Shecky’s GNO, Betsey J Pop Up and Mini Thrift Store outing in NYC

I spent this past weekend in the Big Apple with two of my good friends from my hometown Chicago to celebrate my birthday, belated style. Even though it was a month after the fact it meant a great deal to have my friends come all that way and hangout with me for the weekend.

After checking out a little comedy at Caroline’s Comedy Club on Friday night we slept late on Saturday morning and headed over to the SIR Stage37 for the first session of Shecky’s Girls Night Out. NYC had two Shecky’s sessions. One at 1pm and the other at 5pm. The 1pm session was jammed packed. The line to get in was down the street and we waited in the cold for about 20 minutes. Those who had season passes were bumped to the front of the line. Clearly I need to become a season pass holder.

Shecky’s is an event where accessories, clothing and jewelry designers showcase their goods at offer them at discounted prices. Tracey Lynn, GLS Jewelry, Reinvent My Wardrobe, Precious Delectibles and KeChic were just some of the vendors present during the event. There was a lot to see and chose from. Many of the vendors were selling clothing for $10-20. Jewelry was relatively inexpensive too.

GLS Jewelry

Precious Delectibles

When you first walked in the door they had an entire room off to the side where you could sign up to make your own Margarita. I don’t drink but that seems like something fun to do. I’ve attended to two Shecky’s Girls Night Out events at Constitution Hall and this event in NYC was the first Shecky’s where they served food and drink (on the house). Downstairs they were selling $4 cupcakes but upstairs had a nice spread which was included in the admission. At the first station there were yummy brand muffins with molasses cream cheese along with blueberry & nut muffins with other assorted cream cheeses. The next station had chocolate covered strawberry’s that were amazing and the third and final station served bread slices with spinach and mozzarella cheese. Chefs Diet promoting they specialize in helping brides prepare for their big day by offering these great tasting foods without all the calories. I must say the food was great.

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On the way out we picked up our goody bags. Each bag was different and full of decent goodies. As you can see below. Since I’ve been to Shecky’s a couple times before I found many of the items repeated from the times I’ve attended before. But for $15 they were decently stocked.

1st Goodie bag included: Jergens body lotion, Vitamin Water Zero, Goody Hair ties (2sets), Cointreau Margarita Mixer, Aveeno Lotion, Lady Speed Stick, Lee Press-on nails, Softlips lip balm, Gold bond body wash (2 types), hand sanitizer and of course the reusable Shecky’s bag

2nd Goodie Bag had the same as above however the lotion seemed to be replaced by Vaclay & Lena a novel and the lady speed stick was replaced by the Crystal Body Deodorant Towelettes. They added the fcuk cologne.


After leaving Shecky’s we headed back towards Times Square and that’s when we ran across the Betsey Johnson Pop up shop over on 37th off of 7th Street. How exciting!. I just love Betsey Johnson’s bright colors and fun flirty designs.




Cute spring dresses


Some of these dresses I saw during last years All access Fashion at Tysons. They were going for $2-300

Being frugal I’m always looking for a good deal and Sunday was my lucky day. After leaving the Museum of Modern Art I headed to a few thrift stores. I first stopped by the Housing Works Thrift store in Hell’s kitchen and wouldn’t you know it was my lucky day??





One of my favorite brands


This store had some really nice furniture


If you know me you know how much I love love love butterflies. I just had to take a picture of these butterfly cowboy boots. Ridem'

I stopped by two more Housing work thrift stores, One on the West side and one on the East side. All had great set ups and great deals. Some were getting ready for their spring sale and were having half off sales this weekend. Whats a frugal girl to do?? Shop right? We’ll not this time. I just browsed. I’m preparing for Tossed and Found next weekend. More on this event coming later this week 🙂

See pics below from the two other stores on the West side and East side.


This was the line outside the Housing works store on the East Side


These stores have great furniture





Yes that's Gucci and Louis Vutton in the store window





Silver Spring Sewing Society Spring Road Trip to NYC

Hi everyone,

The Sewing Society is just about due for its quarterly field trip to the NYC Fashion District and we hope many of you will join us. Our last trip was in January and the one before that in October. Both were well attended and all who traveled with us had a blast. This time we are planning even more activities.

The last two trips we took the bus up for the day and after a full day of shopping turned around and came right back to DC later that evening. After the last trip we determined we need more time to browse the fabric stores and enjoy NYC. Therefore this time we will depart on Friday evening May 4th and return on Sunday May 6th.

Our official itinerary will begin Friday evening with dinner and a special sewing enthusiast surprise. Details coming soon as soon as its confirmed. On Saturday we will have a full morning of fabric shopping beginning with Mood, SIL Threads, B&J fabrics, Paron (one of our favorites)! East coast trimming and a few others. We will break for lunch at 1:00pm and we’ll shop until 5:30pm and for those who desire to head back to DC you can head to the buses. Everyone else can join us for dinner (tbd) and some much needed rest. Believe me you will be exhausted after a full day.

We will start the next morning off heading to three of the best thrift stores NYC has to offer. If you want you can also check out some other shopping areas in NYC before departing for the buses later that afternoon. You are welcomed to join us during any part of the itinerary. Please only RSVP on Meetup if you intend to travel with the group. We are planning some additional goodies and it is important to have an exact head count.

Please reserve your bus and or train tickets in advance. Bolt Bus, Mega Bus or Vamoose are the most popular with great prices. The ride is approximately 3-4 1/2 hours. You will be responsible for making your own hotel reservations. Check Expedia and Orbitz for some great rates and share with the group if you find a good deal. I recommend the Hampton inn. Two people to a room for less than $200 for the entire weekend is not bad. If you know friends or have family there even better. More details and a full itinerary will be forthcoming.

Estate Sales Rock on Vet’s Day!!!

It’s been a while since I wrote a blog post and even then they have been few and far in between. Recently my job has me working extremely long hours and I haven’t been able to spend time on what I love most 😦 Well thanks to our nations Veteran’s I had one day off work and what did I spend it doing. Attending Estate Sales and Thrift Store shopping 🙂 This makes me smile.

Lily (my estate sale buddy) and I planned our strategy last night and aimed to arrive by 8am even though the sale started at 10am. In hindsight we should have arrived at 7am. The first person arrived at 5am and when we arrived we were numbers 30 and 31….The ladies who went in first grabbed the best of the best. There was so much to see and chose from. So much so we spent 3 hours going through stuff.

One room was full of scarves and accessories


Each room had a closet full of clothing in all sizes. Mostly vintage


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The Vintage dresses and coats were amazing


Here I am with all my fantastic finds waiting in line


My estate sale buddy Lily really racked up


Lily is getting all her items totaled up. She picked up some great shoes and purses


More Vintage goodies


I nabbed vintage Pierre Cardin and Ferragamo Boots!!

20111115-151840.jpgWhen we were departing there was still a line of people waiting to come in. We didn’t leave much for them to select from. Good luck!



Silver Spring Sewing Sisters Fabric Shopping Road Trip to NYC

Two words:

MEGA F-U-N!!!!

That’s what we had all day Saturday as we walked the streets of the New York City Garment District.

On Saturday morning at the crack of dawn Silver Spring Sewing Sisters boarded Megabus, Bolt bus and Vamoose buses and headed out on a four-hour ride to New York City. Our goal was to hit the ground running and visit as many fabric shops as possible.

Our first stop was non other than Mood Fabrics. With Project Runway on our minds we looked, shopped, laughed, talked and learned about all the fabulous fabrics. Unfortunately Swatch the dog was not working today. He had the day off. Customers were very disappointed 😦

I was so anxious I arrived at 10:30am and hour before the class was scheduled to meet. I took a quick run through the store. Yep, exactly as I remember it. Full of fabulous fabrics. I felt like I was in seamstress heaven. Truth be told my basement resembled this store prior to my moving to DC. I had no business shopping for fabric on Saturday.

At 11:15am some of the members of our group began to arrive with backpacks in tow and smiling faces. We look forward to a great day of shopping. As you can see from the picture we were incredibly happy. Allison from Bit’s of Thread joined us for shopping.

