Thrifty Witch Consignment Shoppe
Thrifty Witch Consignment Shoppe is proud to be celebrating its 5th year anniversary and is located in Bellingham, MA in the Bellingham Market Place, directions available on our Contact page. We are a community focused re-sale shop that supports our town’s sports teams and municipal departments along with the town’s safety programs for the elementary schools. Our mission is to provide a place where residents from not only this town but surrounding towns, such as Milford, Franklin, Medway, Mendon, Woonsocket, have a place to not only shop for quality second hand items, but have an opportunity to put their items on consignment, creating the possibility of some additional income. This is an ideal way to re-coupe some of the money that you may have invested in something that you no longer want or need and give someone else in your community the opportunity to enjoy it at a price they can afford.
A thrifted box subscription and personal shopping experience
Having a sense of belonging and acceptance is something all humans need. Luckily, we have found that in each other through fashion, education, and empowering women. Our friendship started when we all met teaching English at the same high school. Beside our love for literature, students, and the power of knowledge, we found a common interest in style and fashion. The idea for Thrifty Witches actually came from many of our students asking where we purchased our outfits. Most of our outfits are put together with thrifted or clearance rack pieces, which surprised our students and inspired them to tell us that we should really teach people our ways of shopping and style. We loved that idea, and thus, Thrifty Witches was born. From a fashion Instagram and weekly blog to now a subscription service, the three of us, are here to provide guidance for women who want to find their style, find their community, and find themselves.
The Thrifty Witch's Book of Simple Spells: Potions, Charms, and Incantations for the Modern Witch
From Wren Maple, the Thrifty Witch, comes an introduction to witchcraft with a variety of spells, tips, and tricks to get the most out of your practice. There's nothing wrong with simple and straightforward. Easy spells are not less worthy spells. These ideas are central to the practice of the Thrifty Witch. Sick of not being able to easily source (or afford) what she needed for spells, Wren Maple dedicated herself to collecting and optimizing spells that could work for all witches-no matter where they were on their journey and no matter their personal resources. Now The Thrifty Witch is sharing her research and bringing her collection to the page for the first time. The Thrifty Witch's Book of Simple Spells is part primer, part spellbook. It includes: Getting started/witch basics: Witchcraft as self-care, how to establish a practice, and a handful of super-easy spells to get casting today. Key ingredients for spells: Starter stones and herbs, how to source, what to buy first, and more questions answered! Simple spells for every witch: Just like the spells Wren is known for online, nearly every spell in the book requires five items or fewer, and all ingredients are easy to source. Specific spells: Organized by purpose (e.g. love spells, protection spells), these spells are sure to cover what you're looking to cast. Tips and Tricks for Casting: When to cast for best results, where to cast and why it matters...make your spells count! The beauty of these spells is that they are easy enough and affordable enough to practice daily. Since practice and process are so important, this book provides an invaluable resource-unlocking the ability to try new spells and refine casting methods multiple times per week-even daily.
You Never Know What You’ll Find at the Thrifty Witch
Lisa Giffen has always loved poking around in consignment shops and antique stores, so nobody who knows her was surprised when she opened the Thrifty Witch Consignment Shoppe in Bellingham. After starting out in one of the smaller units in Bellingham Marketplace, she moved her business a few doors down, more than doubling her space from 750 sq. ft. To 1800 sq. ft. Last month she expanded again into the unit adjacent to hers and is now able to accept furniture on consignment.
“People would come in and want to consign a piece of furniture and I’d have to refuse,” she explained. “It seemed like the very next week someone would come in looking for the exact same furniture that I’d had to turn away. Now that I have the extra space, it’s no longer a problem accepting furniture on consignment.”
Lisa (pictured right), who absolutely loves Halloween, was shopping for the holiday when she came across the perfect name for her store on a sign in one of the larger craft stores in the area. The sign read “The Thrifty Witch. Second-hand hats, brooms & more.”
“It’s kind of a fun place to shop,” she said. “I’m really not into high-end pieces. People find things here that they remember from another time. For example, there was a woman who had a Native American wedding vase that had broken, and when browsing in Thrifty Witch, she found one exactly like it. She was thrilled to be able to replace it. I try to find specific items for people, too,” Giffen said, noting that she had recently located a vintage toast holder for a customer.
Giffen is the first to say that she’s not an expert on antiques. But she does a lot of research on the internet, visits other shops to check out current market prices, and refers to price guides and reference books to establish fair pricing.
How does consignment work?
For starters, it is always best to call for an appointment before you bring anything to the store. Giffen will go over the items and determine which will be accepted, and negotiate pricing with the consignor. “First-time clothes consignors should come in so that I can explain what is acceptable, and the consignor can get an idea of how pricing is determined,” Lisa explained. Up to 20 clothing items may be brought in weekly, by appointment.
Items may still be dropped off, but should not exceed 30 pieces, and pricing will be at Giffen’s discretion. Any items not accepted will be donated or discarded. (If requested, a receipt will be given to the consignor for tax purposes.)
For books and costume jewelry, cash or store credit is offered. All jewelry should be complete with no broken clasps or missing stones. “Most books are welcome if they are in excellent condition, but please call first before bringing in a large number of books. We are always looking for New Age, metaphysical, and paranormal books because they’re always in demand,” said Giffen.
Thrifty Witch’s consignment period lasts 60 days. If your item is not sold in the first 30 days, it will be discounted 25% (some exceptions apply). All items not sold must be picked up no later than 10 days after the consignment expiration date or they become property of Thrifty Witch Consignment Shoppe. At that time they may be donated, discarded or marked for clearance.
What is accepted for consignment?
