This Thrifted Thursday is a snapshot of a recent stroll through my old stomping grounds: Retro Row in Long Beach. It had been a minute since I stopped by my personal haven of secondhand scores. The first five snapshots in this slideshow were taken at the Assistance League Thrift Shop, perhaps the most under-rated store on the block, but by far my favorite. I saw a couple of pieces that channeled my inner working woman circa 1980 and said “What up tho?!” to my girl, Liz Claiborne. The contrasting brown and cream leathers made it hard to pass up, but I’ve gotta slow down on buying duplicates of items I already own or that are too similar in style. Another find that was extra hard to turn away from was the vintage wicker picnic basket. I’m a collector, but the $20 price tag was a little steep, considering the handle was slightly warped. It was a sight to behold no less, as was its mini counterpart that I spied resting in the shelf underneath. My friend Fifi bought the tiny basket, which would make a super cute lunch bag or an even edgier handbag, for her sweet little niece. Inside were these itty-bitty ceramic tea cups and saucers. So darling! As my trek down the block continued, I saw some exquisite framed tapestries, the most adorable vintage typewriters, an ultra authentic Western blouse and the pièce de résistance … a VHS copy of Michael Jackson’s “Moonwalker.” You have no idea how many Saturday mornings were spent dancing and singing along to this gem of modern cinema in the Ratcliff household during the early ’90s.
You’ll see the great finds that I purchased that day in next week’s Thrifted Thursday. Until then, to see previous Thrifted Thursday rarities and good finds, click here.
This Thrifted Thursday features some superb steals I acquired from St. Vincent de Paul, especially this vintage vinyl that I discovered. Read more after the jump to see just how much these records set me back, as well as other, great finds from that trip after the jump!
So a little while back, I found myself gallivanting on Retro Row in search of the perfect going-away gift for a colleague. This Thrifted Thursday is just a small fraction of all the amazing finds I discovered on Fourth Street in Long Beach. For starters, I immediately became enamored with the first image in this slideshow, the vintage eye chart from inretrospect. What a rare item! I told myself I was only shopping for my friend that day, but the thought of hanging the dynamic piece in my living room consumed me. I had to have it! So I went back the next day (thankfully no one had snatched it up!) and copped it. I was also happy to see that the stately Glenn Heath owl print was still on display at Retroda: Past and Present. Its smaller cousin (pictured in the slide after it) was at inretrospect, which was a pleasant surprise. Among the other items I contemplated breaking the bank for were some serious pieces of string art, a fun bucket hat from the now-defunct Marineland of the Pacific (think Sea World a decade before it was Sea World and in the affluent Palos Verdes area of Los Angeles), some kitschy scottie dog bookends and an amazing ’70s flower-power printed suitcase.
To see previous Thrifted Thursday rarities and good finds, click here.
This Thrifted Thursday is a peek at all the great finds I made off with in my Birthday Thrift Crawl, Part Deux. I usually have great luck at Assistance League shops in general, so I wasn’t surprised about acquiring awesome goods and wares. However, I was taken aback by how deeply discounted most items were at the Assistance League of Santa Monica. I love a deal! This vibrant red patterned scarf ($2.50) could have been used for a number of things, but I intend to wear it as a headscarf. I can’t wait to tie it up in a big bow and twirl on all the haters.
See all the gems from my second annual thrift crawl after the jump!
The saga continues in this Thrifted Thursday! As promised, I present to you the rest of the rarities I acquired during my first encounter with “The Pile” at La Bomba on Retro Row. I was pretty jazzed about this retro Bugle Boy pullover ($5). So many things you can tuck into that pocket. This sweater’s a great teal color, which reminds me … I need to cop a pair of retro Reebok Pumps to match. I love, love, love that the tagline on the tag reads “Fashion At Its Best.” I definitely concur!
See what else I got my hands on after the jump.
This Thrifted Thursday, I highlight some of the great finds I made off with while out thrifting down Retro Row in my city. A few gal pals and I stopped in to La Bomba on a random Saturday and were curious about the commotion happening on the shop’s back ratio. We weren’t ready for what awaited us. Picture this: A ginormous pile of clothes (sweaters, dresses, pants, button-downs, costumes, leather jackets — you name it) stacked to the sky. OK, it wasn’t too crazy. Probably six feet high. But still. It was a sight to behold. So many questions came to mind, but the best thing for us to do was to stop overthinking it, and jump right in. Literally. So we did! We were delighted to discover that most everything in the pile was $5; coats were $10. Not too shabby.
Continue reading to see what else I snatched up that fateful day!
The Treasure Hunt always has great finds … little treasures, if you will. My last trip there was par for the course. I told myself I wasn’t there to shop for myself, rather to search for presents for my bestie. While perusing the housewares section, a shimmery gold jewel caught my eye in the form of these fireplace tools. Look! They’re ducks. I, of course, have no need for them, as I don’t have a fireplace, but they’re pretty darn cute.
See more of what caught my eye during this quick jaunt after the jump!
OK, so it seems like Christmas was mad long ago! But, in keeping with tradition, I wanted to show you what I scored from my Thrifted Christmas haul from my bestie, Yvette. I was gifted lots of one-of-a-kind finds, but I chose to highlight a few favorites. Before we go any further, pause and bask in the glory of these scarfs. I mean, Oscar de la Renta! Yes, Gawd! Be on the lookout for these coming soon to an Outfit of the Day post right here.
Get into more Thrifted Christmas goodness after the jump!
This makes my third thrifted picnic basket. I think my habit is on the verge of getting out of hand. But when you see how much this fun little guy costed, you’ll see why I couldn’t pass it up.
See more after the jump!
I’m still smiling from my birthday thrift crawl! And great finds like these will ensure that I’ll be grinning for a long while. Up first is my favorite find of the day: this darling, one-of-a-kind framed, hand embroidered art piece ($6.29). It basically fell into my lap while perusing the art section at Savers. It was strewn on some shelf next to some generic frames and whispered sweet nothings to me. I’m glad I snatched up this rare gem — much to the disdain of my pal, Lauren.
See my other purchases from the day after the jump!