One of the
places I seldom mention for you to thrift at is eBay. At eBay everything you
can imagine is for sale. However, I have found shipping and handling costs to
be outrageous so I usually discount (pardon the pun) them in my day to day searches. But the truth
is… I shop there, more often than not, for small items… that are easily
packaged and relatively cheap to send. Particularly jewelry. I have been able to pick
up some stunning pieces on the cheap for some quality stuff. And no one knows I
didn’t buy it new or it was not left to me by my Aunt Lilly. Then… there is the
jewelry that is just novel and fun, costume pieces that come from places like China, India,
Malaysia and Thailand, even Russia. The stuff all ladies have
to have in their jewelry box. For instance you can get a CZ or GEMSTONE ring in
a sterling or rhodium plated setting that look pricey for only pennies on the
dollar with FREE shipping. The only problem is you must NOT be in a hurry. Trust
me you’ll go antsy waiting. These items can take a month or two to be
delivered. Tracking the packages is iffy also. And so is returning something. So
buyer beware. Another quick reminder… is to be sure you get item dimensions…
before you purchase an overseas item… because stone sizes can be way off. I
have found them to be too big mostly… garish or gaudy at times, though the
photo showed them to be proportional to the ring finger. But if you like flash
and panache, you’ll be in heaven. Getting a bargain is always nice and shopping
eBay can be like thumbing through catalogs for hours on end. And when you find
the right item at the right price you can do a happy dance when you push that
BUY IT NOW button. It’s the thrill of the hunt that always makes the purchase
worthwhile in the end. Admit it people... you know it's true.
The ring with the red garnets and lab opal only cost $7.81.
The others were $5.00 a piece. The chain and pendant $10.
If you are looking
for REAL artwork to decorate your humble abode or extravagant one. You won’t
find it at Walmart, the Dollar Stores or Macy’s. Believe it or not… I’m going
to tell you to start shopping at ‘thrifts’ for it. You can tastefully decorate
using REAL canvases. The selection of local artists on their shelves and walls
and in their bins, is simply amazing. And
it can be much more affordable than some
of the fake stuff out there. Watercolors, oils, acrylics, pen & inks are
easily found. Of course… so are posters and decorator stuff, too, if that is what you prefer. I found an
amazing Caribbean oil painting of a village in
a rainstorm that I nagged for only $8.00. It easily could have been priced for
$200 elsewhere. It was perfect for our wall and folks are none the wiser… it
came from a thrift shop, instead of a juried art show or island getaway.
Real gems are out there if you look. But you have to be willing to put in the time. The scenes and locations in each picture will melt your heart. I guarantee it. And… I’m sure, you’ll find one that speaks to you and is just waiting to accompany you home. So keep your eyes open to the possibilities of REAL art, that is original. It’s more affordable than you think.
With the new year
upon us… retailers are quick to get the
next holiday merchandise out there in the shops. And so are thrift stores. Here
where I live… the day after Christmas… they all had Valentine’s Day &
Easter spoken for with candies, stuffed animals, figurines, baskets, flowers and vases. Thrifting these things is not only cost
effective, but it gives you a variety of more unique items to choose from… instead
of the cookie cutter pieces, you find in
major retail markets.
I love shopping
and found a few things that spoke to me…
for HEART DAY as I call it, but have not
bought for Easter, quite yet. I think it’s a bit early but perhaps I’m wrong. These
folks who man the stores must know something about shopping trends. Is EARLIER
better? Perhaps so? There is no question inventory is pumped up right now and lots of choices are out there to be had. But… they will likely become
depleted, more so in the thrifting world, the closer and closer we get to the holidays. So sit down… and make a
list of what you need BEFORE you head out thrifting.
The merchandise when shopping for
‘repurposed’ things may be a bit more disorganized on the shelves… but
picking through them is half the fun. You’ll see plenty of Easter or
Valentine’s goodies to choose from that will be easy on your pocketbook… and
delight your sensibilities.
Now that the
calendar has changed… and the New Year is upon us, everyone is searching for a
healthier lifestyle, to undo the ravenous appetites… we all had at the
holidays. Traditionally folks get memberships in health clubs, begin
exercising, start to follow diets from
Atkins, Weight Watcher’s and Nutri System or the latest fad. And sometimes we
buy books... that turn into bestsellers, to outline a new plan to approach food
in a better way. Resolutions and I always have a parting by February when Valentine’s Day candies dot
the landscape. But I thought READING
a BOOK might just be the motivation I need... to prolong the lose weight
inspiration, my heart is hearing... when cravings hit and I get weak in the knees. And to save some MONEY to do it… I shopped for those books at
thrifts. Pickings were not good anywhere except Goodwill. Lots of books to be
had there... and two caught my eyes. For $1.98 I got motivation bundled and bound. No
crunches needed. At Amazon I would have paid alot more. So if the DIET thing does NOT work out... I can re-donate these... so nothing is lost by the purchase. Therefore BOOKS are my THRIFTY FIND
for the week. Do you shop thrifts for books?
Christmas gifts this year will ALL be from repurposed sources with only two
exceptions. A TV and TIVO. Big splurges, which we are adding to our household
after a long debate. Cable is now a thing of our past. SAVING that 200 dollars
a month is paramount. With the solstice here and cold winter temperatures
lasting past their prime… I have been on the lookout for thrifting warmth. Sweaters
are hard to come by when you’re a buxom gal, like me. Thrifts are notoriously
LOW on inventory in this department, in our neck of the woods. So I diligently scour
the surrounding areas, looking for something to cuddle up in. Sometimes I get lucky. Just look at the price for the whole kit and caboodle. The
sweater alone is worth three or four times that total. I felt comfy and ready for snow with
these thrifty threads. What have you found thrifting?
Basic necessities are a part of life.
But never more so in the winter. ‘Baby
it’s COLD outside’… rings true in most
places across the country right now. So keeping yourself bundled up is a
priority. Gloves are essential. Finding an affordable pair that allows you to
access your cell phone’s touch screen can be a bit of a challenge. And very
pricey. I’ve seen some pairs of gloves at $25 and up. But at Goodwill I found a
pair to not only suit my budget at $3.99 but also my fashion sense and handle
the touch screen on my phone too. And most importantly they are comfy, cozy and
very WARM. Perfect compliment to my Old Navy coat and they speak to the season
as well. This is my THRIFTY FIND for the holidays.