Thursday, March 28, 2013

I went to the Goodwill Outlet store and I bought a Rainbow Vacuum for $38!

My name is Tiffany, and I am a thrift store addict. There, I said it. Yesterday, my addiction paid off. I went to the less than one month old Goodwill Outlet Store in Bellmawr, NJ.

It's a "picker's paradise". It's clean, well-lit, spacious and stocked with blue bins that they call "pods". I strongly suggest you go to a place like this with an open mind, and plenty of time.

Anyway..... I was so thrilled when I spied this Rainbow e-series vacuum in one of the bins, along with its attachments. My folks still have theirs, even though it was bought in the early 80s. So, I plugged it in, and wow.... it purred like a kitten. It had all the attachments, too!

It retails on for $1,225.40!
It has 249 consumer reviews with 4 stars out of 5 stars on
It has 95 consumer reviews 4.5 stars out of 5 stars on

Once I got done "hunting" through the pods, I brought my cart onto a floor scale next to the register.
I ended up paying $37.62 for the vacuum (along with a Chloe vintage silk tie, a purse, some shoes, a scarf, two belts and 4 bottles of BBW Warm Vanilla body wash). It all weighed 38 pounds, at .99 per pound, and no sales tax! Woo!!!!!! What a score!!!! This store will be one of my regular "hunting spots"!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Monster Energy Can Upcycled to be a Pin or Brooch

I really liked the colors of this "Monster Energy" can. So, I was inspired to make a pin.
I have this really fun flower die from Sizzix.

It cuts out four different layers separately:

Here they are, all cut out, using the flower die with my Vintaj Big Kick.

I have a color-coordinating bead and a pinback.

I stacked them and then used my pliers to keep them lined up.

I used my Beadsmith hole punching pliers.

I then threaded stringing wire through the layers and the bead. Then, I glued the pin of the back.

Friday, March 15, 2013

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Tom Ford Wild Ginger Dupe + Vintage Lipstick Case Refill

I was inspired by Va-Voom Vintage's Vintage Lipstick Refill Tutorial:
How to refill a vintage lipstick tube
Va-Voom Vintage's "BEFORE"
Va-Voom Vintage's "AFTER"

I also had a washer/dryer accident with my dupe for Tom Ford's "Wild Ginger" lipstick. It was melted all over the clothes in the dryer! Sniff....
Instead of crying over melted lipstick, I went into my vintage lipstick collection. I have a tube from Revlon's "Futurama" collection. The color inside was Lustrous Lipstick, named "Queen of Diamonds", similar to "Schiap" by Nars.

So, here's what I did. I bought a brand new tube of Revlon's Colorstay Ultimate Suede in 075, Cruise Collection. I wanted a great dupe of the Wild Ginger to fit into the vintage tube. I froze the whole tube for 3 - 4 hours. I also sanitized the vintage Colorama tube.

I unscrewed the tube all the way after freezing, and wrapped it with wax paper. Gentle wiggling got the lipstick out. I made sure that the Futurama refill tube was screwed all the way down. Then, I slid the Colorstay lipstick in and froze it.

It turned out very well. I'm very happy with it! I think I'll do this with another vintage tube I have onhand. BTW... a shout-out to Revlon.... Please consider restarting refillable lipsticks. It'll reduce your carbon footprint!

Here's some vintage ad eye candy:

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Copper Wire Wrapped Beach Glass Necklace

I have been trolling through the different Michaels store, because they've been having lots of clearance specials. I found a big box of beach glass:
I also found these five copper tear drop shaped copper cages that were wrapped with copper wire: 

I decided to fill the wire-wrapped drops with the beach glass. I got my trusty pliers, and moved the wire aside to insert the tiny pieces of the glass.

Here's a close up in outdoor light. The colors look really cool in the light.
Another close-up:

I attached the chain of the sea glass cages to a broken necklace with the black beads and the brass elongated pumpkin beads.

From the front. What do you think?

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Upcycled Versace Denim Rivets to Post Earrings with Business Card

It's stash busting time.... I have a pile of worn out jeans, and I've been pinning "like crazy" on my Pinterest board "Forever in blue jeans". So, I decided to start small. I wanted to make earrings out of the rivets!
This pair follows the same procedure as yesterday, but it's a pair of torn up black Versace Couture jeans.
(BTW.... a mint pair is for sale by other vendor on Etsy for $130.)
Mine is below.

Close up on the rivets before removal:

Again, glue:

Finished product; ready to wear. I made two pair, and have lots of scrap.

Close up of the studs:

Here's the donor pair; a torn-up pair from my boys. It was Old Navy.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Upcycled Denim Rivets to Post Earrings with Business Card

It's stash busting time.... I have a pile of worn out jeans, and I've been pinning "like crazy" on my Pinterest board "Forever in blue jeans". So, I decided to start small. I wanted to make earrings out of the rivets!
Here's the donor pair; a torn-up pair from my boys. It was Old Navy.
Close up of the "1994" rivet:

Brand new posts.

Rivet trimmed with a little bit of denim.

Two sets, all prepped for the application of glue:

Here's the final product, on punched card stock, with my business card info. Hey, it's multi-purpose: a display and a marketing tool.

Here's the close up of the earrings on the card.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Kenley Collins is partnering with Unique Vintage

I am a HUGE fan of Project Runway.... most of us who are into fashion love PR, and we all have our favorite designers. One of my favorites is Kenley Collins. I loved her attitude, and spirit.  She made Season 5 (on Bravo TV) extra fun. Of course, she was on Project Runway All Stars Season 1 lots of fun.

I checked out Kenley's website, and I found a lot of vintage inspired frocks. Not really my thing, but definitely something I could imagine from Kenley. My favorite item is this:

Besame Lipstick and Scarf set. It's $45; not too bad.

So.... I found out through that Kenley will be collaborating with Unique Vintage to make a Blue Floral Crop Top and Circle Skirt set. It's $138.00. It's very retro... something along the style of Bettie Page or Dita Von Teese

I like the print, and I like the cut of the skirt, but I don't like the length of the top. It's clearly meant for someone who hasn't had any kids.... Oh, well.....

Friday, March 1, 2013

The Hunt for the Perfect Dupe for NARS Orgasm Blush

The Hunt for the Perfect Dupe for NARS Orgasm Blush

Ah.... another cult favorite.... "Orgasm" blush by NARS

Every woman wants a blush that gives her that "freshly f---ed" look. "Orgasm" is long-running favorite that spawned a lipgloss,

nail polish,

and some blush sets.

I'm too cheap to pay the asking price of $29 for blush. Time for a "perfect" dupe!
I did a lot of testing, and I came up with Milani Cosmetics' Baked Blush in "Luminoso". If you pay full price, it's $7.99.
My pasty-pale arm, in two different angles:
Nars Orgasm (left)   Milani Luminoso (right)          Nars Orgasm (left)   Milani Luminoso (right)

Apparently, I'm not the only one who thinks this is a good dupe.

Luuux's Comparison of Nars Orgasm vs Milani Luminoso

Chicago Tribune