My Name is Linda Lee

This Chickadee flies around and finds amazing things to bring home to you.  I try to find things that I would love.  I love vintage children’s books.  I think the vintage graphics grab my attention.  Or, maybe it is the memories of days gone by.  Today my attention was taken by the title of this book. Probably because my name is Linda Lee.  What a coincidence that both names are in the title of this gem.


Lets slip inside and see what the story says…


A Father’s work or a Mother’s work?


You know it is vintage by the descriptions of what a mother and father should do for work.  (Insert chuckle, laugh, chuckle)

Another great find was this red ruby!


Let’s just say, Lucy knows what to ask for.  Here’s hoping we all reap the benefits of her letter.

This all leads up to you.  When you’re out there this holiday season, take the time to pick up a little something that touches your heart, sparks a memory or fills you with the holiday season.  And may the next 365 days be good ones!

Happy Holidays from the Thrifty Chickadee,

Linda Lee


Commiting to Awareness

Living with autism is a challenging blessing we have embraced for many years in our family.  Now we commit even deeper to Autism and to you, our community.  A little background…I am a Special Education Instructional Assistant (autism preschool) and Thrifty Chickadee is my escape, a diversion from the many layers of raising a special needs child.   That may sound a bit off, but let me elaborate.  We use Thrifty Chickadee to take our son on journeys with us, from estate sales, to thrifting, antiquing, and more.  He is able to find unique items to fill his curious mind and we are able to educate him about the unsual items we discover together!  This always proves to be an exciting adventure. IMG_9324

We have thought long and hard about what commitment we should make to “give back” to our community.  We love our son just as he is and have decided to honor him with a portion of every sale at Thrifty Chickadee going to support those with Autism.  We feel that this will grow our passion for understanding and our support of Autism understandingand awareness in our community!

We hope you will stop by both Thieves Market (booth 400) and Southern Attic (booth 51-two locations in the store) and start your family holiday shopping. Help us support our Autism community and their families.


Thanksgiving will be here soon. We are so thankful for each and everyone of you.  We hope you have a very fruitful holiday season.

Chickadee in Flight,



Falling Leaves * Falling Prices


So much is happening that I just wanted to get the word out ASAP!  At our Thieves Market Location (4111 New Bern Ave, Raleigh) we have big sales this weekend for our Fall Sale.  We will feature Friday pumpkin discounts in October with our huge parking lot sale on the 20th.  It should prove to be a very busy weekend. Great discounts will be the feature of the day. (Thrifty Chickadee-booth 400)

At our Southern Attic location (6021 S NC Hwy 55, Fuquay-Varina) we will have a huge Fall Festival on September 29th.  There will be raffles, treats and sales throughout the store.  To increase your raffle chances, take your smart device in and show them that you shared their even.  You’ll receive an additional 4 chances to win.

This is the time to start stocking up on Thankful Gifts, Christmas Treats, Stocking Stuffers, teacher gifts and hopefully a little something for yourself! I’m serious, treat yourself to a little something special!

For those of you that entered our most recent contest-thank you for the interest and all your kind words about out Chickadee items.  Look soon for another contest and until then, stop in and see us!

Chickadee in Flight


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,