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We’re Redefining Thrift Stores

We’re Redefining Thrift Stores

There are so many directions I could go with that statement. One way would be to finish what I started last month with more home decor ideas. But instead, I found the posting below from 2009 on one of those Facebook Memories and thought…”well, here you go!”  Funny thing is I don’t know what I meant by We’re Redefining Thrift Stores when I wrote this seven years ago!  Maybe you can figure it out.

From 2009

At Christmas, I was given a gift certificate for a massage at a local spa, which by the way, was definitely the perfect gift. A bottle of Sugar Scrub was included with the gift certificate, which I thought was nice at the time, but then I never gave it another thought. I had never heard of or used a sugar scrub before, and just wasn’t sure about the usage. I was almost tempted not to ever use it, but then I finally remembered I had it and gave it a try. Are you kidding me? Where have I been all of my life? I never realized how totally stuck in my box I’ve been to where I never had a clue that something so wonderful existed. I’ve spent my entire adult life suffering from scaling skin each winter and buying non-penetrating lotion after lotion to try to make my skin soft again while the whole time the remedy was so near at hand. Ridiculous!

So now my bottle is getting close to being empty and I decided to go the website of the company that makes the scrub to buy a new bottle and I have to tell you I was shocked at their price. Remember, it’s sugar based. There was just no way I was going to pay $32.00 for a bottle of sugar and some oil. I have a thrift shop, remember? So I continued looking for other sources and found several sites with directions on how to make the scrub. Hallelujah! It is so easy to make and once again I had to wonder what rock I crawled out from under. I mean who knew?
Another important fact I learned is that sugar cane produces glycolic acid, one of the natural alpha hydroxy acids that exfoliates the skin. Again, who knew?

Below are a couple of recipes to make your own sugar scrub. Trust me, you won’t be sorry.

Sugar Scrub #1
This super-simple formula has been softening and nourishing skin for centuries.
It only calls for two ingredients, and the results will gently exfoliate dead skin cells,improve skin clarity and softness, and stimulate your glandular system.

INGREDIENTSHow to make a sugar scrub at

1/2 cup sugar
Enough cold-pressed oil (olive, wheat germ, peanut, corn, or sunflower) to dampen the mixture. You may also add a drop of your favorite essential oil. Check to see if your essential oils must be diluted before touching your skin.
Gently massage this exfoliating scrub all over your body and face* before you shower with a light soaping and rinse. Repeat once or twice a month.

*I’ve used the scrub I have on my face, but if you have extremely sensitive skin you may want to skip this part.
The next scrub uses more ingredients, but only if you want to add the other items.

Scrub #2

INGREDIENTSRelax at you 'at home' spa.

50 Percent white cane sugar
50 percent vegetable glycerin to moisten the sugar. (Basically, this means olive oil, avocado oil or something similar.)
Small amounts of aloe vera gel, if desired
1 or 2 drops of essential oil if desired. Try combining orange and lavender
Enough ground hibiscus powder for a pink color if desired.

Combine the ingredients in a bowl, scoop some of the scrub onto your hand and massage gently onto your skin for a minute (The scrub will actually tighten on your skin like a masque) Leave on for 3 to 4 minutes before rinsing.

Warning: Once you use this scrub, you’ll never stop!

Here is a variation of the sugar scrub I thought was worth adding to the mix.

Banana Scrub

Too many bananas in the fruit bowl? Skip the banana bread and feed your skin instead with this luxuriant yet simple homemade banana body sugar scrub.
Bananas are a natural for body care. Their creamy pulp is luscious and soothing and works well as a carrier for other ingredients. Banana is nourishing and moisturizing and can be used for gentle exfoliation and skin-tightening.

In this simple formula, bananas and sugar are combined for a wonderfully aromatic and gently exfoliating body scrub.

Bottles to pour you sugar scrub into. Gone-Tomorrow.comINGREDIENTS
1 ripe banana
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract or your favorite essential oil (optional)

Mash ingredients together with a fork into a chunky paste. Do not over mix or it will become too watery. If you want a banana scrub for your face, reserve some of the banana and mash it separately without sugar.

In the shower, slather the sugar mixture over your body avoiding the shower flow if possible and gently massage over your body. For your face, gently massage plain banana, avoiding the eye area. Rinse off with warm water.

How many times have bananas gone bad, and you end up throwing them out? Countless times for me and so now I have alternative usage to making banana cake or whatever. Something I rarely do, by the way.

I hope you find this information useful and that you give one of the recipes a try. I know I will.

What do you think?  Did we ‘Redefine Thrift Stores’ with this posting?

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What’s in a Name?

Once in a Blue Moon Online Thrift and Consignment Store

What’s in a Name?

