Our Fabulous New Venture

It’s February, fellow fashionistas, the month of Valentines  and love is in the air. Speaking of love, Vicky and I have started a new venture which we are loving and we hope you will too! As some of you may know Vicky and I have a booth at Second Chances Antiques and Collectibles, here in Clarksville, Tennessee. And now we have opened a second! Our booth is B2 Fabulous!

We have had a lot of fun stocking our booth  with vintage and newer clothing, vintage gloves and purses and lots of other fabulous things! We wanted to take this opportunity to share with you a few pictures and we hope that you will go and check it out for yourselves.

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This is an overall view of our booth

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Just a few of the vintage handbags we have for sale.

 

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Vintage hats, perfume bottles and more. Lots of pretty things.

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A nice upholstered chair and an oversized patent leather Tote bag from Macy’s New York

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Some beautiful ladies and a handsome gent. Perfect for a curio cabinet or a dresser.

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Get Valentines Day ready with this little number!

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A beautiful party or prom dress.

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We have lots of pretty scarves!

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Be fabulous carrying this vintage inspired handbag.  The lace and velvet wrap is beautiful too.

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 Check out our clothing rack to find something unique.

 

We will be rotating merchandise so you will always be able to find something new and exciting. Soon we will be sharing some of our new Spring finds. Hang in there, Spring will be here eventually!

So please go check out B2 Fabulous as well as ALL the vendor booths at Second Chances Antiques and Treasures. Our  booth may be small but the store is nice and big and filled with gorgeous antiques, furniture and just about anything you could want to find.  You can also check them out on Facebook. Leeann and all the staff are friendly and super helpful in finding what you may need.

So that about wraps it up for now. Hope everyone has a wonderful week. As always till next time,  be thrifty and stay fabuless!

 

Teresa and Vicky

 

 

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TGIF FUN

We just wanted to send a welcome to the weekend message to all you fabuless fashionistas out there and to tell you  that we hope you enjoy every moment!

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YOU should too!

 

As always till next time be thrifty and stay fabuless!

Teresa and Vicky

 

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Thrifting and New Year Resolutions

Wait, what? It’s 2018? When did that happen? Perhaps when I was procrastinating and trying desperately to redeem myself by accomplishing at least a few of the resolutions I had made at the start of 2017!

Almost everyone makes New Year Resolutions and they are as varied as the personalities of those who make them. However, it seems there are a few that are usually at the top of everyone’s list. Exercise more, lose weight, become a whole new person! Whew, that’s quite a tall order, and one of which we can all fall short. I myself made a couple of resolutions this year, the first being to stop procrastinating…. As you can tell I have not done so well with this one as here it is already mid January and I am just now posting about New Years Resolutions! Let’s face it, making resolutions is fairly easy. It’s the KEEPING of them that can prove a little more difficult. To tell the truth, I would rather just go thrifting!

Speaking of thrift shopping, is it possible that doing this very fun activity might actually be able to help you in keeping some of your New Year Resolutions? Hmmmm, let’s explore this  interesting theory and see ….

At the top of the  list for most people is losing weight. Which of course is a good thing, especially if you are doing it for your health  and well-being.  However this can be a difficult journey and often we can come up with many excuses to sabotage ourselves, and derail the process. If I  lose weight I can’t afford to buy a whole new wardrobe, you might say. Well this is a perfect example of how thrifting can come to your rescue.  As we  all know those, 10, 20, 30, however many pounds don’t magically come off at once, and this can leave you in an in-between space where you have clothes that no longer fit, but you have not reached your goal weight. You want to still look nice but don’t want to invest a lot of money into new clothes that (hopefully) will soon also be too large. Get yourself to a thrift store. You can find clothing in your newest size,  and look great!

 

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Another excuse, ummm I mean reason that we use is that there are soooo many diets out there, it is hard to know which one is right for us. And the cost of diet books are high. Many of us do not want to spend thirty dollars on a book only to find out that this is not the diet that is doable for us  and then turn around and buy another and hope for the best. Once again,  check out thrift stores.  They have tons of diet books and cook books for those looking to shed weight at much, much lower prices.

