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5 Closet Organization Tips For The Perpetual Thrifter

5 Closet Organization Tips For The Perpetual Thrifter

Is your closet so full of your thrift store finds that you literally can’t FIND anything? We’ve all been there, but it doesn’t have to be a disorganized mess.

Try these great tips for an organized closet:
  • First, go through your entire closet. Sort items into four piles: “Keep”, “Donate”, “Reuse/Repurpose/Recycle”, and the optional “Sell”. This can be a tedious job so set aside enough time to complete it. Remember, keep only the items you wear, plan to wear in the near future and the most important, yet harsh, keep the clothing that actually fits you. While organizing my own closet, I found a few tops that I bought because they were beautiful (and cheap) but I had never worn them. The reason they were never worn is because they did NOT fit me when they were purchased. The intention I had, which I am sure most can relate to is, “I will get into that one day.” My love of chocolate, margaritas and french vanilla cappuccino has caught up to me and has forced me to put these items in another pile. I’ll be honest, as I sipped on my margarita, I did put a few things back into my keep pile. No judgement needed.
  • Set up zones –  Organize by season, type of clothing, frequently used, etc.
  • Get creative with storage – Use a cube shelving unit to organize items you don’t want to hang up. Walmart, Ikea, Target and even thrift stores are good places to find these. Shoe racks are also a great way to keep your shoes organized. Maximize space by using all available wall/door space for belts, ties, and handbags.
  • Use baskets/bins to keep the small things out of sight but still within reach.
  • To keep your closet organized and clutter-free, follow this one simple rule; For every new item you put in, two must come out to be donated, recycled, sold, etc. This will keep your closet organized and refreshed with new styles.
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7 Reasons To Shop At Thrift Stores


Here, we list our 7 most important reasons to shop at Thrift stores:    

  1. You will save money. Well, this is the most obvious one. Saving money is an absolute must for most, if not all of us. With an average savings of 50-80% off retail prices, it just makes perfect financial sense. You can even find new items with retail tags still attached!
  2. Discover a variety of brands you may not have know about before. There have been times where I have found an item that I loved only to look at the label and not recognize it. One perfect example was a beautiful top I found for work for $2.00. Upon further research, thanks to our intelligent friend Google, it was a well-known New York designer. Score!
  3. Nostalgia. I can’t tell you how many times I have been Thrift store shopping and you see constant reminders of years past. You can always find great vintage items that you just don’t see in retail stores anymore. So, go ahead and take that fabulous trip down memory lane! Ahhh…..the 80’s are calling me!
  4. You will have an ever-changing wardrobe. What better way to keep your wardrobe fresh and in style? Since you aren’t spending retail prices on your clothing you can afford to buy more! Right? Yes! I will answer that for you! As for me, I am going to need a bigger closet!
  5. Treasure hunting! Turn yourself into a thrifting detective while browsing the store. You never know what you might find. I have found quite a few valuable items for next to nothing, including a painting I paid $1.00 for that was appraised at $1,200.00!
  6. You can furnish your home with stylish Thrift store finds. You’ll find everything from furniture, linens, home decor, kitchen items and so much more. Not to mention, these stores are perfect if you’re looking for a specific item for a DIY project. Create a one-of-a-kind piece for your home or office.
  7. You’re helping the environment. Keeping items out of the landfill is so important for our environment. It’s amazing the amount of perfectly good items that are thrown out each year.  Reuse, recycle, and/or upcycle!

 

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Something Different………

Something Different………

     For this months’ Blog topic, we decided to do something different. With the Holidays quickly approaching, we here at BrynnZilla would like to launch our Acts of Kindness initiative. We understand how hard it can be for some families during this time of the year.  In an effort to give back, we are reaching out to our local community (New Castle County, DE & Cecil County, MD) and will provide the items needed to prepare a Thanksgiving dinner for a family who may not be able to afford one this year. This includes a turkey, stuffing mix, sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce and rolls. In order for us to do this, we NEED your help! If you know of a family that could benefit from a Thanksgiving dinner, please email us at help@brynnzilla.com. Please include details about their story by November 10th. In addition to the Thanksgiving meal, we will also be giving the family a $50 BrynnZilla eGift card to use for the upcoming Holiday season.

       We ask, in a world filled with so much hurt, evil, & uncertainty, that you take a little time to spread kindness. Being kind doesn’t cost a thing…and even if it did, do it anyway!

 

 

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Learning The Value of Thrifting

Learning The Value of Thrifting

To be honest, I was not a fan of thrift stores when I was in my early teenage years. To me, it just felt weird to buy clothing that other people had possibly worn. As the baby in the family, I was used to getting hand me downs from my sister and cousins, but those were people I actually knew. We always want new things if Mom and Pop are buying, right?  But, being raised in a household where money was always tight, I started working at 13 years old. This was to help out my family and of course, buy the things I wanted.

As I grew older and was spending my own money, instead of my parents, I began to understand the value of thrifting. Being able to get the most out of my money was my top priority. Sure, I could go to the mall and spend $100.00 on one or two outfits, but, I could also go to the thrift store and get five or more outfits for the same amount of money. There were also times when I would buy items from the mall. We are all entitled to splurge every once in a while, especially if we are usually saving money. Being thrifty doesn’t always mean shopping exclusively at secondhand stores. I will shop every clearance rack I come across in any store!

By taking the thrifting route, I am able to purchase more name brand clothing for myself and my kids, and well, we all know how fast kids can outgrow their clothing. Not to mention, the ever changing preferences and styles!

Even though I am the self-proclaimed Thrifting Queen, I do have ONE rule while shopping at thrift stores. I never buy undergarments of any kind (underwear, bras) unless they are in the original retail packaging.  I know some people who don’t have an issue with it as the items are getting washed anyway, but for me, that’s a no no.

It all comes down to personal preferences when deciding if thrift store shopping is for you. If you enjoy spending $50+ on a pair of jeans at the mall, thrifting is NOT for you.