Hello, is it me you’re looking for? See what I did there? I made a Lionel Richie reference because for goodness sake, THIS IS NEW ZEALAND – LAND OF THE FREE!. *Insert Bald Eagle picture with American flag as the background*.
This week has definitely been an exciting one for the Haus of “Van”. We’ve got some pretty exciting and scary things being thrown into the pipelines, so until then – I’ll update your pretty faces with my latest thrifting haul and of course, my well used thrifting tips 🙂
THRIFTING TIPS – By Liz
* Leave the kids at home – Lets face it, thrifting takes time, energy and patience. Taking my mini tornado into a thrift store is like taking a bull into a China shop. Not only do I miss out on the things I usually need to spend time scouring through, I find myself apologising to people, picking displays up off the floor, or actually losing her in clothing racks.
* Wear a “Thrifting Uniform”. For me, this either means an easy slip on dress, slip on shoes, or leggings and an oversized shirt. Anything you can easily change out of… but only if you’re trying on clothes. It’d just be weird if you weren’t…
* Set a budget – Depending on what I’m looking for, I’ll set myself a budget and I’ll stick to it. It’s so easy to get a basket full of loot, only to reach the counter and find yourself $50 out of pocket. Unless you’ve scored some amazingly underpriced silver bounty – for me it just takes the thrill out of thrifting. It’s supposed to be cheap right?!
* Have a running list of things you want or need – I’ve done this for years now. If I’m wanting a vintage leather tooled bag, every thrift store I go into – I know that the first place I need to check is the bag section.
Write it down or make a mental note – IT REALLY DOES PAY OFF!
* Buy only what you love and be realistic about making alterations or doing a D.I.Y project. You don’t want to end up as “that person” on the front page of the local newspaper that everyone writes to the council about because your yard is so full of abandoned projects and unwanted things that it is literally moving and rippling with local critters and bacterial colonies. Ecosystems become built. Mayors get elected. Feuds between rival gangs breakout, innocent bacterial and critter-like bystanders get caught in the crossfire. Your home then becomes a crime scene and you will feature on COPS. Messy. It’s just messy. You don’t want to be “that” person.
* Be open minded. Try to match things with what you already have in your house / wardrobe. Shop for quality. Frequent the shops on a regular basis – more often than not, new stock is added daily.
* Donate. I go through my stuff at least once every 6 months and ‘give back’ the things I didn’t end up using. Not only does it feel good making room, it means room for MORE STUFF!! woo! 😛 *”It’s the cirrrrcle of liiiiiife….”*