Merry Christmas from Thrifting Central Ga

Monday, December 25, 2017

Happy Holidays

Dear Thrifting Central Ga. Members, Followers and Friends, 

It's been a wonderful year for TCG, but I couldn't have done it without you. Thanks for; PAGE LIKES, ATTENDING MY EVENTS, READING MY BLOG AND FOR THE WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT DURING MY ILLNESS.
 I would like to extend warm wishes to you and yours. Please be safe and enjoy this precious time with family and friends.
I look forward to bringing you more savvy shopping highlights, events and more in the New Year.


Thrifty Living- My Thrift Score- Vintage Needlepoint Purse

Sunday, December 24, 2017

I absolutely love purses.  So when I found this cute little vintage floral one I was elated.
I scored it at a thrift store for under $5.00. I have paired it with jeans and a blouse, I even see possibility of dressing it up if I decided to pair it with my thrifted Carlos Santana sling backs, and the possibilities are endless.

Thrifting allows you to expand your wardrobe play around with your fashion sense.

Have you ever mixed prints and different era fashions?


FOR A CAUSE I Supported Bead For Life

I'm always excited when I find a great organizations to support.  I was at a church sponsored marketplace event when I stumbled upon a booth at was raising funds for BEAD FOR LIFE.

Bead for Life helps women in Africa, it helps them raise money to build drinking water wells so they do not have to walk miles for water, Bead for Life funds helps Ugandan women feed and get an education for their children.

Maggiano's Gives YOU a Meal

Thursday, December 21, 2017

While in Atlanta  a few weeks ago I decided to have a meal at Maggiano's Little Italy.
The meal was delish as usual. What came as a surprise was on the menu there was a section of special meals chef's choices that if you order one you get a FREE one to take home, a gift from the chef.

That's what I call a deal* So if you are up in Atlanta for the holidays you may wanna go by and order from the  special selections at Maggiano's. 

Scored me a Diane Von Furstenberg tote under $5.00

Monday, December 18, 2017

 There I stood in the local thrift store and low and behold I spotted a nice luggage carry all bag. As I got closer I saw those famous  initials DVB. Yes I was standing there in front of  a piece from designer Diane Von Furstenberg . BEST of all it as only$4.99

Well you know the rest,  yes honey we left that store together .

I Got LUCKY*** Check out my Thrift Score ( Lucky Brand Purse )

Last Fall I was out thrifting in a local Salvation Army store  and low and behold I  stumbled right  upon  an amazing over sized leather patchwork Lucky Brand purse. I have not carried it yet,  I will just wait until I find the right outfit to pair it with.

 I tell you thrifting  is unpredictable and worth every minute you spend perusing the isles of thrift and resale stores. Because you never know at you might find. Thrifting is my therapy *

What have you scored lately ?

Let Me Thrift Shop For You

Thursday, December 14, 2017

In 2015 I completed my certification and became a CERTIFIED PERSONAL SHOPPER.
If you are too busy to go thrifting or have a certain item that you want me to try and find for you. CONTACT ME.

Please contact me on my BLOG at the CONTACT US TAB on

Your Sunday Paper is Worth More Than You Think

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Hey friends,
You better think twice before you toss that Sunday paper. You could be tossing out hundreds of dollars in SAVINGS. Each week most local papers have hundreds of dollars worth of coupons inside them.
You might wanna grab a pair scissors and get to clipping, then join one the many EXTREME COUPON GROUPS  on Facebook.  I'm just saying don't throw out that money!

True Lime - Lemon FOR A CAUSE**Feeding America

Thursday, December 7, 2017

I use the TRUE LEMON and TRUE LIME products a lot, I am motivated to buy their products because they support worthy causes. The TRUE LIME / LEMON Company supports Feeding America. They use a portion of funds from product sales to help the Feeding America Organization feed many families who need assistance.

Next time you need a water flavor enhancer or a food flavor seasoning give a second look at TRUE products.

