Fellow Boston to Austin writer Courtney Mirenzi and I have a long shared history of scouring thrift stores in search of stylish treasure for cents on the dollar. We now have a weekly standing “picking” date at the Goodwill Outlet, and I love picking her brain for her pro tips on how she turns her like-new finds into funds to supplement her writing income through an eBay store and other resale avenues. It’s all about that side hustle! Read on for 6 of Courtney’s veteran experiences and pro tips.
I brought dozens of souvenirs from home to tide me over until my next trip back in the fall, but by far the best of them all was this perfect summer uniform, thrifted from Goodwill and Uptown Cheapskate with a pair of totally destroyed DIY denim cutoffs tying it all together, and it works for the Cape, the lake, the city, the humidity, and the blazing sun.
I’ve been buying and selling at Uptown Cheapskate Austin every week since they opened last year, and recently celebrated their 1st birthday with them (and Chelsea and Catelyn) at a little in-store sip & shop soiree. Uptown accepts a wide variety of sizes and styles, all of them current and on-trend, and they’re exceptional at curating quality while keeping the prices affordable. Designer labels right along department store brands, and all for far less than you’d find at thrift stores — in far better condition.
In my mind, Chuck Taylors are a timeless classic that go with pretty much everything, and are always appropriate no matter the occasion. I’ve loved them my whole life, putting them in the Shoestring logo for a reason. But what I really love is that Chucks (and classic street sneakers of all kinds) are having a major moment in fashion right now — especially with dresses. Or at least that’s the case here in Texas.
There are certain times when I really, REALLY miss being home in Boston, and this Thank Goodwill It’s Friday I particularly miss Goodwill Boston and all…
A deeper dive into the best thrifting & vintage shopping in the City of Light – including the top places to refuel on famed culinary treats! – this list of tips for thrifting like a French chick will have you searching for cheap flights & Airbnbs, stat.
There is perhaps no store opening I get more excited for than the opening of a new Goodwill. The fresh promise of serendipitous thrift scores in a brand-spanking-new shop and the knowledge that it means new revenue for one of my favorite charitable organizations. Yup, it’s like Christmas morning & my birthday rolled into one.
It’s our first Christmas season in Texas, and not only do I miss spending festive nights and celebrating decades-old holiday traditions with friends and family back in Boston, I miss seeing familiar Christmas decor — around the city and even in our own home.
History, connecting to the past through objects shared in common, is one of the things that has always drawn me to thrifting, antiquing, swapping, yard sales, garage sales, and flea markets of all kinds.
One of the things that makes me the most homesick, the most regretful about missing fall in Boston this year, is not being there for the grand opening of my friend Abby’s new vintage cookbook & cookwares store Farm & Fable, which debuts to the delight of Boston foodies in the South End at the end of this month.