I Love Thrifting Day in Cary, NC on July 9th

How can you decorate your spaces on a small budget? Thrifting that’s how! And, I’ve got lots of first hand experience.

For years my mom has told me that I have “champagne taste on a beer budget”.  What can I say? I like what I like and I’ve always managed to make my budget work! But, I also like to find unique pieces that I can make my own. And, that’s where ‘thrifting” or “picking” is really fun for me.

I’ve always loved scouring thrift stores, yard sales and flea markets, and I’ve scored many “treasures”. Call it the thrill of the hunt, but I’ve brought home some great furniture, lamps, artwork, accessories, light fixtures, clothes, household goods and soo much more. And, since I love to makeover items, many of my finds have been given a second life such as these chairs  and table:

Or this fireplace mantel:

And, from all the publicity that upcycling and thrifting is getting these days in blogs and  magazines, it seems that I’m in good company. I’m glad to know that thrifting is now “in vogue” as a lifestyle and that it’s no longer just about saving money, but also about finding great items that need a new home or new purpose.

Rashon Carraway, the Blogger behind Mr. Goodwill Hunting has created a national
I <3 (love) Thrifting Day
, and it’s coming up soon: Saturday, July 9th. On this day, groups across the country will be heading out to local thrift stores in search of their own fabulous finds. It’s also a great way to meet other like-minded “Thrifters” and share great ideas with each other.

I will be hosting a Cary, NC group and Courtney at The Joy of Decorating is hosting a Raleigh group.
Here’s the Cary schedule:

9:00 am –      Meet @ Raleigh Flea Market -main entrance (Hillsborough Street),                 State  Fair Grounds
10:30 –         Dorcus Thrift Shop, 1231 NE Maynard. Rd, Cary

11:30 –         Lunch @  Mimi’s Café, Walnut Street

1:00pm -      Goodwill, 220 Kilmayne Dr., Cary

2:00-            Goodwill, 1011 Langston Pond Drive, Cary
(corner of Ten-Ten & Kildaire Farm Rds)

Come for the whole day or catch up with us at any of venues. If you use Facebook, you can RSVP here. It ‘s going to be a fun day of treasure hunting!

I’ll be in a bright pink I <3 Thrifting shirt like this one:



And, you can get your shirt before the big day at  I<3 Thrifting t-shirt. (note:I use the Firefox browser, but had to use Internet Explorer to place my order).

Not in the Triangle region? Be sure to visit  http://www.ilovethrifting.com/ to see if there is a group in your area.

And, in case you can’t make it on Thrifting Day, here are a few other places in the Triangle area that you can visit when you are in a thrifting mood:

Habitat for Humanity Reuse Store, Raleigh, NC

Guardian Angel, Fuquay Varina, NC

Goodwill Industries – various locations across the area.

I know there are lots of other great places in the area to visit, so be sure to share your favorites in the comments section below.

And, after you bring home your great finds, I’d LOVE for you to show them off here. I Can’t wait to see what you discover! will also be posting pictures from the day’s events.

Look forward to seeing you on the 9th!

~ Stacey


  1. Courtney - July 1, 2011 7:27 am

    Looks like you’ve got a great group going on in Cary. I hope you ladies have an awesome time! I love Dorcus thrift shop so I’m a little jealous you’re going :) If I hear of anyone in the Cary area looking for a group I’ll let them know about yours.

    - Courtney

    • Stacey - July 1, 2011 10:09 am

      Thanks Courtney! I’ll be sure to pass on the Raleigh info too. It looks like your group is visiting some great places. I’ve never been to Antiques to Zippers or Revival Antiques. I’ll have to check them out. I wanted to add the Habitat Reuse Store to the schedule, but it’s a bit too far north to go and fit in other stops & lunch. But, I LOVE that place!

      Oh, and in case you’re interested… In addition to FB and Twitter, I set up an event invite on Facebook and have had a few replies already. You can invite your friends and make it an open invite for others to see. Just another way to “spread the news”.

      Happy Thrifting Day!! I look forward to hearing all about your group’s success,


  2. Tammy@InStitches - July 11, 2011 12:10 pm

    I’m so sad that I missed this, it sounds like fun !

    • Stacey - July 11, 2011 6:28 pm


      Thanks for stopping by. We did have a great time and would love to have you join us next time.

      I will post on my Facebook page when it comes up again, so if you are interested in attending, please “like” Spiffed-up Spaces so we can keep in touch. Also, when I have a second later tonight I will check out your webpage. Looks like you create some beautiful things. :)

      Have a nice evening,



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