I Salute My Fellow Veterans

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Today is Veteran’s Day * I'm a proud US ARMY veteran. I served four years .It all started with my basic Training at Ft. Jackson in South Carolina, then I was shipped off to Ft. Lee Virginia for my advanced individual training or AIT it was called back then.
I chose to be a 77 W (whiskey) which was a Water Treatment Specialist. My duty stations were Wurburg Germany and Ft. Ord California. Though I only did four years, it is an experience I would do it all over again.
 I took advantage of the G.I. BILL which later paid for my degree at Macon State College (the current Middle Ga State University) and got me started at Mercer University.
The military was and still is a viable career path. I got out and spent the last 25 years working in the field of water treatment. I was awarded 2 Army Commendation Medals, and an Army Achievement medal for my work as a Water Treatment Specialist and for my deployment to Panama during (Operation Nimrod Dancer) part of the Noriega invasion.

I wanted to take time today to salute veterans and the many active duty soldiers who are still serving and protecting us ** HAPPY VETERAN''S DAY to my fellow veterans.

Somer Stafford wants us to be Vigilant about Domestic Violence

Monday, November 6, 2017

LaSmockie Fountain

Hey, Somer, are you are work?
Yes, what’s wrong?
Call me when you get off.
Are you crying, tell me what’s wrong?
Just call me when you get off.
Tell me what’s wrong.
Somer, just call me when you get off.
No, Smockie, tell me what’s wrong now!
---- took my phone and he said he’s going to kill me!

That is one of the last conversations I had with my little cousin before that person actualized his threat to her.
May 23, 2015- My family’s life and my life was changed indefinitely.
Domestic Violence is a crime that clenches your heart and never seems to let go.  At times the grip will seem to ease up a bit, but then there are times where that grip seems to tighten.  When my little cousin La’smockie was murdered,  my mother mentioned something about domestic violence, I didn’t verbally say it to her but I thought to myself, “that was not domestic violence because she wasn’t with him, she was running from him.” But, I quickly learned that she was a true victim!  According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, domestic violence is:   the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence, and emotional abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence can vary dramatically; however, the one constant component of domestic violence is one partner’s consistent efforts to maintain power and control over the other.1  Sadly, my little cousin did “fit the bill.” 
No matter how much I talked to Smockie when she left town (to get away from her abuser), I always made her promise that no one besides a select trusted few knew her whereabouts.  But, I still question myself sometimes, “what could I have done or said, what did I miss?” 
There are two mechanisms I rely on to help ease these questions.  Firstly, my spiritual faith.  I understand everyone is not religious, however, I can’t omit the fact that I rely on my faith knowing that my little cousin is in heaven because she turned her life over to God a couple of months before she passed.
The second mechanism I use is my service and my voice!  While I can’t change what happened to my cousin, I can make sure I do my part to help prevent another family from enduring what mine has had to endure.  Domestic violence is whispered about most of the time.  This plague should be put on the full front and confronted by all!  When we are silent about it, the more people will suffer.  My family and I have dedicated ourselves to getting involved in any domestic violence outreach that we can.  We also started our own initiatives, “A Voice for La’smockie” and La’smockie’s L.O.A.D. (Loved Ones Against Domestic Violence), which are our initiatives to bring awareness to domestic violence so that we can help prevent someone else from being a victim.  I vow to make sure that Lasmockie’s death was not in vain.  That comforts me at times when I am missing her, or at times when I am angry about what happened to her. 
There are a couple of situations that I reflect on involving my cousin that made me realize that her abuser showed his malice intent before they were fully exposed.  He didn’t want her out of his sight.  He would go wherever she went.  She could be coming over just to do my hair, and he would tag along.  While that got annoying, I didn’t say anything about it unless she voiced her frustration about it.  There was a time that she was on crutches and she said she didn’t know what happened. I feel like I should have pressed her for more information, but I didn’t.  I allowed her to joke about it-to downplay it.  Did I fail my cousin? These are times I rely heavily upon my spiritual faith.  I believe, everyone has a time to die however, no one should have to innocently die at the hands of another person!
I take my frustration and transfer that energy into my lifelong commitment in making my voice heard about domestic violence. I vow to not be silent if a situation appears to be abusive.  I would rather have someone mad at me for “getting in their business” rather than them being hurt very badly or dying at the hands of an abuser.  We as a community can’t whisper or be silent about domestic violence any longer.   We have to speak up and call out the abusers.  We have to embrace the victims and let them know, it is not their faults. 
The truth is, I know this pain will never fully go away because nothing can bring Smockie back.  But, with every outreach I participate in, if I reach 1 person, my fight is worthwhile! 
I will forever carry the L.O.A. D. in this battle against domestic violence.  La’smockie’s voice will be heard through my voice!  I charge everyone to speak up and speak out when it comes to domestic violence.  The more we expose domestic violence and make it visible, the more we can help end it and make it invisible!   