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Going hand in hand with the weight loss resolution is the resolve to exercise more. Walking as we all know is one of the easiest ways to get this done. So walk up and down those thrift store aisles and walk through them again. You never know what you might have missed the first time around.  Visit several stores to get all your steps in and burn those calories!  Thrift stores are also a great place to find exercise equipment, everything from hand weights, to stationary bikes, exercise dvds and more. You can also get great deals on work out gear. Sometimes new with tags attached. You know the ones donated from those who didn’t follow through on their resolutions!

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Saving money is a big goal for many, especially after the cost of  all that holiday shopping!  Luckily if shopping is one of your favorite pastimes, you definitely do not have to give it up.  Just give up paying retail prices! You can absolutely find practically ANYTHING you want or need at a thrift store. Clothing, housewares, toys, art, gifts, books, you name it, you can find it if you go thrifting! Another bonus is that many of the items you will find will be unique. So if padding your bank account sounds appealing to you, thrift shopping can definitely help you reach that goal.

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Is a new look your objective for 2018?  Easy ways to do this include getting a new hairstyle, or  going to a local department store for a make-up tutorial. Many places will do this for free  just call and ask. Of course a change of wardrobe is a fabulous way to make the transition to a new you. And once again thrift shopping can help you along the way. If you are normally a jeans and t-shirt kind of gal, you can easily and economically explore the world of skirts and dresses. Or if you have never tried denim, give it a go as thrift stores normally have a wide array of styles and colors to try. In fact they have just about absolutely any type of style you would like to try.  So go ahead, delve into those racks and see what you can find!

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So that is it! Vicky and I would like to take this opportunity to  wish each and every one of you an absolutely amazing 2018. And as always till next time, be thrifty and stay fabuless!

 

 

 

 

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Festive and Fabuless

fiftythriftychristmas3Wishing one and all a FABULESS, FUN,  AND FESTIVE Holiday Season.  Looking forward to seeing you in 2018. Till then be thrifty and stay fabuless!

Love from Vicky and Teresa

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Happy Holiday Greetings from Us to You

Hello all you fabuless fashionistas out there. It is hard to believe that 2017 is nearly over and that Christmas is nearly upon us. Vicky and I, along with Dolly,  would like to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and the happiest of holidays.

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Vicky trimming the tree at Second Chances Antiques and Treasures.

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Trying to convince Santa I have been good. It even says it on my hat! Another beautiful tree at Second Chances Antiques and Treasures.

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Merry Christmas from the two of us.

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Dolly lights up the holidays! Her skirt (Christmas tree skirt) was bought at Goodwill!

May the magic of the season bless you. Till next time be thrifty and stay fabuless!

Vicky and Teresa and Dolly too!

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Teresa Goes Dotty Over Low Prices and Dolly Does Dots!

Going Dotty

By Teresa

One day while out shopping

I spotted a dress that was prettily dotted

I knew then and there

this frock I must wear

And with dots I became quite besotted

Hello to all you fabuless fashionistas out there. As you have probably surmised from the above (ummm,  I guess we can call it a poem as it does rhyme) , today’s post is going to feature polka dots.

Why polka dots, you might ask. Well, let me tell you and while I am at it  I will let you in on a little secret about yours truly. Once upon a time, I would not even consider wearing any type of clothing with a pattern. No stripes, no plaids, no geometric shapes, and heaven forbid no animal prints! That left me with a very limited wardrobe of solid colored tops and jeans. This was my go to look.  There were a couple of reasons for this.

First and foremost, in my younger years I had the thought in my mind that if I had on anything that even remotely drew attention that I too, would become the object of scrutiny , and that of course I wouldn’t measure up to society or anyone’s expectations. I could just hear the self imposed snarky remarks in my mind. ” Really?”  HER wearing THAT? And on and on.  Self esteem issues, much?  The other reason was the monetary factor.  What if I invested the big bucks on just one item, and then quickly grew tired of it.  Would it just hang there in my closet mocking me? “See”, it would say,” I knew you couldn’t carry off this bold look, someone else would have looked soooo much better wearing me.” “Now here I hang and you are out luck and out of money!”  Not a great scenario either way.

