Thinking of You…

Have you ever hoped that this year will be different, that this year you’ll have it all planned and more organized?  I figured it out a few years before it was all over, before mine were all the way out of grade school.  Thinking of you gifts…teacher, mailman, stocking stuffers, thankful friend and just because.  BUT, doing it all without breaking the bank, that’s the trick!

Here are a few ideas under $5-$15.  This year planing it out will be a little easier.  Get the teacher names and find an unsual gift that will let them know you are thinking of them.  Grab a gift for Christmas or Teacher Appreciation, wrap it up and put it in the hall closet until the day rolls around.


Fun Sachets with a vintage style broach attached.  A nice addition to the classroom. Also a fun gift for mom, grandma or a bestie! Don’t think of this as your grandma’s sachet.  Perfect for the car, gym bag, desk drawer (lavender calms-lol).  Sachet under $10 each, Broaches usually under $10 each (broaches, sold by my good friend Jane of G J’s Attic- Booth 221 Thieves Market).


Fun repurposed children’s books.  These make cute journals to give to friends and family.  They are not only perfect for the teachers but a nice gift for an administrator. Under $15 each.


I Spy, Madeline and BINGO note pads.  Perfect little gift for the mailman, the beautician, the pharmacist…anyone would love this as just a little something.  All three under $5 each.


Fun magnets, some new and some made from vintage board games, milk pogs and puzzle pieces.  Another great way to tell someone thanks without breaking the bank. All under $5.00 each.


Amazing new keychains made with vintage board game pieces.  These pictured are Clue, Skipper,  & Candyland. All the keychains are under $5.00 each.


Vintage alphabet cards repurposed into notepads-perfect for a teacher, but also fun to give someone with the same initial for their first or last name.  I love the vintage graphics.  These too are under $5.00 each.


Here is a newer yet still vintage set.  It is always fun to receive a repurposed vintage item.  I love bringing back a memory and allowing someone to see it daily which puts a smile on their face.  This is sure to delight anyone.  And again, under $5 each.

The goal here is to keep the cost low-sometimes you have 8-10 teachers to buy for and it can get a little outrageous, yet you don’t want to leave anyone out.  It is our goal to help you plan ahead and do it on a budget.

If we can help you or even custom make something, let us do what we can to help you with your gift giving needs.  We are Thrifty Chickadee and we have just proven there are thrifty ways to let someone know they are special in your life.

Chickadee in Flight,


Southern Attic Booth 51, 6021 NC hwy 55 in Fuquay-Varina

Thieves Market Booth 400, 4111 New Bern Ave., Raleigh

Changes Are in the Air

Even with two booth spaces and little side projects I still have time to help out here and there.  My fellow booth buddy, Jane from GJ’s Attic and I spent a little time helping to boost up some changes at Thieves Market.

We worked together to open The Red Balloon Boutique on July 1st.  We are experiencing a great response and new following at this upscale new and gently used children’s boutique.  This boutique is exclusive to Thieves Market and our hope it that you stop by and find that fun piece for your child’s/grandchild’s room.


Another wonderful addition is our very own, Winter Wonderland!  We toiled through ornaments, trees and a plethora of snowmen and Santas.  The end result was a beautiful cozy collection of holiday fun.  Slide into Thieves Market and find your holiday joy!


Be sure to stop by my booth, #400 and that of my booth buddy #221.  We are working together to bring new and exciting additions to the already wonderful and amazing Thieves Market.

Chickadee in Flight,



The Black & White of It

Thrifty Chickadee is all about the black and white of it.  We want to bring you unique pieces with no colorful distractions.  We are bringing in new items daily and we have unique pieces in both locations.


We will be branching out into baby items in the near future.  Our Thieves Market location will be opening a children’s boutique in July.  Watch Facebook for the delivery date announcement soon.  Come by and check out “The Black and White of It”!

Chickadee in Flight


Are You Looking For Some Twinkle Lights

It seem to me that no matter how we design our home, try our best, we have a hard time getting the twinkle right.  We all want that little something the makes the nest POP, light up and give us that warm glow.

For me it is finding the heart of my room and making that vision come true.  The vision is there. I’m just having a hard time finding the twinkle to light the vision.  What I have figured out is that I must have the patience to see the lights appear.  I need to be the Thrifty Chickadee that I am and be selective with the pieces I bring into the nest.  If I do that I will definitely grow the vision.

I like to think that the bird building a nest enjoys the hunt for the strongest most apealing sticks, so in turn the home is solid and beautiful.  She selects with patience and them can relax and enjoy the twinkle lights of her labors.

If you are looking for a particular twinkle or light and are having a hard time finding it, be sure to let me know.  I’d love to help.

Thrifty Chickadee in flight,


A Spring Fling

Get ready…coming soon!

Make a plan to attend this Appreciation Event at Southern Attic!IMG_7057

This will be a fun event, with wonderful door prizes and sales throughout the weekend!  Don’t head over alone, grab your other Thrifty Chickadee friends and family and make a day of it!

Hope to see you there!

Chickadee in flight,


Trying Something New

Hi My Fellow Chickadees,

Recently we moved into our “downsize” home.  I still am moving slow on getting things the way I want them.  The wall paint will come when the school year ends (I am teacher assistant). Until then I am getting the wall decor started and I have always wanted to display the things I love. IMG_6341

I love history and I love vintage plates.  This is my antique tobacco drying rack which dates back about 90+ years.  I wanted to incorporate it in our new home.  Another of my loves is vintage hand painted plates.  IMG_6342

Using these two loves together popped into my head just two days ago and I thought…why not!  Some of the plates pictured here are not vintage but it gives you an idea of how I am Trying Something New.  With this idea I can add plates as my collection grows.  The thing you have to remember is that the only critic that counts is you! My one critique on this is that my paint on the walls isn’t done yet-it will look so much better when that is done.  lol

Be adventurous and Try Something New!

Chickadees in Flight,



Happy New Year 2018!

I can hardly believe that we are in the year 2018!  It is time for some NEW all the way around.  I have recently moved into a NEW home & a NEW sized work space.  I LOVE it, yes it is going to take some organization, but I am already painting two NEW pieces.


The year 2017 brought a NEW booth at Southern Attic, a  NEW job with Autistic Children & NEW surroundings.   I am excited to see the NEW days of 2018 and what they will bring!

Be sure to let me know what hot NEW item you can’t live without, I’ll start the search.  In the mean time-tell me what NEW colors you want to see in 2018.  As always I want to bring you pieces that will complete your Thrifty Chickadee nest.

NEW 2018 goals for Thrifty Chickadee: Bring you some wonderful new pieces.   Incorporate a line in my booths that will enable me to use a portion of the proceeds to support Autism in some way  (Watch for those special tags).  Start a NEW workshop Saturday every quarter to teach a paint/craft class.  Find NEW opportunities to reach others about shopping local.

Do you have a NEW goal to change the look of your nest?  What are your 2018 design goals?  If you don’t know where to start, message us and we will be happy to help you get the ball rolling.  Maybe you have a piece at home that will start the feathers flapping.

Happy NEW Years to you all and may 2018 be your best year ever!  All my happiness & joy to you-may your wings take you to high places in 2018!

Chickadee in flight,