Today we’re excited to introduce and feature LaCheryl Cillie, founder of Thrift Style Living. Over the last thirteen years of collecting antiques, LaCheryl has developed an enormous passion for auctions and estate sales. “There is an excitement that bubbles from deep within for such events,” she says. Here’s an insight into her business and passions, along with some great tips for everyone!
Remember the first apartment, or your first house? You found a great place, but you could not afford a bedroom or living room furniture, and you did not know where to go or who to talk with to get what you wanted at a price you could afford. Maybe you just simply love to dress but find the ever rising cost of quality clothing and accessories not so affordable in a tough economy – that was me and the start of it all!
How do I continue to get the best in a tough economy without giving up quality, or becoming buried in a mountain of debit? Thrift Style Living was born to offer solutions and answers in a tough economy! This “how to be a savvy shopper website” seeks to arm the average consumer with knowledge so they know how to recognize and shop for the best, whether it is furniture, general household items, designer clothing, jewelry or antiques and collectibles.
I have been doing estate sales, and have been a licensed auctioneer for over a decade.
I have also written a book about understanding estate sales, auctions, and second hand shopping.
My 5 Pieces of Advice for People Making a Conscience Lifestyle Change:
- Be open minded about shopping all of the different second hand venues. Flea markets, auctions, estate sales, garage sales, pawn shops, thrift stores, consignment stores, online stores and websites – A diamond in the rough could be anywhere at any time!
- Educate your eyes – Be sure to visit traditional retail settings, or places which will aid you in the recognition and understanding the value of quality items. Also check out decorating or trade magazines , newsletters and price guides.
- Do not buy junk – Search for quality! If you look long enough you can find what you are looking for. Just do not give up, be patient. It is better to buy high quality used items than poorly made new things.
- Always buy what you love – But it is always helpful to think in terms of possible investment or resale of an an item, either locally or online.
- The money saved or made as a result of thrifting can be used to fund other other areas of your life.
Favorite Shopping Venues
- My favorite second hand shopping venues are thrift stores and estate sales!
All Time Favorite Thrift Store Find
- Assorted Victorian Sterling Silver Goblets, Flatware, Saucers bought for 25 cents to 3.88 each
- Coco Chanel Vest for 4.99, Prada Jacket $19.00, Donald Pliner Italian Leather Shoes $3.88. Christian Dior Chapeau for $0.59.
Thrift is not a dirty word and “The Best Can Cost Less!” - Quality Counts!
Be sure to check out LaCheryl’s website: www.thriftstyleliving.com