California, United States
Hello and welcome to Urban Archaeology! I am a self proclaimed urban archaeologist. I work, hunt, and believe in thrift stores. I have always had a passion for excavating lost treasures from society and love sharing what I find. This blog is dedicated to special treasures I find along the way. Everything photographed will either be purchased at a thrift store, second-hand, or severely discounted.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

No. 6

Today I felt inspired by my golden leaf headband. I've thrifted it ages ago and have yet to wear it.
Something about today just demands a little gold.

I found the tutorial for this hairstyle here on Craft Gawker. It's super easy, fast, and fun. I highly recommend Craft Gawker to anyone who likes to look at inspiring collections. It's my favorite go-to app.

This skirt is one of my favorite thrifted pieces from 2011. I purchased it from EcoThrift in Sacramento for $1.98. It's great for winter and is super comfy. I usually wear it with leggings underneath for an extra layer.

I love collecting these pins. I always hunt for them when I go thrifting.
Have a safe and Happy New Years!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

No. 5 Counting Down the Days to a Colorful New Year

I have had so much fun wearing this outfit that I can't wait to count down the days to 2012.
I bought this jacket at Old Navy's "Million Item Sale" the other day for $23.50.
Needless to say, I was more than happy to exceed my $10/item rule. 

This dress is handmade vintage found at Hospice for $3.50.
Yes, it is amazing and finds like these are the very reason I could not ask for a better job/hobby.
I bought the bought at the FIDM studen store in LA last October for 50 cents. It's hard for me to find outfits I want to wear it with, but I think I'm going to work on incorporating it into more outfits.
Who doesn't love green?

I've had these tights for ages. I believe they were originally purchased as a packaged set from Delias.
The shoes are from Urban Outfitters sale rack for $15, purchased with a giftcard.
Have any New Year's resolutions?

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

No. 4

This outfit is a collaboration of thrift finds and discounted items.

I found this bag at Hospice for 75 cents*.
*See Volunteer/Employee Discounts here


I found this tube top a few years ago in a boutique in the the Bahamas for only $8.
The shorts I found on the clearance rack at Urban Outfitters for $14. Rarely do I ever spend more than $10 on a single item (seriously, ask anyone who has gone shopping with me), but I fell in love with these shorts.
The belt is another Hospice find for 25 cents*.
*See Volunteer/Employee Discounts here

This is one of my new favorite ways to do my hair.
Nothing else is this easy and can still make a girl feel classy.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

No. 3

This year Santa surprised me with a bike and 2 1/2 pounds of chocolate!
This my favorite Holiday sweater this year. I love the black sequin bows and it is so comfy. I found this vintage beauty at Hospice for $2.25* (See Volunteer/Employee Discounts here).
Leggings also found at work for $1.25*
Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

No. 2

The majority of this outfit was found at the thrift store where I work, Amador Hospice Thrift.
Black lace dress: $2.25*
Old Navy Cardigan: $1.75*
Vintage Hat: $1.75*

I found this ring while I was treating myself to some holiday shopping at a Goodwill for $3.

This necklace is also from Hospice and was purchased for $2.25*
These Frye wedges are adorable and easy to wear. I scored these for only $5 at Goodwill!

*Volunteer/Employee Discounts*
I want to share with everyone just how magical and fun it can be to volunteer at a local thrift store. You can meet a variety of people who are just as passionate about thrifting as you, benefit your favorite store while you get to peek at all of the new merchandise as it hits the floor, and most thrift stores offer a discount to volunteers. That being said, I don't recommend volunteering just to get a discount. Most thrift stores are non-profit organizations working hard to benefit a aspect of the community. It isn't a good idea to waltz in and start rummaging through the back disguised as a "volunteer." I firmly believe in thrifting gods, and they will reward you for your good deeds with wonderful finds or smite you accordingly.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


"Every time you enter a thrift store, you’re going on your own little archaeology mission. It’s a free historical exercise."
— Al Hoff