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Flea Across Florida

photo 1 (1)photo 2 (1)photo 4 (1)photo 5 (1) Last weekend Ray and I ventured out to Flea Across Florida, a yard sale / flea market that starts in Lake City and follows Highway 90 through the panhandle. Honestly, it wasn’t too impressive but we did stop by a few of our favorite vintage shops along the way.  We purchased 2 vintage thermoses (only $1 each!) to add to my collection, a vintage necktie for Ray, and a pair of gold sparkly, never-worn flats for $2. We were also able to spend some time visiting with Ray’s parents while we were in Live Oak.
These small weekend adventures keep me going throughout the week. With both of us working full time, small group, meetings, practices, and various other projects it can get a little crazy around here. I’m really thankful for these slow weekends we can spend together enjoying each others 3 (2) …and now for one of our best pictures ever 4 (2)


IMG_8791In 1977 my great grandmother, Ruth Demott, made a quilt for my dad. She actually had been making quilts for all her grandchildren as wedding gifts, but she thought my dad would never get married. Haha. Around 1997, 20 years later, I claimed that quilt as my own. In high school it was dubbed “the weed blanket” by my friends because it was so groovy and always made me happy. Recently, my quilt started falling apart on the edges and a few of the squares had rips. For Christmas my mom had it repaired and had the ripped squares replaced with fabric we used in our wedding! Isn’t that the sweetest?!quiltI love so much that my great grandmother left her initials and the date on the quilt. I also love that there is no color palette, no theme, just random squares with no rhyme or reason. quilt 2This blue square with red and yellow flowers is my favorite out of them all!

Alliray Thrifting 101

thrifting 101 6Ray and I have both been thrifting since we were in high school. Without any real understanding of retro or vintage, we both just bought old things (and sometimes dirty and broken, in Ray’s case) that we loved. All I knew was that I was into  “grandma jewelry”  and weird old tshirts. Fast forward 12 years and here we are today, still thrifting, but with a few more notches on our belts. Here are the Alliray thrifting rules!thrifting 101 2

1. Know what you love! This is the most important rule we’ve learned while thrifting and vintage shopping. Know your style, taste and what you actually love, not what happens to be trendy at the time. We know from experience that this takes time. In my late teens I made a lot of lists on what I love in design, architecture, music, color palettes, etc. After doing this for a while I saw patterns develop and from there I could see what I consistently loved more clearly.

2. Be selective. If you’re thrifting regularly, it can be easy to acquire lots of so-so vintage pieces. Look for special pieces and if a piece doesn’t fit or is damaged (or you’re just not SUPER excited about it), don’t be afraid to leave it behind.thrifting 101 3

3. Know what you want to pay, and only pay that! Predetermine what you want to pay for something before you start looking for it. If you don’t, you will almost always overpay. If you want to spend $20 on something, don’t spend $30. It seems simple, but when you find something you like, it’s a little more difficult. Over time you’ll know what you should spend on things and how much things are worth. Don’t be afraid to ask for a better price, especially if an item has any defects (stains, missing pieces, missing buttons, rips, water spots). Most thrift stores will give discounts for defects.

4. When shopping for clothes look through all sizes, even children’s. Keep in mind that brands vary in shapes and sizes. Also, thrift store clothing has a tendency to be disorganized, so look through every section so you don’t miss a gem!thrifting 101 4

5. Have a running list of wants and needs. As we’ve said before, thrift stores have a  tendency to be disorganized and overwhelming.  Having an idea of what you’re hunting for can definitely help your search. It can also be helpful to have a list of items you already own. For example, say you have a large Fire King collection. Having a list of the pieces you already have in your collection is helpful so you don’t repurchase them.

6. There will always be another good deal. Sometimes people get nervous because they don’t think they’ll find another ______ fill in the blank, so they panic and pay whatever ridiculous price the person is asking. Or a person may see something they don’t need, but it’s a good price, so they buy it anyway… and then 4 months down the road they are a legit hoarder. So, this rule is very important.thrifting 101

7.. Keep trying! Thrifting can be hard work, but don’t give up! We didn’t have a dining room table for a year and a half because we were looking for a mid century modern table and didn’t want to pay over $300 for it. Guess what? We found one within our budget and couldn’t love it more!

We’ve had several people ask us about thrift shopping recently, so we hope these guidelines are helpful! Happy thrifting!

Thrift Haul

Last week I had Friday off, so Ray and I visited a local thrift store/costume shop that is going out of business. I think we made out pretty well. New shoes, native american headbands and even a Mexican poncho. There are a few other items we have our eyes on, but I think we’ll wait until the prices decrease a little more.saddle mocs 1 mocs 2

If there are any ladies in the area that are getting married or are into vintage wedding dressed I highly recommend you check out One of a Kind Consignment. I saw at least 5 or 6 1950s-1960s wedding dresses in really good condition.

Thrift Finds!

We haven’t been very good at documenting thrift finds lately. Two reasons why: 1. The sun goes down at 5pm and I don’t even get off until 6pm. This really limits our photo taking natural light time. 2. We are being more particular about thrifting. It’s easy for us to get caught up in the hunt and low prices and end up with 3 sewing machines, 14 chipped pyrex bowls and a vintage dress that doesn’t fit. And, well, we don’t need any of those things. Haha.
Here are some of our recent finds: We also recently purchased the game Apples to Apples (one of our faves) and a pair of light blue Chuck Taylors for me! What have been some of your thrifting wins?