Happy 2015: A New Beginning for Thrift Shopping Buzz

Hello Everyone,

Why am I here? For the past few years my blog has been a mash-up of DIY projects, thrift shopping tips, frugal lifestyle stories and actual thrift store reviews.  This year, I would like to “find my voice” and move forward in a more organized fashion with this blog. I enjoy writing and I really love the shopping process. The problem with all this– I like to save money too.

What I believe in:  reduce/reuse/recycle; a clutter-free home; the one in/one out rule; don’t buy new if you can fix the old item; shopping in a thrift store or vintage shop is a lot more fun than a fancy department store; shop local whenever possible; the “tiny house” movement– and last but not least– never be too busy to catch a beautiful sunset at the beach.

About me: I live in sunny San Diego, California- blogging evenings and weekends — desk job during the day.  My son is 19 years old now and living in Sweden. Seems like yesterday he was in 1st grade and playing four-square on the playground.

Happy New Year to all my readers– I’m looking forward to a fabulous 2015!!

— Jody😄

Unplug to Recharge Challenge: Detox Tea

Happy Sunday! Just wanted to share these tea recipes with you all. It’s been a crazy busy holiday season and now is a good time to get back in the groove of a healthy lifestyle. A quick detox tea is a great beginning. Cheers! 😊

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Unplug to Recharge Challenge
You can take the easy route and purchase boxes of detox teas or you can custom blend teas that suites your needs and pleases your palate.

Detox Tea Recipes Detox Tea Recipes

Use a mesh strainer to steep ingredients in hot water for about 7 minutes. Stir and sip.

Detox Tea #1
1 green tea bag
1 Tbsp. fresh grated ginger
1 Tbsp. lemon
honey (optional)

Detox Tea # 2
1 white tea bag
1 cinnamon stick
1 Tbsp. fresh grated ginger
1 tsp. turmeric
honey (optional)

Detox Tea # 3
2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar

1 cinnamon stick

Detox Tea #4
1 dandelion root tea bag
lemon juice

Detox Tea #5
1 white tea bag
1 Tbsp. lime juice
honey (optional)

Detox Tea #6
1 white tea bag

10-15 mint leaves
1 Tbsp. ground ginger
honey (optional)

Detox Tea #7
1/2 tsp. fennel seeds
1/2 tsp. coriander 

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Discovery Shop: A unique resale experience in Point Loma

Need something flashy and swanky for the holidays? This place is awesome for just that! There’s plenty of sparkly jackets and spiffy dresses.

I had a great time this weekend at Point Loma’s American Cancer Society Resale Shop. Located at 3609-C Midway Drive, this shop is easy to find with plenty of parking.


Definitely– lots of sparkle here! Most important this shop is clean and neat and extremely well merchandised.  Clothes were pressed (not all wrinkled!) and the racks were colorized too.  For someone like me that is a good thing since I’m really trying to break out of my “uniform” of wearing black all the time.

I found some shoes for work and a fantastic selection of jackets.  Pictured below is an awesome fur jacket I found. It was in great condition. Prices here were reasonable and the clearance racks had a sizeable selection of items priced at $2– you read that right– 2 Bucks!!

Upcoming Events:

Friday & Saturday December 13 and December 14: Semi-Annual Sale 50% off Storewide Savings

Sunday December 15: Prepare for the new year or finish your holiday shopping. A variety of unused merchandise with original tags will be featured (I got a sneak peek– it’s all good stuff!!)






Thrift Trader. Everything $5.99 or 4/$20

Once again, I found myself rummaging thru stacks and racks of stuff at the Thrift Trader in Ocean Beach. This all happened the same afternoon sipping my Vanilla Latte.

You can’t go wrong at this place with things priced 4/$20.  They have a great selection of men’s clothing and I totally messed up and didn’t take any photos of menswear.

  • Thrift Trader
  • 4879 Newport Avenue
  • Ocean Beach, CA  92107
  • Phone: (619) 222-5011
  • Web: www.thrifttrader.org


More hats, more long skirts.  All easy items to mix and match for Fall season.  Sometimes you need a little retail fix and getting a low cost treasure in a thrift store is awesome. Just remember, it isn’t a good deal if you don’t use it and it sits in your closet!!


And I found these really fabulous black heels.  Halloween costume-worthy maybe?


And, a big shout out because there’s even a section for the Curvy gals. With cute stuff too!


Cheers everyone!

My Secret Thrifting Tips

Ever wonder why every time you go thrifting, you end up with a big pile of novelty items and some mom jeans? Check out my secret tips on finding your next major thrifting score.

1. Context:   It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the hideousness that engulfs the racks- you know, like the muumuus, Christmas sweaters and stretched out bicycle shorts. In a hurry to sift through it all, you might accidentally skip over your new favorite piece so try to make a day for thrifting when no one is waiting for you and you can take your time.  That crazy ’80s sweater could look hip with an edgy haircut and designer ankle boots.

2. Consider Alterations:    Don’t abandon the perfect vintage cocktail dress only because it’s a size too big. Maybe you love the color and cut of that blouse, but the sleeves are overwhelmingly puffy? For the $3 you’re probably spending, it could be worth it to visit a tailor.

3. Shop Off-Season:    Think ahead and shop for summer items in winter. You’ll find the best deals and have a better selection. Winter coats are plentiful and purchased for pennies in August. The same would go for vintage sun dresses during January.

