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Thrifted Thursday: Great Home Decor (And More) While Window Shopping on Retro Row, Long Beach

May 12, 2016

Retro Row, I just can’t quit you! This Thrifted Thursday chronicles yet another jaunt down Retro Row in my city — this time capturing some sweet pieces of home decor I spotted. Click through the slideshow to see all the finds that spoke to me that day. Most of them were one-of-a-kind gems, which, of course, are my jam. Take for instance this cookie jar. I love that it has the qualifier of “today” on it. Have a happy day? I get the sentiment, but when you add “today,” it makes it feel personal. This piece would fit nicely on a shelf in a mud room, a place that you pass through daily to appreciate its charm. Call me crazy, but I’m a fan of taxidermy insects and butterflies. The one pictured in this slideshow may even be dipping into moth territory. Anyway, it’s a beautiful piece that highlights a beautiful creature. Perhaps the most nonconventional piece in this post is the bowl of matchbooks. Clearly, this is a means for this particular thrift shop — Retroda: Past and Present — to store its expansive collection. But when you step back and look at it, this could be a fun design element for any living space. Place a bowl full of matchbooks on top of a coffee table, and add a few candles of varying heights. Boom! Statement piece. And then there’s the framed business cards of historical women figures throughout the ages (#girlpower!), which could also get visitors talking, as well as the vintage framed artwork. I live for it!

To see previous Thrifted Thursday rarities and good finds, click here.

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Thrifted Thursday: Window Shopping at Salvation Army, Long Beach

August 13, 2015

I wasn’t in a spending mood after donating, so window shopping at Salvation Army is how I spent one recent Saturday morning. The first thing that stopped me in my tracks was this glamorous beaded, cobalt blue gown. So regal, so elegant, so fancy. I had plans for this gown … until I saw the $80 price tag. So I left it right there for the next would-be buyer. A small piece of me is holding out hope that it’s still there when Salvation Army’s 40-percent-off sale is going on, at which point I’m gonna snatch it up without flinching. See more great finds after the jump!

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Thrifted Thursday: Thrift Shop Like a Pro, Part I

June 4, 2015

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I’ve been a proud thrift enthusiast for many years and often get queried by friends, family and colleagues about how I acquire so many great finds at secondhand stores. Well, if you’ve ever wondered about how we thrifters attain success, you’re in luck because I’ve compiled a list of hot tips that will empower you to thrift shop like a pro!

1. Look for coupons in the circulars or junk mail. Salvation Army, for example, regularly distributes fliers for sales happening in their stores. If you catch them at the right time, you can find a 40% off coupon and apply that on top of other discounts. Savings on top of savings!

2. Don’t be afraid to shop in sections beyond age or gender norms, especially because thrift shops don’t always keep things organized neatly. I’ve had luck in the children’s and men’s sections, and my admirers are always none the wiser.

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Outfit of the Day: Werk of Art

January 28, 2015

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Fashion imitated art for this sunny weekend moment, wherein this vintage collared floral dress complemented this larger-than-life mural found near Alamitos Beach in Long Beach, California.

See more of this bright Outfit of the Day after the jump!

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