Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Giveaway + Thrift Core Christmas Wish List: Nintendo, Indie Art and Mod Goodness

I feel like Christmas gift-giving should be thoughtful, useful, and unique. I have mixed feelings on the season but love how it's an opportunity to highlight and support indie businesses. Here are personal favorites I've drooled over all year:

1) You can't go wrong with attractively framed art prints for Christmas gifts, you support artists and give something unique and valuable to treasure. Pop culture mash-up art is extremely popular and the Ukiyoe Heroes are my favorites. Combining ancient Japanese screen printing tradition with "modern" digital era heroes was a stroke of genius. Read about the artists (fellow Japanophiles) and their incredibly detailed process!

2) Maiden Voyage merchandise is so well-designed, with goods for everyone in your life. The cotton shirts have a vintagey buttery soft feel, the branding is printed on the inside back where the tag should be (no itchy tag and you're not a walking billboard, yay!) and the designs are incredible. Check out their art prints, t-shirts, and patches.


3) Your fur-child deserves Christmas goodness, too! I love these mod cat/dog furniture pieces, incredibly beautiful pieces to match a vintage-style home. Via on Modernist Cat Etsy.


4) I had to throw in love for this cozy wool cat caves, too. Via Love Cat Caves Etsy.


5) Fresh new calendars and planners help you conquer a new year! I love beautifully designed planners by The Big Calendar on Etsy organizing goods byOne Canoe Two. (Their perpetual calendar is excellent for a small biz owner to document sales/spending attractively!) I'm always looking for planner recommendations, send 'em over if you have some.

Vitamix pictured with the sandwiches, soups, pies, & other things I've made with it!
6) I can't recommend the Vitamix Blender enough as a gift for your family and/or yourself. I've used many different blenders and they do the job, but the Vitamix makes the healthy lifestyle a breeze for a busy person. In minutes I make and clean-up nutritious meals. If you buy through this link to get free shipping!

7) And now for the giveaway! You know I love my organic skin care goodies. I was given the opportunity to sample Annmarie Gianni's products and was thoroughly impressed with the performance and quality. They're scented with incredible smelling essential oils, are100% natural and bottled beautifully in dark glass to protect photo-sensitive active ingredients. (Everything in their shop is 20% off this week.)

Giveaway Rules: They let me give away a bottle of their delicious smelling, creamy Aloe Herb Cleanser! In order to enter leave simply leave a comment letting me know what content topics you'd love to see me write into the new year and include your e-mail so I can contact you if you win! I will announce the winner December 11th.

For extra entries (leave a separate comment for each action you perform) you can: 1) follow Thrift Core on twitter 2) Follow Thrift Core on Instagram 3) Follow Thrift Core on Facebook 4) Follow the Thrift Core blog

For full disclosure, Vitamix is a Thrift Core affiliate and Maiden Voyage is a Thrift Core sponsor. I was however not paid to endorse anything in this post, they are all sincere recommendations. Send me an e-mail if you'd like to sponsor Thrift Core or host a giveaway OR if you have any recommendations for me! And don't forget to shop my Etsy shop for unique vintage goodies, I'm adding new things and marking down other every day!
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68 comments:

  1. I would love to see articles on home organization and some parenting articles.I also like to read about ways to save money at home.Thank you

    CharlieGurl57@aol.com

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    1. Thanks for the recs. More home organization/savings hacks are coming :) Can ask my parents/brothers/friends on parenting, I only have one fur-child and can't write from it honestly first-hand.

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  2. i would love to see more of your thrift shop finds and tips and trick on finding great things!
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

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  3. Please tell me you havent been out stealing cats so you can pose photos...lol

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    1. I love cats and wouldn't mind stealing cats to pose photos in the slightest ;D Those photos are by other people for their respective sites/products though.

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  4. Can I comment and not be part of the giveaway? It would be a shame if I won. My skin is far to sensitive I don't use anything not prescribed by my Doctor! With that said. This year everyone who is not my son (who is poor and truly needs a lap top and he's missing his mom and dad so he gets all the things) are getting items I find that support charities or maybe local and I mean VERY local as in me and that person face to face kind of local. I'm just so tired of buying crap. If I can at least spend my money and help someone. Then I'm OK with it.
    As for posting. I think your doing a great job! I'm sure you get tired of the same ol same ol. So I think you should post about how you've adopted a good exercise regime and how its working out for you! :D Oh come on, I had too! :)

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    1. I seriously want to/need to do that and will :) I'm thinking bike rides. My immediate family is getting thrifted/useful thrifted gifts, books sm d art supplies.

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    2. Jogging feels like dying for me still. Any tips?

