Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Thrift Haul- Goodwill Blues

Hey Thrift Buddies!

This past week I was home for Spring Break, so of course I had to take a trip to my favorite local Goodwill! I bought some items that are perfect for the warm spring weather. When I was checking out, I realized that all of the items I bought were some shade of blue. Literally, everything I picked was either denim or had a blue pattern. I don't know why (blue is not even my favorite color) but I liked everything I picked so it's all good.

Total  for this haul was less than $20!

I finally found some overalls!!! 

My new favorite workout t-shirt

Railroad stripes ♥

This vintage sail boat sweatshirt is super big and super comfy

Those were some of the beautiful blue things I found for Spring! If you want some tips on what items to keep your eyes open for this Spring check out my last blog post!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Goodwill Was Good To Me- Thrift Haul

Hey Thrift Buddies!

I finally got the chance to go to Goodwill last week, which I was especially happy about since I have been in Goodwill withdrawal recently.

So beautiful!

This trip was super successful; check out some of my awesome finds!

Fruit Shirt ♥

Look at those pineapples!

I'm kinda loving turtlenecks right now...

I found a denim overalls dress- so 90's and so cute

Denim Levi Cutoffs = Classic
I love these shorts so much! Can it be summer yet?! (jk i like the snow)

And last, but not least... this beauty ♥ 

This leather suede jacket is by far the best thing I found that day!!! It is in such great condition! The fringes and the camel color...oh it's so perfect. Also, I love the bohemian vibe it gives off.

So I looked it up... and this jacket is worth about $130!!! Let's just say I bought it for less than that...

All in all, I had a wonderful day at Goodwill

P.S. Check out my Etsy Shop, I just updated it for spring! It's stocked with cute button down shirts and high waisted shorts!

Shop: ChantillyForest
Blog: ChantillyThrift

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Thrift Tips- Make a List

Hey Thrift Buddies!

Making a list before you go to the thrift store is soooo important! It helps to keep you focused and allows you to get the best out of the thrift store. I wanted to share with you guys 5 tips on how to make a good list for your next thrift store adventure!

1) Write it Down
     I know this one seems obvious, but seriously, I can’t tell you how many times I have made a list in my head, walked into the thrift store, and forgotten everything I wanted to look for. So write it down! Whether on paper, on your phone, or on your hand, having a list to guide you will help a lot.

2) Keep it Simple
     If you write down that you want a lime green sweater with unicorns and rainbows on it, you might be a little disappointed when you don’t find it. Keeping your list vague is better and keeps the search open ended, for example if you say that you want to find a warm chunky sweater preferably in green, you’re more likely to find results and be happy.

3) Keep it to about 10 things
     If you’re looking for some many things at a time you might get overwhelmed, so focus on searching for a couple of items at a time.

4) Leave room for chance
     One of the best parts of going to the thrift store is finding an amazing piece of clothing or trinket that you never even knew existed! If you find a beautiful necklace that you've fallen in love with and is reasonably priced, I would say get it, even if it's not on your list, Now don’t go overboard and buy every cool thing you see, but just remember the list isn't final.

5) Don't give up
     If you don’t find something on your list the first time you look, don’t give up! Keep this item on your list, or at least in the back of your mind, so that when you go to the thrift store again you can look for it. I really really want a vintage sunflower dress, but every time I look in the dress section I never see the bright yellow floral pattern. I don’t give up or get dismayed. I just keep the sunflower dress on my list, so that one day when I stumble upon one I will remember to get it.

I wrote about some other items currently on my thrift list in this blog post.

Those are my tips! Take some time to sit down and make your own thrift store list.

Hope these help you out!

BLOG: http://chantillythrift.blogspot.com/

ETSY: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ChantillyForest

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Ocean City- Thrift Shop Exploring

Hey Thrift Buddies!

The other day, some friends and I went on a mini road trip to Ocean City, NJ. It was an amazing trip! I've never been to the beach in winter, so I was so excited to cross this off my bucket list. The day was perfect! The sun was shining, the sky was clear, the water was oh so blue...it was just a bit chilly. After visiting the beach. we went to a little town full of super cool shops. One of the shops we came across was called Mew to You. The earnings from this thrift store helps to rescue cats. The store was so cute and homey. There were little trinkets everywhere. They also had some pretty valuable vintage stuff, which was really cool to see. We went on a day when records were half off! My friend and I picked up six records, for a $1 each! Also, there were like 5 vintage Elvis records, how cool is that!

Found so many awesome records!

Elton John & Village People ♥

Olivia Newton John & Nat King Cole- So Good!

If you have never experienced the beach in the middle of winter, I would definitely encourage you to. When it's not summer, a quiet and peaceful slumber resides on the beach and the surrounding town, It's the perfect place to find some rest and enjoy the beauty of the ocean.

Also, if you ever find yourself in Ocean City stop by Mew to You, it supports a great cause!

For further thrifting adventures check out my blog- Chantilly Thrift

Also I recently updated my etsy shop- Chantilly Forest- check it out!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Goodwill Thrift Haul- Patterns & Details

Hey Thrift Buddies!

So I recently went to a new Goodwill in my area, and it was amazing! It was so big and was stocked with awesome clothes! I went with one of my friends at 11:00 in the morning and the store was basically empty!

Isn't it beautiful?!

Overall it was a great experience!

For some reason, I kept picking out pieces with awesome patterns and intricate details.
Here are some of the awesome things I found...

 total was about $20

floral corduroy button down- super soft and comfy!

