Monday, June 29, 2009

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Shopping consignment is one of the best deals out there. There are different kinds of second-hand retailers, and consumers often lump them all together and get discouraged from frequenting them. Vintage can sometimes still be pricey and thrift stores are usually 90% junk but the good consignment stores are filled with carefully selected product at amazing prices. Consignment stores mostly carry clothes, shoes and accessories that are only a few years old, were worn by the original user a handful of times and have been hand picked by the store owner as pieces that are still fabulous. And, lucky for the District fashionistas, there are several great consignment stores in the area! Three of my favorites are Current Boutique, Inga’s Once is Not Enough and New to You.

For the Socialista: Inga's Once is Not Enough is tucked away up a set of stairs on MacArthur Boulevard in Georgetown. Inga is known for her designer inventory. She carries tons of Chanel, Gucci, Manolo Blahnik and other higher end designers. Her pieces are not vintage but are often 3-5 years old, which lets you know that they can stand the test of time.

For the Recessionista: Current Boutique is located in Arlington, VA, along the Clarendon-Courthouse corridor. Owner, Carmen Lopez, is one of the city’s most stylish fashionistas and hand picks the best pieces from her regular consigners. She won’t take anything that is not in excellent condition, a good brand, and stylish. At Current, you'll find a lot of designer jeans such as Seven for All Mankind and Citizens of Humanity and brands such as Free People, BCBG and Trina Turk. And as the name suggests, her inventory is always current, I’ve even seen pieces in there that were still in the department stores, but at a third of the price of course.

For the Fabulista. New to You is another great treasure that can be found in Falls Church. The girls who work there are passionate about fashion and very knowledgeable about their inventory. They carry a wide range of brands from J.Crew to Moschino to Gucci. Their fabulous inventory always moves fast so check in every few weeks for the best finds!

And don't forget, if you have some fabulous pieces in your closet, in good condition, that don't fit or that you just don't wear, call these stores for more information on how to get some money for your unused wardrobe.

Friday, June 26, 2009

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Monday, June 22, 2009


Hi! Thanks for welcoming Leah from Moxie Photo & Design to the blog today! We'll be doing some guest hosting & blog swapping together for your blog reading entertainment! Be sure to check out her blog, and fabulous vintage & handmade shops @ Etsy since they're totally awesome!

I have a few things in store for the handmade shop in the next few weeks so check in on me and see what I'm up to! New plush will arrive, mobiles/wall hangings, more brooches of course and a few other surprises!

Here's a few new arrivals:

hi, i'm a guest. where's the coffee?

pour yourself a cuppa and settle in new friends, i'm here to rock your world.

ok. that's a lofty goal.
how about i start with an introduction.

i'm leah. i'm going guest write here every once in a while. (lucky you). aaaand, jodie will be guesting over at moxiephotodesign, my blog, as well. i know, fun stuff eh?

and now, me. on etsy, i am found at moxiephotodesign (my makings) and moxiethrift (my vintage findings). and i really like lists so i think i will close this little ditty with a list of me things.

1) i dig lists.
2) married to brent.
3) i dig words. (just wait. you'll see.)
4) graphic designer for 8 hours a day.
5) lived in nebraska all my life. except for a 6 year stint in iowa.
6) i. like. to. take. photos.
7) i took the photo above by using the 10 second timer. and my camera was propped on a coffee cup. and i took about 8 photos before i took one that didn't make me shudder.
8) striving for bliss
9) looking forward to this writing assignment (remember, i like words. and pictures.)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

M.I.A.....Update! Work and the Happiest Place on Earth

May was a super busy far I'm happy its June and I've been enjoying the steamy weather! I barely got anything new posted in either shop so its my goal this month to update, update, update! Lova Revolutionary added 4 new stockists last month including Commotion! in Lexington, KY, Vix Emporium in Philly, Still Life Mercantile in Woodstock, NY, and Tilde in Portland, Oregon! Tilde shop will be receiving some brand new goodies - birdie keychains! This week I'm working on new goodies for Wholly Craft! and shipping out some neat things to Renegade Handmade in Chicago, Illinois!

Aside from work, I also took a much needed vacation with my wonderful bf and his fam to Disney World! I have to say it was awesome! It was my first time there so I had a blast and was pretty impressed! After only going to mostly local, slightly ghetto theme parks, Disney seemed sort of like its own neat little mean I don't have to walk 3 miles to the front gate? But anyways, there was no metal detectors at Disney and it took me 5 days to see any pee on a toilet seat in the ladies restrooms. In fact, I never had to open a stall door, *gross*, open next door, *gross*! I just opened the door, no pee, no clogged toilet...I wasn't sure how it was possible. True story! It happened eventually but still 5 days is a pretty good run.

Besides being in awe of the overall cleanliness and decent food, the rides were incredible and the shopping was just as good. I especially liked the Tower the Terror, which was scary, sort of made me wanna laugh and say oh shit! at the same time! I also spent way to much time in Japan at Epcot! There was more things I could have bought really...its sort of ridiculous. I keep looking at kokeshi dolls on the internet now! Needless to say it was a great May...I hope June is even better and that you all are having a fantastic summer so far!



Monday, June 1, 2009

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