Thrift Store Picture Frames

The first official weekend has finally passed, and I’m here at home styling any shelf I can spot within my home, that needs some additional detail. An easy personal touch to the home are family photos. Memories of the past, mile stones, or special occasions. Whenever the family and I have our yearly family photoshoot I almost immediately print them all out. From standard size 4×6 prints to 5x7s….By natural instinct, I print them out, to get the task of printing out of the way.

This weekend, I had finally gotten the opportunity to address the photo prints, and put them into frames. When it comes to home decor, buying frames is one of those home finishing burden’s no one really wants to do. Just like rolling up clean socks at the end of folding all your clean laundry. It’s the task that you saved at the end.

Well, I have some budget friendly/picture frame news for you!! The thrift shop has oodles and oodles of picture frames waiting for you!! Picture frames at the thrift store have been my staple for while. From $0.20-$.70, these decorative beauties have been saving my so much money, as well as providing my photos a well structured, good quality home to admire in my living space.

When it comes to shopping for furniture, or any home accent piece, I know that first-hand experience is important in helping you make an informed decision about the item you are purchasing. It’s easy to walk into Target, IKEA, ZGallerie, and Pier1Imports, but we all don’t have the funds to do so. So, thrift stores have been my first choice in anything home decor.

Thrift store shopping isn’t for everyone, BUT flea markets, garage sales, and Craigslist are also great alternatives for secondhand shopping. While others love spending $5-$15 for a one 5×7 frame, I can enjoy my 5-7 golden frames from the thrift store. You decide. Your savings. Your style.

Happy thrifting!!!

 

Wicker Basket Tray Wall Art

Whenever I visit my parents house, I love “shopping,” around in search of things my mother probably does not need. Let’s be real, our parents love to hoarder things, from shoes, flower pots, kitchenware, or old bedsheets from when you were a kid in the 90s. This past weekend, I was able to score a wicker basket tray with handles from my mom which she had thrifted. She was using it as a stand for another tray that was placed on her small coffee table. A tray on a tray? You’re wondering? I was thinking the same thing..

I straightforwardly asked my mom if I could have it, and she plainly just said yes. Did I have a vision for this wicker basket tray? Not yet…..Well, not until I saw the Spring 2017 Catalog for Target. I’ve gathered a bit of inspiration from the spring collection, as home interior trends for summer are slowly coming in. From wicker basket textures, to boho, international ethnic bold mono marks. Target, World Market, HomeGoods, and IKEA alike are all over these summer time trends.

After collecting inspiration, I knew the perfect easy DIY for this wicker basket tray. All you need is a little hot glue, and some of my favorite greens. Succulents!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Hot Glue
  • Wire Pliers
  • Faux Greenery/Succulents/Air plants
  • Wicker Basket Tray

Directions:

All I did was break my greenery stems, and plastic air plants and arranged them on opposite sides of the wicker basket.

  1. Cut the plastic greenery using a wire plier. This tool comes so handy, especially when cutting wired floral stems.
  2. Arrange the greenery in a way that suites your liking.
    I love adding that natural flow of growth of the greens. Although they are fake, still style the succulent plants in a way that look natural and organic.
  3. Hot glue your greenery securely to the wicker basket.
  4. Nail on wall, and simply hang around your living space!
  5. Enjoy!

Wasn’t that painless? I love simple short DIYs that cause nothing, and take no more than 30mins! It’s literally ready to hang instantly!!!

Thanks to my mom for scoring this wicker basket tray from a thriftstore for under $3!!!!

Styling Thrifted Candle Holders

My obsession with thrifting candle holders has definitely reached an ultimate high. I have at least 4 different thrift stores in my area, and each thrift store brings me joy every time I walk in for my daily hunts. Candle holders are my latest craze these days compared to those dollar buys at Target (a weakness to all of us.)

Owning a bunch of brass candlestick holders is starting to become not only an obsession, but a problem. From what seemed to be a small expense of $1-$3 a candle holder, means constantly buying candlesticks… Guys, it’s been a while since I’ve walked into a Bath & Body Works for a good scented 3-wick candle. I’m constantly burning through candlesticks around the house in the evening, my electric utility bill has gone down!!!

