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.)

 @HeyMaryElizabeth

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!!!