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TOP TIPS FOR THRIFT STORE SHOPPING

Thrifting For Clothes Like a Pro: The Ultimate Guide
TOP TIPS FOR THRIFT STORE SHOPPING

I am a huge fan of thrift shop shopping as a brilliant way to find what you need/want without contributing to the demand for cheap consumer goods. It has the added benefits of saving stuff from landfill, and raising money for good causes, so basically it’s a win-win.
I wasn’t always such a fan though.

I have no doubt that there are some people reading this who were bought up in a family of thrifters, and for whom scouring charity shops or thrift stores is second nature.

There might however be a few, who are like I was a few of years ago: I would occasionally wander into the odd charity shop, maybe browse the bric-a-brac, and have a vague flick through a clothes rail or two, before leaving empty-handed. I was always slightly jealous of people when they told me they had found their ‘new’ jumper/jeans/skirt in a charity shop. I could never really find anything I liked, but it turns out I just wasn’t really looking properly.

Fast forward a few years, and our year of buying nothing new has turned me into a huge charity shop fan! All my clothes are now sourced there, as well as lots of the kid’s toys and clothes, and bits for the house too. I have never sat down and added it all up, but we must have saved a small fortune over three years, and so much of the stuff is in great condition.

MY TOP TIPS FOR THE BEST OF THRIFT SHOP SHOPPING:

1. GET TO KNOW YOUR LOCAL THRIFT SHOPS

If you’re not used to frequenting thrift shops then you might be vaguely aware that there are ‘some’ in your local town, but you probably don’t know all of them.
Go for a wander, and really start to look for them. Or if you are new to a town, use Charity Retail Associations website to search for all the charity shops/thrift shops near you.

2. NOT ALL THRIFT SHOPS ARE CREATED EQUAL!

You will find that the quality and type of goods will vary from shop to shop.
Some thrift shops almost look like ‘new’ shops now-clothes are sorted by colour; everything is laid out very neatly, the lighting is bright, and it all looks very lovely.
There are however still ‘old fashioned’ thrift shops out there where everything is a bit of a jumble, but I love these-things tend to be a bit cheaper, and you get to have a good old rummage!
And you will also find that some shops specialise in just one thing, e.g. clothes, or electrical items. Get to know your local ones, and which one’s suit your style.

You can explore some of the thrift shops in Santa Rosa Beach, FL and checkout the amazing things they have to offer.

3. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

I have never actually tested this out, but there is a theory out there, that thrift shops in more upmarket places, will have better quality stuff, and are more likely to have high fashion brands in them.
Be aware though that thrift shops are now pretty clued up as to what brands are worth what, and the prices will reflect that.

4. MAKE A LIST, CHECK IT TWICE

During My Make Do and Mend Year, we made a list of the things that we needed, and I carried this around with me to consult when I did my little charity shop rounds. It helped me to remember that I was on the look out for size 5 wellies, or a whisk for the kitchen, and helped me be more targeted when I was browsing.

5. GO FREQUENTLY

Don’t just go once! Keep visiting regularly as the stock turns over pretty quickly, and if they don’t have what you need one week, they might in a week or two’s time.

6. TIME YOUR VISITS

Again, this is an untested theory, but some people recommend going on a Monday or Tuesday, as lots of people will have been clearing out their wardrobes/cupboards over the weekend, so there will be lots of new stock at the beginning of the week.

7. HAVE AN OPEN MIND

I once nearly walked away from a coat because I didn’t like the buttons. It took longer than it should have done for me to register that I could actually change the buttons really easily! I bought it, and rummaged in my button collection for some suitable ones, and now I LOVE it, and everyone always comments on it.
If something fits well, but you don’t like the colour, it can be dyed. And if you can sew, then many things can be altered or re-fashioned to suit.

8. THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX

Cast your eye over the menswear section for snuggly jumpers and cardis. Men’s shirts are a great source of quite a lot of fabric for sewing projects, as are sheets and duvets. Jeans are super versatile and even ties can be upcycled in all kinds of imaginative ways.
Look at things with your upcycler’s specs on: all kinds of things can be repurposed into something you need-check out all these ideas for old tennis rackets!

