Three Thrift Store Mini Reviews and Hauls

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A girlfriend came to visit me last week and you know what that means…


First stop :  the Savers located at 8530 W. Lake Mead Blvd. They were featuring 40% off activewear. That is pretty much what I have been living in since we moved here.

#ilostmymojo :-(

I found plenty of Danskin, Nike and UnderArmour for my girlfriend, but for myself I just picked up Target and JCP brands.


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Left to Right : C9 skort…X Kersion hoodie…C9 white capris (with the $17.99 tag still on it)

Total Cost : $11.64

Even though I always manage to find something here, the store itself feels kind of neglected. Maybe it’s the fact that the store is located in a plaza that is in need of a facelift. Or maybe it’s the fact that there is always a bunch of donations piled up outside the store. The store itself is clean inside but it doesn’t FEEL clean, if that makes sense. The staff is just MEH. I can’t see myself spending hours in this store like I did in the one in New Mexico and  I could never do a thriftover here.


Second stop :  The Salvation Army located at 4196 S. Durango Dr.

I must admit, I never found anything good at The Salvation Army in New Mexico and didn’t have high expectations for the one here in Nevada.

Then I stepped foot inside the store.

First off, the store was super clean!


The clothing was organized and the staff was friendly and helpful!


I will definitely put this store in my thrifting rotation and so should you!

Here is what I found on this particular trip:

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Left to Right: INC Maxi Skirt…Chico’s Zenergy Golf Shirt…NY Collection Leopard top

Total cost : $15.98


Third and final stop : Goodwill #71 located at 9385 W. Flamingo

The store is clean and organized and the staff is friendly and helpful BUT the space between the aisles is tight! There is no way two people, each with a shopping cart, could fit down those aisles. The store could do with a new space plan. Just sayin’.

As you know, Goodwill pulls their high end items and sells them at their deja blue boutique located on Charleston Blvd. so I wasn’t sure what I was going to find at their regular stores.

I was pleasantly surprised to find :

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Total cost : $9.73

Check out the embroidery on the back of the jacket.



Goodwill runs specials Monday – Friday and this particular day happened to be 25% off if you have a casino players card. Um, hello…this is Vegas.


Goodwill is the top dog of thrift stores here in Southern Nevada and I look forward to checking out their other locations. In fact, they have a new one opening on Friday….

Anyone want to go thrifting?



My husband took me to Savers for the Columbus Day 50% off sale. He allotted me a whopping 15 minutes to shop. After wasting 10 minutes looking at the shirts, I headed to the skirt section and for a total of $6.46 I scored…

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Left to Right : Lady Hagen golf skirt…New York Clothing Co. floral skirt

Not bad for five minutes, huh!





From Sh@!hole to Showplace! Well, Almost…

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I FINALLY got around to taking some photos of my home. Just in the nick of time too, because that darn Miss Oreo knocked over my GLASS end table and lamp, and broke the black bowl that I had recently scored at Goodwill! It was totally my fault because I had filled the bowl with Tootsie Pops. She ate everything but the sticks…and she ate it on my beautiful rug. :-( Thankfully, the damage to the table and lamp were relatively minor. Though the lamp shade will never be straight again. Sigh…

I tried to take the ‘after’ photos from the same perspective as the ‘before’. So, without further ado, here is my ‘new’ home in Sun City!

From two shades of pink…

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to Hickory and Oyster! They are part of the new approved colors allowed here. Also, because my roof is pink, I didn’t have a lot of options.


Here is the back patio ‘before’

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and ‘after’ with a fire pit seating set I bought on line from The Home Depot. Our plan is to get new landscaping and move this out into the yard on a flagstone patio to take advantage of the city view we have. Not the Strip, mind you (although there are many homes in this development that have Strip views and/or mountain views) but the lights are beautiful to look at none the less. I believe our view is of the landing strip on Nellis Air Force base.

That brings us to what you have been waiting for…the inside! Keep in mind that I have not accessorized yet. My husband kinda sorta cut me off from spending any more money right now. In his defense, just about everything in the house is brand new. Right down to the sheets on the bed and the towels in the closet, so I can’t really blame him. Though I really would like a sideboard in my dining area and some artwork on the walls.

As soon as you walk through my front door you see…


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Notice how much cleaner the white tile floors are? I’m kinda OCD about them and yeah, they are a bit@! to keep clean. Especially when the cat manages to step in her own poop ( just one paw, mind you ) and then walks around your entire house.