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    3. Since your so goal orientated or rather thrive when given a goal to accomplish. Like I don't do well with just going for a bike ride or running for the hell of it. Ok scratch that, thats not true NOW. But I have learned to love exercise for exercise sake. But when your starting out it just plain sucks. Take it from the middle age woman who started at 220 pds, bad hips, bad knee's. You name it. But after I started and I lost the weight (something you don't have to worry about) I decided I wanted to do something big so I picked of all things a triathlon. But that works for me because I can't JUST run I have to dabble in lots of stuff. I thrive on the multi schedule I have to do and I can do it because I work from home. And even in the off season I can give myself goals that improve myself for when its not off season. Like even though I freakin hate it. I'm trying to weight train. You lose muscle mass rather quickly when you get a certain age so i'm trying to combat that. I take yoga because it helps with my inner core and helps stretch out all the tight parts. See how it all relates to the summer triathlon I plan on doing? And someday by the time i'm fifty I will do a ironman. I need those short term and long term goals. So maybe start with a 5K get the training program couch to 5K (google that shit its Hal Hidgon) Work the schedule then do the 5K and you'll be hooked. I swear it. Your first runner high and you will never look back. Your first accomplishment and you'll want more. Want to ride a bike, maybe cruising bores the crap out of you (it did me!) so I upgraded to a mountain bike and I FLEW. Seriously fell in love with a bike... F.e.l.l i.n. l.o.v.e. Now I ride my porsche bike (my beautiful and gorgeous specialized road bike) she's a mean one and I don't recommend her as a starter bike. But oh the hills and valleys you will see on a good bike. Its my first passion but I hated it until I got a bike that responded to me instead of plodded along like a half dead horse. And dabble, pick a gym. Go to a spinning class (it will seriously kick your ass but I like the challenge and go at least twice a week). Try yoga and try different yoga. I like just one and hate the rest. Maybe you would like cross fit. It has its own culture and its own goals and levels. You have to try lots and lots of stuff and set goals...YOU my friend have it in you. Seriously I see you doing something race like, you got the right personality for it believe it or not! Oh one more thing do 21 days of exercise no breaks 21 days straight. Its supposed to create a habit. I think for me I just didn't want to give up after almost a month of facing the stupid tread mill. And look into interval training, most of it you do in 15 to 20 minutes. When I started I figured what was 15 minutes (besides REALLY hard but you get it done). And you find you can handle it, the pain, the out of breath, you don't die and you learn how to breath. Then the slow cardio doesn't seem as hard. Hope something here helps. :)

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    4. Yes this all helps! Thank you! My friend and I tried an interval jogging training ap and it..was so painful, I am very new to physical activity I've done nothing but walk and bike my whole life, haha. I will push, I know this will help with my poor sleep cycle. I wake up during the night and have trouble sleeping overall and I'm sure my lack of physical activity has a lot to do with that.

      My boyfriend did crossfit when I met him (then he got comfortable living my sedentary lifestyle with me for like a year as has to get back on it) and could train me on that. Looks HARD as HELL but I like how it's an intense workout in less time for the busy person.

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  5. Id love to see more tips on thrifting. I'm always looking for tips on getting and finding great deals! I know it's 90% luck of the draw, but there is an art to it. Thanks kimmie.jones@gmail.com

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    1. This is a top requested subject. I don't cover it much since it really is luck/frequency at play but I will put more thought to it. Perhaps interview some awesome hunters.

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  6. As soon as my phone starts cooperating, I will add you on Instagram

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  7. I like to see more articles on reselling and booth display ideas, those are my favorites! I also like seeing your thrift finds and knowing how little you paid for them!!

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    1. Thanks Jay. I wanna really bring my booth to a "next level" so those will be around. I stopped sharing what I paid for finds because some would get really mad about my necessary mark-ups but I may bring that back soon.

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  8. I always love to see what you find, and maybe a few items you had to stare at but leave behind. Reselling or BOLO (be on the look out) tips always are appreciated. Maybe how to tell real from fake hints too.
    And I like hearing about good things that happen to you.

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    1. Thanks for the tips, and reading the good/bad happenings in my life, too. I yearn to include maaany more very personal posts. It's so cathartic to put my inner thoughts out there.

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  9. I also follow GFC but never can read everything that way. Easier to just have you in my blogroll.

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  10. Those little cat caves are so damn cute! I wonder what mine would think of that...
    Anyway, maybe write a bit about your local flea markets next year. Ours suck and I love reading about all the glorious markets that everyone gets to go to.

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    1. Will have to do that, we have some amazing ones here. Would be an excused to check out some huge ones a couple towns over, too. :) Might have to record videos of exploring those ones too if possible, would be fun!

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    2. I ponder if my Yuko would retreat into one of those too. Prettier than the conventional bed and about the same price and you support an indie artisan. Tempting!

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  11. I also love that cat cave! Your comment about jogging made me laugh. I am a bike rider, love it! But the only way Im running is if a bear is chasing me.....and even then, I would give up after a block or two and just let the bear have at me. Okay, but back to that cat cave....My cat would love it!
    I love all your posts. They are all random and relevant. I like the ones were you discuss mistake purchases and things that you have passed up on. I can relate most to those posts:-).

