Happy Juneteenth!

Juneteenth is finally here and I am excited!

My level of love for Juneteenth is equivalent of that of that when syrup first met pancakes.

If you do not know what Juneteenth is you should first be ashamed. Be very ashamed.

When you are done being ashamed you can gain the knowledge of Juneteenth. Juneteenth is defined as “a festival held annually on the nineteenth of June by African Americans (especially in the southern states), to commemorate emancipation from slavery in Texas on that day in 1865.”. What this fancy definition fails to say is that it is also one of those holidays. By that I mean those holidays in which everybody and their mama stops by unannounced to grab a plate of food, gossip, or both!

“Gurrrrrl guess what I heard!”

This random group of people can include a distant cousin, an older “auntie” who expects you to remember her babysitting you when you were two years old, and your current crush.

You just never know who you are going to see on Juneteenth. It’s like hearing a knock at your door on Purge night.

It could be a friendly, terrified potential victim.

Or a group of mass murderers.

You just never know what you gonna get, life is like a box of chocolates, right?

So I’m guessing you want to look good when your future husband walks in the door.

Or former babysitter/ Auntie.

In an effort to look presentable to elders but still sexy to the future hubby I recommend a maxi dress!

Maxi dresses are the perfect outfit to appease everyone. They are long, loose, and modest so they are good for the elder. Then when you turn around….

As the famous philosopher Aubrey Drake Graham once said “I hate it when she go, but I love to watch her leave.”.

To find the perfect maxi dress to wear to your Juneteenth celebration that will not break the bank I recommend buying one from the thrift store!

One that I love is this cute and light weight hi-low black maxi dress.

The ruffles on the hemline add just the right amount of movement. The light weight fabric allows you to be cool while socializing at your Juneteenth celebration. I initially found this dress at a department store for $273.00!

Thankfully Thredup had it for only $33.50.

My next recommendation is this cute and sexy white sundress from shopgoodwill.com. Originally from White House Black Market, the price of this piece originally was a lot higher than the $15.00 price tag found at goodwill!

The affordable dress is fashioned using a lightweight tulle fabric and affixed with a bow. Few can deny that bows are cute, however the bow is used to hide a belt that cinches in the waist and gives you the perfect hourglass shape.

But even the dresses above are gone you can always put on pants and go buy the perfect dress to wear on Juneteenth at a physical thrift store!

or don’t…

Good luck and Happy Juneteenth!

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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 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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Remade by Thredup


So recently I came to the conclusion that I need a new wallet. All the cash I have now just won’t fit comfortably in my old one.

So as I embarked on my wallet finding quest I decided what better place to start than the thrift store? You can find cute, eco-friendly, and, most importantly, affordable clothes. So I assumed those principles would apply to wallets as well.

Garnering that assumption in conjunction with my need to purchase a wallet I headed over to my favorite online thriftstore, Thredup. I try to steer clear of online shopping because shopping online makes me forget that I’m not rich and shouldn’t spend thousand of dollars on Amazon buying wigs and Cheetos.

But I had already taken off my pants and put up my hair. When those two events occur I’m not leaving the house. My house could catch on fire and I would question whether or not I should leave.

So armed with my debit card in hand I headed over to Thredup.

Upon immediate inspection I was comforted to see that the site appeared the exact same as it had when I had visited it last. A white background remained accented by clean, black fonts signifying categories available. I was comforted by this consistency.

However, upon closer inspection I noticed a new category available. This category sported an ombre tone in blue and was also in a bold font which also led it to stand out amongst the other menu items. This category was titled “Remade” and defined itself as “A new clothing line designed for the secondhand revolution”.

Other features of the line include size inclusive fashion, a buyback guarantee, use of lasting fabrics to craft their items, and high prices!

The fact that the majority of their items are priced between $32.99 and $49.99 is a significant factor barring many of the customers who prefer thrift shopping because it allows them to spend little on clothing items. They do offer a buyback guarantee of at least 40% but in order to receive that you have to return your item to them in fairly nice condition.

Then on top of that the line is about as fashion forward as my big toe.

Plain white t-shirts, plain black wrap dresses, denim shirts, etc. The Remade line is reminiscent of the Target maternity line. The difference is at least at Target you can get two items and still have money leftover to buy popcorn.

So Thredups Remade line is overpriced, boring, and NOT THRIFT ITEMS.

Have you purchase something from Remade by Thredup? Will you?

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The Twinkie of the thrift store

So quite a few posts ago I affectionately crowned flannel shirts the”roach of the thrift store”. I crowned them that due to their presence in EVERY thrift store and home in America.

Well, roaches have to eat and I imagine that if roaches had a choice they would eat twinkies.

Twinkies are creamy, sweet, and taste good.

Get your mind out of the gutter! We’re talking about Twinkies here!

Roaches and twinkies are a lot alike. They would both survive a nuclear disaster, their prevalent in most homes, and they taste good fried.

They would definitely date each other, and like praying mantis roaches would eat the twinkie after they got it on.

So it’s only fair to speak about the twinkie of the thrift store after speaking on the love of it’s life the roach of it. Not speaking on it would be like talking about Romeo and no Juliet, Milk and no cereal, peanut butter and no jelly.

So the twinkie of the thrift store is the mom jean.

Mom jeans are a part of popular culture. They’ve been everywhere from the white house to the rhythm nation tour. The mom jean gets around 😉

Something about moms is alluring. Ask the billions of kids under ten who can’t live without them. Hell, ask anyone under 25! My mom was out here holding it down with the home cooked meals up until a few years ago.

Moms are superheroes, and people like to dress like superheros. I can’t walk down the street without seeing at least five Ms. Incredible wannabes.



Moms will hit you with the power of bringing home the bacon, cooking the bacon, and then being the bacon. All while being cute.

Sounds like a superhero to me!

The amazing wardrobe staple called the mom jean can be found at a thrift store near you. Also real twinkies can be found at a grocery store near you. Or your pantry. Or if you are “one of those” in your fridge.

Do you own a pair of mom jeans?

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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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