Confessions of a Thrift-Addict




These are the confessions of a thrift-addict.

I want to share some of the changes that I went through as a result of being on lockdown due to the pandemic. I hope everyone is doing well. 

How it Started

I was ( and still am) on lockdown, but I noticed some of my buddies on YouTube were already out there thrifting and shopping at other stores.  They were going places and I had not left my house in months.

I gotta tell you it was not easy. I have to take a deep breath every time I think about it. I'm doing better now, but I have to tell you it was really, really hard!

The Thrill of the Thrift

I'm used to going thrifting at least once a week -- sometimes twice a week. Sometimes I'm thrifting for myself. Sometimes I'm thrifting for resale.  Sometimes I'm there just because I love to be in that kind of environment.




But I must confess that it is really hard when you're so dependent on just being in a thrift store. I don't know about you, but I get such a rush when I'm planning a trip to the thrift store! I get there and I'm super excited about being there!  And I'm just hoping that I'm going to find something.

Sometimes you know you're not going to find anything, but it's the thrill of being in that space and just touching things!

Yeah, I'm dependent on that thrill. I'm always looking for that next big find. It's such a rush just going through the store, aisle by aisle, rack by rack, slowly touching things. I'm getting chills just thinking about it!

I saw that some of my fellow social media creators and thrifters in other states had already gone out shopping while I was home waiting for stores to open in my area. I wanted to get out there too! I was chomping at the bit!

I am emotionally dependent on thrifting. I don't know if that's a bad thing.  


 Are There Symptoms

I guess if you're bringing stuff into your home and you're constantly going out and spending your last dime on things that you really don't need but you "just have to have", then that could be a bad thing.  I don't think I have gotten to that point yet.

Hiding my thrift finds

I store my finds in my car until I can safely sneak them inside without hubby noticing.  Sometimes that could be days or weeks later.  I then squirrel them away in the garage and later into the laundry room where I can clean everything. Whew! The life of a thrifter ain't easy! Who can relate?

I don't just pick up stuff on the regular.  I know I've picked up stuff and thought,  "I like this, but do I really need it?" 

I enjoy thrifting so much! 

I think I did kind of go through a withdrawal of sorts when I was stuck at home and my thrift stores were closed. Did I get the shakes? Did I get sweaty palms or pull out my hair?  Did I start grinding my teeth? Was I pacing the floor and going to the door and just looking out?

 No, I didn't do all that. But yeah, I did go through some kind of a withdrawal from not being able to go thrifting. I admit that I felt a little antsy.



Thrifting is Up Close and Personal

I kept thinking about what it would be like when I made my return to the store for the first time after being in lockdown for so long. Would the store be clean? Would it be safe to be around other thrifters?

Thrifting is up front, close and personal. Touching items is a big part of the thrifting experience for me.  I have to touch everything!  When I'm thrifting, I'm going to pick up that picture. I'm going to pick up a bowl. I want to touch a sweater or a coat. I have to look at things. I want to touch things when I'm at a thrift store.  

Just the thought of putting on protective gloves and a mask and going into the thrift store during the pandemic was overwhelming. Couple that with the anxiety of bringing thrifted items into my home, and I was fit to be tied. Cleaning and sanitizing my thrift finds had taken on a whole new meaning.


Yeah, these are the confession of a thrift-addict

During the lockdown, I didn't shop at any online thrift stores like some of my fellow drifters did. Some resellers went to online sites to buy thrifted goods in order to sustain their way of life. Their situations may be a little different than mine. 

If you're a full-time reseller and you make your living from thrifting, you have to find inventory wherever you can. And that explains why I saw several thrift haul videos of folks who were frequenting online thrift stores. I'm a part-time reseller and for the most part I go thrifting for personal reasons, so I am not financially dependent on thrifting.

Funny story, but I started picking through my inventory that I had set aside to resell and it felt a little like thrifting.  I saw a pair of walking shoes in my stash that I had listed on Poshmark that I may take out and wear. Essentially, I went thrifting in my own thrift pile! 


Conclusion

I can empathize with anybody who was feeling anxious about not being able to go to the thrift store.  I certainly understand.

I kind of rode the wave and now I think my thrift withdrawal is on the downside.  Happily, thrift stores have opened up again and I've done a little shopping!

I don't think I'll ever get over being a thrift-addict. 

But I'm going to be okay.



