Three Upcoming Opps for Thrifty People

Don’t. miss. these: First up, my friend Martha’s sale this weekend. Martha had a dull winter, but her spring has definitely picked up. She sold her house, won’t have space for her Mexican artisan furniture in her new place. Also, her son’s getting married in Mexico in the next couple weeks, so two of my... Read more »

DIY Monday: Customize an Ikea Chair

I gave individuallity to a plain wood Ikea chair this week, using its rungs to advertise its purpose in life.  Above is the before condition of the chair. Somebody had tried darkening the original finish with a coat of stain, then cast it out to the garbage gods. Here’s the after shot: I used Montana... Read more »

Two Big Sales for Church Rummage Sale Fans, or if You Just Need a Toaster

Two big church rummage sales happen this Saturday – one on the north side of Chicago and one famous annual sale in Lake Forest. On the north side: Christ Church of Chicago Rummage Sale Saturday, May 21, 2011 8AM- 4PM 6047 North Rockwell St. Chicago IL 60659 Clothing for all, Fashion Jewelry, Furniture, Cookware, China,... Read more »

The Vintage Thing This Weekend: The Vintage Bazaar

Here’s the thing about the pop-up market, the Vintage Bazaar —- it’s cool, pretty, industrial, opulent, modern, individual, retro, one of a kind. Pick up something big or small and know it’s been curated for your self expression. It’s happening this Saturday, May 15, from 12-6 right here in Pilsen at 2229 S. Halsted. Hollywood... Read more »

DIY Monday: How to Reupholster a Garage Sale Chair Quick

Reader Janine spotted a chair at a yard sale and had to have it, ripped arms and all. It was cheap – $10 – and would fit exactly in the corner of her vintage Lakeview living room. With the chair as a blank canvas, she whipped up a new cover for a found chair and... Read more »

10 Mother's Day Luxuries You Can Find at the Thrift

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Where to Buy a High End Secondhand Suit in Chicago

Where to Buy a High End Secondhand Suit in Chicago
Need a suit or sport coat? Tis the season for upcoming interviews (fingers crossed for you) or an event that requires more than the usual jeans and tee. Here’s’ some insider info on where to get a good suite. The Lake Forest Resale Shop (disclaimer: I’m the founder/manager) just received some beautiful men’s suits and... Read more »

Best Sellers and a Recap of the Lake Forest Resale Shop Opening

Retail is like theater sometimes—telling a story with place and visuals–so in the days leading up to the resale store’s opening, I felt we were anticipating the critics’ reviews on Saturday.  I’m happy to report (with a deep sigh of relief) that opening day was a success. The day started with a line forming outside... Read more »

Lake Forest Resale Shop Opening Tomorrow

Tomorrow’s the day…10 am, 4/23….the grand opening of the Lake Forest Resale Shop, the big project I’ve been working on since March 1. Leilani Wertens has a great write-up on her blog, Thriftaholic. To her post and pro photos, I’ll add just a few to entice you to come and shop. Linda lending her talents... Read more »

Will Ferrell Has a Yard Sale and Everything Must Go

In case you haven’t seen this yet, a new indie film in which Will Ferrell plays a suburban guy who loses his job, then his wife, so he moves his household to the front lawn for one giant, ongoing sale.  Quirky, based on a Raymond Carver short story and co-stars Rebecca Hall and Laura Dern. ... Read more »