 

If you take a looksie at my Instagram feel, I’m pretty sure every other post has a candlestick or two, or three. If you’re not following my IG, please do! I try my best to keep up with it, but if I’m not posting on my blog, I’m sure I’ll be on IG.

Please follow your girl HERE.

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My most recent candle holder purchase were these brass Christmas holders from a local thrift store my neighbor told me to check out here in Sacramento. Located in the Arden-Arcade area of Sacramento, Deseret offers great prices, good quality, great staff, and a huge selection. Coming in on a Saturday afternoon, the family and I were surprised by their cleanliness. For a thrift store you usually expect a little grunge feel to it, but Deseret felt like a small town Mervyn’s on liquidation. For those younger readers out there, Mervyn’s is like a Kohl’s.

If ever in the Sacramento area, willing to check out a thrift store, be sure to check out Deseret Industries!!

Deseret Industries

3000 Auburn Blvd.

Sacramento, CA 95821

My obsession with candleholders was influenced on IG of course! These Scandinavian influenced details easily create that warm feel to any living space! Candles are the simplest way to add an extra coziness to your home. Whenever walking to any thriftstore, I’m always searching for these stunning Nordic-style candle holders to accentuate my candles with.

Are going through an obsession of a decorative accessory for the home?! Candles? Candle holders? Throw pillows and blankets?! Comment below! I’d love to know your current obsession!

Or tag me on Twitter and tell me all about it! Twitter @tiffanystidings!

 

Weekend Thrift Store Haul

After 5 days of working, my Friday’s usually are made up of a “quick,” stop to my local thrift store. When I say quick, I mean I have about an hour and half to myself between getting off work, and picking up my kindergartener from school. Last Friday, I decided to check out a Goodwill in West Sacramento. This location was a little bit in the “hood,” but having a mod podge of retailers and restaurants next door such as a Mexican taqueria, an ‘I Love Teriyaki,’ spot, and the DollarTree, I felt, just a tad — safe.

As I walked into the thrift store, I knew the exact items I was looking for. Brass, vases, candlesticks. Seriously, thats all I look for. Candlesticks have definitely been an obsession of mine for the past couple of months, and vases have just started to love due to the fact of Spring, and having fresh florals in the home as decorative piece is always nice.

I was able to score an IKEA vase called the SOCKERART (Retailing at $9.99), and purchased it for $3.19!!!

I also got a cool vintage syrup dispenser for $0.69!! It was mission the lid, but I really liked the clear vintage look, along with the size, approximately being 4″ tall.

After I had rinsed all my kitchenware, I took a moment in researching some info on my tiny syrup dispenser. It had so happen that my nice vintage cut glass creamer or syrup dispenser was from the early 1900’s, and can run for about $25. (WHAAAH?) Now, of course, you’d think:  “Tiffany, why aren’t you reselling these pieces?” See, if I wanted to make a profit out of my finds, I honestly, would have already done it. But……My focus are on my blog, and making my own personal brand (through TiffanysTidings.) 

One more item I scored at the thrift store was a brand new unopened Dixit board game. I so excited when I spotted Dixit. To sum it fairly quickly, it’s the visual version of Apples To Apples. This card game was introduced to my family as a gift from my sister-in-law. With cards with pictures, you shape the stories it tells…. Dixit is perfect for adults, children, family and friends. Anyone with whom you share a love for stories.

Curious about Dixit? Read more about the game HERE.

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A picture if worth a thousand words!

I got the board game for $4.19! And Amazon has it for $24.97!!! (Heeyoo!!)

After my awesome scores from Friday, I ended up finding some down time on a Sunday afternoon. Leaving the husband and kids behind at home, mommy was able to get some THRIFT time. I went to a different Goodwill in Sacramento, which happens to be my go-to thrift store. Here is where I landed the motherload!!!

