Thursday, February 10, 2011

You're Invited: Special sale at Goodwill Falls Church

Shop for someone you love--or, well, yourself--at Goodwill's newest location in Falls Church on Valentine's Day. You'll get 50 percent off all donated goods, which is pretty much everything in the retail store.

Where: Goodwill Retail Store 
2936 Annandale Rd Falls Church, VA 22042
When: February 14, 2011
Time: 10AM-9PM
What: 50% off all donated goods

Last weekend I visited the Goodwill location in Rockville and got oodles of things that I haven't had time to post about yet, including a pair of wide-leg jeans and mayyyybe a DVD copy of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. :) Do let me know what sort of fun stuff you get if you stop by this amazing sale.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Second Time Around hosts late-night sale

Tired of winter?
So is this kitten.
Let's go shopping.
Second Time Around is clearing out winter merch by offering 70 percent off all of it. Their blog has details and all the locations participating, but I'll save you the trouble: Georgetown will be open until midnight tomorrow night (the 10th) for maximum shopping opportunity. If winter knits aren't your thing, new arrivals will be marked down 20 percent. That means you can stop by and check out the pair of nearly-new Rich & Skinny jeans that I dropped off to consign last week....

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Serious Shoe Sale and more at Treasury

(These shoes are from Tari, not Treasury. But still. Shoes.)

Treasury is having a Serious Shoe Sale. Shoe sales deserve caps, thinks your girl blogger. From their e-mail:

We are so excited for spring that we’ve introduced a new sale! 
For the rest of the month, we’re marking all our shoes (boots, heels, loafers, sandals, everything!) 
in-store 50% OFF!
PLUS we’re starting a jewelry sale until Valentine’s Day: 
20% OFF that special stuff for your loved ones (excluding consignments). 
As always, we are ready to help you find the perfect gift.  

Monday, February 7, 2011

Photos: New goodies at Ginger Root Design

I popped in Ginger Root Design on Saturday to do a little shopping and got to check out all the new goodies in the shop, coupled with some lovely Valentine's Day decor. If you haven't been, here are some of my favorite things for my last visit:

Lovely little vintage accessories for the man in your life.

The gingers cut out the back of the jacket, and I think I'm in love.

Clutches 'n' things! Get ready for spring with these little bags.

Pretty collars to give a little spark to any outfit.

And last but certainly not least: kitties. Kitties on a necklace.

P.S. You can now buy vouchers to give someone the gift of sewing classes. Pretty rad.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Quarter Life goes to New York Fashion Week

I come to you today, dear readers, with the most spectacular news. I'm going to New York Fashion Week. Next week. For Fashion Week. I have spent the past two days looking like this:

I wanted to use the picture of Liesl in the gazebo in the thunderstorm,
but that was impossible to successfully Google in my current state.

Yeah, everyone, that's right. Big arms from here to Manhattan. I promise I'll go to New York with more than a lone jumper, a straw hat, and a guitar.

For all the up-to-the minute knowledge, pics, and videos, you can keep up with my home base, For the extras and the personal experiences...well I'm going to put them here. There are few thrifty things about Fashion Week, but we all dream big, right? Plus, I'll be sure to post outfit pictures so you can see what thrifty or vintage things I wear throughout the week.

But I do feel the need, readers and fashion fans, to ask for advice.  Where should I go when I'm in New York? Best coffee shop near Lincoln Center? Best little thrift store I'd never find without a guide? Designers I need to learn about? FOOD CARTS?

Let me know in the comments so I don't miss anything awesome during my journey.

Bonus points: If you're a blogger or fashion folk who is traveling from our area to go to Fashion Week, please let me know. It's great to meet new people along the way and I'd love to learn about what you do.

P.S. I have forbidden myself from starting to pack until next week. Forbidden. Hold me to it.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Thrift tip: Last chance for winter gear

I know it's still freezing (except for Wednesday when it may or may not get into the mid-50s) but something to consider....all the winter sales happening as we speak. I was in Second Time Around the other day consigning some things and all their winter stuff is 50 percent off.

And fresh from my inbox is this winter sale announcement from Annie Creamcheese that promises only the best in vintage capes'n'such:

See you at the sale rack!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Thrift tip: Invest in alterations

You may remember back in the day that I bought this amazing Badgley Mischka gown for 20 bucks. Very cool the way it was, but it wasn't a perfect fit. Before a fine function this fall, I took it to Ginger Root Design, where Erin took a gander at it and quickly decided it could be made even better.

Before...sorta grumpy

A bit of hemming and some tucks on the side, and it looked as if it was made for me. Check it out:

You can't even tell I was recovering from the plague!

MC looks dapper too!
Dress: $20. Alterations: $80. Shoes: $10. Jewelry: borrowed. Handbag: old as heck.

Piece of cake.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

You're invited: Preview night at Ginger Root Design

Visit the redheads of Ginger Root Design this Friday night from 6 to 8:30 p.m. for a sneak peek at new (and by new we mean mostly restyled) items before they hit the shelves. The jewelry of Jennifer Jeremias—a.k.a the brains behind DauDau repurposed jewelry—will be on display.

What else can I say? Snacks. New stuff. Probably some good music.

1530 U. St. NW, basement. Look for the gingers.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Official National Swap Day recovery post

Phew! I'm still reeling over the photos, tweets, etc. etc. from Saturday. There's a survey available for those of you who attended, as it's always good to learn from this experience for the next swap that I hope to plan. If you haven't received an e-mail through EventBrite with the survey information, drop me a line and I'll pass it on.

So far, it looks like we'll be working on the following for the next swap: Having more space, more racks and hangers, and a little more time to sort so that everyone can see what's up for grabs and find the best steals for them.

At the same time, I have to give kudos to the women who had eternal patience during the event. I hope it paid off for all of you!

If you want to take a peek into some of our attendees closets.....
InDCFashion got some work clothes
Jen made some new friends
Think & Grow Chick shares her new designer items
Bibliomomia really made out, and provides an informative how-to
Daisy shows off what she got while volunteering
Volunteer Kaarin has a video and pics
Nicole came by to take some photos, which are on The Feast
Meg writes about her experience

If you blogged about the day or posted pictures of your new outfits, please share!

It wouldn't have been a success without our tireless volunteers, so here's how to get in touch with some of the Swap Day ladies you may have met (they are very connected ladies):
Jackie (Nana!)
Daisy/Lanyapi Designs
Kaarin/Closet Caucus

And really, this all came about because of the ladies of Amy and Melissa, originally of The Swapaholics, provided an amazing amount of support, ideas, and calming words.

Oh and hey guys. I made a movie.

See you at the next swap!

#SwapDay photos (full recap to come)

First things first: Thank you to everyone who supported the Exchange Your Ways swap this weekend, especially these ladies who are huge champions of sorting and organizing:

Jacki, Nicole, Nicole, Lori, Katherine, Kaarin, Daisy, and Jackie--you ladies are amazing!
Swap attendee Lily sent along a few photos, including the one above and this one of me looking completely spent:

Until I can get a full recap up, please enjoy these photos taken with my iPhone throughout the day.