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!!!

 

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!

$300 Dining Room

In the early years of being a stay-at-home mom, I often found myself in a pickle as I stayed at home caring for my young baby boys, but staring into my home and its empty canvas. You may not have known this about me, or maybe you have — for those who know me personally, I did once attend art school, pursuing to become an interior designer. Life happened, pregnancy got me, and school unfortunately did not fall through. During my long days at home, I’d stare at my walls, and blank canvas of our current home and imagine all the beautiful pieces of furniture that are out there. Of course, reality strikes, and says “With what money honey?!” 

We are are not made of money. Some of us are blessed to live in a household where the husband and wife can live conformably and have extra expenses for home decor from amazing decorative retailers. Some, may not. I’m blessed enough to be able to stay at home, and also have a job that allows me to purchase household decor and accessories, but money is tight when it comes down to bigger household decorative expenses…..So I had to get creative in furnishing my home.

Over the course of moving, and jumping from apartment to a 5 bedroom, 3 bedroom, and back to 3 bedroom, furniture and moving expenses can go out the window. From upgrading space, to downgrading, I had to play it right for our wallets, and our time. In the past, I was able to put in the time and elbow grease to actually flip pieces of furniture I found on Craigslist. (My oh so favorite place to shop for everything home decor and furniture.)

When we scaled down to a smaller home, it was easy for my to get rid of furniture and let go of them, as I knew those were DIY projects that were only pieces of furniture to hold our time at the current house. At this time, it was easier to part ways with my low budget furniture as the money and time spent painting it, was well worth while.

Investing in new furniture as you go.

As years went on moving city to city, and my children growing older, I found myself purchasing furniture off Craigslist that were a little more expensive. I was looking towards highly quality items, as in the past, there weren’t so great. The years also grew financially, as we were able to afford a little more. (Not so West Elm, but possibly World Market used*)

My taste also changed over the years, sometimes it was totally worth to spend the $90-$100 for that china cabinet, as I knew it was something I loved, and wanted to be in our collection of home furniture. If you loved buying used, it’s always cheaper. BUT always know, it’s always a hit or miss on Craigslist. You’re not always going to find exactly what you’re looking for.

DIY, DIY, DIY

In my last home, my husband’s childhood friend started a business of making wooden tables and benches. He would take custom orders from start ups in San Francisco, and also created his own Etsy site. I contacted him, and he made us our know dining room table. At a lower price, it left the table unpainted, for me to paint myself. This was the start to my $300 and under dining room.

Once we had moved to Sacramento, I had a blank room, with only a dining table. I was so off, and didn’t fit our home, I headed straight to my computer to hut for pieces to compliment the room.

What You See in my dining room:

Dining Table (Gift) = $200

Discounted handmade dining table, given to me and my husband.

Chairs (Goodwill Outlet) = $12

I purchased the pair of chairs for $12, and painted + distressed it myself.

Buffet Table (Craigslist) = $50

+ New Knobs $8

This was a. already painted buffet table, which my son and I distressed, and I added new knobs to add my style. The knobs only cost me $4 each!

TOTAL: $270

Now, if you total up everything above, that brings my dining room area at $270!!!! With a few upgrades, elbow grease, I’ve managed to decorate my dining are with secondhand items, and a lucky chance of scoring an affordable dining table, all with networking.

If you want  to check out more of Decorating Style, you can check out my Decorating Page HERE.

For more secondhand scores, and my thrift store finds, I also have a Thrifting Page on my blog. Click HERE.

Stay tuned as I have some fun exciting products to share, to make your living room space, a lot more comfortable, and cozy!!! Couple included!!!!

Thriftstore Upcycle: Liquor Decanter

A few days ago, I had went to the grand opening of the newest Goodwill here in Sacramento. With my mental list of thrift store needs, I walked in ready and excited to find what new goodies I can get my hands on. I stumbled upon lots of glassware, and this fabulous liquor decanter for $4, with the topper!! I snagged it, along with other home accessories and went on my way. Now, I’m no huge drinker, I’d love to thrift me a bar cart – but not to display alcoholic beverages, mainly for desserts and sweets when entertaining.  I don’t even use my china cabinet properly for fancy dishes. I had plans to use my newly thrifted liquor decanter for my husbands Listerine.


I got the idea of using a liquor decanter from an Airbnb spot we stayed last summer in San Francisco. It was a cool loft located in Dogpatch. If you’re new to my blog, I go to San Francisco every month, checking in at cool Airbnb spots throughout Potrero Hill and the surrounding neighborhoods. My monthly visits are piggy-backing visits as my husband goes there for business. We always make a thing out of it, as he combines his business trip, extended to a weekend getaway for mommy daddy.

You can see more of our Airbnb Trips on my Instagram HERE.

Using a liquor decanter for Listerine, is one of the most clever things I’ve ever seen. Little details such as using an ornate piece of a bar accessory for simple daily tasks makes the task of mouth washing more pleasurable.

