7.08.2010

Confessions of a non-traditional blogger and thriftaholic


I have a few confessions to make.

I’m not a traditional blogger. I like to blog about anything I find blog worthy or enjoyable. I wouldn’t consider myself a “niche” blogger. Blogging gives me a creative outlet, and sometimes somewhere to detail what’s going on in my life.

I don’t have a nice camera, and sometimes my pictures look less than professional. Someday I’d love to have one, but it’s just not in the financial cards right now.

We have 1 laptop with a broken monitor. The good news is: when my husband brings it home from work we can still use it if we hook it up to another monitor, but it does make daily posting a bit more challenging. If I’ve stopped commenting on your blog it’s because of limited computer use. Not because I don’t love you.

My life is not always something to brag about. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Most of the time life is just life for me. Sometimes I get in fights with my husband, sometimes I lock my keys in my car, and trust me; there are many days when there’s anything but fashion going on.

Having said that, I have to also say that I love life. I believe that it’s hard because it’s meant to be hard. It’s joyful because it’s meant to be joyful. It’s all about the way you find joy amongst the times that are supposed to be hard. I am immensely blessed to have a loving family, a wonderful home, and a life worth living. I’m so thankful that people even want to read my silly compilations, and I hope in return I can always provide a genuine attitude.

Just because there’s a lack doesn’t mean I can’t make the best of it. That’s why I shop thrift. I can’t afford to dress the way I’d really like to, so I get creative. Just because my camera’s not even from this decade isn’t gonna stop me from taking pictures and enjoying it.

I compiled a list of reasons I like to shop thrift for my clothing and many other things and what I’ve learned. I hope that as I document my thrift finds, I just might inspire someone else to save a little cash and make the best of a less than ideal situation. I can tell you from experience that I’ve found a lot of joy in the process. Enjoy!

Why I Thrift:

Because most times I’d rather have quantity than quality, but a lot of times I can get both.
I’d rather buy new clothing for my son.
It’s kind of fun, (like a treasure hunt.)
It gives me a creative outlet.
There are more important things to spend money on than fashion.
If I buy a pair of trendy shoes and hate them come the next season, I’m only out $4 instead of $30 or $50.
I love vintage.
I love unique clothing with character.
Frankly, Nordstrom overwhelms me.

Things I’ve learned:

It feels good not to dress like everybody else.
I’m not above wearing clothes that once belonged to someone else.
It’s ok to wear something over and over again.
Creativity is key.
You can spend just as much money thrifting as you would at an expensive thrift store unless you have control.
“Good finds” take patience, perseverance, and an open mind.
True thrift shopping is best done without children.
It IS possible to look put together on a shoe string budget.
It’s not impossible to find quality pieces.
A good cleaning routine goes a long way for making my new thrift item feel fabulous.

These words of wisdom are coming from a girl who used to only buy name brands and once paid over $30 for a belt. Then I got married. Then I had a baby.

So what’s your confession? What do you do to make the best of a less than ideal situation?
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23 comments:

Sarah said...
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iamwoman said...

I think your blogging "niche" is awesome. If you look carefully-- most really popular blogs do the same thing. I am attracted to blogs with a purpose-- and yours has that.

My purpose? Frankly, I have no idea. So good for you!

Thrifting is totally in my blood-- and although I probably thrift less for clothes than you do, I love that my home is almost COMPLETELY thrifted. Sterling silver Pottery Barn candle holders for 2 bucks each? SOLD.

But sometimes, I admit, I have to take a break from it or I'll spend all my moola there... which counteracts thrifting in the first place;)

Marie said...

Well I love your blog. It's real and refreshing. A much needed break from reading about everyone's oh-so-perfect lives/husbands/kids/jobs, etc.

I am a firm believer that we all try too hard to put our best foot forward on our blogs for whatever reason and I just don't think it's healthy quite frankly! Having said that, I am definitely guilty of it....but I'm trying to be better :)

I love the idea of making the best out of a not so ideal situation. I can relate VERY well to that right now, so thanks for the reminder.

I love your thrifted finds....they totally inspire me!

Rhonda said...

I don't think I've ever commented here, but we are a lot alike! I do have a wedding planning blog, but the one I keep up, my personal blog, is just... random. And like you, I don't have a nice camera and I love the thrift shopping!

Thanks for this post. I love your blog.

Kristina P. said...

See, I would consider you a niche blogger. Your niche is thrifting, with family stuff thrown in. I really like your blog. You have a great balance.

Kelley said...

Gosh, I LOVE your blog and your wonderful positive attitude. It makes me happy and hopeful that I can do things for my family on a budget :) THANKS!

Lindzena said...

