over50feeling40: Green Curtains, Goodwill, and Oh Rhett!
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Jan 20, 2013

Green Curtains, Goodwill, and Oh Rhett!


I suppose most of us remember the moment.  Movie making history.  Vivian Leigh, as Scarlett O’Hara, is at the end of her rope…..she has endured so much; yet, remains to be the strength of her family and the hope for her beloved plantation Tara.  She needs support and she needs it fast, so she must look her best…beautiful and confident.  Yet, there is no money in the till for a new dress…barely even for food.  That is when her eyes fall upon…the curtains!   With beautiful deep green velvet and a little help from Mammy, Scarlett is able to go out with confidence in her pocket.   Lack of funds, dirty hands, haggard face will not shut her determination down.
I sometimes believe my modern day curtain is simply Goodwill.  Though funds are tight, I can often go to Goodwill and come out feeling confident and looking as though I spent the big bucks.  Maybe I am facing a special occasion, I can always find something at Goodwill SA which will meet my need.  Whining about money will only make me bitter and I can’t accomplish anything wearing bitterness; so going to Goodwill and discovering a confident look will help take me forward.
Chicos jacket #1
Recently, I stopped in my favorite location at Bitters Road and Highway 281.  I left there with three jackets from Chicos, one of my favorite stores, and a great silk black blouse.   These are pieces I will be able to wear many times and style many different ways.
If you would like to know how ridiculously inexpensive the accessories are, then please come back tomorrow.  Until then, keep your eyes off the curtains and go to your local Goodwill ….where your purchases and donations help your local community.   Just remember Carol Burnett when she parodied Scarlett in her curtain dress with a big curtain rod running through the shoulders…..no one wants to look like that!!
Chicos jacket $2
Chicos jacket #3
Then, fiddle dee de, don’t think about it tomorrow, go visit the wonderful ladies of VISIBLE MONDAY  and MONDAY MINGLE   and  THRIFTERS ANONYMOUS today!!

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51 comments:

  1. Thank you for mentioning Carol Burnett - that never fails to crack me up! (am I dating myself??). Love these new jackets, Pam, you look confident and so stylish in them. And thanks as always for linking up to Visible Monday. xoxoxo

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    1. I know I am dating myself...but next to vintage SNL, Carol Burnett's take on Scarlett is one TV moment that still makes me laugh out loud!!

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  2. lol fiddle dee de. I dont have much luck here with goodwill in my neck of the woods--and looks like you have had luck with Chicos brand!

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    1. You need to come visit in San Antonio, Paula, we have the best Goodwills around!!

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  3. I am absolutely in awe of your correlation of Scarlett O'Hara and Goodwill!! I am going to feel the Miss Scarlett arise in me now every time I step foot in that establishment!
    That shimmery, patterned jacket in the top photo is beautiful and love it paired with the blue.

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    1. Scarlett represented a woman determined to survive and protect her own. Yes, she was a little deceptive, but I admire the character's strength and this moment with the curtains represents "out of the box" thinking. Sometimes we have to do that with today's economy!! have a great week, Lisa!

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  4. It's so funny you mentioned Carol Burnette. I can not think of that scene from GWTW without remembering Carol wearing the curtain rod!!

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    1. I agree...so funny! I can actually remember the first time I saw the bit...hysterical!

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  5. I'll always remember that Carol Burnett sketch...probably one of the funniest bits ever on TV!!

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    1. I agree! Her childhood home is here in San Antonio and was recently protected and preserved as an historical site. That scene was so funny!

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  6. I recently bought a pair of leopard print kitten heel boots at the good will. They're fabulous, and only $10. Where else can you find bargains like that? My best "steal" was a perfectly fitted black Anne Taylor blazer for $15 I. Perfect condition. I don't always walk out with such fab goodies, but when I do it's wonderful.

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    1. Some of my favorite pieces in my closet are from Goodwill! It is so much fun whenever I go for a treasure hunt. A great way to get over a stressful day! Thanks for stopping by Heather!

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  7. I think we're all dating ourselves by remembering this Carol Burnett episode, but thanks for the laugh. You are an amazing bargain shopper, that chico's jacket is so beautiful and put together a wonderful, classy outfit. I need to try this more often.

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    1. We are dating ourselves...but it was a moment worth the memory! I love a good challenge and bargain hunting provides me one. Thanks for reading Trina!

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  8. I've been seeing so much Chico clothing in consignment shops lately and I always wonder why women get rid of those things so frequently. They're always in good shape and look so nice. I just can't figure out why I seem to find it so often. I recently found a beautiful furry jacket by Chicos but unfortunately the sleeves were a bit too short. I love the jacket you're wearing here in the top photo. So elegant!

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    1. I agree about Chicos. I see their pieces alot, but since I like so many of their things, I am glad they are out there. You pose a good question, though. Thanks for reading, Joni!

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  9. That is it exactly how I feel about Goodwill. There is almost no need for purchasing stuff brand new when you can get things for so cheap at thrift stores. I just wish I had the patience for sewing so I could alter some of the amazing vintage dresses I see!

    I that paisley jacket you're wearing. Putting the belt underneath works perfectly. You really know how to dress to flatter your figure :)

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  10. I love that brocade jacket! Very glamorous!

