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October Thrift Group

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Now here’s my Deets: (The next thrifter’s group details that is…)

The Nicolyndime Thrifter’s Group October Meet Up is Saturday the 14th at 12:30pm at the Pawsitive H.O.P.E Thrift Store.

Lydia, can hardly believe the fun I have planned… I mean just look at her expression.

The first ten thrifters will receive a trick or treat bag, and then start looking around.  At 12:40pm you can report to the front of the store, where a checklist for an in store scavenger hunt will be handed out.  Participants must have a cell phone in order to take photos of their finds.  You know I love a good pun, or out of the box idea, so I will be awarding bonus points if you make me chuckle with your finds.

The winner will get this super cute gift bucket!

I mean come on, what more could you ask for?  Community, fun, Autumn themed, savings, treasures, support for a local animal charity.  I submit there is not a better time to be had!!!!

Come out and join us!  Plus get your membership so you can get one item of clothing at 50% off! (exclusions may apply)

 

 

 

Top Ten Thrift Tips: 10 Thrift store shopping tips to adopt

Whether you are a self proclaimed thrift store junkie, or new to the thrift store game and still a bit apprehensive, (see: only poor people thrift shop, every thrift shop is dirty, and other horrible thrift shop stigmas) there are still many tips to be reminded about when browsing and shopping.

Here are my top 10 thrift store tips to keep in mind:

  1. Have a plan:  Especially if you are new to the game, and eager to find savings, this can be an exciting new world of bargain bin items that you might have never known existed.  It’s easy to go a little super market sweepstakes, and gather up everything you think you might want.  But hold your horses there buckaroo.  Narrow your thinking to what you actually need.  Back to school essentials, decor for a specific room, a table with specific measurements….whatever it is, reign it in.  Make a list, and stick to it.

  2. Or not:  “Wait, but I thought you just said….?”  Yes, I told you to reign it in, BUT there can be items to be found when you’re not searching too.  Keep an open mind.  You might find a little gift for someone else, (my favorite thing to do at the thrift store) and a little gift for you by the thrifting gods.

  3. Go Often:  It’s best to go frequently.  Inventory at stores, especially with high volume, have a quick turnover.  If you see it and you like it, truly, get it.  This is when you have to have a hard talk with yourself.  See tip number 6.  But going often will allow you to see the inventory, as opposed to only a sampling of what they have on that given day of the month.

  4. Go on a Monday:  A case of the Mondays might not be the truth for thrift stores.  The most popular day for yard sales is Saturday.  Most people who have just done all the work of a yard sale, want nothing more than to just throw the leftovers in the car, drop it off at a thrift store, and run with their arms flailing back to their car while screaming, “Good Riddance!”  So, most inventory from those yard sales are making their way onto the floor by Monday evening.

  5. Check Everything:  Check, then double check, then do one better than Santa, and check again.  I’ve been a victim to this sooo many times, so heed my warning.  Don’t get all excited, toss that into your cart, and not look at it again until you get home and find there is a big hole, then try to think how you can fix said hole, hoard the item for too long, then toss it.  Sound like I’ve been there?  I have.  Sometimes, I find something I have been looking for, or fall in love with, and we all know that love is blind.  But, you have to take a deep breath, and stop to really examine.  Look everywhere, three times or more.  I know, now I’m adding even more system checks.  Look for holes or stains in clothing, damaged appliances, more wear and tear than you want to deal with or fix, etc.  My elusive pink leather jacket, was found at the Goodwill.  It had something all over the shoulder.  A quick search proved that Leather is pretty hard to treat when it has that kind of damage, so I passed on it.  I’m still on the hunt.  

  6. Will you really?:  Ask it.  Challenge yourself.  Will I really like this piece of clothing tomorrow?  Will I really paint this furniture to match my living room?  Will I really youtube to learn how to rewire a lamp, and have enough confidence in myself that I won’t set my house on fire over a $2 lamp?  If the answer is no, leave it.  Do not pass go, do not look back.  Another question to really ask; Does this item bring me joy?  If you don’t need it, it’s not a bargain.

  7. Konmari Method:  One in, one out.  I tend to do some in, and a lot out.  I like the therapeutic feeling of purging a lot of items at once, looking at my massive pile, and either donating or yard selling those items.  If you want to stick to one/one, make a bin somewhere, and when it’s full, donate or sell.  Either way, you must get rid of some in order to keep from outside looking in, as my grandma always said.

  8. Cash is King:  I like to negotiate, but I hate negotiating at a thrift store unless an item is something I really want and is insanely overpriced.  I’ve been honest with store owners before by telling them I could get a new one at the price they have it listed, but would rather support their store.  If you have cash to use, it makes the blow a little less painful for a store that is getting hit with high merchant fees on top of your haggle.  Not many, but some stores out there, are cash only stores.  Inevitably you will find just the thing you need at a cash only store, with zero cash on you.  If you know you will be thrifting, get some cash.

