Hello! For all intents and purposes I am NCJWLA’s official “shop girl”. Why am I writing this blog? Because I have worked on and off for NCJWLA since I was 16! I have done data entry for the thrift stores, answered phones, volunteered on projects, and most recently been helping set up for the “Special Sales”. I think my current work is some of my most exciting because I get to see the amazing donations that come in, help decorate windows, and work directly with a handful of vintage buyers. Having access to all 9 stores on a weekly basis means I will get to share some of my favorite finds with you! I’ll also eventually unveil my own collection of favorite pieces I have bought from NCJWLA over the years.
Not all “Thrift” is “Vintage” and not all “Vintage” is “Thrift”. What does this mean? Thrift stores function on charitable donations from community members, within these donations there are often “vintage” pieces meaning collectibles from an era or designer. Vintage stores themselves have people that travel and source the best finds for their customers and their owners often buy things for their stores from us!
Anyway we have loads of time to dive into all of that so first things first here are just a few of my own aesthetic inspirations: