Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Cincinnati Thrift Store Sales Now on Cincinnati Thrift

Woah, that's a mouthful!

But it sure is exciting!

All greater Cincinnati Goodwill Thrift Store sales
will now be listed on the right sidebar.


Look for this image.

Greater Cincinnati Goodwill Thrift Store Sales

And click it!

Did you know that all Greater Goodwill Cincinnati Stores have the same monthly sales?
I had no idea!

The link also provides a list of all participating thrift stores.

And even a coupon!

Get excited!

If you would like to have your thrift store sales listed on Cincinnati Thrift email Amy at


Monday, September 9, 2013

Lunch Break Unbroken

Some things in life never change. 


Like lunch breaks. 


It has always been a magical part of the day to me. 


Elementary school was all about lunch box trading. In middle school, one of my friends would buy flavored water and we'd all take "shots" from the cap followed by the phrase "Hit me again, it's been a long day." True story. In high school, we tried to cram as many seats around our usual table before promptly being scolded for doing so. Such rebellious youth.  In college, I was surrounded by some of the most talented, funny people alive. Most of my breaks were spent simultaneously laughing and trying to keep food down.

Lunch time at Stephens College

Typical lunch time at Stephens College with the HILARIOUS Amy Jo.

And look, I'm even wearing one of my favorite thrifted pieces - a locket.

Thrifted locket.

And I can't mention college lunch time
without thinking about Dana Gutierrez's face. 

This was a sandwich break before the STL Zoo.
She took that bread to comedy level filet minion, if you know what I mean...


Or as some people call it, the present.

For about a year now, Cory and I have worked at the same company.
Although we work in different departments,
we manage to take lunch together about 95% of the time.  

Of course, I'm all about a thrifty lunch. 


My favorite breaks involve a lunch box and lying in the grass.
As you can imagine, our attempts at napping are often spoiled by the families of ants that inhabit the park.
I think most of this could be solved if we simply used a bigger blanket.

Thrifty Lunch break at Alms Park.

After Cory took this photo, he said it looked like my feet were glowing with the light of God. 
I prefer to think of them as nuclear feet - like I stepped in radioactive material and then went about my day.
Either way, this photo makes them look deformed. You're welcome.

Thrifted red LOFT cardigan.

LOFT cardigan $4.49, St.Vincent De Paul on Glenway.

Ralph Lauren leopard print sweater shell. $1.99 Goodwill in Burlington, KY. 

Thrifting in Cincinnati
Cory really should have told me how jumbled my shirt looked here...

Cincinnati Thrift

 Pants, Gap brands outlet in Hebron, KY $9.99.

Outfit from Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Thrift Stores
I hear this pose makes every outfit look better. And I'd have to agree.

Bon Nuit!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Accidental Glamour


Have I ever mentioned how weird it is
to have a million photos of yourself taken?

Because it is.

Inherently weird to me.

I think it stems back to childhood.
Like most, my parents would chronicle every first day of the new school year.
Didn't we all whine and complain?
And now outfit documentation is a thing! I.E. much of this blog.

So is this a paradigm shift in the case for vanity? 


Yeah, probably.

But I'm claiming this blog in the name of education and thrifting good-will.
These are real applications of my thrifty excursions and how pieces can work in your life.
Or not work, depending if our styles cross. 

Accidental Glamour Shot

This is what you call an accidental glamor shot. 

It's also Cory's first snap.
Or maybe I should say click since it's an iPhone.
A magical Beyonce-like wind blew up and gave my hair some life.
I have no idea what I'm doing with my hand but it turned out pretty. 

Because most of my photos turn out like this....

Real Life


Eyes closed, mouth open, unnatural pose.

Seriously, why would a human twist his or her leg like that?
And don't get me started on the hand growing out of my stomach.

Welcome to real life. 

Now back to regular thrift programing.

Thrifting in Cincinnati

 Necklace, $3, Goodwill in Blair Nebraska.
JCrew Tshirt, $2.50, Snooty Fox in Hyde Park

Purse, this weird second-hand store in Newport that no longer exists. $5

Shorts, Loft, $29, from last season.
I bought them during a retail therapy lunch break. It was one of those days.

Until next time, Bon Nuit!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Cincinnati Thrift on Air!

In case you missed it,


check out myself and Phylicia Wilford from Black Girls Thrift Too on WCPO's "A New Day." 

