Being a Super Shero/Hero is easy.......

The power of giving back

How often do you give back?
Do you give back?
When you bring something into the house do you take an equal amount back?
How to you check yourself?
Do you check yourself?
How do you hold yourself accountable?

We love to shop don't we? Well, I don't know if you do but, I do! I love it. I love the anticipation of finding that one item I've had my heart set on. The perfect EF Harem pants, crop pant, shoe, boot, heel, coat fur, picture, table, bedroom set. I love thinking about what it will be like when I find my treasure. I think about what I will wear it with how I will wear it and what wardrobe hole will it fill.

Most importantly I think about the Scoregasm-
When something happens that is so righteously awesome you pretty much scream out loud.
The feeling acquired when thinking about scoring perfect treasure.

When you have found your ultimate Scoregasm and bring your treasure home. What do you do with other things you no longer love? Do you stuff your closet until it is bloated? Do you sit a bag by the door vowing to donate but somehow it never gets donated? Do you go through the donation bag finding yourself pulling items that you half like out? Saying to yourself "I will wear it". Maybe saying this but you know you have not worn that item in over 5 years.

Take heart this is your time to shine! This is your giving back moment! This is your time to know that you can give to a great cause! You can be your own hero/shero! You can change a life with the power of giving back. You have access to so much power or potential to access power. Let me tell you how. By donating to your local charity of choice you can do all the things that I stated above. You have a choice with so many charities out here there is always someone to help. Some woman,man,girl, or boy who could use that thing you have not thought about in years.

I keep a bag ready. Sometimes I will wear a treasure and never wear it again. My closet is a continued revolving evolution of progress and creativity. The thrift or op shop is my main place to shop and donate. I find the latest and the greatest. So I donate the latest and the greatest. The next time you bring smothering into your home make sure that you love it. If you don't love it then leave it! How many life lessons can we learn from that. Oh baby if I had the time! I see my treasures go to good homes and other women veterans who are in need. I also volunteer there so I am always amazed at the people whom receive joy from something I donated.

I donate to a non profit charity call Combat To Chic:;fref=ts

My business is called Thrift in Time Please visit my FB page and like and share:

Whom do you donate to?
PSA don't donate what you would not wear! Just cause it's going to the charity shop does not mean you can donate trash. Edit yourself! Before you reck yourself!

Thank you for reading or looking at the pictures or just stoping by. Leave a comment it makes me happy. Now go and look at the pictures cause we love them.
Last few pictures 16 is Tem from House of Tem a fabulous designer.
And Meosha of Combat to Chic. Tem is making my white jumpsuit. He is a Fashion Designer.

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  • Angie replied 4 years ago

    Fun pics as always, Ledonna. Do you own the Thrift store, or do you have another type of thrifting business? 

    I give my own used wardrobe items away to friends, people who I know want them, and charities like the Salvation Army and Dress for Success. Always feels good to donate and make others happy. 

  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    Such pretty treasures! 

    I agree that it's a great feeling to donate! I give many of my loved-and-no-longer needed items to: 

    • My stepdaughter. She's a similar size and has very little money so truly appreciates this gift! 

    But she doesn't wear woollens, silk, or leather. So those items go to: 

    • One or two friends.
    • YLF style exchange.
    • Local charity. 
  • Janet replied 4 years ago

    Fantastic, Ledonna! 

    I have a bag in my room right now with things to donate. Most of them are of the worn-out tee shirt variety, plus some nice but warm pajamas that I can't wear anymore as I get too warm at night. I usually donate my unwanted items to Goodwill, but there is a residential rehab facility right near my home for women and their young children as they get back on their feet, and I have been taking a lot of things to that organization. 

    I also pass along a lot of things to my nieces, which they both really appreciate, and some other friends. Sometimes I'll sell items on eBay if I feel like I can recoup some cost and the item is not one I think my nieces will enjoy, and sometimes I'll put things on the Style Exchange here -- it's especially nice to pass something along to a fellow Fabber. :-) 

    Ooh, speaking of which, I just realized I owe you a PM! :-)

  • JAileen replied 4 years ago

    I'm a member of our local Assistance League chapter. We operate a thrift store. The money we raise goes toward our various programs. One of them is a food pantry for low income seniors. We give out 800 bags of groceries every month. Another program is providing new school clothing for poor children. They are recommended by their school counselors. We clothe around 2500 kids every year. Another program is providing grants to school teachers. They can get up to $300. They can use the money for things for the classroom, or field trips, or to bring in a speaker. We also have programs benefitting Veterans, foster children, and sexual assault victims. I volunteer in the pantry and the thrift store.