  9. Thrift Kit:  I gave away free swag bags to our first ten thrifters at our first thrift store meetup group this past Saturday.  It contained a thrift kit of items that are helpful to have with you if you are thrifting.  A notebook and pen to jot down your wish list, measurements, or ideas you might get while thrifting for inspiration on other projects.  Socks for trying on shoes in store.  I clean everything before I wear it, thoroughly.  It’s hard when you find a pair of shoes, and don’t want to stick your bare foot in there to try it on.  This is Florida, and most people, myself included, live in sandals.  It’s nice to have a pair of socks in your bag.  Hand sanitizer to keep your hands clean when you are digging through and touching many items.  I also have hand sanitizer in my car for after I touch the gas pump too, so thrift stores shouldn’t get a complex over this.  And gum, for when you need a little boost of refreshment while you are hunting.

  10. Join a community:  You might not have a super awesome person in your community to spearhead a Thrift Store Meetup Group like the lucky residents and visitors of the Space Coast (wink wink) but you can be friendly with the thrift store employees at the store you shop.  Either way it’s nice when you have some connections.  When I’m thrifting, and I find the perfect item for a friend, and it’s super cheap, I’ll pick it up for them as a gift.  Four eyes are better than two, six eyes are better than four, and you get the idea.  Plus store employees will tell you when sales are, when is the best day to come, and maybe even call you to let you know your perfect mid century pink stove just arrived at the store.

You’re a lucky duck if you live in, or visit the Space Coast, and want to join a community of thrift store friends, AND get some extra discounts along the way.  Check out our community of thrift store fanatics.  I have sooo many plans for the future of The Nicolyndime Thrifter’s Group, and I want you to get on board ASAP to take advantage of everything that’s to come.

Seriously, I get the excited butterflies in stomach the morning we are going to Disney feeling when I tell you that this group is created to treat you like royalty.  This group is all about what I love, like free stuff, giveaways, advice, thrift stores (duh) mail swaps, special holiday events, strong communities, charity, spreading kindness, positive vibes, and self care.

So what are you waiting for?  Join the list for free here:

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First Ever Space Coast Nicolyndime Thrifter’s Group Meetup

It’s this weekend.  We finally made it!  Lots of hard work, running around, and selling my idea so that industrious thrift store party people can come together and search high and low for treasures along the Space Coast, is finally here!

This weekend is our first ever meetup in, what I hope, to be a long line of meetups.  I have lots of ideas for our frugal loving community over the holidays and I really need your help to grow that community fast.  Like warp speed fast.  Let’s get this going y’all!!!!  A party’s not very fun if you’re all by yourself.

Our first meetup is at the brand new location of the Wuesthoff Auxiliary Thrift Store located in Rockledge, this Saturday Sept 2nd, at 2pm.  We are among the first customers to step foot in the store and definitely the first official group to do so.

If you are one of the first ten members to show up, and find me, (I’ll be the one that looks anxious to meet you all outside of the front door) you get a free swag bag filled with essentials every thrifter should have with them when shopping.

There might be an extra special surprise hidden in one lucky bag too!  Will you be the lucky one?  Trick question… you’re already lucky if you are coming to the Nicolyndime Thrifter Meetup!!!

If you can’t make this one… no worries!  There will be others.  Be sure to sign up for the email list so you know instantly about the next one!

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Thrifter’s Group First Meetup Resheduled

Welp, I guess anytime you start something new, there are going to be snafus.  Didn’t the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney break down upon opening?  Anyway, my point is even the best laid plans sometimes hit some speed bumps, but we keep on moving!

Anyone who knows me will tell you I am very much a planner.  I think things through, and I write everything down, and I think it through again, then I get on track to make it happen.
So when I started planning our first meetup the beginning of July, I contacted my first thrift store and she was thrilled to be the first location.
Through out the month I began to visit our stores to introduce myself and drop off their welcome kits.  I was surprised to find out our first store was closed, but glad to discover they were just moving locations.  After weeks of back and forth, I got notice at the last minute that the store will set to open just 2 days AFTER our first meetup was scheduled.  Drats.
So I had to move our meetup back two weeks to Sept. 2nd.
BUT….
That means I have time to plan a little more and that will mean some FREE SWAG!

I’m planning a free swag bag of a thrift store kit to the first 10 members who arrive promptly at 2 pm on our meetup day!  I can’t tell you what it will include or then it wouldn’t be a surprise.  I love free stuff, and I know if you are here, you do too!!!
As always, I try to notify you right away when something has changed.  The ABSOLUTE BEST way to be included is sign up on my email list here:

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The Nicolyndime Thrifter’s Group Premium Stuff. Is that all you get for your money?

