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The future is thrift.
You know that feeling when you score a great deal and you want to share it with everyone you know? That’s how a thrifter feels all the time. In 2009, I created Dina’s Days as a place to share my love for thrift stores, flea markets, and any place that requires digging through bins to find a treasure. Dina’s Days not only started as a way to share my secondhand finds with the world, but also to start a critical conversation about the cost, creative, and environmental benefits of secondhand shopping. Here, you will find dozens of thrift tips, style inspiration, the occasional DIY, recipe, and more. Every so often, outfits and thrift tips don’t make it to the blog, so I encourage you to connect on Instagram for frequent posts.
The short answer: I love color, affordable style, and not taking myself too seriously. The long answer: My love for making old things new again started at an early age when I was living in Amman, Jordan. Not having access to many affordable malls or retail stores in Amman in the 1990s, I quickly learned that the best way to fulfill all of my pre-teen interests was to find a way to make my limited allowance stretch. I’d spend hours circling, highlighting, documenting, and caressing each page of the Delia’s catalog my cousin would mail us from the United States. Afterwards, I would budget my allowance and visit the thrift store to hunt for my favorite things, attempting to replicate the looks I’d dream about in the Delia’s catalog. This lifestyle continued with me as an adult. When I moved to the United States, I was really introduced to the world of thrifting. Places like Goodwill became my go-to destinations to spend my paycheck in high school. Today, nearly 95% of my wardrobe is secondhand. I believe in thrifting because it’s affordable, great for the environment, and promotes individuality and creativity. My personal style is ever changing with each trip to the thrift store. I do however, have Blanche Devereaux tendencies and can’t resist a fully beaded vintage dress.
I am regular contributor for several blogs, including Goodwill Akron and Goodwill of Greater Cleveland. I live in my beloved hometown of Akron, Ohio with my husband, a jazz guitarist and avid outdoorsman, and our daughter, Jeneen. We love to travel and explore our city’s beautiful parks.
Events & More
Thrifting has connected me with so many wonderful people over the years. I frequently collaborate with local thrift stores in Northeast Ohio to develop creative projects around thrift shopping. In 2013, I co-founded Thrift Night Out, an event that brings people together in a fun and interactive setting to learn firsthand about the benefits of thrift shopping. I will often host private events for groups or offices. I also do many thrift and consignment store spotlights, brunch and thrifts, thrift meet ups, and more! If you are interested in booking a Thrift Night Out event, thrifting workshop, meet up or any other service, I’d love to hear from you!
The Spice Rack
I run a few different thrift style projects around Akron, but The Spice Rack is one that holds a special place in my heart. This curated collection of my favorite found items is available for purchase and is housed inside blue / A GOODWILL BOUTIQUE in downtown Akron. The Spice Rack is born out of a dream I’ve had for a long time. From flea markets to neighborhood street fairs, you could find me lugging my found treasures around to share with others. My collaboration to host a pop-up at Goodwill’s newest boutique has allowed me to do that and more. Perhaps the greatest gift is meeting the wonderful people who visit the Rack and knowing these pre-loved items have a new home. Thank you for taking the time to visit our pop-up space. Update: The Spice Rack is currently online only and will return to Goodwill soon!
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