When you are a lover of all things creative a place like this makes you feel so inspired. There are three levels to Mood and we perused every inch of the store. After we finished we headed over to Pacific Lace and Trim.

Allison and Betty touch all the fabrics and decide which ones to take home

Pacific Lace & Trim is a really  fun place. Everything you could possible need for finishings, closures, trims, buttons, zippers and more. I kinda lost it here. Silver Spring Sewing Sisters is making tote bags in a few week. I picked up all our supplies. Join us for Tote Bag Making on October 30th


After stopping by two stores and doing some power shopping we had to take a break and get something to eat. Fabric shoppers need nourishment to keep up their shopping strength.
Allison enjoying ice cream

After lunch we determined B & J was our next stop. We arrived there only to find out it was closed due to Yom Kippur. We still took a picture just to prove we visited. Then we went to Elegant Fabrics. Low and behold this store has a remnant rack loaded with reasonably priced goodies. YAY!!! Finally

All smiles even though the store was closed

Next we visited Dakota Braids & Trims

There was more ribbon and trims than the law allows

If you can't find it here I don't know where you can find it

Ericka found this beautiful rhinestone bead she plans to use for a necklace

Ann had her little basket and found many cool treasures

By now my feet were aching a little but we had to take a few pics on the Fashion Avenue Hall of Fame


On the fashion walk of fame. The Garment Worker, by Judith Weller





Every store has these cute mini mannequins


We passed by Parson's

Finally after a few women headed off to their buses or went on their own Ann and I went to Quilters heaven. The City Quilter was pretty far from the garment District but Ann assured me this would be an experience. I’m not a quilter however I had a great appreciation for all there was to behold. This place is a quilt gallery with a quilting store attached. Fantastic!

Every quilting pattern you could ever imagine is carried in this store

This place is a quilters dream


After all was said and done we had to say goodbye to NYC. See you again soon....

Frugal Weekend Activities

This weekend there are so many cool frugal activites going on. I can’t figure out for the life of me how I will stop by everything. If you have time and can make your way to any of these events please report back and let me know how they turned out.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Every Saturday!

April 30 – Nov 12
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Rain or Shine

Our Friend Hadiya Williams aka Zuly Gupsy will be vending that day. Lovely finds are sure to be found at her booth……

The Fenton Street Market 2011 season runs Saturdays from April 30 through November 12, with two special Preview shows preceeding (April 9 and 16) and a special Holiday Market following (November 26-December 17). The Fenton Street Market team includes director Hannah McCann; manager Debbie Lee, the dynamo behind Silver Spring’s own Rock-n-Romp and Handmade Mart; assistant manager Jessica Blaszczak, the beloved organizer of the Ballston Arts & Crafts Market; and on-site manager Mike O’Brien, a.k.a. the ”creative dude” at Red Table Press, one of the most popular booths at the market. Six local teenagers dilligently arrive every Saturday at 6 a.m. to help as porters.

In 2011, the Fenton Street Market is incorporating as one of the nation’s first Benefit Corporations, a hybrid for-/non-profit business model for social entrepreneurs (Maryland is the first state to adopt it into law, thanks to Takoma Park-based Senator Jamie Raskin). The Fenton Street Market’s B-Corp charter makes it different from other markets. Key to the market’s mission is to invigorate the local economy with locally based, independent business and arts. Also key is providing a welcoming atmosphere that encourages first-time exhibitors to participate. Join us at the Fenton Street Market.

Rip the Runway Fashion Design Project

Event Date: Saturday, 8/6/11 – 10:00 a.m.Carmen Webber, fashion designer, stylist and author will work with 20 teens in a “Project Runway”-style fashion design competition in The Great Hall at Martin Luther King Library. Other teens will participate in fashion illustration and design activities in Teen Space.This is an all day event. Pre-registrationis required.

Our friend Lisa Rowan over at QuarterLife 202 will be participating in the Dog Days of Summer event this weekend. Be sure to stop by and check out some great vintage clothing.

Mid-City is where the real DC goes to shop, eat and play. You can find a local shop or national merchant that can meet just about every one of your needs. Browse through our business directory to find new places to visit and explore.

