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Summer always turns my mind to far off places with my wardrobe following right along.
I haven’t been on a boat in years but that doesn’t stop me from rocking nautical stripes.
Or maybe you’re more of a city girl…
And remember that wherever you wander and how far you roam there’s no place like home…
3 Ways to Feed the Travel Bug from Home
1. Usually drive? Get out the bikes or walk your neighborhood. Life is friendlier on foot. People wave at you and call out friendly greetings. Yield to pedestrians is real- and empowering.
2. Create a summer bucket list. One year our family tried a different ice cream shop each week! There are so many places just a hop and a skip away that we’ve never been too. Who says wanderlust has to include an epic journey. This year’s list includes Beech Creek gardens in Alliance, checking out the eagle’s nest at Walborn Reservoir, and tracking down a cannoli from Retz’s Laconi’s II Restaurant in Cuyahoga Falls (A daughter of one of the Ninni’s is co-owner and the craving for their pastry is real).
Northeast Ohio Family Fun is a great site for events but also ongoing activities
3. Read about it. I know it sounds cliche but you really can explore the world through books. Plus curling up with a good read is a great activity for a rainy day. Did you know 21 out of the 30 days in June had rain? Yikes!
Anyone see Jimmy Fallon’s Jerry Seinfeld impression on the Tonight Show this week? He was talking about Uber and getting into a stranger’s car—was an exact repeat of me during our Chicago trip this past weekend. We used Airbnb to rent an apartment and used Uber to get around the city— “make me sleep in a stranger’s house and ride in a stranger’s car”. I warmed up to the apartment idea. How couldn’t I with this city retreat in the backyard.
Plus it was a great way to spend time with family as this was an Ohio-Iowa midway Chicago meet up weekend. Sometimes you just need a relaxing night at “home” enjoying each other’s company.
Em, mom, and I also picked out some great accessories for the shop while we were there!
And for a family photo update- Pictures are back!
Celebrate Local Artists
We’re kicking May off with our 2nd Annual celebration of our handmade artists! Join us this week and show your support for local artists.
10% off all handmade, enter to win a $25 BBT gift certificate, and take home a gift with your purchase—lovingly made by the BBT crew- and they smell great!
Happy Mother’s Day
Thank you thank you thank you—three times isn’t nearly enough!— to all the mom’s out there.
We have great gift ideas in our Handmade Market and Chicago accessories, neat handbags, and of course the gift of shopping with a BBT gift certificate.
Reminder that we are accepting summer items through May 30th. Have questions about consigning? Check out How to Consign, send us a message, or call the shop at 330-877-3308.
First up is a Flea for All in June. Vendor and musician registration is now open! More Info
Mom and I are consignment, resale, and thrift shopping mavens. And while my main motivation is to build a wardrobe with quality pieces at a price my frugal self can tolerate, it’s awesome to know my closet is good for the environment.
Both Sides of Consignment are Green
The landfill should be the last option for your clothing. Our closet clean-outs go in this order:
Take the pieces in excellent condition to BBT
Even my second hand shopping/picky shopper self has a basket of items to bring to the shop each season. The hardest part is cleaning out the closet. Click here to learn more about consigning at BBT.
Upcycle what we can
This means harvesting interesting buttons and fabrics to use in craft projects and using old t-shirts for rags. You’ll even find tights with runs cut into strips and used to tie up our tomato vines in the garden.
Send other wearable items to the thrift shop
Note: have items that are unwearable (ie that top I snipped the lace off to use in a craft project)? Place it in a bag marked “salvage” before donating.
The greenest clothing you can buy is second hand. It’s locally sourced, requires no additional manufacturing, and keeps like new items out of the trash. At Best Bib we look for quality pieces. Fast fashion/disposable clothing just don’t last. The well made pieces we select for our shop hold up through many wears and washes.
Upcycling in our Handmade Market
Many of our ridiculously talented artists are master repurposers!
We can tell it’s Spring Break when the shop is filled with teachers and teens in the middle of the day. We get warm fuzzy small town feelings when you bring your friends and visiting family members to meet and shop with us. In the two days we’ve been open so far this week we have been a part of prom, a first date, a funeral, mother’s day, a wedding, Easter, and a family photo. Thank you for sharing your stories and lives with us. It truly gives a purpose to “what we do”.
Read below to see what’s happening at BBT this month. See you soon!
-Barb, Megan, and the BBT Crew
If you follow our Facebook page or receive our email newsletter you have noticed that we made a mid-March trip to Chicago. The new jewelry wall is stocked with great pieces. It’s amazing how adding a little color feels lighter and sunnier. This works for your outfits too!
Spring Scarf Tying Class
We have received many requests for a date for our next scarf tying class. Mark your calendar for April 25th. We will be teaching scarf tying as part of a Ladies Night Out at Celebration Worship Center. Join us and other local businesses for a fun night. Details coming soon. Watch our event page for updates.
April is peak dress shopping month. Help us spread the word and the savings by sharing with a teen (or mom of a teen). Some of the dresses available are photoed here. Have formals to consign? We will begin accepting dresses for Homecoming in August. Mothers dresses for weddings work year round.
