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Wednesday, April 22, 2015


As some of you know I design and sell jewelry.
I had a three day craft show last month. During that show I realized that I had to reconfigure how I set up my booth. It was getting too crowded. Also sometimes I don't have three open sides . That means I have to have some displays that go up not out. Customers have to enter into the booth area.
I had been looking at shelving units, Need some that are easy to set up, light weight but still sturdy. I had figured to spend max $200.00, for display units.
Also looking for other possible items that could be incorporated into displaying pieces of jewelry.
When you set up a booth, you have to make it attractive, you want to attract a buyer , and they are walking by , maybe in the center of the aisle and only have a glance to draw their attention your way.
Something has to stand out. If you try to put too much in one space it becomes a blur , looks junky.
That's why I use risers to create a upper row that is at eye level.
Yesterday it was noon and I got an urge to hit a thrift store I haven't been to for months.
The Teen Challenge Thrift Store.
They aren't that good for clothes, but furniture and odds and ends .
I also planned to hit some Goodwill's.
I found the perfect shelving unit at Teen Thrift, for $9.99.
I got it into van in one piece. Today it was stuck, couldn't get it out. Got some screw drivers, though I would have to dismantle it. I got to pulling hard on it and found it came apart. That is exactly what I needed.
I also found three rattan trays graduated sizes. I think they will be good for displays. Standing up they will be good backdrop for earrings, necklaces,
They were $9.00 for the set.
The little wicker tray/basket, will use to display bracelets. I always have some inexpensive bracelets for the kids to choose from. Cost $.99.
Found this satin, jeweled box. I think it has a Victorian look to it.
I don't do too much Victorian, but what I have will look great hanging from the box, with bracelets, earrings scattered near. Maybe some lace dollies. A little Victorian display. . That way that jewelry will be in it's own little area.
Just like I use stone pottery and branches to display my south/western pieces.
Here's what I found.

Today was the seniors 40% off. Did not plan to shop.
Had to go to bank, had some fraudulent charges posted and needed to arrange to cancel card, get a new one.
I had already spent over an hour on the phone with the companies trying to get charges removed and I was somewhat stressed and annoyed.
I left the bank, headed for the park, a good walk with Titan would relax me. But at the last minute I turned right instead of left and headed to Value Village.
I did walk Titan when we got there. There is a area with trees, grass that Titan likes to walk
By now it's 10:30, most good thing picked over.
I headed to the back, might as well see if there is anything I can use for display, but nothing stood out.
Thought about browsing the books, buy 3, get 4th free, but didn't.
Found a $ .99 tray organizer, cost me. $.60 . Use in my jewelry/craft room. Hold supplies.
Looked at the jewelry, found some chains with suede. they are necklaces, but I will use them to make wrap bracelets. Add more leather, chain, charm, clasps and will be great, I like to repurpose items. They are new, With my discount of 40% cost me $2.20 each.
Had to buy this big gorgeous tassel . Cost #2.20.

I browsed the aisles, not finding anything.
Heard an announcement, new shoes being put out.
Since I was right there, I had first pick. Can't pass up my Bling. My cost $6.00.
Got these pretty pale pink rhinestone studded wedge's.


Picked up a black blouse and some jersey pj bottoms. Cost. $5.00 for both.
Was ready to leave when my eye spied this handbag, Yeah, it's now hanging in my closet.
Pretty black/beige. A really expensive bag. My cost $6.00.

At the side of the bag photo , is a hippie style suede fringed belt. Somehow the 60's just keep hanging in there. I saw that belt and knew it was meant to be mine.


That's me Second Hand Chic.