Gently used clothing for women and children is always in demand. Giffen is very selective on clothing; she limits the consignments on children’s clothing (especially sizes newborn to 4) to only top brand names and requires items to be in new or next-tonew condition. Items should be clean and wrinkle free. Items that have been altered or have any trace of pet hair/odor or smoke on them will not be accepted. Following are some of the brands that are always popular with customers: Abercrombie & Fitch, Aeropostale, American Eagle, Ann Klein, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Bass, Coach, DKNY, Express, Hollister, J. Crew, J. Jill, Jones New York, Limited/Limited Too, Liz Claiborne, Pac Sun, Prada, Saks Fifth Ave, The Children’s Place, Tommy Hilfiger and others. (Occasionally Giffen buys directly from a consignor; call for more information.)
Household decor and furniture must be clean, polished and in great condition. There should be no chips, cracks or visible repairs, and items should have an asking price of at least $10. “We especially look for unique and unusual items, not the everyday items you see at some of the big-box stores,” Lisa explained.
Giffen does not consign infant/children’s furniture and accessories, toys (except vintage/collectible), bedding or linens, exercise equipment, videos, electrical items or appliances (unique or unusual lamps may be an exception), dinner or china settings, beds, sofas, upholstered or large furniture items (some bureaus or curio cabinets may be accepted), cedar chests/closets.
Thrifty Witch is a community- focused re-sale shop that supports town sports teams and municipal departments, along with the town’s safety programs for the elementary schools. “Our goal is to provide a place where residents from Bellingham and the surrounding towns can not only shop for quality previously used items, but also have an opportunity to put their items on consignment and earn some additional income. This is an ideal way to recoup some of the money that you may have invested in something that you may no longer want or need, and it gives someone else in your community the opportunity to enjoy it at a price they can afford,” Lisa said. “Often people realize that they can get better quality buying gently used items than they could afford if they bought brand new.”
New items arrive at Thrifty Witch daily, and she has weekly and/or monthly specials. Thousands of gently used books are sorted by category and alphabetized by author, not haphazardly thrown on shelves or in boxes. Giffen offers new holistic and new-age books at 10% off the cover price as well as used books in those genres.
What else might one get at Thrifty Witch? Women and childrens’ shoes in all sizes; pocketbooks; handmade afghans; household decor; bric-a-brac and collectibles; new and vintage costume jewelry and metaphysical jewelry; and crystals, spheres, pendulums and wands. (Giffen also offers wellness services, including Reiki and Reflexology.)
Thrifty Witch sells new charms and beads that fit Pandora® bracelets. “They are probably our biggest draw right now,” Giffen said. “People come in the door for those and end up becoming regular customers.”
Giffen has lived in Bellingham for 17 years with her husband, Brian, who has coached town soccer and basketball for close to 10 years now. They have four children: 23-year-old twins Paul and Michelle Dacey, 15-year old Krystal Giffen, who is a great help to her mother in the store, and 14-yearold Samantha Giffen. Because of Lisa’s enthusiasm for Halloween, their house is a neighborhood favorite on October 31.
To find out more about consignment, call 508-876-2720 for an appointment. When unsure of the acceptability or pricing of an item, email a photo to [email protected] For furniture, please include measurements. All items must be clean, smell clean and be ready to go out on the floor.
Thrifty Witch Consignment Shoppe is located in Bellingham Marketplace, 799 So.
Main Street/Rte. 126. Hours: Tues., 10-5; Wed., 10-8; Thur. & Fri., 10-5; and Sat, 10-3.
Be sure to check their Bulletin ad each month for sales and coupon offers, and mention the Bellingham Bulletin when you stop in and see Lisa. Happy Halloween!
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The Thrifty Witch's Book of Simple Spells - by Wren Maple (Paperback)
About the Book
If you're just starting out in witchcraft or if you're sick of complicated, hard-to-source spells, The Thrifty Witch's Book of Simple Spellsis for you!
From Wren Maple, the Thrifty Witch, comes an introduction to witchcraft with a variety of spells, tips, and tricks to get the most out of your practice.
There's nothing wrong with simple and straightforward. Easy spells are not less worthy spells. These ideas are central to the practice of the Thrifty Witch. Sick of not being able to easily source (or afford) what she needed for spells, Wren Maple dedicated herself to collecting and optimizing spells that could work for all witches--no matter where they were on their journey and no matter their personal resources. Now The Thrifty Witch is sharing her research and bringing her collection to the page for the first time. The Thrifty Witch's Book of Simple Spells is part primer, part spellbook. It includes:
- Getting started/witch basics: Witchcraft as self-care, how to establish a practice, and a handful of super-easy spells to get casting today.
- Key ingredients for spells: Starter stones and herbs, how to source, what to buy first, and more questions answered!
- Simple spells for every witch: Just like the spells Wren is known for online, nearly every spell in the book requires five items or fewer, and all ingredients are easy to source.
- Specific spells: Organized by purpose (e.g. love spells, protection spells), these spells are sure to cover what you're looking to cast.
- Tips and Tricks for Casting: When to cast for best results, where to cast and why it matters...make your spells count!
About the Author
Wren Maple, aka The Thrifty Witch, is the founder of The Thrifty Coven and @TheThriftyWitch on Instagram, a popular and fast-growing resource for witches looking for simple-to-source and easy-to-cast spells. Wren has written about witchcraft and a variety of other topics for pop-culture sites such as Pop Sugar, Teen Vogue, and more. Previous to her witching career, Wren was an editor and writer, contributing to magazines and websites including Martha Stewart, Better Homes and Gardens, and other lifestyle publications.
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