MY FAVORITE THRIFT/VINTAGE SHOPS 2020

Deidra is my name and thrifting is my game. In case you’re new to the blog, you should know I’m all about the thrift. I love finding old original pieces. The main reason I started this blog was to be apart of the mission to reduce waste and shop sustainably. One of the ways I do this is by shopping second hand. Believe it or not, the US is facing a major over supply of items in thrift shops. The best way to help alleviate this issue is to shop thrift and vintage. Every time you shop second hand pieces that’s one less item taking up space in a local thrift store. It’s a great way to reduce inventory in stores and the amount of items being dumped and forgotten about in landfills all over the country.

Want to get started on your thrifting journey? Check out a few of my 2020 favorite local thrift stores and online stores at the lists below:

Online Vintage/Thrift Shops

I’ve linked all the Instagram handles to my favorite online vintage and thrift shops. Every single shop has dope vintage pieces, most of which are 90’s pieces that are bright, colorful and bold.

LongLivVintage

The Cru Look

Felicia Faye Vintage

Thrifted Finds and Coffee Grinds

Connie J Vintage Finds

Washington Avenue

The Dream Vintage

Brass Buttons Velvet Ropes

Vintijkandi

Keep scrolling for a list of all my favorite local vintage/thrift shops…

Local Thrifts

Thrift 2 Gift

Definitely a spot you must know about. It’s tucked away a few minutes from NC State campus. I’ve found a lot gems in this spot. It’s the ultimate thrift spot and great if you’re looking for a quite shopping experience

Goodwill

Do I even need to explain this one? There are Goodwill’s all over the country and you can really never go wrong with a trip to this spot.

Raleigh Rescue Mission

I have found so many vintage pieces in this location that I’ll treasure forever. They also sell dishes, furniture and just a whole bunch of random stuff you may appreciate.

Plato’s Closet

For those looking for second hand name brand items at a low cost this is the spot for you. They have a lot of different name brands for men and women. I even found a cute pair of unworn Tory Burch flats from here at a great price!

Clothes Mentor

This is definitely a spot to find women’s second hand wear to work pieces. I’ve gotten a lot of work pieces from here that are tailored, clean and great for the office. Some of the brands I’ve snagged from this spot include Loft, Ann Taylor, Talbots, The Limited, Jones New York just to name a few.

Cause for Paws Thrift Shop

This spot is right up the street from my house and a few minutes away from Downtown. I can always find the most unique clothing pieces and I’ve gotten some vintage dishes that I restored out of this shop as well.

The Salvation Army Family Store and Donation Center

This is another spot that never fails me. I’ve found some cute blazers from the 80’s in this store and it’s conveniently right up the street from my house.

Uptown Cheapskate

I’ve scored big at this spot on several occasions. I can always find the cutest skirts and tops and I’ve donated a lot of pieces to this store as well. They carry brands like H&M, Forever 21, Charlotte Russe, American Eagle and list goes on.

I hope this list is helpful.

Happy shopping.

Till next time.

Sincerely,

Deidra Marie


WHY HELLO 3rd TRIMESTER

Literally can’t believe I’m in the 3rd trimester! Soon Baby C will be here. I can’t hardly wait. Mostly because I have so many questions for the little kiddo, like why they like watermelon and slushies so dang much and why in the world does every beverage I drink have to be freezing ice cold. Also, I’ve come to the sudden realization this weekend that my balance now officially sucks. Keep scrolling for a pic where I almost bust my butt trying to dance. Clearly, this is Baby C’s nice way of saying I should sit down somewhere, LOL.

So, today’s post I’ll be sharing some things I’ll be doing to make my 3rd trimester the best trimester of them all despite COVID-19 and the race wars happening all over the country right now. So, here we go…

LIGHT EXERCISE

I’ve unfortunately had to slow down on the exercise these day. The first trimester I was doing my regular cycle and HITT classes. Second trimester I did a lot of kickboxing and some light HITT classes catered to pregnant women, This third trimester, I’ve been walking 2-3 miles daily and I have been doing some light weight training. I’m dong significantly less and I’m not too happy about it, but this is all my body is capable of at this time and I’m not trying to push it and risks harming Baby C.