But thanks to two great friends and thrift shopping I am learning to overcome this fashion  obstacle in my life. First of all I have to give thanks to my two best friends and partners in crime, Vicky and Kimmy.  They helped me learn to step out of my fashion rut by encouraging me to at least try on some prints and see if I might change my mind. Both lovely ladies wore patterned clothing and told me I was missing out on some fashion fun by limiting myself  and my style. Seeing how fabulous they always looked I decided to take the plunge and give it a try. I am glad I did. Now I will gladly try florals, stripes, graphic tees, and yes even animal prints! Thrifting makes it so easy. Especially  on the pocketbook. I don’t feel bad at all spending $4.49  at Goodwill (and that is if I pay full price), for an item I may wear only a few times. At least I know I have gotten my money’s worth for the wear!

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Just for fun. Does anyone remember this little lady? She definitely rocked the polka dot!

If you are like  I was and are a little timid about trying new patterns, why not start with polka dots. They really have quite a range in size and color and can go from sweet to sassy, funky and fun, and even be sophisticated. It’s an easy way to incorporate more print into your wardrobe.

Following are a few pics of our Dolly dressed in the dots that I know will now wear and feel fabulous doing so! Hope you enjoy!

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Dress by R&K Originals

Funny story. The day I bought this dress, when I went into Goodwill, I said, “I want a red dress. Red is my favorite color.  Then I thought a moment and said, “No,  I want a red dress with polka dots.” I headed to the dress racks and lo and behold the very first one I saw was this beauty  and it was my size! The “thrifting genie”  was definitely with me on that day and granted  my wish. Lucky me!

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Black Tee with polka dot lace detail. The tag was cut out of this as I think it probably interfered with the look at the back of the shirt, but I believe I have seen this shirt or one very similar at Cato. Mine of course was thrifted. The Coppery orange leather skirt is by asos curve. It was a Goodwill purchase from a couple of years ago.

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A close up look  at the lace and dots.

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Pink Lace and Polka dot shirt by Elle. Black skirt by Colleen Lopez. Added pearl and chain earrings by Cato for a “pretty tough” girl look. Shirt and skirt both purchased at Goodwill.

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Adding a belt can help accentuate your waist

 

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Tan and white pleated skirt by LizSport. White peasant style blouse with tie waist by JW style. Both Goodwill purchases. The skirt was featured in a previous blog, Springtime in Paris Tennessee. I then paired it with an off the shoulder blouse and sandals and a belt.  I can now carry it into the fall and winter season by pairing it with a long sleeve blouse and flats or boots.

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Same skirt paired with a knit sweater by Sonoma and a thin white belt.

Of course the sweater was thrifted also.

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Navy blue skirt with polka dots by Chaps The white V neck sweater has no brand tag. Once again the waist is cinched this time with navy belt with polka dots of its own! An entire thrifted outfit.

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Same skirt with a long-sleeved tee by Just My Size and a red matching belt.

Okay so far these dots have been the ones that have been on the more subdued and subtle side. But look out ladies cause we are getting ready to really rock the polka dot!

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Yes, I would definitely say that the polka dots on this skirt by John Paul Richard are a little more dramatic. And I love them! Paired with a red knit short-sleeved sweater by Yarnworks stretch, this is one of my favorite outfits. Skirt and sweater purchased at Goodwill.

 

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This is the dress I wore to the 50’s party at Murphs Country Music Barn, sans the black petticoat.  I think I could wear this in the summer as is, or in the fall and winter with a black jacket. And if I really wanted to get the full Rockabilly look, I can always put my black petticoat underneath.

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Paired the skirt this time with a grahic tee, tied on the side. Shirt by Cato purchased at Goodwill.

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Belted at the waist and paired with black and white striped earrings. Earring purchased at WalMart. Only $2.00 on clearance.

