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!!!

 

Halloween Haul

 

Yah girl is back on YouTube! I guess it’s the Gemini in me, but after working long and hard on my blog, I need another artistic and creative medium in sharing my content. I love love being expressive, and very impulsive as when I feel the need to create I do it, then there.

Having two different sides of my personality and you will never be sure with what you’ll get, so I guess that’s why I have two social media platforms to express myself. As at times I can be sociable, and communicative ready for fun white hitting the record button, I can ALSO be very serious with my content and indecisive on where to share it.

So after an afternoon having a DOUBLE Dirty Chai, I then, I remembered my YouTube!! Seriously folks, I go through deep waves of creative projects where I concentrate so hard on particular platform, and can’t maintain the rest of the social media branches.

 

Here, I’d like to share through VIDEO my Halloween CLEARANCE HAUL:

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Budget shopping is certainly a way of life for me. If it’s a decorative home decor item in my home, it was without a doubt on sale when I purchased it.

Check out my latest Halloween Clearance Haul, as I share a few items from my two favorite shopping stores Target & WalMart!

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Happy November everyone!

End Of Summer Clearance Finds

Summer is over, and  well, according to what the people say the first official day of autumn was September 22nd, which was 3 days ago. While I’ve pushed out all my autumn decor, and putting away my staple summer decorative pieces — retail stores have been marking down their summer inventory! Here are a few items that I’ve stumbled upon from UrbanOutfitters to Target!!

While shopping my at favorite retails, I always make it an effort to check out the stores backend of the store, or “end caps” of department aisle. UrbanOutfitters is one of my most favorite places to purchase marked down items. Whenever it’s the end of a season, retailers have to get rid of their previous inventory. UrbanOufitters apartment clearance items are a go-to for me!

While visiting Santana Row I had spotted a few ceramic mugs on the shelf. Stacked on top of one another, and mixed with a few political mugs. Mugs marked down to half the original price, is a definietly a home run. I had spotted 4 mugs that I was crushing over. A milk glass-esque mug, to 2 aqua and navy blue ceramic mugs. Originally $8, and cut down to $4.99, I knew I couldn’t pass them up.

See folks, I have a decorative mug problem. I collect mugs. And not just any mug. I like mix matching, simple mug coffee/tea cups. Usually mugs can cost you over $12.99 to $14.99. So seeing $4.99 for a cup is a steal!!! I ended up purchasing a “Natural High” mug, and a soft faint aqua colored mug. My personal kitchen style gravitates towards, soft, dainty, and eclectic. Really, I don’t have a name for it. If I like it, I buy it. I don’t like really giving a name to my style because it’s always changing. One minute I’ll love rustic pieces, another month I’ll be strictly all about vintage. What can I say? I can’t stick with one style.

I’ve come to terms that my house will never be at its finished complete perfect look. I’m always constantly buying more things every week. Yes. Literally, every week. From little small contributions to my home, my collection grows at a stable pace, with an evolving look, that turns to something new every time. Check out my newest page on my Home & Style page of my blog! From there you check out my interiors page, and see posts of my home!

Summer clearance mark downs are really fun. Something self-control is needed at hand. Example. If you find yourself at Target, and see all the fall/Halloween decor everywhere you look. It’s only September, and October hasn’t even hit. All the Halloween decor impulse shopping can honestly wait. Take your butt straight to the back end of the store and check out the Home & Garden clearance section. Marked down items from gardening tools, patio pieces, to fun summer picnic accessories. Check out these half dipped wooden coasters. Last seasons current trend of half painted pieces create a simple, modern fun touch to everyday pieces.

I scored the set of 4 coasters at $3.99 at Target. Each coaster had a wooden finish, with a half dipped painted touch from colors of white, aqua, coral, to sea-foam. A perfect pair to the set of 2 mugs I had previously purchased at UrbanOutfitters.

If you’re on budget with home decor, and need to spruce up the home, it’s all about adding small decorative pieces. At times, I lean on fresh florals to add life to my home, other times, I just need something new.

 

Check out the total of my new pieces:

 

UrbanOutfitters:

Natural High Mug, $4.99

Aqua Mug, $4.99

Target Coasters, $3.99

TOTAL: $14

A small amount does accumulate over time, as small purchases like these are made, but to me it’s all worth it. These coasters, and mugs have been in use everyday within my household.  What are your current end of summer marked down finds? Comment below!!