Last month when I kicked off a new regular feature here on the blog called Reader of the Month, I had no idea it would be so well-received!
It wasn’t a DIY project.
It wasn’t something that was necessarily “pin-worthy,” either.
Rather, it was a big “THANK YOU!” for all you readers that really make this blog a community.
Every project I have made is a portion of me that I let you guys see. I love to experiment, I don’t give up easily, I always see beyond what others can see, I see the potential in every piece. You only get to see snippets of the process in transforming old furnitures into a unique master piece here in the blog. Honestly, its not as easy! LOL (But hey I’m not complaining because I know it is worth it!)
Having people around me who appreciate what I do is soooo rewarding. Interacting with you guys is like catching up with an old friend. I love how we share different ideas and how much enthusiasm you show on every post that I publish.
So each month, I’m taking a moment to thank you guys for all the support I received from you. My utmost gratitude goes to you all!
I don’t remember when Letty started reading my blog, but she’s been involved in nearly every one of my 30-Day Room Makeover Challenges!
And trust me–those challenges aren’t easy, but each one of them, she has risen to the challenge.
I asked Letty to tell us about her love of thrift, some of her great finds, and her tips for selling vintage things on Etsy. Here’s what she had to share.
Be sure to leave a comment for Letty and let her know how awesome she is!
They say that necessity is the mother of invention. In my case, necessity was the mother of thrifting. – Letty Hixon
Where do you live?
“My name is Letty Hixon and I hail from Stormville, NY.”
How long have you been thrift diving and loving junk?
“As a young child, I lived with my parents and grandmother. Tati, as we affectionately called my grandmother, was a seamstress. She would scour the thrift shops (with me in tow) for good used wool winter coats. Once home she would create a new lining for the coat using the old one as a pattern. She dug into her button box and changed out the buttons. Next the coat would go to the dry cleaners and finally, I would have a “new “coat. That was the start of my thrifting adventures.
During my teenage years, there were flea markets, hand me downs, outlets, and closeouts. To this day, I still own a cedar lined wooden trunk I purchased back then. I remember a fur jacket I picked up at a vintage clothing store that I had to sew back together before I could wear it!
My first apartment in Colorado was entirely furnished in garage sale finds – a table and chairs, artwork, sewing machine, you name it.
Later, when I was raising my three children as a single parent, hand-me-downs and outlets were my best friends. Kids grow so fast – without the kindness of friends and neighbors, I don’t know how I would have managed.
Fast forward to the present and I am still thrifting. My hubby picks up vintage mid-century furniture on Craig’s List and refinishes them. Most we keep, some we sell. You could say my home is decorated in early Craig’s List.”
What’s the project you’re most proud of?
“Hubby picked up my craft cabinet [from Craigslist], which I refinished, and I love how it came out. It has become my essential piece. It holds most of my crafting supplies in its 24 drawers.”
What’s your most prized possession you’ve ever bought from the thrift store?
“Thrifting can have one big drawback – when to stop! So what happens when you thrift too much? You start selling your overflow. I picked up a lovely pink vase for $3.00. Turns out it was elegant glass of the depression era which I was able to turn around and sell for $75.00!”
“In our family the thrifting “gene” has been passed down. My son thrifts full time and now my granddaughter is helping him. We have even had multigenerational thrifting vacations!”
Why do you like reading Thrift Diving, and how long have you been a reader?
“I read many blogs about DIY, thrifting and upcyling. But the homes and people in those blogs seemed so different from my own experiences. Then I found Thrifting Diving and Serena. She had just completed her first challenge and was looking for folks to sign up for the next challenge. I signed up and just loved the support, ideas, incentive, and drive. We shared mishaps, losses, accomplishments and triumphs. It was such a wonderful experience I couldn’t wait for the next one. In the meantime, bonds and friendships were formed.”
What other DIY, thrifting, or crafting blogs do you love to read?
“Besides Serena and Thrift Diving my other favorite blogs are Gail at My Repurposed Life and Leilani at Keeping up with Mrs. Smith. My Repurposed life is very different experience from Thrift Diving but one I also enjoy. I admire Gail’s vision – she sees a project where many see trash. Leilani has such a frankness about her. Her experiences strike a chord in me.”
What DIY or crafting tips do you have for others?
“So what tips to do I have to offer – organize, organize, organize! If all of your crafting or DIY supplies are organized, you will be ready to go when the urge to create strikes. You will save money by not buying duplicate supplies and all those organized supplies will inspire to go ahead and make something beautiful.”
Letty’s Esty Shop (And Tips for Selling on Etsy)
I’ve always struggled with finding the commitment (and platform!) for selling the vintage things I find at the thrift store. But Letty just hit a huge milestone with her 300th listing in her Etsy shop back in April!
That’s a huge accomplishment because I know how much time it takes to find the perfect items to sell, take pictures, and list them!
300 items is a lot, so I couldn’t help but ask….
How do you store all your items before selling them?
“I have several file cabinets (that we picked up for free on craigslist) that are kept in the garage where I store many of my items. These will be moving soon to a ground level unheated storage room in my house. I sort similar items together – all Farberware, all metal, clear glass, etc. The only thing I don’t store outside are fabric items (those I keep in a tote inside). Right now I can usually remember where things are but I think I am going to start some kind of numbering system.”
How did you get started selling on Esty?
“My son (who sells full time on both Ebay and Etsy) helped me get started. Like you, he lost his job and turned his part time passion into a full time job. Pictures are key and I finally invested in a lighting set. I did things slowly. Since I just started my second year, I am a bit more comfortable with purchasing supplies for my business. I did it all legit with a tax ID and all the tax stuff. I am lucky that my hubby LOVES thrifting and is constantly on Craigslist (great to be retired). He has a good eye for things.”
I was so inspired by Letty’s Etsy shop that I asked her to come back later to do a guest post on how to get started selling on Etsy. I mean, we find such great stuff at the thrift store and at yard sales. Why not try to start a legit business selling, right?? Be on the look-out for that post coming!
Thrift Diving Tote Bags!
I tried offering Letty one of my Thrift Diving tees for being featured this month, but she already ordered one last year! (YAY, thanks, Letty!) So instead, I’m sending her this cute little Thrift Diving tote bag! Hmmm….pink maybe?
I keep meaning to order mine, and I have never sold them on the blog, so she will be the first to own a Thrift Diving tote (you can order one here for $15). Lucky girl! (I hope she likes it!)
Thank You, Letty!
I really appreciate readers like Letty who have been a part of this community and who have supported my projects and our 30-Day Makeover Challenges (heads up–we have a BIG Outdoor Overall Patio Makeover Challenge starting in July! Sign up here to be notified when official sign-ups start!).
Thanks so much, Letty!
Next time we do a 30-Day Makeover Challenge, I’m sure you’ll see Letty! Be sure to say “hey!” to her. 🙂