9. THE SNIFF TEST…!

Some thrift shops will have a particular smell to them, and this can pervade the clothes.
Check the labels to see if things can be chucked in the washing machine, and if they can then this should get rid of most whiffs.
 Bicarb is a great de-odoriser (soak items in bicarb and water overnight), and a top tip from a theater wardrobe mistress is that neat vodka sprayed onto smelly areas will remove the smell.

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13 Eco-friendly gifts ideas to prepare this 2021

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13 Eco-friendly gifts ideas to prepare this 2021

When looking for Eco-friendly gifts, we find ourselves in a difficult task and especially when we have to give it to the smallest of the house. In our daily life, we generate a large amount of waste when we use processed products, so we must look for the best alternatives in order to avoid polluting the environment further.

I present some eco-friendly gift alternatives for you to show off:

1. Seed kits for the season

Depending on the country where you are, the different plants are found and depending on the season you will be able to eat certain fruits or vegetables. Choose to buy fruits and vegetables when they are in season, as these have a less environmental impact.

For your present, you can choose a set of seeds and plants according to your area and season. these could be: aromatic plants, fruit plants, vegetables, or legumes.

2. Stainless steel and glass containers

You can give away reusable stainless steel and glass containers to take our food wherever you want. With the COVID-19 crisis, it is even more important to take care of our hygiene to avoid getting sick, so we should use our own containers to eat or drink on the street or work, that is why this type of gift is very useful.

3. Wooden toys for children

These toys are beautiful, super useful, resistant and educational. It never goes out of style and becomes pretty memories passed down from generation to generation.

4. Eco-friendly gifts: Personal care product kits

These are a beautiful gifts that are always useful. You can find a wide variety of products that are made with ecological, natural materials that have not been subjected to industrialized processes and that will also go well for your body.

5. Personalized details by yourself

You can decorate a cotton shirt, a keychain, a pillow made of natural materials, or any object that you want to give as a gift. This way it will have a unique touch even by using recycled materials.

6. Eco-friendly gifts: Second-hand gifts

Sometimes people immersed in the culture of consumerism, acquire things without needing them, and there comes a time when they want to get rid of them. These types of gifts are usually an economical alternative, they are ideal for recycling or you could use them to make your DIYs ideas. You can buy secondhand item from thrift stores in Destin, FL.

7. Eco-friendly gifts: reusable bags

These bags are super useful and they can be customizable. The use of these bags is of great relief to the planet as it dramatically decreases the use of plastic bags.

8. Diaries made of recycled material

Many times, we have old notebooks or agendas at home that have not been used for a long time. Now is the time to take advantage of them. You can use all the unused sheets and make agendas for your friends, create a scrapbook or album out of them or make them into a beautiful bullet journal.

9. Eco-friendly gifts: Kitchenware

There is a great variety of products for the kitchen made of wood and other eco-friendly materials that we can give. They are usually very cute and will always be useful in any kitchen.

10. Handmade eco-friendly gifts

Near your home you will find a place where they sell handcrafted products, you just have to dig a little and you will find it. Or you could always try and make it yourself! Handmade products never grow old, and they are always a beautiful alternative for a gift.

11. Online coupons for organic stores

This will be innovative as your loved one can choose their own gift. Experiences will be recommended, and you could go together or just gift an experience for them: restaurant, massage, spa…, there are so many possibilities!

12. Eco-friendly gifts made of bamboo

Bamboo offers a wide variety of possibilities. These products are reusable, hygienic and can be kept for a long time.

13. Musical instruments made of bamboo and other natural materials

To encourage musical creativity in a person is a way to cultivate one of the most distinct skills that human beings have to communicate.

You will always find in musical instruments what a great variety of them, in their origin, were made with natural materials. This will always be a good gif, you never know if you will discover a great artist.

To make your gift even more “eco-friendly”, don’t forget to wrap it in recycled paper, or a newspaper that you might find at home. It could be a newspaper, magazine paper or any type of paper you have at home that has already served its purpose and that you can now use to wrap your gifts. Don’t buy new paper that will last for just two minutes, this creates a lot of pollution and waste. Apply to your gifts -whenever you can-, the rules of: reducing, reusing and recycling!

