Shop for Cause - at My Upcoming Pop Up Shop - Help End Blood Cancers

Friday, August 19, 2016

It was August 2014 ,
My family was rocked with the news that my sister Kelley had Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Kelley’s life was changed drastically for almost two years. There were daily doses of plasma and blood transfusions as the very aggressive form of leukemia ate away at her blood cells, she was hospitalized at Northside Hospital in Atlanta immediately after the diagnosis, and remained in and out of for almost a year. 

 Within weeks of the diagnoses and initial treatment doctor realized that the only way to save her life was to do a stem cell transplant. That type of life saving transplant must come from donors who matches at least 6 of 10 of the genetic markers. Family members (siblings are potential donors they start testing via DNA swab), because sibling may be the best shot at meeting the criteria. **contrary to belief good donors are not always or automatically family members in fact, it is actually rare according the staff at Northside Hospital.

In our case I ended up being a perfect match, which was the best case scenario for her form of leukemia.  I am glad to say that as of April 4, 2016 Kelley Cooper was declared to be in remission and tests of the stem cell growth and health was positive.

 Kelley attended the Leukemia and Lymphoma National Fundraiser – Light the Night last year in Atlanta she worked the survivors’ tent, she was not strong enough to do the walk. I am happy to report that she has formed TEAM KELLEY to walk this year. Several family members will make up the team. You can Donate today at

I’m having a thrift Pop Up Shop---J and J’s Thrift Pop Up Shop  Sept. 3rd-at  2055 Eisenhower Parkway -Macon   11am -  4pm  and I will be donating part of my proceeds to her & the society !! I hope the community come out and shop for a cause! Help End Blood All Blood Cancers!!!

LET ME THRIFT SHOP FOR YOU . I"m a Certified Personal Shopper ***

Thursday, August 18, 2016


Make your dollar go further. If you wanna " Be a Frugal Fashionista"but don't want the hassle of thrift store shopping let me do it for you. I thrift you the best brands and latest style trends. If it's Vintage you want I can shop for that too. Let's talk about what you WANT & LIKE. I will seek it out for you . 
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I Celebrated National Thrift Shop Day by thrifting Through Central Ga.

August 17th is National Thrift Shop Day and I took a day off work to celebrate.
My day began with a surprise call from my local news outlet 13WMAZ I met up with a member of my thrift group ( Thrifting Central Ga.) . We started our thrift journey in Macon and ended up in Houston County.
The reporter met Yvonne Thomas met at my first stop , The Rescue Mission of Middle Ga. she wanted to know all about thrifting and what my best tip was! I told her seasoned thrifters get out early and check the tag color for the day and go for it with lots of patience! I'm so glad that I was able to be the local face of thrifting on National Thrift Shop Day 2016!

National Thrift Day 2016 - Do You Know The Economic Impact of Thrifting ?

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

NARTS - The Association of Resale Professionals

Industry Statistics & Trends
Resale or retail? Can you tell the difference? Probably not! Today’s resale shops look the same as mainstream retailers... except for one big difference—they sell high quality goods at lower prices! The resale industry offers "Quality at a Savings!"
While many businesses close their doors every day, resale remains healthy and continues to be one of the fastest growing segments of retail. With new stores entering the industry and current establishments opening additional locations, the industry has experienced a growth—in number of stores—of approximately 7% a year for the past two years. This percentage reflects the estimated number of new stores opening each year, minus the businesses that close. NARTS is proud to say that future owners who look to the Association for education prior to opening, then continue their education through NARTS membership, are very successful. Many resale shops don't survive that critical first year because the owners did not do their "homework" and had no idea where to begin or what expect. There are currently more than 25,000 resale, consignment and Not For Profit resale shops in the United States.
Resale is a multi-billion dollar a year industry. First Research estimates the resale industry in the U.S. to have annual revenues of approximately $17 billion including revenue from antique stores which are 13% of their statistics. Goodwill Industries alone generated $5.37 billion in retail sales from more than 2,000 Not For Profit resale stores and online sales in 2014.  Longtime NARTS member, Crossroads Trading Co., based in Berkeley, CA, rang up over $20 million in sales 2012.  They have 32 locations, 375 employees and plans to add additional locations. Add to this the many thousands of single location shops, hundreds of multi-location chains, franchises and Not For Profit stores and you begin to realize the vast scope of this growing industry.
Resale shopping attracts consumers from all economic levels. There is no typical resale shopper, just as there is no typical resale shop. No one is immune to the excitement of finding a treasure and saving money. Shrewd shoppers take advantage of the opportunity resale offers to save money on apparel, furniture and other consumer goods. These savings can add quality to life when used for vacations, entertainment, funding college and retirement accounts, and expanding family activities.
According to America’s Research Group, a consumer research firm, about 16 - 18% of Americans will shop at a thrift store during a given year. For consignment/resale shops, it’s about 12 - 15%. To keep these figures in perspective, consider that during the same time frame; 11.4% of Americans shop in factory outlet malls, 19.6% in apparel stores and 21.3% in major department stores.
Resale has become destination shopping with the recent industry trend of clustering. Many areas are seeing resale stores opening in close proximity to each other, taking advantage of existing traffic. Antique shops have clustered for years and factory outlet stores are grouped together, proving that consumers will drive farther to reach a group of like stores. Resalers love to make an event out of shopping in an area where they can visit a variety of resale stores with different merchandise lines.
The resale market is blossoming thanks to value-conscious consumers. With an increasing awareness of the importance of reducing pointless waste, we are progressing from a disposable society to a recycling society—a change that has enormous market potential for the resale industry as a whole. After all, "Resale is the ultimate in recycling!"

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Nearly New was New To Me

Thursday, August 4, 2016

If you follow me , you already know I love shopping to support great causes. I was in Atlanta a few months ago , and finally got a chance to shop and support the Junior League of Atlanta. I shopped at their thrift shop The Nearly New Shop funds for me the shop go to help the league carry out its mission of helping women , children and education. I saw great designer brand shoes, clothing , and there was a large section of books and home decor. My friend even spotted a great pair Prada shoes, and other great clothing pieces both modern and vintage.I scored several great clothing pieces and soem small home decor items

More Facts about the Junior League of Atlanta from their website.

Since opening its doors in 1949, the Junior League of Atlanta's Nearly New Shop has served thousands of customers. More than 350 League members work more than 7,000 hours at the store each year. The Nearly New Shop has raised more than four million dollars in net revenue over the years and proceeds benefit the Atlanta non-profit community. Named "Best Thrift Store" in 2013 and 2014 and "Best Vintage Clothing" in 2014 by INsite Magazine.

Go by Shop for a Cause at the Nearly New Shop
2927 North Druid Hill Rd..
Atlanta Ga. 30329

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