Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Thrift Store Goldmines is live

Hello everyone.

Well, you may have noticed the banner at the top there. My thrift store ebook is finally live.

This started with just an idea about three years ago and ever since I typed a little here and there to get it completed. I did finally finish it a couple of months ago. After getting some graphics and other technical aspects done including submitting to clickbank and being approved, it is ready and set to go.

I'm excited about this book as my heart and soul is in the book as well as 30 years thrift store hunting experience. It is geared for those selling on ebay but really anyone can use this book as it can be used for personal hunting tips use as well.

So I hope that if by chance you do check it out that you enjoy it. It is sold through clickbank so if any of you promote ebooks I hope you pass it along.

Thanks for all of your support!

Thrift Store Junkie

Monday, June 29, 2009

Fourth of July Decorations

I can't think of a better place than thrift stores for your Fourth of July decorations.

Thrift Stores during the holidays like to have sales that go with the theme of the holiday. For example at Halloween time it's 1/2 off black and orange. Valentines day it's all red. And for Fourth of July it's, you got it, red, blue and white.

So think outside the box for your fourth of July decorations this year.

Do you need dishware? You can find plates , glasses and more for pennies on the dollar. What about centerpieces? Some red , white and blue ornaments in a glass bowl would be beautiful. Are you crafty? Clothing is usually on sale so look for some festive colors or patterns you can use as fabric. And last but not least, thrift stores sometimes will make a special display according to the holiday so it's a laid out for you already.

I hope this has gotten your brain thinking outside the box a bit. And I really hope you find some treasures! Let me know if you do!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Retro Patio Furniture

Do you love retro patio furniture? I know I do. I often find that thrift stores for whatever reason don't really price patio furniture too high. I don't know if it's because it seems dingy or is not a big seller or is just those in my area or what?

Depending on the thrift store you visit, they may be located outside. I've been to some thrift stores where outside items are actually outside. Of course more likely than not they'll be inside with the rest of the furniture. I recommend really taking a good look as people toss so many things around that chairs and tables easily get items dumped onto them and so you may not notice it right away.

Also, some people may not be interested in the whole set and only want a chair so if you see a lonely chair in the corner, take a peak around the store to see if it has a matching family.

Lastly, don't hesitate to ask if they might have some patio furniture that is waiting to be put out? Doesn't hurt to ask.

I love retro patio furniture. I'd actually use it for the inside of my home if I could.

What would you do with retro patio furniture?

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

70's Clothing

So are you or someone you know into 70's clothing? I think this is definitely one style of clothing that people know thrift stores are good for. I come across them all the time and actually make a point to look out for them to pass them onto my ebay buyers.

A true piece of 70's clothing will actually not be very shapely. Shirts back then were really boxy as were the dresses. Also, a lot of the fabrics were polyester as we all know. So although you dig that shirt baby, make sure you keep this in mind. If you don't like to sweat, this may not be for you.

However, have you thought of this? 70's clothing with it's wild, funky and bright patterns are perfect to cut up into quilt patches. Or as fabric for any project really? A lot of eBay buyers are crafters that actually look for pieces of vintage fabric to use to make purses. I know it may be hard to cut up such cool clothing so all the more reason to look for those not so perfect pieces. Stains and rips will make the item very inexpensive.

I have more of these kinds of tips in my new book which will be available very soon.

In the meantime, keep your crafty friends in the back of your mind when you go thrifting. They'll love to receive pieces of fabric from the 70's for their projects.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Fathers Day

Happy Fathers Day to all the dads out there and the mama dads.

I visited my father in Santa Barbara , California this weekend and it was lovely. There was no thrift store hunting or ebaying this weekend. Just quality time with the family.

I hope you all had a wonderful day.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Cheap Artwork

I think Thrift Stores have always been a place collectors go to find cheap artwork even when going to thrift stores was not as popular.

I definitely do look at the artwork when I'm hunting. Sometimes for the print but many times for the frame itself.

However yesterday I stumbled upon some exciting finds. Two framed Hummel prints in excellent condition for $6 each. Hummel figurines are very collectible and so I'm not sure if the prints will be as well. They will of course go on ebay however I may wait until the holidays.

I also found two asian framed needlepoint prints. They are beautiful. These would look gorgeous in any home. I wish I had a place to put them.

So, whether you're looking for inventory to sell one bay or want to decorate your home or even gifts for that antique loving friend, do not forget about thrift stores.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Do you like my new blog theme?

So, as you can see I've got a new theme , graphics and colors for my blog. What do you all think? I'm very happy with it as it reflects my style of bit more. I was lucky enough to find someone that designed a thrift store forum I belong to.

And speaking of which, do you all know about the thrift shopper forum? . You must check it out. Loads of fun and lots of fellow thrift store junkies like me.

Until next time, hang tight.

There are exciting things to come.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Wholesale Plus Size Clothing

Plus size clothing is in abundance at thrift stores it seems. Being a thrift store, you are probably going to pay much much lower prices than wholesale. Of course some thrift stores do set aside the higher end items and designer labels however I prefer that. It's all been sorted for me already and I fully expect to pay $10 rather than $2.

Plus size clothing can be quite expensive. If you're looking for wholesale plus size clothing I highly recommend you check out thrift stores. You'll be amazed at the quality items you'll find.

My pregnant friend once asked me to see what I could find her at thrift stores. She gave me $20 . Of course I loved the challenge! I found her about 7 items which were almost new. That's about $200 retail at least. My boyfriend needed long sleeve button down shirts for work and I REFUSED to allow him to go to the mall to spend $50 or so on shirts. I came back with 8 shirts, many designer for around $25.

This is what you can expect with plus size clothing as well. The items are in very good condition. Some with tags!

