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I LOVE Construction! Who’s With Me?!


How many times have you heard someone mutter those words?

My guess is probably …. NEVER.  Unless you’re one those lifers in the biz, right?

Well …

Our Coralville Stuff Etc is currently under construction and we are ECSTATIC!


We recently secured an acre of land to our west and have begun construction in our lower level where we will have official Franchise office space.

If you stop by today, this is what you’d see :

{ I’m not gonna lie … looks a little like we’re going out of business, but I assure you, it’s quite the opposite } 



Even more exciting than the franchise offices, is the 50 foot expansion you will soon see on the main level! 

This expansion will include a new, separate and easily accessible entrance for our consignors connected by a hallway that flows into the main store for our shoppers continued convenience.

As you are shopping and consigning with us throughout this process, we beg you for your patience.  It could be a little noisy at times, but we assure you that we will continue to serve you and care for your items at the same level you have grown accustomed to.

Beyond the excitement we have with the new construction, we look forward to the extra step of service we will be able to provide once it’s all completed.

Stay tuned for updates!



Misfit Chairs

mismatched chairs1

I have eight mismatched chairs around my dining room table.

Don’t get me wrong, this is exactly what I wanted, but they all look like this and BORING!

So I think it’s time to mix it up, a good project during Holiday break,

but I can’t decide which way to go { all one color or different }??

Here’s some inspiration for my misfit chairs:

yellow chairs 2

{ p/c A Beautiful Mess }

red chairs

{ p/c Dreams & Happy Things }

turquoise chairs

{ p/c Better Homes & Gardens }

mismatched chairs

{ p/c Never Without }

What do you think??

If this has inspired you to get yourself a series of super cool misfit chairs,

we { Stuff Etchave OPTIONS!

Check it out:

chair Collage

This is a tiny sampling of what I found in our Coralville location, and the other four have a whole lot more.

Even misfit chairs need a home for the holidays. 🙂

Happy Monday!

Giving Back in June

Part of the Stuff Etc culture is giving back to the communities in which we serve.

Each month Stuff Etc chooses a local non-profit organization (or two, sometimes three, this month four) to feature in their stores to help raise awareness and much-needed funds.

In JUNE, we are sponsoring four very different but worthy organizations.

In Coralville & Iowa City, we are featuring 4Cs.

4Cs Community Coordinated Child Care promotes the well-being of children by assisting families, child care providers, employers and others with their child care needs. We address challenges to the community’s child care system and serve as a resource for the development of new programs.

  • We help parents find occasional child care (short-term care, typically provided by University of Iowa students in the family’s home).
  • 4Cs Home Ties Child Care Center provides free, temporary child care for families facing serious life issues.
  • Crisis Child Care of Johnson County provides short-term, emergency child care when families facing crisis are not able to provide regular care.
  • We provide support to Johnson and Washington County early childhood educators in developing professional, child-centered programs. This support includes, but is not limited to: state regulations, nutrition, child development and behavior, infant care, and meeting quality indicators.
  • We provide professional development and consultations to center and home-based child care providers.
  • We administer the Child and Adult Food Program (CACFP) to home-based child care programs in Johnson County.

In Cedar Rapids, we are featuring Bridgehaven.
Bridgehaven Pregnancy Support Center has been serving the greater Cedar Rapids area for over 25 years. Our services are at no cost to the patient, so there is no need to worry about billing or the hassle of insurance paperwork. You can feel comfortable knowing we do not benefit financially from your decisions.  All services are private and confidential. Bridgehaven does not offer abortion services or abortion referrals. 
We provide: Pregnancy Testing, Ultrasound, and Options Information; Post-Abortion Recovery and Support; Earn While You Learn Program; and Relational and Sexual Health Education.

In Waterloo, we are featuring The House of Hope.

The House of Hope is a Christian based organization under the direction of Christian Community Development. It is a two-year transitional housing program for homeless, single mothers and their children. The mothers are generally between the ages of 18 and 25 and the children are usually newborn to 8 years old. Those who apply to the program live well below the poverty level.