I am in love with this vintage black sleeveless top. The beading on it is so beautiful and intricate! It's also super versatile; I feel like I can dress it up or down. Also, for some reason it reminds me of the roaring 1920's!

treasure for less than $4

the beading and delicate edge ♥

i love sunflowers and couldn't resist ~ it was less than $2

So a little disclaimer...I know that this shirt is kinda tacky and ugly...but I fell in love with it! I love the floral embroidery and I love that sunflowers are featured. I know this shirt will make me smile on a gloomy winter day and will also be perfect for Spring!

Patterns ♥

i love flowy tops ~ less than $4 each

Lost Beauties: Here are a couple  things I saw, but alas, they didn't fit right.

Look at these colors and prints!

Flowers & Stripes- The perfect combination

This trip was successful and I was very pleased with this new Goodwill...I will definitely be going back!

Check out my Etsy Shop & Blog!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Goodwill Thrift Haul- First of Many

Hey Thrift Buddies!

My name is Chantal and I'm new here at the Thrift Collective. I love thrifting so much and I'm excited to share the various treasures I find and also my tips on thrifting!

The other day I went thrifting with my main thrifting buddy- my dear grandmother J. It was so nice to walk into the doors of Goodwill. I immediately felt at home!

I love the Goodwill by my house. It's large and roomy, but not too big, so I don't get overwhelmed. The lights are bright, and the clothes are organized by color. The prices are also super good!

I'm pretty sure at least half of my wardrobe came from this dear Goodwill...

So on this recent trip I got a floral button-down dress, a beautiful (silk?) Indian shirt, and some cool housewares...

I love this floral dress! Even thought its winter I bought this dress in anticipation for spring (too early?)

love the red retro letters...plus it says candy :)

the pattern is so beautiful

found this cool little bowl that was made in portugal!

So my total for the day was $8.99

Pretty good, if I do say so myself :)

Check out my Etsy Shop!- it's stocked with many treasures including that candy jar!

Also check out my blog Chantilly Thrift for more thrift hauls and tips!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Thrift Haul: Using the Thrift Store for Clothing Essentials. Plus, Batman!

I've ever so slowly been returning to the hunt, trying to train myself not to pick up my old favorites like gorgeous ceramic teapots and mugs that aren't stunning mid century modern pottery, super unique or very sellable. Or interesting bits for my own collection. Which means I bring home next to nothing now. And I love it, I'm enjoying the journey to being close to minimal! But I did find a few neat things worth sharing lately:

I'll be posting more details later but I'm challenging myself to change my wardrobe, curating a "classic" one with more basics, using only the thrift store. These shoes are are like-new with no wear for $2.00.

They're by Lucky Brand. Love their clothes but have always refused to buy because the price. Fun to find some for next to nothing at the thrift store. The wedges and heels on their website right now go from $89.00 to $159.00.

Batman! I was driving home one day and couldn't resist an intriguing estate sale. There was so much I wanted to buy, huge boat book ends with lots of patina, for instance. But I refuse to sit on tons of merchandise for long anymore, it's killing me soul! Lost it on the Batman coloring book, though. My love of Batman could not be contained the cover illustration is gorgeous. Every single page inside is colored though. For sale if anyone would like it. Would look lovely framed.

This kokeshi change purse replaces...my last kokeshi-doll style "change purse". I can't resist cute "smalls". My previous one now holds gum, it was too small for the amount of change I tend to drag around.

This 1970s sweater came right in time for a cold front. We were enjoying a hot indian summer until this weekend when the temps dropped to 47 during the day, which is cold for us in north Florida. This groovy sweater is keeping me warm for now. It's also for sale. I'm attempting to find all vintage pieces for wardrobe basics if possible. This one isn't basic but I loved the retro stripes.

This thrifted dress was a gift from mom who knows I'm running out of clothes that fit/aren't in need of repairs. It's by Express and fits really well, I love the colors.

The back of the dress. I've been enjoying wearing the dress with tights, boots, and a turtleneck underneath.

And another thrifted gift from mom, a comfortable romper. Cute piece, I love wearing white. So...how long until this random geometric pattern stuff that's on everything becomes retro, collectible, and wearable again? 20 years? It's so randomly ubiquitous.

I like how the back is open.

And then more summer clothes, it is the haul of clothes! These were free and both are expensive name-brand and barely if-ever worn. I love spending nothing or close to it on quality clothes. Beats $75+ for sandals! There's too much abundance around second-hand.

With personal and merchandise possessions dwindling I'm excited to slowly go back to thrifts, shopping with great care not to acquire anything that isn't absolutely needed or absolutely amazing. Stepping up the curating game! By the by, I'm still trying to clearance the HELL out of my current merchandise, I really need a fresh start. check out my sale on Etsy. If you're local, check out my booth at Southern Crossing Antique Mall, it's booth #4504.

I'm also selling my favorite second-hand find, my gorgeous mid century modern couch! Every time it has appeared on the website I've gotten e-mailed offers on it, if it's in the background of a craigslist post or item listing people want the sexy beast. My boyfriend just moved in and his huge sectional is more practical; my couch has no where to live. It'll be tough to see it go. Do e-mail me if you're local and interested or have any questions.

Been finding anything interesting lately at the thrifts? I'm still enjoying my reprieve for now, still getting a clear picture of the things I'll bring home into the future. - Thrift Core
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