12 Days of Thrifty Christmas: Fashionista

This is the inaugural post of our 12 Days of Thrifty Christmas series!  What is the gift of thrift?  The gift of thrift means buying things from a secondhand source (usually a thrift store) in order to give them to a friend or family member.  Buying thrift gifts is a fun way to indulge your … Continue reading

Thrifty Ways To Give Back This Christmas

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” -Buddy the Elf I love Will Ferrell, but for me the best way to spread Christmas cheer is to give my time, energy, and resources to bless someone else. I emphasize the giving back part of the holidays with my children. … Continue reading

Last Minute Thanksgiving Tips

Thanksgiving is upon us – time for turkey, pumpkin pie, football, and hours spent with family.  If you’re hosting a dinner this year, we have a few tips to help you get ready for Turkey Day with items from thrift stores.  Huge thanks to our co-blogger Lindsey for some great DIY décor tips in this … Continue reading

Last Minute Halloween Costumes from Thrift Stores

You probably thought you weren’t going anywhere this Halloween – after all, it’s on a Wednesday this year.  But maybe somebody invited you to a last-minute bash and now you have nothing to wear. You’re in luck:  thrift stores are perfectfor finding last-minute Halloween costumes.  These DIY costumes are going to be way cooler than … Continue reading

Fall 2012 Fashion Trends, Day Two: Leather

Trend-2-Fall-2012-Leather

On the Runway Leather continues to be a big trend on the runway.  Patent or shiny leather is especially in this season, such as Tommy Hilfiger’s lacquered shiny leather coat (in oxblood!) or J.W. Anderson’s glossy magenta ensemble. Other (less shiny) runway looks I love: See more inspiration on the Destination Thrift Runway Inspiration Pinboard! Ideas … Continue reading

Thrifting Tips for Teachers

Teachers spent $1.3 billion on school supplies in the 2009-2010 school year, according to David Nagel in this well-cited article.  Breaking it down, that’s an average of $356 of teacher’s own money spent on supplies like paper, arts & crafts, pencils, glue, etc. & instructional materials like teaching aids.  That’s a lot of money!  Add … Continue reading

Photographers: How to Shop a Thrift Store

Thrifting Tips for Photographers

Meet Jennifer Parr, a freelance photographer who successfully made the switch from hobbyist to professional.  She’s always scouting out great deals for new equipment, but she also extends that bargain-hunting to thrift stores!  Thrift stores are a veritable treasure trove for budding & professional photographers.  Whether you are just starting out, a seasoned pro, or … Continue reading