Bipolar, PTSD, and Daily Life with Etsy, Fashion, Uncategorized, Vintage

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!!

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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!

Have a Fabulous Day!!

Don’t Forget To Smile! They’re Contagious!!


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A Fabulous Etsy Shop to Check Out! TheScotchPot on Etsy

I’ve decided to take one day a week from now on to highlight another Etsy shop that I love. I am going to start by sharing my best friend, Jennifer’s shop, TheScotchPot.


Jennifer has a fantastic, and varied eclectic mix of items in her shop from handmade, to vintage, that appeal to many different people for lots of reasons.  Here are just s few of my favorites.

As I stated, these are just a few of my favorites in her Etsy shop, she has many vintage items that are fantastic and hard to find. So, if you are looking for something really unique and interesting, check out TheScotchPot on Etsy!

Have a Wonderful, and Wonder-Filled, Day!

Don’t Forget To Smile! They’re Contagious!!


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Yard Sales With the Girls!

Some of my favorite memories of my mother, are the times we spent going to yard sales together on the weekends. She would plan our route carefully using the local paper’s list. We would get up early in the morning hours on Saturdays and head out bargain hunting, not returning home until we had hit every yard sale on her list, and the ones that we just sort of found along the way. What fun we would have!

My sister and I still love to go “yard saling”, and her daughters are no different. This past Saturday, we were off for the first trip of this year, and what a fantastic time we had! We found some really fantastic deals, went out to eat, and then went to our very first live dog show! We had a blast! But boy we sure were worn out when we got back home!

My Finds

The bargains that I found were fantastic! The very first yard sale we went to had some vintage jewelry that the lady knew nothing about. She was asking $1 for each item. I found some Trifari earrings, Marvello earrings, and a fabulous made the U.S.A. brooch. Well, $1 a piece simply was not going to sit well on my conscience, so I gave her more than she asked, which she was grateful for, as well as helping her to identify some of her other pieces that she might want to get appraised. And I made a new friend! What a sweet person she was, and my husband has known her other half for years! Bonus!

We also went to a large estate sale, which are among my favorites to go to. Always lots to look at and rifle through. I just love the boxes of miscellaneous ‘stuff’ to go pillaging through, hunting for that perfect item that you didn’t even know you needed. I like to dig for the treasures of yesteryear that are in need of a little love, and a new home.

I found a fantastic set of carnival glass butterfly candy dishes, for quite a steal! I think the they may be quite the find because all of the others that I have managed to find have all of the outer blue ‘carnival’ coating washed away already while mine still have quite a bit remaining. I think they are just lovely, even with part of the coating washed away, what do you think?


We also went our favorite Salvation Army Store and Goodwill, where my nieces were able to find some great deals on some adorable summer clothing, and accessories, and my sister and I found some really cute craft items.

If you’ve ever been shopping at a Goodwill store, you know that they have colored tags and each week is a different color ‘special’, such as half price, or $.99 items with those colored tags. I happened to find an adorable set of hand painted Raggedy Ann and Andy figurines from the 1970’s that were priced at $4.99, which I felt was a pretty good deal as the pain job was really very good and they have very little wear. They are not porcelain, or hollow, they are quite solid, with golden yellow velvet on the bottom. When I got them to the register, they were tagged in the color of the week (green! my favorite color!), and I actually paid much less than that!

For these, I have been unable to find another set like them on Google Photos at all. Not one set of standing Ann and Andy like this out there? Surely not. The closest I was able to find was a set of matching wall plaques, and even they had no information on them other than that they are from the 70’s. I am going to forward these photos, along with a few more, to a few collectors and see what I’m able to find out about them. During my research, I learned about how Raggedy Ann and Andy were ‘born’, and it’s quite a lovely history. I’ll include a link.


Raggedy Ann and Andy: History and Legend by Patricia Hall

I also found a few little personal things that I simply had to have, a lovely ceramic sea turtle tray, a tiny plastic turtle toy to put in front of my living red eared turtle (his name is Fred) tank, and a hardly worn pair of adorable sandals.

Read about the dogs show afterwards and see photos in tomorrow’s blog!

We had a fantastic time and all returned home late that afternoon worn out and tired, but with lots of great memories, bargains, and photos! (Not to mention all of the ‘strange’ dog hair and scents for our own animals to be jealous over! LOL)

Have a Wonderful, and Wonder-Filled Day!

Don’t Forget To Smile! They’re Contagious!