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Thrifty Tips and Tricks for Home Decorating on a Budget – check out this article I was recently featured in on Redfin.com! — July 20, 2020

Thrifty Tips and Tricks for Home Decorating on a Budget – check out this article I was recently featured in on Redfin.com!

Thrifty Tips and Tricks for Home Decorating on a Budget

Buying decor for a house or even just a room can easily become an expensive endeavor. However, we’re here to tell you that decorating on a budget is totally possible. Regardless of whether you live in a spacious loft in Dallas, TX, or a two-story home in Atlanta, GA, you can create a one-of-a-kind space without breaking the bank.

The secret is to take a detour from the regular big-box stores and head to your local thrift or second-hand shop. With a little creativity and some patience, you can furnish and decorate a home that looks uniquely yours. 

To help get you started, we reached out to some of the top bargain shopping and decorating experts. Keep reading for their best tips and tricks for home decorating on a budget. 

Start with a mood board. Fill it with decorating inspiration and ideas, then keep it in mind when you go thrifting. Once you’re in the midst of the mountains of used goods at a thrift store, it can be challenging to envision how that funky vase could possibly work in your home or where on earth you might put that giant vintage basket. But if you’ve done your research ahead of time, you’re more likely to have an open mind and a creative vision for the unique treasures you’ll find. – Vagabondary

Look for items that can be easily transformed. When I go thrifting I love looking for items like pottery/vases, baskets, and lamps that I can easily flip using spray paint, or plaster of Paris to give it that new but vintage vibe I often use when styling my spaces. These items are great to use as fillers, to add height, and to create dimension in the areas you want to quickly and easily style. – Kindred Homestead

Don’t be afraid of germs, stains, and used items. A lot of people worry about buying things second hand because they are unsure of where an item came from. This is a valid concern, and there are definitely some items you shouldn’t buy at thrift stores. However, for the most part, buying second hand isn’t any more “germy” than buying retail. That being said, especially in the time of Covid-19, I always wash or sanitize whatever comes into my home before using it. There are lots of eco-friendly ways to make sure your thrifting treasures don’t bring any unwanted critters or germs into your home — baking soda and vinegar are your best friend. – Reluctant Mother

Balance the old with the new. Mixing modern elements in with old, vintage finds keeps a room feeling fresh, interesting, and ultimately balanced. Tossing an old thrift store find on a more modern piece of furniture creates depth and adds an element of the unexpected. – Lemon Street Home

Put your own spin on it. Looking for trendy side tables or dressers? Buy a cheap but solid wood piece and don’t be afraid to spruce it up by painting it yourself! Bright colors are always fun. Try a hipster turquoise or red, or you could always go with a timeless black. Old pieces often have sturdy bones. – Destined For Grace Thrift Store

Transform an old dresser. Find an old wood dresser, a bit vintage and a bit damaged. Give that dresser a few coats of chalk paint to transform the piece into something beautiful. You can learn how to do this here. –  Create With Cynthia

Be open-minded and don’t look for anything specific. One of the best pieces of advice we got about shopping at our stores was from a shopper who said, ‘I try not to look for anything specific because if you are looking for anything specific, you miss a lot of the unique items.’ Being open-minded and a little bit creative are really the first steps towards curating a beautifully decorated home without spending lots of money. It also helps to shop at multiple stores every week since the new inventory is donated daily. – Triad Goodwill

Look for decor items outside of your own style. Don’t be afraid to be bold and thrift outside of your own style. Designing a space to be subtly – or full-on – eclectic adds character and warmth. Not only does it make your space playfully unique, but it also makes shopping for your next vintage addition a lot easier if you’re not limiting yourself to one style. – Ruinous Revived

Envision an item in a different color. If you stumble across an item at a thrift store, say a basket, vase, or cutting board, and you love its shape or design, but you don’t like the color or decoration, try to envision it in a different color. Chances are it will make a vast improvement! Drive yourself to the hardware store, pick up some chalk paint, give the item one or two coats, and voila–you have a brand new home decor accessory to love. – Adirondack Girl @ Heart