So give it a try. Make sure to let me know what you find!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Antique Bedrooms

Do you want an antique looking bedroom? I used to have one and I loved it. So homey. All the decor in my bedroom was from thrift stores. It was so easy to do and very inexpensive. Here are a list of items you can find really cheap that will give you the feel you are looking for.

* Antique tea cups to hold jewelry, hair pins, loose change.

* Old books on top of dressers or in between bookends & to place teacups on top of.

* Vintage sheets and towels. Use as is (washed of course) or wrap around pillows.

* Vintage costume jewelry hanging on dresser mirrors.

* Hang vintage purses on the wall.

* Place old shoes on a shelf.

* Keep an eye out for old lamps and lamp shades.

* Place old picture frames throughout.

* Old dolls and toys on a shelf are great.

* Old handkerchiefs either framed or simply laid out on a dresser.

* I love to use old champagne glasses to hold my make up brushes and eye liners.

* Keep an eye out for old clocks. Hanging or alarm clocks.

* The obvious is furniture of course. Chairs, foot stools, etc.

I could go on and on but I think you get the idea and I hope that this has inspired you to get started in transforming your bedroom or guest room into an antique bedroom. I know you'll love it.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Vintage Wedding Ideas

With wedding season in full speed I wanted to mention thrift stores as an option for your vintage wedding and give you vintage wedding ideas.

The mere fact that you are having a vintage wedding says that used items are to be expected. Perhaps this means you are using specific colors like black, gray and white. Or maybe you want to use vintage sterling silverware or centerpieces that are unexpected. Thrift Stores are your friend if these items are on your list. Sometimes these items will be set aside for the "fancier" section of the thrift store however the prices will still be affordable relatively speaking.

Some items to be on the lookout for are as mentioned, sterling silverware but also look for silver bowls and vases. Perhaps some antique tea cups.

Another neat idea is to have all the groomsmen in vintage ties. These always pop up at thrift stores. Perhaps the ladies can wear vintage rhinestone jewelry.

The ideas go on and on. It is not traditional to go to thrift store for vintage wedding ideas however that will make you all the more original.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Vintage Wedding Dresses

With spring and summer here weddings are abound. And with the economy as it has been it's even tougher to budget for a wedding these days. I love love love the idea of vintage wedding dresses. I see them all the time at thrift stores. With the high rate of divorce it's no surprise that they end up here. Whether it's bad memories or whatever other reason, ex-brides get rid of them and they end up donated many times.

As you know I'm a big fan of tailoring. A wedding dress usually has to be altered anyway so a vintage wedding dress is the way to go. If you take into consideration the cost of wedding dresses, buying a vintage wedding dress can you save you hundreds and for many, thousands. And you can put all this money towards the more important stuff.

Should you find a stain , don't totally rule it out. Can it bleached or cleaned in some way?

You will usually find wedding dresses mixed in with the dresses but many times they'll create a section all on it's own.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Vintage Cocktail Dresses

So another trend is vintage cocktail dresses. And why not? The detail on some of these dresses is gorgeous! And yes, you can still find some at thrift stores. Not as easy as the gold ole days however if you love hunting and digging like I do, don't be surprised to find one on the rack stuffed between other dresses.

It's true that sizing was much different back then so hopefully you can try it on. If it's too big for you then you're in luck! Just get it tailored. The cost of the dress plus the tailoring will still be less than a brand new dress and the fit will be perfect!

So remember thrift stores for vintage cocktail dresses if you've got a party coming up. You'll be just lovely darling.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Retro Bathing Suit

Would you wear a retro bathing suit?

I come across them often while thrifting. I've yet to "score" with one like from the 40's and 50's and I guess you could say I'm waiting for that great find. I know some people may be funny about having a used bathing suit. I totally understand. However you say tomato and I say tomato right?

I know they're often used by photographers for vintage photo shoots.

Hm? I'll have to rethink that one I think.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Great thrift store finds as usual

As usual, thrift store finds were plentiful. As I write in my ebook (coming soon), there are still thrift stores that you can find $1 items and even less. As you can see here, I had the pleasure of finding the $1 rack. I find many things for myself as well as ebay.

I really have such a good time thrift store shopping and it's so hard to resist these deals as I've mentioned before.

There are always thrift store's around the corner it seems. Even I found one about a mile from me that I never knew about. Just check online for your nearest thrift store and see if there may just be a gem around the corner too!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Online Thrift Store

So I was wondering if any of you shop at the online thrift stores that have popped up? Goodwill has an online auction format and I've utilized a few times. However it's tough for me without actually seeing the item up close.

There is a thrift store in San Diego, CA that now advertises items online however they are not shipping out yet.

I'm not sure I'm too keen on them. I mean it's great don't get me wrong. It's just that the hunting and digging in thrift stores is the majority of the fun for me.

I wonder how many more we'll see pop up in the near future.

In the meantime, check out this online site!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Thrift Stores and Recycling go together

There's no better time than now for Thrift Stores as far as the green movement goes. Obviously one is recycling by the mere fact that they are buying used items. However, there's so much more.

I think it's a wonderful idea to buy used items as gifts. It's all in the packaging.

In the housewares department one can usually find candle holders or jewelry boxes, tea cups and more. Why not turn a tea cup into a handle holder? Simply place a votive inside. Give the recipient an "antique" type of gift so to speak. Do you know someone into crafts? Why not buy vintage clothing and cut up the fabric and give the fabric swatches as gifts? Wrap the fabric in nice tissue and viola?

If you know someone who enjoys vintage clothing than that in of itself is a gift to that person.

I'll have more ideas like this. With my 30+ years of thrift store shopping, I've got many up my sleeve.

What have YOU done with your thrift store purchases?


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