Mimi has written 119 posts for thrift store junkies

Happy New Year, Dear Thrifters!

I don’t know about you, but I’m glad to see 2015 go bye-bye, and I have very good feelings about 2016.  One of the things I’ve noticed having visited several thrift stores (5 actually) over the past few weeks is that there is not a whole lot of donated stuff out in the stores quite […]

The Magic Art of Tidying Clutter

My friend Theresa (of August’s Happy Housewarming fame) has been diligently tidying clutter, getting rid of clutter here and clutter there, for months now.  She keeps telling me about the book about getting rid of clutter by Marie Kondo, “The Life-Changing Art of Tidying Up. “So you put every piece of clothing you own on […]

Find Halloween costume ideas at your local thrift store!

Finding a Halloween costume isn’t that scary!  You’ll find lots of Halloween costume ideas at your local thrift store, so just go thrifting! Your local thrift store has so many gently-used Halloween costumes that it’s really too bad more people don’t head out to a thrift store at this time of the year before spending […]

My Latest Thrifting Dilemma

My latest thrifting dilemma happened when I was in Palm Springs.  At the Angel View Thrift Store. In the thrifting zone. And what should appear before my very eyes? Something I certainly hadn’t ever been looking for.  A pair of Egyptian sphynx garden ornaments.  They were made of solid concrete and there were two of them! […]

Find Personalized Gifts for Housewarming

It’s pretty easy to find personalized gifts for housewarming by shopping at your local thrift store.  But, as anyone who lives in the Bay Area knows, buying a house here requires nothing short of Herculean efforts.  Overbidding, jam-packed open houses, introductory letters, and constant refreshes on the Redfin website are pretty much the norm around […]

Cheap or Clever |thrift store junkies

You decide: Am I cheap or clever? I guess you could say I’m cheap, but I prefer to think of myself as clever.  After all, is it really all that smart to pay more for something than you really have to?  Um. no.  Case in point: we needed to find two replacement exterior light fixtures. […]

Why I Love A City-Wide Garage Sale

Why I love a city-wide garage sale is because as most Northern California folks know, the weather’s been mighty dreary these last few weeks.  There has been one bright spot, however — the City-Wide Garage Sale in San Leandro!   Last week-end, our little troupe of bargain hunters hit the streets before most people were […]

Hark! From the Half Moon Bay City-Wide Garage Sale!

Hark! From the Half Moon Bay City-Wide Garage Sale.  Half Moon Bay isn’t just a town filled with over-sized pumpkins, great beaches and quaint little stores.  It’s also a place where every year during the last week-end in September, hundreds of homes open wide their garage doors for their annual City-Wide Garage Sale!  This year, […]

E-Waste Not Want Not

My new motto is E-waste not want not.  Last Saturday I was dreading the errand of driving to the free E-Waste Disposal and Recycling Center in Hayward.  Having never been there, I had no idea what to expect and after the trek to Hayward and thinking that I was almost getting on the San Mateo […]

Modernism Week Palm Springs

Modernism Week Palm Springs still has me buzzed from all its mid-century modern fabulousness.   Now, I’m seeing mid-century modern design everywhere I go and have a new-found appreciation for clerestory windows.  I’ve loved Palm Springs ever since I was a little girl and my Mom and I and our best friends would drive out to the […]

Hay House

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