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Growing Up Thrifting and Second Hand Shopping

Growing up, one of the things that I loved doing with my father was going to second hand stores. Sometimes, my father would go looking with something already in mind. Other times he would go more to browse. I went because it was something that we naturally had in common.

Shopping second hand was like a past time for the both of us. It seemed that we both appreciated things from the past and how they were made. We’d compare the difference of how things were made present day to the past.

We also both had a unique sense of style. His style was cowboy in the city! 😳Mine was usually something retro or ahead of my years or its time. We also appreciated a great money saving deal. Together, at second hand shops and flea markets, we were curious about things.

What is this? Where did it come from? What’s it for? Can I use it? Does someone else need it? Does it have a story?

This was part of my growing up and it’s never left me. In high school, college and as an adult, I’ve always owned a combination of the new and old. I didn’t grow up considering new things superior to old things. I didn’t grow up with regularly upgrading our stuff. What we had usually lasted us a very long time. We didn’t upgrade unless we needed to or it was a great money saving deal, in a new or old item. 🙂

keep calm and go thrift shopping

I believe that growing up this way taught me to be saavy with resources, including re-purposing and reusing things that others would throw away. It brought me up being comfortable with buying and selling goods on a basic level, to be resourceful.

Being resourceful is about making the most of what you have. It’s also about creating what you need or want in your life.

I’m passionate about making something old new by infusing life into it. Giving that “old” or “out of style” thing a chance to be used, appreciated and loved again.

Yeah, things are just things but they become more than that when we can make good use of them in our lives or enhance someone else’s with it.

What about you? What are your experiences with second hand shopping or thrifting? I’d love to hear what some of your memories are.

Until then, let’s remember this: it’s about the little things in life!



Vending at Alvarado Fall Fest, Union City Ca

Excited to be writing again and that my first post back is about sharing the excitement of doing my first show. Pretty rad!

From the last time I posted so much has changed in just two years! I’ve been on many life adventures here and there. I moved homes and jobs. There’ve been many beginnings and endings. I’ve grown so much. During that time my engagement on TheWeeBitThings has been less than I’d hoped for, but in life one must be flexible. Right now I’m really happy to be writing this post.

Being that this will be my first show, I’m taking the whole experience in. I decided that I would put my best foot forward, do my best with what I know and just do it. I’m really looking forward to the experience and most of all to learning. I’ll be posting some more about what I’m doing to prepare.

Since I’ve moved, I’m still learning about my new hometown and its surrounding areas. The Alvarado Fall Fest is only in its 3rd year. I’ve never been to it, but it sounds like a great community event. There will be classic cars and custom bikes. Also, there will be opportunities for people to learn how to they can fix up their bikes. I’ve always loved custom bikes but it’s been such a long time since I’ve seen them around! This should be very cool to check out.

The Alvarado Fall Fest is featuring iBike Union City. iBike Union City is on a mission to increase awareness of the communities recreation services youth & family services division and the UC Teen Bicycle Workshop.

Union City, Ca Alvarado Fall Fest

Some Summer Days

Wow, how Summer has flown by! I have to say that this Summer has been one of the best Summer’s in my life. I haven’t even done anything so fantastic either. I think it’s because since moving, I’ve actually experienced a pretty pronounced seasonal change. Since moving to the East Bay, I have felt the differences in Winter, Spring and now Summer temperatures. The temperatures around town have really heated up! I think the warmest day was 90 – 93 degrees. I like warm days. I like hot days. I love the sun. I don’t, however, like the reactions I have to the sun … I’m kind of allergic. I actually get an allergic reaction on my skin, I easily over heat and I sweat easily and lots. (SIGH). This does not change my love for the sun. I just have to be very careful when I’m under it. What’s funny is that my muse, my girl, Monchichi, is the very same way!

Rat Terrier Chihuahua Mix Sprawled on Couch

Monchi Too Hot

Since my skin is generally very sensitive, I can’t even use regular sunscreen. I can only get the topical stuff with way less chemical ingredients. That’s all fine and good but that means two things: I don’t have many choices when it comes to buying and since it’s topical (not absorbable) it stays pasty white on my skin. So, yeah, a really nice look. Surprisingly, what’s helped a lot is a straw hat!

While I’ve always been into wearing hats, the straw hat has been a godsend. Let’s just say: Life. Saver. I’ve been wearing it since Spring and almost every weekend this Summer. Feeling so lucky to have found it and even more glad I bought it because a good affordable hat isn’t the easiest to find believe it or not.

Wide brim straw hat by Roxy

not the most clear picture, but you get the idea…

The hat is from Roxy and I bought it at the Sport Basement for between $30 and $40.00. This is a wide brim hat, very breathable because there’s no lining.

This is an older one, it’s a Dakine hat, but it’s a smaller brim hat and it’s lined with cotton, making it too warm for me to wear in hot weather. Too bad.

summer straw hat by dakine

you can see this one is not as wide, therefore less protection, and fabric lining.


With the way I’ve been using the Roxy hat, I’m considering buying a higher quality hat with a bit more refined of a look. Here’s what I’m considering . Both are panama hats.

Capas Panama Fedora Blue Brothers

Capas Blues Brothers Panama Straw Hat Fedora

Stetson Forty-Eight Panama Fedora, Neutral Straw

Stetson Forty-Eight Panama Fedora


I’ve been doing other things this Summer besides finding excuses to wear this hat. One of the best things that happened this Summer was being promoted to the next level up in my Aikido training. I’m now on what would generally be brown belt. In the Aikido I practice we don’t have belt colors. It’s just white and then black and then white again. This is after about 8 years of training…so, it’s not a quick thing.

I also cut my own hair for the first time. Well, bangs, to be specific. They’re side swept bangs. You know how you can get tired of your hair looking bad? I couldn’t even wait for the hair stylist. Sometimes, you just gotta take matters into your own hands. Thanks to YouTube, I didn’t have to go at it alone, alone.Rosebud143 helped me. “How to Cut Perfect Side Swept Bangs at Home”

What do you think for my first time?

DIY side swept bangs

not as angled as possible but I’m totally an amateur

Side Swept Bangs at Home, do it yourself

Same side swept (or swide swept) bangs, natural wave, not straightened

It’s been a lazy kind of Summer and an exceptional one; the best part is there’s still some left. Oh and can’t forget one of the best times of all, our Indian Summer coming in September.

‘Til then, enjoy your days, ‘cuz it’s all about the little things in life!