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The Thrill of the Hunt!

In the current era of fast fashion, “thrifting” has become a secret trick to buying gently used or new quality items at affordable prices.

For me, this started when I began looking for baby clothes.

When my daughter was younger, I would often get frustrated at the length of time she was wearing her clothes, and how much baby clothes would cost. It was a never-ending cycle, and it was exhausting.

Don’t get me wrong…

As much as I love thrifting, I too am guilty of buying from Amazon, especially when I was a new mom, and it meant I didn’t have to leave the house.

When returning to work, I had a little bit of extra time to myself to swing by local thrift stores to see what treasures I could find, and it slowly became a fun hobby.

Years later, this evolved into a passion, and I now make any excuse to go on the hunt.

It could be for a project that I am working on, or even for clothing. The best part is that one never knows what they can find – this is the thrill of the hunt. Mixing between regular retail, and thrifting can a great combination for many reasons.

It just depends on what that individual is looking for…

When I was in college, I would frequent local antique spots, flea markets, and consignment shops on the weekends if it meant I could get something higher in quality for a good price.

There are tons of well-recognized companies that have now capitalized on this idea, by selling quality used goods at affordable prices.

Here are a few of my favorites:

–   Charish: High-quality antiques, furniture, and soft goods.

–   Clear Office: Like new name brand commercial office furniture and supplies.

–   The Real Real: High-end accessories, clothes, shoes & jewelry.

A Second Life

I love the idea of an item getting a second life, instead of ending up in a landfill. Also, repurposing has become a fad in and of itself. In other words, taking an item and using it for something, which was not its original intent.

There are droves of thrifting and repurposing videos on TikTok & Instagram flipping items and reselling them. Some people actually make a lot of money doing this as a full-time job.

Why is this so appealing?

Because shoppers can get an item that is well made, in good enough condition, and is also functional. Having a unique item that nobody else will have is also a major upside, and this is what many shoppers want – to be unique.

See below for some examples, and fun finds:

Cole Haan: New with tags, wool blend wrap coat with scarf.

Retail: $160

Goodwill: $24.99

Kendra Scott: Earrings

Retail: $70

Goodwill: $7.99

Industrial Spools & Vintage Books

Flea Market: $40 for all

Handcarved Water Buffalo

The Great Junk Hunt: $4.00

Jadite Plate

Thrift Store: $3.00

This is a great avenue for creative minds.

Endless options, special finds, and the ability to save money on quality items. It truly doesn’t get any better.

“To be unique one must always be different”. Life is way more interesting when everything is different anyway.” – Coco Channel

Dream. Design. Redefine.


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Niki Milliken

Mom, wife, and design enthusiast living in Rocklin but originally born and raised in the Bay Area. Niki has been creating unique spaces for over 16 years. From mid-century to the modern farmhouse aesthetic, & everything in between, she loves every style, and mixing them together is her specialty. Incorporating found objects and sourcing the right collection of products for a project is where her passion lies. She believes that everyone deserves a space to be proud of and will help bring together a beautiful functional home. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis in Interior Design as well as a minor in Art History from CSU Chico in 2006. She began her career designing model homes, moved into commercial interiors, then took her expertise to several well-known manufacturers acting as a material consultant between the manufacture and architects or interior designers. In 2019 she started my own firm to help work towards making all her own dreams come true. She spends her free time designing for Rooms of Hope, a Bay Area non-profit that provides design services to children in need, see more here: http://www.roomsofhope.org.