My Super Thrift Score - **Authentic Louis Vuitton luggage for just $5.00.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Shoe Charm - available on my Instagram Page 

***Most people will never believe that I was able to thrift a piece authentic Louis Vuitton luggage for just $5.00.
Well that is exactly what I did last Fall.
 I was out on my weekly thrift store rounds. When I dropped into a local thrift store and spotted a somewhat tattered LV luggage tote 20 inch. It was being priced  $5.00 because  it had some issues ( the handles had threads coming loose, and  it was pretty worn at the seams ) This item was just too good to be true ,plus I am always up for trying to save things and give them new life. I bought the tote bag took it home and looked it over to assess all the blemishes.

There were a several things that needed repair, so I took to a local shoe shop, repairs were made for $25.00. It is nice and sturdy now ** that’s my best score of the last year. 


Wednesday, April 26, 2017


Just last week I was the victim of theft. The theft was of funds from my personal baking account.
I was going about my business when I got a call from the fraud department alerting me  of possible fraudulent charges from my account. The agent asked me several questions about strange spending at UPS store for a crazy amount ( over $300.00 ) and a few other one just within minutes of each other .
It was indeed not my spending, so I was asked to come in to file a dispute.
Luckily my bank  acted quickly and the put my funds back in two days.
The agent at the bank told me to go out  immediately and purchase a RFID wallet , to prevent my card numbers being scanned through my purse. I was told that a casual shopping trip to your local grocery or other store scammers are out waiting to grab your info . **I was told that banks will no longer due reimbursements after Dec. 31st.
I went Belk Dept. store to get my RFID wallet .The wallets  range in style and price $24.00 - $44.00 ,but it's worth the extra funds to protect your funds.
My friend bought this at Walmart for only $10.00 .

RFID (radio frequency identification) is a technology that incorporates the use of electromagnetic or electrostatic coupling in the radio frequency (RF) portion of the electromagnetic spectrum to uniquely identify an object, animal, or person.

How People Steal Your card Info.
Payment methods enabled with near-field communication (NFC) or RFID work with payment terminals outfitted with proximity readers, meaning these cards have the ability to communicate with devices without touching them. Still, there are often measures in place to secure contactless payment, and a skimming device would have to be very close to the card to strip it of its data.

Card Insert $24.00

Introducing IT'S A SHOE THANG ** Savvy Priced Shoe Themed Items **

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Introducing IT'S A SHOE THANG

I have always had an amazing love for shoes. I see shoe or "shoe themed" items and get truly excited. Thrifting has given me a chance to get or see some really cute shoes or shoe themed items.
Recently I decided to do more with my love of shoes. In a conversation with my  mom I shared my  ideas about  finding and selling  unique "shoe themed" greeting cards and accessories , she gave me the idea to call it  It's Shoe Thang  and to go for it  and to focus on my love of shoes.
I decided to do that  I started up my online store on Big Cartel. I will take It's a Shoe Thang on the Road to events I will be a vendor. I am excited about sharing my shoe love with others .

Don't wait til an event SHOP NOW at
My site  is
FOLLOW on INSTAGRAM   itsa_shoethang_   *****







Happy Earth Day

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Today is EARTH DAY.
Think about how your  actions affect the earth and environment.
Thrifting is THE ULTIMATE form of RECYCLING. This week I participated in a community event that was a Pre Earth Day event with vendors and community partners. I set up my Thrift Pop Up Shop and passed out literature that gave stats about how buying resale helps keep new product production down and saves natural resources.

Meet Creative & Fashionable Thrifter Chimequea Johnson

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Last fall,
I attended a fur fashion show , the show was well done with great energy and good creative flow. As the show progressed, a young lady was introduced as part of their production team. There was where I learned of Chimequea Johnson.I spoke to her in a very brief conversation after the show, she mentioned that she loved thrifting , I told her she should check out TCG.
I'm excited that Chimequea will join TCG as we present a mini thrift fashion show at the Pearls and Priorities - Put Your Best Foot Forward Women's Networking Event  .May 20th .

So here is more about Chimequea in her own words!

 I am Chimequea  or close friends know me as Micky .

I have been modeling and all things creative for the past 10 years. I have worked with great photographers, been on several news stations, met and befriended several boutique owners, and the creative director for a few fashion shows. I'm currently focusing on being a model/life coach and creative director for photoshoots as well as fashion styling for those shoots if need be. As a mom of 3 it has been hectic, but I'm  25  and making my dreams come true but I have been grinding and creating our little industry here. I thrift because I'm highly aware of my budget and I enjoy the thrill of that one piece of clothing that I find sent from the universe especially for me. Thrifting allows you to make your clothes and your style more personable. I believe in having class and being a character. I would like to thank Quitman Alexander and Terrance Phillips(owner of the fabulous "thriftique" Sara Janes) for turning me on to thrifting about 7 years ago . I want to make sure I tell an intimate story with my life and style thrifting allows me to have couture and live life prodigiously.

 I created Chimique Consulting as a play off my name Chimequea and off my love of all things French. Chimique is chemical in French and a chemical a substance that has been prepared. This thing called life has tested me tried and true and its a pleasure of mine to prepare others for the journey ahead as a coach of sorts all while shielding you fabulously in an amazing style all your own BE Chimique Chic with me and allow me to share my love of creating beauty and living in confidence with you. 

Thank you Jocelyn for this opportunity to tell a bit about myself.

Savvy Shopping: My Super Score on Louis Vuitton

Monday, April 10, 2017

I have wanted a Louis Vuitton bag for a while .I realized that the odds  of thrifting one was way to big to wait on , so I did some research to try to get one a at least a reasonable price.

 The online shop for authentic luxury goods is Tradesy .I ended up finding a bag that has been retired from.LV production  it's the Bolognese shoulder bag. I'm A fan of shoulder bags, they feel more secure I  have enjoyed it.Tradesy allowed me to splurge a just little , it was savvy shopping at it best! Don't be afraid to try alternative methods of shopping , there are lots of online consigner and resale shops do your research and enjoy savvy shopping for some good deals.

***But the REAL SCORE is the authentic LV luggage piece shown here . I scored it at a local thrift store for only $5.00. it had some issues ( the handle had thread that was coming loose, and  worn at the seams ) . I took to to a local shoe shop, repairs were made for $25.00 . It is nice and sturdy now ** That's my best score of the last year. 

Heelusions are Amazing For the Savvy Ladies

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Everyone knows I love shoes and anything shoe related! Well just happens I follow a very fashionable lady on Instagram, and she was showing off her latest style find. That is where I learned of Heelusions, which is a simple fashionable application for high heeled shoes.
 Heelusions allow you to change the appearance & add some spice to a plain pair pumps, booties or stilettos. It’s really easy as the application of the accent is done by simply placing it and using small Velcro dots to secure it. There are lots of options to enhance your heels.
This a fab find for the thrifty lady who loves variety in her shoe wardrobe. I love being able to share savvy shopping finds with my readers *I hope you enjoy this one.

Thrifty Living - My Protective Style

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

I have been enjoying my new protective hair style since last summer after a setback from a hair coloring experiment.  I am able to enjoy this protective style at a thrifty price thanks to my stylist Nichole.
Nichole does my crochet style for a great price  and it lasts several weeks !
 That's thrifty living at its best. It averages out at around $5.00 a week.

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