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Thursday, May 5, 2011


Hey Everybody! I just got back from the new Volunteers of America where I talked to Johnny DiLoretto from Channel 28 news about thrift shopping. I was so incredibly nervous going into it but I have to say now that it's over I don't think it could have gone any better! Johnny was great at keeping things light and fun. He made me feel so comfortable! (Thanks Johnny!)

I have to say all of the people who work at Volunteers of America were just fantastic to work with. They are all super nice people! It was such a honor to be there and be a part of their exciting grand opening! I felt like a local celebrity for the day! People in the store kept coming up to me and saying- "Aren't you that girl that was on t.v. this morning?" It was such a blast!

Here is a link to one of the segments that I did with Johnny:

WTTE FOX 28 - Good Day Columbus - THURSDAY: Johnny goes consignment shopping
 My wonderful husband came along with me for moral support and to take pictures. He got some really great shots! There are a lot here but I didn't want to leave anything out!

The store looked fantastic!

free tote bags

the rolling rack of clothes I pulled for the t.v. segment

my favorite find of the day!

me putting together outfits- the VOA Communications Director Kathryn actually bought this one!

me and Johnny D

preparing for our first segment where Johnny introduced me for the first time

smiling at my adorable hubby!

Adam the camera guy

not 2 minutes after the store opened all these carts were gone!

bricabrack (I just love that word!)

ooo! is that a harpsicord?

This was Johnny's first attempt at thrift shopping- I think he might need a little more practice! What do you think?

preparing for the second segment

doesn't the store look so festive?!

this says it all

little brown jug, little brown jug, ba dat, ba, da, dot, da, da, da! You'd have to be into harness racing to get this one.

lots of glass ware but none of my beloved boot mugs:(

I've got a thing for Mickey

these girls were pissed that no one had bought them yet!

I've been looking everywhere for a two headed dragon!

so many purses- I only bought three!

the store front

My husband asked me if I thought they had a hard time going through the drive thru?

everything was so neat and organized!

me and my best of VOA picks

Johnny and I doing our next segment

shopping with Johnny

wardrobe change! All the diva's do it.

I am so in love with this dress- only $1.99 as you can see on the tag by my neck.

sharing some laughs

Kathryn  presenting me with my $100 gift certificate
Watch out! I ready to shop!

The last segment with Johnny and Director of VOA Don Markelonis

They gave away a $25 gift card every hour on the hour

The VOA staff getting ready for the opening

geting ready for the ribbon cutting. It was a huge honor to be a part of this!

heading outside fir the ribbon cutting

the ribbon cutting ceremony

the line of people waiting to get in to shop!

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  1. This store is MASSIVE!
    You found some great pieces.
    Is this store a division of Value Village?

    Rashon aka Mr. Goodwill Hunting

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  3. Hey love! I got up super early after only 3 1/2 hours of sleep to watch you at 6:55 this morning! I waited and waited patiently but by 7:30 you still weren't on :/ Except for the "whats coming up clip". We had to leave by 7:30 to make it there for the opening. You must have came on after then? I wanted to apologize for the shortness- lack of sleep and I was on a time crunch before I had to be back at work! Anyway, it was so nice meeting you - you are STUNNING and so sweet! I am off to watch the clip finally on the link! ♥

  4. aww you look so cute in that awesome little black dress you found! score! i hope you bought it!

  5. You should post a link to the clip if it makes it online, you look stunning in the photos! What a fun opportunity, how did the news crew hear about you? You need to post pics of your finds soon too!

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  7. LINDS! you're SUCH a big deal! you looked great!

  8. How awesome is this store. And that dress, another great find. I will be looking to see if there is a VOA Thrift Store in my area.