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.

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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,

UNIQUE.

 

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.

I see the light! Or, I will see the light…

Recently, I came across a sentence in one of those de-cluttering blogs which really related.

If you don’t like the item, but don’t know what you would like better, make a note of it and keep your eyes out for a replacement.

That message I think was made for me. Maybe for you too?

You see, I don’t really need another table lamp. I mean, I have one and it’s the right height and all, and I already own it, so why would I buy another?

The problem is, I don’t really like the lamp I have next to that chair. I just don’t know what I’d like better.

Sound familiar?

What a perfect excuse to stop at every resale shop I pass.

Because, although I sdon’t know what I’d like better than the lamp I have now, there may be, lurking in the corner of some thrift or consignment shop, my heart’s desire…

What wounderful lamp is waiting for me in what wonderful resale shop?

I don’t know what I want… but I’ll know it when I see it.

even if right now, I don’t know what that lamp is gonna look like. But somewhere, in some wonderful little shop, my lamp awaits…

 

Gardens Love Resale Too….

It’s time to start thinking of your garden: decorating it is the best fun (way more fun than digging in the dirt which is where the worms live…)

and of course, HowToConsign has some ideas for you!

For example, some DIY hobby ideas with resale goods that are pretty enough to gift your hostess with:

Outfit your yard with a potting bench/ garden control center for $25 or so plus some paint…

Use your consignment shop finds as a frame/ support to make those vines look FAB:

And here, if your plants are tired and need a place to sit down:

Of course, just THINKING about planting all that makes YOU want to sit a spell…

How have YOU used your resale shop finds to make your landscape unique?