#truestory :-(


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We bought the majority of our furniture at Walker Furniture here in Las Vegas. I went into the store wanting a sectional sofa with a chaise lounge on one end. THEN, I spotted the red and that’s all she wrote. With the help of our ‘salesperson’ Masteneh Oskovei Merten, I got a whole house full of beautiful furniture. Why do I have the word salesperson in quotes? Because within minutes of meeting her, I knew she was so much more. It turned out that Mastenah is a world famous textile engineer and designer! Not only that, but she is also a trend forecaster for Pantone. Yeah….


She took the time, and designed our entire house! She found the bedding and pillows for our Master bedroom and picked out the rugs in our bedroom and living room. She gave me a ton of ideas on how to accessorize each and every room down to the smallest details.

#doyouhearthatmitch? ;-)


I knew it was important to bring some red into the rest of the house to tie it all together. My local Target helped me do just that.

I added some red placemats to my dining room table, which happens to change from a rectangle…

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to a circle!

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I know, right! It’s Mitch’s favorite thing to show people when they come over.


I added a red toaster…

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and a red tea kettle. I also added THE coolest canister set from The Container Store. It’s my new favorite store.

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I finished the look off with a red clock and some fresh flowers.

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My entryway table came from Target too.

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Now, when it came to the two bedrooms and the guest bathroom, I wanted to keep everything soft and muted.

Silver and Gold were my colors of choice.

The guest bedroom and bathroom


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and After:

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Last but not least is the Master


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and After

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In case you can’t tell, I finally got the King size bed I promised myself! The bedding is from Macy’s. It is part of their Hotel Collection. I love it!



I hope you enjoyed the tour! So when are you coming to visit? :-)




deja blue BOUTIQUE

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On Saturday, I found my way out of Sun City Summerlin and discovered this gem of a Goodwill store called deja blue BOUTIQUE!

You all know how I like my high end labels when I thrift. Well, that is the whole concept behind this thrift store. It’s nothing BUT high end labels!

They carry great home decor.

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I snatched up this SASAKI Japanese 24% leaded crystal bowl for $9.99. I had a coupon of course. ;-)

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They even have quite the selection of wedding dresses.

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I mean, it is Vegas after all. The home of drive thru wedding chapels.

Of course, it goes without saying that they have a great selection of clothing.  From infants to adults and both men and women, deja blue has got you covered. My husband spotted a handmade Italian suit there for only $40.00!

I spotted the jewelry case.

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While I was there I met the store manager, Blondell Jones. Love her! She told me about the kick-off party they were hosting for Goodwill’s annual fundraiser: Blue Party.

Of course I had nothing to wear. ;-) So, off to the thrift store I headed.

Um…it was Savers.


Yes, I wore a thrift find from Savers to a Goodwill party.


Who wore this under $10.00 brand new Boston Proper dress, best?

The chair…

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Or me?

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You’re not even looking at the dress, are you. You’re scoping out the inside of my house trying to get a glimpse of my red sofas.


Well, here’s a sneak peak!

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I Moved to…

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That’s right, I moved to Sin City! Well, actually I moved to SUN City…where you have to be at least 55 to live here. Shh, don’t tell anyone that I’m only 53. ;-)

So, the house we ended up buying? It’s pink!

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From the outside, other than the color, I loved it!

I especially love the backyard.

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In case you haven’t heard…stones are the new grass. Hahaha


Unlike the outside, the first words out of my mouth when I peaked in the back window to the inside were…”This place is a sh@*hole!!”

Exhibit A.

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Okay, this might not seem bad to you, but this is after they cleaned up some. I mean, shouldn’t you put your bag of Tootsie Pops away when your house is being shown? Plus, the entire house was FILTHY!!

Later on I found out that the owners were deceased and the niece was living here on and off over the past two years. She REALLY junked the place up. I heard it took three full days for her to get everything moved out!

Now, being the totally clueless couple that we are when it comes to home renovations, my husband and I had these BIG plans to get new cabinets, change out the floors and countertops, gut the bathrooms, paint the walls…etcetera, etcetera. You get the drill.

Well, those big dreams and our tiny budget were NOT one and the same so the only thing we had done was the painting. Oh! We had the carpets and tile floor cleaned, too. Jacob and Alex from Raysco did a stellar job on those! I would totally use them again. ( The pictures of the floor in the photos are before they were cleaned.)


As far as the paint goes? O…MG! What a difference a can of paint can make! I really had no idea! I knew I wanted to go with gray. In case you haven’t heard…gray is the new white.


Now, I knew I didn’t want a blue gray or a green gray or even a brown gray (greige) . I wanted a true gray and I found it! I also knew I wanted the cabinets to be dark.