I scored more candle sticks, gold picture frames, a cool UrbanOutfitters inspired (vintage) mug for $0.24, and a great condition LIFE board game!!! The family and I have been really into board games/card games lately, so any way purchasing them at a discounted price helps, and checking the thrift store for board games is THUMBS UP by this mama!!

If you’re a fan of thrifting and enjoy my thrift store hauls, be sure to check out my THRIFTING Page of my blog! It’s the one place of my blog where all my thrift store posts are at!!

I honestly can’t wait for the weekend! More thrifting, more savings!

What’s In My Cart

It’s no surprise that I’m a huge thrift store shopper. I have no shame at all, claiming I love secondhand chic items. Some people call it trash, other call it treasures. And that’s what I love about it. The thrift store hunt, is not only the bargain prices you get, but also the amazing items you find during the hunt. In this post, I’ll share with you my favorite items I gravitate towards, and items I’ve been currently obsessing about……

Goodwill is my go to thrift store at the moment. Back in the Bay Area, I had more options, like St. Vincent de Paul, The Hope Station, EcoThrift, and also ThriftTown. Not only that, but just along within Berkeley & Oakland alone, had a few neighborhood antique/thrift shops I loved visiting.

When shopping at the Goodwill, I always get myself a cart. Knowing, I love love love love love me some glassware. Pulling around those dinky pull basket carts doesn’t do it for a thrift store shopper like myself. I gather, gather, gather, then shave off at the end.

HOUSEWARES is my main target at the thrift store. Item’s I’m ALWAYS aiming to buy include:

  • Glassware (Champagne Glass, Cups, Ornate Bowls, Mugs)
  • Serving Trays
  • Picture Frames
  • Bedding (I’ve found plenty of great printed pillowcases -Target/Ikea Brands, to name a few..)
  • Window Coverings

In the picture above, I was able to find a brand new window sheer covering (2 shades included), for $3 (Retail usually costs $14-$25 @JCPenny/Target)

Other awesome items I’ve been picking up lately are great glassware kitchen pieces. I scored a octagon shaped glass bowl, made from France, a Cost Plus World Market printed mug, and also an Anthropologie mint shade glass cup all between the costs of $0.95 to $1.19.

FYI: Anthropologie’s glassware can run $10-$12 a pop, for a single cup alone!!

Everything you see in the car above only costs me $23!!

A few items I’ve been super obsessing about  are Blue Willow China, and candlesticks. I’ve been following a few creative minds on instagram and the usage of candle sticks, lit a flame within me!! The simple look of antique gold with a simple wax tall candle stick, brought a new perspective to me to decorate my home.

Within the months of November to December, I’ve literally purchased about 12 candle sticks, and have scattered them around my home. The prices of these lovely candle sticks could range me from $1.99-$3.19 each. All pretty affordable, for the great detail and impact in brings as I style with them.

As for Blue Willow China, I was inspired by Mary Elizabeth on YouTube. A professional interior decorator & stylist, with the coolest taste!!

I’ve been following Mary Elizabeth for a few years now, and I can honestly say, she is one of the few channel’s that got me going to pursue my YouTube channel. I mean, I know I haven’t contributed to my YT in awhile, but I’ll get there. Give a girl break, I’ve been focusing so hard on this blog, as well as my family here in Sacramento, that it does become a little difficult to handle another social platform. ANYWHO! Enough with the excuses. Back to Blue Willow China!! –After getting inspired, I was obsessing over it on Craigslist, Ebay, even Etsy. All platforms offered great amounts of blue willow china. And then I said, “well, what about the thrift store………”

…It was a game changer.

Stay tuned for my Blue Willow (Thrifted Finds.)

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If you’re interested in fun and cool interiors and pretty vintage decorative things, follow Mary!!! Trust me, any vintage/eclectic head, would love to be May Elizabeth’s bff!!! Go check her out!!

