This weekend Brendan and I made a quick trip to Fredricksburg, Texas. It’s a day trip from Austin and truly a great little town. It is packed full of local shops and wineries. They are also known for their antique stores and markets. I, of course, didn’t hit up any of that except for some breakfast tacos from Mahaley’s and some fantastic sandwiches from Opa’s for lunch.

I set out in search of the garage and estate sales and the thrift stores. Naturally.

1958 Scrabble for Juniors

At the first estate sale I stopped at, I could have gotten myself in some serious trouble. Loads of beautiful and barely worn vintage. Everything there was so well taken care of including this adorable 1958 Scrabble for Juniors set. Look at those illustrations!

Scrabble for Juniors

I snagged this with all of its pieces for $3!

Vintage Scrabble

Then I spotted this perfect granny square afghan with raised flowers. It’s in fantastic condition and perfect for my neice! $2.50!

Vinage Rose Afghan

I love vintage, handmade linens. Such skill! I wish these skills had been passed down to me. My grandmother was fantastic knitter and crocheter and my great grandmother was a master seamstress. What I wouldn’t give to be taught the same craft. Is that true for you too? This makes me want to take some knitting and crochet lessons…

Raised Flower Afghan

Then, I scored these Cole Haan tassel loafers for $3! The only reason I buy second hand shoes is if they are solid quality. These are and range in price on Etsy and Ebay for between $30-$60. Brand new, they cost over $100.

Vintage wool coat tassle loafers

When I got back to Austin, I still had the thrifting bug so I stopped in an estate sale for 50% off Sunday! The best. I got this vintage wool full length coat for $1.50. I mean that’s crazy. $1.50! I couldn’t pass it up at that price and it’s in perfect condition. Looks like it was never worn, which could possibly be true because we live in Austin.


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This weekend, my friend Cari came up to visit us and we went thrifting at a couple of my favorite antique stores. It has been a while since I’ve been out to see what’s new at the booths so I really enjoyed the trip!

I didn’t find a whole lot that interested me enough to spend money on, but I did find a really pretty Estée Lauder porcelain powder jar that I’m fond of.




It matches our bedroom decor really well and will be a great place to catch little trinkets and jewelry before bed! I love metallics, especially silver, and it’s nice to have such an understated vintage 70s piece.

If you like it enough to want your own, I found one on etsy for a good price!

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Last Saturday, Kyle and I stopped by Kat and Co., our favorite repurpose/antique/thrift store in St. Joseph. We are spending most of our money on gifts this month so it was just a quick trip meant mostly to be inspiration. We ended up finding a fun gift for Kyle’s brother while we were there and a few other items for ourselves, too.

A friend of mine in town has a booth that she’s closing at the end of this month so everything was 50% off and we just had to help ourselves to some of those deals! I bought a little brown teapot for my collection and this elephant:

This may actually be an item in my home I could use to describe my taste to someone. Our bedroom is very black, cream, and grey, with a lot of industrial elements thrown in, so the elephant looks perfect on our desk. And given my penchant for adopting strays (like Oats, Logan, and my hippo.), she is actually now part of a pair of elephants in the bedroom.

I also picked up a new scarf. The color and the weight of it drew me into the booth but when I picked it up it felt soft and then I realized it looked familiar!

It’s actually an Express scarf that’s just a few years old. For less than $5, it was an exciting find! I really love thrifting in general, as you know, but there is something so fun about finding something that you let slip by because it wasn’t justifiable or you missed it on sale or clearance! I’m wearing it today with a black sweater and it adds so much color to my winter wardrobe!

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I’m really hoping that you all aren’t super tired of hearing about the trip that I took way back in JULY. Remember I went to Marion, KS, Kansas City, MO, St. Louis, and Chicago? So, hang in there because I’m almost done. Promise!

Also, remember my post about Breckenridge, Texas were I swore at myself like a sailor for losing my pictures. Guess what?! I found some of them! Yay! Enough to give you my Thrift Tourist write up about Mendelson Liquidation Outlet, anyway. ***Disclaimer, settle in for a lot of photos, y’all...

But first, we went all the way to a suburb of Detroit, MI to go here…

That’s not just any Estate Sale, my friends. Nope, it’s a CASH AND CARI Estate Sale. I was super pumped!

When we got there, they were filming. We walked in toward the end of the sale so Cari was just chillin’ in the living room in a recliner. We chatted with her about where we were from and then checked out the rest of the sale. The home was of a serious collector of Americana. Also, there was a gigantic Barbie. Honestly, she (the Barbie) was a little creepy.

Cari was super nice and so was everyone else working there. I didn’t get a picture with her because I don’t want to be that type of fan. Also, my biggest reason, I had just gotten out of the car after riding for five hours so let’s just say I wasn’t exactly camera ready. Anywho, super cool experience and so glad we went. We actually didn’t buy anything, though.

She did reply tweet to me, so that was nice!

Okay, on to Dayton, Ohio. We went to the Springfield Antique Show and Flea Market where I either didn’t take any photos or lost all of mine. Poop. Drat.

After there we went to downtown Dayton and hit up Mendelson Liquidation Outlet. Here’s the Apartment Therapy Marketplace page and their Ebay site. They don’t really have a website.

First, let me just say “Holy Outlet Shopping, Batman!!!” When we walked into this place (two buildings and three huge floors), I’m pretty sure our mouths just dropped. This is the graveyard where all closed retail shops, restaurants, schools, whatsoever go to rest.

It was super overwhelming at first. There were rows, rows, and more rows of old fixtures from retail shops. Like, jewelry display cases, shelving, books cases, tables, booths, and so much more.

After this building, we went over to the main building (the one from the picture above). It’s got five floors and three of which are accessible to customers. The final floor we went on was nothing but electrical supplies and hardware. Insane.

Too rainbowlicious not to grab a photo of.

Rows of chairs…

I seriously considered purchasing these crates, but my wise mother talked me out of them. She noticed that they weren’t just dirty but that dirt was oil. I was too blinded by their rustic, box crate-y goodness to see that this oil residue would be a nightmare. Thanks, Mom!

Also, on this floor were more storage solutions that I could wrap my mind around (can you tell I was a wee bit overwhelmed?). Wouldn’t these be awesome in an office/craft/sewing space? Bolts of pretty patterned fabric folded up in these?

If I had room in my house or in the car, these old, school chairs would have come home with me. For what, I don’t know, but they were fab. One in every color would make an awesome kiddos art space. Not that I have kiddos, but I do have a niece and nephew!

More storage solution goodness…

These rainbow patterned dishes made me pause. I thought they were so sweet and pretty. We don’t need them and I’ve already got too many coffee mugs. Cute though, right? Oh and if you notice, the plates didn’t have the yellow that the mugs did. Bummer.

Did you hang in there? Through all those photos? Thanks!

Can you believe I didn’t even show you all the clothing, industrial kitchen supplies, books, outdoor furniture, lighting, lockers, and more? That’s how huge this place is! If you find yourself in Dayton, OH you must stop in here! If not to buy, just to look. Also, this place makes you wonder why anyone would ever buy anything new for their store. Mendelson had it all!

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Jess’s Picks

  • In case you’re worried that I’m only interested in personal beauty things, I also fell in love with this palette reading-corner bed at Rusta Upp. I featured the blog a few weeks ago in a Friday Reader Roundup, but it’s so good that it’s worth it just for the pictures even if the text isn’t your native tongue.
  • I have to give some love to this write-up about big dogs at Offbeat Home. I love all dogs big and small and I’ve ridden shotgun on a few twelve-hour drives to make sure a dog makes it to a good rescue. If a dog is part of your home, it’s important to understand the commitment and this is a great guide to sharing your home with a dog big enough to have (and lovable enough to deserve) it’s own bedroom.

Mary’s Picks

  •  Have you browsed around much on Kickstarter? It’s fun. Recently a friend pointed me to the All Thrifty States project, and now that it’s been completely funded I’m really looking forward to seeing more about it.
  • One of my favorite aspects of my sister’s 1950s bungalow in Houston, Texas is that it has the original hexagon white tiles accented with powder blue tiles in the bathroom. It’s lovely. Well, this week Pam Krueber over at Retro Renovation has been revealing her best find yet, World of Tile. It’s truly an amazing store and I really, really wish I lived near Springfield, NJ to go shop here.
  • Do you watch Design Star? I really love that show and this year it’s even better with the changes they’ve made. I mean, they’ve produced my crush, Antonio Ballatore and the only designer whose every aspect of their work I LOVE, Emily Henderson. This past Monday was the premiere and here Emily wrote her reviews about the show. She cracks me up and I totally agree with her about the judges focusing way too much on execution. I mean, if you took on wallpaper, you would hire someone.
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