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10 Easy Ways to Win at Thrifting

I've alway loved the thrill of treasure hunting that comes with thrifting and antquing, but recently I've stepped it up a notch and have been hitting the thrift store more than ever. I've found awesome vintage dishware, beautiful clothbound books, a gold-leaf framed oil painting, and countless clothing items that are now staples in my wardrobe. Thrifting is genuinely fun, refreshes your home and closet without breaking the bank, and can even be a good business venture. That being said, here are my top tips for making the most out of your thrift store experience!

1. Make a list.
I always make a shopping list for thrifting so I know what to keep an eye out for. Not only does this keep me in check, it keeps me from forgetting what I'm really looking for! Of course I still give myself a little wiggle room to find treasures, but if I keep a list I feel like I'm working towards a goal and less likely to impulse buy.

2. Wear comfy clothes and simple shoes.
It pays to wear something you can easily change in and out of in case you find some awesome clothes or shoes to try on. Shoes that slip on and off easily are the best thrifting kicks, and I find that dresses or shorts are the best options to wear as you can slip the items on even if the store you're shopping in doesn't have a fitting room, my favorite thrift store doesn't!


3. Don't get discouraged.
Often at thrift stores you'll find stuff you love, but also a lot of stuff that won't work. Sometimes a good fit is hard to find, especially with clothes. I stay away from jeans most of the time, because I find those are usually at the thrift store for a reason, but don't rule anything out! Your next great find could be right around the corner.

4. Keep an eye out for money makers.
If you're entertaining the idea of reselling, there are a few items that will pretty much always make you a little coin. Things like vintage signage (like Coca-Cola or Pepsi), solid brass items, porcelain from Japan, Pyrex, FireKing, and Corningware, sterling jewelry, 


5. Do some research on the discount days at your local thrifts.
I've got a couple thrift stores in my area that give discounts to "card holders" on certain days of the week. In most cases, all you have to do to become a card holder is to join their email list and boom, you've got discounts, usually ranging between 25% and 50% off. Pretty sweet deal if you ask me!

6. Don't give away your secrets.
This sounds like a silly rule, but I don't tell people where my favorite thrift stores are. I don't geotag them on instagram, and even if people ask I deny and deflect. There's nothing worse than your favorite spot feeling picked over, keep it hush hush.


7. Don't be afraid to dig.
Thrifting takes time, and you've gotta be willing to go through stuff if you want to find the best items. I've found cool glassware in the book section, dresses in the pajama section, and so on. Always keep your eyes peeled!

8. Go on weekdays.
I've found that weekday shopping is ideal because you get to avoid the crowds and lines, plus on less busy days thrift stores are more likely to be restocking their shelves, which means you're getting ahead of everyone else.


9. Bring a friend.
If you can lock down a thrifting buddy that has the same passion for thrifting you do, it's okay to break the rule about not blabbing your favorite places, because teamwork makes the dream work. Having a partner in crime is especially key if they've got a different style than you or at least different measurements. They'll help you scout out your treasures, and you can do the same for them. Two heads are better than one! My thrifting buddy is Kate, and we enable each other way too much, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

10. It's now or never.
Chances are, if you find an item you love, there's no coming back for it. You have to make the decision once and for all. There's no do overs, and most often I find I have non-buyer's remorse rather than the opposite. I'm still daydreaming about a set of chairs I never bought, and I don't think I'll ever find them that cheap again. However, if an item is torn, chipped, battered, or stained, it's often not worth the time and effort for repairs. Choose wisely!


What are your best thrifting tips?

Watched, Wanted, Worn // February


Watched:

Grand Budapest Hotel - Watched this movie for the first time and really loved it! It was definitely a slow burn, but I love the aesthetics of Wes Anderson films, so even though it was a little long winded, it was still a visually stunning film.

The Great British Baking Show - This show is just so wholesome and cute and delightfully British. The episode where they made swiss rolls had me on the edge of my seat the whole time, which totally makes me want to learn how to make them. and Mary Berry is royally brutal. I love it.

That 70s Show - I've grew up watching That 70s Show and I've been meaning to rewatch it in chronological order! It's a great show to watch to relax after work, and I'm a big fan of the style and decor.

