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A Tisket, A Tasket, Thrift Your Easter Basket

A-tisket a-tasket A green and yellow basket… Did you know that we Americans spend close to two billion dollars on Easter each year?  And, why should we, when we can find amazing Easter goodies at our local thrift store? Maybe we should consider this: thrift your Easter basket. Just follow these 5 easy steps to creating a truly unique […]

My Thrifted Valentine

This is the story of my thrifted valentine.  Forget about spending $50 or more on a tired old bouquet of red roses this Valentine’s Day.  Go to your local thrift store and find something fabulously fresh for your sweetie.  Male or female, your honey pie is sure to swoon at your excellent creative gifting abilities.  And with all […]

Happy 2017 Everyone!

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty excited to kiss 2016 goodbye! I feel like the New Year will bring new opportunities and adventures, and I hope you’ll be part of mine. I’m excited to be planning a thrift trip to beautiful Palm Springs, so I’ll be sure to tell you all about that […]

Have a little faith and mercy…

It’s finally happened: I’ve opened an Etsy store! I’ve called it Faith and Mercy, named after two of my Welsh ancestors who were lacemakers and upholsterers – true “makers” of the 19th Century who were named Faith and Mercy Markwick.  I’m offering items from my previous life as the owner of a vintage Bridal boutique, […]

Time to Get Organized!

There’s something about the Fall that makes me want to get organized.  Some say it’s because our natural nesting instincts kick in.  Cooler, shorter days.  Leaves turning color.  Pumpkins appearing on front porches.  A big pot of hot stew cooking on the stove.  Fireplace crackling.  Whatever it is, Fall certainly is in full swing around […]

Honey. Ah, Sugar Sugar…

Sugar and I have had a long love affair. And, as we approach one of the most sticky sweet days of the entire year (you know the one I mean) I felt it appropos to tell you what I’ve been up to lately.  As some of you may know, I’ve long had a sweet tooth […]

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 […]

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 […]

Happy Homemade Holiday!

I’m starting to have a Happy Homemade Holiday.  If you’re like me, you’ve still got a little last minute holiday shopping left on your list. Here’s a thrifty gift idea that is not only unique, but fun and oh-so-aromatic to make. And, let’s face it, we all love it when someone makes something for us. […]

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