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ALT SUMMIT Finale // Say Yes to Thriftin’

ALIX: We go to ALT for the camaraderie. To connect. To re-connect. To be inspired. And of course…..TO THRIFT!

DOTTIE: Hah, totally! Of course we love meeting so many new and fabulous friends, but we were SO looking forward to a morning of Thrift Goodness, which happened on the very last day.

ALIX: The lovely Liz Stanley (Say Yes to Hoboken) organized the first trip last year and it was such a great way to decompress after all the sessions and parties and hob nobbing. We knew we HAD to go again.

DOTTIE: Someone was teasing us and asked if this was a session where we learned how to thrift! Haha. Can you imagine?

ALIX: Oh that would be Tracy (shutterbean) who said that! She’s my favorite smart aleck. So nooo. We don’t learn how to thrift, we just spend the afternoon checking out a variety of shops and then having a leisurely lunch with the ladies. Liz was kind enough to drive us around in her thrift mobile. I found this fresh young fella hanging out in her back seat. Ooh lala. But on with our day….

DOTTIE: First stop: Deseret Industries. Oh my stars, I love this place. It’s a straight up thrift store (much like Goodwill) but it’s local to the area. Last year I scored the most amazing little dressies for the Peach here!

ALIX: I think this year there was even more vintage goodness to be found. I was trying like mad to figure out a way to smuggle these awesome yellow chairs into the overhead bin as carry-ons!! Oh, and what about your rockin’ plaid suitcase?

DOTTIE: YES! My eyes nearly popped out of my head when I spied not one…not two…but THREE pristine plaid gems. I managed to resist and only bought one. Hey, it was a practical purchase. To bring all of my thrifted goodies home in. Mwahahaha!!

ALIX: I think the people working there thought we were all crazy, because EVERYONE was taking pictures all along the way!

ALIX: Then we were off to Decades. I swear you walk in and trumpets and a chorus of vintage angels start calling out. This place is IT!

DOTTIE: Oh tell me about it. This place rules. It’s not a thrift store, but an amazing vintage shop filled with so many treasures, you wouldn’t believe it!


image on right:  liz stanley image below: jenny mitchell

ALIX: Everyone was racing around ooh-ing and ahhing. It’s all so beautifully organized and curated. I could have spent HOURS in there.

DOTTIE: I managed to score some lovely pieces and even some great shirts for my sweetie.

 ALIX: I had to control myself! I think I could have walked away with a zillion hand bags and at least 5 new suitcases!

DOTTIE: Let it be known you did buy a handbag. Or two! How many is that now? 42? I kid, I kid! OK, so the last spot is Abode, and its one of my favorites. It’s tiny compared to the other two but chocked full of charm!

ALIX: I *always* manage to find something awesome there—and shout out to Miriam! Our fave SLC shop proprietress!

ALIX: Nice cans, lady….

DOTTIE: Hee. These alllllmost came home with me too. You found some lovely treasures too!

ALIX: I am in love with that necklace that Jenny found for me. It’s perfection! And I loooved the dress you found tucked away in the back.

DOTTIE: One of my favorite moments? Finding that dress that was labelled “James Bond Won’t Be Able to Resist You In This!”  And the dress was a pretty but somewhat puritanical high-necked prom gown! Hah!

ALIX: Hahahaha. That was our new mantra. “Should I buy these eye glasses?” “James Bond won’t be able to resist you in them…..”


image: anna jones

DOTTIE: So then we made our way, trunk packed, to Les Madeleines. Home of the Kouign-amann. Our new addiction.

ALIX: Oh man, I’m SOO glad you insisted we get one. That was a little bite of heaven. It looked like an ordinary pastry but was the tastiest thing ever!

Some of our thriftin’ dream team: tabitha (glitter and ganache), dayle (madebysodapop) and of course our fabulous roomie Jenny (frecklewonder)!

DOTTIE: And then to add to the magic of our day….it began to snow. And when Salt Lake decides its gonna snow, they don’t mess around!

ALIX: Seriously! It was fabulous! Giant clusters of snowflakes cover everything in a blanket. Just amazing. And yes. We took 5,000 photos.

ALIX: We really found some amazing stuff. My favorite part was heading back to the hotel room and spreading out all the wonderful stuff  you and Jenny and I scored on the bed. SUCH great goodies!

DOTTIE: Only downside to thrifting? Packing it all up!!

ALIX & DOTTIE: We had an amazing time. Special thanks again to our rockin’ tour guide Liz Stanley…..and watch out Salt Lake City! We’re comin’ back for YOU!

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  1. Amber Liddle says

    Looks like so much fun!! Love that picture–the time to buy an antique is when you find it. Ain’t that the truth! I don’t know how you could pass up so many good suitcases–I would’ve rented a car to drive back with everything!

  2. Pam Kueber of Retro Renovation says

    Wow, what an amazing day you had! Next year, I am staying for Saturday thrifting. As we like to say in my house, “You’re not spending money — you’re saving money.” And hey: Hows come I missed meeting the Freckle Wonder? Drats!

    • Dottie says

      Ah! That’s because I was gabbing yer ear off! Expect an email, lady!

      And next time, you are totally coming along! BTW, Alix even bought a pair of pant because they looked so much like your fab ensemble for the White Party!

  3. Vanessa says

    You all looked like you had tons of fun! Total thrift envy! :)

  4. Mary Hone says

    Looks like you found some wonderful things. Too funny, I live in Utah and give stuff to DI all the time. Those other shops are awesome too.

  5. Mary Jo Vick says

    Ok, y’all are cute… and funny. I’m hooked. Got a new follower. I’ve heard lots of good stuff about ALT. Glad you had fun!

  6. jeannie says

    Oh girls, it looks like you had so much fun! Thrifting the suitcases was so smart so you could bring all your treasures home!

  7. Tiffanie says

    Suitcases EVERYWHERE! That purple set on the floor has my name on it…..hmmm, I wonder if they ship. :)

  8. OliversForest says

    looks like y’all had SO MUCH FUN!!!

  9. sharon says

    such a funny post! Looks like you had a fun time thrifting! I think you two are great.

  10. Jill Browning says

    I think you two could hold a summit of your own. I’m totally jealous of all of the fun you had! ;)

  11. abode says

    We adore you and can’t wait for next year!

  12. Jessica says

    Ah! I love all those shoes and that cat shirt. =]

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