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Thrift Store Bargains

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I love to recycle. In fact, I recycle everything I can—cardboard boxes, newspapers, bottles, plastics, and cans. I guess it’s a good thing that the recycle container from my city holds sixty-five gallons of my empties. But I want to talk about a different kind of recycling—thrift store shopping. To me this is the ultimate… Read More

More Misconceptions About the Amish

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  Last January I wrote a post on general misconceptions about the Amish. It turns out I had misconceptions about some of the misconceptions, lol. Thankfully readers helped me sort some of those out. I’ve been thinking more about misconceptions lately, mine in particular. Mine show my ignorance. Or assumptions I don’t even realize I… Read More

From Rags to Riches: Stories from a Mennonite Childhood

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My great-grandmother Snyder seldom threw anything away. For her, turning one item into another had all the energy of the resurrection itself. So, it’s fitting in this Easter season to remember Great-grandma and her skill of transformation using needle and thread. She darned socks, turned frayed collars from one side to another, sewed patches on… Read More

10,000 Resolutions

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How goes that New Year’s resolution you started? Do you even remember what you promised yourself you would do? I had lots of grand plans. I do every year. It’s a wonder I am not the healthiest, most spiritual, happiest, most well adjusted person you could ever meet. Because every year I lean into the… Read More

The Key to Successful Thrifting

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  Sweater: Banana Republic (similar) | Denim: American Rag | Boots: Sam Edelman (thrifted; similar here and here) | Bag: Vintage Dooney & Bourke (thrifted; similar modern version) | Necklaces: Gap/American Eagle Despite wishing for spring weather, I’m trying to make the most of my winter wardrobe, and that means wearing my boots as often as I can. I have a penchant for shoe-shopping, but finding… Read More

An Unexpected Color

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Jacket: MNG by Mango (similar) | Blouse: H&M (old, but similar here) | Denim: Elle (similar) | Bag: Vintage Coach (modern version) | Heels: Vintage Stuart Weitzman (updated version) | Necklace: Forever 21 (similar) | Sunnies: Urban Outfitters (similar) I don’t know about you, but when January hits and everyone starts counting down the days to springtime weather, I begin to crave color and prints. Sometimes even the… Read More

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