1  - The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence Hotline:  1-800-799-7233

Thrifty Living : I Use This Coconut Oil for Skin Cream

Sunday, October 15, 2017

I found a great skin moisturizer. It is coconut oil. Yes coconut oil , this stuff is amazing for softening and moisturizing  dry skin. Best of all I found it at Big Lots in a huge jar for only $4.00 . Butcher Boy brand . It has been spotted in smaller containers at some Dollar Tree stores  .
Go on  give it  a try. I bet you will be replacing your high dollar lotions and moisturizers with this more affordable option. Hopefully  you will get the same amazing results I get  from using this $4.00 product.

PINK and MORE PINK October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Friday, October 6, 2017

REST IN PEACE Mrs. Dunyer Hunt
 It’s October and you will start to see
 PINK and MORE PINK. The pink ribbons and more are  all a reminder for us to think about breast cancer and donate to the breast cancer research. There will be Susan G Komen races that raises lots of funds for a search for a cure. The new SISTA STRUT WALK helps raise awareness of high incidence of breast cancer in the African American community.

There are also agencies like United in Pink that do lots to help families of breast cancer patients.
 Whatever you do.  Please consider giving.

It's  personal to me I lost my sweet sister in law Dunyer Hunt  in January to breast cancer, so without question I will be donating. Hopefully you will donate #4acause

A Thrift Score **MY LV LUGGAGE BAG

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

It's not everyday you walk into a thrift store and spot a Louis Vuitton luggage tote , then to see it priced at under $10.00 !! Yes, I was told  it's really bad shape , you can have it for $5.00.

OMG, I  snatched it right up. Yes is was in need of some repair work. I took it to a local shoe repair shop to s start the process  of  repairing it. It had a few week seams,he restitched  and reinforced those and restitched the handles for around $20.00.
It was a $20.00 well spent to be able to own a LV tote for a total investment under $30.00.

What is your best thrift find ?

Give Your Fave Items NEW LIFE With RIT DYE

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Have you  heard of RIT Dye ?
 You don't have to part with your fave jeans or lacks caused they have lost color
Grab a bottle of RIT DYE and 5 gallon bucket and heat up three gallons of water
and you are on your way to bring that great pair black or denim pants back to life!

Follow the instructions and within hours you can enjoy your fresh pants.
So don't throw away your favorite pair dress pants because you have worn or washed the color right out of them just dye them. You can make look new again for around $3.00 at Lowe's , Home Depot for around  $2.50 Walmart so show your thrifty side with RIT DYE!

Savvy Shopping - My Thrifty Priced Retail Score at Rite Aid

Friday, September 8, 2017

Last weekend I strolled into RITE AID to get the Tide they had on sale. Tide is regularly priced at  $9.99 it  was on sale for $5.49  and lucky me I also had clipped a $2.00 off coupon from my SUNDAY PAPER so I scored it  for $3.49.

Low and behold I stumbled down the Summer Clearance aisle and onto some other great deals. I found a heavy duty pruners that are regularly priced at $9.99 for only $2.49) I got several packs of tissues that are normally priced $1.00 they were only .25 cents a pack. That's what I call savvy shopping !

SAVVY SHOPPING ** I Saved $200.00 at Kohl's

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Recently I decided to do some  retail shopping.
I ventured into my local Kohl's store.
I was there to lok only at CLEARANCE items.
I must say I made out pretty good *.
To my surprise they had major markdowns all over the store.
Then one more surprise was  at check out ,there was a chance to scratch off for more savings. I  saved an additional %15) more off already low prices. I ENDED UP SAVING A WHOPPING $200.00.
I don't do much  retail shopping, but if you gonna do it this is how . Again that's what I call savvy shopping at its best .

Enjoy Some Thrift Priced Retail Items During End of Season Labor Day Sales !

Friday, September 1, 2017

Labor Day weekend starts off with some great sales at most major department and other stores.
There are Closeout stores like Big Lots and Ollie's Outlet and B Turner's ( Sock Shoppe ) that offer great sales too.
If you have been eyeing a great patio set at Lowe's or Home Depot all summer, you better go by this weekend and see if you can snag it for up to 70 % off.
I enjoy getting great end of season deals

Don't forget your local Rite Aid , Walgreens and CVS and Kroger  also have isles of summer items that they mark down up to 75% off.
Labor weekend is a great time to start some savvy shopping .