    I love thrifting, and go to several stores in town, but anything I get rid of goes to the Assistance League. The above figures are for our local chapter.

  • Ledonna N. replied 4 years ago

    Angie I have a budding fledgling business.  Real like old new born.  It is basically a platform in which help clients shop for thrifted fashions.  Fashions on a budget.  When I left the Army 13 years ago I did not have even 1 coat or cold weather Item.  I did not know how to dress for success all I was wearing was jeans.  I think about 9 or 10 years ago I stumbled onto YLF and along the way I learned how to dress for myself.  Church family started to ask where I shopped and I told them.  Then they asked me to purchase and/or take them shopping.  Then Others asked me to and more.  But I have a full time 9-5 or more like 7-until complete.  I would shop for them for fun.  So this year as part of my growth I have decide to move forward.  And having the blog or sub-blog as I call it from YLF helped me to move me forward.  Being surround with greatness in life and virtually helped me to start a FB page and get cards printed and promote myself.  It is a weird thing to have people ask me where I get my clothes from.  I would like to say that I am a thrifted version of Angie but I think that is giving myself way to much credit.  Cause on the Other hand this is hard work fun, but challenging.  Espically when holding a full time.  You have to hustle hard.  But it is my dream to one day be successful or at least this give me a creative outlet. Because of the monotony  of My 9-5 can be a dream killer A big one.  While on my staycation I hung around Designers Stylist, Creators, Business owners Veterans go getters. It was another  whole life that I enjoyed. I found that I wanted to invest in my dream.  Hence the apocalyptic photo shoot.  Then it was one thing after the other on my vacation.  Which I never expected.  The veteran piece about Thrifting, My friend Angie yes you all have much in common go figure scored for us then the News Reporter team also Angie the The Indepth interview also Angie my friend Angela.  My sister circle we just formed 8 months ago.  They are inspiring.   I'm finding my balance.  So to answer your question No I do not own a Thrift Store I Thrift with and for clients.  Whatever you need I can Find It Just in Time or Thrift In Time.  lol Get It?  I thought That was so clever.  lol  On my FB page I promote and spotlight local Thrift Stores and Independent business Artist with a side of Flaver Or Drama.

    Suz Those are all great places to donate and to give you DD some of your beautifule treasures are wonderful. It saves the carbon footprint.I think that is great and I will have to check out the style exchange.  I am a creature of habit a Taurus and I do not explore beyond what I don't know. I will have to check the style exchange.

    Janet that is so cool now I'm really interested in the style exchange. I swear I learn something everyday. Thrifters love worn or preloved tee-shirts. Speaking as a long time thrifter.  Thank you for sharing.

    Jaileen  You could speak my life.  I do the exact same thing and volunteer for abused and batterer shelter and donate to Combat to ChiC My Charity of Choice.  It makes my spirit feel good.  To think about more than myself.  I don't have kids for the most part it is just me and so I want to in some way give back to communities that have helped me along the way. 

    As Always thank you all or sharing part of your journey .

  • rachylou replied 4 years ago

    I love your thrift styling service. That is just so brilliant.

    I donate and shop Goodwill. I know someone who worked there and like to visit all of them in the area. They are all different. I do actually wear a lot of things to death tho. In all ways, don't like to throw out good stuff.

  • Jenn replied 4 years ago

    What a clever idea to run a thrift shopping service! I'm sure there are a lot of folks out there who would like to buy secondhand, but don't have the inclination/love for the hunt. 

    When my mom died, my brother and I spent a lot of energy finding the right place for her things. So much so, that his partner commented that we were making things harder for ourselves than maybe they needed to be. We didn't even question, though. Unused medical supplies went to the county nursing home or the free clinic, casual clothes and housewares to the nonprofit thrift store, work clothes to a halfway house for women leaving prison, books to a sale that benefitted the YWCA, food to the homeless shelter. It just feels better.

