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!
|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.
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!
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.
|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!