Rather shop than cook? Me too.

I mean, feeding the family is a Good, right? But shopping resale can sometimes be a Better. Better for your soul, your budget, and of course the planet.

So we’re all about quick meals to serve fast after a nice leisurely browse through your favorite consignment, resale, and thrift shops.

Chinese Sticky Wings


We’ve offered recipes for you:

And here’s a treasure trove of mixes you can pre-make and keep in the pantry. Tip: these make wonderful, personable, and thrifty gifts to neighbors, teachers, and officemates as well. Be sure to find a one-of-a-kind container for same… at, of course, your favorite consignment, resale, or thrift shop.


It’s kinda like swapping.

If  life gives you lemons. Sell them and get yourself some shoesGot stuff you don’t want? Want stuff you don’t have? Take our advice:

If life gives you lemons, sell them and get yourself some shoes. Or a new-to-you sofa. Or that designer stroller. It’s kinda like swapping. Someone else wants your lemons, you want their lemons, which to you are sweet as lemon bars. (Grab this recipe. It’s so good, my mouth is watering as I write.)

Here’s how to turn lemons into whatever you want.


Denim skirt season is upon us.

When we think fall, we think denim skirts. Short with tall boots and a chunky fisherman sweater. Midi with ballet flats and a plaid shirt and a great burnished-leather belt. Maxi with a tight black velvet tee and glittery sandals for date night. Any way you serve it up, denim skirts say

Welcome Fall!


But of course, our denim skirts aren’t the run-of-the-mill boring, anyone-can-buy-this-with-enough money. No, our denim skirts are, like us,



For example, we could take those old jeans, add a found vintage fabric (lace tablecloth? Mid-Century drape? why not?) to create

the Boho look:

Denim and lace, a classic from HowToConsign.org

Or use lots of leg panels and a hand-done X whip-stitch!

A denim skirt of many legs from HowToConsign.com


Here’s a graphic “how-to” using thrift-shop found fabric:

Are we excited yet to put our own stamp on denim? Or… are we feeling bad because we don’t even own a needle and thread? Either way, find what you need at your favorite resale shop! Find one near you on the HowToConsign

Resale Directory.

Shopping Resale Actually Makes You SMARTER!

Now, I am a firm believer that those who shop secondhand first are SMART:

  • They’re smart in the sense of spending wisely. Smart already? Resale shops can make you even smarter when you use them to buy books! A novel viewpoint by HowToConsign.org
  • Resale shoppers are smart in shopping locally. They support their fellow citizens first.
  • And of course, resale shoppers are just plain smart in the sense that they, their kids, and their home have style and substance.

But did you know… shopping can make you even  SMARTER?

Yup… all you need to do is power down that Kindle or that reading app and pop over to your nearest resale shop to buy some real, honest-to-goodness, physical BOOKS! After all, new books are expensive (which is why there have been used book stores around since before we all were born). Grab a novel, grab a non-fiction on a topic that interests you, grab a collection of those authors you’ve been meaning to explore.

Studies show:

The brain reads… based on the placement of the page in the book and the word on the page.

The tactile experience of a book aids this process, from the thickness of the pages in your hands as you progress through the story to the placement of a word on the page.

Reading long, literary sentences sans links and distractions is actually a serious skill that you lose if you don’t use it. As we increasingly read on screens, our reading habits have adapted to skim text rather than really absorb the meaning.

Reading an old-fashioned novel is also linked to improving sleep. When many of us spend our days in front of screens, it can be hard to signal to our body that it’s time to sleep. By reading a paper book about an hour before bed, your brain enters a new zone, distinct from that enacted by reading on an e-reader.

Read the full article.