Keep your eyes peeled for one-of-a-kind items. Check out the art on the walls–and their frames–for a thrifty way to restyle your home. Know that with a fresh coat of paint or new hardware, you can totally transform found furniture into a centerpiece. – Habitat for Humanity Tuscon

Decorate with items that make your home look like you’ve traveled the world. There’s nothing better than the look of a well finished, eclectic home. Even if your design style is soft contemporary or transitional modern, a mid-century bar cart or a French antique console can ground your space and give it a sense of warmth. While shopping for resale items, focus on vintage, architectural salvage, or rich wood antique pieces to give some interest to your home. Your home should look as though you’ve traveled the world even if you haven’t. – Lost and Found Resale

Find items that just need a fresh coat of paint. Many things only need a coat of paint or a few embellishments to look great in your home! Have a plan of what you are looking for when thrifting by keeping up with the latest trends on Pinterest. You would be surprised by the furniture and other home decor people get rid of that just needs a little time and love. – Flipz and Findz

Shop for eclectic glassware. Finding essential glassware for a home bar or rec room area has never been easier. Thrift stores are known for their assortment of drinkware. So stock up on mix-and-match pilsner, tumbler, cocktail, highball, and shot glasses as well as wine goblets and pitchers. You can find everything you need to host the next neighborhood gathering. Bonus points for scoring beer glasses from breweries around the world. – Goodwill NCW

Think outside the (planter) box. Houseplants are an essential decor element and they can even purify the air in your home. Look beyond the usual pots and make a statement by creating unique DIY planters out of upcycled objects from the thrift store. Try antique teacups for small succulents, vintage ceramics for hearty spider plants, or create a mini-garden in hollowed-out retro electronics. – Community Thrift Store

Use your imagination to create something unique. If you love DIY home projects, old windows can become picture frames or old fireplace covers/screens can be wall art. Use your imagination and you will have endless possibilities. For more traditional decor, you can find vases, lamps, wall art, lighting, pillows and so much more – just be patient – it may take a few trips, but it will be worth it, and your wallet will love you. – ToniOn Thrifting

Take advantage of spray paint. Don’t let the wear and tear of a well-loved piece scare you away. Spray paint can elevate table legs, picture frames, planters, even hardware, and give new life to a vintage favorite. It’s an affordable and effective way to create your cohesive space on a budget. – Stories by Mackenzie

Incorporate vintage books. A great, simple way to add some personality, color, and a touch of real nostalgia to your home is to use a few carefully chosen vintage books. There is a warmth and dimension to classic hard-cover and leather-bound books. If you’re looking for a little fun and a conversation starter, nothing beats vintage versions of the childhood classics (even comic books!) that we all read growing up. – Allora Vintage

Take your time and search for items you may have overlooked. The secret is to walk slowly, look carefully, and take three laps around the store as you may not see everything on the first or the second lap. Shopping at Hilton House is a treasure hunt. Visit frequently, as new items could arrive at any moment. The secret is to mix the old with the new and find high quality for a fraction of the price. – Hilton House

When shopping, go all-in for some r&r (repurpose and reinventing). I’m constantly on the hunt for quality, well-priced furniture and decor that I can repurpose and reinvent into some fabulous ‘new’, one-of-a-kind statement piece. A dresser becomes a bathroom vanity, a buffet transforms into a media console. An old armoire becomes a bar cabinet. The possibilities for creating truly unique, stylish, and really affordable home furnishings are endless. – Alchemy Eclectic

Repurpose thrifted goods into functional and artistic lighting. I shop for just about anything that a cord can run through, like vintage colanders, cute teapots, or even simple glassware, to turn into lights. Repurposing thrifted items is rewarding not just for the affordability, but the sustainability of making use of goods that already exist in the universe. – UnicornitureCo

Don’t underestimate the importance of the finishing touches. The old globe, the mid-century photo frame, or the hip 80’s ceramic vase are easily found at your local thrift store. These items can help put your own vibe and signature on your space. – Casa Victoria

Layer things to create a high-end, lived-in look. I like to stack a couple of coffee table books and top them with a nice chinoiserie lamp or potted green plant, and a collection of little brass photo frames, all corralled onto and anchored by a woven basket tray. That just feels like home to me. – The Tiny White House

Look for the potential in an item. When looking at thrift store furniture, consider what it could be, not just what it is. – Furniture Works

Know that not all “thrift stores” are equal. There are good, better, and best choices when it comes to shopping second hand. Look for a consignment shop with recognizable brand names like Ethan Allen, Stickley, or Arhaus to be sure you’re buying well-made furniture and accessories that add style and longevity. Find a store with design associates who can help you make choices based on photos of your space and an understanding of your individual preferences. – Sequels Consignment

Collect items in a specific category or group. When thrift store shopping to decorate your home, collect items in a category for visual impact and appraised value. Whether your category of choice is based on an artist or maker, character or subject, color, time period, or material, thrifting will present many options while sticking to a budget. Remember, a few unrelated objects are fun to assemble but to avoid clutter it’s the category that makes a collection. – Dr. Lori Verderame
Originally published by Redfin

When this is all over, there will be a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow (or two) for thrifters. — May 1, 2020

When this is all over, there will be a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow (or two) for thrifters.

I hope that this finds everyone safe and well during this unprecedented time in our lives.

I think there is a pot of gold (or two or three or more) waiting for us thrifters when the thrift shops start opening up again. But caution and patience will be the key.

Everyone has been home for weeks now and most of us have been cleaning out our drawers, closets, attics, storage and more. The trunk of my car has at least eight shopping bags waiting to be dropped off plus lots of home decor. I think the abundance of donations is going to be amazing and there will some outstanding scores for all of us thrifters. But you must exercise caution and patience when you do start thrift shopping again.

Depending on your level of comfort will decide when you start visiting thrift shops after they reopen your area to businesses. I personally will wait a couple of weeks before I start shopping. But I will arm myself with large plastic bags to put the clothes in before they go in my car. It would also be a good idea to spray with disinfectant before you put the items in your car (depending on the fabrics of course). You must also make sure that everything is washed as soon as possible. Better to be safe than sorry.

Let’s be positive, there will be deals to be had so make sure you have your comfortable thrift shopping clothes on! It will be the best thrifting that we have seen in years. Depending on the amounts of donations, this windfall could last a few months.

I think that thrifting is going to surge as the economy may be rough for a while. People have lost their jobs and have to clothes themselves, their partners and children. I believe that people will be more open to thrifting than in the past. And we all know, once you step in the thrift shop, it can be love at first sight —- and you just keep going back. The thrill of the exceptional find.

People are also more earth conscious as well and I hope that that makes a difference. As it stands, 84 percent of all unwanted clothes end up in landfills, according to Newsweek.

Pricing may be different when the stores open depending on the thrift store or charity and the amount of donations they have in stock.

I am finding that some thrift stores use comparable pricing to EBay while other shops price to empty the shelves/racks. Either way; you are helping some GREAT charities and small business owners not to mention helping the planet by not having clothes end up in landfills. It is a win-win.

I wish you happy and exciting thrift shop adventures when the stores reopen. Stay well and healthy and make sure you practice social distancing.

Look for the rainbows and the pots of gold, I promise, they will be there waiting for you.

Toni from TonionThrifting

P.S. Thanks Alice for the great pictures of the double rainbow! xoxo

Nothing Be Lost Thrift and Antique Store. A great morning in Garrison, New York — September 2, 2019

Nothing Be Lost Thrift and Antique Store. A great morning in Garrison, New York

Sometimes you just walk through the door of a thrift shop and you know it is just going to a wonderful and memorable visit. The Nothing Be Lost Thrift and Antique store is just that and one not to be missed. It is magical just browsing around.  Located in one of the oldest buildings (built in 1916) on the grounds of Graymoor in Garrison, New York. It across from St. Christopher’s Inn which is a temporary homeless shelter dedicated to the rehabilitation of men in crisis.  The proceeds from the store are used to help support St. Christopher’s Inn and its residents. The residents also work at the thrift shop in many different capacities and are clearly a big part of the success of the thrift shop. Exceptionally helpful and polite, it was a joy to be there.