Other Noteworthy News
- Second Saturday planning is underway. We are so excited to watch these events grow this summer. If you have thoughts on what to add/improve, bands or type of music to request, would like to volunteer, or would like to be contacted when vendor registration begins please fill out this quick survey.
- If you are a BBT email subscriber, be sure to check your email for April’s code word. Also don’t forget to check our Facebook page for Deal of the Day postings.
- We are accepting spring and summer consignments through the end of May.
The calendar and the temperature may not agree with me but I’m saying it’s SPRING.
Our front window agrees!
The lovely flowers you see on our windows were painted by Lake Middle School student, Anna Stevens. She did an amazing job at selecting colors, designing the layout, and painting the gorgeous flowers. They make me smile every time I walk into the shop.
See more window pics here.
Spring items have hit the racks! It’s amazing how much lighter and brighter the shop is. As you clean out your closets, keep in mind we will accept spring and summer items through May 30th. Click here for more information on how to consign at BBT.
Prom Season Kick-Off
We are stocked with some absolutely stunning dresses for prom season. All have been steam cleaned and Barb tightens all beads and sequins so they are in excellent condition. Help us spread the word by sharing with a teen (or mom of a teen). View more dresses here!
What’s new in the Handmade Market?
We’re excited to add new artists to our handmade market this spring. First up is Jenn from The Snap Exchange. Look for an interview with Jenn on the blog soon. In the meantime come check out her pretty hand dyed silk wrap bracelets (and more!).
Our annual Lockets & Pockets Sale runs March 7th-14th. Stop in for 20% off jewelry and items with pockets (10% off Chicago jewelry, excludes handmade)!
A twist on the simple slide knot! I get “that’s neat” comments every time I wear a scarf this way. So, it’s made its way onto my keeper list. Try it and tell us what you think!
Okay…it can stop being winter any day now.
February is an awesome month to break out of the house and come see us! Here’s what’s happening around the shop:
Visiting BBT is always a smart idea, but in February shopping here makes you a genius. All items marked with a heart are 40% off. Sale runs through February 28th.
Project Closet Clean-Out has begun. We are now accepting Spring and Summer items. We make consigning super easy. You bring items in, we sell them and contact you when a check is ready. Check out How to Consign for details on what we take.
Clothing Maintenance Class:
We’ve hand MANY requests to hold another Winter Clothing Maintenance Class. Join us Friday, February 20th 5:30-7pm to learn how to tighten coat buttons, remove road salt stains, dr-pill sweaters, and fix sweater snags. Class fee $7, must be pre-paid (in person or call with credit card 330-877-3308.
Winter formal season is almost over but that means Military Ball and Prom are right around the corner. We have some gorgeous gowns in the shop. Come try them on! TIP: Many short formals are on sale for our Winter Clearance. Think ahead to next year’s Homecoming and get an amazing deal.
Click here to view more formals
So yeah, winter is here. I’ve been living in a pashmina scarf and the last couple days have been layering leggings under my jeans. Anything to stay a few degrees warmer.
So what’s happening at BBT this month?
We’re currently in the middle of our annual Button-Up Week. It’s a little scavenger hunt in the shop- find a button on an item of clothing and it’s 20% off (plus we are doing 10% off on Chicago and handmade items with buttons). Sale runs through the 12th. Stop in!
And speaking of buttons…. the loose buttons on my winter coat inspired our January after hours class. Join us Friday, January 23rd from 5-7pm for a Winter Clothing Maintenance Workshop. Class fee is $7 (must be pre-paid) and includes lessons on de-pilling sweaters, fixing sweater snags, sewing coat buttons, and removing road salt stains. Plus you’ll receive fit-it tools, refreshments, and shopping discounts the day of class. Bring something from home that needs repair! Stop in to register or call 330-877-3308.
Thinking about warmer times…
We are excited to announce that the Second Saturday Committee has been honored with the Lake Township Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Award. The downtown merchants group started this series of summer events last year on a zero budget and were so proud of how it grew. We have also been awarded a grant through Arts in Stark to fund some of this year’s music. Planning sessions begin later this month. We are always looking for ideas, artists, musicians/performers, and volunteers. If you’d like to be more involved with these events please give us a call (330-877-3308) or email.
November is one of our favorite months at BBT (and not just because Barb and I have birthdays). We start with our Fall Fash Bash, decorate for Christmas mid-month, and take a yearly weekend off to share Thanksgiving with our family. Doesn’t get much better than that.
Fall Fash Bash
Our annual fall sale kicks off with a party on Saturday, November 8th. Stop in for treats, gift with purchase, a chance to win a BBT gift certificate, and 20% off nearly storewide. Sale continues through November 15th.
We are accepting fall and winter items through Nov. 26th. Coats, winter boots, long sleeve dresses, jewelry, and sweaters are in high demand. No appointment necessary and we take items any time we are open. For more information check out How to Consign.
Button bracelets and all natural soap are here! Holiday items arrive this month. We love offering space to over 30 ridiculously talented artists. Shop here for unique Christmas gifts.
BBT will be closed Thursday, November 27th through Saturday, November 29th for Thanksgiving. Shop re-opens December 1st!