Luxury Find, Thrift Prices

I just had to show y’all one of my great thrift store buys when I was home in Louisiana. My mom and I love to scope out the St. Vincent de Paul store in the tiny town where my parents live. It’s actually a very well kept thrift store with neat rows of clothes that are easy to flip through. My mom pulled out this pretty dress, and it totally looked too small for me. But, as luck would have it, it zipped up and made me all snug like a bug in a rug.

This is an Albert Nipon dress, a brand my mom knew but I didn’t. Apparently, it’s pretty fancy. A google search pulled up $300.00 suits by this designer at Neiman Marcus. A little more of a search told me that he made tons of dresses in the 80′s and 90′s, so I think I have something a little vintage here. The best part? It was only $20.00!
Anyone else score some fabulous thrift items lately?

I Lost My Bags…

So remember when I told you about the Unclaimed Baggage Store? I originally heard about this place from the sweet Meredith of the blog Meredith&Maggie. Once I figured out that the store was on the way home to Louisiana, I knew I just had to visit it on our way down for Christmas. Picture me on bended knees begging the hubs to let us go about 10 minutes out of our way to go there. And, for those new to these parts, the Unclaimed Baggage store is where all the merchandise goes that airlines lose. People settle with the airlines if their bags are lost, and all the unidentified bags are sold to the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama.

They are supposed to have some pretty sweet deals, like huge diamonds for 70% off etc., so I went to check it out. Also, when considering my overall appearance in these pictures, let me just go ahead and say I drove for about 10 hours by this point! :)

They had tons of jewelry: 
Some pretty grody jeans:
Designer handbags for about half to 70% off:
Gobs of books:
even more music:
And lots of camo!
Overall, I would say that we had a good time. I was pretty exhausted and tried on a few things but did not get anything. I did not like that they sold counterfeit items. I almost bought one pair of ski pants to re-sell on ebay only to discover at the register that they were a fake version of the brand. Still, at least they let me know. 
I think this is one of those places where if you go every day, you could find some great things. I also think that if it’s on your way somewhere, it’s worth a stop. However, I would not advise planning a trip around it or flying to Alabama just to see it!
I’d love to hear about any unique thrift stores or consignment shops in your area. Spill the beans!
P.S. Head on over to visit one of my favorite bloggers today, Jenn @ Peas and Crayons, and tell her how great her bathroom looks. I sent her a couple of my vinyl decal vases because she won my Christmas challenge and they look perfect in there! I’m so happy. She helped me kick start my quest to get rid of 2,011 things and they look great with her decor!