 

Goodwill Shopping Guide

Ok, so this post is so long over due, but over the course of my time blogging seeing related posts of thrifting, I’m pretty sure you can pick up the kind’ve items I gravitate towards at thrift stores. Thrift store shopping started at an early age for me, as long as I can remember, I remember summers as a kid walking into Goodwills weekends, and all school breaks. My aunty was a huge thrift store shopper, and in her early 20’s, living at my grandparents house (her parents house) she would bring me along on these fun afternoons of thrifting.

My parents were working all the time, but weekends were meant for garage sales, and flea markets. My mom and her sister would bring me along on a ton of errands which included mainly all secondhand shopping. So since then, I’ve been addicted. Anything secondhand, I love. I guess that why my style is very eclectic. I appreciate all the styles coming from different times, cultures, to different textures, shape, and colors. If you personally think they go, have appreciation for the style, and can style your finds in a unique cohesive manner…..AWESOME!! Read on, as I’m sure you’ll appreciate this post for thrift store tips and tricks…

My craze for thrifting is definitely up there. Not to the point of hoarding, and stockpiling a crazy amount of vintage plates, but a fairly reasonable collection of household goods. In a month, my family and I will reach our 1 year anniversary living in Sacramento. I’d like to proudly say, within the past 11 months, I’ve managed to decorate my home with plenty of items all discounted, Craigslisted, and also thrifted.

With having plenty of Goodwills around my area, I’ve found a few tricks as I shop. Just a disclaimer if you’re new to thrifting….Thrifting can be a hit or miss. Don’t expect you walking out of a store with everything you need for a particular living area in your home. It takes time to thrift, and as well to style. If you’re looking to complete decorating a room through thrifting, it may cost you a few visits at a couple different locations.

So here is my Goodwill Shopping Guide…..

  1. Shop Regularly
    With any avid thrifter, you know going to your local thrift store means having to check it multiple times within a month. If not that, always checking other thrift stores in your area. This gives you the advantage of searching through as much areas as possible.
  2. Know What You’re Looking For
    You would never walk into a grocery store if your intent was to meal plan for the week. Like thrifting, you have to know what you’re looking for. From books, sweaters, glassware, keep it simple. And focus on the item at hand. This will keep you less distracted by the rest.

    I always go for the home department, but I’ve trained my boys to search through books and toys. They’ve gotten really good at it, if I might say for myself…

  3. Go For It
    Never, ever, tell yourself that item you like will be there when you come back. Because, it won’t!!! I’ve gone through this many times. Even at garage sales. I took one look, looked away for literally 4 minutes, it was sold. Just go for it!!
  4. Be Creative (Pinterest Inspired)
    Not all the times thrift store goods are good looking. Look outside of the box, and create something new. Upcycle, repurpose, renew a piece of furniture, clothing, or picture frame. Need some inspo? Pinterest!
  5. Visit Stores In Different Neighborhoods
    Just like regular visits, expand to different neighborhoods. Also, make it good, neighborhoods. The high income rollers if you know what I mean. You may possibly score some awesome CB2, ZGallerie, Nordstrom goodies.
  6. Know Sale Days
    Sunday’s are sale days at my local Goodwill. Each sale day usually consists of a focused colored tag. From 20%-30%-50% off. Sale days, are the days to check out your local Goodwill. It’s soooo worth it.

 

So there’s my Goodwill Shopping guide. This obviously wasn’t a haul, which I typically like doing, but I’m starting to share a lot of my hauls on IG Stories on my personal IG account. (@tiffanymaca) I promise I’ll get in the habit of sharing more on my @tiffanystifings account. But until then, stay tuned on my thrift store decorating posts!!!

 

Budget Friendly Living Room

I was going through my storage bins in my garage, putting Halloween decor away from my living room, when I realized many of the item’s purchased were from all budget friendly stores. My decorative pieces all came from a Thrift store, as all my anchored/staple living room pieces were LITERALLY all coming from a budget friendly source. With having a small budget, to basically no budget at all, styling with whatever you have or even a few bucks, you can definietly achieve a simplistic living room chic look.

