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Ruffles, Corduroy and Maxis

October 31, 2016

Hello, friends! Your Family Store fashion guru- back again!

Fall is on its way (slowly, but surely). Is anyone else ready for its arrival?! Since I can’t be with you as you’re reading this, I will take your silence as a resounding “Yes!”. Not only am I excited about fall candles, comfort foods, and colder weather- I’m excited about fall fashion!

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Styles that I am most excited about this season?? Dresses and skirts, a fashion move a bit outside of my comfort zone! But with an abnormally warm fall this year, pulling out jeans and the sweater collection has not been an option. To bring about a fall fashion feel (while staying cool), I’m diving into maxi dresses!

Dresses can feel somewhat formal to some as they are typically the staple for important events. Fall, for me, certainly has a taste of formality to it as the temperatures drop and the steady flow of major holidays, aka, holiday parties, come and go. But I want to make dresses an everyday wear kind of fashion this fall! It may seem odd or uncomfortable at first, regardless, I’m doing it. And I’ll tell you how to do it to!

>> OUTFIT 1 <<

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Here, we have a super incredible, vintage dress made of corduroy. I have a tank underneath because it’s still criminally hot, BUT, as cold comes, I’m throwing mock turtlenecks underneath. Keep your eyes peeled for this fabric!! I say grab dresses, pants, jackets, anything in corduroy because it can be dressed up or dressed down.

It partners wonderfully with silk for an elevated look or with cotton / knit for a cozy casual.

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Corduroy Outfit Total: Dress $4, Tank $2, Clutch $8, Shoes $9

>>OUTFIT 2<<

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Another style I am LOVING this season is ruffles. Check your local mall and you’ll find ruffles in every store. They are making a come back!! Luckily, ruffles are a vintage classic aka thrift store specialty. I found this awesome ruffle shirt at my local Salvation Army Thrift Store– and there are more ruffles to go around! The detailing on top can really enhance a simple outfit. It’s also a great transition piece- perfect for work and your after-hours activities! Ruffles for the win.

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Maxi skirts are another staple that I can always count on The Salvation Army thrift stores to have. Last year, I was in the market for cotton maxi skirts to knot at the bottom (thus, creating the high/low silhouette that rose to popularity). But this year, I think I’m going after different fabrics and fun patterns! This skirt is denim, a fabric that is never wrong in fashion.

**Sidenote: many people are dedicated to wearing black clothes for the sake of comfort and easy matching. A great way to add color to your closet is through skirts! They come in all sorts of patterns, but their simple shapes make the patterns way more approachable.

kristie-fall-4Incorporating unique fabrics and fun patterns can be a challenge! Hopefully, you now have a blueprint for success in these fashion challenges, and in no time, you’ll feel comfortable in things you never used to wear!

Until next time, HAPPY FALL!
XOXO -The Family Store Fashonista

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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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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***Blake Reynolds is a creative living in Fayetteville, AR with hands in design, photography, blogging, and marketing. She spends her weekdays working as a Graphic Designer at Collective Bias HQ, and her weekends curating content for her own personal blog, The Colour Journal. Her passion lies in using creativity to inspire others around her to become more of their truest selves, walking out confidently in their own unique purpose and ability.

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!

Life Cycle, Upcycle

May 2, 2016

Guest Post | Keisha McKinney of Big Pitt Stop
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Clean up and clean out. We all have to do it at one time or another.

My recent marriage brought with it a big move across the state. While excited about combining my life with my love, I was a little overwhelmed at all the “stuff” in my life. You see when you’re a single gal, it’s pretty easy to justify why you have everything you have.

But, when you have to tell a guy why you need 3 different sizes of kitchen spatulas or the difference between “pretty” baskets and “utility” baskets, words begin to fail you.

And then to justify it to the people loading boxes into a moving truck…you start thinking about all the things it might be time to get rid of. And, since I’m surrounded by loads of generous people in my life, my “things” I had collected while living on my own as an adult for 12 years were being replaced with new wedding gifts. Since I don’t really like waste in any part of my life, I wanted to do something beneficial with the items I was purging from my place.

Enter The Salvation Army Thrift Store!
The perfect opportunity to clean out my good things and give them to a good place.

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I had recently read this article about Opportunity on The NWA Salvation Army blog and it was such a good reminder of the “new” life my “used” things could find. And, when I did a little research and found out that The Salvation Army Stores in Northwest Arkansas fund a free Alcohol Addiction Recovery Program in the area and that $.82 of every dollar sold in their stores are reinvested into the programs provided by The Salvation Army, I WAS SOLD.

As I cleaned out closets, emptied drawers and finally looked in those boxes in my garage, I found myself more motivated as I thought about the stories of the lives that would be changed.

Hope. Opportunity. Championing. Support.

Those were the words that went through my mind as I built the mound of donated items in my living room. And, these were good items too. I started thinking that this was not the opportunity to get rid of my junk (that’s what the trash bin was for) but this was my chance to get rid of good things, usable things that people need to find at a thrift store and that I don’t have space for.

And, with several locations across NWA, I knew there was opportunity that anyone in any community might find something useful. Heck, this lady even found a way to spruce up her place for spring. Imagine what kind of summer party she could throw with some new dishes!

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Donating my items was super easy. Because I had big furniture to include in my donation, I called the main office and talked to the nicest woman to schedule a pick up. The guys who came to pick up my items were great. They called before they arrived to let me know they were en-route.