Okay, so I’ve shown you some wardrobe choices with spots, but lot’s not forget the accessories! If you still not sure that you are “dotty” over polka dots, why not try incorporating a few into your accessories? It is an easy and fun way to put a little pattern into your life without overdoing it.

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I recently purchased this adorable bag from Goodwill, when they were having a Blue Thursday sale. Everything in the store was 50% off, so I got this little gem for only $1.50. It is definitely a Spring/Summer style bag but for the price I couldn’t pass it up. Can’t wait to be able to carry it. Brand Penelope Ann

How do you like my little doll? This was a gift from my sweet friend, Kimmy. She knows I have kitschy/ retro taste in a lot of things and this pretty girl fit the bill. She even put my name on the shirt. So this is a pic of me calling Kimmy on the phone to let her know about my fabuless deal!

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This pink and white bag is actually a cosmetic case, but I am thinking out of the box and will probably use this as a purse! Brand is Luca Vergani and was thrifted. The Kissing Booth knick-knack was purchased at Goodwill for 99 Cents. Once again my sweet friend Kimmy gifted me with the adorable caddy, which I  have used for makeup brushes, pens and pencils and more. It turns and has clever sayings on each side .

Did you notice the lip print glass on the interior of the caddy? I tend to wear red lipstick more often than any other color, and I love lip print accessories. But that is a topic for another blog. The framed paper doll art was a gift from my fabulous sister. I am so blessed to have such amazing people in my life. If you would like to make your own paper doll art, don’t forget that we have a nice selection of vintage paper dolls at our booth D11, at Second Chances Antiques and Treasures, here in Clarksville.  Go check out their beautiful store.

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Add an extra touch to a graphic tee and jeans by adding a polka dot neckerchief. Scarf purchased at Walmart for $1.00 Pink shirt was a GW buy and is made by Old Navy.

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You can also  tie a scarf on a purse handle for a cute sort of retro look.

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Red and white polka dot purse by Roberta Gandolfi was a GoodWill purchase. The  vintage ceramic poodle I purchased at Second Chances Antiques and Treasures. The framed art, once again were gifts from my sweet friend, Kimmy!

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I purchased this bag at Catos several years ago. Of course it was on clearance. That’s just the way we fabuless fashionistas roll! I love it as it has lots of room. As you can see my makeup bag is fairly large and it fits easily into this purse with room to spare. The gorgeous gold lipstick holder was a gift from Vicky. Once I again I am blessed by wonderful and gift giving friends!

A funny story about this handbag. I carried it with me shopping one day and I placed it on the cashier’s counter to get out my wallet. A man at the register made a comment that he liked my purse. I graciously thanked him thinking I must have fantastic taste, if a man would take the time to  comment on a purse. Then he said, “Yeah, it’s so big you could pack a submarine sandwich in it!” Now why didn’t I think of that.

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Polka dot jewelry is fun and a subtle way to add some dots to your look. Bracelet purchased at City Thrift for $1.50. Earring purchased on Cato clearance rack.

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This fringed scarf purchased at Goodwill is long enough to be used as a belt.

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Watches are a great fashion statement, and of course I love this one with Betty Boop AND polka dots. My husband bought this for me after I “spotted” it at WalMart. Thanks, honey!

Well, I guess that just about  wraps up this edition of Dolly does Dots. If you are still on the fence about print in your wardrobe head out to your local thrift store and try on a few things.  You just may surprise yourself with some of your choices when the monetary factor of trying something new  won’t put you in the poor house. So go ahead,  try it. You may just look  HOT in dots! And don’t ever forget that no matter what you wear you are always fabulous, just because you are you!

Till next time, be thrifty and stay fabuless!

Teresa

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Alternative Shopping Plans for Black Friday

It’s coming, it’s coming! The busiest shopping day of the year. Black Friday! While these words bring utter excitement to many, there are those who are, well, let’s just say a little less enthusiastic about delving into the maddening crowd even for a bargain.  All the crowds, the long lines,  parking lot nightmares!  It’s enough to make many say Bah Humbug! If you are one of those that  fall into the less than enthusiastic category, but still want to get a head start on your Christmas shopping, we hope to give you some alternative shopping ideas, outside of the mall and big box retail stores.