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    1. Will have to keep those going. I stopped for a bit because I wanted to diversify and not simply be "The Thrift Girl" but people really resonate with them. Will keep 'em going, I love writing about my mistakes and worries it's very cathartic. And not enough bloggers do it. I may have to get the cave for the Yuko. And on running, I'm going to try it again but yes it feels like dying and I'd only sustain it if zombies/bears were chasing me. Or there was deadline on a year's supply of vegan food I'd have to race for or something. Will Run For Food.

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  12. Oh that cat furniture is to die for, but a bit out of my budget. I love to read anything about thriftng and kitschy collectables

    kate at retro rover

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    1. I should have named this dream/aspirational wish list. Definitely out of my budget too but damn, it's too beautiful not to share.

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  13. I would love to hear about mindful stress reduction :)

    ktgonyea at gmail dot com

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    1. Oh, that's a good one :D Will have to do that.

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  14. I love reading advantages and disadvantages of adopting pets

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  15. follow Thrift Core on twitter 3) Follow Thrift Core on Facebook

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  16. 2) Follow Thrift Core on Instagram

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  17. Love your suggestions!
    For the new year, thrifty ideas and finds are great!
    my email is glitzykitty@gmail.com

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    1. I'm writing up some DIYs on home cleaner/self cleaner recipes and menu ideas for buying in bulk and saving the truly thrifty way, not couponing for crap you don't need ;) Thanks Mrs. D!

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  18. Van, I love that mod kitty furniture!! What a great item! I have been enjoying your real home visits! Also I love the thrifty finds. I love to see what others are finding!!

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    1. The real home visits shall continue, love photographing, writing, and sharing them. Thrift Hauls, not sure on the future of that, may transition into sharing collections as well or to replace it.

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  19. I'm in love with that cat furniture. Unfortunately, my snobby cats shun everything but my bed. (bonus for them when it's freshly made and clean!)
    I've been loving the home/church/school tours that you've had recently. I think it's also fun to see what you didn't buy, whether it was overpriced, or just something completely weird or creepy you find while thrifting. It's always fun to see the strange things out there!

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    1. The Yuko is on my lap right now, rare! She loves to get her white fur all over all my dark furniture and clothes so I want to get her a few places of her own to destroy :D Will continue to share the weird and unusual, I think I may go ahead and share an indie theatre tour I was holding back on tomorrow.

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  20. I already follow your blog via GFC

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  21. And I already like your blog on facebook! :)

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  22. And I already follow you on twitter as TessandIvy (darn lack of instagram and smartphone :( )

    email is irishdancer2459 (@) yahoo (.) com.

    Yup, I riverdance :)

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  23. I am so glad I found your site - though it feels me with envy of the so many freakin' awesome things!

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    1. You can find 'em thriftin', easy peasy :) Thank you for the kind words.

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  24. I always say it's your blog so write about what you want to right. But if you're wanting to know what I love. I love posts about being a reseller. I enjoy how you already do that as it's the only blog I have found so far where there is open discussion on topics that affect resellers. I'd be said if you stopped doing them.

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    1. Thanks for the honest feedback Trudie, I'll keep updates on being an indie business owner/reseller even if I do move away from reselling eventually. I do want to move the blog in a creative biz/ healthy lifestyle/ art, DIY and decor direction but reselling and thrifting will likely always play a role.

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  25. I love ModernistCat's stuff! I discovered her when Etsy featured her in one of their blog posts. I wish I had a pet so that I could buy a piece from her and show it off - lol!

    I agree with Trudie. This is your blog; you should not be tied down in what you write about. But like Trudie, I enjoy your reselling posts. Another idea - Perhaps you can do interviews with indie business owners/artists? You were doing something like that for awhile there. I'd love to see you do that again, or something in a similar vein - interviewing people, like the people whose homes you showcase maybe?

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    1. Yep, definitely bringing back to indie business owner/artist interviews. I wanna showcase creator's/reseller's workspaces and processes as well. Tours of shops, shall be lovely :D And similar to reselling in terms of being inspiring to indie business owners. Thanks for the feedback!

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  26. I love it all, Van. But I'd like to read some fun things from behind the scenes at the thrift. Maybe interviews with volunteers and staff. That would be neat!
    <3 Jackie @ Let's Go Thrifting!

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    1. Thanks! I may have to do that especially for some indie ones/yard sales, etc. Trying to movie in a more indie art director so creator interviews are definitely coming up :D

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  27. And I follow the blog via GFC
    <3 Jackie

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  28. Like I told you before, you doing a great job with your blog. Very inspiring posts and dinamic!
    Go on with the thrift finds :) I would like to learn more about the year, collection, name of vintage items. Also would like to learn how to repair vintage items that are in bad condition. I'm trying to make some vintage nerds organize workshops in my area but they don't seem motivated... I guess I might be the only one in the workshop ahah

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    1. I'm going to focus more on art/indie biz in the future but vintage information will always play a role, was thinking of research and writing more about particular designers, my own collections, friend's collections, would be fun and a good learning experience.

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  29. I would like to see more posts that talk about branding and how you brand/market/sell your items. I like what you've done so far!

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    1. Thanks Sarah, that's also definitely in-the-works :D I'm having so much fun curating and fine-turning branding for myself and others.

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