Apparently a lot more than I thought. We’ve been in business for almost 12 years and have always been known as Once in a Blue Moon Online Thrift Store with a domain name of It was all so perfect when we started out because we could use the slogan of: Once in a Blue Moon Online Thrift Store,  Where Merchandise is Here Today and

Well as always, things change. The search engines or I should say, Google doesn’t like that the site name doesn’t match Really I understand completely. I guess if you wanted to go to Amazon, you wouldn’t think to type in Merchandise for Sale and expect to end up at Amazon and yet that’s what I am expecting everyone to do: to remember Blue Moon Online Thrift Store, but type in

Now we get to come up with a new logo to match Gone-Tomorrow. I love the tropical theme we’ve had all these years, so it might be a bit of a challenge. 🙂 NOPE. DONE!

We’ll keep you posted!


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You Can’t Judge a Book By its Cover.

Free Shipping Coupon

Sometimes we make statements without even realizing the total depth of their meaning. For example; “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. Your first thought may be that you should not read the book if you don’t like the cover. That’s a logical deduction. But then there’s the chance the meaning could be to not judge a person by the way they look. How well I know that meaning having said this to my own children many, many times.  There are clearly a lot of different scenarios that may warrant the use of this phrase and I am going to point out yet another one now!

When browsing our site, the you first thing you may see is a photo of an item along with the a simple description and the price. Now if you were to simply judge that item based on what you see initially, you wouldn’t know that the item is listed with FREE SHIPPING!

I have been trying to find a way to flag these items, but haven’t had much luck yet. I’m not giving up though. In the meantime; please do not ‘judge our books by their covers.’

Oh and if you see an item you must have and FREE SHIPPING hasn’t been offered on it yet and Free Shipping Couponshould be, please contact me. I can offer you a coupon for free shipping.



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Are you looking forward to 2014?

I’ve heard chatter about how ‘they’ can’t wait for 2014 to get here so things will be better. I guess if you believe in numerology, 2014 could be a better year for you. On the other hand, why bother waiting until 2014 to make your life better?

Well, I can answer that for you! The reason you’ll wait until then is because there’s only two days left of 2013! And you know the motto: Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow? Or is it the other way around? Whatever.

I personally am going to try to make myself be a better person in 2014 by having a more positive attitude about situations in my life. I don’t know how I’m going to do it though, especially when I have a problem thinking positive thoughts when I’ve just finished cleaning the kitchen and a family member comes along behind me and creates another mess for me to clean up. I really do want to see the silver lining in this scenario, but I just can’t quite seem to get there.

Whatever your plans are for 2014 I hope you succeed in achieving all that you aspire to. Again, I know I’m going to try my darndest to be better. I think we should meet back here on this date in 2014 and see how we did. Is it a date?

In the meantime, have a Happy, Safe and Prosperous New Year!







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The Holidays Are Here Again!


Yes siree! It’s that time of year again and you either love it or hate it, but no matter which way it is, the holidays are here to stay for the next few weeks!

This year’s shopping frenzy was launched by a few of the stores on Thanksgiving Day and this was over protests from many people who thought the holiday should remain just that: A holiday where shopping is forbidden. I personally do not have a problem with the stores opening on Thanksgiving Day  if they have willing employees to work the shifts. After all, those same stores are also online and are open for business 24/7/365.  And besides, after you eat dinner what else is there to do, but shop?

The following day, or Black Friday as it’s more commonly known, was once again met with mob scenes at stores such as WalMart. I really do have a problem with this type of shopping because I do not think there’s anything out there worth getting into a fight over.

So we got past Black Friday with our big screen TV’s and were faced next with Small Business Saturday. Technically, we fall into this group. I mean we’re definitely a small business. I do not have much to add to this fairly new shopping day as I didn’t hear anything about how the businesses fared.

Now, we come to our domain! Cyber Monday! If you were not already shopped out by now, you should have been shopping the deals you could find online. And I hope you found some, but if you didn’t no need to panic because Cyber Monday has been expanded to include the entire week. That’ right! Cyber Monday is now Cyber Week!! Now that’s smart marketing because you still have plenty of time to shop till you drop!

To that point, you should know that we have a lot of hidden deals; like how we offer free shipping on certain items, only you have to check out the item in order to know this. We also have some little girl hair bows that are offered at a reduced price when you buy 3 at a time. (The photos the consignor sent are not the best, so don’t hold that against her. The bows are really awesome!! ) And of course, we have our Ace-in-the-Hole: The Name Your Price Sale! Where else can you shop and name the price you’re willing to pay? And it isn’t that hard to do: Send us an email at and tell us which item(s) you want and what you’re willing to pay. That’s all there is to it!

So let’s go shopping!


Bing Crosby-Mele Kalikimaka or Merry Christmas!