The shop is just fascinating with its wood beams, stone walls and hanging lights all over. You can spend a couple of hours browsing the merchandise on all four floors. They have an eclectic mix of new and antique merchandise. Clothing, shoes, furniture, household, you name it, they have it and plenty of it. I found a beautiful sundress for $8.00 and a few other pieces of summer clothing that were in pristine condition and worth every penny. The prices were more than reasonable and I was quite thrilled with my haul.

And even though I went in warm weather, I couldn’t help but be mesmerized by the Christmas shop in the basement. It just transported you to December (which isn’t such a bad thing given this rather hot summer).

It is very hard to describe my visit there – I had an instant connection . It is more than the merchandise – it is the vibe you get while shopping. This shop is a place where pheneomenal things are being done to help others and you get to help by shopping or donating. A lot of this has to do with Dorothy Killen, the coordinator.  I spoke to Dorothy briefly and she is as humble as she is sweet. She told me that she absolutely loves getting up every morning to come to the shop. It is quite obvious that she loves what she does and it shows throughout the shop and how she treats everyone she comes in contact with, myself included.  She is one special lady.  And this is one thrift shop that catapulted to the top of my list of favorite thrift shopping adventures.

Need I say more, go experience it yourself …..

That Nothing Be Lost Thrift & Antique Shop

16 Franciscan Way

Garrison, NY 10524

(845) 424-3635

Website: stchristophersinn-graymoor.org

The shop is open Tuesday through Sunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Donations for the Thrift & Antique Shop are accepted Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 until 3:00 PM ONLY. To make your donation process go smoothly, here are some tips for checking the items you plan to donate:

  • Check your items before donating to make sure all are items you want to give to the Thrift Shop.
  • Check pockets of clothing for jewelry, money and any other items, and remove them before donating.
  • Separate clothing into separate bags/boxes from the household items.
  • Check to ensure that items you are donating are not soiled, stained or ripped.
  • Test electrical equipment and battery-operated items to make sure they work.
  • Include all pieces and parts to games, toys and household appliances.

Until next time, HAPPY SHOPPING!!!

Fabulous Fashions and Consignments in Oxford, CT – what a wonderful surprise! — September 25, 2018

Fabulous Fashions and Consignments in Oxford, CT – what a wonderful surprise!

I came across Fabulous Fashions and Consignments in Oxford, Connecticut while I was on my way to visit family — what a wonderful surprise it was. It is stores like this that always surprise me the most. Jam packed with women’s clothing and accessories and a huge kitchen in the back filled with household goods. Great selections with plenty of good quality vintage. Actually the vintage pieces that I looked at were exceptional and priced accordingly. The day I was there, I came across some excellent sales. Summer shoes were $3.00, shorts and capris starting at $1.00, and dresses for $5.00. They carry the better labels in women’s clothing and all sizes including plus sizes. They have an extensive accessories department and one well worth visiting if you are in that area. The handbag selections were abundant and priced to sell.

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I absolutely loved the jewelry selection.

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I look forward to my next trip to see all their Fall fashions.

If you are in the area, I highly recommend!

Fabulous Fashions and Consignment
23 Oxford Rd., (Rte. 67)
Oxford, Connecticut 06478
(203) 828-6222

Hours:
Tuesday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm
Saturday& Sunday 9 am – 3 pm

August 17th is National Thrift Shop Day — August 17, 2018

August 17th is National Thrift Shop Day

August 17th is National Thrift Shop Day. We all know that I think it should be a national holiday. 🙂 I love my thrift shopping – both shopping and writing about it. I take great enjoyment out of the “hunt” and I have met some remarkable people along the way. Please remember when you shop My Sister’s Place, Goodwill, Salvation Army, Habitat For Humanity, Angel Street, Cauz For Pawz, Housing Works, Humane Society of New Rochelle and countless others, you are supporting PHENOMENAL causes and helping change countless lives. So on National Thrift Shop Day, please go out and shop, you will be supporting someone in need and helping the environment!! Every piece of clothing purchased second-hand means one less new one produced.

So in honor of National Thrift Shop Day, here are my top reasons why I love thrift shopping:

You are more than likely supporting a charity that helps people in need.

You are helping to save the environment.

Thrift shopping allows you to create your own style, be unique and try different things.

