Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Thrifty Tuesday: Tip #1

Well this weeks finds are just a few not like the jack pot and mother loads I have been finding lately. However it was still successful, I found a lot of vintage jewelry, most of which I will transform to make statement necklaces. I love to take vintage necklaces and cluster them together to make unique statement necklaces. I got some great 80's style earrings that will be putting up for sale on the online in my etsy shop. The main thing I want to talk about today is about becoming friends with your local thrift store employees. The reason why I found such great jewelry this week is because I got a call from my contact at one of my favorite thrift stores. He called me to let me know they received a bunch of vintage jewelry. Establishing this relationship with employees/owners at thrift helps make your thrifting experience easier. Yes I love just discovering treasures all on my own, but I hate when I miss out on items that I really want because someone beat me to it. So having these contacts and becoming friends with them is a key advantage. Plus its always nice to make new friends. Now I can expect a call every time they get something that I really want in so I don't miss out. And they usually end up giving me a discount so being friendly definitely doesn't hurt. I have to admit I love walking into a store and the employees know me by name and ask how I'm doing and actually mean it. So I highly recommend you to take the time to get to know the people you see every time you go thrifting because you never know what they might be able to help you with and they usually are pretty cool people.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Gravy Train

I have been hearing lots of talk about a new restaurant that opened in Sumter last year. It's called Gravy and it opened up where my old favorite restaurant used to be so I was reluctant to go try it out. Well I finally went there for lunch one day and I was pleasantly surprised.
You walk in and it's a mix of southern charm and bistro chic. You sit down and they serve your drinks in mason jars and how cakes instead of bread, very southern. They have a regular menu with sandwiches and salads, and they have a daily special of one meat with either two or three sides. I ordered the chicken salad plate and Louis got the chicken friend steak with macaroni and mashed potatoes with gravy. Everything was delicious and tasted homemade and fresh. The hoe cakes were cooked per order so they were warm and crispy when you but into them. The chicken fried steak was super crispy and flavorful and my chicken salad was just like my moms. I definitely recommend that you go try it out, it's a quaint little spot but the food is big on flavor. Places like this is why I love living in the south.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Thrifty Tuesday

So my weekly ritual of thrift store shopping is becoming difficult. I keep finding all these great things but we don't have a retail space yet so I'm running out off room to keep things. Hopefully this weekend I can get the online store up and running.
This week I found a great deal, I got an old desk in good condition for only $30! I was shocked it didn't need any work and was exactly what I needed for my computer desk. It has dovetail joints which is a sign that it is old plus it has a tag in the drawer with the name of the furniture company. These are key details to look for when shopping for authentic old furniture. I also keep coming across vintage Avon bottles fort perfume and cologne. I find one that is a house head snag another that's a pocket watch. These are unique finds and fun to collect. One thing yo keep in mind with thrift store shopping is to not focus on what you think it's worth cost wise. Look at how unique out is, have you ever seen anything like it before. Also it's functionality can you use it for something else? Also the subject matter it's it something that means something to you, looker your grandma used to have one. Money is not the focus of thrifting aside from the bargains and deals you get. I love finding unique and different things that speak to me. Keep an eye out Goethe online shop so you can buy some of my cool finds!