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Thrifting In and Around Town

When was the last time you set foot into a thrift shop or consignment shop? If you haven’t been recently you might be surprised at how thrift shopping has changed. “Thrifting” is a fun, exciting, and economical shopping pastime that is sweeping the nation!

Take a look at any home decorating magazine or coffee table book and you will find decorators, designers, and homeowners jazzing up their nests with refurbished, second hand finds from tag sales, flea markets, and thrift shops. Gently used home goods are finding fresh new life in fabulous new ways. Furniture, rugs, lamps, glassware, bric-a-brac, linens, and seasonal goods are in abundance at today’s thrift shops and consignment shops, all at deeply discounted prices. Suffice it to say, thrifting is a great way to stretch a dollar.

By Tony Turner
But it’s not just housewares that smart thrifters are searching for. Most shops also carry a nice selection of clothing for the entire family, kid’s goods, toys, books, sports equipment, collectibles, antiques, and more.

Shopping at thrift stores may be the closest thing you’ll ever have to a real life treasure hunt. You never know what you’ll find when you walk into a second hand shop – that’s part of the thrill of the hunt! As cliché as it might sound “one man’s trash is truly another man’s treasure!”

10 Easy Tips For Shopping Thrift and Consignment Shops:
1. Don’t be afraid of used. Just because something has been previously owned or used by someone else should not be a deterrent. Remember that you are saving a lot of money!

2. Look for seasonal items, holiday collectibles, and decorations “off-season” (You can often find great deals and better selection of Christmas ornaments in June for example.)

3. Be friendly and courteous to the staff. They will quickly remember you and what you might be looking for, often holding back prime items for you when you come in again to shop.

4. Take cash. Some stores are more willing to haggle or give discounts to shopper’s with cold hard cash.

5. Don’t go with children. You may want to spend hours browsing aisles of shelves or racks of clothing and this is no fun for kids – especially very little ones.

6. Shop with a friend. Split up the store with you taking one half and her the other. You can cover more ground and bounce ideas off each other, plus make a fun afternoon of it!

7. Shop on sale days. Some thrift stores offer special prices on different days or different times of the month. Most discounts are posted at the front of the stores, or even on their web sites. Sign up for e-mail lists so you can be made aware of special sales.

8. Be open-minded and think outside the box. Wise thrifters are always thinking of new ways to repurpose old castoffs. Often times all is needed to make something “new” again is a needle and thread or an inexpensive can of spray paint.

9. Shop often. Good shops’ inventory turns very quickly and you will always find many new items in a week or so.

10. Go with your gut. If something catches your eye and the price is right, put it into your cart. It’s guaranteed that if you don’t and you go back later for it, it will be gone!

Tony Turner has become known in the Richmond area as the “Thrift Shop Czar.” He shops at thrift shops constantly and enjoys teaching others how to best treasure hunt at thrift stores. Tony owns Feathernesters Home and Garden Shop on Lakeside Avenue. Reach him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with questions or comments.


Community

Varina Ruritans honor students

The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.

The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)

The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.

Baseball game to benefit Glen Allen Buddy Ball


For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.

The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.

Highland Springs field to be dedicated in honor of longtime coach Spears

The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.

Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.

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Entertainment

A fun, fuzzy ride

‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise

Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.

They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.

As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.

Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


There’s no excuse for kids and families to not get out of the house this weekend! The Armour House and Gardens has an “Egg-celent Egg-venture” planned and Reynolds Community College will host the Reynolds Family Palooza. If you’re looking to give back to your community, Dorey Park will host Walk Like MADD and coordinators2inc will present the annual Kids Walk for Kids. And a special event for children with special needs will be on Sunday – the Caring Bunny will be at Virginia Center Commons. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A new meaning for fried chicken

Is it heresy to say – in this bastion-of-tradition capital of the Old South – that it's time for Southern fried chicken to take a step back and make way for a new fried chicken king?

Count me among the new believers bowing to Bonchon Chicken's delectable double-fried bliss. Hand-brushed with signature garlic soy or hot sauce, flash-fried once and then again, the decadent drums and wings take "crisp" to a new level. If you're eating with a crowd and everyone bites in at once, be warned: you might need ear plugs to handle the din. > Read more.

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