Saturday was the 1st annual I <3 Thrifting Day. Rahson from the blog, Mr. Goodwill Hunting was the mastermind behind the whole event. Many bloggers and even HGTV got involved and hosted the event in many different cities across the country. I hosted the Philadelphia area.
5 area thrifty bloggers met up with me at our first stop of the day – 2nd Ave in North Wales, PA. It is right next to a Dollar Tree. There is also a JoAnn’s fabric. It is a thrifty DIY blogger’s all in one stop shopping center.
The day was supposed to be about thrifting, but it really turned out to be a day of making new friends. It was the first time meeting each other. We had FUN!!!
2nd Avenue is the most organized thrift store ever, plus they get new merchandise constantly, so there is always something new to find.
Janis who blogs at The Magic that is Thrift found this adorable and super sturdy child’s desk and chair for $10.00
After loading up our finds, we got in our cars and headed to the 2nd store of the day – Impact in Montgomeryville.
Here we met up with Jonel from Sporks and Stuff.
The management at Impact knew we were coming and Pepper, the manager gave us a quick intro about the organization. We also got some goodies –
Coupons for $5.00 off our purchases and some Impact chap stick. We were even welcomed to the store over the PA system. Thanks Pepper and Jo.
We smooched ourselves together so Pepper could take a picture of us.
We were there for quite a long time as there was so much to see. We then headed out
to get something to eat at Panera.
Whenever bloggers get together there has to be some SWAG, so I made up a little goodie bag to give to everyone.
Every good thrifter needs to carry a tape measure as you never know when you might stumble upon something and need to know the exact size. I bought the 6ft keychain measuring tapes that I tied onto the outside of the bags from Lowes. Inside the bags -some dollar store goodies, a bottle of water, granola bar – we needed energy for all the thrifting we did, and some other little “swaggy” kind of stuff.
After we ate, we headed to the smallest of the 3 stores we visited.
We didn’t find too much here, but we did have fun with some of the items we saw on the shelves. A plastic Liberty Bell – perfect for us Philly bloggers.
And we figured we could send our southern thrifting friends a friendly Hello…
As I stated above the day turned out to be more fun then I imagined and I made 4 new friends. When you blog you are online most of the time. It was nice to meet other bloggers in person. We were a small group, but a diverse mix of thrifting styles…
The Thrifting Eye – Madigan
from Madigan Made. She has been going to flea markets and yard sales since she was a little girl with her mom. She has a great eye and would zoom in on items – hold them up to show us and then put them back for us to then grab.
The Thrifty “List”er – Holly
from West Pear Avenue . She had a list in her head and she was determined to find what she was looking for – which was chairs – She found 3.
2 at 2nd Avenue
and one at Impact.
The Thrifting Rock Star – Janis
from The Magic That is Thrift. She traveled the farthest to meet up with us. She grabbed a cart and off she went. She not only buys for herself, but friends as well. She re-sells some of the finds she buys. Like I said – a thrifting rock star!
The Thrifty Collector – Jonel
from Sporks and Stuff. Jonel loves shopping at thrift stores and in her haul she had a few mirrors. She also told us she had 4 coffee tables at home and only uses 2. Her 6 year old once asked her, “ Why do we have so many coffee tables.” and Jonel had to tell her that she just loves them and can never have enough. Spoken like a true collector.
Jonel’s boyfriend, Carlito came along. He put up with all of us girls all day. He wins an award in my book for being the most patient man alive :)
This is my haul – a Nautica shower curtain and olive and white fabric – both eyed first by Madigan and then left for me to snatch up. The shower curtain will be perfect for the bathroom I am currently redoing. They were 2.90 each. The mirror was $12.90. A set of chandy shades, a basket, a white round pitcher – my favorite find, and a few glass pieces.
One of the items I found is something I already have, but I bought it because I knew I could build on the one I had.
Making one tall glass canister to house all the different types of tea I drink.
We had a great day and I am looking forward to the 2nd annual I <3 Thrifting Day. If you would like to see more about the event and photos of what went on in all the other cities, Rashon will be putting up photos on his blog, Mr. Goodwill Hunting.