Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Second Life: A Halloween Doll Pictorial

This is the incredibly true story of how one peculiar doll found a second life. 
Well, it's mostly true...

One damp, dark day while browsing the Goodwill I came across a doll. In truth, I came across many dolls that particular day. But this one was especially sad. It looked as if she had long since expired. Her worn face, her heavy lids and ratted hair showed signs that she had, in fact, been played-with to death.

But there was a store special that day, in which one item below $4 was free. I gently picked up the doll corpse and brought her to the checkout counter, much to the horror of the cashier. 

So the ragged plaything came home with me and sat lifelessly with the other dolls. mischievous day, she came to life. Imagine my surprise!

In eager anticipation of Halloween, this doll wanted nothing more than to visit the local orchard for some fresh picked apples. 

So off she went, over the hills and through the forrest until she reached a lovely little apple orchard far, far away. 

She reached her tiny outstretched fingers and plucked the very best apples she could find from the tallest trees. Soon the entire basket was filled and she was ready to start her long trek home. 

And with her basket filled with shiny red apples, the determined little doll made it all the way through the dark forrest and down the hill. And as you might imagine, she was quite tired from such a long journey.

So she laid her head down in a pile of crisp autumn leaves and fell fast asleep. Soon it was dark and I was worried where my doll had gone. So I peeked through the curtains from my window. And who did I find peacefully lying in the backyard...but that same thrift store doll.

So, kiddies, the lesson learned is that all items...even the spooky ones...once salvaged from the thrift store, are given a wonderful opportunity for a second life. Happy Halloween! 

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Saturday, October 5, 2013

1, 095 Days of Thrifting: Happy 3rd Blogiversary To Me!

Sometimes it's hard to believe that I've made something of a name for myself as a thrift blogger and when I visit my favorite secondhand venues, I get recognized as such. Three years ago, the idea for Let's Go Thrifting was hatched. I had been happily digging up secondhand wares since I was 16 years old and it was high time that I share some of my thrift-pertise with the world. 

Three years later and here we are! I certainly hope you've enjoyed some of my tips and tirades, my waxing poetic on the secondhand lifecycle, my wacky finds and wish lists for future thrift trips. God knows I've enjoyed it. The interviews, the photo shoots, the DIY projects, the product reviews and giveaways----it would be a lie to call this work. 

With that being said, I hope this upcoming year is filled with more ideas and inspirations, more fabulous thrifted finds to share and more virtual friends to make. As always, a great big thanks is due to all of you awesome readers who make Let's Go Thrifting the community it has become. 

Sister selfie shot! 

And speaking of thanks, I owe my ridiculously talented sister, Ashley, a HUGE debt of gratitude for this adorable owl-themed blogiversary cupcake-cake! She's the professional cake decorator for Fritz's Bakery in Bensalem, if anyone local to the Philadelphia or Bucks County area is in need of some lovely decorated cakes. This was almost too cute to eat...almost. Thanks for making this 3rd blogiversary especially sweet, sis! 

And now that I've had my celebratory blogiversary cake, it's time to relive some highlights from the last year. 

Here's to another amazing year of Let's Go Thrifting!

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