After placing the thrifted liquor decanter and top in the dishwasher, I couldn’t wait to ti take it upstairs to our master bathroom. The clean crystal clear glass looked even more amazing then when I purchased it off the shelf at Goodwill. I took my husbands (Costco size) Listerine and poured it in the decanter. Seeing the beautiful aqua blue – ultraclean mouth wash looked so good in the decanter!

 

Do you know that feeeling when you see something at Z Gallerie or West Elm, and you completely achieved a look such as theirs on your own, and under budget…

This was that. And that feeling rocks!!

Stay tuned for more of my Winter Break Thrift store finds!!! I gathered so many goodies this week, I can’t possibly write a post of them all!

So stay tuned!!!!!!!!!!

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!

Frugal In Fall

It doesn’t make much to style a home for fall. Honestly, decorating for fall is easier than decorating for Christmas, in my opinion. Here’s a quick example of a style coffee table that isn’t so Pinterest Perfect, but fabulously frugal. Everything currently on my coffee table was all less than $10 each. All you need is time, and willingness to check out for local thrift stores, weekend flea markets, Dollar Trees, and clearance sale days at your favorite retailers (My Fav Spots: Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, and also Bath And Body Works!)

Here I’ll list a few items I purchased at my local favorite shops, that didn’t cost me an arm and a leg. These items can be styled so easily with any style you have that suites the personality of any home, willing to add in the touch of fall!!!

(Above photo, leaf candy dish, Thrifted @Savers)

 

What’s on my coffee table:

(My current living room coffee table)

  • -Pumpkin Candle Holder
  • -Leaf Candy Dish
  • -Faux Pumpkin
  • -One Wick Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Candle
  • -Decorative Skeleton

 

Pumpkin Candle Holder

Purchased a thrift store last year for $4. Every fall I go on a seasonal decorative hunt strictly for pumpkins. Last year, I collected quite a few, but a great beginning to a tradition I plan to continue every year for fall decorating. The metal bronze like pumpkin candle holder had enough space to fit in a decorate pumpkin which I added.

Leaf Candy Dish

Also thrifted, purchased at a Savers for $2. A Better Homes and Gardens brand (Originally sold at WalMart) this candy dish sit’s perfectly next to my pumpkin display. It usually contains bobby pins I take off at the end of the night, car keys, sunglasses, or misc. tiny toys I find on the carpet through the day. OCD Me usually clears out the leaf dish, and placing the random items back to it’s proper place.

Faux Pumpkin

I purchased a bunch of these faux pumpkin’s during a visit to a flea market last year. Faux pumpkin’s are usually scattered in different corners of my home. Bookshelves, night stands, coffee end tables, they add that simple decorative harvest touch to the home. Easy to style. Easy to decorate.

One Wick Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Candle

A one wick candle purchased at Bath And Body Works. Stay alert with those coupons, and special clearance days. These babies usually cost $12! So expensive, but when you can buy these candles on those special days when its a buy 2 get one free, or 50% off days, it’s nice to capitalize on those sale dates! Candle buyers know. Sale dates are IMPORTANT!

Decorative Skeleton

(A simple Halloween touch!)

This is one of the easiest ways to decorate for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Pumpkins throughout October and November are a no brainer. Adding a simple Halloween spooky skeleton takes literally no effort. I purchased a garland of skeletons from the DollarTree, and took them apart. Easily adding them wherever it seemed right. The skeleton man, sits aside from the faux pumpkin. Easy styling made simple, and simply remove it the day after Halloween, and there your styled pumpkin arrangement is still presentable for Thanksgiving!

I hope these simple festive fall decor tips helped!! Thrift stores, flea markets, and DollarTree spots are my home. My holy grail spots to shop before settling with Target! If you are frugal budget friendly stylist like me, comment below, and let me know how you style for the fall harvest season on a dime!

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Back To Thrifting

Being an avid thrift store shopper, I have to put limits on my purchases. Although, I love checking thrift stores or any secondhand shop before some purchases, thrifting can become addicting. With a month into the new year, of I finally got the wonderful chance to thrift shop. I had some pocket of time to kill and browse a thrift shop near my parents house, and saw that they were having a 20% off home good items. Perfect, it was my kind’ve day!

I came across a plate that I’ve seen many times at popular novelty shops and knew I must get my hands on it. It was this Fred & Friends Food Face plate that was priced at a $1. This unique ceramic plate will let your child play with his food and exercise his creativity at the same time! From mashed potatoes and peas, the possibilities are endless! Fred & Friends Food Face plate is a mid-sized, high quality, and food-safe ceramic. Such a fun, and distinctive table piece.

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The plate was in perfect condition, except for the small paint chip on the face plate of the characters nose. But for a discounted price of $0.75 I, and my children wouldn’t mind at all!!

You can take a look at other fun and unique Fred & Friends here.Fred & Friends

Fred & Friends: Food Face Plate

Original Retail Price: $13

Thrifted for: $0.75

 

I hope I could find more great novelty items at thrift stores! I’ll keep a look out!

Happy Thrifting!

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