Tips for shopping at the Goodwill Outlet

We are taking thrifting to a while other level today – I am talking about Goodwill outlets. Now if you have no idea what I am talking about, worry not my friend, I am here to guide the way. The outlets look like the photo above and are just bins full of items. Some products have set prices, like books are $.58 a piece, then clothing shoes and bags are sold by the pound (I am not sure the exact price, but my guess is around $1.15 a pound) I know what you are thinking after reading that – “where is a outlet near me!?” Well, be sure to continuing reading for my tips before rushing out the door! ๐Ÿ˜œ

first and foremost wear gloves! This sounds overly dramatic but a little bit of everything is in those bins (sometimes including broken items that can cut you) safely first, and don’t worry, most people do this so you won’t stick out

Get a cart even if you don’t think you will need it. Listen, at a place where you pay for things by the pound it is easy to get carried away and your arms will thank you for the forethought.

Grab it when you see it. This applies to anything you are even remotely interested in (especially lone shoes) you can always assess your finds and put things back, but good luck ever finding the exact item again!

Listen to the people that work there. Again, a obvious thing to mention, but it gets serious when they are changing out the bins, they move fast and are heavy so be alert.

Keep your -negative- opinions to yourself. Some people shop there for necessity and others for enjoyment so regardless of what your personal opinion is on items keep it to yourself.

Have fun! Shopping at the Goodwill outlet can be a inexpensive and fun thing to do with your time if you don’t take it or yourself too seriously – it’s just stuff after all!

Would you guys be interested in seeing a haul of the items I have found at the outlet? And have you ever been?

-Allison

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Estate Sale Tips

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If you have been to my little slice of internet before you are fully aware that I love to thrift. I love the idea of finding something amazing for an very affordable price and Estate sales are no exception. Today I thought I would share my top 5 favorite things to look for at Estate sales.

#1 Vintage clothing, shoes and accessories – I love all things retro, vintage or just plain old so I will always look through clothing and accessories and it can definitely pay off (I found a Dior clutch for $3.00 because no one else took the time to look!) Little tip – The sizing is very different for vintage items so if you are shopping for yourself buyer beware.

#2 Vinyl Records – I have loved listening to record since I was a kid playing my parent’s collection in the basement. There is just something about the original sound of a vinyl and what’s better is they are usually very well priced. I prefer Estate Sales for records compared to Thrift stores because not only are they usually in better condition, but the collection is more specific and can often have multiples of one artist.

#3 Glassware / Pyrex – I am very old school in the fact that I love glassware / dishware. There can be a purpose for everything and it can look amazing at the same time. Since Vintage Pyrex has become so popular it has become harder to find, but matching sets by any brand in good condition I always love ๐Ÿ™‚

#4 Vintage Linens – Any sort of vintage linen I usually jump at because they are so sweet and usually hand made. I especially love the flour sack towels with embroidery for the kitchen. I actually have a set from my grandmother and a set from an estate sale that has one for each day of the week. If that is not awesome, I don’t know what is!

#5 Home Decor – sometimes the oldest style can be the most original. Various artworks that I have bought from Estate Sales I have left alone and loved as is, others you need to be able to see the potential in and update to fit your home. I love discovering mid-century modern pieces, being furniture, lamps or decor I will always consider buying it. That is until I remember that I have nowhere to put it, then I walk away sadly ๐Ÿ˜‰

what are some of your favorite things to hunt for at the thrift store or Estate sales?

Hope you have a great day! – Allison

Home Decor : Macrame Everything!

Being a kid I often heard about my mom and dad’s projects creating macrame in the 60’s and 70’s and how awesome some of them turned out – sadly before I was born they were donated (I am crying softly as I write this) but the love of Macrame was definitely passed down to my sister and I and my mom still has her 1970’s Macrame instruction book so I guess that is the silver lining? Fingers crossed I will get around to making one of my own someday! ๐Ÿ˜‰

As I am sure you have noticed Macrame is all over the entire internet and has definitely made it’s comeback. You do always have the option to create your own or buy new, but I personally love looking at the thrift store as you can find some really intricate patterns for dollars!

As you can tell I am totally in love with Macrame, in trend or not, I dig it! It truly gives such texture and interest to a space. What are your thoughts, love it or leave it?

