Thrifting Coups

Thrifting Tip: Vintage FabricsMar 23 2016

Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything here.  Life has a way of, well, getting in the way.  That, and becoming obsessed with a new hobby: sewing.  More to come on my latest creations, but I wanted to share with you all one of my best sewing-related tips, and that is buying vintage fabrics at thrift stores.


Where to Thrift in the San Francisco Bay AreaDec 17 2015

Now, normally I would not be giving away my best thrifting resources - being my trade secrets and all.  I don't want to compete with you!  But in the spirit of the holidays I will let you in on some of my highest performing thrift stores in the Bay Area, specifically Silicon Valley because the rest of the Bay is just too picked over, but mostly because I don't live there anymore so I don’t care if you guys take all the good stuff.  You’re welcome!

Read on for my not-so-secret Silicon Valley gems.


Seattle ThriftsgivingDec 01 2015

Anytime I go anywhere, I take the opportunity to thrift if I can.  This time, visiting family in Seattle for Thanksgiving, I hit a few city thrift stores as well as rural, and came away with quite the thrift haul.  Thankfully we flew Southwest, so checking a bag back to Denver full of thrifted treasures didn't cost a cent.

Where is the best thrifting in Seattle, you ask?  Read on to see our thrift finds!


Thrifting Tip: How to Thrift Kick-Ass BootsNov 15 2015

I may have mentioned I have a boot problem?  More specifically, a Frye boot problem.  I own a number of Frye boots that when added together cost more than my mortgage.  But this is okay (I am very good at justifying these types of things) because many pairs in my closet have been there for more than a decade.  Cost per wear is miniscule.

But it’s not just Frye boots that are in my closet, there are a fair number of thrifted no-name and vintage boots as well, that I picked up for next to nothing.  Thrift stores are great resources for beautiful boots – you just have to know what to look for.


Thrifting Tip: How to Decorate Your House with Thrift Store FindsOct 22 2015

My husband and I bought our first house this past spring, and since we, you know, wiped out our life savings to do so, we only had a limited amount of funds available to furnish and decorate it.  Normally I would say going cheap is not the answer when furnishing your home, but as you might come to expect if you’re coming here to read, there are certain things that lend themselves well to thrift store shopping, and small décor is one of them.  Hell, even furniture can be found at thrift stores if you have the eye and the wherewithal to fix it up (enter Mary Ann, the world’s most helpful mother in law) – but that’s a future post.

Here are a few things to look out for when putting the finishing touches on decorating your home with thrift store finds: