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Consignors = Business Partners

 

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Target, TJ Maxx, Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel, Anthropology …

What do all of these stores have in common?

SUPPLIERS

ALL of their inventory comes from warehouses, designers, manufacturers, etc.

Our SUPPLIERS are our CONSIGNORS.

Essentially making them { YOU } our partners in business.

{ YOU } are the key component to the beginning of our success cycle (#1 below):

1. { YOU } bring in your quality, previously loved items

2. We select, price & merchandise those items correctly

3. We sell { YOUR } items for the best possible price

4. { YOU } collect your cash

5. Cycle complete

WIN/WIN

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To all of our current and future consignors out there,

THANK { YOU } for being our PARTNERS …

Our business is better because of { YOU }!

Weekend Wardrobe Challenge

GAH!

I think we’ve had this conversation before, so please forgive me if we have, but this time …  I.  Am.  Serious!

I lost count after six, but I’m pretty sure I changed my clothes at least 10 times this morning before settling on something not so desirable before heading to work this morning.

* sigh *

This does NOT make for a good start to the day people.

I know I cannot be alone in this.

For some time now, I’ve been toying with the notion of settling on a two-color palette for my closet.  Mainly in effort of helping me decide which pieces to eliminate in order to down-size my desperately over-crowded closet.

But I have yet to make myself go there.

However, after this morning’s escapades, I don’t think I can muster enough strength, or time for that matter, to do it again.  And I think I have finally found my inspiration.

Somewhere along my social media stumblings in and around my day, I came across this “10 Piece Wardrobe Challenge” over on Polyvore.

Now THIS is a challenge I can accept!

{ maybe not the red pants for this curvy girl, but something similar? }

What’s even stranger AND sweeter is that these 10 pieces alone can create a minimum of 20 different outfits together! Throw in a few accessories and you easily have a full months worth of combinations!

I know!  RIGHT?!

Sorry.  In case you are unable to sense my excitement, I am elated at this possibility! Do you have any idea what this could mean for my daily dressing routine?!  Not to mention my psyche? Seriously. I am so in love with this idea.

Ok.  Enough gushing.  I’m sure you get it by now.

Check out these other 10 piece possibilities:

I’m pretty sure I already have one or two of these items in my closet.  Those will dictate my direction .. { as long as they fit well …  and fit well today.  Not 10 lbs lighter …  today }.

First thing on my list, is a really nice fitting, tailored, black blazer.  This can be somewhat of a challenge for a girl who was blessed in the upper torso region { if you catch my drift } but the blazer is a necessary and very versatile piece.  And I look forward to spending hard-earned cash on this.

The rest of it I will piece together this weekend as I make the rounds to our five Stuff Etc stores.   THIS is going to happen friends.

And I look forward to the day that I can { enthusiastically } empty my closet of all the other unnecessaries.  You can take that to the bank!  Actually, I will … after I cash the check I get for selling all of my no-longer-in-my-wardrobe-wheelhouse stuff at Stuff.

Happy Happy Weekend!

xoxoxo

Would You Buy It?

Although I’m pretty sure my face melted off as I left my office today, I’m ready for the cardi and the scarf and the jeans … heck, even just a breeze.  

AND I am sick to death of my closet full of nothing to wear! Time to recycle the goods and figure out what, if anything, I can possibly get rid of.  As I shuffled through each and every piece, I began to recognize the repetition of justifications running through my head, minus the removal of anything:

” Meh …haven’t worn that in the past 6 months … maybe even a year? But this is SO my color” 

“Spent way too much on that one … I can’t just give it away”

“I’m starting that amazing new diet tomorrow- it’ll fit again real soon” 

“I used to wear THIS all the time! Who cares if it’s faded – even better”

“Dang! This was a steal! … I haven’t worn it yet but … “

“I look like a sausage in this one … but it still says Juicy Couture”

This clearly wasn’t working.

