Thrifted & Vintage

August Recap & What I Bought Secondhand

I can’t believe it’s already time for my August recap! This whole summer went by in a flash. I’ve been working really hard on my MA thesis, so this whole month wasn’t very exciting, either in terms of what I did or what I bought. I’ve been thrifting a bit less, so mostly due to lack of time.

A few favorite posts from this month:

August Recap: What I Did

As I mentioned, August was pretty uneventful. The one thing that really characterized the month was, unfortunately, my dad needing emergency surgery. Thankfully, I was able to drop everything and travel to Boston to be with my family. I realized afterwards I didn’t take any pictures, but I spent amazing quality time with both my parents and my sister-in-law and her girlfriend.

August Recap - Fishtown Stoops

One really fun evening was Fishtown Stoops, when our neighbors all picked one day to sit outside and get to know each other. I’m wearing one of my favorite thrifted dresses to date. I’d like to start incorporating more vintage fashion on this blog, so keep an eye out for some outfit posts soon!

August Recap: What I Bought

Confession time… I bought a couple things new in August. Here’s what happened:

Frame Backings, $4: 

I had been trying for months to find a secondhand solution for hanging my midcentury metal frames, but finally gave up and bought new backings for them. You can read about how easy it was to hang them!

Lowes Shopping Spree

Lowe’s Trip: 

I was generously offered a shopping spree by the fantastic new C by GE bulbs (read more about them on this post) and I just couldn’t say no. Most of what I bought was hard to get secondhand, like paint. You’ll see the results of this shopping spree soon on the blog!

Lovely Poster: 

The lovely folks at Lovely Poster offered me a discounted item for review, and again, I just couldn’t say no! You can go read my review of their posters.

And here’s what I bought secondhand…

Vase, $2 from Circle Thrift: 

This will probably pop up on my instagram sooner than later.

Books, $30 from Amazon: 

There were a few books I needed for my thesis research that I really wanted to own, so this was mostly a necessity purchase.

Bulk Vintage Warehouse Find - Neiman Marcus 80's Ikat Blazer

Vintage Clothes, $70 from Bulk Vintage Warehouse: 

Yikes. I totally didn’t expect to spend this much there. But half of that cost was a gorgeous, like-new vintage winter coat, which I really needed and which was a steal at $35. I also bought the great blazer pictured above. Look for a full post about the Bulk Vintage Warehouse soon!

August budget: $99
Actual total: 
$106. I probably should have reigned it in at the Bulk Vintage Warehouse, but I’m okay with that number.

Linking up with Franish and the budgeting bloggers!

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  • Sheila Jo September 1, 2016, 5:23 pm

    I like the blue and purple thrift dress! Interested to hear more about this bulk vintage place…

  • Sarah September 3, 2016, 9:34 am

    A PROPOS OF thrifted paint–there’s actually a place to get it in Pittsburgh, called construction junction! The color selection isn’t vast, so it’s not for every need, but it’s pretty cool. they also sell little small sizes too; i picked one up there so i can do retouching of my walls after i move. i was happy to only spend fifty cents or so and not have more than i need.

    • Lola September 5, 2016, 1:47 pm

      That’s so great to know! That place sounds like it might be similar to the Resource Exchange here in Philly. I know that the Habitat ReStores also carry paint, but it’s been really hard to find exactly what I need. I did pick up some stain for smaller projects there, though!

  • Cassie September 6, 2016, 12:41 am

    The print on that coat is fantastic! I’d love to see how you end up styling it and what you pair it with.

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