Celebrate Fall with Thrifty Finds

September 22, 2016

GUEST POST | Talya Boerner of Grace, Grits and Gardening

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Fall has arrived bringing all my favorite things—turning leaves, harvest on the farm, and the promise of cooler weather.  I like to celebrate it, too, by enjoying supper outside. Something as easy as a change of scenery can feel cathartic after a long summer!

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Spiff up your tablescape up with a few “new to you” thrifty finds from your local Salvation Army store, and you’ll swear you’re on vacation.

Thrifting is a treasure hunt for me, and I can spend hours (okay, days) on the prowl for that next fun find. Come along with me as I share a few of my thrifting tips and recap my recent trip to the Salvation Army store in Rogers.

Go with a plan and a budget.
I knew I wanted to freshen up my fall dining decor so I focused on kitchenware and knickknacks with an autumn flair. And I limited myself to a $25 dollar budget.

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Keep a creative, open mind.
Channel your craftiest self. Can you paint it, clean it, or repurpose it in a unique way?

Take your time and leave no stone unturned.
Go when you have lots of time to browse. Make several passes through the store. Be sure to hit the craft area. Look under tables and in boxes. Jewels have a tendency to hide.

Research items.
If you find something you want to know more about, Google it. You have your smartphone with you, right? You never know when you may uncover a valuable antique.

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So what did I buy??

2 stoneware dinner plates $1.00 each

2 green salad plates $1.00 each

2 mismatched saucers (Homer Laughlin) $0.80 each

Small pitcher $1.00

Vintage glass mug $1.00

Large round platter with flower patterned motif $3.00

Ceramic owl bank (unpainted) $1.00

Turkey (made from feathers and leaves) $2.00

2 candlesticks $1.00

Fabric scrap (great colors!) $1.00

Small piece of granite $2.00 (cheeseboard or candle base?)

Bag of brown leather-ish flowers $1.00

Roll of ribbon $1.00

Heavy acorn $2.00

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I wasn’t sure what I would do with the flowers or ribbon, but I decided to make garland with it. The bag contained LOTS of flowers, and when I ran out of my new ribbon, I dug into my own stash. Stringing garland makes any party more festive, don’t you think?

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I’m a sucker for mismatched plates, and I love these!!!

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The ceramic owl? He’s technically a piggy bank with a slot in the back. I spray painted him using leftover paint I had in the garage, placed him on my $3.00 platter, added a little cotton (from our farm), and topped the vignette with a glass cloche. Instant centerpiece!

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My before table on our side porch looked plain and boring after a serious case of end-of-summer neglect…

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Afterwards, I’m ready to ring in fall!

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I’m always surprised at how far my money will go when I buy second-chance items.
Happy Fall, y’all!

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Talya draws inspiration from nature and appreciates the history behind food, family, places and vintage things. She blogs at Grace, Grits and Gardening and has been published in Arkansas Review, Front Porch Magazine, Delta Crossroads and several on-line publications including Deep South Magazine. Talya believes most any dish can be improved with a side of collard greens. Her award-winning debut novel, The Accidental Salvation of Gracie Lee, is available at Barnes & Noble, via Amazon, and at certain indie bookstores.

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8th Annual Golf Tournament Drives it Home!

September 14, 2016

No trouble in paradise at the Paradise Valley Golf Course last week! The Salvation Army’s 8th Annual Charity Golf Tournament was a huge success! Some great teams and sponsors came out for the afternoon flight to support the event put on by the Advisory Board.

20 teams played in the tournament which raised a total of $7,000 for The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas. 

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“Most participants in a weekday golf tournament have been afforded a life that allows them to be able to participate in an event like this. So many in our community do not have the opportunity to take a day off of work for golf, take a day off at all, or even have a job to take off from,” says Tim Cotton, President of the Advisory Board of Northwest Arkansas and owner of Northwest Electric.

“I personally have been blessed to have not only what I need, but also influences that have shown me the importance of giving back to this community.

Few organizations operate in the manner that The Salvation Army does, helping people in need regain their footing not only financially, but spiritually as well. I look forward to seeing the growth of The Salvation Army, volunteer support, and community awareness and involvement as we move forward.”

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How far does $7,000 go??

According to USA Today, the cost of dinner for a low-income family of four averages to $191 per week. With the money raised from the tournament, The Salvation Army will be able to feed approximately 260 families (of four) for a day or 36 families each night for a week.

Additionally, a night of shelter costs roughly $12.50 per person, shows research from EFSP. That’s 560 nights of shelter we can offer because of the proceeds from the tournament.

So thank you, to everyone who participated for helping us to Do The Most Good in Northwest Arkansas! Keep scrolling to see pictures from the event, meet our 2016 champions, and thank the sponsors that helped make it happen!

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Drumrolllllll, please!! We are thrilled to announce the winner of the tournament- this year’s champions: Lindsey Management!!