4. Find Your Local Thrift Outlet:    Most well-established thrift store “chains” like Goodwill and Salvation Army will have outlets.  This is the magical land where all clothes are $1-$3. The ladies at the Goodwill Outlet told me their clothes only get one week at full-price store racks before they get bundled up and shipped to the outlet. My favorites include Thrift Trader and $2 Thrill— you know where I’m going with this….

5. Wear Your “Thrifting Uniform”:    Be prepared for long fitting room lines (or possibly no fitting rooms) by wearing something that is comfy and easy to try things on over. I like leggings and slip-on flats. Throw a flexible sewing tape in your bag for taking measurements if you are so inclined.

6. Don’t Confine Yourself to only the Women’s Clothing Section:   For petites, check out the kids section for a shrunken blazer look or possibly a dress you can wear as a top. Maybe head over to the men’s section where you can find oversized cardigans or a colorful necktie.  Make a necktie headband.

7. Gravitate Toward Thrift Shops That Are Off the Beaten Path:   Look for thrift stores near ritzy retirement communities and small suburban towns.  This is your best chance to find a hidden gem.

8. Get a Rapport Going With Your Cashier:   Most thrift stores don’t have a set-in-stone pricing structure.  Striking up a conversation with the cashier can’t hurt, especially if you visit on a regular basis. If the employees get to know you, they may be willing to set aside that elusive Kate Spade tote you’ve been on the hunt for.

9. Go Thrifting Off-Hours:    If you don’t thrift on a regularly, you’re just asking to miss out on stuff. Thrift stores get new stock daily, so be vigilant. Better yet, find out which days the “new” merchandise gets put out. Arrive early and be ready for the hunt.

Cheers Everyone & Happy Thrifting! Let me know how you all are doing.   -jody-

Happy Flip Flop Friday. Dead flip flops transform into pretty bracelets!

How many times have you gone to the beach and seen several “dead” flip-flops have washed ashore?!  Have you looked at your closet floor and seen a few random flips missing their flop? (me too…)

I want to wish everyone a Happy Flip Flop Friday and talk about—RECYCLING. Somehow I can’t get past the idea of random flip-flops clogging our landfills…

Formerly Flip Flop Bracelets

Okay– I found these bracelets online that were formerly flip-flops! Can you believe that??!!  Check out Style Substance Soul for more information on their “Formerly Flip Flops” campaign.  Here’s the deal:

Bracelets are only $12 apiece or 3 for $30, plus $2 shipping regardless of how many you’re ordering. To order, simply send a check made out to “Four Friends For Good” and include your name, mailing address, phone number, email address and quantity of bracelets you’re ordering. Send your order to StyleSubstanceSoul, 3525 Del Mar Heights Road #582, San Diego, CA 92130. If you have any questions–info@stylesubstancesoul.com. Orders are fulfilled quickly.

Happy Flip Flop Friday!  Cheers!

Guess how much??

Can you believe I found a super cute handbag for a mere $9.99 this weekend??!  In need of a little retail therapy, I stopped by my favorite thrift store “Like New” in San Diego’s Clairemont neighborhood.  I tried on a few jeans and dresses– no luck in that category. I was pretty much ready to admit defeat and walk out the door when I spotted this cute handbag hanging on a rack by the jeans. Better yet it was priced under $10.


It sounds like this shop has a new addition to their website too– you can shop online. They are in process of adding photos and inventory to the site for easy shopping and purchase.

  • Like New… a tres chic consignment boutique
  • 4425 Genesee Avenue
  • San Diego, CA 92117
  • Phone: 858-278-1960


This looks like a great way to be thrift and re-use crayons! Bravo!

Stack It!

Stack it ladies! I love the look of stacked rings and bracelets. A really easy way to spark up any outfit. Cheers!

Your Style Journey

Stacking isn’t limited to your wrist. Stack your rings ladies and don’t hold back when you do!  Mix your metals, stones, textures etc! I like the look of 3-6 dainty rings best but I’ve seen many stacks of all sizes that look great.  Try it out and see what looks best on you. P.S. Etsy is a great place to find most of these looks (just type in what you’re looking for) while supporting independent  jewelers…OMG! I want them all!

Here are some photos of beautiful rings to stack and some amazing stacks as well!

 Hammered bands = MUST have!

You can stack on any finger or even add to your wedding ring like Rebecca Romijn!


My stack right now!

2mm pink sapphire eternity band set in rose gold, Rose gold 1mm knot ring, (2) 1.5 mm diamond eternity bands set in rose gold.

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Thrift Shopping for Men… Look what $5 gets you!

Hey, check it out! I found another place where you can find quality thrift items for the man in your life.  Jeans, belts, button down shirts… all good finds and in decent condition. Better yet everything in the Thrift Trader is $5.99 or 4/$20.


Mind you, I’ve been to the “clearance” store for this shop where everything is priced $2. Not that paying $5 is really anything to complain about!  Luckily, I was at the Ocean Beach location for Thrift Trader and only two doors down from the “clearance” store called 2Dollar Thrill.


And, for the ladies reading this post– here is a cute $5 dress I found. It seems a little on the sheer side and a bit on the shortie side so I would likely wear a tank top under this and wear it with jeans– due to my advanced age 🙂

Cheers and Happy Saturday!  xoxo