You are saving money.

Vintage pieces can make an outfit look spectacular.

You can decorate your home inexpensively.

You can housewares at a fraction off the cost.

You meet some amazing people along the way.

Thrift stores have sales too.

and….

The enjoyment I get from thrift shopping especially when I find a really special piece.

Happy National Thrift Shop Day!!

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Until next time, Happy Shopping!

My Sister’s Place in Ansonia, CT – so much to tell and it’s all great! — August 15, 2018

My Sister’s Place in Ansonia, CT – so much to tell and it’s all great!

When I first walked in to My Sister’s Place in Ansonia, Connecticut it reminded me of just how much I love thrift shopping especially when it benefits those desperately in need. My Sister’s Place is not only a top-notch thrift store that has a GREAT selection of merchandise;  the best part is that all proceeds support BHcare’s The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services.

There is so much to tell you about. First, the store.  All the merchandise is meticulously laid out which in itself is quite impressive. They have a wide variety of stock and it is all in size order which makes it even easier to shop and that much more enjoyable browsing. They have men, women, children’s clothing, and shoes. Also, they carry appliances, housewares, furniture, toys, and other items at more than fair prices. All merchandise is in new or nearly new condition. They carry both regular and high-end merchandise.  I did not see one item that I thought was overpriced and all pricing was in line for what the better thrift stores are charging.

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I hope that my pictures tell the story of what a great shop this is.

 

I was able to score two brand new One World tops with tags on for $12 each plus a brand spanking new Talbot’s sundress with tags on for ONLY $22 (retail tag was $129). Also, A long beige cardigan (new) for $10 and a couple other miscellaneous items, all at excellent prices. Now I don’t know about you, but we thrifters consider that a great haul!

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And you MUST check out their online store. https://supportumbrella.org/.  They have quite the selection. Never underestimate online thrift stores, there are always good surprises especially for collectors! They are on Ebay too at ebay.com/usr/mysistersplace203

And now for the fun info:

My Sister’s Place is having Flea Market Flip on October 14, 2018 where you can meet Mark DeVito, Master Craftsman from HGTV’s Flea Market Flip!

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My Sister’s Place Flea Market Flip is a fun, creative twist on recycling or upcycling similar to the HGTV show with the same name, Flea Market Flip. Proceeds from each item will be benefit The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services. Individual participants or teams of two must purchase their flip item(s) at MSP for $50 or less by September 30. Registration forms are available at the store and must be completed at the time of purchase. No more than $50 may be spent on repurposing/upcycling the item(s). Receipts must be shown when submitting the repurposed item. The Flea Market Flip Rules are on their website at http://bhcare.org/page/29568.
October 14, 2018
11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Ansonia Armory
25 N Cliff Street
Ansonia, CT

The proceeds from My Sister’s Place go to The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services (UCDVS) which is dedicated to increasing awareness of domestic violence and its effect on the community, empowering those victimized by providing advocacy and safe and effective services, and to working for social change to eliminate domestic violence. UCDVS provides services for victims and their children at two sites located in Ansonia and East Haven. All services offered are free of charge and confidential. Services support 170 different languages 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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PLEASE — when you are in the Ansonia area, you must stop in, I promise it will be worth it and I hope you enjoy your visit as much as I enjoyed mine. The staff is phenomenal — all volunteers and for such a worthy cause.

My Sister’s Place is located at 380 Main Street, Ansonia, CT.
Phone:
203-734-2960
Store Hours:
Mon., Tues., Wed., Thurs., Fri. & Sat – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sun. – 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Here is the website which has even more information – http://bhcare.org/page/16633

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Until next time, HAPPY SHOPPING!!

Fantastic Finds – Everything Old is New Again …and Worth a Look! — May 29, 2018

Fantastic Finds – Everything Old is New Again …and Worth a Look!