During the transition time, women receive support, guidance and assistance with employment, education and life skills. Safe housing, food, clothing, one-on-one counseling, community referrals and assistance in locating appropriate childcare is also provided for the women. Women are required to work and/or attend school full-time. They are also required to attend in-house groups and meet weekly with a case manager. With two years of support, guidance and stability, women are ready to make the needed changes in their lives and become self-sufficient individuals.

In Davenport, we are featuring Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

The promise of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.

Since its inception in 1990, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® – Quad Cities has raised in excess of $4.9 million towards the fight against breast cancer. Unlike many other charities, up to 75% of the proceeds stay here locally in our eight-county service area to provide mammograms, ultrasounds, and prostheses for women who cannot afford them. The money raised also funds programs educating the entire community about breast cancer. Up to twenty-five percent of the Race proceeds are sent to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in Dallas, Texas to fund national breast cancer research and project grants.

This weekend is a WIN/WIN for both the shopper and the featured charity! Donate a DOLLAR at the registers when checking out and in return, you will receive 20% off your entire purchase of full-priced items Friday, Saturday and Sunday – June 1 thru June 3rd.

And all month-long, be sure to toss in your loose change, maybe a dollar or two, into the umbrellas when you shop our stores.

Every penny that is collected is donated to the featured organizations each month.

Thank you in advance for your support of this ongoing effort made by Stuff Etc to help our local organizations – organizations that never waiver in their support and give so much for the residents of our communities.

The Ultimate Accessory

Is it safe to say that a designer handbag is a woman’s ultimate accessory?

I wouldn’t.  But my sister would … FOR! SURE!

One time I went to remove her handbag from a chair so that I might actually sit down … in a chair …  that I thought she was “saving” for me.  WRONG!

It was a chair that was being saved for her purse. And I quickly got a lesson in all the “bad mojo” that can occur from sitting a handbag such as hers on the floor.  Who knew?

Apparently a whole lot of other women know, because every where you look – on the street, magazines, online,  etc – there is always attention being given to “the bag”.  I have actually witnessed women stopping other women just to compliment a handbag and ask to touch it.  Who are these women?

They are our consignors.  AND our shoppers!

Check out these designer beauties that you can find RIGHT NOW in our stores:

{ at Coralville }

(cream– Fossil $59.99; tan – Coach $69.99; red– Gianni Bini $59.99)

{ at Davenport }

(red– David Pilner $39.99; gold – Coach, in silent auction, bids start at $75)

(both – Coach – in silent auction, bids start at $90 (silver-NEW) & $75 (blue)

{ at Iowa City }

(Stuart Weitzman, $65)

{ at Cedar Rapids }

{ at Waterloo }

(  spring floral , AMI , $16.99 )

And there is WAY more where those came from!

Baby sister … I’m thinking of you when I see that Betsey Johnson bag!

{ sshhh … don’t tell, but  I’m secretly crushing on that red Pilner … who knew?! }

Click here to find our five Stuff Etc locations!

Help us Give Back: March

“It’s easier to build STRONG CHILDREN then to repair broken adults.”    ~ Frederick Douglass

This month, Stuff Etc is working to help build strong children.  Please help us!

There are umbrellas hanging at the registers of all of our locations ready to collect your loose bills and change.  The first weekend of the month, THIS WEEKEND to be exact, we are offering a 20% discount on all full-priced purchases when you make a $1 donation.

It’s a win/win!

Our Iowa City, Coralville & Cedar Rapids locations are supporting:


{courtesy of The Daily Iowan, Jan 2011} Iowa City native Angie Jordan created Children of Promise — a mentor program for kids who have a parent on parole, on probation, or in prison — in 2008, when she was only 22. She had a dream of having an effect on kids who may not have many positive role models.

While studying anthropology and psychology at the University of Iowa, she said, she had many experiences in social work that gave her a passion for kids with difficult family lives.

 This led to her interest in helping children who grow up with parents in the corrections system, who are more likely to have problems with the law themselves. Children who have a parent in prison are five times more likely to be incarcerated than their peers, according to Women’s Prison & Home Association Inc.

All young people have the potential to succeed in life and contribute to society, but many do not get the support they need to thrive. Nearly half of the U.S. population of youth between 10 and 18 years of age live in situations that put them at risk of not living up to their potential. Without intervention by caring adults, they must navigate complex life situations and challenges on their own, leaving them vulnerable to poor decisions that can undermine their futures.

