Saturday, February 11, 2017

OUTFIT OF THE WEEK

STRIPES 
ARE EVERYWHERE 
THIS SEASON.

This outfit cost a fraction 
of what the retailers are charging
because it's thrifted.

ALFRED DUNNER 
Sweater $8.99
Pants $5.00
Shoes $5.00

TOTAL $18.99

Saturday, January 28, 2017

THE ULTIMATE THRIFT STORE ONLINE


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.
No kidding. 



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

THE REAL DEAL


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.  

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

EASTER BUNNIES & VALENTINE HEARTS


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.  




Tuesday, January 3, 2017

DOLLARS FOR YOUR WEIGHT


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?  

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

HOLIDAY WARMTH COMES WITH A PURPOSE

SWEATER $2.88
SHIRT $1.99
PANTS $5.95
BOOTS $5.00

TOTAL OUTFIT COST
$15.82

Our 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?

Sunday, December 11, 2016

GLOVES NEEDED It's COLD


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.