Thrifting Adventures & Hunger Games

22 03 2012

Poor Ben. This post has almost nothing to do with him! It is more of a “What Dan Found Thrifting and Wore” post. We went back to the thrift stores my sister and I found in Westfield. This time, Dan really made out. He found tons of gorgeous dress shirts – PINK, Barney’s, BCBG, Express. Unfortunately, most of them were too big. But we will definitely be back and see what pops up over there. Finding designer dress shirts for $3? Yes, please.

Dan ended up going home with 2 shirts – a Polo golf shirt for $4.50 and a Thomas Pink dress shirt for $3. That Pink shirt probably cost around $150. It even had a dry cleaning tag on it. I am hoping whoever donated this shirt is a regular and we can snag his entire work wardrobe!

Another steal was this CAT dump truck for Ben off craigslist for $8. Amazing deal. Yes, that is my slipper going for a ride around the apartment. Thanks, Ben!


Polo shirt, $4.50 / PINK dress shirt, $3 / CAT dump truck, $8

****Linking up to Harper’s Happenings¬†for more thrifting fun!***

Last night we had the pleasure of attending a HUNGER GAMES PREMIERE in NYC! We were at a Scholastic employee screening in Union Square at the Regal Cinemas (and even saw the movie in IMAX!) If you haven’t read the books, you are really missing out. They are probably some of the best books I have ever read…and I read A LOT. It’s also opened me up to the young adult book category which I have been loving! Even Sci-Fi. I never knew I had it in me.

Team Peeta

The movie really did the book justice. I was impressed. There were of course a few discrepancies and differences. She got her famous Mockinjay pin in a totally different manner than the book. It was much less gory. It didn’t delve much into relationships such as Gale/Katniss or Rue/Katniss. And I think the movie made you think Katniss was falling in love with Peeta instead of really faking it for the camera. But it was still great. I LOVED Peeta’s character, the casting was superb. Everyone was pretty much exactly as I imagined they would look while reading the book.

Katniss was so kick-ass, I loved her. But they also did a really good job of showing how scared she was to be put into the games. The scene with her and Cinna right before was intense and emotional. Cannot wait to see more of Cinna in Catching Fire.

Right before the movie started the director of Hunger Games, Gary Ross, came out for a little Q&A session. What a surprise! It was great to hear him speak and hear him chatting about him & Suzanne Collins casting Peeta, who his favorite character was, etc. Very cool. It was a perfect evening. I laughed, I cried. Good times!

If you are into this type of book, here are a few other books I have read lately that could definitely be in the “Hunger Games category” (especially for a Super Fan like me!)

And in Adult books, I just recently finished a few good reads the past few months:

  • I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella (funny and adorable, as usual)
  • Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close (fun girly read)
  • Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosney (read it in 1 day)
  • ROOM by Emma Donoghue (depressing, disturbing, amazing)

Wow, this blog post took a weird turn. I obviously need to join a book club because I have a lot of book info pent up inside me.

Heading to Boston with the family this weekend. Very excited. I will post pictures of Ben’s outfits, of course. Here is Ben at the park on this gorgeous day today. Not exactly an outfit for the books. Last year’s beach hat, Rutgers shirt, Gap jeans, and new play shoes from Target. But at least Ben wears it well!


Fun at the Maplewood park!

Happy Thursday! And Happy Thrifting!

Support my sister and help save her favorite NYC bar! Yes, this is a problem. Plus the whole place is VEGAN!!! It’s a good cause! SAVE KATE’S JOINT!

I think someone wants to go outside again!

The End. Of my longest, least Ben-filled blog post ever.

Being Thrifty is Nifty {HOTT}

8 03 2012

I did some thrifting recently with my sister and we totally scored (no more pink pyrex, but I have faith in future thrifting). It was the highlight of my week. Saving money definitely makes us happy! My sister picked up a ridiculously gorgeous set of wine glasses for $10. Check them out here.