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Lindsey Management: 2016 CHAMPIONS!

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Many teams competed for the honor of being the 2016 Putting Competition Champions (and owner of a brand new SEGWAY Mini Pro!!), but only one was victorious! Congratulations to Tarek Taha with the Fellowship Fayetteville Team!!

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Some additional contributors include: Gary Howard, Mike Lyman, Upchurch Electrical, Tom McDonald, and Eric McGee. And we want to give a special thanks to our Food and Hole Sponsors- we truly could not have done it without them!

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And a big thank you to all the teams that came out and participated. Mark your calendars for 2017– we will see ya next year!!


To learn more about the Advisory Board at The Salvation Army and get information on joining, check out our webpage!

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Free Haircuts for Doing Good

September 8, 2016

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Mrs. Joann is a beautiful lady with lots of spunk and plenty of love for her neighbors in South Fayetteville. She is the owner of Joann’s Barber Shop, and she has chosen to give back in a unique way to this community.

She gives free haircuts to the men going through our addiction recovery program!

She encourages them to keep doing good in their lives- that’s all the payment she needs for her hair-cutting services.

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“If everyone would choose to be kind, there’d be a lot more good in the world”, says Mrs. Joann.

And she is choosing to make good with her gifts! Each and every guy going through our 6 month alcohol and drug recovery program is able to walk over to her shop anytime for a free cut. Mrs. Joann attended Barber School in Oklahoma City when she was 17 years old and has been cutting hair ever since!

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Gary met Mrs. Joann for the first time when he walked over from the shelter to get his haircut. After getting his cut, he asked her how much he owed. “Nothing for you was her answer”, says Gary. “She just wanted me to keep doing good in the program.”

A big thanks to Mrs. Joanna for using her gift to make a difference!! You can visit her and her beautician Adam on S School in Fayetteville for an awesome haircut and a friendly hello!

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Hosting Tips and Lemonade Sips

August 25, 2016

GUEST POST | Blake Reynolds of The Colour Journal

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One of my favorite things to do has always been to host gatherings or get togethers with friends. Schedules can get so busy that it really takes intentionality and effort to have time with the people you love.

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A few hosting tips

When I plan gatherings, I have three things in mind: Bring people together, make it memorable, and keep it affordable. Today I want to share with you how The Salvation Army can help you with all three!

One of my favorite ways to make a night special is by having a signature drink for the evening. With summer temps getting higher and higher, I thought I’d show you a fun, affordable way to elevate your next gathering by serving up a blueberry lemonade to keep your guests cool!

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A little presentation goes a lonnngg way!

The easy route most people go when serving refreshments is straight out of the container, but an easy way to elevate your presentation at a gathering is to have nice glassware to serve it in. The Salvation Army Thrift Stores have so much glassware to choose from at such an affordable price. Each of these items were only 50 cents a piece!

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The Salvation Army had such a big selection that I decided to choose a couple different styles of glasses. The bigger glass would be perfect for a kids back to school bash, while the fancier glass would be great for an adult dinner party! Grab some garnishes, and you’ve got yourself a good-looking summer lemonade to elevate any party you host!

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Are you a party-planner? What are some of your favorite budget-friendly hosting tips?

Want to find a Salvation Army Thrift Store near you?? Get all locations in Northwest Arkansas –> HERE!


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Fabulous Food Partners

August 15, 2016

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We have been so blessed to find friends in Whole Foods Market!! The company is committed to community and their desire to make Northwest Arkansas a better place is so evident!!

Whole Foods Market donates their food waste to The Salvation Army several times a week, providing our shelter with healthy necessities! Over the summer months alone, their dairy and coffee donations have saved us over $1200! We’ve also been able to provide top-of-the-line snacks like nuts and protein bars at no cost to us, items that would otherwise not be available to our guests due to cost. Whole Foods Market is providing healthy, high quality food options to a community that would otherwise not have access.

I caught up with the champions of our partnership, Allison Chilcote (Marketing Team Leader) and Chamisa Wheeler (Team Member), to chat about saving food waste, being a conscientious shopper, and making a difference for the impoverished in our community. Read on, friends!

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The Heart of Whole Foods Market

“Community is extremely important to Whole Foods Market. It is the foundation of the company and important to its team members who work toward increasing access to fresh, healthy food!

In 1980, Whole Foods Market started out as one small store in Austin, Texas with a variety of local and regional products on the shelves. Less than a year later, a massive flood destroyed the store inventory and damaged equipment. Community vendors, creditors and partners joined forces to help get Whole Foods Market operational again. It was the pivotal point when Whole Foods Market recognized it takes a team and a community and the company’s core values were developed and transformed. You can see that in the way Whole Foods Market approaches business today as a company and community partner.” (See their core values –> here!)