Hey, that is nothing heinous to confess! I love this. I feel the same way. You keep up the good work, girl.

Heather at Blessed Little Nest said...

i love your blog because of the mix you include. to me that is what real life is. a little bit of it all.

i too am an avid thrift shopper, but mostly for things in my home. i need to get better (read- more patient) at shopping for things for myself because i also like looking like me instead of everyone that just walked out of old navy. ya know?

Kate said...

I have so many similar confessions! I have really enjoyed reading your blog! I wanted to pass on this versatile blogger award to you. Check it out http://bookwormtobombshell.blogspot.com/2010/07/gifts-are-best.html!

Oh Mandie! said...

I've just recently found (and subsequently fell head over heels in love with) your blog. So hey, even if you're not a traditional blogger you are definatly still interesting and are reaching out to people :) I'd say doing what suits you is working out just fine.

And oh man do I love thrift shopping! I'm not as skilled a shopper as you, but I like to find fun cardigans or dresses and take them home to my sewing machine to make them new again and suited to me.

Lisa said...

The reason that I'm such a lover and maker of all things beautiful is because one day I wanted new curtains and found material for $3.00. That right there was the catalyst for my identity as a homemaker and I just can't tell you how grateful I am that I didn't have enough money to buy them or have them made for me.

Thrift and blog on, sister...thrift and blog on.

Justine said...

I am so glad that you shared your confessions. And I totally agree, sometimes I too rather have quantity than quality.

jessica.adams said...

Cute Sar (I don't know if you still even like being called Sar, but we go back a ways so can I still call you Sar? K thanks.)
I love this post.
And I love you.
I love seeing you update your blog because it's like opening a present and being surprised with the next creative thing you've done. You. Are. Fantastic.
And again, I love you.

Karlee Turner said...

Awesome post! I wish I could be more thrify...it would definitely do wonders for my budget :) I mostly haven't given it a try because of a lack of patience.

You commented on my blog awhile ago, and I've been reading yours ever since! You have an awesome blog, and a darling son!

Laura Lynn said...

I feel the same way. I'm drawn to other blogs that aren't in a specific niche. I like the human interest side of things. I know they are not as marketable as a full fledged design blog, but that is what I like!
I think yours is perfect!

I write about whatever is on my mind and incorporate daily life which includes my thrift shopping finds.

I have been thrifting even before it was chic because it was just fun (and smart)and the same thing, I wanted to separate myself a little from the chain store look - whether it be for the home or fashions. My mom taught it all to me.

I just bought a beautiful pair of Via Spiga shoes for 3.99 which I got at half off (on Wednesdays) at the Sal. Army - 2.00 total. They were brand new and oh, so cute.

Come on over today and see my new finds and the "haggling" tips for flea markets and antique shops!

Keep up the good work!

Beatle Sue said...

Awesome post.

I have a list about a mile long of ways we make the most of our less than ideal {financial} situation. We are working our way out of debt right now so extra spending is out of the question. I have found that I LOVE to thrift. It has made me realize how creative I can really be and how much fun the process is! Plus, it's way more fun to get complimented on something you 'reinvented' rather than something that you pulled off a rack at an over-priced store!
I found your blog recently (I can't remember where) but I was hooked from the first post I read. I love your "voice," I don't know how else to describe it. The vibe of your blog maybe? And I love to see your thrifty ideas!

Amy Bowman said...

loved this post and I so relate! I, too, am a thrifter..in fact, my outfit I am wearing right now is from a thrift store of which i'm quite proud of! I am not as talented as you are with putting it all together, so I keep it pretty basic with a trendy thing thrown in here and there. I love your blog, keep doing what you do!

Meg said...

You're so sweet. Thanks for posting that. I can relate right now because my fiance and I are paying for our wedding, we just moved in together, and we're paying back tons in student loans.. I don't even have $ to shop the way I'm used to, let alone thrift :( But I'm so happy and I know things will turn up eventually :)

I have a little surprise for you on my blog :)

www.meg-land.blogspot.com

xx

Jess. said...

I was happy to find this blog... I am not a wife or a mama but I am very interested in entertaining, fashion, creativity, homemaking etc- and doing it all as cheaply and fabulously as possible :)

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Linda said...

Ha ha! This is awesome. I found our blog through The Daybook and have been slowly looking through your older posts. I love it!
The same thing happened to me, I have to figure out a way to buy clothes on a budget. My husband gives me a certain amount every month and I have to figure out the best way to use it. And once it's gone, it's gone.
I am not a good thrifter, but I don't buy anything if it's not on the sale rack. And it has become so fun!
This was helpful though. I may go try Good Will again!