Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Common Threads Thrift: six reasons why you'll love this new thrift store

$8 find from Common Threads Thrift

There's a new thrift store in town and I'm giving away two gift certificates to a couple of readers!

Common Threads Thrift, located at 22049 Lorain Road in Fairview Park opened last month and the fine folks over there invited me to check it out and host a giveaway for my thrifty readers. Anytime I visit a new thrift store, I find myself looking for a few certain elements (you can read about these elements here). Here are a few reasons why I loved this new thrift store and think you will too.
They offer employment as a new start. As much as I love a good deal, it's always important for me to know the story behind a thrift store. Common Threads is a social enterprise of a Cleveland-based nonprofit organization and the net proceeds go toward Building Hope in the City. Many of their employees are affiliated with the the nonprofit, including refugees and immigrants. Being a child of immigrant parents, this is incredibly inspiring to me.

bright and simple dressing room decor at Common Threads Thrift

It's bright and cheery. A bright and uplifting environment was one of the priorities for Common Threads, according to Jeff,  director of the social enterprise branch of the nonprofit. Walking into Common Threads, you don't feel like you're at a typical thrift store, making it an ideal setting for new thrifters.
Affordable prices. You all know I love a good deal so I set out to see what I could find for $30. I went home with the dress featured in this post ($8), a baking tool, a brand new toy for my nephew, a dress for my niece, a cross body purse, and a pair of sweatpants. Not too shabby!
The selection is just right. I'm always looking for a balance between new and vintage items and Common Threads nailed them both. There's also a rack of designer pieces, perfect for those on the hunt for brand names or those who don't like thrill of the hunt and like to get right to it.

The decor. Nothing gets me quite like minimalism decor (other than thrift store prices, of course). I  must admit I spent more time admiring the decor than hunting the racks. A few things caught that my eye: the racks are filled with hundreds of items but Common Threads doesn't leave you feeling overwhelmed. They have a strategic way of arranging their clothing without it feeling like you're at a rummage sale. Inspired by the likes of Anthropologie, the display windows are designed to perfection. I've never seen a thrift store put so much thought into their displays before. Not to mention the wood display inside the store was built by local artists Jessica and Jerry Birchfield using an innovative lab at Case. Greg Ernst of AODK Architects in Lakewood also contributed to the design and fabrication.

An awesome Instagram. I'm a sucker for a clean, simple and bright Instagram and Common Threads has just that.
    Follow these instructions to enter the giveaway for a $15 gift certificate to Common Threads Thrift. There are lots of ways to win! Not all of the options below are mandatory, only one. However, the more you enter, the more chances you have to win. Two winners will be selected on Sunday July 31, 2016. 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Save the date!

It's been a busy summer! I hope you will join me for these upcoming events:

 Basics of Thrifting at Green Library:  If you want to learn how to become a better thrifter, join me at the Green Library on Wednesday, July 27 for my thrifting workshop.

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PechaKucha: I'm honored to be one of the presenters at the next PechaKucha Akron on August 5. I'll be talking about sustainable style. If you've never been to a PK event, I am certain you will love these types of presentations.It's a great way to learn about Akron's creatives.

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Akron2Akron Walking Tours: One of my community projects is to arrange walking tours of Akron neighborhoods. We have two coming up. 

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Cleveland Flea: Follow along as I guest blog for the Cleveland Flea in August and September. Also, be sure to stop by and enjoy this fantastic event has to offer. 

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Spice Rack: check the Spice Rack at Goodwill Akron's Blue Boutique for new merch in August.

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Akron Farm & Flea: This event is back and bigger than ever. The Akron Farm and Flea is happening every month but I'll be sharing a tent with Goodwill / Blue Boutique with racks and racks of vintage clothing on September 11. 

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Rubber City Jazz & Blues Fest: The first annual jazz fest in Akron! 

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Yellow Skirt and Stripes

I spotted this H&M skirt at Goodwill Akron one night when I was hosting a Thrift Night Out and I hesitated to buy it.  Ever since I purged my home and closet, I've really trying to avoid buying trendy pieces. At $4 and a whole lot of "yes! buy it!" from my sister via text, I decided I'd give it a shot. The fact that I hesitate over something that's $4 may sound bizarre to some, but thrifting can easily lead to overbuying and I've been down that road many times. $4 here, $1 there and before you know it you have a closet full of items you can only wear once or twice. Needless to say, I was happy with my purchase and already got to wear this three different ways, which is my rule for clothing.

This look was my third attempt at getting ready one day for work. (I've been late-night binge watching The Office on Netflix).  I originally was going to wear just the sleeveless shirt and skirt but felt like I was showing too much skin and needed something to balance it out. I threw on my thrifted jean jacket on my way out and felt so much comfortable. Love when an entire thrifted outfit comes together!

Denim Jacket | Thrifted | $5 Village Discount Outlet | Shop Similar Denim Jacket
Shirt | Thrifted | $4 | Village Discount Outlet
Skirt | Thrifted | $4 | Goodwill Akron Shop Similar Skirt
Shoes | Thrifted | $2 | Goodwill Akron on State Rd. 
Purse | Old Navy | $10 | Shop Similar Fringe Purse

DIY: Travel Board

When we were in Nashville at the Biscuit House, we spotted a map covered with push pins as a way for customers to identify where they were visiting from. I loved this idea and thought it would be cool to do a similar project at home identifying all of the places we've traveled, especially since with my husband being on the road touring so much. I found a cork board at Goodwill Akron for $1, measured it,  and made sure to order a map that fit perfectly. We had so much fun pinning the map. We counted 68 pins between the both of us. Can't wait for the next adventure!

Shop similar world map andcork board.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Denim shirt three ways

Shirt $2, Skirt $1

My obsession with denim shirts started about six years ago when I found the perfect GAP denim button down at Goodwill. I quickly realized how incredibly versatile they are. They are also easy to wear and never go out of style.It's easy to find chambray shirts at my local Goodwill because they sort their shirts by style and color so you'll find that all the denim shirts are organized on a rack next to each other. I simply head to either the long sleeve or sleeveless shirt section,  then look for the denim shirts.
Shirt $2, Skirt $5, Shoes $2
I like to keep three denim shirts on hand, and at less than $5 a shirt, that's totally doable. I keep one loose boyfriend style for casual wear, one fitted shirt to wear with full skirts or pencil skirts for work, and one vintage sleeveless shirt.

There's tons of inspiration online for denim shirts. I thrifted each of these denim shirts from Goodwill anywhere from $1 to $2. These are just three of dozens of ways I wear my chambrays!

Shirt $2, Jeans $13, Shoes $10

I like to think of chambray as a neutral. If I'm wearing something loud or bold, I tone it tone with a denim shirt. I love pairing denim with denim. I will sometimes wear it open, layered with a graphic tee for relaxed weekend look.

Be sure to add a denim shirt to your thrift wish list this June as part of the 12 Months of Thrifting Challenge. This challenge is designed to help you build a thrifted wardrobe, month by month. Share your finds using the tag #12MonthsofThrifting on social media.