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Shopping – Home Goods = LOVE

Hi All!  Miss me yesterday?  My internet/phone/TV provider experienced a statewide power outage on Sunday.  It even took the back-up battery out.  Thankfully my neighbor has the same provider so when I got home yesterday she was able to tell me how to fix it.  Thanks to Audrey for calling and staying on hold for 1.5 hours.

As you already know, I live in the Seattle area and my son goes to school in Orlando.  Some of the restaurants and stores that I’m familiar with in Florida are finally making it here.  First came Five Guys burgers and Jimmie Jon with sandwiches.  A couple of months ago Home Goods came to the Northwest and located just 20 minutes away from me.  I can’t tell you how excite I was, although I have to admit I stayed away for the first month.  I knew it would be a crazy zoo and it was, according to some of my friends.  I first wrote about Home Goods here after a trip to Orlando.

Hubby and I stopped by a few weeks ago.  Do you ever see that one little item that just has to be yours?  That happened to me with this pillow.

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I love birds and flowers and the colors green, pink and blue.  It’s the perfect pillow and I also love the shape, a different shape than the other pillows Here’s a closer look.

Pillow Close Up

This is what I view from far away.  Is it just so silly to be in love with a pillow?

Pillow far view Pillow - Another View

Pilllow Side View

Now I’ve got my eye on this and it’s another love…

Bird and Ivy Dresser Bird and Ivy Dresser 2

Have you shopped at Home Goods?  What have you brought home?  What did you want to buy and when you went back it was gone?

Tips for Finding Furniture At A Thrift Store

I’m not much of a thrift store shopper, but I’d like to be. I am so impressed by folks like Kate @ Centsational Girl or Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality who can find a steal of a deal and turn it into something fabulous. I usually spend my time roaming the clearance aisles of Ross, TJ Max, Marshalls or Tuesday Morning. Other than dropping donations off I’ve only been in a Goodwill once and that was just for a few minutes. I was on my way home from somewhere (duh!) and I ran in to a Goodwill. I had Divot in my arms. It was a hot day and he was just a little puppy and I couldn’t leave him in the car. Anyway, I was only in there a few minutes and I was overwhelmed. So much stuff and it was obvious it was one of those places one has to scour for a find. I decided it just was not the right time for me to be there, but get ready, I’m going back! I saw this article on the Styleist website and it was interesting I’m sharing it with you!

Thrift Store Shopping: Find The Best Secondhand Furniture At Goodwill, Salvation Army

If you want to get an extreme reaction from someone, mention thrift shopping. You’ll either get a “I would never do that!” or an “OMG! I love thrifting!” There seems to be very little in-between.

Case in point: That article we ran a few weeks ago about upholstery expert Shelly Leer’s studio, which was primarily furnished using finds from Goodwill. Half of you expressed, shall we say, hesitation at shopping secondhand, while the other half expounded on the great deals they’ve found over the years.

If you’re in the former group, we’d like to (attempt to) change your mind about thrift shopping. The fact is, we all would like to save money, especially when it comes to home items. Furniture, tableware and accessories can be staggeringly overpriced and/or shoddily constructed. Visiting a thrift store can yield genuinely high-quality items that have withstood the test of time for far, far less than you’d get retail, on ebay and especially on etsy.

The catch? You’ll have to go to a thrift store to find those bargains. To make the search easier, here are some tried-and-true tips that we use when shopping secondhand to great results.

Thrifting secret #1: Shop in the suburbs. Actually, shop near “Grandma neighborhoods.” You know, the places that were happening for families in 1970. City thrift stores are little more than IKEA outlets. By shopping in “Grandma neighborhoods,” you’re more likely to come across genuine old-school furniture of a higher caliber. Plus, there’s less competition for the goods.

Thrifting secret #2: Watch for discount days. Goodwill stores usually have a “color of the day” deal, where certain price tags automatically get a 50% discount.

Thrifting secret #3: Don’t go near anything upholstered. It’s tempting, but it’s too risky in the era of bed bugs. Stick to wood furniture, which can be thoroughly cleaned and more easily scrutinized. Disinfect everything. Plus, wood furniture can be refinished or repainted.

Thrifting secret #3a: Look for dovetailing. This is an easy way to tell if the wood dresser you’re considering is of a higher quality. Simply take out a drawer and see if it has dovetailing. This type of joinery is hard to replicate on a mass scale, indicating that some level of craftsmanship was involved in the production.

Thrifting secret #4: Go early. This is doubly true on weekends, when bargain hunters are out in full force. While most thrift stores restock during the day, you’re guaranteed a fresh selection of merchandise when you arrive right when the shop opens.

Thrifting secret #5: Look in the kitchen section. This is, hands-down, my favorite tip. There are more genuine vintage sets of china lingering in the aisles of thrift stores than there are bridal registries in America. They usually cost less than what you’d pay for a single tea cup in a new set.

