Literally! I'm not joking! Check out these shoes I spotted while visiting my local Goodwill (in Hollywood - on Taft Street). No - I didn't get any of the shoes, but I did spot a great straw tote I picked up at a church thrift shop in Ft. Lauderdale on Saturday. The sweet gem was only $4 and they had several others. But I'm not a thrift hog =) I kindly left them there for the next thrifting recessionista. I did however snap a few shots for you to enjoy along with sharing a few tips for shopping thrift...

Pucci-like print pumps!


I see a fashionable Easter bunny wearing these!

I could see a room inspired from these...

Not pumps - but a spring color palette.

Thrift Tip: If you don't absolutely LOVE something - don't buy it
because it will accumulate to clutter. There is something I liked
about these shoes, but I don't LOVE them.

They sure are a fun shoe though!
And here are the straw bags I spotted at a church thrift on Saturday...

Cute straw bag for only $2

$8 (it's actually a mini back-pack)

Adorable picnic basket mini at $3

And my $4 find... it holds a LOT of stuff!

This bag might even pair well for a casual look with flat sandles and a green halter Zara
dress I thrifted two years ago. It was $12 and I had gotten it for 1/2 off. Thrift Tip: Just like your home accessories, fashion accessories can dress up or dress down the look of your find.

Hmmm... those first shoes could work... but no.
That's a bit TOO much color in one dose for me!

What have you thrifted lately?
When you shop thrift, do you only look for homegoods?
Do you ever wardrobe thrift shop?

Zara at $12 but got for $6
Thrift Tip: If tag is missing - look at label because
for clothing it's usually written on it.

I've been wardrobe thrifting for about 20 years (yikes! That makes me sound old!!)
Thrift Tip: The key is to only keep classic and vintage pieces - a denim jacket, newer cloths from brands you like: The Limited, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor. Or these could also be thrift keepers: a Halston dress, Oleg Cassini opera gloves, a metallic clutch, straw handbag, a fur coat, unique bridge / costume jewelry, or pearls: broaches, earrings, necklaces or a fabulous cocktail ring.

A $3 find from about 1993 - may be further back.

Thrift Tip: As with your home style, you can thrift for
fashions that are your style, fit and that you love. You can also find deals on dresses or outfits for special occassions - like prom or a wedding. I love my green dress, and I see it coming in handy to wear for Easter...

Happy Thrifty Thursday!



Yesterday, I spent the afternoon with a friend of mine - Marcia. She is a retired school teacher who has collected many treasures throughout her dear life. Although I'm helping her sort, donate, save, and condense items to help her redo her townhome - at her own pace - it was wonderful to hear some of the stories behind some of her treasures (you don't find that while thrifting!). She's 72, and some of these treasures belonged to not only her parents, but her grandparents - YOU do the math =) She loves literature and music. Some of her faves are Einstein, Bach, and Beethoven. She admires Winston Churchill and appreciates her German heritage.

"A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does
a man need to be happy?"

Albert Einstein


"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy

in creative expression and knowledge."
Albert Einstein

"The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see."
Winston Churchill

The challenge for her space: Letting go of items with emotional attachments, items causing clutter, items not adding value to her life and items saved because of the "one day I'm going to" thought. She also loves birds and cats and once lived on a houseboat.

"Solitude is painful when one is young, but delightful when one is more mature."
Albert Einstein 


"True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist."
Albert Einstein

Mixed in with those challenges are treasures to spark inspiration, newly installed laminate wood floors, and a fresh coat of sage green already on her open living room / dining room walls. To help with the flow in her space, I've suggested she continue the sage through the stairway and common areas for consistency in a small space. Since she had some pink hydrangeas, I suggested you use pink as an accent, lighten the space with some white pieces as well.

Slipcovered chair in white to add to her awesome dining table.

A natural round rug under the table.

A slipcover for her living room sleeper-sofa and
find a glass top for her coffee table base (in the closet).

Mix in a nod to Churchill with a Union Jack pillow.

Baskets vs. card board boxes for storage.
And some saved items can go into clear totes in a closet.

Replace the sideboard and hutch with a piece holding storage and a place for her TV (currently tucked in the corner). I'd flank this piece with her replica Vermont brace back and fan back Windsor side chairs.

Since I had just received the new Pottery Barn catalog, I brought it with me, along with some other magazines. She now has some guidance and inspiration to keep her motivated & inspired. I also reassured her that any donations she makes to GW or SA would be carefully crafted back to life by one of the many DIYers out there shopping them!

She only has one window facing east and sliding glass doors facing west - white panels raised to the ceiling would give height & light to the space.

Not needing to run to PB to buy all this, but it at least it gave her some ideas on
how we could arrange some of her collections.

She's already started to go through her things and also has a donation pile ready to go! It's going to take some time, but it's going to look beautiful when it's done. It was a wonderful afternoon, and she's very happy for the advice, suggestions and organization guidance.

Einstein said, "The secret to creativity is
knowing how to hide your sources"... but I like sharing them.
Have a wonderful day!


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