Saturday, August 26, 2017

Wanna know more about thrifting ?
I can show you or your group how to enjoy savvy shopping and thrifty living on any budget.
I do a great Power Point presentation filled with tips on how to select a store, how to navigate your way through a thrift store. I also give ideas and I share images of some great items from my personal collection to show you what wonderful items you can own at a fraction of retail prices.


From time to time I host a Thrifting 101 Workshop.**For a Fee per Attendee( Eventbrite Listing )

Or better yet you can send inquires and have me come to your group ( Women's Conference, Ladies  Groups, Community Organizations etc..


Thrifty Living- THRIFT SCORE My Inspirational Books

Thursday, August 24, 2017

People who know me know that  I love inspirational quotes and books.

While out on a thrift mission last year.I stumbled onto a pile of great books.

 The title of the books caught my eye, they were geared towards women and biblical passages for women , so I snagged then up.

 That is great the thing about thrifting , you never know what you might come across. 

This collection is one that is timeless, I can draw inspiration from these books for years to come .


In February of this year I was in Virginia I dropped by the local Plato's Closet and scored this lil cute gold  ZARA WOMAN cross body bag . I use gold as a neutral with some outfits.

Plato's Closet  has lots of cute things at thrifty  price ranges * Check them out your local PLATO'S CLOSET for some savvy priced items.

Thrifty Living * Veterans Enjoy Perks You Earned Them

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Did you know each state has benefits for veterans?
I am a US ARMY  veteran,  I am still always learning more about of the various perks offered to veterans. My brother Keith ,a a fellow US ARMY veteran tries to keeps me abreast of our perks/benefits. Recently , I found this website with all my benefits listed by state . Georgia  has a long list of benefits for  its veterans.

Veterans  you have earned these benefits, to find out what your sate offers .

** See State by State Benefits-


Other useful links

I hope you find this information  helpful for you or a family member ***


Thursday, August 17, 2017

We thrifters already know that thrifting  is a great way to save big and help out various organizations
The National  Association of Resale Professionals gives the actual stats about thrift/resale economic impact.

**Info below is taken from their website

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!"

The Importance of Financial Dedication and Perseverance

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Importance of Financial Dedication and Perseverance

To truly understand and appreciate a craft you must have dedication and perseverance with an ever-vigilant eye on your goal.

Do you remember the scene from the 1984 movie, “The Karate Kid” where the young protagonist, Daniel, stands begrudgingly next to a car while his sensei, Mr. Miyagi, instructs him to “wax on and wax off”? The seemingly pointless and repetitive exercise was the beginning of a lesson in perseverance and dedication for Daniel. The youngster was unfamiliar with his sensei’s unique teaching methods and only completed the job, time and time again, under the apparent disdain which only a teenager can deliver. At the time Daniel’s only interest was to learn karate so he could fight the kids who were bullying him in school. He did not prognosticate the benefits of this car-waxing job in relation to his tenuous journey to understand the discipline of karate. How could he have known that the constant practice of waxing would help him reach his goal of becoming a karate protegee, and ultimately help him stand up to a bully and save his sensei’s honor?

“The Karate Kid” may have been a movie intended for kids, but there is certainly a lesson to be learned for adults and children alike; anything worth doing takes hard work, dedication, and perseverance. Moreover, sometimes the road to reach our goals is riddled with obstacles which seem insignificant or bothersome. By remaining diligent in an effort to obtain those objectives, one is far more likely to succeed. Just like the discipline of karate which takes time, commitment, and patience, so too does saving for your retirement and building yourself a life of financial freedom and security.

Whatever your financial “wax-on, wax-off” may be, Benedetti, Gucer and Associates can help ensure your hard work aligns with your goals for the future.

Daniel needed Mr. Miyagi to enlighten him with new ways of learning, while simultaneously teaching him a craft rooted in discipline. Similarly, maybe you could benefit from having a “financial sensei” guide you through the economic landscape. Just like Daniel, just because you can throw a punch does not mean you know how to win a fight. You may be knowledgeable about the financial industry and the stock market, but still get derailed due to a lack of accountability. The wealth management firm of Benedetti, Gucer and Associates (BGA) can help you gain a deeper understanding of your options, and hold you accountable to reaching your financial goals, making sure you are in the best position for future financial success based on your long-term objectives, timeline, and risk tolerance.

