The Savvy Gal’s Guide to Downsizing

Psh. Make fashion work for you! Hi Comrades! As the economy slowly begins to show signs of life, hundreds of thousands of us are left having taken on the chin an enormous financial hit.  Talk shows and websites are alive with advice on how to roll over your 401k, how to prepare a proper budget, … Continue reading

You Say You Want a Resolution…

Well, Comrades, here we are.  The promise of a New Year is upon us, and most Americans at least toy with the idea of a New Year’s Resolution – either getting rid of things we don’t want in our lives, or manifesting the things we do. While working on the terribly ambitious game plan for … Continue reading

“I have no gift to bring, pa rum pum pum pum”

Happy Holidays, Comrades – Damn, it’s hard to be broke during this time of year.   The days are ticking down, and the list of things I want to give to so many people is so long it seems it will never end.  Today has been a day of discouragement and, at times, self-deprecation about my … Continue reading

The Concept of “Enough.”

I think we all share a fantasy about winning the lottery or inheriting an unexpected fortune; finding cash on the street or a goldmine at a garage sale or thrift store.  Especially now, as so many are struggling, these thoughts can turn obsessive.  Before I fall asleep, often I’ll find myself thinking, “maybe I’ll win … Continue reading

The Reason We Do This

“Enjoying your thrift store info a lot. I am still in Oklahoma, raising 4 beauties and a set of twins to boot! I am clothing all of us on a dime! It is hard to know how to dress now, I have lost my fashion sense. but your blog is helping. Thank you! Have a … Continue reading

Maintaining a Positive Outlook

This post is a little off topic, but I think it’s pretty important, and actually integral to the spirit of Thrift Store Confidential. Maintaining a positive outlook during prolonged crisis is one of the trickiest things to do. Every ounce of media is focused on our recession; some of my favorite chain stores are e-mailing … Continue reading

“Austere Times? Perfect.” by Matt Richtel, New York Times

Austere Times? Perfect. AUSTERE TIMES? PERFECT. By MATT RICHTEL The New York Times Published: April 10, 2009 SAN FRANCISCO — Millions of Americans have trimmed expenses because they have had their jobs or hours cut, or fear they will. But a subset of savers are reducing costs not just with purpose, but with relish. These … Continue reading

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