Hi there! My name is Rachael and I am a thirty-something year-old thrift blogger who lives in the Midwest. I am married to my loving and supportive husband, and have a Doberman dog and a sassy fat cat.
My thrifting adventures began in the Spring of 2011. After evaluating our core beliefs and finances, I left a well-paying job where I was stressed to the max. The Mister and I had lived in our nest for 2 years at the time and boxes were still needing to be unpacked and there was no decor or 'life' to our home. My hubby suggested that I begin to decorate our home. I quickly followed his suggestion with a question, "What is my budget?" He gave me a little look that I knew meant my budget was next to nothing, so I headed to the Goodwill.
I hadn't visited a Goodwill since I was a child back in the early 1980's when my parents used the GW to furnish the rental properties they owned at the time. To me, the Goodwill was a place for people who couldn't afford to shop at the mall and who were down on their luck, and...it smelled funny. I figured I would find some wall art or maybe a beat up table that would need to be refinished.
The first time I went, my opinion of thrift stores completely changed. I couldn't believe what I was seeing! There were so many pieces of furniture in good condition that I was floored that anyone would get rid of it. Sure I saw the occasional ratty piece that I would never take home, but the good, by far, outweighed the bad.
Eventually my curiosities got the best of me and I ended up in the housewares section where I found everything from Pampered Chef to vintage Pyrex. Oh, how I love me some Pyrex!
Then I graduated to the clothing, shoes and purses, originally thinking I was going to find nothing but stained t-shirts and beat up leather goods. I found myself trying on Diane Von Furstenburg dresses. Yes DVF at the Goodwill! All my favorite stand-bys that I used to pay full price were there too: Banana Republic, Loft, Ann Taylor, Express, Limited...etc. In the shoes and purses I found some of my old friends from my retail days as well: Donald Pliner, Cole Haan, and Steve Madden.
It was then that I became hooked! Come along with me as I share my thrifting adventures! Hopefully this blog will inspire those who are on the fence about thrift shopping to take the leap. And for those of you who already have, spread the word...Thrifting Rocks!!
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