So I decided to try a completely different approach.

I closed the closet.

Took a deep breath … found my focus { as if it were some Olympic event }.

Opened it up again.

This time, I looked at it as if I were going shopping for the first time, asking myself “Would I buy this right now? Today? With this body? And this budget?”

Sliding hanger by hanger, as if combing through the department store racks, I pulled out each item that I would NOT buy right now.  Wrong color, wrong size, wrong season, wrong style, just. plain. wrong.

BOOM!

Problem solved.

Now I sort into four simple piles:

1. Sister     2. Stuff Etc      3. Donate    4. Burn baby burn

What a joyous feeling!

AND I got the bug ..  lookout kiddos .. momma’s coming to your room next!

Now it’s your turn.

Go on …

get shopping in that closet of yours!

Trend Watch: Summer Shorts

Now that it’s finally nice and toasty warm outside

it’s time to put those sexy legs into a pair of super trendy shorts!

Who knew there are sooooo many options these days?

Check these out:

And after being inspired by this post from WhoWhatWear,

I went on the hunt inside our stores …

just look at what I found so far:

You know what’s even better than finding an AWESOME bargain on all the latest summer styles?

Getting a bargain on your bargain!  Am I right?

With that being said, all Spring and Summer merchandise goes 20% off as of June 1st!

That’s this Friday people!

See you at Stuff ~ 😉

In Awe of Restructuring

Maybe it’s because I’m not gifted in this way, but I am in total awe of others that have the vision and the talent to take recycled clothing and turn it into something completely different!

Like Stuff shopper, Megan Clark, from Sigourney.

I was in my office working away yesterday when I overheard Megan explaining to her young son what she was doing,

“I’m buying clothes that I can make into something else.”

“oh” he quietly responds.

But my ears perk up and I think … ‘I gotta meet this girl!’

Now, it’s always awkward approaching a complete stranger as you try to explain that you weren’t really eavesdropping, but you couldn’t help overhearing her comment.  Megan was very kind and when I asked if she would be willing to send me some pictures of her creations, she said “What about these?”

No way! Legwarmers made out of a sweatshirt!!!!  BRILLIANT Megan!!!

Seriously!

Absolutely brilliant!  I. Love. Them!

When I asked if I could take her picture, she kindly obliged and mentioned that the sweater she was wearing (and so stylishly belted, I might add) was once a men’s sweater that she restructured to have pockets and a trendy flair.

love. the. whole. darn. thing! (isn’t she adorable?)

Thank you, Megan!

For sharing your talents (and for not thinking I’m some creepy basement lady listening in on mother /son conversations).

I look forward to featuring more of Megan and her restructured fashions here on Stuff Happens.

Time to Revolve Your Closet

I think I’ve used this picture more than once …

But I love it!

I mean, who hasn’t been here? (Me for one …. ALOT lately!)

Staring blindly at the bursting-at-the-seams-closet but nothing to wear syndrome.

OR nothing in my closet fits!

OR I can’t stand the thought of wearing that shirt-pant-skirt-sweater-dress one more time!

Well… I say don’t bother!

Clean it out all your best, previously loved SPRING clothing and accessories, and bring them into any of our Stuff Etc locations.

We will turn it into cash for you!

And while you’re here, pick up something “new” to you.  Our racks are packed with current styles and fashions to dress you and yours head to toe!

All of our fall and winter items are currently 20% off and all of our spring clothing will hit the floors just after our storewide half price sales this month.

Visit us in Iowa City, Coralville, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo & Davenport!

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

Coralville Hits the Motherload

A sports apparel store recently closed its doors and opened an account at our Coralville location, 2818 Commerce Dr.  With the opening of their account came HUNDREDS of brand new Hawkeye clothing items for men, women, and children.  And not just Iowa stuff!  We have racks of Iowa State, UNI, Kirkwood, and other collegiate apparel as well.  You truly must see it to believe it!