Before the holidays kick in and your newsfeed is cluttered with Thanksgiving anything, and Pinterest inspiration, I thought this would be a great opportunity, to plug in this post of the “transitional” time in decorating. Setting back to your living room, before the next seasonal change. Many of us, may be putting away all our spiderwebs, candlesticks, and skulls, but a few of us, may still be at a clean slate of no sign of holiday decorating. I get it, holiday decorating can get expensive. So why bother buying it, when you haven’t established your unique style to your living room just yet? Here’s my few tips on decorating your living room on a slim budget!

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Here is small list of my budget friendly go-to’s for living room decorating! I cannot stress enough how much good stuff I find, every time I make my visit to these oh so favorite spots of mine.

 

  • Target
    We all love Target. Only thing is, everyone loves Target, so if you continue purchasing e v e r y t h i n g there, the possibility of someone else (a friend, neighbor, co-working, or even family member will have it too!) Who wants that?! Be different, have your own unique sense of style. Check out their Dollar Spot, and aisle end caps of CLEARANCE items. Also, know your Target’s Markdown Schedule!!Usually….its:Thursday – Housewares & Decor

 

  • WalMart
    The prices at WalMart cannot be beaten for brand new kitchenware items. Particular celebrity brands love teaming up with big chain department stores especially in the houseware department –so keep a look out for that!
  • Ross
    Many great decorative pieces can be found at Ross, also great quality bedding can be found. Don’t get flustered if the mess is too much. Remember it’s all about the hunt. Ross isn’t suppose to be a Nordstrom! That’s why it’s cheap and affordable!

  • Local Furniture Shops
    See this Craigslist ad?! It’s actually my sofa!!! Checking out local furniture shops in your area gives you an opportunity to support local family owned businesses, vs the big time home stores.Craigslist
  • Craigslist
    Craigslist is my NUMBER ONE source of anything shopping for the home or kitchen, or basically anything DIY, or ready to flip. It’s all about the key words!! Search out of the box key words, or outside sources that may be relatable to what you want.
    Example:
    “CB2, Restoration Hardware, West Elm, Etsy, UrbanOutfitters, World Market, Rustic….”
    This coffee table was purchased from Craigslist for only $25! After careful searching on the site, I was able to find a coffee table that actually ties in with my new sofa!Last but not least the one store that I once would visit 2-3 times year, now I’ve visited 2-3 times a month is……
  • IKEA
    I live very very close to an IKEA, so having that near to me is very refreshing. I can come in very casually looking for inspiration for my home. I check in my boys at the Ikea Playplace, and that gives mommy a solid 1 hour of browsing around child FREE. ***Be sure to check out their frames, plants, and kitchenware for affordable prices that beat other retailers. Those are the hot spots for me.

BUT Tiffany, what about…

Garage Sales, Flea Markets, Thrift Shops

Oh girl, you know me, that HAS to be ANOTHER blog post!!! I promise I’ll post one soon, on my favorites items to buy for your home from those exact places!!!!

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In the mean time, follow me on IG so you can see what’s happening now!!

I usually do find myself at the thrift shop once or twice a week!

ALSO!! Be sure to check out what I’ve found in recently from Craigslist and other fabulously frugal places!!

! Cough cough….Target!

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Thank you guys so much for visiting my blog! I love to share where I buy items, because I love the hunt!!! This is a short list of my budget decorating go-to’s — Stay tuned for more budget decorating hauls, and tours of my new home in Sacramento!

Why I Thrift For My Kids

Discover awesome apparel for your little guys at thrift stores!! It is ingrained in me to thrift for my children and myself. With non-stop growing children, and myself going through a weight loss journey buying new clothes all the time is no option. As long as they are in good condition, they fit well, and are stylish and trendy. This post and video was inspired by Stephanie from Six Figures Under! She had written a post about 6 Reasons to Get Kids Clothes Secondhand, and I couldn’t agree anymore than her! When I came across the blog, everything she had listed was already things I was actively doing! (Read more HERE)

Here are the 6 Reasons to get kids (and yourself!) clothes secondhand:

  1. It’s WAY Cheaper!

    Thrift stores, garage sales, consignment shops, Craigslist, and one of my favorites Facebook Buy/ Sell/ Trade Mommy Groups are many ways to get clothes for cheap or even free! For a brand new pair of jeans sold at Kohls, you could get three or four (or many more!) used ones! Saving money is the number one reason for buying pre-worn/pre-used clothes.

