This Week I Love …

Veronica Riley Martens.

Here’s a jewelry designer and Etsy vendor who has been in my favorites list for over THREE YEARS and yet I haven’t made a purchase. I blame it on the fact that I’m typically in love with at least three pieces at at time and can’t narrow it down to one. Her designs are bold, graphic, fun, and playful. Right up my alley.

Veronica is based in Chicago and I’ve seen her work in boutiques in the Chicago ‘burbs (Asinamali) and even here in the Twin Cities area (La Rue Marche). Of her designs she says, “Most of my pieces are one-of-a-kind statement necklaces made from tagua nuts. Tagua nuts are eco-friendly, organic nuts that come from palm trees in the rainforest. The nuts are dried, sliced/cut into various shapes and dyed. I then combine different textures, colors, shapes and sizes to create unique, mosaic, one-of-a-kind creations. I also use other natural and organic materials, such as recycled paper, bone, horn and wood.” read more

Originally posted 2013-04-03 06:55:16.

When to Thrift

when to thrift

Wait. Isn’t ANYTIME a good time to thrift? Well, yes, especially in this world of fast-fashion and consumer waste. But there are a few timing-related factors to consider.

Toward the beginning of the season

Even if you’re a bargain-hunter extraordinaire who waits until garments have been marked down at least three times before pouncing, consider thrifting at the beginning of the season instead of the end. Thrift store items are so much cheaper than retail, even at “full price,” and if you thrift when the season is just beginning you’ll get first pick of new offerings. Waiting for markdowns will mean better bargains, but as the season begins to peter out, so do the seasonally appropriate offerings. Get shopping while the getting’s good. read more

Originally posted 2013-04-23 06:47:07.