How to Get Free Time. For Free.

HowToConsign is a public service from TGtbT.com, The Premier Site for Professional ResalersWhether you love to shop, or hate to shop, shopping takes time. All that running around from store to shop, shoppe to boutique; all that searching for the right size or color or brand; all that decision-making as far as price goes; all that searching for some help from a salesperson!

And if the “IN” color or style is just, well, not you… shopping will take even longer, costing you the only commodity you can’t buy. Time.

Well guess what the solution is.

Resale shopping. You can find a wide selection of every choice under one roof: style, color, quality, brand. Not sure if you want a post-modern lamp for that corner, or maybe something industrial-looking or even boho? Head for the resale shop.

Need some tops in your wardrobe, but aren’t sure what you really like? Resale offers the widest selection of fit, fabric, fabrication in your size, on one (or a dozen!) racks for your (quick!) browsing pleasure. And a resale shop will have a genuine staffer who’ll reserve a dressing room for you, find you some selections you may not have considered, and tell you honestly whether that top does wonders for you or not.

When you shop resale, you also save the time you’d spend shopping online. The time you spend clicking from company to company, the time figuring out whether their medium is the same medium your body is or their teal is the teal you have in mind…. the time you spend comparison-shopping to be sure you’re not overpaying… the time you spend packing your purchase back up and taking it to the post office because the armholes are too small or their teal is your ghastly-green.

Think of all the time you’ll gain… free time to do other things… and for free!

Can you tell I suggest you shop resale? Can I suggest a shop or two for you? And BTW, since you now have all that extra free time… will you share this post?

PS Is there such a thing as a boho lamp? You betcha.

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Give from the heart, not from your credit card

Have yourself a Merry Thrifty Christmas
Give from the heart, not from your credit card with unique gifts from resale shops and thrift stores

No matter which holiday you’ll be celebrating, there’s so many ways your day can be filled with love, happiness, and generosity without killing your budget.

It’s easy when you keep in mind why you give presents: to acknowledge yourThe most unique presents are found in a consignment, resale, or thrift shop recipients’ place in your life, to honor their uniqueness and to show that you truly know and care about their interests and happiness. So why give a polo shirt just like the other 20,000 ones in every mall in the country?

Your local resale shop carries both new and nostalgic gift possibilities at this time of year, and visiting these shops can open your eyes to suggestions as unique as your gift recipients. If you haven’t explored this way to seek out that perfect something for that Perfect Someone, you might be missing the most unique presents you’ve ever tucked into a bit of bright tissue paper!

Oh, sure, consignment, resale, and thrift shops will have the things you expect to see, such as warm sweaters and mufflers and mittens. Or collectibles like that Howdy Doody lunchbox your husband will cry over and the last Hummel Aunt Maude needs to round out her set. Or specialty items like just the right ski poles for Denis or a bed jacket for Grandmother Smythe.

But if you haven’t checked lately, you’re in for pleasant surprises. Many a shopkeeper has gone out of her way to find you unique regional crafts, unusual fashion accessories, and neat little inventions for your child, your home, or yourself. There are treasures to be found as well: a Hermes scarf received last year by someone who didn’t adore it that’s crying out to be re-gifted, a never-carried designer handbag, the toy that someone else’s child spurned, the one your child yearns for.

Visit our Holiday blog, 50 Ways & 50 Days to have a Merry Recycled Holiday. Click here!Entertaining gear is affordable at resale prices. The punch bowl you have no need for the rest of the year? Worth buying at secondhand prices. A tablecloth 188″ long? Extra wine glasses so you don’t have to go the disposable route? Check out the values at resale stores. You’ll probably save enough to buy that spectacular sequined  gown that would be perfect for New Year’s Eve!

And best of all, your best present to yourself is free: that wonderful feeling when, come January, you’re not staring an outrageous credit card bill in the face. Shopping resale means not only one-of-a-kind gifts for one-of-a-kind loved ones, it means you’re being kind to the family budget at the same time.

So pop your head in, wish your local resaler a happy holiday, and see what’s in store that would look good under your Christmas tree or on your holiday table. While you’re there, ask about gift certificates: the one gift that shopkeepers love having the recipient return!

Read our 50 Ways to have a Merry Recycled Holiday.

Find a Professional Resale Shop near you on our Clickable Map & Directory

 

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.

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.