Advertising is well under way for the Nicolyndime Thrifter’s Group located on the Florida Space Coast.  We are the first, and right now the only!  The OG.. woot woot!!  I’m trying to sneak this into conversation pretty much with everyone I meet because I want this group to be successful, not only for my own selfish reasons, but because the 11 stores that have put their belief in me, and the various Space Coast people who love to thrift, deserve it.
I don’t often market a product before actually making one.  When I began introducing this idea to thrift stores, there was a clear distinction between those who “got it” and who didn’t.  There was no gray area.  I got, “this is such a great idea” or I got blank, puzzled, and vacant stares.  The ones that got it and believed in it are the ones you see advertised HERE.
That being said, I concocted this idea to make a key tag, without fully knowing that it would work out the way I had planned it.  But good news… those key tags are a lot stronger than I thought they would be, and it worked on the very first try!!!  It was meant to be.
I hand make each membership key tag and ID card when they are ordered, then I send it off in happy mail.  Who wouldn’t love seeing a decorated envelope in their mail among bills and junk?  From the moment you get your membership, I want it to bring a smile to your face!
You get your key tag, all prepped with a key ring so you can just pop that right on and get to saving.  You also get a wallet ID card, in case your tag meets an ill fate.  You also receive a welcome letter, terms and conditions page, a sticker, and a little piece of art from me to you!
That’s what you get in the tangible sense.  But what else do you get?
Well….
You get access to a super cool thrifting group that is a community to shop and share.
You get discounts at the Nicolyndime Thrifter’s Group participating stores.
You get out of the house, socializing during our monthly meetups
You get to save the environment by shopping at thrift stores.
You get to keep money local, benefiting local charities and groups, improving the very town in which you live.
You get more money in your pocket.
You get more people to help you find what you love.  More eyes in the field mean that you can get the best finds.  At our meetups, I have you pick a buddy to share what they are looking for.  If you see it, flag down your thrifting buddy to let them know!
I’ve got more ideas for the future too… but I’m keeping those cards hidden for now.  (Spoiler alert: Giveaways you are automatically entered into with your membership ID number.)
Interested?  Order your membership here
Please spread the word, share this page, tell your friends, tell the person in line with you at the grocery checkout, so we can get this group a movin and a shakin.

 

Thrift Store Meetup Group | Nicolyndime Thrifter’s Group

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Last year this time I was brewing up ideas to marry my love of thrift store shopping with my blog.  I saw them as ideas that were running in the same vein, but it was hard for me to communicate my vision.  I even sought out creative business coaches, who quickly marketed their packages to me, without really giving me an idea that MY idea could get off the ground.
I let that idea marinate for a year, and kept it simmering on the back burner.  Instead I focused in on teaching dance.  I had enough to keep me busy, teaching dance at the college level, while also teaching aerial dance, and my dance studio job with children.
Once Spring break rolled around, my ideas turned to Summer break.  I ALWAYS have to have some sort of creative thing happening, and I’m happy when I have a lot of ideas swirling around.  Among those ideas were my rental space at a vintage emporium that I discussed last week.
Another idea came to me like a bolt of lightening, and really manifested on it’s own.  There MUST be other people out there like me that love to thrift shop, and there are a ton of thrift stores here, on the Florida Space Coast.  When I first moved here from Pittsburgh, I was unaware of many of them, and I’d happen upon one when taking a new route, then have to remember a landmark to google the location.
Most of them were great, but some of them were downright scary, or not worth my time at all.  Here I was, gathering all this knowledge on thrift store shopping, that I sure wish I would have known when I first moved here!
Knowledge is power right?!
SO let me get to the point….

I’m announcing the Nicolyndime Thrifter’s Group!!!

Yes, you can thrift with me!!!
Here’s how it works.  Meetup.com will be a source for information regarding meetups.  Anyone can join meetup.com absolutely free.  And it’s free to join the Nicolyndime thrifting community too.
Once a month I will notify the members in the group, via meetup and the mailing list, when and where our merry band of thrifters will be meeting, and the treasure hunt will ensue.
Make friends, get out of the house, share your passions, have an extra set of eyes looking for your collections, and of course the most important parts of it all are; keeping money local, reducing the impact on the environment, and supporting some awesome charities.
But wait there’s more.  I’ve been hitting the pavement, and I have shopped at every store on our participating thrift stores list.  I went in, all super secret shopper style, and evaluated thrift stores.  If they met my standards, I invited them to be a part of our group to get more shoppers in their stores and promoted among the community.  In return I asked if they would offer an exclusive discount to our members, and the stores in the “participating thrift stores” section here have agreed.  SOOOO
Yearly Memberships for these discounts can be purchased by sending a request to me here.
Or by visiting this link to go right to a checkout.

Nicolyndime Thrifter’s Group Membership!?  But what do I get?  I’m so glad you asked!

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You get a key tag and membership card along with a welcome letter mailed to your home address for free.  The key tag holder is entitled to special discounts dictated by each thrift store participating.  Be sure to check out the savings on the list.  You’ll also be added to my Nicolyndime Subscriber list, where you will be notified of exclusive events as they pop up through out the year, automatically be enrolled in giveaways, special holiday promotions, and may receive other offers.
You can even download the Nicolyndime Thrifter’s Group App in Google Play or Itunes.
I am so excited to have you all come thrift with me.  Be sure to send your request to me here, so you can purchase your membership and get all set to thrift!
(Or here to go straight to the checkout!)
The group’s official launch will be August 17th… National Thrift Store Day of course!
Come on thrifter’s, and let’s paint the Space Coast pink!