Monthly Archives: June 2011

Allie’s Advice on Taste Buds

My family makes fun of me on a regular basis for one thing: I’m a picky eater. Okay, “picky” is an understatement. Bring on the cookies (without milk), spaghetti (no meatballs), salad (no dressing), pizza (only if it’s cooked on a stone), peas (but absolutely no corn), bread (only if it’s toasted) and watermelon (this is the only food I’ll eat anytime). Rarely will I try new things. My taste buds are so sporadic that I may like one thing one day but the next day I won’t even look at it! Really, my diet consists of only watermelon in the summer. All other food is fair game for me to dislike. My mom usually has to make me a separate meal from what she makes for the entire family because I will otherwise starve! You’re probably sitting there thinking this girl is RIDICULOUS…and I am! I am worse than most 2 year olds!

So although my taste buds for food are almost worthless and annoying, I’m not picky in all areas of life. I’ve got the best taste buds for clothes. I’m hardly picky about my style and I’m willing to taste any new outfit. This is why I love Stuff Etc because I can try ANY style; they have them all. The other day I was able to get three differently styled outfits all for under twenty bucks. First off, I got a dress for the fourth of July. Now that really is a one-of-a-kind style since I can only wear it on one day of the year! But for $5.99 I can do that! Next up is a poppin’ blue tank. People will see me coming from miles around. It’s cute, comfy and was only $3.99. I can throw it with leggings and a pair of heels for a night out. Lastly is a pair of grey Old Navy shorts. (Another $3.99 steal). They can be thrown with either a T-shirt or a cute top, depending on which style your feeling. Both the Coralville and Iowa City stores have a large quantity of shorts in all sorts of colors, styles, lengths and sizes.

So although I won’t eat hardly anything, I will wear almost anything! The stores are jam-packed with so much color and variety and my closet is slowly starting to resemble them. I’ve got only tongue taste bud for watermelon but hundreds of clothing taste buds. The variety in each of the stores helps me explore all sorts of possibilities. So although I can’t get my guilty pleasure from food, new clothes will just have to suffice. If the taste is right, the price is always right at Stuff Etc. Time for some lunch. (Watermelon, that is.)

Submitted by guest blogger, Alissa Gilbaugh, incoming Senior at Iowa City West High


Away We Go…

Hello lovelies…

We are heading out to Dallas, TX bright and early tomorrow to grow our knowledge and gather exciting new ideas at the NARTS conference.

Stay tuned to hear and see what we come back with next week!

Can’t wait to share it with y’all!

(gettin’ my Texas on early…hee hee)




We Love Dads…

“Any man can be a Father but it takes someone special to be a dad.”

-Anne Geddes

Having only girls around the house, my dad thought it was important to teach us that we can do anything a boy can do.  We thought he was crazy most of the time, but we went along with it anyway.

And now we totally get it!

For that we thank you, Dad!

To show our appreciation for Dads, all Stuff Etc locations have gathered together some awesome DAD gifts for you to choose from.  We are also encouraging all dads that make a purchase in our stores this weekend to register to win a day at a local golf course, our treat!

Happy Father’s Day

Get Your DIY On

love, love, LOVE this!

Paper lantern + flowers or pom poms… perfection!

Being in a business where we are firm believers in recycling and re-purposing, I am inspired by this simple, creative take on a paper lantern.

And check out this one…

A cupboard door!  seriously!  how many of these have you seen lying around?

a little paint, an extra handle and voila! a serving tray!

You gotta check out this crafty girl at Crafty Nest for instruction & inspiration…

then swing by any of our Stuff Etc locations to pick up your materials!

Now go get your DIY on!

Weekend Wishes

Great advice for the weekend!

I’d like to keep this one simple…

Do what you need to do and focus on YOU for once.

I wish you luck.

Have a great weekend!

(pc/via Pinterest)

My New Vice… I Mean, Inspiration

MAGAZINES…Anyone that knows me, knows that MAGAZINES are truly an addiction for me.

I can’t get enough.

Enough pictures, enough information, enough fashion, decor,  gossip, enough ideas…. seriously.  Just can’t get enough.

I don’t know if it’s the glossy pages, the colorful images, or the sound as the pages flip?  Perhaps it’s the fact I can pick one up at any time and find something different to read or look at in small doses? Maybe it’s that they are perfect in the car, the tub, at the beach, on the couch, during my lunch break, on the plane, or just about anywhere?  Seriously.  Perfect.

Just talking about them has me jonesing for a glossy fix!

Thank goodness I can leave the crazy sanctuary (conundrum, I know) of my office and run upstairs at any time like a true junky.  In the beauty of recycling, Stuff Etc offers the most current issues of all of my (& your) favorite publications for only 99 cents!  No kidding!  Did you know there are over 10,000 magazines currently being published?  And the average magazine goes for $3.99 per month!  You could drop a fortune….  if you were like me….    before Stuff Etc.

Stuff Etc allows me to afford my vice.  But after looking up the definition of ‘VICE – immoral or wicked behavior’, I’ve decided from now on I’m going to call it “inspiration” instead because I gain some every time I turn a page.  And there’s nothing ‘wicked’ in that!

Contrary to my blog title, this isn’t new for me either.  I’ve been nurturing this “vice”, I mean, “inspiration” for YEARS!  What is new in my vice realms and in the spirit of being green is digital shelter magazines.

These are magazines produced 100% online. And I am officially HOOKED! The pictures are just as colorful, some even interactive.  The articles are smart and savvy, nothing canned, all original, current, and inspiring! AND the pages even flip!  Check out a few of my favorites:  Matchbook, Rue, Lonny, & High Gloss.

I can read them on my smart phone or iPad, on my pc at home or hop online while at work for some quick inspiration.  They are convenient, cool and easy.  But can they ever replace the print versions?

Na…. never.

To satisfy my true addiction, and that of others (I’m sure I’m not the only one), I still need the look, the smell, and the sounds of the magazines.

But these are way fun too!  🙂

Summer Break is Here

Do your lazy days of summer look like this?

Remember how great this felt?

Get outside this summer!  Start TODAY!

Cancel the cable, retire the Xbox, and enjoy some sunshine.  Before you know it, it will be time to go back to school and dig out the fall clothes and you’ll be thinking I shoulda done this, I shoulda done that….  It goes by so fast.

Promise me. 

No ” I shouldas” this summer.