This is the first installment in a hopefully long-running thread that I’ve decided to call Secondhand Sunday. At the end of every month I want to post my secondhand finds so that I can share them with all of you. Things posted here will be from thrift stores, Goodwills, estate sales, auctions, and yard sales. Since this is the first post I’m going to include things from April and a couple things from March that deserve to be shared.
Let’s get started!
This is a lot of jewelry that I bought at an auction. I had glanced though it and noticed a few real pieces and after I bought it there was a lot more than I thought there was. I’ve always loved brooches and most of the other items pictures here are gold or sterling with only a few exceptions. I’ve already sold the scrap gold and got more back than I paid for the whole lot. I’ve also put quite a bit on commission with a jeweler who is doing some appraisals for me. I believe it was well worth my $75.
Here are two pieces of jewelry from this month that weren’t part of the auction lot. That fish brooch was just way too pretty to pass up for $2 at a thrift shop. The bracelet is sterling silver and I bought it where I sold my scrap gold and then I took it to a local jewelry store and had my monogram put on the charm. What true southern girl doesn’t love monograms? I think I have about $30 in the bracelet after having the charm done.
These adorable shoe clips were found at the Goodwill and were only a dollar. Shoe clips are hard to come by so I get excited whenever I find a cute set.
This little yellow bowl also came from the Goodwill. It’s Texas-ware and was only 59 cents. I love the Texas-ware splatter bowls so this is a fun addition.
My husband collects video games. He has SOOO many and I have no idea which ones he ones he has and which ones he doesn’t. So I called him while at a church yard sale and apparently he didn’t have these. I paid $20 but I also got some Wii games with them.
I always buy linens at auctions if they’re going really cheap. At this particular auction I think I spent $17 on everything I bought. These feedsacks were in the bottom of a box. They definitely need to be cleaned but there were two of the yellow and pink and that blue one is awesome. Five feedsacks to add to the collection.
These lovely embroidered items were also in the random auction boxes. I think I ended up with 4 sets of pillow cases.
There were also these lovely hankies.. I Love. Hankies.
This amazing dress was in the bottom of a box of fabric. It’s in really good condition and also has it’s matching belt. These 2 necklaces were in the box as well. Too bad this dress is way too small for me.
In the same box with the dress there were also 2 cotton slips. Unfortunately also way too small for me to wear.
Now, on to Goodwill clothing purchases. I’m always on the lookout for vintage baiting suites in good shape. This was also the “color of the week” so even after rounding up my change it only cost me a whopping $2.
Check out this amazing dressing gown set. The gown itself is beautiful but OMG this robe. It has a high collar, 3/4 sleeves, tie neck and fabric covered buttons at the waist. I seriously can’t get over how amazingly beautiful this set is. Like the most amazing vintage items it’s an XS but still way too pretty to pass up. I believe it was $3.59.
I imagine that this skirt is from the 80s. It’s Liz Claiborne and the colors are just so much fun. This was also “color of the week” so it ended up being about $1.80.
This dress is everything that was great about the 70s. Minus the fact that it’s polyester. It’s a little tight but luckily the stretch of the poly helps with that. The empire waist and slender V neckline make this dress very flattering. Another “color of the week” purchase so it cost around $2.50. If you would like to see a picture me wearing this dress, while at a local art gala, check out my Instagram feed.
I wasn’t totally sure about this dress but since it was “color of the week” I went for it. How wrong can you go for $2.50. It’s actually very flattering. I’m sure that it’s supposed to have a matching belt but I think I’ll put a white belt with it since I’ll probably wear white oxfords. I think I may wear this when I throw my sister-n-law a pounding bridal shower (I’m sure it will be a future blog post).
That’s all for this post! I did get several bags of clothing and accessories from my grandmother since I’ve been helping her clean out her closets (all eight of them and the attic). I think that those deserve their own series because they are all so awesome. Think hats, aprons, coats, shoes, purses, and clothes (including nursing uniforms)! I’ll probably end up splitting everything that I got from her into a few posts so stay tuned!