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Fast Fashion VS Slow Fashion

Fast Fashion Vs. Slow (Luxury) Fashion
Fast Fashion VS Slow Fashion

You may have noticed that Slow Fashion and Fast Fashion are expressions used increasingly often in the retail industry. What do these two terms mean? And why is the distinction between both concepts now more than ever necessary?

As its terminology indicates Fast Fashion and Slow Fashion are conceptions of fashion that relate differently to time.


Fast Fashion believes that trends in retail change frequently and that, accordingly, collections in stores should reflect these changes in trends.

Some Fast Fashion retailers have even made the case that they have democratized the fashion experience – no longer reserved for the elite, fashion is available and accessible to all. Thanks to Fast Fashion, everyone can afford to wear the latest trends, and to regularly experience the short-lived high of a new fashion purchase and the pleasure of wearing something new.


Thus, Fast Fashion relies primarily on low prices: so everyone can indulge frequently in new trends. It relies secondly on rapid turnovers: apparels evolve from the design stage to the retail floor in only a matter of weeks.

The traditional fashion seasons followed the annual cycle of summer, autumn, winter and spring but in fast fashion cycles have compressed into shorter periods of 4–6 weeks and in some cases less than this.

To produce large quantities rapidly and at a low price, Fast Fashion’s supply costs must be kept low and use cheap materials (eg: petroleum based synthetic materials, rayon, nylon, copper, chromium), cheap manufacturing processes (heavy machinery, chemical dyeing processes), and of course cheap labor costs.

Outsourcing production to developing countries with low minimum wages (Bangladesh, Cambodia, India for example) is an inevitable step in Fast Fashion production. Sometimes these countries do not respect labor human rights. The result is a disposable $9 shirt you can buy at Zara that won’t survive 5 rounds of laundry.

“In short: Fast Fashion stands for quantity over quality”

What is Slow fashion then? Another trend? Clothing reserved exclusively to the wealthy? An antagonist to Fast Fashion? A political movement?


In some respects one might say that Slow Fashion is technically the opposite of Fast Fashion as more money, resources, and time are put into the confection of one single garment. Unlike the $1.44 trillion dollar industry that is Fast Fashion, Slow Fashion consists of small-owned businesses that produce generally locally on a slower scale. The result is often higher prices.


Ideologically, Slow Fashion is less preoccupied with keeping up with trends than with the quality and sustainability of what it produces. Sustainability is a principle applied both to how it produces garments (in a way respectful of the environment and human rights) and what it produces (garments of quality that last). Slow fashion falls right in line with minimalism in that it will encourage the consumer to own ten essentials that last instead of 1000 disposables.


Slow Fashion demands us to slow down consumption to decrease fashion production and raw material depletion to allow the earth’s regenerative capabilities to take place.


Slow Fashion is as much technical as it is ideological for it represents what is “eco”, “ethical” and “green” in one unified practice and philosophy. Carl Honoré, author of “In Praise of Slowness”, argues that the ‘slow approach’ intervenes as a revolutionary process in the contemporary world because it encourages taking time to ensure quality production, to give value to the product, and contemplate the connection with the environment.

If you want to save the environment from degradation then you should purchase sustainable clothes. You can also opt for buying pre-loved clothes from a thrift shop in Lebanon, TN.

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Is Fast Fashion Destroying The Environment?

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Is Fast Fashion Destroying The Environment?

Did you know that the fashion industry is responsible for 10% of all annual global carbon emissions? That is more than all international flights and maritime shipping combined! (World Bank Group, 2019)  

What is fast fashion?

So, perhaps you’ve heard of the phrase ‘fast fashion’ before, but what does it actually mean? Fast fashion is used to describe cheap clothing produced by mass-market retailers in response to the latest trends. Some well-known brands include the likes of H&M, Zara and Uniqlo.

Fashion retailers intentionally create new items of clothing and trends every few weeks, in hopes to persuade customers that they must ‘stay on trend’ by regularly purchasing new items of clothing. Since the clothing is usually of low quality and relatively inexpensive, customers will often find that they will return to stores to buy new items of clothing as it is cheaper than repairing old garments. 

