Spring Cleaning

I decided to participate in Simple Mom’s Project Simplify, a project where you tackle one clutter “hot spot” in your house each week for five weeks. Lo and behold, the first hotspot is my closet.

This is a little earlier than I usually switch from my winter to spring wardrobe, since I know we’ve got at least one cold spell left before warm weather settles in for good. But what the heck, I can layer a few light sweaters, right?

I’m going to do the clean and purge with a slight modification, focusing only on spring and summer clothes. This is because I have some nice winter clothes that I’d like to consign, and I can’t do that right now. So I’m promising myself that I will conduct another purge in the fall, post-Labor Day.

Vaseline Redux

A while back, I wrote about how petroleum jelly is an inexpensive, useful hair product. Now Nikki at Cheapalicious takes it one step further and lists the many different beauty uses for Vaseline.

Resale Review: Classy Sassy

After church last Sunday, a fellow choir member asked if I knew where she could find some nice plus-size dresses. I told her I knew just the place: Classy Sassy, a new consignment shop at 3096 Whiskey Road.

I visited Classy Sassy during their grand opening a few weeks back. Although they were still working on setting up the back of the shop, there was plenty to see in the front. What struck me was their great collection of scarves, purses, and plus-size dresses. Classy Sassy’s focus is on dressy and dressy-casual styles. Most of their clothes cater to a more mature customer, and while that’s not my personal style, it’s perfect for Aiken.

So if you’re looking for something to wear out to dinner downtown, or a great deal on a designer silk scarf, take a drive down Whiskey Road to Classy Sassy.

Resale Review: Upscale Resale

Today I visited Upscale Resale on University Parkway in Aiken. I had read about their children’s consignments and wanted to see what else they had. Turns out it was a good day to stop by as they are having a buy-one-get-one-half-off sale right now.

I was pleasantly surprised. The store has a good selection of current styles for all ages – newborn to nineties – and a wide range of sizes. I saw quality brands such as Ann Taylor and Talbots, at reasonable prices (more than Goodwill, less than TJ Maxx). There were also a lot of new (i.e. not consigned) accessories including necklaces, earrings, and little girls’ headbands.

So, what would I go there to buy? Special occasion tops for parties, everyday pants (they have a great selection of capris right now), and fun purses. I’ll definitely be going back in the future to see what’s new.

Styles of Yesteryear

I found the article "Resident to don period clothing for Aiken anniversary" in yesterday’s paper an interesting read. A local lady has made several period outfits from 1875 to celebrate our town’s 175th anniversary. She made some interesting points about how women back then used fabric very efficiently and only replaced their dresses every 5 to 10 years. That’s definitely a contrast with today’s practically disposable fashions.
dress from 1867

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