Friday, August 17, 2012

National Thrift Store Day! Who knew?

I had no idea that there was a National Day for thrift stores! I told myself I wasn't going to go shopping today, because I just got a lot of 20 dresses that I haven't even posted to the shop yet. Now that I know it's National Thrift Store Day, I must go. I think it would be blasphemous if I didn't.

In addition to shopping for myself in celebration, I will also be offering discounts at my etsy store. Today only, I am offering a 30% discount on all items in the shop. Use coupon code: MONSTER.

Below are some pics to give you a little sampling of what you can find there. Click on the pics to direct you to the shop!

Happy Thrift Store Day!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

don't trash your stash

It is estimated that Americans throw away 68lbs of clothing and textiles per person per year! According to the Unites States Census Bureau, the population of America as of August 9th, 2012 is roughly 314,124,798! That's a lot of people. So, let's do the math. At 68 lbs. per person, that comes to a whopping 21,360,486,264 lbs of clothing and textiles wasted! That is just around 10 tons. It's hard to determine exactly how much space that would take up, considering the many different weights of fabrics, but holy shit that is a big number.
 Holy shit!
 And that is just in America, I didn't even factor in all the other countries of the world... but, according to some of my research, we are in the top 5 most wasteful countries in the world.
So, what do we do to reduce this waste? 
I will tell you.
I made a list.
Tell all your friends.



    • Dust cloths- this is another no brainer. If your textiles are damaged beyond repair, cut em up and use them to dust your house. duh.
  • When in doubt, DON'T THROW IT OUT- you may not be crafty enough to do some of the things on the list, but I bet you know someone who is. Give them your stuff. Crafty people love stuff, especially free stuff. 

This list could seriously go on and on and on. Get creative. Just do your best to try to reduce this type of waste and maybe next year we can see that scary statistic go down.

Whatever you do, DON'T be a lazy asshole.

Buyers Remorse

According to Wikipedia, "buyers remorse" is the sense of regret after having made a purchase. It is frequently associated with the purchase of an expensive item such as a car or house. It may stem from fear of making the wrong choice, guilt over extravagance, or a suspicion of having been overly influenced by the seller.

This is all true, however, when it comes to shopping at thrift stores, yard sales and estate sales, buyers remorse is usually defined differently. It is usually regret for having NOT purchased a certain item. In a market where everything is truly one of a kind, there is more often than not, no turning back to buy said item if you change your mind about it. It's not like the thrift store racks are stocked with multiples of a certain dress or shoe. If you do go back to buy something you passed up, you will be lucky if it is still there. 

Maybe we should call it thrifter's remorse. I don't know. All I do know, is that I'm feeling it bad right now. Recently, I passed up a large stack of about a dozen road maps from all over the U.S., an owl painting, a tweed suitcase and two pairs of gold shoes. What was I thinking?