Thursday, May 21, 2015

A Birthday Surprise & A Jackpot Candle Giveaway Winner

Look! There it is!

Forgive me, dear thrifters. I've gotten sluggish in my old age and neglected to publish this post on Tuesday. I blame having a tad too much plum wine at the hibachi dinner. But that's an entirely different story.  

But as promised, here I am. And I'm going to reveal what jewelry was tucked away in that long awaited foil packet within my Cherry Blast Jackpot Candle.  And let me just say---that the excitement was palpable once that foil packet poked through the melted soy wax. But in the interested of not burning my fingers, I let my candle cool down before I removed my prize and tried my new earrings on for size. 


Black little gemstones for me, hurray! And they're the perfect size, so I can wear other studs in my multiple ear piercings, if I wanted to. And now for the appraisal. Inside each foil packet of Jackpot Candle jewelry, there's a code that you can punch in to reveal the worth of your piece.  And click, click, click.....away we go! 

Hey, that's not too shabby! And who knows? Maybe the lucky winner of the Jackpot Candle giveaway will find the $5,000 grand prize in her candle.  Wait....a minute. I have to announce the winner!  Drum roll, please.   The winner of the Jackpot Candle and jewelry piece of her choice is....

Congratulations, Dottie! I know you'll enjoy your Jackpot Candle just as much as I have. 

A big, huge thank you to the Jackpot Candles company, and their lovely representative Jodie who partnered with Let's Go Thrifting for this special giveaway promotion.  And thank you to all the readers for entering this giveaway, and for the well wishes on my birthday. It truly was a wonderful day that I got to spend with family, friends...

....And this guy...

James is given the puppy-approval by Zoe.

But that's another story for another blog post.
Happy thrifting, everyone!

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

The Big Birthday Giveaway, Courtesy of Jackpot Candles

I've said it before. I'll say it again:  Being a blogger certainly has its perks. A few months ago, I was contacted by a representative from Jackpot Candles about the potential for sampling their wares in exchange for a product review here on Let's Go Thrifting. And I gleefully accepted the offer, choosing the Cherry Blast candle. 

Now, I bet you're thinking that it doesn't get better than a free decorative candle. But it's a cherry candle! I love all things cherry scented. But, of course,  that's not all. The operative word being 'Jackpot' in the Jackpot Candles company---there's piece of jewelry tucked away in there. And it's not just any piece of jewelry, but one of my choosing. 

And this is why I'm in love with Jackpot Candles. Unlike their competitor which only offers the promise of a ring within the wax, Jackpot Candles lets the buyer decide. The jewelry choices offered are a pair of earrings, a necklace, or a ring (sized 6-9). Firstly, let me commend Jackpot Candles for giving my pudgy digits a shot at a ring that fits with offering a size option during the purchasing process. I would've been content with that. But once I realized the added bonus of being able to pick a ring, or a necklace, or earrings... well, I was one happy blogger indeed. 

And after several hours surrounded by the cherry-scented glow of my Jackpot Candle, the foil packet at long last was revealed. But I'm not ready to share my findings just yet.

But what I will share with you that May 19th is my birthday. And on this most joyous of celebrations, I'll be giving one reader a very special gift---a complimentary candle (with a jewelry piece of their choice), courtesy of Jackpot Candles! 

That's right. On my birthday I'll be announcing who will be blowing out their Jackpot Candle, and revealing my own jewelry prize. So get those entries in and get ready to celebrate with me.

The Jackpot Candles giveaway is subject to entry verification. 
Any falsified entries will be disqualified. Open to US residents only. Good luck, everyone! 

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Don't Be A D*** At The Thrift: A Brief Guide To Etiquette

It's a thrift store, not Saks Fifth Avenue. Calm down. 

Like any other retail environment, where one exchanges currency for goods, thrift stores are operated by a team of paid employees and/or volunteers. And as a patron of many thrift stores, I have seen a repeated occurrence to which attention must be paid.

The occurrence being, customers are dicks. And I say that in the broadest of generalizations. I know that many of us thrift shoppers are there for bargains and treasure hunts, not to berate employees for a  personal sense of entitlement. But lately, I've seen some truly atrocious behavior. And since I have this platform, I think it's high time to talk secondhand etiquette. 

Everybody, wait your turn. 

Sometimes in life, we have to wait. I'm not sure just how the immediate gratification in the traditional shopping experience has become so prevalent in thrift stores. But I've been witness to an increasing number of impatient thrift shoppers. And that's putting it mildly. In my opinion, thrifting takes time and effort. It's not as simple as grabbing a quick gallon of milk at the 7-11. Demanding to speak to a manager THIS INSTANT to address these lines at the register----is that getting you home any faster? And if you can't devote a few extra moments to waiting patiently in line like a civilized human being, maybe it's best to stay home and calmly reflect upon what's going on in your life that has you a complete dick.

You can't always get what you want. 

It's unfortunate. But it happens. One shopper seems to have gotten to all the best stuff before you. And sometimes, that shopper is indeed a vintage re-seller. Simply give them a nod to acknowledge their thrift-hunting prowess. Maybe compliment an item or two. And just walk away. Don't go fishing in their cart while they have their backs turned. It sounds ridiculous---but I have seen it happen. And the results aren't pretty. Here's the key piece of thrift shopping etiquette to keep in mind: If it's in a cart, it's claimed. If it's discarded back to the shelf, it's yours for the thrifting. 

Emily Post may know social etiquette. But when it comes to thrift etiquette, I've got you covered. And in closing, it comes down to just a few main bullet points.

  • Don't be a dick to thrift store staff.
  • Don't be a dick to other thrift shoppers.
  • Don't be a dick while waiting your turn in line.
  • Don't be a dick. 
This has been a public service announcement from Let's Go Thrifting.
My apologies for the number of phallic references, but sometimes it just needs to be said.