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How To Decorate a Pink and White Easter Tablescape




Welcome back to Life on Greenwood! I'm putting together a little tablescape for Easter. I don't usually display a lot of Easter décor, but this year I wanted to decorate a table. No, I’m not expecting company for dinner. Is anybody these days?

What I Used

So, I’ll be adding a few things that I recently purchased from Marshalls. The napkins are pink and white gingham with a cute little bunny looking straight at me.  They come in a pack of four.  I’m also using four miniature ceramic bowls that also have little bunnies on them. They are so adorable! They come two to a pack and I think they were like $4.99. 

The plates that I’ll be using are from thrift days gone by. I’ll be incorporating an enormous pink and white ceramic egg, which when open, resembles a cookie jar. I guess it could be used for cookies or other goodies. This was a Marshalls purchase for $9.99. It’s so pretty!



Using Thrift Finds to Decorate

Let me say that the majority of the décor on my dining room table is thrifted. The set itself was a Craigslist find that I painted a little while ago. Since painting the table white, the colors of my dinnerware and other décor really comes to life! When the table was a dark cherry, my table runners always seemed to clash. When I go back and look at old videos of the table, I wonder why I waited so long to paint it!

I anchored a garland table runner with two large white ceramic teapots. These teapots were second-hand purchases. I used them as flower vessels and filled them with pink tulips and hydrangeas.  

My pink chargers had been brown in a previous life. They too were upcycled thrift finds too. Love it!



Conclusion

I am so happy with this the way this turned out! I’m loving the pinks! Do you set a table or decorate your home for Easter?

There are so many second-hand finds in this tablescape!  It really makes me happy that I can reuse things and give them new life! I hope this gives you a little inspiration for your Easter tablescape!






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How To Decoupage Easter Eggs






I made a beautiful decoupage egg! 

This started out as a hollow, 2-piece thrifted egg, made of some kind of plaster. The prior owner had applied some kind of a lace bib around the egg. Yeah, it was hideous! I thought about painting it first, but I'm glad I didn't!


I had decoupaged other projects before, so that's what I decided to do. I already had leftover supplies, so everything I needed was on hand.

What You Need

You'll need strips of paper or cloth, glue or Mod Podge and that's it! 

The Process

I used blue and white paper decorative napkins that were leftover from another project. They were an Amazon purchase. Here's the link:
They are two-ply, so I separated them and discarded the white lining. Then I tore enough strips to cover the entire egg. I purchased my napkins online, but you could use any napkins you have on hand. 

I separated the egg so that I could work on one half at a time. I applied a generous amount of Mod Podge to a small surface of the egg and began to wrap it with a strip of napkin. I repeated this step until both halves of the egg were covered. 

Conclusion

After putting the egg back together, I applied a coat of Mod Podge to the outer surface. This will help to preserve the project. To finish,  I tied a white ribbon around the egg. 

That's it! Would you try a craft project like this? 



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How To Overcome Your Struggle With House Plants



I’ll be the first to tell you that I do not have a green thumb. Over the years, I’ve killed my share of houseplants; mostly due to neglect. 

I recall bringing home clippings thrown away by the landscapers at work and rooting them in water and later planting them in soil. I would nurse those babies until they grew nice and strong!  

And then, I would forget to water them! And I’d forget for a week or two until there was no coming back for them. 

I was bad!

I am getting much better.  Currently, I have four Spider Plants.   Actually, there’s one mother and three offspring.  

Spider Plants are supposed to be some of the easiest plants to maintain. My biggest challenge with the mother Spider Plant was figuring how much water was needed and how much sunlight to provide. 

What Worked For My Plants

Research states that Spider plants should not receive direct sunlight.  So, I relocated the plants near a window in the living room where they would get low to medium sunlight. 

To help with the watering situation, we purchased Self-Watering Globes. These glass globes can be filled with water and stuck into potted plants to provide water as needed for up to two weeks. 

After trial and error, I am happy to say that I am seeing new growth and my Spider Plants look much healthier.



Conclusion

In the end, I read a ton of articles on how to care for houseplants. Here’s what I learned:

1)      Do research before buying house plants.  Understand if your lifestyle and home environment is compatible with successfully caring for a house plant

2)      Determine the plant’s need for water, sunlight and fertilization

3)      Be prepared to groom, re-pot and control plant pests

Finally, enjoy the beauty that healthy houseplants will add to your home!


 



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Are Fancy Hats Making a Come-back?







Are fancy hats making a come-back?  I say they never left! My fancy hats or big hats, as I like to call them, have been put away but will be put back into service once the virus allows businesses and churches, etc. to re-open. 



