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It has been said many times that patience is a virtue. Unfortunately, neither patience nor virtue can be bought in stores. If you have it, then you should put it to good use when thrifting.

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HGTV Design Star contestant Mark Diaz thrift shopping.

Thrift stores in general don’t have an overstock of items, that once gone are replenished. The inventory is updated as often as things are brought onto the floor. A moment of patience can change your life in a thrift store.

Many people go into a thrift store and see nothing they want in the first five minutes and say, “There’s nothing here for me.” However, the moment they leave could very well be the moment the exact item they desire comes from the back room.

True story: I was shopping for a client’s room and was about to walk out the door. As I walked down one aisle, I saw an easel. This easel had not been there while I was shopping moments earlier. I immediately inquired and bought it.

Another true story: I was again shopping for a client and saw a mirror that had just come onto the floor. I told one of my assistants to inquire about a price. Unfortunately they didn’t. It was already sold by the time I could ask for the price myself; just that quick.

It’s not a race to see who can snag the best deal, it’s about being patient and not being in such a rush to leave. There is no set time when inventory is brought out. There is no planogram for the new and incoming items.

If you are leisurely shopping, I say giver yourself an hour to just watch the store. See if the associates are bringing anything out. I am not by any means suggesting you stay there all day (although I know some people who do spend that long). I am simply encouraging you to be available to what may be “The Find” for you.

So tell me. Do you leave a thrift store if you don’t see anything that catches your eye upon arrival?

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This past Saturday, HGTV staffers hosted an “I <3 Thrifting” party. While Mr. Goodwill Hunting traversed Charlotte, NC, in search of deals, we stormed thrift stores in our HQ city of Knoxville, Tenn.


HGTV Staff (L to R): Jen Moore, Karli Cook, Kelley Walters, Jennifer Leitman, Anne Wilkerson, Kayla Kitts, Nancy Harless

While I only came out with an 80s-style purple skirt and red belt, others hit the jackpot and found antique plates, cupcake stands, vintage fans and kitschy decor. Check out some of our finds:


The West Knoxville team loaded up with goodies at Nostalgia, a local "vintique" market.

Anna joined designer/bloggers Dayka Robinson, of Life + Style, and Erika Ward, of Blulabel Bungalow, in Atlanta for some thrifting fun. (Erika scored the mod lampshades.) While Anna was on the hunt for dining room chairs for this DIY project, she ended up with a rake, a small brass chicken and a vintage Good Housekeeping tin waste can like this.


Anna Millman (second from right) thrifting at Goodwill and My Favorite Place in Atlanta.

Did you participate in “I <3 Thrifting” Day? What city were you in? What amazing thrifty finds did you come out with? Let us know in the comments below.

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Is everyone geared up for “I <3 Thrifting” Day this Saturday, July 9? Rashon’s expanding list of host cities includes Knoxville. If you haven’t heard, staffers are hosting the Knoxville “I <3 Thrifting” event. Other thrifting party cities are Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Houston, Phoenix, Austin, Philadelphia, Denver, LA, DC, Birmingham, Roanoke, Atlanta, Charleston, SC; Portland, OR; Toledo, OH; Raleigh, NC; Columbia, SC and Charlotte, NC.


For all the Knoxvillians, we’ve picked our destinations for Saturday. HGTV staffers are splitting into two groups — one’s hitting West Knoxville thrift stores and the other is scouring the racks at shops in Downtown/North Knoxville. Call it a bit of friendly competition. If you’re looking to join us, here’s an idea of where we’ll be:

9AM Breakfast at Panera Bread (4855 Kingston Pike – across from Kroger)

Then splitting off to thrift:

West Knoxville Group

  • KARM Bearden (5917 Kingston Pike)
  • Goodwill Bearden (5307 Kingston Pike)
  • Nostalgia (5214 Homberg Drive)

Downtown/North Knoxville Group

  • Habitat for Humanity Thrift Store (2209 North Central Street)
  • Ladies of Charity (120 W. Baxter Avenue)
  • KARM (733 N. Hall of Fame Drive)
  • Salvation Army (409 N. Broadway Street)
  • Hot Horse (108 E. Jackson Avenue)
  • Goodwill On Campus/17th Street (713 17th Street)

If you want to join up with us later in the morning, we’ll be tweeting at every location using the Twitter hashtag #ilovethrifting.

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Last month we introduced you to Mr. Goodwill Hunting (aka Rashon Carraway) in our Blogger of the Month feature. While chatting about his blog and awesome thrifting skills, Rashon tipped me off that Saturday, July 9th is “I Love Thrifting” Day. So what is I <3 Thrifting Day? Rashon says, “I’m encouraging all my followers and others to join in and descend upon thrift stores to show a solid front.” Together designers and style-conscious folks in the online community can bring attention to the importance of repurposed design and their love of thrifting.


With several avid thrifters and fans of Mr. Goodwill Hunting on staff, we knew we couldn’t pass this event up. So, the HGTV Design Happens team has decided to host an I <3 Thrifting event in the city where we are based—Knoxville, Tenn.! So, if your close by, come and join us! We’d love to meet you. Check back for more details on where and when.

Or you can go thrifting with the designers hosting thrifting in New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Denver, Phoenix, Roanoke, Va., Columbia, S.C., Charlotte, N.C. and Toledo, Ohio. Plus, continue to check Rashon’s blog and Facebook page for host updates in your city. Even if there’s not an official host near you, you can communicate with those participating in the event by using the Twitter hashtag #ilovethrifting to find interested folks in your community that may want to meet up and shop!

And don’t forget to order an I <3 Thrifting t-shirt to proudly wear around your city. (I’m getting the pink one!)

What are your I <3 Thrifting plans for July 9?

Tell us in the comments below.

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Okay, before we dive into the stunning interior design work and jaw-dropping thrifting skills of Mr. Goodwill Hunting (aka Rashon Carraway), I have to comment on his killer wardrobe.


So sophisticated! So suave! (And handsome, too, yes?) Rashon told me, “My dress definitely influences my interior design style. I believe most people can have a comfortable space if they create a home that directly resembles their wardrobe.” Let’s take a look at his living room, shall we?


One of my favorite aspects of the blog Mr. Goodwill Hunting is that Rashon not only shares the treasures he finds for his clients, he also shares decor updates and design ideas from his own home. His love of interior design and repurposed decor is instantly evident in his living room. What a stunning space. What was once an outdated, striped sofa, Rashon reupholstered for a fresh, contemporary look. And while Rashon says his living room is “in process”, I think it looks magnificent as is.
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