Sorry for the creeper cam -- hopefully I'll have a better version soon!

Bon Nuit!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

"A New Day" Airs Tomorrow at 11 a.m. on Channel 9!

Tomorrow is almost here!

In fact, tomorrow is tomorrow!

WCPO Channel 9 Cincinnati "A New Day" Set

If you missed last Thursday's post,
I had the opportunity to put my thrifting knowledge to good use. 

Amy Sand of Cincinnati Thrift and Phylicia Wilford of Black Girls Thrift Too

Phylicia of Black Girls Thrift Too and I took part in a five minute segment on thrifting in Cincinnati.

 And yes, she's as fun as she looks.

If you tune in Sunday she'll entertain your thrifted pants off!

"A New Day" airs Sunday morning  at 11 a.m. on WCPO channel 9 Cincinnati.

Don't they have a beautiful set?

Amy Sand, Jennifer Moore, Phylicia Wilford

 The lovely Jennifer Moore (middle) interviewed us.

Her easy-going nature helped me relax and hopefully made me avoid any deer-in-the-headlights faces.
I do know that at one point I scratched the right side of my face with about four fingers on my left hand.
Pretty sure it was as awkward as it sounds.
I guess we'll find out Sunday!

Getting miked on set by one of the crew members.

The same guy operated three cameras at once. Super impressive!

I must admit that I struggeled with outfit selection.


After an hour of trying outfits, I decided on a look that would be safe for TV.
Not that I have any real knowledge or experience on the matter....

Zara Blazer, thrifted at St. Vincent de Paul on Glenway, $5.99. 
Purple t-shirt, $3.99 Goodwill
J.Jill Jeans, St. Vincent de Paul on Glenway, $4.99
Purse, St. Vincent de Paul on Glenway, $4.99
Necklace, Blackberry Exchange in Columbia, MO $3

The shoes I bought at Target 10 years ago.
The embellishments are actually vintage clip-on earrings, a gift from my mother.

Talking thrifting on the set of "A New Day"

It's hard to tell from this angle if I made the right outfit call. What do you think?
Whatever the outcome, I had an amazing time! Thanks WCPO!

And thanks to my über supportive fiancé who played the part of entourage/photographer.
He captured all the shots above. Thanks Cory!

Don't forget to tune into Channel 9, ABC tomorrow at 11 a.m.! 

Are you as nervous to watch recorded me as I am?
Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Coming to a TV Near You!


Teaser! Teaser!

This morning I filmed a short segment on thrifting for "A New Day" on WCPO Cincinnati.

As you can see it was very well lit. 

 It's me, hanging out in Studio B.
I love rhymes. 

Tune in this Sunday, September 1st to  at 11 a.m.
to watch "A New Day" on Cincinnati WCPO ABC Channel 9.

They'll be more behind the scenes photos soon. 

Monday, August 26, 2013

Kitchen Décor

I'm no chef. In fact, Cory does 99.99% of the cooking in our family.

I say 99.9% because he's tried the few meals I know and vetoed them all. Not that I'm complaining...

Vase as a straw holder.

 But where I DO contribute is thrifty kitchen décor.

Matching glass canisters. $5 for a set of two at Goodwill.

Beer growler reused as a container for rice.  A glass vase ($2) re-purposed as a straw holder.

Straws are one of my favorite luxuries. Not to mention they make every drink more fun! You have have to hold onto some childhood wonder, right?

Paper towel holder. $.50 Goodwill. Coffee saver, $3, Burlington Thrift Store.

Cincinnati Thrift Store Curtain.

Set of four valances purchased from St.Vincent De Paul on Glenway. $2.50 

Thrifted curtains.

They perfectly match both the grey and the red wall colors.

Fell in love with this needle point the moment I saw it. So happy and '70s. $2.00 at Goodwill.

Obsessed with anything '60's and yellow. This potholder was in PERFECT condition. $1.99 at St. Vincent De Paul.

Speaking of yellow...

 Not to be dramatic, but this scalloped trim table cloth is EVERYTHING.  $3.00 at Goodwill.

Family artwork is always a great way to add to a space.

As a renter, we have to work with existing paint colors.
Luckily, this painting was the perfect fit.

All the artwork was created by Cory's grandmother, Nana.  Thanks Nana!

Until next time, Bon Nuit!