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Material things don't matter much to me. That is one major reason why I love to thrift. It doesn't cost much, it's an adventure and you always come away feeling good. So why not thrift?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hand-painted rose oil painting is a special find



Original hand-painted oil rose painting is quite a find for $5 at a thrift store.
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On a recent thrifting trip, I took a few minutes to glance at the artwork that was available.
Usually, I don't find anything that strikes me.
The prints and paintings I mostly see are faded and look like they would have been perfect hanging on a wall in the 1980's.
That's why I was so shocked to find this beautiful original hand-painted oil rose painting for only $5. The wooden frame is a little beat up, but I know I can fix it.
The painting itself is priceless.
The biggest reason is because the painting is of roses.
Roses are special to me because of the daily novena I say to my patron saint, St. Theresa.

The novena is simple:
O Little Theresa of the Child Jesus,
Please pick for me a rose
from the heavenly garden
and send it to me
as a message of love.
O Little Flower of Jesus,
ask God to grant the favors
I now place with confidence
in you hands.
(mention your special prayer request here)
St. Theresa, help me to always believe
as you did, in God's great love for me,
so that I may imitate your "Little Way" each day.
I have been saying this novena since I was in the third grade. When you say the novena, you may receive a rose that was meant just for you. It's not always a physical rose. The rose may come in the way of a license plate, a comment, words on the side of a truck or a $5 painting at a thrift store. I've received roses in all of these forms and more.

When I put this painting on my wall, I will think of St. Theresa every time I see it. When she answers my prayers in the form of some type of rose, it reconfirms what I already believe.

There is a heaven.








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Monday, June 16, 2014

Who spends almost $100 at Unique Thrift on 1/2 price Monday?

You want to know who spends almost $100 at Unique Thrift on half-price Monday?
Me.
I loved every minute of it.
My receipt is pretty long. Overall, I bought 26 items which averages out to be $3.84 per item. The top item I found was a White House/Black Market dress which cost $7. Luckily, it was in my size. It looks like it's been worn once so as soon I get it dry cleaned, it will be good to go.
I think the key to getting so many good items was arriving early. The store opens at 7 a.m. and I arrived around 7:30 a.m.
The first thing I usually do is hit the jewelry counter.
I buy up all of the silver I can find. Even if it doesn't have a marking on it, I still buy it if it's tarnished. Luckily, I have a younger sister who I can share all of my silver jewelry with. I love seeing her wear something cool I've found.
I checked out the shoes, but didn't have any luck.
Next, I hit the purses. I found a vintage, black leather bag for $5. It is the perfect size to carry my I-Pad. I also found a small back, going-out, Guess purse for $5.
Ultimately, I left with two large bags full of items.
The fun will begin when I get home and start separating everything so I can throw it in the wash or take it to the dry cleaners.
A new spring wardrobe which includes a fancy dress, matching purse and jewelery?
I'll take the ensemble plus a few more items for $98.17.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Confidence is key when putting outfits together

It's safe to say, my love of fashion began at an early age. Here's me at my childhood home on W. 22nd street in Lorain, Ohio all decked out from head to toe in my new Easter outfit.    

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This is one of my most favorite pictures from my childhood.
As the oldest of five children, it's safe to say my parents took a lot of time with me when I was growing up. That's obvious in this fabulous head-to-toe Easter ensemble they dressed me up in. This black and white photo which is over 40 years old was taken on the porch of my childhood home in Lorain on W. 22nd Street.
What I love most about this photo is the big smile on my face.
I must have thought I was so cool with my big sunglasses, purse, hat and fancy jacket.
How good do you feel when you are wearing an outfit that matches from head to toe? Do you take pride in looking through your closet and putting together key outfits that you can go to time after time?
A large part of looking good isn't just what you are wearing on the outside.
More importantly, it's the confidence you carry on the inside.
When you feel good inside, it shows on the outside.
It's just the same when you feel bad.
Clothes either enhance or take away from that feeling.
It doesn't matter if you get your clothes from a fancy department store or a thrift store. If the clothes are clean, pressed, up-to-date and matching, you will be just fine.
Have you ever seen someone all dressed up with a sad look on their face? Doesn't it just take away from their outfit? What about someone who is all dressed up with a big smile on their face and an air of confidence about them?
Don't you wonder where they shop or how they were able to pull off such a cool outfit?
Don't be intimidated by the latest styles and trends. As long as you look the part and carry yourself with confidence, you will appear stylish no matter if your total outfit costs $10 or $200.


 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Hunting for Lake Erie beach glass is a relaxing way to pass the time