Everything old is new again! The old Discovery Shop in Chappaqua was good but I must say that I am enjoying its reincarnation all the more. I stepped into Fantastic Finds and it certainly lives up to its name. A 75% off Fall clothing sale was going on when I visited. I walked out with a couple of great buys; a pair of Talbot’s pants for $5 and a Tahari dress/duster for $7.50 plus a couple of other staples. But even without the sale, this is definitely one of the better upscale resale shops in the Westchester/Putnam area.  They carry men’s and women’s clothing, jewelry, scarves, handbags and other accessories. I think they have a excellent selection of brand name merchandise with some high end merchandise as well. Their Spring collection was excellent. They also carry household items such as small accent furniture, housewares, china (quite beautiful too), home décor, and musical instruments. I thoroughly enjoyed looking through the art. Actually, I had a great time browsing through the store, there was just so much to see.

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As far as pricing, I find it comparable and slightly cheaper than other UPSCALE shops that are similar to Fantastic Find.  All the merchandise is in PRISTINE condition and there are certainly gift quality selections to be found. I hope that the pictures tell a much better story of what Fantastic Finds is all about!

 

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What is wonderful is that all proceeds from sales at Fantastic Finds will benefit Support Connection, an organization that provides free, year-round breast and ovarian cancer support services. They rely on your donations to provide free programs and support services. 88¢ of every dollar donated goes directly to fund these critically needed services.

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Check out Fantastic Finds – I promise it’s worth the trip!

Fantastic Finds

400 King Street (former site of the Discovery Shop)

Chappaqua, NY

Phone:           914-238-9200

Email:             fantastic.finds@supportconnection.org

Shopping Hours:

Monday – Saturday 10 am – 4:30 pm.

Until next time,  Happy Shopping!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yorktown Love In Action – 10,000 square feet of thrifting and so much more…. — March 14, 2018

Yorktown Love In Action – 10,000 square feet of thrifting and so much more….

I am excited to tell you about my visit to Yorktown Love in Action. Let’s start with the 10,000 square feet of thrifting heaven – if you have patience, like in all thrift shopping, there are plenty of deals to be found here. The first floor holds furniture, household, collectibles and LOTS of it. The second floor has men, women and children’s clothing and shoes. Also on the second floor are tools, seasonal décor, and linens to name a few. They have separate rooms for the holiday décor and tools. The  majority of their clothing are name brands and the selections endless. What won me over is that some tags are labeled “MD” which means that the ticketed price is the suggested minimum donation. This is helpful for those struggling financially so that they are able to shop at affordable prices. That is quite impressive.  I am finding out that YLIA always thinks of others.

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YLIA is definitely worth a trip not just to browse through the 10,000 square feet but to also help a phenomenal organization. They even have a sitting room where you can rest up and then continue shopping 🙂

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YLIA’s  mission is to help members of Westchester and Putnam communities who need temporary assistance due to unforeseen life events.   I am sure they help more individuals and families than we will ever know about because YLIA does so with grace and dignity.  They value and maintain the privacy of those they help and I admire YLIA for that. THANK YOU YLIA!

Donations are needed for YLIA – check out the YLIA website for donation information and look over what is or isn’t accepted.  YLIA is looking for volunteers as well so if you live in the Westchester/ Putnam area, this is a great place to volunteer. If interested, you can also become an individual or business sponsor.

I respect  YLIA and what they do. I will be heading back with a backseat full of donations that will hopefully help. I want to be able to say thank you for all they do for others.

This is the beginning of a beautiful relationship.

Yorktown Love In Action

1736 Front Street

Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

Telephone – 914.490.3966

Email – info@yorktownliveinaction.com

Check out their Facebook page as well!

Store Hours:

Sunday                                 12 pm – 5 pm

Monday – Saturday        10 am – 6 pm

Until next time, HAPPY SHOPPING!

 

 

 

Something Special Vintage Thrift in Wilton, CT – WOW! — January 16, 2018

Something Special Vintage Thrift in Wilton, CT – WOW!

When I first walked into Something Special Vintage Thrift Store for Our Lady of Fatima School I thought wow – it was worth the one hour drive! Something Special Vintage Thrift Shop is a hidden Wilton gem, tucked away in a white house behind Our Lady of Fatima School. They carry a fabulous collection of vintage and antique finds and at prices that are rock bottom.