The effects of fast fashion

Many of us may believe that shopping for clothes (especially cheap and on trend clothes!) is harmless and maybe even fun, but what are effects of fast fashion on the environment? How it is possible for retailers to sell stock so cheaply whilst still making a profit? 

Environmental impacts

In reality, many toxic chemicals are used to create the vibrant colours, prints and patterns that appear on fast fashion garments. These chemicals are often dumped into nearby rivers and streams by unregulated factories, polluting the water and air as well as harming the health of the workers that produce the garments. 

In addition to this, polyester garments contain microfibres that are unable to biodegrade. This means that when they are washed in domestic washing machines, the microfibres shed and pass through our waterways which eventually lead to our oceans. This adds to the increasing levels of plastic in our oceans and present a large threat to aquatic life.

Furthermore, the low quality of fast fashion garments along with the fast trends, mean that clothes are being thrown away at an unprecedented rate. In Britain, more than 300,000 tons of clothes end up in a landfill. Landfill sites produce greenhouse gases that harm the environment and contribute to global warming.

Humanitarian impacts

In order to promote such low prices, cheap labour is often sourced from sweatshops. These are factories that employ workers for extremely low wages for long hours, often in poor conditions. For example, in Bangladesh, the majority of garment workers earn little more than the minimum wage and far below what is considered a living wage. Many are also forced to work 14-16 hour days, 7 days a week in hazardous conditions. Since 1990, more than 400 workers have died and several thousand more have been wounded in 50 major factory fires. Sexual harassment and discrimination are also widespread and many female workers have reported that the right to maternity leave is not upheld by employers.

What can we do to help? 

If you would like to reduce your fast fashion consumption, here are some top tips on how to get started:

  1. Buy from ethical and sustainable brands.
  2. Consume secondhand clothing from thrift stores such as thrift stores in Lebanon, TN or online marketplaces (such as Depop). You can even swap clothes with friends and family!
  3. DIY or upcycle old clothes. You can get creative with this by cutting, sewing, and even knitting fabrics!
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The negatives of fast fashion & 3 ways to reduce your impact

Fast Fashion: The Ugly Truth. Our desire to look good is killing the… | by  Jensen Li | Age of Awareness | Medium
The negatives of fast fashion & 3 ways to reduce your impact

In the past two decades, the fashion industry began to revolve around the fast fashion concept – the quick rotation of cheap garments imported from developing countries with few labor laws and low minimum wage. While this concept has made fashion more profitable for fast fashion company CEOs, because fast fashion encourages overconsumption and impulse shopping, it has created many environmental and ethical issues in our world.


In this article, I’ll dive deep into what these issues are, how is fast fashion and the current fashion industry causing them and how they can be resolved with sustainable fashion practices.

The environmental impacts of the fashion industry

The environmental impacts of fast fashion – where do I start? There are many different serious issues that need to be tackled.

Did you know that the fashion industry accounts for 10% of all greenhouse gasses produced by human activity? This isn’t just because large amounts of fossil fuels are burned to ship products from sweatshops to the west, but also because the countries where most fast fashion garments are made rely mainly on fossil fuels for energy production.

Aside from climate change, fast fashion is also a threat to our water supply. It takes large amounts of water to cultivate conventional cotton, putting a strain on the precious resource. As if that wasn’t enough, fast fashion is also a significant water polluter. Often, cotton farms use large amounts of pesticides to increase yield and sweatshops rely on nasty chemicals to dye and finish garments. All of these are then washed into rivers, poisoning many people’s source of water.

However, cotton isn’t the only fabric that’s to blame – synthetic materials have been gaining popularity with fast fashion brands, because of their low cost. However, what’s often forgotten is that these fabrics are essentially plastic, and they release plastic particles into wastewater anytime they are washed.

Fast fashions ethical issues

From an ethical standpoint, fast fashion is also highly problematic. It outsources production into developing countries, where it underpays its workers and forces them to work in terrible conditions.

These workers are paid as little as 3 cents per hour, often having to work for 100+ hours per week to satisfy our demand for fast fashion. All this happens in factories which are often structurally unsafe, with the threat of factory fires or building collapses. Even though the labor laws are typically very limited in developing countries, sweatshops often go as far as to break these already oppressive standards.

