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Thrift Stores Can Save You Hundreds Each Year!


I don’t know about you, but I hate to pay full price for items that I know I can find for less elsewhere. Just about the only things I will buy new anymore  household items such as cleaning tools and such, under clothes, and cosmetics. As far as I’m concerned, everything else is fair game.

We have several thrift stores within driving distance that I love to go to regularly just to see what they have. I usually go in the name of antique shopping, but always find something for myself, my husband, or someone else.

I was recently complimented on a lovely crochet top that I had on at a doctor’s office and the lady asked me where I had purchased it. When I told her that I had gotten it at a thrift store, she looked at me as if I had just told her I had some really serious communicable disease, and she was going to catch it! What a SNOB!!

Years ago, I would have been deeply hurt by her reaction, and I never would have told anyone about thrifting again. However, I am a stronger person today, more sure of my place in this world. I actually felt sorry for her and her husband. The money that was spent on her outfit for that day would have clothed me for year! This older woman was dressed up and bedazzled with all sorts of jewelry, all of which probably cost a fortune, while her husband was in his jeans and chambray shirt. LOL

The money that you can save each year buying in thrift stores adds up to hundreds, and even thousands for some.

Here a few of the ways I save every year:

Clothing: If you have children, you know very well how quickly they can grow out of something before really getting much wear from it. Thrift stores have some fantastic bargains on children’s items! All you have to do is look to make sure there is no damage or staining. (In my opinion, infant clothing should always be cleaned AND disinfected prior to use just to be 100% sure.)

Teen clothing too! If you have a large town or city nearby, or towns with a university in or nearby are excellent sources of some serious bargains for teen clothing and shoes. Many of the students donate their clothing after very little wear just to keep from packing and moving them when they finish school.

Prom and Homecoming style dresses are constantly being donated after those dances, and after weddings as well. How many women actually get to wear or sell their bridesmaids gown? I was in a wedding 23 years ago and never did use that dress again. Finally donated 5 years ago.

For me, I wear an odd size to find in retail stores, and if they do have it, it’s usually something really girlie and too young looking for a 49 year old woman. I also have a sense of style that is not always easily found anymore. I like broomstick skirts and long flowing sleeves, usually in some solid color. Jeans are tough, I have no butt, but I do still wear them often. 2 for $5 at the thrift store – name brand!!


Household Items: Anything from drapes to silverware and dishes can usually be found in thrift stores. I had a footstool that needed to be re-covered, so I found a fabulous pair of heavy drapes and used them to make it look new again, and it matches my decor! Cost $5 and some industrial staples. “Can’t beat that with a stick.” as my husband says.

My dogs are all the time destroying their blankets, guess where they come from? You got it! Why pay $20+ for a new blanket every couple of months for the dog when he is going to have it full of holes soon? $3.50 at the local thrift store, and he’s happy as a clam for another 3 or 4 months.

Like knick-knacks? Well any thrift store would be heaven! A multitude of various types of items can be found to decorate your  home in any manner you wish! Framed art, empty frames, wall hangings, tabletop items, vases, baskets, you name it! You just never know what you will find!

Having a party? Thrift stores are great places to find anything from actual party supplies and decorations, to fantastic serving trays and utensils. I have found gift bags, streamers, balloons, party plates and napkins, even gift bags and greeting cards!

Craft Supplies: Many people start a craft and decide not to continue for whatever reason. Some just clean out the kids’ closet when they leave for school. LOL The number of various items that can be found for crafting and refurbishing is amazing!  You just have to go and let your imagination run wild on this one!

Furniture: Fabulous and interesting furniture can be found at many thrift stores as well. Couches, love seats, tables, lamps, entertainment centers, buffets, desks, cribs, bed frames, I have literally seen every stick of furniture you would need to fill an entire house in one store. Even sinks!

I have also found things like exercise equipment, medical equipment, tools, antiques, and some very lovely people working the stores that are simply the BEST!!

If you haven’t been to your local thrift stores yet, give them a chance, you might be surprised at what you can save!!

Have a Fabulous Day!!

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New Jewelry Items & A Coupon!


Through all of the added stresses lately, my jewelry business has kept me from becoming too preoccupied with the things I cannot change, and to instead concentrate on the things that I love to do.

Yesterday afternoon I took 154 pictures of some new jewelry, a couple of purses I am selling on Ebay, and a fantastic vintage pitcher and glasses set for the shop. It was such fun! I’m actually starting to enjoy this part that I used to hate, not that my pictures are any better, I just like to look at the pretty sparkly things! LOL

Here are the items already in my Etsy shop here CathysCraftyDesigns on Etsy

Here’s the link to my shop again –CathysCraftyDesigns on Etsy – The coupon code SAVENOW can save you 20% even on new items!

I will be adding the rest of the items throughout the next week, so I will keep you all updated!

I am also auctioning a Michael Kors purse for my niece on Ebay. She needs to pay for a school calculator that accidentally got broken. In my day, I had to pay for a ton of unreturned library books. The calculator is a lot more expensive!

