Category Archives: Shopping

Trash to Treasure DIY: Painting and Rewiring Lamps

Some of the highest quality lamp “treasures” I find are at my local Goodwill stores (no offense Salvation Army, but your stores are “far” from me and your prices are much higher for the same sad-condition lamps). You know the kind of lamps … Continue reading

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Not Too Shabby: How to Turn a Tweet into a Store Visit

Recently I posted this photo (left) to Twitter. It is a lamp that I bought at Goodwill for $5, then I repainted and rewired it. I’ve been on a real do-it-yourself (DIY) project bender, mostly lamps over the past few months. Normally I post a photo and … Continue reading

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How Many Snedens Does It Take to Hang a Mirror?

From the beginning the mirror was a challenge: It was difficult to find a mirror that measured 3′ x 4′. And once we did find one the sales staff was flummoxed as to how to wrap the mirror so we could safely transport … Continue reading

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The Scene at Goodwill: Bully?

I was in a Goodwill store shopping for treasures. As I browsed I heard a woman talking to her two companions. She pointed to different items for sale and said the prices were “too high,” and items were “garbage.” I wondered why she and … Continue reading

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Carvel Ice Cream Gift Card: Enter to Try to Win!

I love ice cream. And I love chocolate. So when I was asked if I’d be interested in trying the newest flavor of Carvel Ice Cream — Nutella — I didn’t hesitate; I said YES! Immediately. And giving my readers a chance … Continue reading

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Hand-Me Downs and Thrifting: Does One Set You Up for the Other?

As the third of four sisters I inherited clothes, shoes and stuff that my two older sisters had outgrown. When we were growing up, though, everyone referred to inherited clothing as hand-me downs. We did the handing down within our family, … Continue reading

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Black Friday Thanksgiving: I Shopped Until I Dropped. Literally.

This year our Thanksgiving gathering was just our immediate family of four, very unusual for us. In keeping with this “different” Thanksgiving I did something completely out of the box for me: I went Black Friday Thanksgiving shopping, which began … Continue reading

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Mirrors: Giving New Life to Old Things

We are renovating/sprucing up our 13-year-old Victorian-style home. I think layering old things and new things gives our home a lived-in yet beautiful vibe. That’s one reason why I thrift: to find old items that I can use as is … Continue reading

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Resale Shopping Score! Chanel Shoes!!

Every so often I hit it really big in my thrift and resale store shopping. I go with an open mind and look around. And on a rare day I find something like these! What’s the most exciting item you’ve … Continue reading

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3.1 Phillip Lim Purse: I Got It!!

This page in the September InStyle magazine started it all. I wanted that 3.1 Phillip Lim purse for my fall/winter 2013 purse. And when I showed the tear sheet to my daughter Tory? Her eyes lit up. My girl is … Continue reading

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