Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Resource Exchange of Philadelphia, PA

In the Port Richmond area of Philadelphia, within a red-bricked building a mere 20 minutes from my home, lies a business based entirely on creative reuse.

Since 2009, The Resource Exchange has salvaged tons, literally tons of what was once considered waste. From theatrical props and set pieces, to art supplies, fabrics, lumber and a miscellany of remnants from buildings and movie demolitions, The Resource Exchange will take it all in and sell it cheaply to Philadelphia artists and crafters. This cyclical rescue mission lessens the landfills, keeps the theatrical goods in Philly for creative reuse and makes for interesting browsing.

Here's just some of what The Resource Exchange had in store.

If you ever find yourself in the Philadelphia area and are looking for some creative inspiration when it comes to secondhand supplies, The Resource Exchange at 2829 Cedar Street is a must-see salvage center. 

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Friday, August 16, 2013

Thrift Shopping: An American Pastime

It's that time of year again--that special celebration of savings when we wave our frugal flags high. 

It's time for National Thrift Store Day. My plans include exploring the many thrift stores, flea markets and junk shops of the Pocono Mountains. 

And no matter where you choose to celebrate,   I say that you shall loudly declare your declaration of independence from retail prices! 

And speaking of declarations, I have a newfound source of independence to share. I recently began an exciting new venture in my freelance writing career. I've joined the ranks of the All Women Stalk writing team. Not only am I thrilled to have impressed the editors into letting me join their illustrious list of lady writers, but I am beyond ecstatic to say that I have oodles of creative control. I brainstorm the ideas, submit the topics and fulfill the writing end of the bargain. And if you're an independent contractor, you know how ironic it is that there can sometimes be a lax in creative independence when it comes to your employer's needs. So of course I embraced this freedom, and took the liberty of submitting a piece on the reasons to go thrift shopping.  


I do apologize for the lack of updates here on Let's Go Thrifting. Trust me when I say that it's not for lack of finding amazing deals.  I've dived into more rummage sales and resurfaced with some solid secondhand loot. I have some minor upcycling plans to execute and document. I've even recently visited a center for creative reuse--a sort of thrift shop for artists in the Philadelphia area. And I will share all of this and more with you.

I even have a wonderful GIVEAWAY in the works for all you loyal readers out there. 

But before any of this can come to pass, I am going on a much-needed vacation. So forgive me while I make my escape. But mark those calendars for National Thrift Store Day, because I want to hear all about your secondhand scores when I get back. 

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