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, Trend Three: Velvet

On the Runway Velvet has traditionally been a faithful standby for winter holidays, but the fabric will be big again this fall.  The plush textile definitely fits with the continuing theme of opulence.  Two fresh, favorite velvet looks:  Gucci’s bright green velvet gown with a deep-V and sexy leg slit, and L’Wren Scott’s deep red … 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

Know What to Pay, and When to Walk Away

Learning to recognize true value and when someone is overcharging is a key shopping skill for both regular and thrift shopping alike.  Thrifting is a great way to hone this skill because of the diversity of merchandise and the shorter window of time to decide – part of why I have a firm belief that … Continue reading

20% of people shop in thrift stores!

According to this USA Today article, about 20% of people shop in thrift stores. Do you count yourself as one of the 20%?

Six (6) Tips for Sellers to Improve Your Garage Sale (from an addicted shopper)

Having a garage sale can be a lot of work – all that sorting and hauling and displaying and haggling… Let’s face it, this summer pastime is a commitment!  As a long-time garage sale shopper, I came up with six tips to make sure people will shop your sale. Advertise smartly Team up. Use your … Continue reading

Eight (8) of the Most Popular Items Found at Garage Sales

If you are a newbie to garage sailing, you may not know what to expect.  Just what kind of things can you find at a yard sale?  Truthfully, you can find almost anything at a garage sale.  But for all the beginners, here’s a list of the eight most common items I’ve seen at neighborhood … Continue reading