Thrift-a-Holic

I tend to meet people in somewhat random ways. Like the couple that I met in a grocery store. Or the fact that I met my husband through Facebook. Well, I did it again. When I told Jeremy that I wanted to meet up with Crystal from Seoul Sold when we went to Seoul for the weekend, he gave me the side eye. You know, the one that your loved ones give you when they think you might have lost it. He asked me if I actually knew her. Well…kind of. Knowing someone in the blogging world is just as good right?….I was actually relieved to hear that she had the same conversation with her husband. All through breakfast she kept tapping him on the shoulder saying ‘See, I told you they would be normal’. Glad we passed the test!

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Uh-mazing fresh squeezed lemonade mixed with Sprite

I guess outside the blogging world it’s just not that common to meet up with perfect strangers and have them for breakfast in your home. Odd. I’m glad neither Crystal or I had any qualms about it because we had such a blast! Jeremy and I headed up to Seoul Friday night with some good friends of ours Erin and Ryan (the couple that we stalked met in the grocery store) only to find out that the guest house we were staying at gave one of our rooms away. Thankfully we had stand up husbands who offered to take the shared dorm room while Erin and I slept quite comfortably in the double room (sorry boys!). Either way, the All-American breakfast that Crystal made for us the next morning at her place more than made up for it! I think my favorite part was actually that she had the liquid coffee mate creamer from the shop on the Army Base where she lives. That stuff is impossible to find anywhere in Korea! When I get back home, I’m going to be that weird person proudly displaying every.single.flavor of coffee mate in my fridge. Please and thank you.
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After breakfast the girls headed out for a morning of thrift shopping. This is something that I would frequent back home but since moving in Korea, I have had no idea where to go. Thrift stores aren’t common here since there is a stigma of used items having the spirit of the previous owner. That’s part of the reason why practically new furniture can be found lying on the side of the street (lucky for us). Luckily this isn’t true for everyone because once you do find the thrifting areas, it’s a gold mine!
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Crystal was kind enough to show Erin and me some spots she often goes and introduced us to the ladies she knows that run it. All three of us made out with excellent finds. Me, with three skirts and two dresses for just $36! That’s what I love about thrifting, you can get unique, well made pieces for a fraction of the cost in the stores! And all the stuff I found were similar to the retro clothing styles that you find in the stores now. I love finding new ways to save money and find cute clothes (that actually fit!) while living abroad.

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Searching through the many bags of clothes

I had such a great time with Crystal shopping and getting to know her better. She’s just as sweet in person as she is on her blog! I just wish she was sticking around in Seoul longer but sadly, this sweet girl is heading back to the states soon. If you haven’t already, go check out her blog and her Etsy store. She has some adorable pieces for sale that she found in the markets that we went to!

I realize the above photo has nothing to do with thrifting but it’s my favorite from the weekend. After thrifting she took us to food alley which is just cart and stall right after each other of different types of Korean food. She had us try ‘drug kimbap’ (kimbap with a spicy mustard sauce) which may just be the most amazing thing I’ve ever tasted, it definitely lives up to it’s name because that stuff is addictive!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10036538328836365926 Jade

    You guys looked like you had so much fun!

    My husband thinks blogging is a complete waste of time and it’s creepy meeting people off the internet. Meanwhile, I’ve been doing it since I was a teenager so it’s second nature to me! He just has to get used to it :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11208277267955333154 Ariel Eishen

    WHOA! That is some thrift ‘store’! I’d love to peruse through that place for the day! I bet you can find some real gems!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04779894634614425090 Brianna Renee

    that place looks amazing! a gold mine for the thrifter! such a fun post, new follower via the bloglovin’ bloghop :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05022023043718407104 Bonnie Rose

    Woah, the neck measurement thing is really neat!

    Bonnie Rose | A Compass Rose

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04370645239639985051 Autumn (Mrs Gaeul 가을)

    Ohh, where are these thrifting places? I would love to go!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01079473916722620673 Erika from Chimerikal

    I love that goofy picture of you two!! And also, even if meeting people from the internet gets the side-eye, at least the stigma is wearing off… just imagine if you said that 10 years ago, haha!