FOOD/DIET

I’ve been kind of eating what I want. If I want ice cream, I get it and I don’t feel guilty about it. For the most part, I eat fairly balanced meals, but I don’t calorie count, I don’t worry about my weight and I don’t stress about food. I’ve followed this even before pregnancy. I do terrible with restrictions and feel the best way for me to have a healthy relationship with food is to just simply be concious of my choices, don’t restrict and let it flow.

BABY SHOWER

So the baby shower is this weekend. I’ve enlisted the help of one of my amazing friends who has been able to help me pull off a virtual baby shower since you know, COVID, ugh. 😑. Charles and I have been really busy making thank you cards, creating a cool thank you video for our guest who attend our Zoom baby shower and we’ve been finalizing our baby registry so we get all the things we actually need. It’s been a fun, but very exhausting process to say the least.

HOUSE CLEANING

So we deep cleaned our house in March to get prepared for the baby. We have two cats, one is long haired so we try our best to keep it hair and cat dandruff free. We have scheduled a cut for our long haired cat at the end of July and will get the carpets deep cleaned again. Unfortunately, if the baby is allergic we’ll have to get rid of the cats. Fingers crossed baby is fine with the cats and they all live in peace and harmony. Stay tuned for more updates on this.

PACKING

We are planning to pack our hospital bags in a few weeks. Charles and I are trying to keep it simple because we already have so much clutter we’ve been spending the whole summer trying to clean out. We are planning to only bring the things we need. Here’s hoping things go according to plan.

FOOD PREP

One thing we’ll start doing closer to the due date is pre cooking meals and freezing them. We now know that it’ll more than likely be next to impossible to cook with a whole new born, so we’ve decided to meal prep and get our lives together as much as we can during this time before Baby C makes the grand entrance into this COVID world.

I think that’s all for now. I’m sure I’m missing things, but I’ve covered the main things I’m doing. Stay tuned for deets on how our baby shower went. Till then, stay blessed.

Sincerely,

Deidra Marie


SPRING TIME LOOK WITH PINKBLUSH MATERNITY

SURPRISE! I’m pregnant, LOL. Hopefully this explains why I haven’t posted anything to the blog since January. Currently feeling good and celebrating the fact that my nausea days are behind me, well, I hope 😂 LOL.

On the blog today, I’m sharing the most darling springtime look. I’ve been looking for a white dress for Easter for the longest time and have finally found one that fits my growing belly, thanks to PinkBlush Maternity. They have some of the most darling maternity clothing on their website. I love the variety in their online selection. They have casual pieces, dressy pieces, jeans, and even clothes to wear on delivery day or while in the hospital. There is definitely something for every new mom out there or mom to be.

I’ve been trying my best to remain stylish during this pregnancy and this pretty white lace dress has me feeling oh so beautiful, confident and springtime ready. I’ll be showcasing one more piece from the PinkBlush Maternity line on the blog later in the month, but wanted to make sure you all were able to shop my pretty white lace dress and the other marvelous pieces they have on their site. I kept it simple with my styling and opted for a cute pink flower hair accessory, small diamond stud earrings and pink platform heels, but there are definitely a plethora of ways you can style this fun lace white midi dress. You can wear a fun floral cover up with it, opt for a different hair accessory or even wear a cute drop necklace and matching earrings. However you style it, you’ll look flawless and ready to take on spring in style.

To shop my maternity dress  the PinkBlush White Crochet Overlay Scalloped Hem Fitted Maternity Midi Dress and other maternity dresses and PinkBlush maternity pieces, visit: https://www.pinkblushmaternity.com/

Till next time.

Sincerely,

Deidra Marie