Friday, October 30, 2009

Online Thrift Stores - I do that too!

So have any of you ever gone to Goodwill online?

I don't do so all that much but from time to time I do and I'm just as silly about my shopping on there too. I've noticed that there are many more visitors on that site compared to the early days. Great for GW! Bad for us. =(

So I bid on 5 vintage purses and I won! The only bad thing about online Goodwill is that you don't get to see the merchandise and more likely than not, it is not in that great of shape. At least not unless it's new. The sellers do indeed try to explain all flaws and they usually do.

My purses arrived yesterday and they were not in THAT great of shape but doable. I paid $27 for all of them (not including shipping) so I figure I probably make my money back on at least one or two. I'll have to give some of them some TLC but that's okay by me.

Have any of you bid online with Goodwill? It's fun but do keep in mind that shipping comes into play. So you do need to add that to your final total and THAT is your final price. I've seen designer handbags go for very high! Fur coats, artwork and much much more.

I think it's fun to browse and most of the time I'm sad I can't touch the items. But then again, we're getting Goodwills that are out of state brought into our home.

I'm curious to know if any of you have visited and what you think?

Monday, October 26, 2009

I'm giving myself permission!

I walked into my office today to start eBaying and I became overwhelmed. "Uh oh!" I thought....this is how I felt about 5 years ago. I've been eBaying over 10 years. Thrift Store shopping over 30 and there does come a point and time where it can be too much.

About 5 years ago I became very burned out. I had eBayed STRAIGHT for 3 years and the day came where I needed a break (remember I work full time too.) So I did take a break for about 3 years. But with this decision came a lot less time in thrift stores. Actually, I stopped cold turkey. That was okay for a little while. But then, I started feeling like something was missing in my life. I couldn't quite put my finger on it but then I had an "a ha!" moment. I missed my thrift stores. I just needed this passion back! So, a little over a year ago I started up again and me is happy again.

You all know already that I need to eBay (well sell anyway) to continue my thrift store trips. And that's okay! I do like to eBay. However the "stuff" piles up much faster then I'm able to sell.

So like I was saying, I walked into my office and felt overwhelmed. Then it dawned on me, who says I have to keep all this stuff? It is certainly okay to donate some back and just keep the "for sure" and high priced selling stuff. It's not like I haven't made my money back.

So, I will check online to see what some of the going prices are on some items and if it's not worth my time or that niche is saturated...then it's time to go. And that's okay! It's more than okay, IT'S A RELIEF!

Now the trick is to remember this when I'm out and about. I've already restricted myself a bit. It will just take more practice. All I'll have to do is think of my office and remember, I only have so much room. Actually, I only have so much "time" to list things.

I don't know why I didn't think of this sooner. It's perfectly alright to change one's mind. Isn't it silly how we forget we are in charge?

I definitely feel better and even feel a bit motivated to get started listing now that I've reduced my load.

What about you? Is there something you need to give yourself permission for?

Friday, October 23, 2009

Vintage Blender just for me

So I'm always rambling about my fun treasures that I forget to mention that I do keep items for myself too.

Just check out this fantastic item! This is a vintage blender in great working condition. The cord is hidden in the back and it came with the manual and all. This was purchased at the estate sale I attended not too long ago where I found all my treasures at such low prices. This gem was only $7. Not bad I say!

Sometimes I have items that either don't sell or are not in perfect condition or whatever that I don't know what to do with. I always forget that "I" like them too so why not keep them? Well the obvious is that I would end back up in clutterville however I've gotten pretty good. I don't do this as much anymore.

But this! This is different. First of all I needed a blender. My other half and I have been kicking around buying one and which brand to buy. When I saw this I couldn't believe it. Isn't gorgeous? Very 50's retro kitchen yet very modern too.

I used it for the first time about a week after I got it and it worked perfectly. Lucky me!

I definitely have to remind myself that it's okay to hold onto treasures that bring me joy as well. And if my home enters clutterville....then oh well, that's what eBay's for.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Burberry coat sold for over $80!

In case you don't recall, I wrote a post a couple of months back about the Burberry coat I found at a thrift store for $24.99. I don't usually spend that much at thrift stores UNLESS it is worth it and obviously a Burberry coat, ALMOST NEW, Burberry is definitely worth it.

