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Thrifted Thursday: The ’80s Called (and More) While Window Shopping on Retro Row, Long Beach

April 28, 2016

So many thrift shops on Retro Row were giving me “I love the ’80s” vibes that I had to highlight all the awesomeness in this Thrifted Thursday post. For starters, this retro vinyl from The Boystown Gang, though featuring disco samples, just screams 1983 with the characters’ edgy haircuts and futuristic sunshades a la LeVar Burton’s Geordi La Forge in “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” Very special. You know, lots of amazing things come from that decade, most importantly me (born in 1984, y’all!), pull-down classroom maps (modeled beautifully here by my pal Briana), film cameras, “DuckTales,” fine leather goods, typewriters — the list goes on and on. Click through the slideshow to see all the finds that spoke to me that day. Speaking of typewriters, the super-cute teal Sears Constellation machine was quite a steal at only $60. And it still works! Being the lovely daughter that I am, I went back and bought it for my mom. Now I’m on the hunt for another one just like it for myself. Perhaps my favorite item from the day was the brown leather purse. The detail on it is impeccable, with the roses and the horse and the braided rope. It’s definitely the one that got away!

To see previous Thrifted Thursday rarities and good finds, click here.

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Thrifted Thursday: Window Shopping at Treasure Hunt, Long Beach

February 11, 2016

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!

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Thrifted Thursday: Birthday Thrift Crawl, Part II

July 23, 2015

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!

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Thrifted Thursday: Birthday Thrift Crawl, Part I

July 16, 2015

After enjoying THE greatest staycation at the Ace Hotel Downtown L.A. the night before, I woke up early to get the party started. I had a long and glorious day of thrift shopping ahead of me with friends new and old as part of my 31st birthday celebration. Prior to the big day, I mapped out three Lomita thrift shops within a mile or so of each other, as well as an eatery suitable to meet my hankering for pizza, and set an itinerary: Savers at 11 a.m., Alpine Attic at 12:30 p.m., Palos Verdes Resale at 1:30 p.m. and, lastly, California Pizza Kitchen at 2:30 p.m.

At our first stop on the thrift crawl, we ran through Savers. It was especially great because this was my first time ever setting foot inside of one of these spots, and I was taken aback by how organized and ample the selection of goods and wares was. I tried on some hot pants and a skirt but to no avail. However, there were a couple other items that fit the bill. And when I checked out, I casually mentioned to the cashier that it was my birthday and she gave me a special discount. A-wooooooo!

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Thrifted Thursday: Christmas Haul, Part II

January 15, 2015

As you saw in last week’s edition of Thrifted Thursday, my bestie, Yvette, laced me up pretty nicely this past holiday with some awesome secondhand finds. Today, we continue with Part II of my Christmas haul, which is a sweater bonanza!

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You’re looking at 100% virgin cashmere here, folks! This Dalton sweater by Marshall Field & Company is everything! And don’t get me started on the gold buttons. *Swoon*

Baby it’s cold outside, so bundle up and warm up to more sweaters after the jump!

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Thrifted Thursday: Christmas Haul, Part I

January 8, 2015

This year, “Thrifted Christmas” with my bestie boo, Vettie, was the best it’s ever been. I’m one blessed gal! This first part of my haul features accessories and shoes she copped for your girl.

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Vettie knows I love a gold accent, which is why I’m so jazzed about these vintage earrings. I don’t have any earrings with the silver-and-gold color combo, so I can’t wait to style them. And I appreciate the variety of textures in the pair with the snakeskin print and gold border.

See more of these exquisite thrift finds after the jump!

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Thrifted Thursday: Window Shopping Along Retro Row, Long Beach

August 7, 2014

There’s no shortage of design inspiration and vintage envy on Retro Row (Fourth Street) in Long Beach. I recently stopped by the AIDS Assistance Thrift Store and the Feed Store, and saw some pretty rare items.

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I don’t hesitate to check out the art at thrift shops. The AIDS Assistance Thrift Store is known for its annual spring art sale, and apparently had some great pieces still available.

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Well, what do we have here? Yes, that would be a mirror etched with the Bee Gees’ likenesses! The “Legal Size” and arrows are a reflection from the box it’s placed inside. It was hard to use restraint (I told myself I was only there to look for stuff for my mom), but I did. On the off chance that it’s still there, it’s mine!

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Thrifted Thursday: Neutral Purses from Salvation Army and Retro Row, Long Beach

July 24, 2014

It’s not often that I go thrift shopping for others, but I had birthday gifts to acquire for two very important ladies in my life: my mom and my pal, Zita. Purses were something I knew these women needed and could appreciate. And man was it hard not copping some items for myself! Can you believe I stayed strong and made it out with nary a find for my own closet? Yay self-control!

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Momma needs a new bag! No, really, my mother needed a better purse — one with plenty of pockets and compartments to organize all the clutter of her previous handbag. This canvas-colored satchel ($9.99) is kinda briefcase-like, but I couldn’t resist snatching it up. Although I really contemplated keeping it for myself (it’s that fancy), I knew it would be in much better hands with my mom. Good looking out as always, Salvation Army.

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You know I really have to love someone to pass up on a perfectly good Liz Claiborne bag ($7). Love you, Mom! I found this muted little number tucked away in a pile of purses at the Assistance League Thrift Shop on Retro Row. This will come in handy when Mom is packing light, perhaps to a lunch meeting.

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Zita came to mind when I discovered this woven, tan clutch with gold detail ($2) at the AIDS Assistance Thrift Store, also on Fourth Street. I knew it would be a welcome addition, since weeks prior I let her borrow one of my clutches while out on the town. This spectacular steal is fitting for the current season (it exudes a certain tropical vibe) and can go with just about anything. Dress it up or down, go from day to night — run wild!

Grand total: $18.99