Reduce, Re-use, Recycle……..REMAKE

When I think of thrifting three words come to mind Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle. This is the mantra on everything that talks about going GREEN. However for me another important R word in the world of thrifting is REMAKE. I can’t tell you how many times I have bought something from the thrift store only to get it home and transform it into something new. Sometimes it is something as simple as changing the buttons. Where as other times I may make a skirt shorter (y’all know I’m fast), take the sleeves out of a blouse, cut up a t-shirt, or combine two items to give me a hot new look. I get to create my own unique style and all it cost me is a few dollars, my time and vision. Sometimes when you’re thrifting you have to look past the basic item and see the great possibilities it holds. This brings me to my remake  item of the day.  In a previous blog I told you all how I bought 12 pair of UGG boots for $107.68. Not all the UGG’s were in top-notch condition but I knew that I could turn them into something FABULOUS. In perusing UGG’s website one day I saw that they had come out with a cute new pair of paint splatter UGG’s. Me being “THE THRIFTY FASHIONISTA”,  I decided I could paint splatter my own pair. I took my $6.99 pink UGG boots, hard bristle brush, 5 different color paints and my Mini Fashionista assistant Jordan and we created a cute new boot. I would like that thank all of you nice people for donating your OLD UGG’s. Because of you I have a “NEW” pair of paint splatter UGG,S. Check out the DIY video below to watch Jordan and I give you our step by step process for REMAKING my UGG boots. Remember Reduce, Re-use, Recycle……… REMAKE!


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The Thrifty Fashionista & The Mini Fashionista


The End of Winter is Near and I’m Ready to TRANSITION Into My Spring Gear!!!

Transition means the movement, passage, or change from one position to another. As winter come to a close, spring looms on the horizon. This puts our wardrobes in that pesky transition phase. We ask ourselves questions like do I still put on a heavy coat and boots or can I just rock a leather jacket and some cute heels? The answer to both of these questions is yes. If you live in a climate that’s anything like Chicago, it may snow one day and be 50 degrees the next. I do mean that literally. For this reason I am not packing away any winter clothes just yet. However I am not buying anymore winter clothing either. On my latest thrifting excursions I have tried to concentrate on items that will transition my wardrobe from Winter to Spring. I have bought floral patterns, bright colors, short sleeves and even some mini skirts. Some things are just so cute I can’t even wait until Spring is officially here to wear them. To solve this problem I layer. This means if I have a cute spring shirt that I am dying to wear NOW, I will just throw on a fab sweater or jacket for extra warmth. The same goes for my eye-catching mini’s. I pair a hot short skirt or dress with a cute pair of tights or leggings and I’m ready to go. My video below shows you some great transitional pieces I bought on my latest thrifting adventure. I also took one of the items to show you guys how to rock it now. Please watch the video and leave me a comment. I love your feedback. Have a fabulous day my fellow thriftanistas. Oh and just a friendly reminder Unique Thrift Stores 50% sale is TODAY. Happy Thrifting!!!


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Cute olive-green mini dress (yes this is a dress) with a fab pair of brown tights.

Todays Fashion Are Hot No Doubt……..But a Vintage Look Will Make You Really Stand Out!!

All fashion repeats itself. There may be small variations but I would venture to say that 98% of today’s fashions originated with a fabulous look from the past. The thing that I truly love about wearing vintage clothing is that it allows me to be UNIQUE. I don’t have to worry about seeing my look over and over again because there isn’t carbon copies of the items in every store. Don’t get me wrong I love SOME (not all) current trends  but every now and then I get really inspired to rock a hot vintage look. While other times I may wear something current and just add a fabulous vintage piece to the mix (brooch, purse, jacket, necklace, etc). You know as John Witherspoon said in Boomerang “you’ve got to cooooooorrrrrdinate”. With spring just around the corner, I decided to see what new and fabulous vintage looks I could create. You know I’ll have to be able to style and profile in the warm weather months. Check out my Vintage Style: 101 video to see some of the fabulous vintage pieces I own and how I put them together. I hope the video inspires you to add a little vintage to your wardrobe. I’m sure I don’t need to give this disclaimer but I will anyway. EVERYTHING IS THRIFTED!!!!! I’m the Thrifty Fashionista so I’m sure you expected nothing less.


