Hello there, thrifty peeps!
I'm freshly tan and recently home from last week's Thrift Camp-- well not exactly.
I had an amazing time-- minus the campfires and smores-- hanging out with my fellow thrifty friends and bloggers- Evette Rios of The Chew, Lorie Marrero of The Clutter Diet, and Jeeze Julia!'s Julia Berry at the Goodwill© Industries International Summer Conference in Miami Beach! A little sand, a little sun and a whole lot of fun.
Held in the heart of Miami Beach brand worship and just a few blocks from Versace's former beachside mansion, we thrifty folks really held our own-- and then some. In a hotel whose lobby store had $300 t-shirts, there were more unbelievably stylish-yet-thrifted duds being strutted around by conference attendees than a Kardashian spouse could shake his fancy walking stick at.
Take that, Versace.
As part of their Goodwill Shop Show, I was asked to come share the story of this project and its purpose with GII employees and other conference attendants. Sangria in hand, I bravely took the stage with my scribbled notes and managed to give what turned out to be a pretty fun little talk with help from our host, Evette. After Julia showed her awesome DIY jar lamp and our makeover contestants showed off their thrifted outfits, I swigged a few last sips of sangria and faced the audience up close. What I got was a warm wave of support from several people who generously offered places to stay when I come through their areas. It's the thrifty way.
And of course a trip to Miami would not be complete without a trip to a few GII stores! I had fun poking around at the boutique in Palm Beach, a bright wonderful store in Pembroke Pines and the Goodwill Superstore in Little Havana that sort of blew my mind.
Scores included a corduroy Armani jacket for Ed (that was even 50% off!), a black Ralph Lauren shirt dress (which I wore on stage) and some nice JCrew dress shirts that will be of great use to wear to work.
And this fun t-shirt (at right) that gives me some hope.
I think I love you, Florida.
Thank you, South Florida and Goodwill© for making it an epic week with a big dose of inspiration! While I can only treasure this tan for a few weeks, I'll treasure my experience there always!