    –Erika
    http://www.chimerikal.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16723431374621324385 Bailie @ The Hemborg Wife

    Those shops pictures are my mothers idea of heaven I am pretty sure, she is always thrifting and keeps trying to get me to come along this post just might be the push I needed!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16723431374621324385 Bailie @ The Hemborg Wife

    Those shops pictures are my mothers idea of heaven I am pretty sure, she is always thrifting and keeps trying to get me to come along this post just might be the push I needed!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15706454601935213098 Jessi Francis

    i loved this post! i am obsessed with thrifting and i’m glad i will still be able to do it when i move to Korea :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02142492663025989535 Blogger Ash

    Very cool! Glad you guys had a blast.

    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09543581308363689982 Chantal

    I love meeting other bloggers! Unfortunately, there aren’t that many down here. And yeah, my husband thinks it’s weird. 😉

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08300509693671365389 Sam M

    I’ve never heard of that neck trick before, how interesting. It sounds like you guys had a blast! I love when people have gone out to explore their cities and know the best places to take you.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06720694596549999667 Caroline

    Ahh yay – looks like you girls had such a blast!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07177081269343759076 Treasure Tromp

    this looks fantastic. Although I get so overwhelmed when thrifting.

    ps, how did I not know that you met your husband via Facebook?! I love that.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13950739643573795136 Ashley Cook

    That looks like so much fun! I love thrift shops as well! I started a project called Beauty Box Buddies where we exchange thrift store finds. I have get togethers with bloggers once a month from around my area. It’s always a blast!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14267099775773762465 Kelly S

    We have stores in Germany that roughly translate to “The Dead Person Store.” They are basically estate stores because middle aged children in Germany don’t want their older parents German crap. The Americans all over Germany though, that is a different story.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09546422221367269342 Melanie Fontaine

    I’ve never met anyone that I know from blogging in real life, but the idea doesn’t seem weird at all to me! :) I mean, bloggers share so much about their lifes online, that I feel that I know them better than if I had just met them on a street. 😉 Looks like you had a blast!

    xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16639909668404009769 Daisy Bisley

    Looks like you both had an awesome time together. The pics are fantastic!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02036362902000775806 Just Dont Tell Anyone

    hey! Awesome photos! looks like you really had a blast! and I know, my boyfriend is the same about meeting people from blogging/internet world. he’s very pessimistic :) but here you go! these people can be even more than normal :)) hah!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10278068738190185891 Susanne V.

    It looks like the two of you had a great time together, thrifting and goofing around!

    xxSusanne

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06869560380222432887 Erica D

    That is so cool. I actually meet people randomly too and I can be friends with just about anyone. I just start talking and bam…I make a new friend. It’s great.

    http://diaryofatrendaholic.blogspot.ca/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01246255931160856214 Katie Cook

    Ahhhhow FUN is this! I love thrifting…what adventure to do it in another country! THey definitely don’t have ANYTHING like this in Nepal!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01699594650305506763 M. at Making Sense of Cents

    Haha mine thinks it’s totally weird that bloggers meet up with other bloggers. He just doesn’t believe me!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00174774989199314006 Beka

    My favorite picture is of the Korean guy holding up lemons in the background =)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04158038426185043024 Jared and Amber English

    This. Looks. Amazing! I want to go!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08216777008834808521 Jamie Walker

    I haven’t seen any thrift stores in Taiwan… jealous of your shopping trip! also jealous that you girls got to hang out. I think my husband would be fine with it as long as I wasn’t meeting in a creepy neighborhood/dark alley. let me know if either of you are ever in Taiwan! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05920354862781838330 Seoul Sold

    Oh my gosh, I love this so much! Thank you for writing this up. :) I love that the liquid coffee creamer was a hit! I was actually working on writing something up about our get-together in Seoul. I’m crossing my fingers about getting to Busan for another meet-up!