  2. Sufficient Selection

    You don’t have to worry about your child wearing that same shirt from Target (We’ve all seen it happen!) Select classic patterns and styles that are trendy. Inventory at thrift stores is always changing. Hit the racks, and search for those outstandingly good finds.

  3. Stains? No Problem!

    Kids clothes are a magnet for disaster. It hurts when I’ve spent money on a brand new outfit only to have it be ruined the first time my kid wears it. Buying used clothes won’t make your kids less messy, but it will save some frustration.

  4. Make Money

    I found a DVF Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress at my local Savers for $24. Those dresses cost $368 at Bloomingdales! When you find excellent clothes at great prices, go ahead and grab them, even if they won’t fit you or your kids! You can sell them on ebay or turn them in for credit at your local consignment store!

  5. It’s Green!

    Buying used is a away to recycle. It keeps good items out of landfills and decreases the demand for new manufacturing. By making “buying used,” your standard, you are being more environmentally friendly.

  6. Kids Grow
    Buying used kids clothes also allows you to buy a season and size ahead without over-spending. Even when seasons and sizes don’t match up, it’s nice that you didn’t pay full price for those items they’ll never wear. If some pieces manage to survive #3, I pass them on to your youngest son. Replacing an entire wardrobe of outgrown clothes (or for me, clothes that are now too large for me) by shopping at thrift stores and garage sales won’t ruin your budget. You can pass on the clothes that don’t fit to another family member, or turn them around and sell them on a Facebook Group.

How about you….

  • Do you regularly buy secondhand children’s clothes?
  • How about for yourself?
  • What are the biggest reasons you do or don’t buy used clothes?youtube


Check out my latest Thrift Store Haul video on YouTube!!

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Sweet Kimonos

Last fall, I went on a thrifting shopping-spree of searching for only kimonos. A lot of the times I walk into a thrift store I walk in with one main focus. This keeps me to concentrate on purchasing on one main product. I dig through the racks only in search of one kind of garment. Fall Kimonos.

When you think of a kimono, I’m sure the first thing you think of is the traditional Japanese garment. All last year, social media and fashion blogs turned this spring summer cover up into a uniform. After last fall’s shopping kimono hunt, I honestly never got around to wearing it due to weather conditions, and change of season. Now, mid-February here in California it’s been finally warming up into Spring! I’ve taken out my collection of thrifted and gifted secondhand kimonos in preparation for my Spring uniform!

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From left to right:

Forever21 Cherry Blossom Kimono ($7, Savers), H&M Black Kimono ($7, Savers), Target Butterfly (Old purchase), Red Velvet Kimono ($10, Cotton On)

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 (Left) Secondhand Cotton On Kimono, (Right) Secondhand Anthropologie Floral Fringe Kimono

If you type in ‘kimono,’ on Pinterest, you’ll see loads of fashionista boho inspired outfits. From cutoffs, Selena bustier, to floral print kimono. With spring now approaching, I honestly cannot wait to wear this long, sheer, light-weight cardigan-type pieces of clothing! They may be last year’s spring/summer trend, but IDGAF!! I thrifted these babies!!!

These kimonos are perfect for the warmer weather because they’re light and airy, but still cover up if you’re chilly or you just want to cover up your shoulders. They come in all sorts of beautiful patterns, and can be worn with everything! As a mommy, when I only have five minutes to get dressed in the morning, that means I’ll be reaching for the kimonos!! Simply throw a kimono layer over any outfit and you’ll be out the door in a flash!!

My go-to outfit:

Simple oversize cami, and roughed up boyfriend jeans. Add the kimono, and viola!

I’ll be thrifting later on this week, hopefully I’ll be able to add more to my collection! Keep it cool, kimono lovers!

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