So it’s October 31st and you were just invited to an impromptu Halloween party. You didn’t plan on dressing up and now need something fast and you don’t want to spend a lot of money. Thrift shopping may be your last-ditch solution.
A few days ago, I was talking to some friends about my recent thrift store finds when one made a comment about thrifting being my hobby. I replied about how it is just a good habit to regularly visit thrift stores before heading to the retail stores. The conversation quickly jumped to topics about our fantasy football league, but it made me think. Is Thrifting a Habit or Hobby? Continue reading “Is Thrifting a Habit or Hobby?”
Halloween is meant to be a time for fun with family and friends. It is a night of fun and great energy where if you choose to, can be someone else. There is no need for the Halloween holiday to break your budget. Thrift Stores are always one of the best places to stock up for your needs. On your next thrift store shopping trip here are 5 Halloween Items You Should Be Thrift Shopping for Now.
Not too long ago I found an interesting enamelware desk set at a yard sale. A tray and a letter opener. The tray is an off-white with black and gold gilt zebra stripe bands with a red paint droppings on a brown speckled metal back design. The letter opener has the same design on the handle. On the tray’s back is a sticker that said Steinböck-Email Handmade in Austria.
The letter opener is stamped near the handle with Austria on one side and Steinböck on the other. Before this purchase I rarely paid attention
Before this purchase, I rarely paid attention to enamelware goods. Enamelwares are often pricey, and while the colors are beautiful, I have mostly seen worn or damaged pieces at thrift stores, flea markets, yard sales. With this desk set something inside of me said it was special and for only a $1 it was worth the risk.
Like usual after a long day of yard sale hunting, I always have a few items I am very interested in searching and finding more information on. On this day was this desk set and information was difficult to find. I found random Pinterest pins with other Steinböck enamelware, some eBay and Etsy listings, and a few obscure forum or blog mentions. Continue reading “Email Studio Steinböck”
I love shopping for mugs and coffee cups at thrift stores. Sometimes I buy mugs for personal use, other times I buy mugs I will resale on Etsy or eBay. I often will find mugs for people I know and use the mug as part of a gift. One of my favorite things is to fill the mug with something they like, home baked goods, candy treats, or art pencils, something that fits the theme of the mug. Then I add some cellophane wrap, a nice ribbon, and a card. Now you have an easy to make a low-cost gift that is still very personal.
One thing that somewhat irks me from both a thrift shopper and store owner viewpoint is how mugs are displayed at stores. I have yet seen an ideal solution for that benefits both parties, the shopper, and owner. Below I will discuss some of the display methods I have seen including their pros and cons. Continue reading “Displaying Mugs at Thrift Stores”