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When they arrived, they added my furniture and donation boxes to the other things they had collected and were quickly on their way.  It was really nice when I called to set up the pick up because I got to choose the day and it made moving day that much smoother with the list of things we had to accomplish before we could call it quits.

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Weird or not, I like to think about the tables my cobalt blue dishes will now adorn.  Or the closet hangers my work clothes, the ones I had been saving to fit into someday, will hang on and help someone walk confidently through their office.  I think about the woman who will walk in those pumps, the ones I used to prance around Rogers in making sales calls.  Will she find the community I found here?  Will she build a business in a town that loves to keep it local?  Will her life flourish in ways only Northwest Arkansas can make your heart soar?


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***Keisha McKinney is a giver by nature. She was raised by people who loved others and learned early on the power of investing in people and giving back. These days she is enjoying her new life as a married woman, finding a place for all her “treasures” in her new house, and settling in to a new town she is learning to call home. Ever committed to the non-profit community in Northwest Arkansas, you can follow her adventures at her own blog, www.bigpittstop.com or her daily crazy on social media, @bigpittstop. She is passionate about connecting people, needs and resources.

Spring Sprucing on a Dime

March 7, 2016

Guest Post | Laurie Marshall of Junque Rethunque
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Spring has sprung! At my local Salvation Army store in downtown Springdale, I recently found a great little selection of items to use to spruce up my house for the season. For a whopping $9.70 I filled a bag with a bamboo picnic basket, an assortment of plastic-handled knives, a roll of fabric, a Fiesta Ware butter dish, two silk floral stems, and a brand new paper flower kit.

I really thought I’d use that great fabric, but ended up putting it aside for another project. The paper flowers were also put aside, but I’ll be making them with my granddaughter next time she’s visiting. The butter dish replaced an ugly plastic one I use on my kitchen counter every day, and the rest were turned into some fun things for my home. Here are the simple projects I came up with!

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When I decided not to use the green fabric I pulled these pieces out instead. I actually found them at the same store, but on a different day. They are samples out of a vintage fabric book like an interior decorator would use. There are at least a dozen different pieces of various sizes, and the whole pile was $3.00. I LOVE the colors and graphics I find on vintage fabrics.

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My original idea was to make a hanging for the front door, but the pieces of fabric were too small, so I pulled out a few small embroidery hoops I had in my sewing room “just in case” (I have a lot of “just in case” supplies). I decided I would spruce up my window-less laundry room instead.

I might want to use these pieces of fabric later on for other projects, so I really didn’t want to cut them up. Of course, cutting them to fit would have made this step a little easier, but after some brainstorming I was able to fold the fabric in the back and tape it down with painter’s tape. Not beautiful, but effective. I used simple thumb tacks to hang them on the wall.

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Next, I took the basket and knives outside to spruce them up. Who loves warm sunny days in February? This girl! The knives, which were $.25 cents each, were pretty grimy. I wanted to turn them into plant markers, so I could have left them as-is since they’ll be used outside, but I thought a quick coat of paint would dress them up a little and give them some texture that would be easier to write on than the slick plastic. I just taped off the metal before I painted, a step you could skip since the metal part will be mostly in the dirt. I used a satin-finish paint for this project.

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The basket was cute enough in its natural state, but I wasn’t in love with the color. I pulled out some acrylic paint and a sponge brush and quickly covered the main areas. I wasn’t worried about brush strokes showing, since I don’t mind a “casual” paint job. Some people may call this style “shabby”. Or “sloppy” if you’re my husband. If you prefer a solid color and cleaner finish, you can simply use spray paint. Be sure to move the handles as you go to get underneath.

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When the paint was dry on the knives, I used a permanent marker to write the names of some of my favorite herbs. If you’re more patient than I am you could use a stencil to make your letters neater. Small vinyl stick-on letters would work too.

I loved the way they turned out so I ran right out to put them in the herb bed. You can’t tell in this photo, but the white really pops out amongst the green when the sun is shining on them. Disregard the brown leaves and old stems… I haven’t cleaned out the bed for spring yet!

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Finally, I got the basket set up on our entry table. We have a 4-month old puppy we are training, so a flashlight and training treats need to stay available near the front door, but they aren’t the most attractive, right? The basket makes a perfect hiding place. It could also hold a leash and plastic bags for walks, pet toys for use outside, or take-out coupons for nights you order in.

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The ivy stems were added to a small jar that I filled with golden yellow pom-pom trim I found at The Salvation Army a few weeks ago. I like the pop of color they add, along with the daffodils from the backyard. Brass deer stand guard, and a quartz cluster we dug in Mt. Ida on a family road trip a few years ago rounds out the vignette.

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Isn’t this great? For less than $10 at my local store and a few things I had around my house, I was able to dress up my home for spring. You might be surprised what you can find at your local Salvation Army Thrift Store. With just a little imagination (or fifteen minutes on Pinterest), you can use your thrifty finds to dress up your home too. Happy thrifting!


 

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***Laurie Marshall is the maker behind Junque Rethunque. You may have seen her handmade goods featuring vintage paper ephemera at The Little Craft Show or Shindig Paperie. She’s also a writer, with regular features in AY Magazine, NWA Entertainment Magazine, and online at OnlyinArk.com. She is passionate about supporting other writers and makers in her community and creating a “vintage, repurposed life”.