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How is this for VINTAGE??? Summer here I come!

P.S. Check out a fellow fashionista, customer and friend who can really rock a vintage look.

You Go Miss V.

Mardi Gras Beads for Me Oh No….. But for Thrifty Deals I Was Ready to Go

Hey my fellow thriftanistas Tuesday was Unique/Spree Thrift Store Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday sales extravaganza. They had a spend $25.00 get $10.00 off coupon for this event. You know your girl was at the door BRIGHT and EARLY. I knew this event was coming up because I had received a coupon for it 2 weeks earlier. You know that coupon was burning a hole in my cute thrifted purse. One thing to note about Unique Thrift Store is that when they have coupon sales they are given out in advance. In most cases on the day of the sale they will not give out a coupon , you have to bring it to the store with you. However if you don’t shop often like me and still need a coupon for to the event just go to their website to print out a copy. They absolutely honor the printed copies as well. You can also check their website for upcoming sales.

Okay so back to my Mardi Gras thrifting adventure. If you have read my previous blog you know that I have taken a forray into the world of video blogging. I wanted to really be able to document and share my thrifting adventures with you guys. On Tuesday I decided to take it one step further and take you all shopping with me.  It was definitely an interesting experience. If you all could see me trying to shop, video tape and push the cart, it was HILARIOUS! What can you do though I’m a ONE WOMAN show. I found some great items and spent a total of $18.84 wooooohoooooooo. The video segment ended up being longer than I thought so I broke it up into 2 segments. Please check out my adventure below.


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Thrifted shirt, sweater and belt from my Mardi Gras haul

Confessions of a Thrift Store Fashionista…….Thrift Haul the Sequel!!!!

Hey my fellow thriftanista’s I hope you all had a wonderful President’s day. Did you go and take advantage  of the fabulous 50% off sales going on in your neck of the woods? If so what FABULOUS things did you find to add to your thrifty wardrobe? I have spent my day working on my new endeavor…… blogging.  I have been greatly inspired by all of the fabulous thrift haul videos on Youtube. I posted my first video last week and although the haul was GREAT the video quality wasn’t that good.  My camcorder wasn’t working correctly so my video was a tad dark. However not one to be deterred  I went out and bought myself a new Sony Bloggie so I could take 2.  So with out further ado here is Confessions of a Thrift Store Fashionista………Thrift Haul the Sequel. I would love to here what you think so please leave me a comment.


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Thrift haul skirt and top $.96 a piece from the Salvation Army


The Valentines Day Dollar Holla!!!! What Can You Buy for a $1.00

Roses are red, violets are blue I had a fabulous Valentines Day, how about you? Okay I know that Valentines Day was a couple of days ago but my computer put me on punishment and wouldn’t allow me to talk to you guys and gals (it was acting CRAZY). Any-who for me Valentines Day means spending time with the ones you love most and doing what makes you happy. This V-Day I did both. I spent the evening with the loves of my life (my babies) and the earlier part of the day doing what I love. Can you guess what that is? I will give you a hint, it’s starts with a thr and ends with an ift. If you guessed thrift you would be correct. Vanna tell them what they won, a new ……………. just kidding. On Tuesday one of my favorite thrift store chains had a fantabulous (spell check says this is a made up word) Valentines Day sale. The sale was $1.00 for anything red, pink or with hearts. Yes I said it $1.00. That can be $1.00 bill, 4 quarters, 10 dimes, 20 nickles or 100 pennies. Anyway you slice it you can’t beat a “dollar holla”. I dropped my kids off at school that morning and was off to have some V-day fun.I got to the thrift store at about 9:15 a.m. and headed straight for the coat aisle. Take note one of the major rules I use when shopping a sale like this one is to get as much bang for my buck as possible. What this means is that instead of getting the $5.99 shirt for a $1.00, I go for the $29.99 coat for that very same $1.00. There is a much greater value in getting the higher priced item for a $1.00. Anyway back to the coat aisle. I found 11 amazing coats and jackets for a grand total of $11.00. I also found 3 pair of cute pants. My Valentines Day was off to a great start and this was just the beginning. I visited 2 other stores 0n my Valentines Day journey. In total I bought 23 items that would have retailed for $329.27  and I only spent $23.00 plus tax. How can you beat it??? I bought to many items to show all the pictures so I created my first thrift haul video. Please click the link below to watch the video. It was my first video so please be kind. Make a girl feel good about herself. All in all I would have to say that I had a wonderful Valentines Day. I spent time with my first, second and third loves (my daughter, my son and thrifting)……..ain’t love GRAND!