    Did you know Goodwill recycles unusable clothes? It helps them out if you gather your unwearable garments into a single bag and label them as rags, so they don't have to sort through the holes.

  • replied 4 years ago

    I have a constant bag for donations. I probably donate at least monthly, to a few different places. I also do a bit of thrifting for my DD, who seems to have better luck finding things than I do. My home isn't large, and I need to make sure it isn't overrun with stuff.

  • rachylou replied 4 years ago

    Oh, I vaguely remember my mom telling me maybe about Goodwill taking on the job the ragman used to do. They make building insulation out of rags now...

  • replied 4 years ago

    I the UK giving to charity shops is a very common thing to do. We actually get printed plastic bags come regularly through the letter box for all sorts of charities. The idea is that you fill it up and put out on your doorstep on a specific day and a van collects and takes to the shop. Conversely we have local charity shops that I often take stuff to myself.

    Charities I've donated too:

    Cancer research

    Heart organisation

    Children's hospice

    Breast cancer

    Many more also...

  • Ledonna N. replied 4 years ago

    Rachylou  I love shopping at the bigger thrifts and but I donate to the smaller ones.  One because I love supporting local and I can see my clothing go to good homes.  I have met some of the best people while thrifting. 

    Jenn I think that there is no right or wrong time do decide who or where to donate.  My friend Meosha from Combat to Chic helps families who have lost loved ones. She keeps a mento from the family who has donated and Item and hangs a not for sale sign on them.  Then When the familiy members come back and they always do. They can see a bit of the DearHeart Family that they lost.  It is the best thing that I've ever heard of.  Ummmm they don't even have to be former military. 

    Delurked  EDIT is the name of the game.  I donate about once a month also.

    Diane G that is so amazing.  I love that concept Ummmmm Yes I love it.

  • Barbara Diane replied 4 years ago

    I occasionally consign clothes, but mostly I donate our better clothing items to Image for Success and the rest to the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army is easy because it is very close, decent parking, etc.I purchase wine glasses, dessert bowls, decorative items, jewelry etc. at thrift stores, furniture at consignment stores, and some items at garage sales. I rarely find my size at thrift or consignment stores, or garage sales. And we receive lots of second hand furniture from relatives. We are lucky that way. I like knowing people who need my items will get them, and it even helps to let go of well loved items to know they will go to someone who will use/love them rather than having them sit around here.

  • Ledonna N. replied 4 years ago

    Barbara Up cycling, Recycling, reducing and reusing is kinda cool . That is never a truer statement ."I like knowing people who need my items will get them, and it even helps to let go of well loved items "

  • rachylou replied 4 years ago

    Oh gosh, once upon a time there was this fabulous mother daughter team that ran a shop where they upcycled clothes. I miss them. I got my one pair of white pants and my 'riding' sweater from there.

  • catgirl replied 4 years ago


    Now I want to know how you store all these amazing finds - you and Natalie may have to have a closet competition!

  • Ledonna N. replied 4 years ago

    Rachylou that is going to be my fit for tomorrow. My friend Oshun Bey makes upcycled clothing I'm wearing denim overalls upcycled tomorrow. You must have looked beautiful in your upcycled sweater .

  • Ledonna N. replied 4 years ago

    Alaskagirl I live in a very large open studio space no closets. I have open free form shelves and racks and racks of industrial hanging racks for my clothing jackets dresses etc. I bought them from a clothing store that was going out of business

  • catgirl replied 4 years ago

    That is awesome!  So you can see everything you own?  What a dream!

  • Ledonna N. replied 4 years ago

    Yea I love them but than again. I love Fashion it's my passion.

  • Sally replied 4 years ago

    As you know I love op shopping too. I recycle my clothes all the time. Your wardrobe sounds amazing. I don't have much space at the moment but would love to one day to spread clothes out

  • Ledonna N. replied 4 years ago

    Sally you know how rich rich rich people have a walk in closet that look like a clothing and bedroom st the same time. Well t hat is how my studio looks. Spreading out has its pluses and minus. I have to be mindful of clutter.

  • Momo replied 4 years ago

    I am inspired to clean out my closet of all exhausting to wear or otherwise no longer me clothing ans don another donation run!

  • Ledonna N. replied 4 years ago

    Yes Momo. Clean out gift to someone else be a superhero

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