If you are familiar with our blog you know that we LOVE thrift stores. Prices are low and you can find just about anything you want, from clothes and home decor to books and furniture.   Check out your local Goodwill and other thrift stores to see if they are having any special sales for that day.

If you really hate the thought going out into the cold and facing the fray, you can always turn to your trusty electronic devices and do some of your shopping online. You never even have to leave the comfort of your own home. Cyber Monday (the Monday after Black Friday)  makes shopping as easy as the stroke of a key.  No hustle, no bustle, and you can even shop in your pajamas!  So stay in , and keep cozy and warm thinking about the money you saved.

Another choice is to shop small. Look around your town or city and patronize individually owned and operated businesses. Boutiques, bookstores, music shops, gift shops, are all great choices for holiday shopping. And by shopping local you are helping out a “neighbor” and your local economy.

Speaking of shopping local, did you know that Vicky and I, along with her mother, Martha, and sister, Kimmy have a booth at Second Chances Antiques and Treasures, here in Clarksville, Tn. Our booth number is D11 and we are currently running a 10% off sale through Sunday November 26th.  We are stocked with just a little bit of everything! Beautiful glassware, vintage toys and games, home décor, Christmas items and so much more.

Following are some pics of just a few of the items we have to offer.

 

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We have Salt&Pepper Shakes dishes and more!

This is just a very small sample. We have loads of beautiful antique and vintage glassware.

 

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Here is something unique that you will find in our booth. Vintage postcards for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Send one to your loved ones or frame them for a pretty holiday picture.

 

20171121_160425 (1)20171121_16044020171121_160448 (1)We also have beautiful framed artwork. Here are just a few examples. The gorgeous magnolia pic is a photograph taken by our very own Vicky. She and her sister Kim are both very talented photographers and both have award-winning photographs.  There are more of their gorgeous pics available for sale in our booth. These would make wonderful and unique gifts.

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Vicky’s calls her photography work Drive by Shootings, and Kimmy’s is Angel on My Shoulder Photography.

We are very proud to have Kimmy’s Mr. Bark Lee series of books for sale in our booth also. Kimmy has written a series of children’s Christian fiction featuring Mr. Bark Lee and his bevy of woodland friends. The stories are sweet with a wonderful message and bible verse in each.  Give a child you know the gift of the love of reading by checking them out when you stop by our booth.

 

 

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Do you know someone who loves vintage fashion? How about giving them a gift of vintage paper dolls and clothes? Again, like the vintage cards and postcards these framed  would make a fabulous gift . We also have baby doll papers dolls which would be adorable in a nursery. Something to consider if you want to give something different to a special friend or loved one.

20171116_16145620171116_161514Got a music lover on your list who is into vinyl? We have old 45’s and albums for sale too.  How about vintage comics?  We got a few! So  give to  those who love these oldies but goodies and help them have a “retro” little Christmas.

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And here is more….

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Butter Churn, vintage linens, and trains

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Full size antique bed and washboard

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Cracklin Press very old

As I said this is just a smattering of some of the items we have for sale in our booth.   We would love for you to come check it out along with the many, many other fabulous booths located in the shop. There are plenty to see and many are having discounts for Black Friday.

Second Chances Antiques and Treasures is located at 2448 US-41 Alt Bypass, Clarksville, Tennessee. Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, and Sunday from 12 pm to 6 pm. It is a beautiful store with 12,000 square feet jam-packed with gorgeous antiques and vintage pieces. You are sure to find something for practically everyone on your list!

Rodney and LeeAnn Messer are owners and operators of the business and are wonderful and friendly people. They and all the staff are always willing to help you find what you are looking for. Check them out on Facebook, or better yet, get yourself inside this wonderful place and see for yourself. You can tell them Vicky and Teresa sent you.

We hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving.

And as always until next time be thrifty and stay fabuless!

 

 

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