We at Children of Promise believe that we can help kids and youth by increasing the protective factors they have in their lives. By providing youth with caring adults to build relationships with, exposing them to positive community activities, and educating them about healthy life decisions, we believe that we can help to reduce the impact of negative factors like family history of incarceration, single parent homes, and various forms of transition.

“What’s cool about mentoring is you get to create a relationship based on reciprocity,” Jordan said. “So whatever you put into it, the kid just gives back. I’ve learned so much where sometimes I feel like I’m the protégé.”  The program currently has 35 matches, but it needs more mentors for unmatched children (there are hundreds of at-risk kids in Linn, Johnson and Jones counties needing matches).

Click here to get more involved with Children of Promise. 

 Our Davenport & Waterloo locations are supporting:

JR ACHIEVEMENT OF EASTERN IOWA (Waterloo)                                & JR ACHIEVEMENT OF THE HEARTLAND (Davenport)

{courtesy of the Quad Cities Dispatch-Argus, May 2011} Teanna Steward nervously smiled as Junior Achievement of the Heartland honored her as its one millionth student served this school year.

Teanna, a seventh grader at Rock Island’s Edison Junior High, said Junior Achievement has given her a different
perspective on life and better prepared her for the road ahead.

Junior Achievement of the Heartland has been serving the Quad-Cities and surrounding communities since 1956. It covers 24 counties in eastern Iowa, western Illinois and southern Wisconsin, impacting more than 56,000 K-12 grade students this school year.

Nationally, it’s the 19th largest area in number of students served and fifth largest in market penetration.

Bobbie Grace, Teanna’s mother, said Junior Achievement helped her daughter mature and become more responsible. “It truly had a (positive) effect on her,” Ms. Grace said. “It has shown her what responsibility is about, money, and understanding finances. It really gave her a positive attitude and helped
her in the classroom with her grades. Because of Junior Achievement, Teanna “loves to mentor and help other children and is respectful of adults,” Ms. Grace said.

Kristen Holmberg, Teanna’s seventh-grade consumer economics teacher, says “Everyone needs to learn how to balance money. Students have learned parents have bills to pay, and they learn that when mom says not on this payday, they know why.”

Click here to get more involved with Jr Achievement of Eastern Iowa 

Click here to get more involved with Jr Achievement of the Heartland

Formally Fashionable

Do you have a spring formal in your near future?

Or know someone who does?

All of our stores are currently stocking up on spring formals to get you to the dance in stunning style without breaking your piggy bank!

Our Coralville location {2818 Commerce Dr} has just received HUNDREDS of brand new dresses, ranging from $59.99 to $189.99, along with other previously loved, gorgeous formals.

Hurry in to get first pick! There are so many styles to choose from and not a single one is alike {well …. there might be a couple} but no one will look as stunning as you, I’m sure of it! 😉

ALSO, keep us in mind if you have a formal that you’ve been hanging onto …

thinking maybe you can hand it down to your baby sister? {not likely}

or alter it so you can wear it again? {also not likely}

maybe you can be “Carrie” next Halloween? {not a safe bet}

Give it once last glance of fondness and bring it in to any of our Stuff Etc stores so another girl can love it just as much!

AND let the money you will  get in return help ease the pain of letting go.

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Half Price Sales Are Here!


It’s finally here ….

The Stuff Etc semi-annual store wide Half Price Sales!

This Saturday, we invite you to our Cedar Rapids & Waterloo locations for an experience you’ll be quick to remember for a very long time.

(next Saturday, Jan 21st @ Iowa City, Coralville, & Davenport)

Shopping for bargains are a thrill in themselves, but imagine getting a half-price bargain on your bargain?

Over the years, we’ve seen just about everything at a Half Price Sale….

Sprinting for carts, pulling hair over beanie babies (no lie), one woman checking out with 3 heaping carts of clothing, not to mention, people dropping trou in the aisles just to try on clothes.

We often have groups of girlfriends come from out of town and make a weekend of it just shopping all of our stores!

Last year, I received an email from a woman that shopped our sales and was proud to announce that everything she wore to work that Monday was purchased at our half price sale (everything except her underwear that is)!

