It’s beginning to look a lot like….

…I’ve completely abandoned my blog, which I promised I wouldn’t do. I’ll be honest, I think about ideas for posts daily, but work and life and stuff can get in the way. No more excuses, I say! And I can’t think of a better way to get back into it than with a little shout out to one of my favorite past times: thrifting.

I don’t have a lot of spare time these days, but when I do, I try to enjoy it by engaging in something intellectual; something life changing. Naturally, I went to the nearest Salvation Army in search of salvation from the craziness of life.

Boy am I glad I did!

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Oh hush. Christmas is just around the corner and I justify my eagerness to get a head start on decorating with the fact that it’s November. November!! 

To save me from fainting at the mere thought of how quickly this year is coming to an end, I indulged in the absolute joy of finding a ton of holiday loot during my visit. Wow, there are some serious hoarders in this city, was my first thought. It takes one to know one, was my second thought. But….a box of vintage ornaments for $1? Who can pass that up?

This is what I did with them.

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By the way, those Japanese Mitsumata branches are fab. They become bendable when you soak them in water, giving you the freedom to manipulate and style them in whichever way suits your space. I got them here.

I found this brass (brass is back, b*tches!) wire Christmas tree for $1, and cute little plaster snowman for $1.50.

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Hark! This herald angel sang to me from afar, and her $1.50 price tag had me singing even more loudly.

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I also found a ton of outdoor/indoor lights for $2 – $3 a box. I’m planning to go full on Clark Griswald this year.

I know, I know, I’m a little nuts because I’m breaking all the holiday rules by buying and busting out the decor before Thanksgiving. And it’s so unlike me to do so….I’m typically a last minute lass when it comes to Christmas. But I can’t resist a great deal AND practicing responsible consumerism by buying second-hand, anytime of the year.

Ho ho crazy ho!

PS – the way to score treasure at these places is to go early, so don’t wait! Save yourself a trip to one of the big retailers and indulge in the gratification of buying second-hand. I will love you forever. 

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