Here are the colors I chose, test painted on the wall.

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The brand of paint is Dunn Edwards. The cabinet color (left) is called Celluloid. It reads black but is really a dark charcoal gray. The wall color (right) is called Industrial Age. I picked out both colors in a matter of five minutes…then the self doubt started setting in. The only people who believed in my ENTIRE vision were my husband and my oldest son, Michael. My MIL said that my wall color was too dark. I felt there was enough light in the space to support it.

Are you ready to see the before and afters? Prepare yourself…


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Now…the big reveal!

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I was sweating bullets over my color choices, but once I saw how everything turned out I loved it! Originally, I wanted to get new stainless appliances and change out the laminate counters but you know what? The new paint job made EVERYTHING look better! Thank goodness because there was no money left in the budget to do it.

The painter I used was David McMillan of McMillan and McMillan Painting. David is the third generation of McMillan painters here in Las Vegas. If you live in Vegas I HIGHLY recommend him. His crew is efficient and take pride in their work. When the job was done, they all took pictures of the cabinets with their cell phones! Did I mention this is the first time they had ever used this color on a cabinet. Most people choose dark brown or white.

#imnotmostpeople ;-)

Wait until you see the furniture I picked out. Can you say Ruby red couches? I can…















Hold Your Horses

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My new ‘requirement’ when thrifting, is that an item has to be something special or unique for me to buy it. This brand new Qimaner (a Chinese brand) tunic that I scored for $4.99 during one of Savers 50% off sales, fulfilled that requirement.


I’ve never been into horses all that much, although we had one when I was a little girl. I think I was 12 the last time I rode one.




I found this in the XXL section. It’s a TAD too big, but I thought I could make it work. After seeing these photos, I don’t think I can…so off to Buffalo Exchange it went.



Check out all the little details this tunic has.


A slit in the shoulder, plus the sleeves roll up with a button tab.




A black and a white button at the cuff.

To me, all these little details are signs of a quality garment. I couldn’t find this brand selling anywhere on line but one of my reader friends did.

I was super disappointed to find out that this sold on Chictopia  for $12.95.  So much for my ‘good quality’ theory. :-(

I finished off the look with this cool necklace I scored when I visited Sedona AZ.



These are my new favorite shoes from DSW. When I went back to purchase them in Nude, they were already sold out. :-(

The heel height is perfect.



I’m sad to say that this is my final photo taken by Sarah. I can’t thank her enough for giving my blog a more polished look.

I recently purchased a Canon Rebel camera and am going to give my husband another chance at being my photographer.

Wish me luck…

Photo Credit : Sarah Velez

The Difference in Pricing


A couple of months back, my friend Lisa and I did a Goodwill thrift tour where we hit up five different locations here in ABQ. Of course, we did it on a Monday when the entire store was 25% off.

Now, the one thing I don’t like about Goodwill is that they don’t put the price on their items. Well, unless it’s part of their GW Collection. Otherwise, it just has a colored barb on it with signs that say how much a particular group of items are, such as sleeveless tops, shorts or dresses etc.

Since I’m not ‘up’ on their pricing I didn’t notice that I was undercharged on an item until I got home and looked at my receipt. :-(  (I had purchased several items.)

Instead of getting charged for a dress, the (male) cashier charged me for a sleeveless top. Consequently, I only paid $1.94 for this INC dress from Macy’s that should have cost me between $6.00 and $7.00, I think.


Look! I’m actually outside…can you believe it???!!!


Remember these shoes?


These are the Sam Edelman silver sandals that I bought at Shoe Stop ABQ. Every shoe there is $29.99. Check out how much I recently found them selling for on line.

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I’ve really been scoring lately, I must say!

Talking about scoring…

I found this exact same dress selling at The Family Thrift Center. It had the original tags still on it. Check out how much they were asking.

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See how much prices vary at thrift stores for the same exact items?! Crazy!!


Love the beading…

mm_89That, along with the paisley pattern sold me on this dress even though it’s not my favorite color combination.



I paired it with this Hand Beaded in Hong Kong vintage bag I scored at Thrift Town for only $3.99…but it appears that I should have ‘paired it’ with some Spanx instead.

Are any of you struggling with your weight right now, or is it just me?

Sigh… :’-(




Photo Credit : Sarah Velez





Red, White and Striped


Okay, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I’m not a huge fan of the old red, white and blue.

I know, I know, I just wore it in my last post and guess what…I’m wearing it in a post next week too and of course I have to wear it today because the 4th of July is just around the corner. Just go with it…

Today’s look features a red and white striped Talbot’s jacket that I scored at Goodwill for $7.49. It’s brand new with the extra buttons still attached on the inside in a little bag.


