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How To Thrift Like A Pro

I show you my best tips and tricks for how to thrift like a pro for clothing, accessories, housewares, decor, and furniture. Dress the part. Bring cash. Keep wet wipes in your car. Bring your phone. Find out what is on sale as you walk in the door. Get a cart. Don’t show your hand. Look for quality pieces. Have a vision. Go easy on yourself. Buy it when you

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Road Trippin’: A Guide to Vintage Clothing Stores

A guide to some of the best vintage clothing stores that I have discovered throughout the United States and a few in Europe. Updated January 2020 Aside from eBay, Etsy, and the occasional vintage clothing fair, I source most of my vintage clothing finds from the honey holes I’ve discovered over the years, locally and through my travels. Below is a directory of my favorite vintage clothing and thrift stores that

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A Quick & Fun Decluttering Challenge

Inspired by the Messy Minimalist’s Clutter-free Christmas Challenge, I spent my Sunday decluttering items from her creative 10 categories. This challenge can be done once as a quick and fun way to rid yourself of a minimum of 10 items or continued throughout the month of December and beyond. The 10 categories are listed below. In just one day, I got rid of 19 items because I found multiples in

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Death Valley Photo Essay

This past summer, I took a trip to Death Valley National park with my family. The suffocating 116-degree temperature may not for sissies but one cannot deny the beauty and quiet serenity of the place. The Oasis at Death Valley with its gorgeous grounds was our hotel of choice. It’s truly an oasis in the desert. We spent the day photographing the magnificent landscape and stargazing at night. I’ve never

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The Crazy Pig

On my last visit to London, one of the destinations on my list was Crazy Pig Designs to pick up a ring that I had pre-shopped online. Much like The Great Frog, Crazy Pig Designs has early rock and roll origins and makes highly crafted skull jewelry. I chose an incredible ring depicting a crawling skeleton. I appreciate the attention to detail that goes into their jewelry. This ring has

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An Antique Coat & A Stroll Down St. Charles Avenue

I wore this black Victorian coat to a party in New Orleans recently. Not only is it one of the oldest vintage clothing items I own, 1880-1890, it also happens to be the first vintage piece I ever bought when I was 21. I found it in a vintage shop that I used to frequent in my youth in Bellingham, WA. Sadly it no longer exists. The location is now

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The Great Frog

One of my top destinations on my trip to London last year was to visit The Great Frog. The Great Frog has been making rock and roll jewelry inspired by heavy metal artists since 1972. Clients include Led Zepplin, Metallica, Def Leppard, Debbie Harry, Marilyn Manson, and many, many more. I had done a lot of research and pre-shopping online before I arrived and knew precisely what I wanted to

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I Wore My Vintage Wranglers To Key West

Recently, I visited the Florida Keys for the first time. It truly is a special place. My brother and I rented a car and spent a couple of days exploring the islands, and Key West. It’s not difficult to fall in love with the history, deeply-rooted culture, and beauty of the place. It was paradise to me. I dressed myself in Miami on the morning we headed out and didn’t

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Modern Renaissance

I’m in the process of editing my wardrobe which means trying on everything I own. This has given me the opportunity to reminisce about some of my earlier vintage pieces. Vintage beaded tops make up a high percentage of my wardrobe. I’ve been collecting them for over twenty years. For the beginner collector, they are affordable and easily found in thrift shops and vintage stores. As a seasoned collector, I

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Favorite Thrifted Decor: Art Edition

I’ve been decorating my living space with thrift store art since I moved into my first apartment many, many years ago. Since my entire home is decorated with 2nd hand, found objects, combing thrift stores and yard sales for art remains a favorite pastime. Although, I have officially run out of wall space so I endeavor less frequently nowadays. Choosing and buying art is a deeply personal decision. Art speaks

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