I went out Monday night to a retirement party.
Got lots of compliments on how nice I looked.
Wore the new black pants and black/white blouse from my last thrift blog. With my Cole Hawn sandals that I got last year.
I was dressed in $2,00 chic. Pants, original $100.00,Blouse $29.00, shoes $125.00. Handbag, $45.00. . Original store cost, $299.00. My thrift cost, $8.00. My bra and knickers cost three times that. For they come from Victoria's Secret.
I love to bargain shop.
I did pass up a beautiful turquoise blue suede designer jacket today. It would have cost me $24.00 with my 40% off, I thought I don't really need it. Now if I can catch it at $2.00, you bettcha I will add it to my leather collection.
Tomorrow is $2.00 day. But the half price items were silver tagged and I didn't see much that was still available, so don't think I'll bother .
Of course I could get that shopping urge and who knows.
Wish that urge to go to a certain shop would also apply to buying a lottery ticket. It would be nice to have a few million dollars. But I would still thrift shop, it's like a game, I always feel like a winner.
So my fellow Sparkers, hope you are doing your best to be your best.
Peace and love.
Tisha
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  • QTEALADY20031
    Tisha, I have been MIA but I am glad to see that you as always are finding good bargains! I would probably turn my ankle in those wedges. Do not trust the ankle yet since it is still hurting at times. I know you enjoy your thrift shopping and you always do well! Enjoy your finds! emoticon June
    2034 days ago
  • TRAILWALKERJO54
    Wow you do have the gift to spot a good deal
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    2048 days ago
  • RHOOK20047
    Since I have lost so much weight, I have been going to resale shops and have fun looking at stuff. Now the wedgies wouldn't have caught my eye (LOL) but I have found some great deals. Glad you found some neat stuff. Thanks for being a contributing member of this team and have a blessed weekend! You are part of what makes this team so great!

    Bob emoticon
    2050 days ago
  • SPEDED2
    You definitely have a talent...and it is talent. I look and never find much of anything. I don't have your talent. It so great that you share the pictures of your grand bargains. At I get to enjoy the benefits vicariously! emoticon emoticon
    2050 days ago
  • MEWHENRYSMAMA
    Oh Tisaha, I just LOVE to see what goodies/buys you got! Just awesome! And I so agree with your designing new displays for your jewelry shows...it's going to be terrific! I love you have a 99 cent basket for kids! You have such an eye for "recycling"! My Mom in Florida does the garage sales and what she finds for the price people don't believe! Including things with tags on, new shoes, etc. She rarely buys any clothes anymore...she is tiny so can also wear a lot of things others can't! Amazing! She has furniture, pictures, glassware, etc! Well, look who I'm telling LOL.
    Once again, thanks for sharing...
    Two Hugs (one for my guy, Titan)!
    P.S. I know you must have looked awesome at that retirement party!!!
    2050 days ago
  • REDDMARIE7
    Love it!! btw...I sell costumes and vintage clothing..so am also always looking for 'display' ideas. Store suply warehouse, online..has some great stuff for small things like jewelry, etc...and very reasonable! You probably already know that! Loved your blog!! Im a fellow thrifter!
    2050 days ago
  • REXTINE1
    You make a strong argument for thrift shops and persistence. Good show.
    2050 days ago
  • no profile photo DIASTER
    What fun. And what bargains. It is always so nice to read your blogs.
    2050 days ago
  • DGFOWLER
    WooHoo.. look at you go girl.. you are the queen of shopping!!!! Have a blessed day ~ Donna
    2050 days ago
  • GODS_TEMPLE
    Thrift stores are the BEST!
    2050 days ago
  • SPEEDY143
    LOVE that you are out doing what you do best and sharing all your enthusiasm with us Sparkle On dear friend emoticon
    2050 days ago
  • CANNIE50
    My last few forays to consignment shops was so dreary and depressing I swore off. I need to visit and go with YOU. You know the best places, and know your way around them. I always enjoy your blogs. You are a delight.
    2050 days ago
  • SHORTCAKE48
    Absolutely love, love the shoes. I am having fun too, wearing my wedge shoes again after losing enough weight that I feel comfortable wearing them.

    I envy your ability thrift shop. I need to start doing that too, especially while I am still losing.

    Good blog as always.
    2051 days ago
  • MORTICIAADDAMS
    You found some really fabulous buys! I need to hone my bargain hunting skills as well.
    2051 days ago
  • CRISPME
    You never cease to amaze me!! You go girl....show em how it's done. Your jewelry is just beautiful. You have a true artistry to be envied. Keep up the good work.....I need to go bargain hunting now and I'll keep you in mind as I do. Have a great upcoming weekend!!
    Christie
    2051 days ago
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