Saturday, January 1, 2011

Thrifty Blogger of the Month: Sarah of Five Camels!

Happy New Year, everyone! I can't think of a better way to start it off than with my favorite feature: Thrifty Blogger of the Month :)

This month's blogger is Sarah, of the blog Five Camels. Her blog is really lovely- with posts featuring her beautiful home that she decorates on a budget, her thrifted finds, and anecdotes about married life. Plus, she lives in Richmond too!

I actually met Sarah this past summer at Goodwill Outlet- she had read about G.O. on this blog and now she loves it too :) I'm so glad she agreed to be January's thrifty blogger, since she's a woman after my own thrifty heart! Everyone, meet Sarah:

Sarah shows off her $2 Goodwill Outlet Uggs! (Photo courtesy of Five Camels)
Another's Treasure: When did you first start thrift shopping, and why did you begin?

Five Camels: I was in grad school studying to be a Physician Assistant. (So I'd been in college for approximately 40 million years.) I had previously relied on a wardrobe full of flip flops and toe socks. Suddenly, I was on rotations and required to wear Grown Up Clothes... on a budget of negative 5 dollars. ;)

I cringed as I drove myself to Goodwill. Two hours later... I was a total convert. I left Goodwill with a bag full of Ann Taylor sweaters, J. Crew skirts, and Banana Republic pants. I've never been able to sleep in on a Saturday again. ;)

AT:  What do you consider your best thrifted find ever?

FC: My practically new, white, slipcovered, Ikea Ektorp couch. Or maybe my $2 Uggs. Can I have two categories?

Sarah's thrifted IKEA couch in her lovely home. (Photo courtesy of Five Camels)
AT: What would be the ultimate coolest thing to see for a dollar at a thrift store?

FC: Another Ektorp couch? Man Town needs a new couch. But, coolest thing that might actually be a dollar? I have to say, I totally covet your leopard print Jimmy Choos. I'd like to find some of those in zebra, please!

AT: I'll keep a lookout! Do you have any tips on finding great things while thrifting?

FC: I am a total brand-whore. I rarely try anything on that's not absurdly expensive in the "real world." I also try to limit myself to things that are in excellent condition. I'll sew on a button, or mend a tiny hole, but if it needs more than that it stays on the rack. It's only a bargain if you're going to get some serious wear out of it!
Thank you so much, Sarah! Everyone, make sure to check out Sarah's blog Five Camels!!


  1. aww, Thank You!! I feel so honored!!

  2. You're welcome! Thanks for the great interview :)


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