One thing the Sistys really like is a good Craft Night (accompanied by West Wing re-runs). And if that Craft Night involves a couple bottles of wine, then all the better!
But combining these two things to create Wine Crafts? Brilliant! What else could be as exciting to serious Thrifters than taking things no one uses and turning them into things that no one needs?
One possible roadblock - Thrifty Parents have become devoted to box wine, and it’s possible that Dad will not be swayed by the promise of an embroidered cork necklace. If this is the case, it might be advisable to make some new drinky friends, at least for the holiday season.
Greetings Thrifters! Sister Anna Mae here - don’t be misled by the fact that I’m signed in as Caroline. (I can’t seem to remember how to sign in as myself… the problem is being investigated). Just thought I’d let y’all in on some recent shopping successes at the Portland Goodwill in NW Portland.
Two amazing bags, both of which retail at over $80. I picked up the brown one (in immaculate condition) for $20 and the gray one for $7.50. While I don’t really have an excuse for purchasing the giant brown briefcase-like mac&jac bag (except that I like it), the gray bag will come in handy while I’m exploring Quito… it’s important to have a “cross body strap.”
The Village Merchant in Southeast Portland provides a host of funky furniture, decor, clothing, jewelry and linens. The prices are great and the selection runs the spectrum from super fun to highly functional (and there’s some overlap, too). I went looking for a bookshelf but instead took home two skirts and a fun gold necklace.
Last weekend I traveled from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem to check out a German Christmas Market. The Market was held at a gorgeous old Lutheran Church in the Christian Quarter of the Old City. Along with hot spiced wine, fresh baked goods and locally made crafts, there was a second hand clothing sale. I managed to find a sweater for myself and a few gifts as well. Overall, an excellent, thrifty day.
It’s been over a year but I am, at long last, posting the final video of our journey to the world’s longest yard sale. It gives an overall view of the sale along with interviews with a few of the vendors we met along the way.
On a routine trip to Todd Farm this summer, Anna and I met Merton. Merton is the Deputy Town Clerk of Kennebunk Maine who, in his free time, collects, buys and sells vintage linens, mainly tablecloths.
We were pretty googly eyed over the beautiful retro prints as well as Merton’s charm and green glasses. He explained to us that in addition to helping the citizens of Maine (and Massachusetts apparently - he offered to “do my marriage license”) Merton also does weddings. Couples enlist him to find and select linens that fit the season or theme of their wedding and Merton provides. From what we saw at Todd Farm, I imagine that the end result is stunning.
I bought a couple of floral printed cloths from him and asked how to get in touch, should I wish to buy more (we were lucky enough to catch Merton on the one day a year that he sells at Todd Farm!). He replied, “Just call up the Clerks Office in Kennebunk and ask for Merton, as in curtain.”
Here I am in my new home - Portland, Oregon. Be aware, Thrifters, there’s plenty of material out here and you’re going to hear all about it.
While wandering about town today I came across this “Junk To Funk” display showcasing some trashion created by local art students.
Junk to Funk combines “visual and performance art, fashion, sustainability education, interactive activities and entertainment.”
These pieces are perfect representations of Portland. First of all, it’s a very environmentally aware place so the project has a perfect home. Second, everywhere you look you see bikes, coffee, rain and outdoor sports enthusiasts… the fashion certainly makes excellent use of what’s around!
For more information about this very cool organization check out their website.
The other day I was perusing a website about the “fashion evolution” of several celebrities, and was surprised to find myself most infatuated with First Lady Michelle Obama’s sense of style. That woman always looks good! I’ve been in a fashion (and financial) rut lately so I decided to take this inspiration and get myself over to my favorite consignment store: The Forget-Me-Not in Ipswich.
Caroline and I have been consigning there for years and, despite the fact that the store is on the small side, we always manage to locate amazing, stylish and thrifty finds. Taking a page from Mrs. Obama’s notebook, I purchased a full skirt and longish mohair sweater. She usually tops off such an outfit with a large belt, but I decided to go with my over-sized earrings (a thrifty Christmas present from Caroline) instead.
I strongly recommend tapping into the fashion ideas of some well-dressed women, and then exploring the look on a budget… consignment stores are a great place to do this. While their prices aren’t as low as thrift stores, their inventory tends to be more selective and seasonally appropriate.
Check out your local yellow pages for your nearest consignment store. Also, think about signing up for an account there - that way you can use what you make to buy more stuff! I mean… put in your savings!
Welcome to Thrifty Sisty, a blog about the joys of thrifting, written by two enthusiastic sisters, Anna and Caroline. As Anna says, this blog will cover, “our stunning wit, lack of financial discipline and borderline hoarding disorders.” We also hope to inform our readers of the wonderful world of thrift that surrounds them, through tips, stories, photos and webisodes.
So grab your ice coffee and five dollar bill and join us as we explore all things secondhand, marked down, vintage, gently used and left on the side of the road!