Wanted:

Charlotte Tilbury Bond Girl - I swatched this lipstick in Nordstrom and instantly fell in love. It's the perfect rosy pink. I'm also fawning over Pillow Talk.

Simple Sterling Silver Bangle - I've been looking for a pretty silver bangle for the longest time, and my Etsy favorites is full of them. There's too many to choose from, so I may just have to fill up my whole arm.

A New Bedroom Rug - The rug that's currently in my room has seen better days, so it's about time to replace it with something super plush and comfy!

Worn:

Long Sleeve Romper and Burnt Orange Wrap Dress - Since this month has been super warm, I've been practically living in rompers and dresses, and anything with a wrap front 

Too Faced Sketch Marker Liner - I've been loving this eyeliner in brown, and switching it up from black has really made the green come out in my eyes. I think I'm a brown eyeliner convert!

Quilted Moto Jacket - I scoured the earth for the perfect Moto jacket and finally found one after multiple failed attempts, and on sale too! It adds the just the right amount of badass to my closet.

What have you been watching, wanting, and wearing lately?

16 Things I Learned in 2016


It's almost the end of January, so I feel that this post may be a little late, but I've been spending a lot of time reflecting on the lessons I learned in the whirlwind year that was 2016. Some of them were lessons I never wanted to learn, and others I welcomed with open arms. 2016 was a huge year for me, a year of transitions, of uphill battles, and also a year of acceptance and goodbyes.

If you'd like more lessons, check out the things I learned in 2015!

Here are some of the things 2016 made abundantly clear to me:

1. If you find something you're good at or passionate about, find a way to pursue it wholeheartedly.

2. "Five year plans" are a joke. The universe will laugh at you. Learn to laugh at you too.

3. Absolutely nothing is permanent. Even tattoos fade.

4. People change. Not always for the better. But sometimes that turns out for the best.

5. Trust your gut. It's the voice of reason between your doubtful head and hopeful heart.

6. You can never force something to work out. If it's meant to, it will.

7. If someone asks where the best thrift stores are, don't tell them. Some information should be exclusive.

8. No one is ever too cool to have a good time. People that think they are are just a drag.

9. If you spread yourself too thin, you'll inevitably crack under pressure.

10. When things happen, they often happen all at once.

11. Know when to ask for help, even when it's hard.

12. Moisturizer is SO important. Use it.

13. Gold and silver glitter are definitely neutrals (they go with everything) and anyone that tries to tell you otherwise is a hater.

14. Remember that nobody has it all figured out, some people are just better at pretending they do. Things are less intimidating when you look at it that way.

15. A good hug can solve a lot of things.

16. Embrace the weird. It's more fun that way.

What did you learn in 2016?

Bedroom Update with NewSleep

Since starting my new job, I've realized just how important it is to keep my bedroom as a peaceful oasis for myself. I've recently reorganized my space, decluttered, and prioritized comfort above all things in my room. When the lovely folks at NewSleep reached out to me about their mattress selection, I knew it would be a match made in heaven. For years I'd been sleeping on a rickety old mattress with springs that poked out willy nilly and a memory foam topper that had seen much better days. Since the average human spends about a third of their life sleeping, I knew I totally needed an upgrade.

With help from NewSleep, I learned all about the mattress choosing and ordering processes. There's a handy quiz you can take, as well as detailed descriptions for each type of mattress. Since I wanted something soft but still firm with a lot of cushion, I picked the Jerome mattress. My order arrived to me in just a few days, and I couldn't wait to get it unboxed and try it out!

Since the mattress comes rolled up and vacuum sealed, you've gotta do a bit of work to get it open, but it felt like Christmas morning! As soon as I got the wrap off, the mattress started to come to life. I thought it was pretty cool how they fit such a big mattress in a comparatively small box.

After getting it out of the packaging, I let it sit out for a few hours so it could breathe and get back to its original size. I used that time to go get some new sheets and pillows so I could enjoy my new bed to the fullest! 

The Jerome mattress is so much thicker, more supportive, and exponentially more comfortable than my old mattress. I couldn't wait to get all snuggled up with a good book and have an awesome night's sleep. A few weeks later and I'm still so excited to get to bed and unwind after a long day.

If you'd like to get your own NewSleep mattress, use code REDLIPSTICK for 10% off your purchase!

When was the last time you got a new mattress?