Yesterday was I <3 Thrifting Day around the nation. Thanks to Rashon Carraway, aka Mr. Goodwill Hunting, people went out and shopped for second hand items at their local thrift stores. I really hope this is an annual event!
Courtney from The Joy of Decorating, did a fabulous job organizing the Raleigh group of thrifters.
She even scheduled our lunch at Tijuana Flats (a great Mexican joint) and now I have a NEW favorite restaurant in Raleigh!
Several other local bloggers showed up. From left to right: Rae, Jay (future blogger and Amy’s boyfriend), Amy, Courtney, Abi, Carrie, Kristi and Me.
Here are a few things I learned about these fabulous people:
Rae (is known to her friends as Reesie) and she shares furniture with a girlfriend. They trade things back and forth, instead of buying new! Genius. Rae’s writes BlushBlog.com, a blog about fashion, style and the complexities of women. Check her out blog and let her know I sent you. I would love to go clothes shopping with Rae. Something tells me she would really help me step up my style.
Jay - Jay has been contemplating a blog in his head for a while now. He has a great sense of humor and likes all things Star Wars (I’m a Star Wars geek too, so I like that in a man!) He also tried to convince Amy that they needed an almost nude Santa doll in boxers and black boots for their own. I REALLY wish I had taken a picture. I have to convince Jay to bring over his box set of Star Wars movies so we can watch them back-to-back with my boys.
Amy – Amy is a friendly gal who waits quietly to get a word in. But, when she does, she has a lot to share. She pointed out this amazing pendant lamp made from cardboard.
I must have looked at it five times and never realized that it was made of cardboard. Amy’s blog is called PunctuationWounds.com. She is a wonderful writer and has a writing style that keeps you entertained. Check out her post on photoshopping celebrities. I hope she’ll let me know next time she’s in town so we can hang and maybe shop again.
Courtney – She’s the gang leader. But, in the nicest of ways. She is a fun and vivacious creature who loved to ham it up for the camera.
Courtney planned the I <3 Thrifting Day perfectly and led us through some great hidden treasures of Raleigh. Okay, maybe they aren’t all hidden, but I live under a rock. Courtney writes the blog, The Joy of Decorating, a blog about home decor and much much more! Little did I know that she is practically a neighbor of mine! Hopefully we can get together again soon. Oh, and she also put together little goodie bags for all of us. What a sweetheart! Thanks Courtney!
Abi – Some of you may already recognize Abi. She is the writer of GaddingGal.com, a blog that wanders around sharing home decor, diy projects, travel and more. She also writes a twice a month feature for Centsational Girl called Best of the Blogosphere.
Abi was a hoot to hang with. She has a great fun-loving personality. She fell hard for this dresser turned into a bench with storage. But, the sales people were unwilling to budge on their (in my opinion, inflated) prices.
Their loss! Hey Abi, maybe we can get together to build one for you! I’ll supply the power tools, you supply the dresser.
Carrie – I actually met Carrie (and Kristi) when we arrived back from Blissdom. They stopped me at the Raleigh airport to ask if I had just come from the conference. It was really great seeing her again. Carrie is a busy mama. She writes the CarrieLoves.com blog. PLUS, she has an Etsy store. AND, she also is a graphic and web designer. If you need a new blog design, Carrie is your gal. You can view her portfolio and get more information by visiting SweetFaerieDesigns.com.
I’m hoping Carrie will invite me for coffee sometime so we can talk graphic design and blog stuff . We certainly didn’t get enough time to talk on Saturday.
Kristi - As I mentioned, we actually met in January on our way home from Blissdom. I learned that Kristi and I have the same taste. She scored this cute shirt and mirror at Goodwill.
She’s just lucky she saw it before me or I would have snagged them! Kristi is the creative genius behind The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Slipcovers. Seriously, this is a great resource should you want to sew your own slipcover. Just take a look at her blog PinkandPolkaDot.net to see some of the many slipcovers she has sewn. I wish I had found her before I sewed one for my sister’s glider. Hopefully she’ll come over one weekend so we can chat, eat chocolate and sew together ;-D.
It was really great getting to meet these fantastic women + one man. There is nothing like hanging with a bunch of bloggers to make you feel welcome and know that they “get you”.
I met the group at Goodwill where Becky from the corporate office showed up to talk to us and take our pictures.
Becky was explaining to me what projects Goodwill funds with the money from the retail shops. Not only does Goodwill Industries of Eastern NC provide jobs for over 450 people in our region. They also have a nature center complete with a greenhouse at their corporate office for adults with disabilties? This center is amazing! They provide learning and skill development for almost 100 adults with disabilities, while at the same time growing plants, flowers and vegetables. Last year they donated 3,300 lbs. of produce from the nature center to a local food bank! If you have a minute, watch this video for more information.
Finally, funds from the retail stores also go to an online computer learning resource. At GCFLearnFree.org you can learn how to use everything from Microsoft Office programs, to social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. Plus, there are online learning resources for learning english, math, resume writing and much more! I will definitely think about this next time I’m shopping at Goodwill (which will probably be next week.)
Here are just a few pictures from our day of thrifting: