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New To Me Second Hand Items & Some Things I Bought Home

One of my favorite things to do on my days off from work is to browse the secondhand store. It doesn't matter if it is a brick and mortar or a mom and pop yard sale. If I know about one, I will be amongst the crowd. Yes, I am that woman who loves junk to treasure finds.

One of my favorite things to do on my days off from work is to browse the secondhand store.
Sometimes I like to get into my car, drive into the city, and second-hand thrift shop until I drop. That's my story, and I am sticking to it.
 It doesn't matter if it is a brick and mortar or a mom and pop yard sale. If I know about one, I will be amongst the crowd. Yes, I am that woman who loves junk to treasure finds.
So, I am going to keep this short and sweet. Some may call it thrifting, and some may call it secondhand, either way, both are correct. Because both sayings offer a unique way to find affordable and cute things. Today was a little different. I attended a pop-up shop that had a lot of gently used items, from clothing, jewelry, shoes, sunglasses, and more. Not to mention, it was a mix of handmade items on deck. As you can see from my picture, I was trying on a lot of things.

It gives me a sense of pride and joy when I can give back by shopping locally. Besides, I love handmade items. 
On this particular day, I found the cutest set of custom made earrings. What stood out to me the most was the earthy look of the yellow tassels. Not to mention the lady who made them added an extra touch by adding what appears to be African beads and things. I fell madly in love with the details. 

So,  I asked if I could set them to the side while I finish looking and shopping.
You never know I may find something I love more. :) #smartshopper

A Little Side Tip
I have a three-step rule when I go out to shop at thrift stores or events. 

* Leave Credi Card At Home- This point is a must for me because any type of shopping I do can get expensive. I tend to buy more than I wanted to pick up. The limit at thrift stores of any kind is around 50- 100 dollars. Most times, I have cash left over. It depends on the things I find that day.

* I love to walk around and look uninterested in things. If I see a person acting happy about viewing an item. It makes me want to watch them and buy them also. I was one of those people who would find an excellent piece, start acting happy about it or think about it too long but don't purchase anything. When I do return, someone has already bought the item I really did want.
My advice is to move naturally and quietly. You wouldn't believe how greedy some people can act at the secondhand stores, including me. :) Seriously, finding the right stuff is serious business. 

* I make a list. On this day, I knew I wanted to buy more natural products. Such as soap, lip balm, and hand creams. Accessories, handbags, earrings are other things that were on my list of things to get on that day.

* Most of the time I will ask if I could layaway something expensive.  I know the layaway system may be extinct, but most secondhand, thrift, or consignment shops will allow a small percent down, and a person can pick up the items later. I only do this if I see something that costs more than what I have in cash. Maybe a picture or a rare piece of vintage jewelry. 

A Little Haul
Yes, I did purchase the cute little yellow earrings. I bet you guys knew I would.
Hey, I am just feeding into my need to wear stylish ear accessories. But there were one or two things I didn't grab. But let's focus on the good stuff.

I know you may be wondering why I have a Moscow mule cup. Well, I have a great excuse, it was hand-painted, and I could not resist. 
Ok, this is one of those items  I did not need, but I got it because of the cuteness. I was told it has several hours of hand-painted work by the seller. Look at it this way, I am supporting a local artist. Right? :)

Also, I purchased a pair of vintage shades along with two bars of natural soap. Yes, a lady was selling all-natural products at a secondhand thrift shop. Her booth was filled with all things natural. I personally grabbed the honey and oatmeal face bars and waffle cone natural lip balm. I usually go into town and buy them from the farmers market, but today I am willing to try a new vendor.

 That about wraps up a few new to me second-hand items. 
I didn't find any clothing that really caught my attention this go around, I'm hoping for better luck next time.

In conclusion
On this trip, I did not put anything on back order either. I spent my whole day eating, walking, talking, and meeting new people in the city. One thing I have learned is to take it slow in life and to stop too enjoy a few locals and their crafts. So, with that being said, if you ever get bored get-up, get out and find something to do in your city. 

Until Next Time See Ya In A Bit!


  1. I love your vintage style 💗👑 very entertaining

  2. You know I love me a good junk yard sale! Those are the best ones! I have found quite a bit of interesting things from there! Also I'm really loving that cup, that design on there is so nice! And that natural soap is the best one to get! My face has been clearing up so good because of it! That's whats so unique about shopping second hand, you never know what you gonna find!

    1. I know can never go wrong shopping second hand. That is where I find my best treasures.

  3. You brought some nice pieces from the secondhand store, I absolutely love those earrings!


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