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P.S.  Sorry the video is a little dark but my camera was in cahoots with my computer (acting CRAZY).

Red Leather Jacket $1.00 (Sooooooo Cute)

Fabulous Red Cape $1.00 ( You better work girl) 🙂

Thrifting Is A Family Affair

In my family thrifting is a way of life. It was passed down from my great grandmother (Granny), to my grandmother (Dear), to my mother, to me  and now to my children. My babies have been thrifting with me since they made there debut into this world. I would pop their car seat on top of the cart and away we would go. Believe it or not thrifting with them when they were little was much easier than it is now. The difficulty now lies in the fact that they have these pesky things called OPINIONS. You know how that goes ” Mommy I don’t want that red shirt because my favorite color is pink THIS WEEK”. I know all my parents out there understand. Then you have those fickle teenagers like my 15 year old little cousin/ god son who is just a tad high maintenance. Tad being a great understatement, but I love him anyway.  His favorite place to shop is on Michigan Avenue. However when his high end taste don’t match his moms very reasonable budget he calls me and to the thrift stores we go. I usually take the kids shopping with me on one of the many days they are out of school. Side Note: These kids are out of school more than anything I have ever seen. Hell they are out of school today. Okay I digressed for a minute, back to thrifting. On our latest family thrifting excursion we decided to venture forth and find new thrifting territory. In the world of thrifting you have to shop everywhere. Looking for new places to shop yields two possible results. Result A you find a new thrifting hot spot or result B you find out that you never have to visit that store again. Our latest thrifty excursion gave us a new thrifty hot spot.

On this day we weren’t looking for anything in particular, which made our fabulous finds even better. Once we arrived at the store I walked around for a minute to get the lay of the land, then the fun began. I be-lined for my favorite spot the shoe aisle. This yielded my 13th pair of Ugg’s. I found a cute pair of Ugg ballet flats for $5.45. They were also 50% off which bought the grand total to $2.72. I swear I need a T.V. show to document my exploits. That was just the beginning of my fabulous finds for the day. I started this story by telling you all that I was thrifting with the kids. Truthfully my kids don’t need anything. When your mama is the QUEEN of thrift clothing is never a problem. However my little cousin did take a gander to see what he could find. On his own he found two very nice sweaters. I was impressed they were definitely his style and under $3.00. I do believe I am rubbing off on that kid. So with Ugg’s in hand and two “new” sweaters under our belt we decided to it was time to go. In true fashionista form however I had to take one last look before we headed to the door. That’s when as always something caught my THRIFTY EYE. Four racks of new clothing had just been rolled out of the back. One rack had a very eye catching sweater with beautiful blues and greens. I moved in to take a closer look. I pulled the sweater off the rack and found that it was an authentic men’s Coogi. For those that don’t know Coogi is a popular brand of clothing sold in various retail clothing stores across the country. They are known for their bright, multi-color, intricately woven knit wear. Authentic Coogi sweaters will run any wear from $200 to $400. Did I mention the sweater was $3.93. I put it in my cart and went to find my little cousin. I showed him the sweater and I swear he took it out my hand so fast that he chipped my nail. As high maintenance as he is, he can even see the value in getting a $300 sweater for $3.93. We headed to the cash register with smiles on our faces and our purchases in hand. All in all it turned out to be a great family thrifting day. I love my adventures and getting to share them with my fabulous family makes them that much more exciting. I hope you will take your next journey with the ones you love. Remember thrifting is a family affair.


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Coogi Sweater $3.93

Sky in his "new" Coogi

"New" Ugg Ballet Flats

$5.45 with 50% off= $2.72

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