Click here to download a map of MidCity!

2011 Garage Sale
One day only! Buy one-of-a-kind props, furniture, costumes and much more
at The Studio Theatre Annual Garage Sale on Saturday, August 6th!

The Studio Theatre is hosting its Annual Garage Sale on Saturday, August 6, 2011 from 10am–5pm at 14th and P Streets, NW. The sale will include items from 2010-2011 season productions:
Circle Mirror Transformation
, Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven, Superior Donuts, Mojo, Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet, Tynan, Penelope, The Walworth Farce, The New Electric Ballroom, Venus In Fur,
The History of Kisses, and POP! as well as many other special items from our collection. The Studio Theatre invites the entire community to participate in this event!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Frugal Fashionista Clothing Swap and Potluck/August Event:

Franconia Governmental Center

6121 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA (map)

Clothing Swap Signs Posted (A-Frame Clothing Swap Sign Outside the door)
“It’s a fun way to update your wardrobe without spending a dime! It’s also for a great cause!”

Welcome to a whole new way of shopping… Swap – Don’t shop -for all the clothing, shoes and accessories you can take home!

Please bring at least 5 items to add to our tables.

Swap from 1PM – 3PM Please come on time;)

Make sure clothing is clean, in season, no stains, no holes, rips or tears and no broken buttons or zippers. If you would be PROUD to pass it on to your girlfriends, than you should bring it. Please do not bring undergarments. We have allowed bras in the past but we are not accespting them anymore as the shelter does not accept them. We’re looking for fall items for this swap. Keep all of your summer clothing at home please. If you should find something unswapple on any of the tables, please remove it and place in our crafter’s bucket. Nothing should go to waste and no one should be disappointed because it’s everyone’s jobs to police the tables for non-wearables;)

If you are bringing guests, please ensure to add them to your RSVP.

This is a potluck swap so please bring a yummy dish for all to share. Please refrain from bringing chips and junk food. We are looking for more meals rather than sweets. Try to use disposable trays for your food as it’s nearly impossible to keep track of who’s who’s. 🙂 I will supply the drinks and dianna will be supplying the plates, napkins and silver ware. The event is free so it shouldn’t be much trouble to ask for a side dish – Please ensure you actually bring something. Alot of folks came in empty handed at the last swap. Not cool.

Last, but not least, bring your swaptastik attitude and plan to come and have a blast!

Please take pictures of yourselves with your swap finds and post it on meetup and facebook! We’d love to see what you all have found!

Happy Swapping!


Who: Greater Washington Fashion Chamber of Commerce (GWFCC) and Marcātus
What: Fashion Show at the Yards
When: Sunday, August 7, 2011
Where: 10 Water St. S.E., Washington, D.C.
GWFCC fashion tents will be located on Water St.
Why: To support artistry of local area fashion designers

About Greater Washington Fashion Chamber of Commerce (GWFCC):

The Greater Washington Fashion Chamber of Commerce [GWFCC] is a 501(c)(6) trade association that serves the greater Washington metropolitan area. Its purpose is to promote the business interests of those in the Fashion/Style Industry in addition to promoting Washington as a Global Fashion Capital. The GWFCC is the sole voice of fashion business in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Quarter Life Pop-up Shop in Review

I first met Lisa during National Swap Day back in January at “Exchange your Ways” Clothing Swap at Nana’s. As a result of that swap I was hooked and officially became a swap-addict. Lisa has been very gracious and such an inspiration with all that she is doing with Vintage clothing. This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending her 2nd pop up shop at Nana’s. I made sure to get there early so that I could get the first of the pickings. I ended up walking away with a beautiful vintage formal sleeveless dress that I can’t wait to rock at some fancy soiree :-). See below pictures from the Quarter Life Pop-up shop. Hey Lisa, looking forward to the next one. Bring us more goodies

All the Vintage goodies

A vintage suitcase

Vintage ties and handbags

Quarter Life

Summer Dress

Laura walked away with this great Vintage American Tourister luggage piece

Vintage Jewelry

Shoppers were there early. Like me they know how important it is to get the first look

More shirts, skirts and tops

Beautiful vintage dresses