BGA is located in Atlanta, Georgia, but they have clients across the country who depend on their expertise and knowledge to help them build sophisticated investment portfolios. BGA is a boutique firm specializing in individual wealth management and corporate retirement plans for businesses (401(k)’s, Cash Balance Plans, Profit Sharing Plans, etc.). They pride themselves on their high-standard of professional integrity and their ability to skillfully advise clients with complex financial situations.

The team of financial advisors at BGA is led by a pair of hard working individuals with an unrelenting commitment to excellence, Jaime Benedetti and Bob Gucer. The two helmsmen not only understand the markets, but they appreciate the importance that dedication and perseverance play on the journey to financial success. They, along with their team, guide clients through the myriad of available investment options, taking a holistic approach to protecting and maximizing clients wealth.

Jaime Benedetti and Bob Gucer, managing partners of Benedetti, Gucer and Associates.

The musical icon Usher once said, “Success is about dedication. You may not be where you want to be or do what you want to do when you're on the journey. But you've got to be willing to have vision and foresight that leads you to an incredible end.” Consider discussing your vision with the advisors at Benedetti, Gucer and Associates. They can  guide you on your journey and help you realize your goals for the future. They can be your Mr. Miyagi in an unpredictable financial climate, and you can rest assured they will handle your account with honor, dedication, and unwavering perseverance.

The views expressed represent the opinions of Benedetti, Gucer & Associates and are subject to change. These views are not intended as a forecast, a guarantee of future results, investment recommendation, or an offer to buy or sell any securities. The information provided is of a general nature and should not be construed as investment advice or to provide any investment, tax, financial or legal advice or service to any person.
Additional information, including management fees and expenses, is provided on Benedetti, Gucer & Associates’ Form ADV Part 2, which is available upon request.
The use of the term “RIA” does not imply a certain level of skill or training.

The Five Star program is the largest and most widely published wealth manager award program in North America. The research process for the Five Star Wealth Manager firms and peers nominate award candidates. Award candidates are evaluated against 10 objective criteria to determine the Five Star Wealth Managers in more than 40 major markets. These ratings should not be construed as an endorsement of the adviser by any client nor are they representative of any one client's evaluation.

THRIFT SCORE ***My Bob Marley - Tee from WEAR Thrift Shop

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

WEAR  Thrift Shop always has the coolest graphic tee shirts. last  year I scored an amazing Bob Marley tee shirt there.

I love shopping and supporting WEAR,  because I practice my motto * thrift for a cause ! #thrift4acause

The proceeds from sales at WEAR benefit Daybreak the local resource for homeless men and women DayBreak is part of a  DePaul USA  project.

WEAR is located at  464 First St. Downtown Macon  11am-7pm Mon- Saturday* They offer EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNTS to our #purplebag holders. You can buy a #purplebag there as well .

Vikki Kirkling-Burns : Thrifter To Thrift Store Owner

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Subject: Vikki Kirkling-Burns : Thrifter To Thrift Store Owner

Hi my name is Vikki Kirkling-Burns 
My love for thrifting started as a young girl being raised by a single mother we knew all too well that is was okay  to wear and appreciate used items .  
We would frequently visit yard sales back in the 90's and I never gave a second thought about the items as used,  to me it was the norm.
 I also have a love for fashion, I love personal style and what better ways to show your uniqueness than by thrifting and picking items that make you shine bright.
 I must say I don't just like to thrift ,but  I LOVE to thrift. This is why I decided to become a thrift shop owner of  Sassy Sarah’s Thrift Boutique located at 512 E. 6th St.  Bogalusa , Louisiana.
 I  am excited to be able to share the love of thrifting to whom all enters the store.

My philosophy is
When you value yourself you don't need expensive clothing and brand names on your body to be happy. That kind of happy comes from doing what you love to do in life .
I truly have found my dream job as owner of my own thrift boutique. 

 Check out Sassy Sarah’s FaceBook page at
Instagram - Sassy Sara's Boutique sassy_sarahs_boutique

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