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Thrifted Thursday: Finds From My First Time at La Bomba’s “The Pile,” Long Beach — Part II

March 31, 2016

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.

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Thrifted Thursday: Finds From My First Time at La Bomba’s “The Pile,” Long Beach — Part I

March 24, 2016

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.

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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 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: 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

Thrifted Thursday: Floral-Print Dress and Tuxedo Shirt from Palos Verdes Resale, Lomita

February 20, 2014

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It’s a bit of a drive from Long Beach, but I know that there will be good finds waiting for me at Palos Verdes Resale whenever I return. That was the case one recent sunny Saturday afternoon. I made off with this beautiful, vibrant floral-print dress ($8), with an optional belt, from Accomplice by Wet Seal and this snazzy tuxedo shirt ($5) that fits like a glove.

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