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Importance of Rescuing Food (before it becomes waste)

“The needs in our community are always growing. We can make change, impact people and inspire them to reach others by teaching them to think about their food and be more conscious about what they buy, creating a trickle effect. It is our job in the community to work together to scale back food waste, help more where we can, and be more conscientious consumers.”

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What are some ways that individuals and families can recover food and be cautious of food waste in their own homes?

“Know your resources. What is my Plan B for food? Change your mindset to think of where food can go if you cannot eat or cook it.

Whether it be taking your food scraps to a compost, reaching out to a local shelter or food bank, going to your church or non-profit recipient, or thinking of your neighbor who may not have dinner, and inviting them over!

These actions give you the freedom to cook something delicious and healthy and not have the guilt of potentially wasting it.”

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The Heart of the Whole Foods Team

(Chamisa) “When I realized we work with food banks, I got really excited. I understand the depth of the problems that we face in Northwest Arkansas. Now, I go home at night and I think about families who have a little more tonight than what they started off with.”

I go home with a less heavy heart knowing that this company is giving back so much. Whole Foods gave me that opportunity. I love that Whole Foods embraces community and has so much compassion, and that we are making a difference.

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Catch up with Whole Foods Fayetteville:
Website: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/fayetteville
Social: @wholefoodsfay
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New Corps Officers in Northwest Arkansas!

August 8, 2016

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We are thrilled to welcome our new Corps Officers (church leaders), Major Geraldine and Captain David Leonard (Rogers) and Lieutenants Nic and Emily Arroqui (Fayetteville). The Leonards are replacing Lieutenants Curtis and Angela Sadler who have been reassigned to the Jonesboro, AR Salvation Army Corps. The Arroquis, recent graduates of The Salvation Army training college in Atlanta, GA, will be serving the church in Fayetteville.

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THE ARROQUIS

Lt. Nicolas Arroqui was born in Uruguay and moved to Georgia at the age of 10. He became a Christian in his teenage years and met The Salvation Army through their outreach programs at a soccer park.

Lt. Emily Arroqui comes from the beautiful state of North Carolina. She is a fifth generation Salvationist and has attended The Salvation Army church all of her life.

This is their first appointment since completing studies at The Salvation Army Evangeline Booth College, and they are thrilled to be here! They love the people, scenery, nature, climate, food, and just about everything else in NW Arkansas.

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“We praise God for this privilege and calling to ministry in the Fayetteville Corps (Church)”, says Lt. Nic Arroqui. “We are most excited about building new relationships and sharing the love of Christ with the people in our community. Please join us for Worship on Sunday at 11am!”

 

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THE LEONARDS

Major Geraldine Leonard was born August 20, 1952 in San Antonio, Texas. She is a second generation Salvationist and served in the United States Army fourteen years before becoming a Salvation Army Officer.

Captain David Leonard is a third generation Salvationist. He attended The Salvation Army Crestmont College (Seminary) in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA from September 2002 through June 2004.

The Leonards have served all over the nation and are currently serving The Salvation Army as Corps Officers in Rogers, AR.

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Family Room Adopted by Local Church

August 1, 2016

The Neighborhood Church in Bentonville seeks to make an impact in their community and in their neighborhood everyday. And what better way to reach the neighborhood than to connect with the homeless shelter right down the street from your new building location!? That’s how we got connected to this amazing group of people-they reached out, they asked to be a part, and then they came!

“At the end of the service, we often say ‘the worship is over, but the service is not’. We want to be present in our community and to impact lives.” Cheryl and Colleen, The Neighborhood Church

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The Neighborhood Church adopted one of our three family rooms at the Bentonville Shelter. All decorations, furniture, and linens were provided by them! The room truly has a whole new feel. It’s like walking into an updated apartment rather than a room an emergency shelter.

“Giving back like this makes a bigger impact than you’ll ever know. When people come in and see a nice room it calms anxiety and helps them move from a state of chaos to stability, from despair to hope.”
Danny Camarillo, The Salvation Army, Bentonville Shelter Director

Take a look at the before and after shots! And a huge thank you to The Neighborhood Church for taking that first step and making a difference for your neighbors!

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The Family Store Fashonista

July 25, 2016

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Hellllooo hello!!
I’m Kristie Robertson, age 23, occupation: a little bit of EVERYTHING. But for the sake of this post, let’s focus on the styling portion of my career! If you aren’t sure where to begin with thrifting, or why you should even care about it, I’m hoping to hold your hand through the first few steps of discovering the greatness that is thrifting! I have always loved clothing; it’s been a part of my expression forever. I studied Fashion Design for a few years and have had the honor of styling for a few companies & organizations. When not thrifting (which I religiously partake in at least every Wednesday),  I am a foodie & explorer of new places. Now that we hopefully have something in common, lets get going!

How do I define thrifting?