Collecting beach glass can lead to some interesting projects
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A few years ago, I picked up this framed picture of beach glass from the downtown market in Willoughby, Ohio. It was made by Summer Afternoon.
The scene touched me because it reminded me of the prayer "Footprints" where the person asks God why there weren't two footprints in the sand at such a difficult time in the person's life. How could there be just one if God was helping the person? God responded to the person: "There is just one set of foot prints because I was carrying you through your most difficult time."
What a statement.
The picture portrays is perfect. It is simple, and I love it.
It reminds me to find beauty in even the smallest things - such as beach glass.
Although I have never been patient enough to spend a day looking for glass along the shore of Lake Erie, I may give it a dry this summer.
When I did a quick Google search for beach glass, I didn't realize some colors were harder to find than others.According to the website treasuresbyjody.com,colbalt blue is typically from old Milk of Magnesia bottles, Vicks Vapor Rub and old medicine bottles. The color is considered somewhat rare in the great lakes.
Clear glass is more common. It can be from everything to jars, glasses or bottles. Aqua and Seafoam colors are in high demand, and considered rare. Other colors such a lime, green, amber and brown are rare. Lime green is the rarest. If you find colors such as red, yellow, lavender and orange, you hit the jackpot. Hang on to the pebbles.
If you are  into collecting beach glass, you should consider going to the Immense Sea Glass Collection at Ashtabula Harbor Beach Glass Festival June 28 and 29. The organization has over 100 pounds in sea and beach glass donations.
Donations come in from all over the world including Greece, Italy, London and Puerto Rico. 
The non-profit organization is dedicated to preserving the art, science and history behind the one-of-a kind treasures.
Festival attendees are encouraged to bring any pieces of beach glass they are willing to donate to The Sea Glass Center booth at Bridge Street in Ashtabula between 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 
Have fun enjoy your a hobby which costly absolutely nothing, but can produce fantastic finds.



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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Cache' sale items mix well with thrift finds

This white sheer texture sweater has been marked down several times by Cache'. It's original price was $98. Its sale price went from $59 down to the final price of $29. What a deal.
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As much as I enjoy  thrifting, I also enjoy high-end finds which I often purchase at sale prices.
My favorite website for online clothing shopping is Cache'. The clothes are well-made, reasonably priced (when on sale) and very fashionable.
Often, I shop a season behind. Just a few weeks ago, I bought several items marked for final sale that I've already packed away for next winter.
Last winter, I shopped for summer/spring clearance items which are now in my closet with the price tags still on them. I am just waiting for a little warmer weather to wear them. They are sassy, sleeveless and will look fabulous with a pair of dark jeans or skirt.
The sweater above is one of the fabulous previous-season finds I am talking about. I haven't bought it yet, but I plan to.
It's original price was $98. It's been marked down from $59 to the final sale of $29.
If you look at the website and you like what you see, buy the item right away. If you wait, it may not be available in your size.
When you mix the high-end items with a $5 thrift store skirt, it makes the entire outfit look expensive.
The best part is, only you will know what is thrift and what is a good online find.
Shopping like this involves a little planning ahead, but it's totally worth it. Especially when you pull out your winter clothes and find a brand new high-end sweater with a sale price of $29.


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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Unique Thrift Find: Diane von Furstenberg dress



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In my weekly trip to Unique Thrift on half-price Monday, I scored the best deal in all of my years of thrifting.
I found a Diane von Furstenberg designer dress for $24.50 with the tag still on it.
It was on the new clothes rack which I rarely look at because there is such a variety of sizes on there. When I found it, I couldn't believe it. The original Unique Thrift price was $49.00. That's actually a high price for an item at the thrift store.
Even though the dress was small and there was no where to try it on, I put it right in my cart.
When I got home, I tried it on. It's a little tight, but by the end of the summer I should be able to fit into it.
Since the tag was still on it, I was able to get the style number and search for it on the Internet to find out just how much the dress possibly could be worth.
On E-Bay, the exact same dress was selling for over $150.00. On www.dvf.com, the official Diane von Furstenberg website, I couldn't find the exact dress, but prices ranged from $300 for an item on sale to over $550 for a new arrival.
The dress is sitting in my closet with the tag still on it.
I can't wait to wear it.
The score makes me want to thrift that much more.

- Theresa Neuhoff Audia





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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Head to toe in thrift finds

What a find! Banana Republic sandals for $3.99.
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While piecing together an outfit this morning, I realized everything I put on came from various thrift stores.
Let's start with my Banana Republic sandals which I paid $3.99 for. They are cute, patent leather and red. I just recently started shopping for shoes at thrift stores. In the past, I skipped right by the shoe aisles because I was simply scared of what I would find. I know myself, I wear my shoes until they are basically falling apart. I just figured the shoe aisle at a thrift store was like a cemetery for old shoes.
Then one day, I took a chance and walked down the aisle (really living on the edge, right)?
These were the first pair of shoes I found. They were barely worn and seemed almost brand new. I don't shop at Banana Republic regularly because I can't afford it so when I saw the brand, I put them right in my cart.
I've worn them several times since I've purchased them. The heel isn't very high so they are super comfortable.
I paid $2.99 for the gray Gap skirt I have on. It fits me perfectly. I like shopping for skirts at thrift stores because there is usually a good variety. I don't always shop for solid colors because I figure those are the skirts that are probably worn the most. In my experience, patterned skirts are usually less worn.
I'm glad I took a chance on this basic, solid, A-line classic.
It's cotton so I was able to throw it in the wash and easily iron it. It looks brand new.
Most of the skirts I buy are lined so I have to dry clean them. Often, it costs me more to dry clean the skirts than to buy them.
My short-sleeved, pink and white, abstract, colorful top is from Limited. It's well made with a zipper on the side. It too fits perfectly. I paid $3.99 for it. It's small so it's a little tight, but the entire outfit matched so I'm wearing it (at least for today).
My little sister would kill me for admitting this, but my entire outfit head to toe cost a little over $10.
So please don't use the excuse with me, you can't dress nice because you can't afford the clothes.
It's possible.
My outfit today proves it.









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