Thrifting secret #6: Be realistic. This is coming from an editor who is practically steeped in DIY: You probably won’t restore a seriously down-at-its-heels piece of furniture. Similarly, you definitely won’t sell that ugly but vintage midcentury modern decorative vase on eBay. Who has the time?

Well, did you learn anything? I did!

-renee

Tips for Finding Furniture at A Thrift Store

I’m not much of a thrift store shopper, but I’d like to be.  I am so impressed by folks like Kate @ Centsational Girl or Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality who can find a steal of a deal and turn it into something fabulous.  I usually spend my time roaming the clearance aisles of Ross, TJ Max, Marshalls or Tuesday Morning.  Other than dropping donations off I’ve only been in a Goodwill once and that was just for a few minutes.  I was on my way home from somewhere (duh!) and I ran in to a Goodwill.  I had Divot in my arms.  It was a hot day and he was just a little puppy and I couldn’t leave him in the car.  Anyway, I was only in there a few minutes and I was overwhelmed.  So much stuff and it was obvious it was one of those places one has to scour for a find.  I decided it just was not the right time for me to be there, but get ready, I’m going back!  I saw this article on the Styleist website and it was interesting  I’m sharing it with you!

Thrift Store Shopping: Find The Best Secondhand Furniture At Goodwill, Salvation Army

 

 

If you want to get an extreme reaction from someone, mention thrift shopping. You’ll either get a “I would never do that!” or an “OMG! I love thrifting!” There seems to be very little in-between.

Case in point: That article we ran a few weeks ago about upholstery expert Shelly Leer’s studio, which was primarily furnished using finds from Goodwill. Half of you expressed, shall we say, hesitation at shopping secondhand, while the other half expounded on the great deals they’ve found over the years.

If you’re in the former group, we’d like to (attempt to) change your mind about thrift shopping. The fact is, we all would like to save money, especially when it comes to home items. Furniture, tableware and accessories can be staggeringly overpriced and/or shoddily constructed. Visiting a thrift store can yield genuinely high-quality items that have withstood the test of time for far, far less than you’d get retail, on ebay and especially on etsy.

The catch? You’ll have to go to a thrift store to find those bargains. To make the search easier, here are some tried-and-true tips that we use when shopping secondhand to great results.

Thrifting secret #1: Shop in the suburbs. Actually, shop near “Grandma neighborhoods.” You know, the places that were happening for families in 1970. City thrift stores are little more than IKEA outlets. By shopping in “Grandma neighborhoods,” you’re more likely to come across genuine old-school furniture of a higher caliber. Plus, there’s less competition for the goods.

Thrifting secret #2: Watch for discount days. Goodwill stores usually have a “color of the day” deal, where certain price tags automatically get a 50% discount.

Thrifting secret #3: Don’t go near anything upholstered. It’s tempting, but it’s too risky in the era of bed bugs. Stick to wood furniture, which can be thoroughly cleaned and more easily scrutinized. Disinfect everything. Plus, wood furniture can be refinished or repainted.

Thrifting secret #3a: Look for dovetailing. This is an easy way to tell if the wood dresser you’re considering is of a higher quality. Simply take out a drawer and see if it has dovetailing. This type of joinery is hard to replicate on a mass scale, indicating that some level of craftsmanship was involved in the production.

Thrifting secret #4: Go early. This is doubly true on weekends, when bargain hunters are out in full force. While most thrift stores restock during the day, you’re guaranteed a fresh selection of merchandise when you arrive right when the shop opens.

Thrifting secret #5: Look in the kitchen section. This is, hands-down, my favorite tip. There are more genuine vintage sets of china lingering in the aisles of thrift stores than there are bridal registries in America. They usually cost less than what you’d pay for a single tea cup in a new set.

Thrifting secret #6: Be realistic. This is coming from an editor who is practically steeped in DIY: You probably won’t restore a seriously down-at-its-heels piece of furniture. Similarly, you definitely won’t sell that ugly but vintage midcentury modern decorative vase on eBay. Who has the time?

Well, did you learn anything?  I did!

-renee

Dollar Store Love

The other day my sis-in-law said to me, “Were you not going to tell us?” “Huh”, I said.  She said, “The dollar store.  When were you going to tell us about the dollar store.  The one that every thing really costs one dollar?”  “Oh, that dollar store”, I said with a smile.

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This is in its truest sense of the word, really a $1.00 an item store.  I repeat, everything is $1.00 each.  We’re talking a bunch of different stuff is in that store.

IMAG0685 I ask myself, Why did I go to that card shop that starts with an H all the time when I could come here and stock up on ribbon, and more ribbon

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and cards and wrap and bags.

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Do the kiddies need any swim stuff?  Come to the Dollar Tree.

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What did I buy today?  Oven mitts, candles, safety pins, birthday card.  Total = $5.00 + tax.  Yep, call me the big spender.  🙂

Do you ever go to a dollar store in your area?  What do you buy?

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