Hope you are having a great day wherever you are ๐Ÿ™‚

All images via Pinterest

-Allison

Home Decor on a Budget : Thrift Store Finds

I am a true lover of what my family calls “home shopping” in short This is basically when you change around all the junk you already have… ๐Ÿ˜‰ I do get bored with the way things look around our house so I like to have different artwork or decor to change out. As we all know artwork can be so expensive! And as much as I love certain pieces at this point in my life I can not justify that kind of investment; so off to the thrift store I go ๐Ÿ™‚

As with anything thrift store related it takes time to build a collection that you love so don’t rush yourself and also remember to see the potential in pieces. Like the crane painting in the nursery – it had a horrible cheap yellowing frame, but I just could not get over the painting so I bought it for a whopping 3$ and spray painted the frame. Now it looks like such custom artwork and I get compliments on it all the time. Also the first picture of the couple kissing was just a poster that I put into a mat and frame. The sconces on either side of it are also from the thrift store originally from Crate and Barrel with the tags still on them!

I am not ashamed to say that most of our artwork and home decor items are thrifted. I love to get inspiration from the “big box stores” (target, ikea, etc.) but I don’t like having the same things as everyone else. So when I am out and about I do take a lot of photos for inspiration in thrifting, crafts, or whatever else!

What are your go to places for unique items?

Hope you are having a wonderful Tuesday!

-Allison

Before you Donate…

As I have said many times before, 2018 is the year of the purge in my household so I am trying to make some hard decisions and declutter my life. Along with decluttering often comes the emotion of “This was expensive so I should keep it” Even though I can totally relate to this I thought I would share 5 options for selling your unwanted clothes, accessories, and even some household items that makes letting go a little easier.

  1. Poshmark (online only – clothing, accessories, shoes, etc) – Posmark is, in my opinion, the most simple way to sell things. It is online or through an app on your phone and all you have to do is snap a few photos, post them with a short description and boom! there is an option to make offers rather than buying outright so you will get a little less money at times, but it can be made up in the amount of items you are able to sell. You can follow my closet here.ย 
  2. Depop (online only – clothing accessories, shoes, etc) – I have never sold anything on Depop, but I know people who have and only good reviews! It is definitely marketed towards more unique, vintage, quirky fashions, but such a fun place to shop and how people merchandise their products is so awesome.
  3. Etsy (online only – clothing, home goods, craft supplies, basically everything) – I have always been a fan of Etsy even before I started my own shop. I love that it is full of such unique pieces and supports people in making their own business a reality. You can find my shop here, (lacking a little attention, but listings are up to date ๐Ÿ™‚ )
  4. Buffalo Exchange (in person only – clothing, accessories, etc.) Even though BE is not in every city if you are in a place that has one it is a great and fast option to get some quick cash and they will even donate the stuff they don’t take for you! They are also more interested in vintage, one of a kind of items or even DIY stuff.
  5. ThreadUp (online only – clothes, accessories, etc.) I have also never sold anything here, but I have a cousin that uses it regularly and some of the vloggers I follow also do. It is also a great option to buy or sell and it definitely more main stream, meaning known brands like Gap or Banana Republic, so it would be a great idea to take a look if you have a dress code of business casual at work

Do you guys have any other places to buy or sell clothes? I would love to hear about them! Hope you are having a great Wednesday ๐Ÿ™‚

-Allison

Vintage Finds

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Anyone who has scored a designer anything for pennies on the dollar knows the feeling of thrifting victory! There really is nothing like it, feeling excited, amazed and maybe even a little giddy? I have learned a lot of things over the years about vintage and more current designer items and it has paid off when combing the racks and shelves at my local thrift store. Below are a few things that make it easier for me to spot designer shoes, I would also love to hear your tips for success at the thrift store (designer items or not!)

  1. do your research! I will be the first to admit that I spend more time than I should on websites for authenticated designer resale. Sometimes it can seem like a black hole I can’t get myself out of, but it has actually paid off knowing what older labels, logos and styles look like for designer footwear.
  2. Don’t get too excited too quicklyย I too have fallen trap to the dreaded knock off because I got way too excited too quickly. If you have doubts something is real, well, you are probably right. The quality of designer items speaks for itself and are close to perfect with details, labels, land logos – trust your gut!
  3. Pay attention to the detailsย Sometimes thrift stores, consignment shops or even estate sales can be crazy, with a capital C! Just because it is busy don’t rush yourself when looking. Some of the smallest details give the you most information.
  4. Take care of those beauties!ย In this day and age not many people (my husband included) want to take the time to fix things, when other people (myself included) would rather fix and keep everything. I am the same way with all my shoes – designer or not. Like anything, you have to care for it to make it last. I think everyone should know where a cobbler is and use their services. Not only does it help to keep your kicks looking beautiful, but it also helps local businesses.

If you are interested in the shoes shown above I also have a Etsy shop here

-Allison