When and why did you start blogging?
In 2009, I created Dina’s Days as a place to share my appreciation 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 importance and value of sustainable style.

What kind of camera do you use? 
I use a Canon EOS Rebel T3i and a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 Lens. I use an iPhone 6 for most Instagram photos.

Who takes your pictures?
Me! I use a tripod and camera remote.

How did you start your collaboration with Goodwill for the Spice Rack? 
Over the last few years, I’ve been fortunate to have developed a wonderful relationship with Goodwill Industries of Akron through our Thrift Night Out, fashion events, blogging, and so much more. When they opened their first boutique, Goodwill was gracious enough to invite me to have a pop-up space in their store where I can share my curated collections of some of my favorite vintage and thrifted finds. There’s a special list of FAQs for the Spice Rack here.

What is thrift store style consulting?
Thrift style and event consulting work provides thrift stores with creative ideas for them to implement to grow their business and build a community of thrift shoppers, while teaching the benefits of thrift shopping.

How did you start thrift creative consulting? 
I’m very passionate about teaching people the benefits of thrifting. After a few years of blogging on Dina’s Days, I began to form relationships with local thrift stores who were looking for collaborative opportunities to reach new customers. I spent a lot of time developing creative and original ideas before approaching companies and brands.  After I began guest blogging for Goodwill Akron and styling collections for Goodwill Cleveland’s fashion shows, my services expanded to offer a wider range of creative ideas and client base.

How should I go about pursuing thrift consulting and working with brands?
The first question I ask myself before any collaboration is: what’s my purpose and goal? If the answer doesn’t fit within the original purpose and goal of Dina’s Days, then I’m probably wasting my time. A huge part of my thrifting collaborations rely on relationships and trust. Many of my relationships with thrift stores happened naturally and there are some where I had to put myself out there. It’s important to constantly develop compelling content and creative ideas. Really think your idea through and try to be original. If someone else’s idea inspired you, think of ways to put your own spin on it. Get as much experience as you can and try to identify what makes you different.

Approaching brands is essentially a proposal, so it’s important to have all of the necessary information about what you can bring to the table outlining how both parties can benefit from this collaboration. It helps to have your blog’s stats handy (visitors, followers, etc). It’s really important to know your audience so you can clearly articulate how this collaboration will be fruitful. You may want to consider creating a press kit for yourself and blog if you don’t already have one. There are also websites that you can sign up for that will send you brand promotions. I’ve never been a huge fan of them, but they seem to work for others. Once you’re ready to reach out to a brand or organization, it’s as easy as sending them an email. Rejection is hard, but necessary. It forces you continue to hone your craft.

Can I start a Thrift Night Out in my city?
Dina’s Days Thrift Night Out is currently only operating in Ohio, however you’re welcome to think of creative ways to bring people together around thrift shopping in your community. Please note, Thrift Night Out is trademarked to Dina’s Days, so we’d love if you used another name for your event!

What are your favorite thrift stores in the Akron area? 
My list is always changing but I have a handful of go-to in the area. Read that list here.

Where can I find thrift tips?
Dina’s Days consists of hundreds of posts on thrifting from style tips to home decor. Please use the tabs to browse posts on a specific category or use the search bar for a more refined search. You can also access thrift tips here.

What’s the best website to sell your used clothing?
My online “flipping” days started back in 2005 on Yahoo Auctions and eBay. Today, I use Instagram and Poshmark because the process is so easy. If you are new to Poshmark, sign up with the code GKFLP for $5 off your first purchase.