Santa's Secondhand Scores

Christmas came and went so quickly this year. My daughter's gifts came together like most things in my life. Part plan, part luck and 90 percent thrift.I shopped the fall Just Between Friends Tacoma sale with Christmas in mind. I happened... read more »

Posted 12/30/2014 at 7:47am by Jen Rittenhouse


Have You Clothes Swapped Yet?

A few months ago, we shared a guide for hosting a fulfilling clothes swap. A clothes swap is a party for trading unwanted items in your wardrobe. Everyone hosts a bit differently but the general idea is for everyone to bring... read more »

Posted 12/4/2014 at 7:33am by Jen Rittenhouse


Principles of Adoption: Trust, Love, Compassion and Patience

By Laura Handy-NimickThe final hour on Turks and Caicos was spent cajoling Caicos the Wild Puppy into the beach house and ultimately into a bright red collar. The two hours before that was spent driving around the island to local rescue... read more »

Posted 11/21/2014 at 6:38am by Jen Rittenhouse


Instant Twin Babies

By Jerrie BarnettOur adoption story is an amazing miracle where two mothers collided at exactly the right time and place. My husband and I started out our eighth wedding year with plans for surgery to help us have a child together.... read more »

Posted 11/12/2014 at 5:44am by Jen Rittenhouse


Meet the Anderson Family

When You Adopt a Child, You Can Adopt a FamilyBy Matthew AndersonOur two sons — one whom we adopted at birth and one whom we’ve been fostering for about a year — turn 2 this month, so we threw them a... read more »

Posted 11/6/2014 at 8:13pm by Jen Rittenhouse


Tips for Buying and Selling Goods on Instagram

By Claire Jones, ForeverYoursVintageI had been selling on Etsy for a little over two years when I noticed a sudden surge of people selling things through Instagram. Now, as you may know, Instagram is not meant to be used for buying... read more »

Posted 10/29/2014 at 8:58pm by Jen Rittenhouse


Consignment Sale Shopping - Think 6 Months at a Time

Consignment sale season is one of my best times. Smartly scheduled for spring and fall, I score all of my daughter’s clothes for the next six months at these twice-yearly events. My favorite consignment sale in my area is the Just Between... read more »

Posted 10/14/2014 at 7:20pm by Jen Rittenhouse


Happy Birthday to Us

We just celebrated our first birthday. The milestone passed without the Pinterest fanfare our children enjoyed on their first birthdays. Even so, we’re pretty excited about the year ahead. Swap Meet Mama was an idea we all brought to life. Jen dreamed... read more »

Posted 10/1/2014 at 7:58pm by Jen Rittenhouse


The Golden Rule of Resale

As Told by the Rebecca Minkoff Purse I Scored for $20 at a Garage SaleThe best thing that happened to me this summer was my neighbor's garage sale. For years I watched delivery trucks bring boxes from Hautelook, RueLaLa, Nordstrom and... read more »

Posted 9/15/2014 at 6:30pm by Jen Rittenhouse


Outfit Post: One Pair of Pants Styled Three Ways

I'm starting this outfit post with a confession: I think work clothes are boring. Shopping for my work wardrobe feels obligatory like a dental cleaning or taking out the trash. Even so, work pants are a staple in my life five days... read more »

Posted 9/8/2014 at 6:49am by Jen Rittenhouse

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