Monday, August 26, 2013

Sav-Mor Thrift Haul and Assistance League of Anaheim Haul

Hey guys,
I'm here to present another haul. This one is from a while back. My favorite thrift store is Sav-Mor thrift. But I don't go too often because it is a 20 min drive and gas prices in my area are already up to $4.15 a gallon! The days I do get to go, I always manage to find something awesome for pennies on the dollar. Onto the haul:

1) 100% cashmere sweater-originally $1.91(30% off blue tags- $1.34)

I have always wanted a cashmere sweater but they are extremely expensive retail. Most go for around $100 and even on sale, they don't usually dip below the $30 line. So imagine my surprise when I found this cashmere sweater priced at only $1.91! On top of that, they were taking 30% off all blue tags, so I got it for only $1.34. This sweater is a size XL so it is pretty big on me, but I actually like how big oversized sweaters look on girls so I'm extremely happy with this find. 

 2) Tropical Hawaiian Flower Small Purse- $0.95

I have never ventured to Sav-Mor's purse section. You will usually find me digging through the clothing section or the home goods/trinkets. Their purse section is really just purses thrown on top of purses with no organization at all. I found alot of fake designer bags(miu miu, kate spade) and many of those cheap leather bags you can find at target or pac sun. The only thing that peaked my interest was this little hawaiian flower bag. I love the tropical feel of the print mixed with the wood design handles. On top of that, its petite size made it just irresistable to me so I had to buy it. And can we say wow to the price? $0.95 cents, that's not even a full dollar! 

Before I went to Sav-Mor thrift, I actually stopped by at the Assistance League of Anaheim. I have been going to the Assistance League of Irvine near my house for a while now, so I wanted to check this one out and see what they had. Unlike the Irvine one, this thrift store is alot bigger. They even have a section of the store dedicated to "higher end" brands. Most of the items in this boutique section was overpriced(in my opinion) but I managed to score an awesome find:

3) Theory Cargo Jacket- $3

Theory is one of my favorite designer brands. Their designs are clean and simple, which makes them great additions to anyone's closet as staple items.Unfortunately, Theory clothes cost a few hundred dollars retail so it's not usually in my price range.  Imagine my surprise when I found this jacket for only $3! When I got home I googled this on ebay, and this jacket retails for $345. Once again, I find a great deal through thrifting. And, being that the Assistance League is a charity thrift store, I know my money is going to a good cause.

And thats my mini haul :) Hope you guys enjoyed this post, more thrifting coming your way soon. In the meantime, hope you guys have been inspired to do some thrifting of your own!


Assistance League of Irvine Thrift Store Haul (8/23/2013)

Hey guys,
today was one of those days where I just had the sudden urge to do some thrifting and so, I headed to my nearest thrift store after class. Things have been extremely stressful with summer school and thrifting always seems to relax me during these times of tension. The closest thrift store to my house is the Assistance League of Irvine. Small and quaint, this thrift store is tucked in between some business office buildings. The first time I came here, I actually drove right past it! Although this thrift store is small, I have managed to find many awesome treasures on my trips. And even though their prices are higher than my favorite thrift store(Sav-Mor), they compensate this fact by having weekly blowout sales and deals. Enough chit-chat, let's get onto the haul!
*overview of all the items I got
1) Scratch Trivia Wrapping Paper(California Edition): $0.50
This ain't no ordinary wrapping paper! Imprinted on it are tons and tons of trivia fact questions. Each question has multiple choice answers and scratch bubbles next to them so that you can "scratch" to figure out the right answer. I got this for wrapping my brother's Christmas presents. I know Christmas is a long ways off, but this was just too awesome to pass on and it only cost two quarters! My brother loves to learn odd facts and that lil' brain of his is filled with all sorts of knowledge. My friends even call him Wikipedia! On top of that, he is very bad at waiting to open presents. Last year, our whole family opened presents a week before Christmas. I guess it runs in the family. So, I thought this wrapping paper would keep him occupied and amused while he is forced to patiently wait for Christmas Eve. 

2) Travel Size Hand Sanitizer- $0.25 each
Ever since going to China, I have become a huge germaphobe. I guess having to deal with smog, pollution, and mysterious smelly puddles in China has made me extremely fearful of bacteria. I'm not actually a full blown germaphobe now, but I have a new found appreciation for hand sanitizer. I actually have big bottles everywhere in my house and one in my car for cleaning my hands after thrifting. These are the perfect size to throw in my purse and how could I say no when they are priced at a mere 25 cents each!

And my last and favorite find:
3) Vintage "The Icing" Black Crop Jacket(with gold animal accent detailing)- $10
*vintage brand: the icing
 *gold animal accents: zebra, elephant, lion, and even a palm tree!
*original price- $20 but the sale of the day was 50% on blue tag and blue stickered items
I have wanted this jacket for months now! I found it a while back but I could never justify spending $20 dollars on a secondhand jacket, no matter how awesome the gold animal accents are. Luckily, today they were having a sale on all blue tags and blue stickered items(50% off) and so, I got this jacket for only $10! Although still a little on the pricey side for a thrifted jacket, I doubt anyone else will be sporting the same jacket, and that in my mind, justifies the price. After I got back home, I googled this brand on ebay, and it seems that this brand's jackets use to retail for around $100-$150, so it was definitely a steal. I can't wait for the weather to cool down so that I can finally start wearing this.

total spent: $11

And that concludes my haul. :) Stay tuned, more thrifting coming your way soon! Until then, tata<3

Sunday, August 25, 2013

A New Direction For The Blog: Say Goodbye to the Old and Hello to the New!

It's been ages since my last post.

I would always tell myself "tomorrow I'll make a post". But, somehow, tomorrow would turn into next week, next week to next month, and next thing I know, I've been MIA for almost a year! I've decided it's time for me to dust the cobwebs off this blog and start this project up again. I started this blog up 3 years ago, and as the years have past, just like all things with time, I have changed. Although I started this blog with the intention of sharing my knowledge and journey of makeup discovery, I realized that my passion for makeup is gone. In all honesty, I don't really care for makeup anymore! And so, this brings me to the main point of this post: I will no longer be centering my posts on makeup reviews or makeup hauls, but rather on...THRIFTING. Yes, my newly discovered passion is the art of finding treasure among trash. I will be posting on thrift store shopping, garage sale hunting, and all things secondhand. Once in a while, I might throw in an oddball post, but for the most part, I will be gearing my blog in this direction. For those of you who have enjoyed my makeup posts, I truly appreciate the support. I will still keep all my old posts so that you guys may enjoy! I'm both excited and nervous to begin this journey, but I'm diving in both feet first. So allow me to take a moment to extend an invitation for all of you to join me in this new fun adventure I am about to embark on. All aboard!

Jessica Shi