Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Roaring 20s

I love hats. I wish I didn't feel so self conscious wearing them, but whenever I try one and look to Abs for approval, she either shakes her head definitively or tries not to laugh. The 1920s are my favourite era for millinery. If only we were in New York for the Jazz-Age Party on Governor's Island this year.

(pic via Cup of Jo's flickr)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Photos from our thrifting adventure...

Racks and racks and racks of clothes...

One moment of many hours on the road...

Almost getting lost in the throng...

One of our fried goldmines...

Abs' comprehensive paper map system (after a few crashes lost us our saved google map pages)

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Thrifting in Georgia

Just to recap: Absy and I met up in Miami Florida last week for a thrifting binge around the state and into Georgia. Here's where we went:

Kissimmee, Fl: The guy at the motel we stayed at was shocked to hear that we weren't planning to going to Disneyland. SHOCKED. He gave us a map and directions on how to get there anyway. We hit a few large thrift stores, namely Goodwill and Salvos. Thrifting quality: OK, but bigger thrift store chains tend to be more exy and picked over. Natch.

Winter Park, Fl: Kind of a bust.

Apopka & Casselberry, FL: The highlight of this town was the giant Thriftko store...I wish I could remember where it was exactly. Giant racks of dresses going for a song. We left with a couple big bags of stuff.

Eustis, Fl: we got here too late and had to move on because it was a bit of a dud town (albeit with a beautiful lake) and there was nowhere decent for us to stay. Some of the thrift stores looked pretty good, but oh well.

Leesburg, Fl: Oh blessed Leesburg. In this small town there were about 7 or 8 thrift stores, none of them big, but many of them were good to us. The LMC thrift store gave us dresses and shoes. The LCMR thrift store was amazing. It was huge and such good value. Unbelievable.

After Leesburg we decided to head into Georgia - first stop:

Valdosta, GA: The Treasure Box thrift store was stuffed to high heaven. We found some great 60s milk maid style juniors dresses.

Waycross: Waycross Thrift...ohhhh, they're all beginning to blur into one. I seem to recall carrying out bags of awesome stuff

Alma GA: A depressing town, but we found a wonderful 70s maxi dress with a bustle. Amazing.

Savannah GA: Absy wanted to go here because of the 90s soap of the same name, she didn't mention it at the time, but I was thinking of it too all along. Savannah is a beautiful, beautiful historic town. It's small, and not crowded at all. We hit Blessingdale's Thrift where we walked out with 4 pairs of shoes and a beautiful mint green 50s dress a la Grace Kelly.

Anyway, we'll get photos up of some of our finds as soon as we can. Now we're back in Florida, in the town of Jupiter, holed up at the Hampton Inn watching cable and kicking back after a long drive.

What we wore...

We took this behind the Treasure Box thrift store in Valdosta, Georgia. We turned up just before 10am and it was shut - we were so disappointed. So we took the opportunity to take a shot of us in 80s denim pinny jumper theme. Just so everyone knows - we're not in the habit of dressing alike, but I had the denim jumper in my suitcase, and when we found another for Absy it seemed wrong not to do it.

Anyway, a dude in a pickup drove past and parked as we were taking the shot. He gave us a strange look. He turned out to be the owner of the store, so we got in there after all, and left with about three bags' worth of goodies.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

On the road...

So we're on the road in the USA, but we're still working on our weekly auctions as usual:

That's Absy, tapping away on Google maps as we work out which thrift stores to hit tomorrow, in Valdosta, Georgia.

We've been thrifting for two days, and have already got some gorgeous pieces that will make it to the store eventually.

In the coming days we'll be posting pics of our journey so far, and of some of the things we've bought along the way...
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