Tag Archives: summer

Reading Books is For Noobs

This was the latest statement from my only non-reading child (1 outta 4) …

I guess there’s always gotta be one, huh?

But the rest of us COMPLETELY disagree.

When I am reading a book, I get completely lost … transported.

I may be firmly planted in Iowa, but I can travel the globe, and sometimes even time,  when I read a book.  I am inspired by other’s heroic adventures or stories of those who came before us.  And I am moved by the sheer romance of relationships, journeys, and experiences between the pages, cover to cover.

A book is an excellent escape … a welcomed silence in a world of chaos.

I feel a little empty, a kind of sadness when I finish a great book .. in a way that resembles mourning the loss of a good friend that I may never see again but will always be a part of me.

It warms my heart to see my kids reading.  To hear them giggle to themselves because something they read was funny.  And I love it when they ask if they can read just one more page or one more chapter before they turn out the light.

I guess if this makes me/us ‘noobish’, then so be it.

Besides, I think noobish is sexy…

I encourage you to read at least one good book this summer.

I’m anxious to hear what you’re currently reading or would recommend.

And if you have kids, I encourage you to get your child signed up for the Stuff Etc Summer Reading Kid’s Program.  It’s a discount punch card that earns them a punch each time they purchase books and when they’ve reached ten punches they receive a free gift from Stuff Etc!  Pick one up today at your nearest Stuff Etc location and let the reading begin.  Click here for more details.


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 ~ 😉

Happy Weekend

* sigh *

Do you have fireflies where you live?

We are showered with them during the Iowa summers.

It’s quite the vision.

This photo reminded me of my backyard in the summertime and with the spring weather as it is, I feel it’s not so far in the distance.

What are your plans for the unseasonably warm weekend?

We hope it’s something that makes you smile!


{ p/c via persuede }

Inspired by Allie… Be More Bold

This year I decided to challenge myself to do something new: to be more bold. So of course, since I’m a girl, I started in the clothes department. I’m talking bold colors, bold prints and especially bold accessories. Now, for some clarification, you will not see me walking around town with green nails, purple shorts, pink leggings, a shirt decorated in unicorns with a floatie around my waist. That indeed would be bold, but not quite what I’m going for. Rather, I’m thinking fun printed shirts, brightly colored shorts and cute hats or other accessories like earrings, necklaces, etc. It seems to me these days that color is everything. With my new “be bold” splurge, I went to the Stuff Etc in Coralville with my eyes craving things that stood out. Within the first 5 minutes I found a pair of baby blue shorts…they even had the original tags still attached! Since I only paid $5.99 for these sweet shorts, I assured myself I must find a shirt to go with it. In my heart of hearts I knew the nice summer weather was soon to arrive so I went looking for a light tank top. I topped these shorts off with a beaming, bright orange shirt that was $4.99. Now if this shirt isn’t bold, I do not know what is.

Wrapped up in the word ‘bold’ is all sorts of excitement: it means vivid, courageous, daring. So, with my new bold outfit on, I’m going out on an adventure, not sure what is awaiting me. Dr. Seuss says, “If you never did, you should. These things are fun and fun is good!” No one likes boring, do they? Don’t let your outfit be plain; throw some color into it! The real pickle comes when you want a radical outfit, but you know that if you buy it you will not be able to wear it out because you’ve spent all your money on the outfit and have none leftover to go out on the town. This is why Stuff Etc is so perfect for me:  I can get several cute outfits AND be able to wear them out with money left over.

This summer I encourage you to try something new, do things you normally would not and wear things that make your outfit noticeable and exciting. Decorate your life just how you like it. Be edgy, not sketchy. Colorful, not mix matched. And be bold, not boring. Now if you’ll excuse me…I need to go put together some more outfits!

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

Does This Look Familiar?

Do any of these garage images look familiar?  No…I didn’t sneak over in the middle of the night and take a few snap shots to embarrass you, BUT I know a lot of garages and sheds that look just like this!  Mine included!

Now that the weather is warming, it’s the perfect time to pull it all out and get rid of the stuff you don’t need.  Stuff Etc has a loooooong list of shoppers looking for all the stuff you need to unload.  Upgrading your grill?  Bring us the other one.  How many bikes have your kids outgrown?  Get them in here!  We have people looking for your quality used camping equipment, lawnmowers, gardening items, pool tools, outdoor summer sports equipment, and the list goes on and on!

Don’t waste any more time.  The larger items you don’t need an appointment for, drop those off ANY TIME.  The other stuff, make an appointment to bring those in at any of our five locations and enjoy a clutter free spring and summer.  Click here to access our appointment schedules. Now get out there and enjoy the weather!  See you soon.  🙂