Thrifting is giving something a second chance. You have to realize that in your shopping cart is blessings upon blessings of potential! Something that once was trendy had its moment in the world (at full price) and then flew into your local thrift shop. This means it’s original purpose may or may not be past it’s due date or fashion time zone. That’s why to me, thrifting is combining innovation with opportunity. There are no rules!

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Denim Jacket: $3, Romper, $8

How do you know what to look for?

Knowing what colors look good on you is really important. Silhouettes, aka shapes of clothing, are changed often over time, so when you are in a thrift store, you could pick up 3 tops and have them fit completely differently because of the year they were made. This means that color and patterns will be the first way of detecting whether something is going to work for you or not. Then, the dressing room will help you the rest of the way!

Need some inspiration? Here are some examples of outfits I have put together using items from my local Salvation Army Family Store!

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Dress turned Kimono: $3, Jeans: $4, White Tee: $1, Clogs: $7

Don’t Fear a DIY

This outfit was super easy and guess what!? This fun ‘kimono’ is actually just a vintage dress that I cut down the middle. Sometimes you’ll see awesome patterns but terrible fittings, in that case don’t be afraid to do some DIY so you can get the best of both worlds. Here are a few fun pieces from that outfit!

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This dress turned Kimono was a steal at $3!

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Who doesn’t need a pair of Levi jeans for $4?!

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Slide on heels are all the rage! And so are $7 shoes!

Dressing in Denim

The denim jacket: dare I say is the most important thing a person can have in their closet. They will never go out of style! Over your next few trips to The Salvation Army Family Store, make yourself familiar with the denim section. Don’t just purchase the first one you find; you want your denim jacket to be like a lipstick that you know will elevate any and every outfit you wear. It’s important to love the wash of the denim, fit & feel because like I said, you WILL be throwing this over more than you could imagine!

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The shining star of my collection: $3 denim jacket!

Just go for it!

I share these photos with you guys because these are some of my favorite items I have collected! Sometimes I am afraid to go for it with an item. Knowing that these items might not be current style can bring a fear as to what others will think. But if something grabs your attention, go for it! These pieces scared me, but have ended up being milestones in the way I dress! They’ve given me courage as I seek to dress to express who I am. Let clothing be a milestone for you too- take some risks!

Little Caesars Love Kitchen

July 19, 2016

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Last week, the coolest semi-truck in the country pulled up into our parking lot! It’s pizza for a purpose, and Little Caesars is taking it all over the nation to serve those in need!

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“We know that it’s important to reach out to the communities where we do business and help make a difference,” said David Scrivano, president and CEO of Little Caesars Inc. “As a family company, we are proud to work together with our local franchisees and company-owned stores to coordinate the vehicle, staff and food and to be there for the people in Fayetteville who need assistance.”

The Team

Local team members provide the staffing and supplies for the event! Mike (Love Kitchen Driver), Miguel (Springdale and Rogers GM) , JD (Fayetteville General Manager), and Wyatt (Fayetteville Employee) made up the all-star team that brought this event to life! They churned out enough pizza to feed 175 people and were the true success behind the night!

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Other Partners

Several non-profits in the area came to share their information with the community and work together to make a difference for those in need in Fayetteville! Welcome Health is an amazing free health clinic in Fayetteville with the kindest staff and great facilities! 7 Hills, our partners in service, offer a day shelter in South Fayetteville and LifeSource provides many services for low-income families including summer day camps and counseling services! (They all do MUCH more than that short spiel. Check out their websites for more info!)

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Thanks to everyone who helped make this community pizza night possible! And the biggest of THANKS to Little Caesars for giving back in Northwest Arkansas. Together, let’s Do The Most Good!

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Walmart Foundation Funds Feeding

July 7, 2016

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We are honored to announce that the Walmart Foundation has granted us with $40,000 to be used for our feeding programs!! They give so much to making this community a better place, and we are thrilled to be entrusted with their funds and supported by their giving.

It is our mission to create opportunities so people can live better. We consider it our responsibility to make a positive impact in the communities we serve. Whether it’s through the grants we provide to the thousands of organizations that share our mission or through the inspiring volunteer efforts of Walmart associates, we are passionate about helping people live better. One community at a time.  -Walmart Foundation

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Feeding programs are a vital part of what we do at The Salvation Army, and this grant will give us the opportunity to impact so many lives! But just how big of an impact will this funding make??

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Last year, The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas provided 47,790 meals and distributed over 2,000 food boxes to those in need. Meals are served every night of the week at the emergency shelters in Fayetteville and Bentonville, as well as, for Wednesday night youth programs, holidays, and special events. Food Boxes are administered at the social service offices in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Siloam Springs. Want to learn more? Read up on all of our social services here and stories of lives they have impacted!

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So a HUGE thank you to our partners at the Walmart Foundation for supporting the work we do in this community! Together, we can Do The Most Good!