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Sewing Summit Thriftique Tour in SLC, UT


I’m doing another thrift/antique tour with Sewing Summit. Carrie and I have organized a route of top places to go downtown and thought I would share it here for Sewing Summit attendees and anyone else interested in knowing where I like to go.

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If you’re part of Sewing Summit in Salt Lake City, head over to the forum for the detailed schedule, times and for the sign up. If you’re planning on going (or in the Salt Lake area and want to hit up these stores) here’s a little bit of info on these hot spots:

  1. Bruges has the best Belgian waffle and frites I’ve ever had. My favorite is the cinnamon liege waffle with crème fraîche, peaches and chocolate.
  2. Deseret Industries is my favorite thrift stores. There’s practically one on each street corner here in Utah.
  3. Capital City Antique Mall has a ton of vendors in one roof, they have a lot of pyrex and milkglass.
  4. Again, another DI. Can’t miss.
  5. Decades is amazing for fancy vintage duds. My sister-in-law found her wedding dress there for under $50.
  6. MisC and Green Ant are my faves. Green Ant is a vintage and affordable DWR. MisC is perfectly curated clothing from nearly every era.
  7. Retro Rose has a lot of fantastic home goods and tchotchkes. They organize their wares by color (BONUS!).

Thrifty & Chic: Grandpa Sweaters


Ever since I found out I was having a boy, I’ve been on the look out for little handmade sweaters for Felix. My cousin-in-law has made a few for Felix, but can one ever have enough sweaters?!? No.

I don’t remember which DI I found this at, but I do remember squealing with delight upon finding it! Handmade sweaters are paI LOVE the color combination and the pattern on the edges. I’m almost 100% sure that this is handmade, there are no tags identifying that it’s not and you can see (if you look carefully) where the yarn starts & stops.

I scored this beauty for $2. Of course the baby was a little more than that. I love his smiley angry face. This little boy has me wrapped around his little fingers.

Have I mentioned that he’s a chunk? Yesterday I had to take Penelope to the doc’s office & we parked in the absolute worst place ever. I ended up carrying Felix in his carrier (nearly 30lbs combined) in one arm & Penelope (35 lbs) in the other for at least a quarter mile. Yeah, yeah, that’s notthat far, BUT I was in semi-uncomfortable wedges hauling 60lbs of kid through gravel! It was enough to get me swearing. I have arm bruises from Felix’s carrier to prove it.

SO, it’s been a while since we’ve done a Thrifty & Chic. What great deals have you scored lately? Please share (with links!) in the comments! ALSOif you’re lucky enough to be going to Sewing Summit in SLC this October, I’m heading up a special thrift shopping excursion for attendees. Come thrift shopping with me & score some sweet vintage/thrifty items from one-of-a-kind shops! Many of the stores we’ll be hitting up will be offering attendees exclusive discounts. HOT. You going?!?


Thrifty & Chic: Small Frye


Last weekend I went on a little thrift outing with my cousin-in-law. We had some great success! Natalie found a rad leather sling bag and I found some small Frye-like boots for Penelope! While we were shopping I found a bunch of awesome finds, but really held back. Do I need an 8th pair of boots? Perhaps not, but there was no way I was going to pass up these gorgeous black leather motorcycle boots. They were $10.

Isn’t she a little diva? Penelope wasn’t shopping with me when I found the boots, so it was a gamble whether or not they’d fit on her chubby feet. Luck was on my side because they fit perfectly!! She’ll probably grow out of them in the next month, but we will be having another kid sometime in the future, who could also benefit from my thrifty find.

I have to admit; I’m a little jealous that they’re Penelope’s size and not mine. Oh well. Everything is cuter when it’s micro-sized anyway. I’m not sure anyone else I’ve bragged to has had the same enthusiasm about these boots as I do, but I am more than thrilled about my wallet-savvy find!

Have you found any good deals lately? Leave a comment and tell me about it (links are welcome)!

Thrifty & Chic: Moccasins


How was your weekend? Penelope and I went on a little thrifting run on Thursday and found a few goodies. Penelope found some neon green rain boots (which she refuses to take off) for $3 and I found some amazing moccasins for $4. They’re gorgeous! I fell in love instantly. Our affair didn’t last long because I quickly discovered they’re half a size too small on me. GRRR! Half a size! Luckily for my sister, she’s half a size smaller than me, so I bought them for her. I was glad to see that she shared the same excitement for them as I did when she came to pick them up.

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I have some rather exciting news! I’m going to be on T.V. today. TEEE VEEEE! Thanks to DownEast I’ll be on the local channel two afternoon news modeling their lovely clothes with my lovely friends Allison, Susan and Jyl. If I don’t embarass myself too much, I might post a link to the video. Don’t forget! Today is the last day to enter the DownEast Basics giveaway. They just got a bunch of new arrivals in their shop, so you should check those out, and then enter the giveaway. Good luck!

Thrifty & Chic: Week 1


I’m starting a new column here on IS•LY dedicated entirely about finding awesome things on the cheap. I really hope you enjoy reading it as much as I’m excited about sharing it with you.

Many of you who know me personally, know that I’m a very thrifty person. A lot of this comes from my mom; she’s the quintessential frugal woman. She learned as a stay-at-home mom while my dad was in school to make do & stretch every dollar. Even when the success fairy bestowed my parents with a comfortable living, my mom still made it a point to keep spending at a minimum and saving at a maximum.

I remember being so embarrassed when my mom would take me thrift shopping for clothes, etc. I just wasn’t as creative back then, and now I’ve made a complete 180! I just itch for any chance to go and peruse the aisles for hidden treasures. This Saturday I went with Susan on a sans-kids thrifting excursion. She was looking for a desk, and I was looking for a side table. Neither of us were successful finding exactly what we were looking for, but we still scored some awesome goodies anyway.

These shoes might be the reason why I’m starting this little column. I am so excited about them, I’d make up any excuse to share them with you. These shoes are all leather, made in Brazil (my favorite country ever), remind me of some shoes my mom used to have AND they were $3. Score? SCORE!

Are you the type of person to gossip to all of your friends about the good deals you find? If so, please consider me your closest friend and best listener. I want to hear all about it!

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