Encouraging overconsumption and other shady practices

There is one moral issue related to the spread of fast fashion – it encourages us to buy more than we need and spend money on an impulse. In an age where conscious shopping is more important than ever before, fast fashion uses a variety of sales tactics which directly contradict and undermine the importance of sustainable development.

Another shady practice you’ll want to watch out for is greenwashing. Many fast fashion companies wish to appeal to the more environmentally conscious of us without actually doing any work to become more sustainable. Therefore, they make unsubstantiated claims about sustainability. Thankfully, they are quite easy to see through with enough research – make sure you look up any claim about environmental benefits and search for proof.

What are the sustainable fashion options?

How can we stop supporting the environmentally and ethically insufficient fast fashion and find a more sustainable alternative? Sustainable fashion isn’t a one-size-fits-all thing, there are many different ways to pursue it – here are 3 of our favorites

1.      Support sustainable fashion brands

Instead of buying your clothes from a fast fashion brand, support sustainable fashion labels which are working to make their clothes as eco-friendly and ethical as possible. They use natural materials, implement water conservation practices, pay their employees fair wages, provide a safe work environment, and more.

A sustainable fashion garment may cost more upfront, but it will end up saving you money in the long run because it will last you for years.

2.      Wash your clothes sustainably

Sustainable fashion isn’t just about buying sustainable clothing – it’s also about making sure the clothes that you already have remain in good shape and that the cleaning process doesn’t have a negative environmental impact.

Opt for sustainable laundry detergent options, such as the laundry detergent sheets or the laundry soap bar and switch to natural wool dryer balls – or you can skip the dryer altogether and air-dry your laundry.

3.      Shop second hand

A great way to save money while supporting sustainable fashion and buying eco-friendly clothing is to shop second-hand. This way, you’re preventing clothing from ending up in a landfill and giving it a second life! You can buy pre-loved clothes from a thrift store in Panama City Beach, FL. You can find clothes in a good quality there.

While some clothing and fabrics can be composted, it’s always best to reuse them in their original form when possible.

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A Step-By-Step Guide To Buying Pre-Owned Luxury Handbags

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A Step-By-Step Guide To Buying Pre-Owned Luxury Handbags

The only thing better than owning a designer handbag is getting one at a discount, however most high-end designers like Hermes, Louis Vuitton and Chanel will never reduce prices. The only other option is to buy pre-owned – and there are many reasons you should! 

Firstly, you can save a lot of money – hundreds or even thousands of dollars off of retail. Buying pre-owned is also the sustainable fashion choice. Finally, the pre-owned market is much more diverse than retail: you have access to many designers in one place, offering different bags from various years and collections. 

You can pick from top designers such as Chanel, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Prada and many more. This gives you the chance to find something truly special, rare and unique – at times, you can even come across something made to special order: 

But buying a pre-owned luxury handbag can be a daunting task. You may be asking yourself: where should I buy one from? How can I tell if the seller is trustworthy? How do I know it’s real? What designer should I choose? 

Seasoned shoppers who know how to navigate the resale market know the answers to these questions and frequently score great deals on high end designer bags and you will too. 

Step 1: How Can I Find a Reputable Place to Shop Designer Bags?

Should I Try auctions?

The biggest mistake is starting with online auction sites – you never truly know what you’re getting, and there is very little buyer protection. In fact, Louis Vuitton was awarded over $60 million in damages from online auction site Ebay, arguing that up to 90% of “Louis Vuitton” bags sold on Ebay were counterfeits. 

And that’s just one designer and one auction website – it is a known fact that the counterfeit industry thrives on knocking off top designer brands and selling the fakes on auction sites. And while there are authentic bags on auction sites, the hassle of sorting through the fakes and the risk of ending up with a fake is hardly worth it. Save your time and your money by avoiding this altogether when shopping pre-owned handbags.  

Instead, look for a dedicated designer resale company that specializes in the procurement, merchandising and sale of second hand designer items. You can also check out the thrift stores in your area. You can get your hands on some designer bags there as well. Check out the thrift store in panama City beach, FL. There are a lot of these companies and each one can offer something unique with their platforms, so be sure to do a little research on which company works best for you. Not all designer resellers are the same, so here is what you should look out for: 

Check if the reseller offers lifetime authenticity guarantee.

