Archive for the ‘Heaven’ Category

As I was on my way for some groceries at Ranch 99 in Sacramento in the stormy spring rain, I miraculously stumbled upon a Goodwill outlet. I had been craving some thrifting but with my stomach growling only dinner was on my mind.

However.. when I saw the neon painted windows that screamed ‘$1.89 per lb’ for clothes… I srsly screeched into the parking lot and ran inside!! I’m normally very comfortable with thrift stores since my mom has been a thriftier since I was a baby on Mission street in the city. However – this outlet was a little bit of a shocker.

Huge bins FILLED to the top with items and people wearing face masks, gloves and all digging through the bins to find goodies. Of course, I jumped in. But next time, I’ll prob wear my cleaning clothes b/c I felt pretty gross when I left.

It was all worth it though because I found tons of awesome things including 2 dresses, 3 shirts, 2 shirts for my niece, one shirt for my sister, one shirt for Kellen, a lamp shade here, fabric for my lamp shade here and 2 new pieces of art… all for $8!! That’s what? Like 60 cents an item! I’ll take it!!

One of the items I found was this super mumu sea shell dress! I just loved the fabric and saw the potential.. so I sewed it to a perfect fit!!

Here’s the before:

AND… here’s the AFTER!! Def new fav dress!!

I thought this little rope belt looked perf with it!! What do you think??


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At the end of a long day of bargain hunting at the White Elephant preview sale, I drove back up to Sacramento and took in all of my new finds!! I went in with a budget of $100… and still had $20 left on my way back up!

Here are just a FEW highlights of my major scores! Too many scores to post a pic of everything!!

New Tablecloth!

Kitchen Goodies!!

Makeup and Sewing cases!

Sewing supplies I’ve been looking at getting forever!

Most ADORABLE key holder EVER!!

Frames, craft supplies, pretty trash can and more!!

Beautiful gold and olive dress!!

Purse and gloves!


Beautiful table linens and new decorations!

Bookshelf ends for Kellen!

And one of my new FAVORITE things… my February Angel!

Like what you see?? The sale for the public is March 3rd and 4th!! Get there EARLY for the best deals!!

Happy shopping!


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Endless shelves of baskets, lines of dressers, bins of scarves and massive tables overfilled with shoes. Sounds like heaven, right? Well, I found heaven on earth and that is the White Elephant Sale in Oakland, CA.

For years, my family and I make the ‘preview’ sale benefiting the Oakland Museum OUR event of the year. We count down the days from the 1st of the year to the sale weekend. We strategize on who’s going to which department first and study the map of the 96,000 square foot warehouse to be sure we know where each department is. Do I go to the shoe department first? Accessories? Kitchen? Books? Art? Brick-a-Brack?? Agh!! So many options!!

I was told not to share the sale on my blog so I wouldn’t ‘giveaway the secret’. Well, seeing how the line to get in is well over 1,000 ppl deep, I don’t think it’s too much of a secret anymore… so I wanted to share the amazingness with all of you!

Here’s a look at the experience:

My family; all smiles eagerly waiting for the doors to OPEN!

The line behind us wrapping through the Oakland neighborhood.

Kitchen Dept!


Emma shopping in Children’s dept!



Baskets in Brick-a-Brack!

See my next post for what I actually BOUGHT!!! Fabulousness!!










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The sight of clouds in the sky and the sound of rain drops flicking on the window made me a little giddy today. Not only does it feel OH so October-ish; but I was able to wear my adored rain boots. More specifically – my awesome Jeffrey Campbell floral yellow cowgirl rain boots!! My dad found them at a yard sale and was kind enough to get them for me and I just squealed with joy when I saw them! Aren’t they SO awesome?????

My baby Mistletoe thinks they’re pretty cool too!!!

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I made it into Jeremy’s on Saturday – and I am SO glad I did!! Instead of driving into Berkeley, however, I went to the one in South Park. It’s been a while since I hit up that store vs the College location; but I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised!! Their store, however packed to the brim with bargain hunters, was still spacious and I successfully avoided a shopping anxiety attack. Just swam in their sea of gorgeous shoes, handbags and accessories that were additional 50% off.

After about an hour and a half, I left with a big smile on my face and a bag full of new shoes. Here’s a look at my latest weekend goodies!!

Antik Batik leather sandals

Original Jeremys Price: $129.00

My price: $4.50

Nine West Floral Flip Flop

Original Jeremy’s Price: $15.00

My Price: $4.00

Steve Madden Nude peep-toe pump

Original Jeremy’s Price: $29.00

My price: $10.00

Badgley Mischka Nude half-bootie pump

Original Jeremy’s  price: $139.00

My price: $15.00

Derek Lam nude double bow ankle strap heel

Original Jeremy’s Price: $259.00

My Price: $9.00

Rickard Shah Black square heeled boot

Original Jeremy’s Price $419.00

My Price: $60.00

6 pair of shoes for a grand total of $102.50! YES!

I have a feeling their clothing sale will be this weekend…. trouble brewing ahead!! AGH!

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OMG OMG OMG!! Ok, so my most favorite store of ALL TIME, Jeremy’s, is having their first sweep sale that I can make!!! I subscribe to their emails and would get sale emails all the time while living out of state and it always bummed me out!! But – now I can go!!!!

If you’re not familiar with Jeremy’s it is an AMAZING store with locations in Berkeley/Oakland at College Ave and Ashby and also one in the city in the South Park area off 2nd st. The Berkeley store is my fav, as they usually have the better steals. They have overstock and damage items from brands like J.Crew to designers like Miu Miu. I have scored some fab things there like a canary yellow Tory Burch cardigan for $7 and Badgley Mischka white and silver peep-toe pumps for $10. I get goosebumps thinking about their sales… and this weekend, it’s additional 50% off all accessories

We’re going to Shroeder’s Oktoberfest in the city tomorrow night, then down to Palo Alto for the UCLA vs Stanford game on Sat… BUT I srsly am going to have to put on MY game face and get to Jeremy’s when the doors open. I CANT miss this!!  Maybe I’ll see some of you there!

Here’s some of the deals they have in the email; but they have a store FULL of items!


LOOK at this flash drive and mouse!!  HOW AWESOME! Would be a fun project to DIY!

And if Kellen’s a good boy – maybe I’ll get him some super cute shoes too!!!


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