We decided to venture out to Westfield, NJ. Laura had never even been and it’s just a short 15-20 minute drive from us! And the town is really cute and has everything you need for a fun shopping day. At the first thrift shop I picked up a tunnel for Ben for $3, a fun yellow spoon for 10 cents, and a mushroom plaque for $1. Exciting stuff.

The second thrift shop had more clothes…and surprisingly NICE clothes! I tried on a fun top from Urban (way too small), and didn’t have time to look around for much more because Ben had a meltdown and our parking meter was expiring in 5 minutes. But I did grab a pretty sweet shirt for $1 by Graham & Spencer. I had never heard of this brand before, but thought it might be pretty high-end. Now I know why I never heard of it…they only sell their clothing at Neiman Marcus and Barney’s. Not my typical trip to the mall. After doing a little research, I’m pretty positive this shirt retails for $100+, making me very very very happy. I hope to get back to this particular shop and really scour the racks for some more great deals!

Tunnel: $3; Mushroom plaque: $1; Spoon: $.10; Graham & Spencer shirt: $1

Please excuse the way I look. I just got back from the zoo (again!) and it was 70 degrees and I am dirty from chasing Ben around in the dirt and sand. But what a perfect day!

I also grabbed this adorable polo shirt at Milk Money, our local kiddie consignment shop. It’s adorable and perfect for spring/summer! Cute little boys clothes are definitely harder to come by in the thrifting/consignment circuit.

Polo shirt - $6

On another note, we just booked our family trip to AMSTERDAM and PARIS! We leave at the end of April, just in time to be there to celebrate my 32nd birthday with the Zbranaks! We will also be there for Queen’s Day. So very excited. So much planning to do!

Happy Thrifting!

Linking up to Harper’s Happenings.

High on Thrifting Thursday {HOTT}

23 02 2012

This past weekend I decided to do a little thrifting while at my Mom’s house. Why the sudden urge to start thrifting? Well, I don’t work (Hahahaha, this is actually an inside stay-at-home-mom joke, hahaha), so I need to try to cut corners where I can. And baby toys are EXPENSIVE. We are talking $100+ for crappy pieces of plastic. Plus, I am really into recycling and re-using. Sometimes craiglist is just a little too expensive (greedy people trying to get way more than they should for said crappy pieces of plastic). Plus I just like vintage-y old stuff.

Anyway, our first trip to a few shops was a small success. I got this Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Home for Ben for $20. It may have been missing some or all of the pieces, but it works. And Ben loses all small pieces to his toys anyway, so this is perfect! Once Mom and I disinfected it, it looks brand new. Ben’s buddy Asher has one of these upstairs in our building and Ben LOVES it…I knew it was just a matter of time before I had to break down and get one. Next item he needs that Asher has…a SLIDE! Once we move the twin bed out of Ben’s room we will be getting one (garage sale? craigslist?).


Daddy and Ben enjoying the new Fisher Price Door

I also picked up a few other pieces. A beautiful piece of white and pink Pyrex. A mason jar (now time to look up mason jar craft ideas!) One of my favorite books, Rachel’s Holiday by Marian Keyes. All of this for $26.


$1 sweater and a messy house / Rachel's Holiday / Mason jar / Pretty in Pink Pyrex

Oh, how can I forget the thrift store Dan and I stopped at yesterday? I got a sweet Old Navy sweater for $1. A DOLLAR. I don’t even get it. But I love it!

Downtown Chester, NJ has the cutest stores…I never really get a change to go around there since it’s a bit of a hike, but last weekend we stopped at the Little Monkeys consignment shop and got Ben a sweet pink polo shirt for $6. Easter outfit? Maybe. In general, we honestly get cheaper clothing during a Gap Sale Sale (a sale on top of their sale items), which was kind of disappointing.

I am getting psyched for garage sale season on LBI. (My father is not…he is worried the shore house is going to look like a toy store). And just spring/summer in LBI in general. This week is supposed to be almost 60 degrees, which has me itching for Spring!

Happy Thrifting!!

***Linking up with Harper’s Happenings***

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