The City: Chinese New Year Parade

Chinese New Year Parade 2013 I’m usually not a parade person especially with the cold weather we have in the City. This was my first year attending Chicago’s Chinese New Year Parade. This year’s parade celebrated the Year of the Snake with firecrackers; HS bands performing to R&B classics; local business leaders and politicians; adorable little children and... Read more »

Thrift Shop Fashion & Style Tips

If Macklemore’s Thrift Shop has you poppin’ tags at Goodwill, here are some tips to help you look fabulous in your thrift fashion. Shopping at thrift and vintage shops add a unique quality to your style and the price is usually right! Here are 5 tips to help you incorporate thrift fashion into your wardrobe. Wear... Read more »

What $20 buys you at Goodwill

My fellow Thriftanista and I spotted the leopard print pants at the same time. She had her hand on them first but she gave them to me. They probably wouldn't fit her petite frame anyway. Two thrift lessons here. 1) The more people you shop with the more eyes likely to spot treasure. 2) Make sure your friend is a different size!
As you may know already, I’m a thrift store shopaholic. One of my most recent thrift store visits was to the Goodwill in North Riverside. I walked out of an estate sale with $20 left in my shopping budget so I ventured on over to a Goodwill I had never been in before. I don’t... Read more »
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10 NYE Parties: Free to $60

If you’re frugal (cheap) like me or you have waited until the last minute to purchase tix for the mega parties you are either toasting on the couch (my plan) or searching for a party that doesn’t break the bank! Look no further, I have 10 NYE parties for you ranging from free to $60.... Read more »

Frugal Five Weekly

Greetings! Keep the holiday spirt alive! Go out and have fun the frugal way. This week’s FRUGAL FIVE features live music, complimentary sake, a fashion show, a punch demo, a mending class and spiked cupcakes! Enjoy! November 30 – December 6, 2012 Nov. 30 (8p)  Vitamin Water Winterscape hosted by Cheeky Chicago – live by Walk... Read more »

Chicago Scene: #StyleQueue Launch Party

Entering Ven Sherrod Studio
StyleQueue Launch Party Chicago sisters Vaughn and Meechy Monroe celebrated the launch of their online fashion boutique, StyleQueue, with a fabulous party at Ven Sherrod Studio Loft. Really fabulous. I cannot stress that enough. Gorgeous fashionable ladies everywhere. Great music, a fashion show, and cocktails plus a well stocked goodie bag for the first 50... Read more »
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Black Friday for thrifters

Black Friday isn’t just for big box and discount stores. There are deals to be had even at “the thrift”. Whether you’re a charity, consignment or resale shopper, there’s a deal for you! Buffalo Exchange  -  Buy a $50 gift card or more and receive a $5 off coupon toward your next purchase. Sale runs Nov.... Read more »

Frugal Five Weekly: Thanksgiving edition

Greetings! I’m back with a special Thanksgiving edition of FRUGAL FIVE! These are the events I would absolutely love to attend and I’m sharing them with you. Shopping, live music, sushi and more for the long weekend. Enjoy! November 21 – 23, 2012 Nov. 21 (6p) Black Wednesday’s Ladies Night hosted by The Joynt – shopping, spa... Read more »

6 trends to shop at thrift store

As someone who is very fashion fickle, I have a hard time shelling out lots of cash for a piece that I will only wear one season or less. It’s one of the main reasons why I’m a thriftanista. Not only would I not be able to afford most of the clothes in my closet... Read more »
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Frugal Five Weekly

Greetings! This week’s FRUGAL FIVE is quite varied this week featuring techie fun, sports, clothes swap, financial advice, and a sampling of Lady GaGa’s greatest! Check it out and enjoy! November 9 – 15, 2012 Nov. 9 (6p) TechCrunch Chicago Meetup hosted by TechCrunch - hang out, drink, eat, mingle plus learn about the latest and greatest in... Read more »
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    Chicago wife, mother, blogger and recycled clothing seller. I'm also the creator of Thriftanista Social Club, an online and in person meeting place for fashionable thrift shoppers. When I'm not seeking out good deals, I'm the personal assistant to Violet, my 2 year old baby girl. My favorite things: free stuff, parties, Sesame Street, treasure hunting and wine.

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