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

Fall 2012 Fashion Trends, Day One: Oxblood Red

Throughout the rest of September, I’ll be profiling twelve trends for Fall 2012.  This post kicks off Day One of the 12 Days of Fall Fashion.  Check back every other day for the latest installment! On the Runway Oxblood red is the must-have color this fall.  The deep wine-colored hue graced several runways, on big … 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

Tips for Late Season Garage Sales

Garage sale season generally starts in May and continues throughout the summer.  I’ve noticed sales getting earlier and earlier – maybe due to the hot weather.  Sales peak in May and June, then peter off as people go away for vacation in July.  However, there are a couple of great times to look for neighborhood … 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

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