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Consigning at Find in Portland, Maine

12 Nov

So I collect things from thrift stores that I think could be cool or useful some day.  After a while, this thrift stash builds up, starts to take up space, and proceeds to drive me a little nutzo.  Solution:  time to consign.  My stash was a small collection of vintage finds.  I wanted to take them to my fav consignment store in Portland, Material Objects, but getting stuff into Material Objects is like getting into college. Application, interview, etc.  Okay, so I’m exaggerating a little.  You have to have an appointment and you can call 207-774-1241 to make that happen. I didn’t have an appointment.


Find, Portland, Maine


To Find I went. They are a “clothing exchange and style gallery.”  Now Find is a pretty great place, but it is, to be honest, really expensive for a second hand clothing store–unless you consign there. The deal with Find is that if you want cash on the spot for clothes, they’ll give you 30% of what they think they can make on your stuff. Or, if you want in store credit, they’ll give you 50%.  For my measly little bag of clothes, I earned $70 in store credit. This translates to a couple pairs of really nice jeans,  or a few shirts, or one excellent score (jacket, boots, bag) and I’m psyched.  I’m liking Find more and more.

Steph found this awesome bomber while we waited for my clothes to get sorted.  Find is at 16 Free Street in Portland, Maine.

Find in Portland

Mad bomber hat from Find

Camden, Maine Thrift Shopping

24 Feb

So LB and I headed down to Camden for a foodie Friday, and of course, we were able sneak in some thrifting along the way. We went to Paolina’s Way for lunch–an Italian restaurant committed to serving almost exclusively organic and local foods.  We tried a salad, a wood-fired oven pizza, and some local brew–all were delish.  While on the expensive side for a simple lunch, I always feel good about paying more for healthy local goodness.  And since I save so much money shopping for my wares at thrift stores, I can afford to eat well.:)

First stop on the thrift tour was Frugal Suzy’s, a consignment boutique on Elm Street. LOTS of deals here.  The sign on the door advertised 50% off any article of clothing with a tag over a month old. This encourages a wide range of prices and the quick movement of merch.  Like. Jewelry was buyable, shoes were in good shape, scarfs, purses, and accessories were all fashionable. The clothes were a little over stocked for my tastes.  I don’t want to have to fight with a rack of clothes to sift through it.  I get frustrated when I have to pick up things that fall off the rack or untangle coat hangers.  Makes me grouchy and hot.   Still, if you could manage to get though it, super finds and fashion were everywhere.  The girl at the counter was wicked friendly and I could have chatted her up if it weren’t for LB and Awesome! champing (shouldn’t it be chomping?) at the bit. They have no use for boutiques and get antsy in the car.

I was really frugal at Suzy’s and didn’t spend a dime, not for a lack of trying.  I hate it when things don’t fit–especially a sweet pair of Seven Jeans.  Too short.

On to Heavenly Threads.  This place RULES.  Just the location is enough to make me heart it. Upon entering, there is a cute little desk and a spiral stair case that invites exploration.  I was greeted by two aproned volunteers who started right in calling me the new girl.  It was my first time–I was the virgin Mary in Heavenly Threads. They were so sweet!  I LOVED this place.  A little on the expensive side for a thrift store, but huge specials happen daily; Friday it was 75% off anything corduroy.  After checking out the downstairs, I was invited to proceed up the secret staircase to the not-so-secret-after-all stash of vintage yummies. A little landing at the top of the stairs offered plants, scarfs, and other oddities.  The room to the right held all sorts of old outfits, some wearable on a daily basis while others were rad costumes. The room to the right was full of glam get-ups for men and women–suits, gowns, and shoes.

I struck out again on fashion here, but I did manage to find two cute little plant pots and a crazy green scarf (spring is coming and according to this months Glamor, vibrant colors are coming into style).   Men, women, children, come and get it here. And give too!  By spending money at Heavenly Threads, you support Habitat for Humanity, Coastal Hospice, the Rockland Soup Kitchen, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, and about 10 other charities. Wow. Yup, I’ll go back.


Smart Thrifting

21 Feb

Reitman Shirt from Wears and Wares

$17 consignment credit - $4 for this shirt at Wears and Wares

Consign Your Stuff

I recently brought a whole bunch of clothes I never wore to Wears and Wares in Farmington, a consignment shop at 413 Wilton Road.  I am a fan of that store (and wish they had a FB page!), and it’s close by so consigning is easy.  I have 3 months in which to sell my clothes.  A visit after 2 months reported that I had a $17 store credit. I didn’t find much I was into that day–could have been the Treasure Chest I had visited randomly hours after the incident.  I did manage to find a score, a Reitmans short sleeve sweater in LB’s fav color for $4. I still have a couple of weeks before my contract is up so I’ll visit, shop around, cash out or keep credit and take my unsold clothes back.  Easy and all in a day’s thrifting.