Thrift Find: “Damn girl how you fit all of that in those jeans!”

I wear a lot of hats. From my chef hat when I’m chef boyarbee to a visor when I’m getting buff at the gym, my head is never empty.

Well, except for when I’m chilling at home, which is 90% of the time. I am what you would call a “homebody”.

I’m the friend that you invite out but know she’s not going to come.

I am a true introvert. Sidenote: Extroverts are perfect friends and romantic partners for introverts because they make introverts actually put on pants sometimes and go somewhere.


I know I’m not the only person in the world that doesn’t wear pants at home!

But when I do actually step out of the house I like to look classy and fashion forward. To achieve this while still maintaining comfort I will often don a pair of flattering denim pants. Also known as “jeans”.

My favorite brand of jeans are Levis. The reason why is because they are literally made for big butt small waist people like me. Levi jeans eliminate the need for a belt when wearing them. That pesky waist gap problem is eliminated with Levi jeans.

Neyo needed Levis!

So on a trip to the thriftstore I found a pair of perfect high-waisted Levi jeans.

Look at them.

Ignore my weight gain, its water. I gained 30 pounds of water…



Were they not made for me? Sure they are a little bit big but hey you win some and you lose some.

Ok, so they don’t appear big, but I like to have to “lay back in the bed just to zip ’em up” and I `don’t have to do that with them. I could zip them up just fine standing upright. Thus making them too big

I make this post to confirm my earlier statements that the thriftstore boasts a massive inventory full of hidden gems waiting to be found.U

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Thrift find! Twilight Zone

One of the thrift finds that I covet the most is the item below. A box set of Twilight Zone dvds. I found them a few years ago at a thrift store in Ybor City, a neighborhood located in Tampa, Florida. I was in Tampa because I went to undergraduate at the University of South Florida aka the best school everrrrr (Go Bulls!)

I went to the Thrift Store looking for clothes. I was not looking for a specific clothing item, just clothing items in general. When my search for clothes proved fruitless I decided to browse the electronics section. I had resigned myself to walking away empty handed when I saw this beautiful item. Like a sore thumb this collection stood out from the rest. In pristine condition the packaged dvds did not fit the hoard of print stained dvds surrounding them.

They also stood out due to the bold colored admission of being The Twilight Zone. I absolutely LOVE The Twilight Zone. Memories from my childhood of binge-watching episodes on the day long marathons of the show were drummed up. As well as watching the VHS (yes, I’m old) of The Twilight Zone Movie when I was younger (I was probably too young to be watching that movie…).

Having the option to “enter the Twilight Zone” over and over again at will was too good of an opportunity to pass up and I purchased the memorabilia.

The box set highlights a time period that frames the third dimension perfectly. A period in time that many of us today cannot imagine. A period where aliens spoke English and the United Nations was devoid of African country’s. Part of the eeriness of` The Twilight Zone is the setting and how it is foreign to many of its current viewers and thus leads one to subconsciously believe that the events in the episodes are plausible.

This intrinsic element of time and place is one threated by the upcoming revival of the Twilight Zone.  I do question whether the plots and writing will be as good as the original or just mediocre adaptations of lesser known movies like the directors most notable work The Skeleton Key 2 aka Get Out.

Jordan Peele does seem good at stealing the ideas of others and revamping them so his revival attempt might actually be decent.

I just wish the show was titled something other than The Twilight Zone.

This revival does not have any of the elements that we know and love. Elements such as building a bomb shelter because the Japs might nuke us or having pay phones.

Yet I’m still going to watch it, but I won’t like it.

Will you be tuning in?

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Thrift store find

So those that know me well will confirm that “I only love my bed and my mama, I’m sorry”

and scented candles. I absolutely LOVE scented candles. The air that I breathe has to smell good or I ain’t breathing it. Think I’m joking? I’m not. I almost died from lack of oxygen everyday in the schools restroom.

I associate smells with memories from the past that actually happened as well as memories that I would like to be true. For example, the moment I smell my tropical paradise candle I am immediately transported to the time when my billionaire boyfriend that looks like Morris Chestnut took me on a vacation to a beach in Thailand. Well, that hasn’t exactly happened…yet

but a girl can dream! And scented candles help to take me there.

So you can imagine how excited I was when a routine trip to Goodwill found me face to face with loads of scented candles.

Turns out some person (probably me in an alternate universe) had nowhere to stash their hoard of scented candles and was forced to donate them to their local Goodwill where I could buy them. I, too, have nowhere to put them and my tiny space is reminiscent of a room that you’d see on Hoarders, but at least it smells nice.

Yet another reason to love thrifting. A guilty pleasure at a low price can always be found.

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Thrift store find

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There was this immense feeling of pain and loss when I reached the age were I was crying facetoo old for pokemon but too young to claim pokemon as nostalgic.  The lost feeling could be largely attributed to the fact that I was not only losing my favorite television show, but also my preferred video game, past time, card game, conversation topic, and identity

 

My identity was largely constructed of Americanized Japanese culture.  Japanese culture was force fed to 90’s kids.  This is apparent from the media that was popular at the time.

 

From the foods.

sushi    ramen noodles

To even the fashion.

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This Americanized Japanese culture was so heavily inundated in me that I couldn’t just go cold turkey from it.  I was addicted to the multiple entertainment options offered by one brand.  I needed something to help ease me out of this addiction, a sort of methadone.  Luckily, a bridge between teen-dom and Pokemon appeared!  This methadone derivative offer a television show, a card game, AND a slew of fashionable school supplies.  I wasn’t going to have to bust out a plain colored notebook in class, I could get a trendy one with the character of this anime on it .

I am talking about the infamous Yugioh!!

Do you remember playing Yugioh cards? Or watching Yugioh on thelevision? At my school we assigned economic value to Yugioh cards.  The blue eyed red dragon came in clutch when you wanted to trade your apple at lunchtime for a bag of cookies.

I spotted the item below at a local thrift store.

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This gem had over 600 cards and was only $6.99!  For the entire binder!  So of course I had to buy it.  Wouldn’t you?

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