Wednesday, December 6, 2017


Thrift stores are great places to shop for Christmas decorations. An abundance of gently used products dot the shelves at holiday time. Perfect for those on a budget. Things generally cost between fifty cents to five dollars. And you won’t see these items coming and going like you would at a big box store. Here are just a few of the unique items I found on a visit to my local neighborhood thrift. 

So if you’re in a decorating mode for this Christmas, don’t forget to check out your local thrift stores too.

Monday, December 4, 2017


JACKET $5.00
PANTS $5.00


(items purchased at neighborhood thrift store)

Sunday, May 7, 2017


JACKET $3.25
PANTS $5.00
BOOTS $5.00


(items purchased at neighborhood thrift store)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


 Thrift stores are always the place to take a trip down memory lane, aren't they?
One of the first gifts my husband ever bought me was a long burgandy leather coat.
It was definitely cool. And very expensive. And my oh my, how I loved that coat.
Back in the 70's leather and suede coats were all the rage. And they still are.
It's a style that NEVER changes. 
Stores like Montgomery Ward sold leather.
They had their own label called The Tannery. 
I recently saw a coat from there and got a tad bit nostalgic.
It only cost $7.50. 
A bargain for sure by today or yesterdays standards.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017


The glasses in my kitchen cabinet have served me well. But for whatever reason... one after another has broken and I no longer have a full set. So it was time to replace them. First place I looked for different ones were the local thrift stores. It was there I got my daughter some unique glasses when she moved into her new home last year. Thrifts repurpose glasses with a zeal. They have a wide assortment of colors and styles. And are easy on your pocketbook. From retro , modern, traditional or funky… they have you covered. And amazingly they have full sets of 4, 6 or 8 glasses, good to go. Prices vary from twenty-five or fifty cents a piece, then up to $5 for the groups. But buyer beware if you buy glasses at thrift stores. Packaging is tricky to get them home.  To keep the glasses together as one unit, they often put clear packing tape  on them. While it works to hold them all  together, it can cause breakage if you’re not careful when pulling the tape off to separate them.  And if you buy the glasses individually, ask for a box to put them in so they don’t bang into each other in a bag and break. But please don’t let these little annoyances bother you or distract you from your mission. You’ll have fun picking and choosing what glasses  you want at a thrift store. And the vintage ones will bring a smile to your face as you recall childhood memories with mom and dad at the dinner table.

 PS) Dollar stores are another good place to look for glasses but the selection is not as varied. So I chose thrifts to do my shopping. 

Saturday, February 11, 2017



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

Sweater $8.99
Pants $5.00
Shoes $5.00

TOTAL $18.99

Saturday, January 28, 2017


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


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


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


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?