Authenticity should be the reseller’s foundation, and many, if not most resellers will have an “authenticity guarantee”. But don’t be fooled! Most of these guarantees are time limited, so if it takes you a few weeks, months or even years to realize it’s a fake, you won’t get your money back. 

You will find only a handful of designer resellers that offer a lifetime authenticity guarantee. As a buyer, you want to always have that peace of mind that your item is truly authentic and not have to wonder after the return period has expired. If, for any reason, you find the item is not authentic, you should be able to return it to the reseller at any time. Codogirl.com was founded on this belief. 

Step 2: How to Choose the Designer That Works Best for Me?

One of the best parts of shopping resale is the variety to pick and choose from. You have the ability to shop handbags from all top designers and many long-discontinued items – the only hard part is choosing just one! 

Consider asking yourself: what do I need this handbag for? Is it for everyday carry? Formal events or date nights? Is it for work? Depending on your taste and purpose, some luxury designer handbags can work better than others.


Discover durable, luxurious everyday carry: 

If you want a luxury handbag that you are not afraid of scratching, Louis Vuitton is without a doubt the best to look for. The monogram canvas tote bags are made from the same ultra-durable material that Louis Vuitton used in their famous luxury travel trunks, which were known to be the highest quality and nearly indestructible. 

Louis Vuitton bags come in a variety of styles, colors and materials. For a more subdued look, the classic LV monogram or Damier print canvas are excellent choices, but if you want a conversation starter, you can consider the rare Multicolore canvas edition designed by Takashi Murakami – available exclusively on the resale market as they are no longer in production. 

Step 3: How Much Can I Save Buying Pre-Owned?


You can save anywhere between 20 and 70% buying pre-owned. But some pre-owned bags are more expensive than new.

A lot of people ask themselves – how much money can I save buying a bag pre-owned? The short answer: a lot. However, like buying any luxury item pre-owned, the price depends on a number of factors too. For example, pre-owned can also mean unused, therefore a Birkin bag that is clearly unworn can cost just as much on the pre-owned market as it would retail, if not more, due to such high demand and little supply. 

If the handbag was pre-loved, price depends on the condition first and foremost, and then also on the rarity of the handbag, the color and style (whether it is trending or not). For example, the rarer exotic skin Hermes Birkins typically cost a lot more than “regular” Birkins, even if they are worn. If the bag is in a highly desirable color – like, say, a Chanel Classic Flap in beige or black – then it is likely to cost more on the resale market than less sought after colors. 

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Tips for Thrifting Like a Pro

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Tips for Thrifting Like a Pro

Thrifting is a fun and easy way to approach your wardrobe mindfully and sustainably without sacrificing style. It’s also budget-friendly. But when you’re a beginner, thrifting can be super daunting. That’s why I had three experts share their top thrifting tips to get you started.

Thrifting requires different strategies than shopping online. Clicking around on a website is a lot easier than going through rack upon rack of clothing in person. But that’s one of the best—and most rewarding—parts of thrifting: It’s a challenge, and you never know what you’re going to spot on.

I reached out to some thrifting pros to find out how they approach shopping at the thrift shops in Lebanon, TN. When you use their thrifting tips, you’re bound to have a great experience.

The Best Thrifting Tips, According to the Pros

Tip 1: Research and Shop Local

If you’re new to thrifting, Tyler Chanel of Thrifts and Tangles says to start off by finding fan-favorite thrift stores. “Do a quick Yelp search or Google search to find the top-ranked thrift stores in your area,” she says. “If you’re new to thrifting, these thrift stores are typically more organized and easier to navigate.” By visiting a locally-owned thrift store, you’re also supporting your neighbors and putting money back into your community.

Tip 2: Start a “Thrift Wishlist”

Trish from Trish Stitched recommends creating a “thrift Wishlist” filled with inspiration from your favorite websites and fashion bloggers. Create a board on Pinterest, or a mood board to hang on your wall. That way, anytime you’re out thrifting, you can keep an eye out for specific items you already know you’ll love. That also ensures you’re not overconsuming and only bringing home things you need.

