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January, 2010

  1. Friendly Reminder: Now’s the Time to Find Clearance-Priced Coats

    January 29, 2010 by SavvyInTheCity

    I love outerwear. I admit I have a semi-ridiculous number of jackets and coats — but I love them all! It’s fun to have a variety of colors, fabrics, cuts and weights. Some days call for my heavy-duty, knee-length wool coat from Victoria’s Secret. Others may require a simple lightweight khaki trench. And when an outfit calls for a pop of something different, I pull out my thrift-store, grey leather coat. Needing some of color? I grab my green, satin swing coat, complete with a funky, gold zipper.

    If you’re 2005 winter coat is finally reaching its expiration — or if your wardrobe generally needs more variety — now is the PERFECT time to go outerwear hunting.

    Around late January and early February, retailers start significantly marking down heavy coats, jackets and other outerwear to make room for spring and summer styles and cuts. So next time you’re in the neighborhood of Old Navy, Ross, TJ Maxx, Target or other, swing by and see what kind of deal you can score.

    Coat pictured here: my new Nine West Fuchsia lightweight trench. I found it at Ross in Raleigh, North Carolina, last weekend for $25 (retailed pre-Ross for $200). Ignore the face – my makeup hadn’t yet found its way to my face this morning.

  2. Reader Question: Vintage Jewelry

    January 28, 2010 by SavvyInTheCity

    This week, Becca e-mailed me a question. I had so much fun answering it!

    Hey, I stumbled upon your blog through other people’s blogs. I just wanted to say I really love reading your blogs and your findings. I was just wondering, which thrift stores do you hit to find vintage jewelry. I live in the atlanta area also. Any information would be great. Thank you so much.

    Sincerely, Becca

    And my response:

    Hi Becca!

    I’m so flattered you enjoy my blog and reached out to me! While they don’t have hoards of jewelry, I have found many affordable and unique vintage jewelry pieces at Kudzu Antique Market ( in Decatur. Not to mention they have great sales (sign up for their e-mail newsletters).

    Another great place to look is My Sister’s Closet:

    I haven’t been there, but I’ve heard great things about Back by Popular Demand in Lilburn:

    And don’t be scared to check out the new and vintage styles at Hurs Jewelry Mart. They have SOOO much stuff!

    But the best advice I can give is to swing by the jewerly counter whenever you’re in the vicinity of a Goodwill, Salvation Army or other consignment shop. Most of the best — and most affordable — items are found by chance. My fave Goodwills are the ones on LaVista (by Northlake Mall in Tucker) and on Buford Highway near the intersection of Clairmont Road — it’s where all the Buckhead people donate. :)


    p.s. I wouldn’t have known about Back by Popular Demand if it weren’t for the lovely Danielle from Fell4Fashion. Thanks, Danielle!

  3. Spotted at the Tucker Goodwill: Rock-N-Republic Denim Skirts

    January 27, 2010 by SavvyInTheCity

    Spotted today at the Northlake Goodwill (LaVista Road in Tucker… about 12 Rock-N-Republic denim skirts WITH TAGS! The skirts, which looked to range from size 25 to 30, were marked $25.

    Run fast!

  4. One Project Stalled (Must Be a Sign)

    January 25, 2010 by SavvyInTheCity

    Two blankets into my volunteer work (sewing baby blankets for Grady Hospital babies), my sewing machine broke. If this isn’t annoying enough, I JUST got it serviced (I’m talking days ago) and I have to sew the hems on 33 blankets before February 8! I am brainstorming creative ways to get to the repair shop… which is only open from 9 to 5:30 and is located on the opposite side of town from my office. Ugh.
    Anyway, since I was feeling crafty tonight, I’ll pick up a little project I’d been putting off — putting new buttons on the Maggy London shirt dress I bought back in November at Last Chance (a local thrift store). 

    Maggy London has been in the biz of making feminine and unique dresses for a few decades. A quick google search tells me the brand is still carried at the likes of Nordstrom — and there’s a decent presence of ML dresses on resale sites like Etsy. Check out this Maggy London vintage secretary dress for sale on Etsy: 
    S/M dress seen here for $22.
    Oooh. And I love this funky/fem silk 80s one, too (also on Etsy). 
    Size 12 Maggy London dress seen here for $48.
    I think being able to wear my new-to-me Maggy London dress tomorrow is enough to make me forget about this sewing machine debacle for just a bit. 

  5. Coupon to That Pottery Place (Decatur)

    January 19, 2010 by SavvyInTheCity

    Today, I received this 25% off e-mail coupon for That Pottery Place — so I thought I should share!

    That Pottery Place makes for a fun evening with the girlfriends (bring your own wine and some sandwiches, perhaps) or a fun Saturday outing with the kiddos. It’s been too long since I’ve been buy to paint something fun… so maybe you’ll see me there!