In one cabinet in the second room, they had large pieces of matelassé designer quality fabric for $5.00 per piece– one piece had to be at least two yards! If I ever have seat cushions to reupholster, I will come here first for the fabric. In a curio cabinet in the front was a Lladró six inch bride and groom figurine that sold for $6.00 right in front of me – when Something Special says that they price things to sell fast, they are not kidding! What completely blew me away was a record cabinet that was in the front room that was spectacular. After checking it out, all it really needed was a new plug and a little polish and it would look even more amazing! And wait for it….. the price was $25.00. Can you believe it?? Look at the pictures. (I doubt it is still there sadly.)

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I found a bookshelf that I was quite happy with – what I was ecstatic about was that it was all wood and $15.00. I have included the before and after pictures.

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At Something Special

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At Home

 

If you are redecorating or just want to spruce up a room, this is definitely a place that you would want to stop in if you are in the Wilton, CT area – I personally think it is worth traveling to.

From their Facebook page:

“It is an artistic inspiration for the decorators of today and the artists of tomorrow. If you are looking for something in particular, we can help you find it. All proceeds go towards education for the kids.”

The Something Special is only open on Saturday and Sundays from 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm. It is a volunteer-run thrift shop, where 100-percent of the proceeds benefit The OLF School.

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Something Special Vintage Thrift
225 Danbury Road
Something Special is located up the drive on the south side of the Our Lady of Fatima School at 225 Danbury Road in Wilton, CT.
Wilton, CT
(203) 762-8100
Hours are Saturday and Sunday from 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Until next time, HAPPY SHOPPING!!

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe and Thrift Shop in SoHo — November 21, 2017

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe and Thrift Shop in SoHo

One thing that you can count on with Housing Works is that they always carry above average merchandise. But what makes this Housing Works on Crosby Street in SoHo even better than most (if not the best) is the Housing Works Bookstore Café next door. If you have never been to the Housing Works Bookstore Café, I strongly suggest that you check it out. It is an absolutely wonderful bookstore with a great vibe. It is such a popular spot in SoHo but for all the right reasons – atmosphere – the books – the beauty of the mahogany walls – and of course, the café. They serve coffee, snacks and some light alcohol. The café won me over with the vegetarian options. Well done! If you are lucky enough to get a table (more often than not, you will)), you can sit back and flip through one of the thousands of mostly pristine condition books that they carry. They have a book special the first weekend of the month where books are 30% off which is a steal considering the books are already reasonably priced. And if you are a Housing Works member, you can add on another 10% off – who could ask for anything more.  Did I mention that the staff is phenomenal – welcoming, helpful and overflowing with graciousness and professionalism! I can’t say enough about this bookstore including the fact that all proceeds benefit the homeless and those affected by HIV/AIDS in NYC.

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Now for the Housing Works Thrift Store, I think they carry an above average variety of merchandise. The store is well organized and the displays are always nicely done. The staff is amazingly friendly and helpful. Also, the staff is honest when you ask opinions which I appreciate. I enjoyed looking through the selections and they do carry an array of sizes. My only wish is that they had more selections the day I was in but I figure they just sell out merchandise as soon as they stock it because of the popularity and location of this store.

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When it comes to accessories, in my humble opinion, I find that Housing Works carries the best jewelry. I have found some amazing pieces on my visits to various Housing Works. Not too long ago I found a pair of Elsa Perretti Tiffany sterling silver teardrop earrings that were an ABSOLUTE steal at $75 and a gorgeous choker for $10.00 at the Ninth Ave Housing Works. On this visit to SoHo, I found fun sparkly earrings 🙂 in a $2 basket that have become one of my favorites. I believe all merchandise in the windows is sold through online auctions.

The bottom line is that Housing Works may be a bit more expensive but it is worth it if you find something you love of good quality.

In case you are interested, here is the information on a membership with Housing Works:

https://www.housingworks.org/donate/membership

Housing  Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY
(212) 334-3324
Monday – Friday  – 10 am – 9 pm
Saturday – Sunday – 10 am – 5 pm

Housing Works Thrift Shop
130 Crosby Street
New York, NY
(646) 786-1200
Monday – Saturday – 11 am – 7 pm
Sunday – 11 am – 5 pm

Until next time, HAPPY SHOPPING!

 

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