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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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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!

Office Renovation Inspiration

May 26, 2016

OFFICE RENOVATION
Work environment is very important to any healthy, functioning team! Life is a whirlwind here at The Salvation Army, and we often forget to take the time to care for ourselves (and our space!) as we are caring for others in need.

But this month, we decided that this 10 year old (probably older than 10 years!) paint job needed a refresh! So we cleaned up, cleaned out, painted and redecorated. And along with the new paint, came some new office furniture pieces that we found at our thrift stores!! So check out our Office Reno inspiration and maybe you’ll catch the renovation bug!

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Before: Our offices were outdated to say the least! For starters, the bland, neutral walls needed some pep. Several of the office colors did not match leaving the space feeling incoherent. Many of our walls had lovely wallpaper borders gracing the ceilings- yikes! And the carpet was a blue, grey mix- simple, but old and worn.

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Prep Work: We chose a neutral, putty color called Haze from Behr as the base color and used Forbidden Red and Alter Ego for accent walls. The carpet is jewel-toned giving the space a professional feel with a splash of deep red color.

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After: The new paint, and fresh carpet really gave our offices a great new look! We took the wallpaper borders down (woo!) and painted old, orange wood cabinets a neutral color to give them a more polished professional look!

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1) These comfy chairs were found at our Fayetteville Thrift Store and listed for $69.50 as a set. Perfect for our HR office!
2) Love this shelf that I found at our Fayetteville Thrift Store. It came in a subtle green, but after some sanding and a new paint of coat, this brilliant white makes a nice statement against the purple wall!
3) This craft table came from our Rogers Thrift Store listed at $35! The original wood was beautiful so we sanded down and finished off the job with an English Chestnut interior stain. Loving the new standing desk!!
4) This great side table was also found at our Rogers Thrift Store. For a vintage look, the table got a neutral paint color with some intentionally roughed edges.

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.

Opportunity

February 1, 2016

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What are the first words that come to your mind when I say “thrift store”? Do any of these make the list: discounts, charity, used, donations, college house furnishings, white elephant gift?

What if I told you that the word I think of is opportunity? That may come as a surprise to you, but to us, the thrift stores offer a world of possibility. At The Salvation Army, our thrift stores, also known as “Family Stores”, provide us with incredible opportunities in our community.

  1. They are a major source of funding for our free Alcohol and Addiction Recovery Program.
  2. They provide employment for individuals and families in need of work.
  3. They enable low-income families to own needed things like couches, tables, clothing, beds, and dishes that might not otherwise be affordable.
  4. We give out store vouchers to people in need. That means they get to shop for free!!

These are all incredible ways that we are able to serve NW Arkansas through your donations at our stores. But I don’t just want to give you the facts; I would like to tell you a story.

That story is Ivan.
He is a kind, dynamic, fun-loving, hard-working employee at our Fayetteville Thrift Store. He greets everyone with a smile and “Hello!” and makes you feel like a million bucks!! Not a day goes by without Ivan’s cheerful heart and lovable spirit brightening the day of our customers.

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But this hasn’t always been Ivan’s story.
Let him share with you how his life has been transformed from the darkness of addiction to the light of life and forgiveness through Jesus with the help of The Salvation Army.

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“I had just recently been out of jail. I was homeless, cause I was a bad alcoholic. And I somehow found my way over to the Springdale Thrift Store thinking it was the shelter. They referred me over here to the shelter in Fayetteville.

They made sure I sobered up so that I could start staying in the shelter, and they helped me get everything I needed to get into the [Alcohol and Addiction Recovery] Program.

I had lost everything. I didn’t have anywhere to go.
I didn’t have a penny to my name. Literally, I had spent all my money drinking. I gave away everything I owned for booze, [and soon] I was out on the streets homeless. I had been in and out of recovery programs before, but this time, they were so good to me I couldn’t leave.

I was home. And I am too old to not be having a home. For once in my life, it stuck, and I graduated from the program in October of 2013.

I was blessed and got hired by them right when I got out. It was a cashier job [at the Fayetteville Thrift Store]. I’ve been here ever since!”

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“Now, I have my own apartment. And I bought everything in my apartment, except for my microwave, at The Salvation Army Store. I mean, living room, bedroom, kitchen, it’s all Salvation Army stuff. I’ve spent all my money back here. And I was able to pay for it all because of my job here. My microwave would have been from here too but my old one went out on the weekend when we were closed, so I went out and bought an emergency one!

They’ve been really good to me. They are a family to me. I don’t know why or how, but I have been fortunate that way. It’s been a blessing.

I lost a lot; I was way out there. But now, I’ve gained a lot back.

My daughter is even getting ready to come visit me. But it has all been because of The Salvation Army. I give everything I have, 100% for The Salvation Army. I love it here!”

Is the word Opportunity fitting to describe our stores?
“Oh yah, for sure! We do a lot of community vouchers for the homeless. A family came in the other day with one. Their daughter pointed at something and was like, ‘Can I really get that? Can I really?’ It was a coat that she needed. And it was free for them. Sometimes I will go tell my boss, ‘That last voucher, it really hit my heart. It felt good to do that.’ And to know that I was in that boat too, but now by the grace of God, I’m not. It’s a good feeling.”

I love the thrift store! Can you tell!?
Now I get to be a part of giving back to the community!

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What would you say to the community about The Salvation Army?
Contribute as much as you can. Everything that comes in here goes back to the community to help the hungry and the homeless. I leave here feeling so blessed, but I mean, I was there.

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Now isn’t that a story worth telling and celebrating?!
We have the privilege of meeting the Ivan’s of our community everyday. Men and women who have hit hard times and simply need someone to walk alongside them and give them a hand up. Please consider donating to our stores: it is truly changing lives. You can also donate online to The Salvation Army of NW Arkansas here.

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Family Store Fun Facts:
• .86 cents of every dollar made in the stores goes directly towards our programs
• We have 4 stores in NWA: Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, and Siloam Springs
• Last week, we got in 60 year-old vintage board game classics (Clue, Life, Monopoly) valued at $100 each on Ebay!

Thrift Store Locations
1645 S. West Ave. Fayetteville
329 Holcomb St Springdale
2223 W. Walnut St. Rogers
1971 Hwy. 421 E Siloam Springs