Collecting: More fun than… just about anything!

What do you collect? Whether it’s art pottery or souvenir spoons, collecting can be a way to have fun, make family memories, or even invest in the antiques of the future!

Choosing what to collect can be as simple as looking around your home. What gives you a warm feeling every time you see it? Maybe it’s your vintage wooden chairs gathered around your kitchen table, or perhaps you love the botanical prints on your family room wall.

Don’t be afraid to mix the whimsical with the good. Who says it has to all be collector’s items? An appealing addition found at a rummage sale can enhance and extend your collection.

Display your items in cycles. Choose a favorite piece to highlight monthly. You’ll enjoy your selections more when pieces are rearranged periodically.

What do you collect? Or what would you LIKE to?  Your friendly local resale or consignment shopkeeper will be happy to keep an eye out and call you when something likely comes in. Who knows:

The shop might even run across something you’ve wanted for years!

See hundreds of wonderful collecting ideas on the HowToConsign Pinterest boards.

Kiss a Resaler today!

Now you may or may not have gotten your Valentine’s Day treats, attire, gifts or decor at a consignment, resale, or thrift shop.

Kiss a Resale Shopkeeper!But you know what? Those shopkeepers deserve a kiss (or at least a pat on the back!) for being the MOST local of the “Shop Local” businesses in your city, town, village, neighborhood.

Because the goods they sell aren’t shipped cross-country or cross-world. No mile-long tankers steamed across the Pacific to fill a resaler’s store. No tractor-trailer idled upwind from your kids’ playground. Best of all: You don’t have to trek to the mall only to find nothing interesting. Resalers are close to home and offer more locally-popular styles than any “new” retail store could.

Because their eco-footprint is light as can be. Whether your style runs to Birkenstocks or Manolo Blahniks, resalers re-use as much as they can. For example, their counter might be a salvaged door or a “throw-away” from the luxe store over at the mall. Best of all: resale shops offer you the chance to tread lightly on our planet, too!

Because their suppliers aren’t mega corporations. Resalers stock their stores with gently-used goods that have spent a little time in the homes of folks just like you. So all money made stays local. Best of all: You too can Turn Your Cluttered Closets into Cash!

Because 100% of the money you spend stays in your community. Consignment shops pay their consignors (who chances are, live local… or at least spend their cash-in-hand at the cafe next door or the specialty shop two blocks down.) Buy-outright shops create a cash flow that generally flows right back into your local economy. And non-profit thrifts? The money you give them goes directly to your community through their mission, whatever it may be. Best of all: Resale shops are the MOST LOCAL of all Shop Local Shops… and they themselves shop locally with PRIDE! (So ask them the best place to… They’ll know, and they’ll tell you! After all, they’re locals!)

So stop in this week at your local resale shop, say Hi and find something wonderful to treat yourself or your honey or your home with.

Keeping your wardrobe in shape… with nail polish!

Remember that old ad, “A little dab’ll do ya?” Well, a little dab of clear nail polish can do you as a way to keep your wardrobe in shape!
Clear nail polish has some interesting uses. Find out more on

If you coat those round pearl buttons on your favorite dressy blouse, the buttons will stay bright and shiny and the pearlized coating won’t come off in the wash.
A dab of polish on the threads of shirt buttons will help forestall losing them, too.
Covering the tips of satin ribbon bows on lingerie or other girly stuff will prevent fraying and keep these feminine trims looking their best.
Clear nail polish can act as a non-allergenic coating on the backs, clasps and posts of pierced earrings if you’re unsure whether they are surgical steel. Recoat every few wearings to prevent allergic reactions.

This works well too on the metal back and band buckles of watches.

Or go red! Got a dress that needs red earrings, but you can’t find the right shade? Try customizing a white or pearl pair with nail polish! The varieties of red in nail polish are endless, and you’re sure to find just the right hue. Or you could do as a friend did: take a pair of white button earrings and paint “in” on one, “out” on the other. Yup, it’s “in” one ear and “out” the other!

How to gift wrap that whatchamacallit. suggests a Hershey's Kiss gift wrap

For more thrifty AND nifty eco-gift wrap ideas, see HTC’s Pinterest suggestions!

Okay, you’re really tickled with the gadget, widget, whatcamacall it you bought for __________ [fill in the blank].

But you don’t want him/her/them to guess what it is before they are allowed to open their present.

How to disguise it?

Stick it in a Hershey’s Kiss!

All you need is a funnel of whatever size, a bunch of aluminum foil, and a “flag” of white paper out the top (Use a turquoise marker and ALL CAPS to make it seem like a real Kiss!)


(I’m sure Hershey’s Kiss is a trademark or copyright or whatever; Here’s their site. I am only riffing on the cultural imprint these candies have made on our culture.)