November Thrift Challenge Reveal: Thrift List



Dina and I challenged ourselves this month to find items from our thrift lists. It was a little more difficult than either of us expected, but in the end five of the items on my thrift list were found, and 4 were purchased.

A few weeks ago while Dan and I were in New York City (he ran the marathon!), I stopped in at two Manhattan thrift stores: Valley Thrift and Goodwill. All three of my purchased items were picked up at these two stores!

I've been on the hunt for a cozy sweatshirt for well over a year. I've come across many, but they were either too tight, too short, or too wide in the neck.The "perfect" sweatshirt was seeming impossible to find at a thrift store. When I stopped in at Goodwill Manhattan I only had about 15 minutes to shop so I headed straight for the women's sweatshirt section, and there it was. The perfect grey sweatshirt!


It's by American Apparel and was $7.99. Not only is it nice and looooong, but it's not too tight, it has a small neck, PLUS it has a hood and a pocket. This has now become my go-to outfit for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.... EVERY day of the week!

The other New York thrift store, Valley Thrift, had BOTH the kid's snow boots and snow pants, amazingly in the sizes that I needed!



The boots are LL Bean and were $7 and the Snow Pants are Columbia and were only $5! It was good thing I bought these when I did because they quickly went into use!


Kids chairs were on my list and I found FOUR of them at the Wadsworth Goodwill, but they were in need of some serious cleaning, which I just don't have the energy for right now. 


And this is when it pays off to know an elementary school teacher! My friend Erin offered to give me two of these!! 


Duck boots were also on my list. I found a pair by Sperry at the Manhattan Goodwill but they were the ankle version, not the calf-height boot. My friend Christine also spotted a pair of red Khumba boots at the Goodwill in North Olmsted, but sadly they weren't my size. 


And last but not least was a plaid mug. I have been looking for one at the thrift stores since LAST YEAR and have yet to come across one. Who knew that plaid mugs were such a rarity? Someone, anyone, please find me a flippin' plaid mug!

So, four out of six. Not bad! The boots and mug will remain on my list until I find them... even if they go out of style. Can't stop won't stop. Once the search is on, it never ends. 

Time to go check out what Dina was able to find from her Thrift List

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The Cleveland Flea Holiday Kickoff Market


Chestnuts will be roasting, bells will be jingling, mistletoe will be hanging, and Something to be Found will be selling (along with 75 other vendors) at The Cleveland Flea Holiday Kickoff Market this weekend -- Nov. 21-23 at 6555 Carnegie Avenue.

Photo: Suzanne Price of Suzuran Photogarpahy for The Cleveland Flea

The market opens Friday night with a sneak peek party from 5-9 that will include appetizers, drinks, and people in festive party attire. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased here.

Photo: Suzanne Price of Suzuran Photogarpahy for The Cleveland Flea

General admission shopping will be open from 10-7 on Saturday and 10-5 on Sunday.

Something to be Found will be located on the 4th floor next to the Fitting Room and Lounge.

Photo: Suzanne Price of Suzuran Photogarpahy for The Cleveland Flea

Photo: Suzanne Price of Suzuran Photogarpahy for The Cleveland Flea

Photo: Suzanne Price of Suzuran Photogarpahy for The Cleveland Flea

Photo: Suzanne Price of Suzuran Photogarpahy for The Cleveland Flea

In addition to shopping the incredible collections of vintage holiday decorations, attire, and kitchenwares, you can grab a bite to eat at the Pop-Up cafe...

Photo: Suzanne Price of Suzuran Photogarpahy for The Cleveland Flea

Wrap your presents at the handmade wrapping station...

Photo: Suzanne Price of Suzuran Photogarpahy for The Cleveland Flea

Decorate a Gingerbread house...

Photo: Suzanne Price of Suzuran Photogarpahy for The Cleveland Flea

Photo: Suzanne Price of Suzuran Photogarpahy for The Cleveland Flea

Take a class with the Agrarian Collective...

Photo: Suzanne Price of Suzuran Photogarpahy for The Cleveland Flea

Or kickback in the lounge with a warm (or cold!) drink!

Photo: Suzanne Price of Suzuran Photogarpahy for The Cleveland Flea

Photo: Suzanne Price of Suzuran Photogarpahy for The Cleveland Flea

Hope to see you there!

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For more information on the Holiday Kickoff Market, visit www.theclevelandflea.com or check out these articles from The Plain Dealer and Freshwater Cleveland.

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All Photos by Suzanne Price of Suzuran Photogarpahy for The Cleveland Flea.