Every summer my family spends a week at Lake Chelan, WA in the quirky, mid-century, shabby-chic house my dad grew up in, which my grandfather built along with plenty of other houses on the lake. When time permits, I swing on over to Spokane for a few days to visit my BFF and her daughter, and while I’m there, I imbibe in a couple of my all time fav pastimes — junkin’ (a term I learned from my long-lost soul sisters, the Junk Gypsies) and thriftin’. Lots of people in Spokane spend their entire life there, and when they die and/or lose access to their storage units, their treasures get dispersed through the cosmic estate thrift yard sale shuffle. Spokane thrift shops have crazy cheap prices, and LOTS of deals — 25%, 50%, 75% off of certain color stickers, which is common many places, but I’ve also paid $5 for whatever I could fit in a grocery bag, and on this trip I wandered into a thrift shop celebrating their anniversary with 50% off everything — including their deal for as many clothes as you can fit in a bucket for $25 (or a whopping $12.50 on that particular day). Estate and yard sales leave lots more room to haggle or name your own price, and the booty is bountiful.

Here are a few of my fav finds from this summer’s excursion. I got almost all of this at an estate sale, where I left with a few big boxes of vintage clothes, towels, fabrics, purses, etc., a cool rusted metal drum (for dog toy storage), and a vintage birdcage all for $30. My mom is gonna kill me, cause I’m not supposed to be bringing any new articles of anything into my junkin’ lovin’ apartment before I get rid of some of the too much I’ve already discovered in thrift shops or on the side of the road, but come ON — these are some amazing finds, and the vintage Gods bestowed them upon me. Who would I be to deny these items a new life with their destiny?

 

Vintage Fabrics

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I scored these calicos for next to nothing from that estate sale, and the polka dot mesh was $1.25 at a thrift shop. While I might sew something out of these, I have them more in mind for my great picture frame wall project. I’ve gathered cheap frames from thrift shops, sales, side-of-the-road, freecycle, etc. for years with a vision of a wall filled with frames featuring cool fabrics, collages, dried flowers, etc. Wall… here I come.

 

Vintage Orange Art Nouveau Print Top With Drawstring

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This shirt looks pretty horrendous, but I was originally drawn to it for the fabric, which I envisioned in my aforementioned frames. However, when I tried it on it actually looked somewhat wearable with the right belt and bellbottoms. We’ll see…

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Vintage Suede Coat and Suede Skirt

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This suede coat came from the estate sale, and the skirt was $5 (50% off b/c it was anniversary day). I mean, come the fuck on.

 

The Apron That Is Going To Get This Bric-A-Brac Lovin’ Bitch Back In The Kitchen

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I live alone, so sometimes I get out of the habit of cooking, because it’s kind of lame to cook for one. But I know that the body, soul, spirit, and artist in me will feel more fulfilled, healthier, and creative if I put this goddamn adorable apron on and get my ass back in the kitchen.

Oakland_vintage_apron_4I paid $2 (50% off $3.99), and I can even put my cell phone in my lil’ pocket!

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Matchy Matchy Polyester skirt and Top

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I will brave the polyester ass itch to rock this duo. I just will.

 

Purses, Purses, Purses

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I know, Mom, I cannot justify keeping all three of these leather purses even though there were all a part of that crazy estate lot I scored. Ya know what that means, WYV readers? A couple of these and some of my other finds will be released into the Oakland consignment ether! You are VERY welcome.

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