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  11. If I lived in USA i would shop nowhere else, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    Love your brocade jacket so much, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    happy Monday, dear friend.
    Do you know if Goodwill sells on line.English charity shops do on Ebay
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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    1. I wish you were here to shop with, Sacramento! That would be so much fun!

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  12. Navy is such a great color for you, it makes your eyes shine!

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    1. Thank you for the sweet comment...the shirt and jacket are actually based in black. I do not know why they appear to be navy on so many of the screens. Thank you so much for reading....have a great week!

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  13. Great post Pam! Thank you for always being so positive.

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    1. Thanks Susan! I am so glad to have you in our blogging community now...you are a very chic lady!! Thanks for reading!

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  14. Pam I really love that top pic of you. That jacket design is so pretty and the bronzy color is gorgeous with your hair color. It looks so striking paired with the navy blouse. I would like that for myself!

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    1. Thank you so much Marla!! I love bronze colors and deep saturated colors...my favorites. I loved your look for Visible Monday...lots of fun! Have a great day!

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  15. Gotta love that Scarlett!! You always look like a million bucks, Pam! Love the inside of your home too - so cozy!! It's so cold here, I could use some Texas heat. xo

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    1. You are so sweet, Debby...one of my goals is to somehow get you to San Antonio to visit...we would sit by the River downtown with a margarita, then visit the fabulous homes in the King William district!!

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  16. A friend sent me this quote that made me think of you and your wonderful blog....

    I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized. If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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    1. Pearlie thank you for sharing such q beautifully inspirational post!



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    2. I am honored Pearlie that you would think of me with this quote! I grew up in a home of discontent where screaming was the norm of the day, so in my early professional years...I was not a pleasant person. I have learned many lessons through my faith and difficult past, that this is the way to live...I choose joy each day now.

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  17. Pam such an uplifting and positive post. I too find focusing on the positive makes going forward a smoother path. You look especially radiant in the brocade jacket!

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    1. Thank you Tamera...I find so much strength from women like you who are truly inspiring!!

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  18. Wish we had your Goodwill here. You find such fabulous pieces. And that jacket is lovely. Is your blouse teal? It is a very flattering color for you.

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    1. Hi Kristien, I do not know why so many readers see the blouse as blue. Kind of wish it was now!! The blouse is black and I have worn it a lot lately. The fit and silky feel just made me fall in love! Thank you for the sweet comment and for reading!

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  19. You've inspired me to take the time to go to Goodwill. All of your finds are wonderful and I can't wait till you post the prices. I love a bargain! Just hope my first time out is as fruitful as your latest adventure. Thanks for writing this blog - I read it everyday and I like the honesty and reality and of course the fashion lessons.

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    1. Make sure you are not in a time crunch. I usually go treasure hunting when I am not pressured to be somewhere else...it takes time to dive in and find the good items. I hope it goes well...and thank you so much for reading every day! That is a blessing!

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  20. Your positive outlook is inspiring. It doesn't hurt that you look fabulous in your wonderful ensemble! The brocade jacket is beautiful on you!
    Have a great week, Pam!

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    1. Thank you for your constant encouragement...means a lot from such a stylish lady!!

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  21. I've been such a big fan of the timeless GITW novel.....never fails for me!!!

    REBECCA
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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  22. Oh Pam, you look so fabulous in all the outfits but that first one pictured is the bomb! It is flattering and oh so beautiful. You look so good.

    Your Goodwill's have really amazing finds and you are a perfect ambassador for Goodwill's possibilities.

    I was watching something (can't remember what) on TV and they were saying that that particular Carol Burnett skit was one of the best comedy skits ever. It is a classic.

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    1. Hi Debbi, I am not surprised about the comedy skit...it is hysterical! Thank you for your sweet comments...I knew a fellow Chicos girl would like these tops!

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  23. It's too bad that we do not have Goodwill here in Germany. I love your brocade jacket and the scarf, both have so wonderful rich patterns.

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    1. I wish you had them in Germany too...and thanks for your kind words, Sabine!

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  24. Love your jackets!!
    Goodwill and the other thrifts are my FIRST choice for shopping!!!

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  25. You got some great deals
    I don't know how you Goodwill shoppers do it
    I really have the worst luck ever unless I want to fill my closet with clothes from the 90's.
    I guess I will have to just keep trying
    Brett

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  26. Loving all of the deals!!! and Carol Burnett show was my ALL TIME FAVORITE SHOW growing up!!! like you I love me some thrifting and Goodwill thanks for sharing! I love that blazer! and my hubby always tells me I look like a curtain...I have so many cherished vintage dresses...and I will continue to wear them!!!

    Shana

    Link up to Thrifters Anonymous every Monday on ColorBlind

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  27. You know I feel the same way about G.W. I've been there 3 times in the last week. I love the first jacket and it reminded me that I have a brocade one in my closet that was thrifted because of the beautiful fabric and never altered. Well I say no time like the present and I'm headed to said closet now!
    Have a great week.

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  28. That dress is definitely one of my faves from GWTW. Looooove the green!

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  29. Although occasionally I shop retail, like a Loft flash or final sale, most of my new clothes for the past year or so are from GoodWill, Salvation Army, and consignment shops. I try to make sure I wear something secondhand every day, to show that you can get a great career wardrobe on a budget. Love your finds!

    Peace, love, and grace,
    The Good Will Hunting Paralegal

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Thanks so much for joining in our conversation today! I appreciate your time and love hearing from you!