Tip 3: Become a Regular

If you’re often left discouraged after thrifting, you’re probably just not going enough. Dina Younis of Dina’s Days says her biggest piece of advice is becoming a regular at your local thrift stores. “Go often. Stock changes daily—multiple times a day,” she says. “But that’s not the only reason why you should go often. Going often helps you become more comfortable navigating a thrift store, too.”

That’s right: Thrifting is a skill. Like a muscle, you need to repeatedly work it to watch it grow. While you’re there, take your time scanning through the items and you’re bound to find something that catches you eye. Before you know it, you’ll be going home with the thrift finds of your dreams.

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FIVE WAYS TO DECLUTTER YOUR HOME FOR THE NEW YEAR

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Five ways to declutter you home for the new year

Out with the old and in with the new! It is time to declutter your home for the new year! Deciding what items should be kept and what needs to be donated is challenging with so many rooms.

CREATE A PURPOSEFUL ENTRYWAY 

Since the entryway is the first thing people see when they walk into your door, make a great first impression. Often this space ends up becoming a piling ground for everyday items. Create a useful entryway by removing unnecessary items and using storage containers. Here is a list of items to declutter from this space: 

  • Unworn shoes
  • Extra coats and jackets
  • Umbrellas
  • Unused tote bags
  • Piled mail 
  • Seasonal items 

DECLUTTER YOUR LIVING ROOM BOOKSHELVES AND COFFEE TABLES

Living rooms are one of the most versatile rooms. They can be used as offices, entertainment and playrooms. This causes extra items to pile up and cause clutter. To keep a space clean and functional, remove unnecessary items and donate them to a thrift store in Panama City Beach, FL. Check out some things to declutter from your living space: 

  • Unwatched movies
  • Books 
  • Old magazines 
  • Kids toys 
  • Extra blankets 
  • Unfunctional furniture
  • Lamps 
  • Outdated pillows 
  • Decor 

MINIMIZE YOUR COOKWARE

One of the tips to declutter your home is to tackle your cluttered kitchen cabinets. As the year went by, you probably threw things in it without thinking about it and winded up with multiple items. Maximize your kitchen space by removing items that are the same, no longer used or mismatched. These are some items to remove from your cabinets or pantry: 

  • Unused small kitchen appliances
  • Extra tupperware 
  • Kitchen gadgets
  • Used baking ware
  • Outdated kitchen decor 
  • Coffee mugs and cups 
  • Utensils 
  • Unopened cookbooks

FRESHEN UP THE BATHROOM 

One of the most important tips to declutter your home is not to forget your bathroom! Organizing your bathroom can save you time and frustration. The bathroom can end up accumulating extra stuff that has no purpose in there. Create a functional bathroom by sorting out all the unnecessary items into a donate or toss box. Here is a list of things to declutter from your bathroom: 

  • Extra towels
  • Expired makeup and locations
  • Hair accessories
  • Unused beauty appliances
  • Decor items that do not fit your style

CLEAN OUT THE CLOSETS

The closets in your home can get jam packed with clothing that was bought and never worn. Make extra room for all the new clothes that you plan to buy for yourself or family members by removing unused clothes. Start by removing these items from your closet: 

  • Clothes that no longer fit
  • Clothes that were only worn once
  • Unworn shoes 
  • Extra accessories 
  • Seasonal clothes
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A GUIDE TO THRIFTING FOR DESIGNER HANDBAGS

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A GUIDE TO THRIFTING FOR DESIGNER HANDBAGS

You can never have too many purses! They come in all sizes, colors and styles to complete your outfit and help you carry everything. Although they are an essential part of some people’s wardrobe, they can be a tad pricey – especially those designer bags. 

If you love the designer look but not the price, head to thrift shops in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. Here I will share why thrifting designer bags are beneficial for your wallet and environment. 

WHY SHOULD YOU BUY BAGS SECOND HAND?

Buying handbags second hand not only saves you money but also the environment. Whether you decide to purchase a brand new genuine leather or nylon purse, it affects the environment. The fashion industry is considered to be the second-largest polluter, only being surpassed by the oil industry. 

