Organizing

Organizing

Since I’m a thrifter, I have a little hoarding problem :/. These tips seem helpful! 

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Decorate a nook

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Ok, so even though most of these items are not thrifted… I still decorated this nook for under $90! That sounds like ALOT… but that includes everything EXCEPT the chair. I originally wanted to do a gallery on this wall and have like 6 pictures of family etc, but I couldn’t find 6 identical frames that were cheap enough, nor could I find 6 pictures I wanted to display. The pics in the frames now, are all from downtown Charleston, and I snapped all 3 – actually every photo in my house I took, its cheap and its a great way to show off your own creativity.

The chair is from TJMAX I believe is was around $100 (my cat has now ruined it :()

  • Large Frame $8 (original price $50 from Michaels)
  • 2 small frames $5 ea. (original $20 from Michaels)
  • Glass Table $40 (from Ross)
  • books $1.50 (Goodwill)
  • pearl candle $2 (Goodwill)
  • Glass vase $4 (Goodwill)
  • Lamp $15 (Goodwill)
  • Peacock feathers $4 for all (Earthbound)
  • Vince Camuto gold sequin pillow $10 (Original price $50 Tuesday Morning)
  • Photos in Frames $FREE (I took them & printed)

                        TOTAL $89.50

 

 

 

 

 

Thrift store drama

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I hate going to a thrift store… and seeing someone with something that you ABSOLUTELY must have! Its the worst feeling ever! The other day I was at goodwill and there was this lady in there, that is ALWAYS in there.. and apparently we have the same taste because she always seems to get the BEST stuff, & she almost always has something I want! Anyways, I always seem to do this weird stalky thing, and keep my eye on her the WHOLE time im in the store, just in case she changes her mind and puts it down. YEAH RIGHT! like that will ever! What she had was a Charleston tray! I live in Charleston, SC (& yes it is the best city in the world, but please stop visiting because I cant even get to my own beach!). There are these pillows that you can buy (over $150) that are for each state or even cities, and it looked like someone turned one into a tray or something… IDK – but IT WAS ADORABLE! and it was only $8! (as I was stalking her I saw the price).

When I got up to the register the associate looked a little irritated, so I asked her if everything was ok, and she said yes, but the lady in the blue shirt had been there since 10AM and was driving her nuts.. mind you it was 4PM!!!!! SO I felt a little better knowing that she spent her entire day in a thrift store and only ended up scoring 1 amazing item :/

About this blog, me, & all things thrifty!

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I get so many questions when I start talking to people about what I do, and so I decided to start a blog to answer all of those questions, and to share with others what I do. When I eventually got old enough to move out, I  quickly realized, I didn’t have money to go buy gorgeous furniture from Ethan Allen, or Pottery Barn.. so I went to Goodwill instead. I used to be the kind of person that wouldn’t be caught DEAD in a Goodwill, or any thrift store for that matter, and I would even get embarrassed at Yard Sales, shuffling through other peoples “junk”.

I was a young adult in school, with no money, and a minimum wage job, but I knew there had to be a way to get what I wanted. I wanted a beautiful home with nice furnishing, house décor, and of course nice clothes as well! I would constantly find pieces at Goodwill that I knew had potential. Not only was I finding furniture to repaint, but I was finding DESIGNER clothes! I couldn’t believe it. Brand name clothing like BCBG, J.Crew, Banana Republic, Lilly Pulitzer, Vera Wang, Coach, Kate Spade & so much more. Most of the items would not fit me though they were all sized XS and Small, sometimes Mediums, But I would find shoes, Purses, everything! After thrifting a few times, I knew I hit a gold mine. I started buying all the nice things and giving them to friends, and even selling some on EBay!

I have a huge closet filled with adorable clothes from goodwill & thrift stores, that I post online to sell. Recently I’ve been using Poshmark, Ebay, & Facebook. Sometimes its hard to keep up with everything, so eventually I will probably end up hiring someone  to help. Its definitely a full time job. I go to thrift stores at least once a week, sometimes up to three. After the buying, everything gets organized and hung, then photographed on a mannequin usually, then I post it online to EBay, Facebook, or Poshmark.  The description gets written, and then shared with as many people as possible! Sometimes I do consignment as well. Instead of a normal consignment store taking 50% or more, I only take 30% and the rest goes to the customer.

Sometimes I hate talking about what I do, because some people look down on it, but there are so much clothes in thrift stores. I usually have to dig to find a lot of great things but there there. I spend a lot of money at the thrift store, I usually drop at least $50 every time I go. I know the money I spend there goes back in to the community. I also feel like I’m helping them keep the store from being overcrowded. It really is overloaded with clothes, at least in my area it is!  I would really love some feedback on this topic. If you feel its wrong for someone to do this, please let me know, and tell me why. I would LOVE to hear all opinions!

If anything this is to help people realize there is money to be made. If this wasn’t my job, I would be at a retail store or restaurant taking a job from someone else. Its really important nowadays to find something you love to do, and be able to make your own money, on your own time.

I’m also a Photographer, and hopefully one day a decorator! Later this week I’ll share pictures of my home, and photography!

please excuse this image of my Ebay closet, its a hot mess!! Hopefully I’ll be able to organize this soon!

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