Saturday, July 15, 2017

"Thrift shopping is all about going into the thrift shop and

 having no expectation of what you might find.

A couple years ago Macklemore, the person I quoted above, released a song about thrift shops.  To be honest, in a way vintage and antique shops are "fancy" thrift shops although some thrift shops do price like antique shops.  The problem is that shop owners have to buy their inventory, and many thrift shops get their inventory donated to them.  I understand that those shops do have overhead, and they have expenses also, but sometimes those shops are not really thrifty, but I found a gem in Habitat for Humanity's foray into the thrift/recycle business.

ReStore...welcome to Habitat for Humanity's venture into the recycling world.  From their web page..."ReStores are independently owned and operated by local Habitat for Humanity organizations. Proceeds are used to help build strength, stability, self-reliance and shelter in local communities and around the world."  There are more than 850 ReStores around the country, and one just opened here in Cape May Court House (NJ).
 This just opened last month, but it looks very promising for adding some decorator pieces to your home!  They have set up some nice displays... 

They have mirror, mirror for your wall to tell you that you are the fairest of them all!
Dining tables...
And a variety of furniture that you do not see in the smaller thrift shops...I did not get photos of all the nice couches, but there is a variety of other furniture.

This is a neat marble topped coffee table for $70! The top alone caught my attention!
Also available...bed rails!  Sometimes you might have a great idea for a headboard...then...well, bed are shelves of them!
Want to be creative with some sinks?
Appliances also...
And...neat some tiles for a small project...also building never know what you might find at a fraction of the cost of you-know-where...

I love to promote local businesses, and I have donated to Habitat.  So, check your area if you are not local, and see if there is a ReStore around.  Very impressive!  

And words from a rather wealthy icon...
       I believe that thrift is essential to well-ordered living.
            ~John D. Rockefeller

Saturday, July 1, 2017


Perfection. Patience. Power. Prioritize your passion. It keeps you sane.”  
~Criss Jami

I have heard a couple times in the past week..."Gosh, you are never open..."  Well, folks for 25 years I was open fairly consistently for 6 days a week in season, but this year life just seemed to step in, and I decided life was important.  I wanted to support World Giraffe was on a Wednesday morning at the zoo, and I went.  I had spent March and April following April the giraffe and her pregnancy, and I did become a little infatuated with giraffes.  Who knew they were going extinct?
Then about 2 weeks ago I read about a missing puppy on Facebook.  Now, I am an Avalon certified cat feeder (yes, I even have an official badge), and, since the puppy was from around my 30th street tribe, I became involved.  And, so for 10 days, I was part of a "rescue" squad on the search for Molly, the elusive bichon, and, finally last Sunday, her Mommy and I were able to catch her...this is from her visit to vet where we took her immediately after we found her...she is recovering is her Mom!
Every evening I walked the streets of Avalon following leads and sightings.  Some interesting things did show up as we searched.  I saw the "marble house" being "deconstructed"...

At least they are saving the about conspicuous consumption through!  But, the giant houses in the dunes present a unique perspective to shore life, for sure!

Then I have my 91 year old mother in assisted living down the road, and the company changed hands in the winter, and I have not been real thrilled with the situation.  So, I have been dealing with that.  Sometimes I think people have more respect for stuff than people!  Our elder care could use a Roadshow of its own to highlight care across this country.
In the meantime, I have been trying to get things in the shop...many have asked for these soaps...the egg soaps and Sea Salt...they are from a Rhode Island company, and they are back in stock.

And I am finding some treasures among things I have had packed up for many moons...
So, if you need to contact or message me on Facebook...I am trying to get back to my regular schedule...10:30-4:30...
In the meantime. as one of the signs in the shop says...

“There comes a moment when you realize what matters the most in your life. Let that moment be now and that matter be your love and kindness.” 
~ Debasish Mridha