To make one genuine leather bag requires cattle. These animals are raised in mass ranches that take many natural resources – like water and land. Many trees are cleared to make room for pastures. Removing trees leaves many other animals without natural habitats.

One of the trending bags right now is bags made out of nylon. Although they are very cute and trendy, these bags have negative impacts on the environment. First off, nylon is a non-biodegradable material – this means that if these bags are tossed, they can remain in landfills forever. 

Secondly, nylon releases microplastics into the oceans when they are washed. Once in the sea, tiny aquatic creatures may ingest them. This can lead to microplastics making their way through the food chain and reaching us humans. 

By thrifting designer bags, you are helping reduce the demand for new products and reducing pollution into the environment. 

THRIFTING DESIGNER HANDBAGS TIPS

Check current trends

The good thing about trends is that they always make a return. Thrift stores have handbags from all decades and styles. Not sure what is trending? Draw inspiration from social media platforms like Instagram and Pinterest. 

Know the classics

If you are not looking for trendy pieces, look for purses with classic designs. These kinds of handbags will always be in style, no matter the trend. How do you know which purses are classic? Look at the design of iconic designer bags that are always in style. Some of the most popular handbags of all time are: 

  • Louis Vuitton Speedy 
  • Chanel 2.55 
  • Hermes Birkin
  • Celine Luggage 
  • Lady Dior 
  • Balenciaga City

Search for high-quality materials

When thrifting for handbags, be sure to look at the material of it. If you want a handbag that will look good for years, look for one made out of genuine leather. To find bags made out of leather, check the tags and know the look of leather. Genuine leather handbags will have slightly uneven stitching. Fake leather will have seamless stitching. 

Inspect the handbag

If you find a bag that you love at a thrift store, inspect it for damage. You want to check to see if it has any scratches, marks, broken pieces or missing parts. You can then decide if the bag is worth the purchase. 

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How To Help a Friend Declutter Their Home

10 Creative Ways to Declutter Your Home
How To Help a Friend Declutter Their Home

Everyone needs a little help once in a while, especially when things start to pile up and life gets more stressful. A common stressor that many people deal with is taking care of their homes—a task that can fall by the wayside when other matters come up. If you decide to help a good friend or family member clean up their home, you certainly understand the meaning of kindness. Whether it’s a small amount of help or you need to step in for someone struggling with hoarding tendencies, here’s how to best help a friend declutter their home.

Ask the Right Questions

It’s important to remember that you are there to help your friend, not dictate what they need to do. Asking the right questions can help you understand what your friend’s goals are for decluttering. The right questions can also help them see that they don’t need to keep everything. Here are a few questions to keep in mind:

  • When was the last time you used this?
  • Do you need more than one of these?
  • Does this have special significance to you?
  • Would you really miss this item if it were gone?

Present Multiple Options

Everyone works differently, especially when it comes to maintaining their own house. Again, if you want to help a friend declutter their home, it’s best to do it in the method they would prefer. Maybe they want to get everything out in the open before they start going through everything. Maybe they would prefer to go section by section. Tell them you’re ready for however they would prefer to declutter and that you’ll be there no matter what.

Have Disposal Plans

Knowing what to do with all the extra junk is half the battle. You can toss items in the trash if they are broken, not useful in any way and only take up space. However, don’t discount everything right away. You might find a valuable they would wish to sell rather than throw away. A lot of things that people want to get rid of, especially things like clothes or household items, make great donations for others to use.

Don’t Push Past Too Many Limits

Decluttering can be both physically and mentally draining. Especially if your friend has a serious problem with clutter, they may not be able to start right away. There’s nothing wrong with pushing them to go a little further than they want to initially, but they might be flat out uncomfortable with going past a certain point. Make sure to understand these boundaries as you help clean up. Keep in mind that although it may be stressful at first, they will feel so much better after they get their home in order.

You helped out a friend with decluttering and now you have lots of stuff for donations, the thrift stores in Santa Rosa Beach, FL will gladly accept the gently used items to help those in need and to benefit their charity partners. You can improve your friend’s life by decluttering and help someone else with your donation in the process.