Michael Kors Purse on Ebay

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Bracelets With a Purpose

Bracelets are a main staple in many jewelry boxes, for both women and men. They can be anything from a diamond tennis bracelet worth thousands of dollars, to a simple braided rope worth much less in money, but priceless in its personal meaning.

There are many different types and styles of bracelets in my Etys Shop for you to browse through. Of course, there are always more coming too!

Here are a few of the bracelets that contain gemstone beads that are thought to have a specific effect on your life.

As I stated, this is just a few of the bracelets that are available, and I love special requests.

Stop by and check them out here: CathysCraftyDesigns Bracelets, or check out the Vintage Bracelets here: CathysCraftyDesigns Vintage Bracelets

Stop by and use Coupon Code ‘SAVENOW’ to save 20% at checkout!

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Jewelry Sets!

A jewelry set is two or more pieces that are meant to be worn together for a coordinated and/or complimentary look. Many people wear these matching or coordinated sets for special occasions such as weddings or other formal events. Others just like to match a couple of pieces. Personally, I’m such an ‘odd duck’ that sometimes I want to be all sophisticated and coordinated, others I want to be eclectic and flashy everywhere.

Currently, I have around 35 Jewelry Sets of varying types and materials available in my Etsy shop, one section set aside just for them, plus a few more in the Faux Pearls section, and even a beautiful green agate necklace and earrings set available in Vintage Necklaces.

To see them in my Etsy Shop – CathysCraftyDesigns Jewelry Sets

Here are a few of my favorites, I had quite a time deciding which to show here, I love so many!

I stopped at only 9 for simple space and not wanting to overloading you with too many. (Although I love to show off my work!)

Of course, if you happen to find a single piece in my shop that you like and want to match with another, I can usually do that (not easy on vintage items).

Please stop by and check them out, you never know what you may see for yourself, or a special loved one in your life! After all, everyone has a birthday!! 

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Fabulous and Eclectic New Jewelry!

Yesterday afternoon was super busy for me, finally! I finally had enough light, time, and energy for a photo shoot for my favorite new pieces! YAY!! This is, for me, the hardest part of the entire process. I can never seem to get enough light in the pictures, or get it from the right angle, or something. It’s a pure miracle that I manage to sell anything, I swear!

Here are the pieces already in my shop CathysCraftyDesigns on Etsy:

I am very excited to have so many new items to enter! I have a real back up of things that need photos, and hopefully I will get to them all next month. It’s my goal anyway, to get this all caught up and organized. God, and Bipolar, willing, I will get there!

Here are some of the items I hope to get entered today and this week. (OMG I actually used the ‘Random Order’ option for the photos – IT’S CHAOS!!! LOL not at all like me.)

As you can see, I have no real set style or design template that I stick to when I make jewelry. I simply look at my supplies, and make something that pleases me.

When I purchase supplies for my jewelry, they could come form anywhere, really. If I see something that interests me, or looks like it may interest me later on at some point (yup, hoarder trait!), I’ll stick it away in my ‘stuff’ boxes. Boy, are these starting to get bigger!

My ‘stuff’ boxes could contain anything from gemstone, freshwater pearl, glass, crystal, rhinestones, feathers, just about anything I find that looked pretty to me at some moment in time!

Well, I am off now to begin entering these fabulous new pieces into my Etsy Shop. Please stop by a couple of times today and check them out!

CathysCraftyDesigns on Etsy

Hope to see you there!

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Cathy’s Crafty Designs Vintage Earrings: Glitz and Glam!

Do you love earrings? I do. From the little studs that look so dainty, to the really fabulous blinged out rhinestone earrings when I want to feel truly special, and the really fun and funky pair that may not be found anywhere else. Well guess what? I have almost 100 pair of earrings in my Etsy shop!

One of the first things people will see of you is (hopefully) your face, and what jewelry frames your face? Why, earrings of course! These are some of the more serious and fancy earrings in my shop. For the really fun and funky earrings, you should check out the ones I made too!

Vintage Ear Swag!

For more details in my Etsy Shop, or to order, click here: Cathy’s Crafty Designs Vintage Earrings

While you’re there, check out the other Vintage Jewelry items I have!

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New Items in Etsy Store!


New Jewelry!

Over the weekend, I was struck by a serious creative bug and made several new jewelry pieces for just about any occasion. Wedding and Prom season is here! I always get excited at the amazing jewelry possibilities at this time of year.

My photos are not great, they are all too dark because I was in a rush to get some taken and get the items listed. I will take better ones this week and replace the others. (Hopefully)


I will be adding more new and vintage jewelry and home decor all day (ok, well, hopefully all week)! Check out my Etsy store often to see them all!

CathysCraftyDesigns on Etsy

Now you know what I will up to all week, what are your plans? Anything for Easter?

Maybe planting a garden? I was able to get some fantastic flower and vegetables seeds this weekend. Now I just have to get them started! Really looking forward to some fresh veggies and home grown salads this summer! Yum!

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6 Reasons Why We Wear Jewelry


There are as many reasons why a person wears jewelry as there are people. However, like everything else in life, they all pretty much come down to the basics of human nature.

