Nothing New: November in Review

Nothing But Class

vintage alligator clutch

Thankfully, I’m not much of an animal lover. Because this vintage alligator envelope clutch is amazing. Yeah, I said it.

I was recently invited to the grand opening of the new Savers in Dublin, CA (my Canadian readers would know the Savers brand by their Canadian counterpart, Value Village).

Yes, while fancy food bloggers are getting invites to frou-frou parties and wine tastings, I get giddy over the opening day of a thrift store. Don’t judge.

But to sweeten the pot (especially since Dublin is quite the trek from us), Savers gifted me a $100 gift certificate to spend. Seriously, do you know what $100 can buy you at a thrift store?! I needed a shopping cart.

After exploring their extremely clean and well-organized racks that seem to go on forever, I found a few new dresses, the boys each got to pick a toy, I stocked up on baby shower presents (I can’t believe anyone would buy infant clothing new!), and my favorite find of the night…a vintage alligator skin envelope clutch for just $9!

Having been to every thrift store out there, from little independent shops to the major corporations like Goodwill, I thought Savers was well organized and offered a huge selection. I will definitely be adding Savers to my regular thrift store rotation (thankfully, they have a San Jose location which is even closer to me than Dublin).

Some of our other great secondhand finds in November:

    • Seven For All Mankind Jeans ($5.99 instead of $175)
    • DC skate shoes for Jack ($11 instead of $65)
    • Matt & Nat leather purse ($10 instead of $120)

Unfortunately, we did break out Nothing New resolution as Tim finally couldn’t handle wearing the same pair of jeans every day. With a very athletic build and a popular size, finding ANY jeans to fit this man is like the holy grail of shopping. So finding secondhand jeans that fit him is downright impossible. We finally caved and bought two new pairs — money well spent considering he follows the computer engineer dress code (i.e. jeans every day of the week!).


One of our best finds last month was discovering a new store opening near us that buys and sells used LEGO. I’m pretty sure the only reason this store exists is because God loves the heart of a child and my dear son Jack has been praying fervently for a secondhand Lego store ever since we announced our family would be buying nothing new in 2013! Ask and you shall receive.

After putting together a few of their kits, the boys were able to get a good price for their unwanted Lego (which is another reason I despise trendy and fleeting Lego kits like Chima, Ninjago, etc) and find some “new” pieces to take home. It has also lit a fire under them to start sorting their existing Lego. As seen in the photo on the right in the above banner, the whole family spent Black Friday sorting and searching our boys’ ridiculous Lego collection in an effort to assemble kits we can sell. While most families were going in debt shopping like crazy people, we spent the day actually making money.

As reports came in of people being trampled to death in a mad rush for flat screen TV’s and coffee makers, I was reminded of why we decided to do this in the first place.

“But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.” 1 Timothy 6:9-10

December is here — have you thought about shopping thrift stores for your Christmas gifts this year? I dare you!

Domestically Yours,
Natasha Kay