Shopping a half price sale is an adventure to say the least, and if you’re not shopping it, then the people watching at it is!

** (we love working it too) **

All of our stores are filled to the brim with name brand clothing, the latest accessories, home decor, sporting goods, electronics, furniture, and so so so SO much more!

Every location has an entire stock that is completely different from the next …  there’s definitely something for everyone …

and no pushing or hair pulling will be necessary.


So grab your wallet and your buddies and head to Stuff Etc this weekend!

And again next weekend!

                                       **  CR & WATERLOO  **                                     Saturday Jan 14th- 9am to 6pm

                       **  IOWA CITY, CORALVILLE & DAVENPORT  **                    Saturday Jan 21st – 9am to 6pm

Want to avoid the madness and shop before everyone else?

Pick up an early bird ticket at the store you wish to shop the day of the sale and we will let you in at 8am.  Tickets can be purchased in advance and at the door the morning of the sale until 8:15am for $10.  Click here to get a coupon to buy your early bird ticket for half the price – only $5!

Click here for directions to all of our locations.

Now go …

have fun and be prosperous!

And be sure to share you comments after you shop, I can’t wait to hear all about your successes!


a few pre-determined/marked furniture items will not be included in the sale

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!

What is A White Elephant Gift?

According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, a white elephant is

“an object no longer of value to its owner but of ‘value ‘to others

And the word ‘value’ is subjective.

To me, the value of the white elephant gift is the joy of giving something that creates sheer horror to the recipient, or the cheek to cheek grin they can’t wipe from their face out of embarrassment or the lack of words they have for what they have just so nervously unwrapped!

If you are throwing this type of party,  I recommend including both the rules and gift budget in your invitations to eliminate any confusion or crazy fighting happening at your holiday party.

When attending a party of this nature, here are the basic rules for a legit and enjoyable  “White Elephant” gift exchange:

1. Each party guest brings an un-labeled, wrapped gift of the same monetary value.

2. Everyone draws one slip of paper from a hat (slips of paper are numbered to match guest count).

3. The person who draws #1 is the first to select a gift from the pile.

4. Once the first gift is opened, the person who draws #2 gets the choice of either “stealing” person #1’s gift or choosing their own wrapped present from the pile to open.

5. Next, person #3 gets the choice of “stealing” ANY unwrapped gift or choosing a new wrapped one to open.

6. Turns proceed until everyone has a gift. A turn is ended when a gift is opened.

Additional rules:
* If a gift is stolen from you, you can steal a gift from someone else, or open a new one!
* A gift cannot be stolen more than once in a turn.
* The third owner of a gift gets to keep it and it cannot be stolen again.
* At the end of the last turn, the first person (who had no choice at the beginning) can choose to put back his or her gift and steal ANY gift that is still available.
* Then the gift “exchange” is started again (see #3 and #4 above) and ended when someone either chooses or is forced to take the gift given up by person #1.

Bonus Tip: Encourage your guests to purchase really kooky and unique gifts. This makes the exchange a lot more fun!

Still need a WHITE ELEPHANT gift?

All of our Stuff Etc locations have you covered!  Stop by Iowa City, Coralville, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, or Davenport to get the special something everyone will WISH it were theirs.

We are open on Christmas Eve until 2pm – be sure to let us know if we can help!

AND we’d LOVE to hear some of your “White Elephant” stories!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS from all of us at Stuff Etc!

The Weather Outside is Frightful

Brrrrrrrrrrr…..  it’s snowy and cold today here in Iowa!

But NOTHING makes me feel toasty warm quite like a scarf!

During this time of year, you rarely find me without one, IN or OUT doors.

This video is a long-time favorite of mine and I have found it VERY helpful on more than one occasion.  Enjoy!


All of our Stuff Etc locations have a wide selection of scarfs in all sizes, styles, and colors.  Stop by this weekend and take advantage of 20% off your entire purchase of full-priced items when you donate $1 to our Charity Umbrella.

This month we are supporting the Visiting Nurses Association in Iowa City, Coralville, Cedar Rapids and Davenport AND Samaritan’s Purse in Waterloo!

Have a great weekend!