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Thrifty Thursday- What I Wore On The Cheap

TT RSHere’s another round of Thrifty Thursday. I’ll show you an outfit that was purchased solely at the thrift store or on clearance. I’m not sure how interesting my clothes are or if anyone cares at all, but it’s fun to stop and think about how much an outfit I happen to be wearing actually costs. Here I’m wearing: pants (Goodwill) $3, vintage Rolling Stones tshirt (Goodwill) $1, jersey blazer (Target clearance) $6, vintage roper boots (Salvation Army) $9. P.S.- the verdict is still out about my face in this picture. I’m no professional model, that’s for sure:).

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Why I Love Selling On Etsy

For a little over a year now, I’ve had a vintage shop on Etsy. It’s kind of a natural progression for someone like myself with a penchant for the thrift store. There comes a time when you realize your habits are breaking the bank (although this bank is less of a bank really and more of a wad of cash on the top of my dresser) and that’s saying a lot when you shop almost exclusively secondhand. I thought I’d give Etsy a shot to see if I could somehow turn my hobby into a little extra income. I’ve by no means made enough money for it to be a sole source of income, but every little bit helps. Besides the money, there’s just something about knowing the things that I sell are going to be used or worn by other people who appreciate them as much as I do. These items already have a history, a story. They’ve seen earlier eras, lived years before I was even a thought. Then there they sit, on a shelf, buried in a bin, or hanging on a rack. Somewhere between shrunken sweaters and cargo pants, behind hand embroidered “Welcome” signs and stained coffee mugs, amongst worn out knock- off Uggs. That’s where I find these treasures. I just pick them up because they’ve still got life to live. There is more to their story and that’s what I love about vintage things. I love selling on Etsy, because it makes feel like I’ve somehow aided in or in a tiny way taken part in other people’s stories. Here are a few examples.

These vintage heels were purchased by a girl to wear on her wedding day.

vintage glitter heels

This blanket has been keeping a sweet baby warm and snuggly since being purchased by new parents for the baby’s nursery.

baby blanket

These sandals are now walking the streets of Italy with a young college student who was excited to wear her new Italian shoes while studying abroad.italy sandals

This adorable flannel vest was worn by a little guy in Portland on his birthday.flannel vest

This is the message I got regarding this vintage kitchen set…

“Thank you! I am so excited to get it! I have the Red Kettle Penny pot from when I was little–it was my grandmother’s. We used to collect wheat pennies in it. When I saw that they made a set–I just had to have it.”

thanks!
Susan

kitchen setAnd I’m mailing these boots out tomorrow. They’ll be starring in a play, being worn by the customer’s daughter.lace up bootsIt just makes me happy when someone falls in love with an item in my store. I love connecting with people across the globe through vintage and secondhand treasures. It’s kind of a dream job if you ask me.

Feel free to visit my store and check out the goods >>Clothe Your Bones<<

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