Monday, December 26, 2011

2012 Resolution - Hit Thrift Stores When They Open!

I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas. I have a love hate relationship with this holiday. I love love love this time of year. I love decorating. Wrapping presents. Baking treats. Shopping for gifts and hearing holiday music. The new coffee drinks that come out. But I soooooo love it when it's over. Can any of you relate?

I also don't do the resolution thing. However one thing I do want to do is make it a habit to hit thrift stores when they first open. When I'm able to do that it's amazing at the selection of treasures that are being placed on the shelf. I forget about it a lot as my thrifting is usually a spontaneous thing or when I need my fix.

My eBay business is doing really well and I'd really like to bump it up a bit with having some great treasures to offer everyone.

When I do hear back from my buyers it's so appreciated because they let me know how this item they've purchased from me made their day, their friend's day, their teachers day,etc. It definitely helps me stay focused and not let the negative haters out there bring me down.

So 2012 will not see a decline in thrifting from me. I just hope I can keep up with myself!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Thrift Store Finds on the Cheap to Decorate for the Holidays

Hi everyone, for those of you that love to decorate for the holidays, I've got some great cheap tips for you. You can use these tips all year round really.

How many of you thrift shoppers see tons and tons of vases at thrift shops. I know I do. What about wine and champagne glasses? Well try these tips.

1. Get some glass ornaments at either a thrift shop (they have tons out this time of year) or from bargain stores and fill a glass vase with them. It's instant sparkle that looks elegant and expensive. You can fill a bowl with ornaments also.

2. Buy a string of glass or plastic beads from either a TS or bargain store and place the entire string (or what will fit) into some wine or champagne glasses. Any type of clear glass actually. Get different heights and different color beads for a really great look. I do this all the time and get loads of compliments.

3. Teacups. See if you can find teacups (chipped is perfectly fine) with red and green colors and fill them with candy or candles.

4. Christmas linens. (tablecloth, place-mats, napkins, towels,etc) and cut them to fit a frame which you can also find in a thrift store. Temporarily change out your art work with these holiday themed prints.

5. Christmas Cards. While not exactly a decoration, it's a great tip. A lot of thrift stores will get overstock of Christmas cards and while you might not be into the cards themselves as your own cards to send out, buy them for the purpose of cutting them up into small squares and use as gift tags. Use the side with the blank reverse side.


Hopefully these ideas got your own imagination going. Do you have some tips you'd like to share? I'd sure love to hear them.



Merry Christmas!


Brigitte

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