When Can I Wear a Fancy Hat?

I love, love, love the look of a fancy hat and what it can do for an outfit! That classic little black dress becomes more stylish when accessorized with a hat.  

How about a cute hat to match your favorite sundress?  That mother-of-the-bride dress will be taken to the next level with a matching fancy hat!


I'll be breaking out a fancy hat in observance of Women's History Month. Back in the day, our grandmothers wore hats all the time. It was second nature.

Y'all remember Nana and her hats, right?



How Big is Too Big?

Let's not even talk about fancy hats at church! The bigger, the more elaborate and festive, the better! I've seen hats with embellishments like birds, flowers, feathers, netting and gem stones. Beautiful!

I'll tell you "where the fancy hats reside": The Royals in the United Kingdom. The fascinators and hats worn by the women in the Royal Family are absolutely breathtaking!  Here's my take on a little feather and netting fascinator that I wore to a sorority tea party.

Conclusion

No matter your personal style, there is a fancy hat out there with your name on it! Try one on! I see you, Queens!





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Why You Should Make Your Bed Each Morning






I make my bed every morning. It’s a habit. When I think about it, I may have gotten this from my mother or it could just be an obsessive/compulsive trait that I have.

Anyway, it makes me feel good. I feel like I have accomplished something first thing in the morning. 

It freaks me out when hubby wakes up AFTER me and doesn't make the bed. He's perfectly fine with it. I see it as unfinished business. But that's me.

Someone Famous Once Said

Here is a quote to something I heard a few years ago that resonated with me:

“If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride. And will encourage you to do another  task.  And another.  And another. And by the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed…”

          - Admiral William H. McRaven 


Conclusion

For me, a bed that's made signifies order and calmness. So, are you on Team Bed Making?




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Budget-Friendly Lemon Vignette

 





Lemons brighten any room, especially the kitchen. I created a quick vignette for my kitchen counter using budget-friendly items.

What I Did

First, I painted a thrifted ginger jar with white spray paint, giving it new life. This ginger jar was in my stash from a previous thrift haul. I paid $5 for it. I knew when I bought it that I would end up painting it.

Here's my thinking: When I go into the thrift store, I try to imagine how I would use certain items. Even if the item is not in my preferred color, I try to think of ways to upcycle it to make it into something that would work for me.


I arranged a few tall stems of faux lemon branches in the ginger jar. These were leftover stems purchased a few years ago.




To complete the vignette, I placed a lemon-themed plate from the dollar store on an easel. Easy and so pretty!

Not everyone decorates for the seasons. I do, just a little. Do you?

Conclusion

I ended up making three little vignettes for my kitchen counter using thrifted and dollar store items. I like the pops of yellow in this lemon decor. It really brightens things!




I am so happy with this budget-friendly refresh! I hope these lemon-themed vignettes provide a little inspiration.




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How to Decorate With Blue and White Decor








I don't know when my obsession with blue and white porcelain began, but let me tell you, I got it bad! 

I think that a large blue and white ginger jar can brighten any decor. My eyes are immediately drawn to blue and white home accessories whenever I enter a thrift shop or regular retail store. 

I will admit that there are periods when I will put myself on time-out and just abstain from making any purchases. I have to. Otherwise, I'd be broke! 

Best Place to Find Blue and White Pieces

But I've had a few good runs. First of all, the thrift store is the best place to score quality pieces at really good prices. But it's hit or miss. You might not find anything on your first trip, so you will have to constantly be on the lookout!

The teapot below was a thrift find which I used in a recent kitchen counter vignette.


Other Places to Shop 

Of course, you can always find blue and white porcelain pieces at retail stores, like Marshall's, Ross, and Hobby Lobby. I found several beautiful planters in various sizes at Ocean State Job Lot. 

I don't have a green thumb when it comes to indoor plants, so I didn't go overboard and buy too many planters. This time, I added only two to my existing planter collection. 

Can these planters be used for other purposes? I wonder.



Here are a few more thrifted blue and white pieces. I staged this little area in my home office. I just love this clock! I think I paid $4 for it!



Last winter, I used thrifted ginger jars and a few blue and white orbs around my fireplace. It was so pretty!


Conclusion

So, I hope that this was inspirational. Remember to check your local thrift stores FIRST, before heading to a retail store to find blue and white porcelain. You might save a few dollars and find a really unique piece!






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