Life Status


Jewelry can be used to display your wealth and social standing. Think about it, when someone famous gets engaged, don’t you want to see “The Ice”? I always do! When there is a large Hollywood Awards show on, isn’t the jewelry simply outrageously gorgeous? What about when you have your own special event that you must “look your best” for? After choosing the perfect clothing, don’t you then begin another search for just the right jewelry and accessories?

A wedding ring is another way to signal your life status through jewelry. Whether or not a person is married can be pretty important information in some circumstances, don’t you think? According to Brides Magazine, the average cost for an engagement ring in 2018 was a whopping $7,829! Holy Crow! Folks, I could pay my car off with that much! However, I am just a simple country girl (ok, well, old lady now), and have very simple taste when it comes to my everyday pieces.

Group Affiliation

Another reason to wear jewelry is to signify some sort of group affiliation, such as religion (like the Pope’s ring), ethnicity (wearing your country’s flag, for instance), or a social group (like the Freemasons rings, for example). These can show people not only what affiliations you may have, but also perhaps a bit about you as a person, don’t you think? What about your high school or college ring? How long did you wear that? Do you still have it?

This type of jewelry has historically been used both publicly, and in secret, to identify like-minded people when in unfamiliar territory. There was a time when any Freemason in need, no matter who he was or where was, had a friend if he could find another Freemason. Heck, for all I know, it may still be that way (wink!).

Amulet of Protection

An Amulet is any type of “good luck charm” that is thought to provide some type of protection to the wearer, or bearer. This could be anything from a lucky four leaf clover, to Evil Eye charms, Hamsa hands, and Dreamcatchers. Anything at all can serve as an amulet if the wearer believes.

Artistic Display


OK! This is, by far, my absolute favorite reason to wear jewelry! I also call it my “Tickle My Fancy” style, for the simple reason that it’s the only reason I can say that some pieces ‘speak’ to me. You know that feeling, right? You see something that just says ” HI THERE! YOU NEED ME!!”

My absolute favorite necklace of this type to wear is my “Turtle Necklace” that started as a Collaboration with my friend Jennifer at TheScotchPot on Etsy in which, she made some gorgeous wood burned pendants, and I made them into complete necklaces and listed them in my shop under the Section Jath Collaborative (There are currently only three of these items remaining!). I adore frogs (why? you ask? well, because they eat all those creepy crawly bugs, of course!) . She made a fabulous frog pendant, and I just kept adding beautiful beads…….and I made it so perfect, that I had to keep it for myself.  I’ve worn pieces that were intended for the shop, as a sort of trial before, but this is the ONLY one I have ever actually kept for myself. It never even made to the photo stage, or I would show it to you. Sorry. Well, almost (*sheepish grin*).

Personal Meaning

Jewelry with a “Personal Meaning” is, in my opinion, the top selling jewelry, always. It can mean a million different things to a million different people at any given time. Perhaps you wear a Mother’s ring? Or your Birthstone? Maybe a personalized necklace with your name, or longitude and latitude on it, as is all over Etsy right now? A family heirloom perhaps? Maybe a bracelet showing your love of pets, or your career, or your favorite sports teams? All of these things fall under this category of jewelry with a personal meaning to the wearer. Styles can range from the tiniest Minimalist look, to an intricate and complicated Victorian era heirloom.


The functional side of jewelry is often overlooked by the big, so-called ‘serious’ jewelers in today’s society. Things like shawl pins, hair combs, barrettes, tie tacks or clips, even a decorative zipper pull counts in this category. Finding these items in the Vintage section is easy enough, but if you are looking for something high quality and newly made, you are better off going to a smaller, independent jeweler, as are found in abundance on Etsy with a few simple searches.

Well, there you have it. The six basic reasons why we wear jewelry. What are your favorite go-to pieces? Why? I’ll bet your answers tell alot about who you are……..

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Crystal Dangles

After researching the upcoming jewelry trends, I discovered that crystal drops and dangles of all kinds are all over the runways! WooHoo! Yay! This thrills me to no end because I just LOVE to make the adorable little things, I just don’t always know what to do with them then.

I am so excited that these adorable sparkly dangles are in style and trendy again, that I immediately set to work making more and incorporating some that I had already made in to some beautiful and stunning pieces of Special Occasion and Everyday jewelry. These items I listed in the Shop this morning:

Here are a few of the items unlisted yet – I will be entering these in the next couple of days, but if you’d like to get them before they go in the shop, just shoot me a message! I accept most any forms of payment available today.

I have several more pieces, with and without dangles just waiting for me to take photos and even more waiting for me to finish attaching everything! So, if you are looking for a specific color, style, or option to match that perfect wedding, prom, or homecoming dress, just let me know and we will work together to put together something hand made and custom designed pieces just for you on your special day or evening.

I can also do these styles and types of items in rhinestones, gemstones, pearls, shells, acrylic, wood: if you want it, I WILL find it and it get it for you (some special orders require prepayment for supplies only if not already on hand).

Etsy Shop Link for Items in shop already: CathysCraftyDesigns on Etsy

Contact Me Here for Items not listed or Custom Orders: Contact Form


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