I waited until the weather got cool to list it. Well you can see above that although I expected more, I did quite well. Over tripled my money.

As a matter of fact, the sale price almost paid for my entire shopping trip that day. Everything else I make from those items is pure profit or if any were for me, they were free.

This is why I love being able to combine eBay with thrift store shopping. Sure, there's some work involved but it's well worth it. It was quite satisfying to pay a bill today with the earnings from the thrift store items I sell.

So , have any of your embarked on this adventure? If not, what's holding you back? If yes, please share your success with us.

Until next time.............

Friday, October 16, 2009

Bottles, jars and more

This photo was taken with my camera phone while thrift store shopping. The sunlight was hitting the glassware so beautifully. The store organized them by color and it looked so much like a piece of art.

Made me realize even more so than ever how much we can create with simple things. And simple things can be found so inexpensively at thrift stores.

My next project as some of you might have figured out is to put together all ideas and projects I have using thrift store items. Things that look very plain and boring when sitting on a shelf but can be transformed into such gorgeous items.

That is how the Shabby Chic movement start ya know. Taking old, mixing it with new and viola..........stunning decor.

Shabby Chic is VERY easy to do with thrift store items. It's funny, in my head I have my little categories for when I see things. I suppose it's because I've always wanted my own store. So, to myself I often think, "shabby chic section", "50s kitchen", "french country." This is because these are what I see on a daily basis. So sad to let them sit there.

So since I can't bring them all home AND can't sell them all (although I try!) I've decided why not buy the ones that are affordable, reinvent them as I imagine them to be, and share with others?

So, that's my latest obsession. I hope to get going on it real soon. I've already purchased some items. Now I just need to get crafting.

I hope this is something you'd all enjoy! I know I'll enjoy creating it.

Until next time.................

Monday, October 12, 2009

Didn't buy the chair and more ramblings

So, I did not go back and buy the chair. I know, I'm nuts aren't I.

I came home , looked around and simply could not justify bringing it home. Unlike my small items and clothing that I can resell if need be, I simply can not with furniture. I have to tell you. It's not easy! I made a promise to myself though that I would be tough and only buy things I truly could not live without. If you saw my office you'd understand! haha. I simply have to have more go out then in.

On another note, some of you may have noticed at the top up there where I'm conducting a survey. I plan to write an eBook in the near future about all the wonderful ways you can reinvent items that are found at thrift stores. I'd love to hear some feedback from all of you.

It will be something like a "Top 10 or 20" things you can do with thrift store finds.

So stay tuned for that one!

Until next time, have a great day or evening!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Vintage Chair - I shoulda grabbed it!

One thing I do love about Goodwill's and Salvation Army's are that they are open late. If the mood strikes me at 8 in the evening, they are there waiting for me!

And that's exactly what I did Friday. This particular SA has a lot of furniture. Thank goodness I have no means to take any with me (or really, any room in my home) or else I'd be purchasing many of them.

This is a photo I took of this chair I found for $19! I'm very regretful now because I have the almost exact same chair in my home. I surely must have room for it somewhere. And did I mention $19 at that?

My boyfriend asked why I didn't just buy it? I thought I was being so good. Look at me, resisting. I've come so far!

However, I'm having second thoughts. I think I will go back and see if it's still there and snatch this baby up.

What do you all do when you see cool furniture or other big items? What are your regrets?

Monday, October 5, 2009

Vintage Maxi Dresses, oh my

So I went to a Goodwill over the weekend and ended up scoring with some Reyn Spooner Hawaiian shirts (good sellers on eBay) only to find when I got home that the wrong shirts were put in my bag! ugh! So, I returned the wrong shirts and OF COURSE my Reyn Spooner's were gone. That's okay though, I found some other bargains. I wasn't feeling so hot, as I've been ill, so I didn't really get into it like I usually do.

So today, I felt under the weather again and stayed home from work. I don't do well, mentally that is , when I do that as I have a lot of guilt when I stay home. Oh well, I did and it's over.

What IS good is that I over compensate by trying to be productive at home. So since I could lounge in my cozy clothes and no make up, I was able to get some things listed on eBay. A necessity with the items I've collected lately.

I was lucky enough to find some vintage Maxi Dresses at that estate sale I attended and was able to get some decent pictures of those.

They are up if you'd like to take a peak.

Fun stuff!


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