new pillow!), then put the stuffing back in, and add some more! I can't wait!

So there you have it folks, about half of the awesome stuff I got today! With any luck ll have a few spare minutes soon to show you the rest!

Hello Blogosphere

Hell-lo internet! I am Dani, an early 20s mom to a beautiful 2 year old boy. I currently stay home with him, (and love it) but I am hoping to make the transition to part time work very very soon. My dear fiance is a Private in the Canadian forces. I have a passion for "thrifting".

So, I have decided to start up a little something here. I want to chronicle all the amazing finds that find there ways into my hot little hands. There are a million and one reasons to shop second hand, but my favourites are that it can be cheap, sometimes even free. Way cheaper than buying brand new if you find something brand name/high quality/amazing for a great price. Second it's good for the environment. If you are acquiring something second hand then you are not only preventing something from ending up in our gigantic piles of space-eating garbage we call landfills, but you are also getting something for yourself without any extra manufacturing going into it. Third, you can find one-of-a-kind/unusual/quirky things that'd you'd never find in a box store!

I've recently moved to a city, so now my thrift store opportunities are like 100 fold what they were in my hometown. I've already discovered a thrift store that I have deemed the most amazing place in the entire universe! And, now it's spring, so yard sale season is underway, hopefully I'll soon be able to get out and start scouring those, which, I'm sure, will also be far more plentiful and amazing in the city.

I'll post any repainting/otherwise bettering I do to my finds. Hopefully. Not so much hopefully that I'll post, but hopefully I'll actually do these things. I've never done anything like that before, but I've watched my mom do it a hundred times, so we shall see! I already have great plans for a number of pieces we had given to us when we moved in together, but I haven't done any of them yet.

And if I have any outstanding (or even just so-so) tips on living thrifty I'll be sure to pass those along. I don't know how many of those will pop up. Time will tell!

I suppose that's it really.

Let the blogging commence!