Once again, not the most flattering pose. :-(  The jacket is made out of a sweatshirt like material. It’s super comfy. Do you recognize my super cute (according to all of you) Enzo Angiolini metallic flats? (Goodwill $7.49 )




I paired it with jewelry I just bought from White House Black Market… on sale of course, but that bracelet still set me back $20.00!

Today’s question is :

Is there a color combination you do or don’t like to wear?

Photo Credit : Sarah Velez

Product Review : Restful Sleep

How many of you have trouble sleeping? Ever since I hit ‘midlife’ getting to sleep and staying asleep has not been easy. So when the fine folks at Healthy Directions asked me to try out Dr. Xu’s Restful Sleep Natural Sleep Aid Supplement I was ALL IN!

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In the past, I have tried doctor prescribed sleeping pills but they acted like a diuretic. You can’t get any sleep with THAT side effect!

I like the fact that this product is all natural and made in the U.S.A.

Here is a small ‘snapshot’ about the product. Well, actually it’s a screenshot. ;-)

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Did you see the part about the spleen? According to Traditional Chinese Medicine belief, if your spleens chi (energy) is off, you are not going to get a good night’s sleep.

#whoknew     #nowwealldo

I wanted to take this for a full week so I could really see how effective it was. I have a lot on my mind right now. We just got back from house hunting in Vegas and are still waiting for an offer on our home here in New Mexico. I DEFINITELY have a restless mind!


Not only is my restless mind a problem when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, so is this…

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85lb Miss Oreo at my feet + 185lb husband at my side + Queen size bed = No room for me! :-(



As directed, I took two pills 30 minutes before bedtime with 4 oz of water. I took the pills at 10 pm each night.

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Here are the results:

Night 1 : Still awake at 1 am when Miss Oreo said she had to go outside and do her business. Finally fell asleep and woke up at 6:15 am.

Night 2 : Started feeling sleepy at 10: 30 pm. Yay! Miss Oreo woke me up at 1 am. I easily fell back to sleep. Woke up at 7 am.

Night 3 : Didn’t fall asleep until close to 1 am. Woke up at 6:15 am.

Night 4 : Took them at 9:30 pm because I was tired. Fell asleep quickly. Woke up at 2 am, but fell back to sleep easily. Woke up at 7 am.

Night 5 : Once again it started working within 30 minutes. That darn Miss Oreo woke me up at 1 am and 2 am but I easily fell back to sleep until 7 am.

Night 6 : Once again, started feeling sleepy within 30 minutes. If that darn dog wouldn’t keep waking me up in the middle of the night I would have stayed asleep! I slept until 7:20 am.

Night 7 : Ugh…this last night was another rough one. I was still awake at midnight, the dog got me up at 2 am (but I fell back to sleep easily) and I woke up at 6am.

After seeing these results I would have to say…

1. Miss Oreo needs to wake my husband up to go outside and do her business in the middle of the night! Why me, Miss Oreo…WHY ME????

2. For the most part, 4 nights out of 7, Restful Sleep worked for me. Yay!!!!


If you would like to try Restful Sleep for yourself, Healthy Directions is offering my readers a 20% discount off their first order! Click HERE and enter the discount code SAVEREST at checkout. 

The promotional code expires on 12/31/15 .

Disclosure: I was gifted a full size sample of Restful Sleep from Healthy Directions in exchange for my honest review.

Thank you to Healthy Directions and Brand Backer for sponsoring this post.

S/S 2015 Trend : The Quirky Print

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As promised, here is my final post on trends for Spring/Summer 2015. How did I know it was a trend? Well, check out this video from Sydne Summer…



Can I just say…I’m in love with that flamingo dress! While I was in Vegas I saw a couple of flamingo print scarves at Nordstrom Rack but couldn’t bring myself to spend the $12.95 they were asking. ;-)

Instead, I easily spent $6.99 for this Talbot’s pineapple shirt I scored at Savers during a thriftover. Hey, I pulled it for my client but it was too big for her. I couldn’t just leave it there…it’s a TREND for goodness sake!






I added a choker and beaded bracelet to complete the look.



What’s the quirkiest piece of clothing you own?

If you have something with flamingos on it, I’m totally jealous!

Photo Credit : Sarah Velez

Summer Colors

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Click HERE to read my latest post for Thrift Town and see what else I bought to go with these ‘like new’ Coldwater Creek espadrille wedges I scored there!