Frugal Friday (Just a Few Days Late)

Hey ladies, we’re sorry we were unable to keep our promise of Frugal Friday this past Friday, Feb. 8. We went home sick and slept most of the weekend. Forgive us, please? But while we were recuperating we found a whopper of a deal that you’re going to dig.

Welcome to TheThriftShopper.com.


This website is owned and operated by, Michael and Cookie, a couple of thrift store addicts living in Vero Beach, Florida. They created TheThriftShopper.Com to be an all-encompassing web destination where thrifters can meet in their forum, post their thrifted finds in our photo gallery, and search for thrift stores in our directory. They list only charity-driven thrift stores so rest assured that purchases and donations will be going to a worthy cause, and each listing in our directory includes the store’s hours, phone number, and address with a map link. Their goal is to provide you with the most comprehensive thrift store directory on the Internet. If you see any additions, corrections, or deletions that need to be made to the directory, please click here. Thrift store industry personnel are welcome to post about topics of special interest to them in our thrift industry forum and provide updates to store hours or location changes in our thrift industry section.

Click here to get started.

Want more help shopping? Click here and we’ll have your back.



Want a Better Job? It’s 65% Likely It Comes Down to Your Outfit

According to PINK, the number one online resource for America’s more than 70 million women who work:

A whopping 65 percent of hiring managers admit clothes could be the deciding factor between two similar candidates.

That’s crazy but factual nevertheless. Now, if you’ve been a faithful Ruby follower, you know that we’ve already created eHow.com videos teaching you some of the basics on “How to Dress for a Job in Your 20s” here.

But we’ve also created a handy cheat sheet called “Pieces Every Woman Should Own” on Pinterest.

If your wardrobe is stocked up with those basics, putting them together for an interview is a piece of cake.

Here’s our recommendation for the best pieces to mix and match and remember, these quick tips if you’re not a visual person:

  • Dress up not down.
  • Conservative hosiery (no runs!).
  • No purses; carry a briefcase instead.
  • Modest nail polish.
  • Natural-looking make up.
  • One, simple set of earrings.

Want more help? Click here for more information.


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Source: google.com via Jasmine on Pinterest

Source: google.com via Jasmine on Pinterest

Source: google.com via Jasmine on Pinterest


Trying on Jeans Sucks and What to Do About It

If you’re like most women, the only thing worse than bathing suit shopping is jean shopping. That’s because you try on 300 pairs and some pinch here, others ride up in the front, some sag in the belly, you step on other pairs and even though you’re in the dressing room doing the magical jean dance shimmy you can’t will those bad boys to fit. Then your mind starts this terrible game. You wonder if you’ve put on weight, lost weight, if there’s something wrong with your body because there are thousands of jeans at your disposal and not a single one fits. You think there must be something wrong with your life just because you’re getting moose knuckle. (Don’t Google that. Especially not at work.)

Here’s what you need to know. Most jean companies aren’t trying to make jeans that fit you. They’re trying to mass produce jeans that they think you’ll want to wear, knowing that you’ll sacrifice yourself to get into them. They’re not bad people, they’re just savvy in business and when you’re making large global business decisions you’re not exactly taking into consideration every woman–especially you–and how you’re going to feel in the dressing room. And it would be impossible to do so. There are more than 7 billion people in the world.


How do you fix it? Know that every jean you try on isn’t going to fit. It’s not going to fit you or that girl across the room that you’ve got it planted in your head that she’s perfect and she doesn’t have any problems. She’s got trouble fitting in jeans, too. Go up a size or two and then have them tailored to fit you perfectly. Take those mass produced bad boys and turn them into something custom. Most likely it’ll only cost you an additional $15 or so and it’s worth the money to be walking down the street knowing that everyone hates to see you leave but they’ll love to watch you go. 😉

Need some help? Not a big deal. We can help whenever you’re ready. Just click this link and you’ll be on your merry way to happy-jean-land.




Streamline Your Life: Get Rid of Your “Can’t Find Anything to Wear” Conundrum Once and For All

After polling 2,500 women ages 16-60 in 2009, UK retailer Matalan learned that they spend almost a year of their lives deciding what to wear. The average female will spend 287 days rifling through their wardrobe.

On average they spend 20 minutes picking out an outfit to wear before going out, weeknights take 20 minutes and holiday and party dressing takes 52 minutes. It takes 10 minutes in the morning to find something acceptable and women try on at least two outfits before coming to a final decision. One in two women spend 15 minutes the night before work, deciding what to wear.

Wow. That’s crazy.

Now you already know the benefits of editing your wardrobe from Gina (see video below) but our founder, Jasmine, decided to take it one step further and see if she could streamline her own wardrobe even more.

Here are the results: She didn’t repeat a single outfit for 2 weeks. It took her 3 minutes to pick out clothing each morning. She was able to leave the house 30 minutes early. Her hair was fully dried and styled daily. She was able to put on makeup daily without rushing out the door or putting it on in the car. She was comfortable. She felt less stress. No one noticed that she limited her wardrobe choices and she even got compliments on her new haircut and makeup applications.

The verdict? Less options equals more time and less stress. And below are all of the elements she used for two weeks barring underwear and bras.

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Want to streamline your mornings? Click here for more information.


Give And Get More This Cyber Monday

For every item Ruby, Inc. flips on Threadflip we donate 100 percent of the money to style women who have gone through adversity pro bono.

Not only that but every time you make a purchase from Ruby, Inc. 10 percent of your purchase is donated directly to the Humane League of Lancaster County because we’re official corporate sponsors.

Here are our most popular purchases.

First, discover closet editings.

That’s when a personal stylist reviews your wardrobe and decides what to purge, what to have tailored and where you’ll need to splurge.

Your unneeded items will be donated to local charities or to Threadflip where they will be sold and the proceeds will be donated to style women in need.

With closet editings, a personal stylist will create the looks from clothing you already have. There may be no need to spend additional money on fresh frocks. You may already have the perfect wardrobe hiding in your own closet. Your personal stylist will help you discover it by rethinking your garments. Finally, she’ll give you personal shopping list to help you fill in the items you may be missing.

This is the most popular choice for clients looking to stretch their dollars.

Expect to spend a minimum of two hours editing your closet.

Then there’s personal shopping with a stylist.

She’ll unearth the best pieces for your body type, hair and eye color all at the style you hope to achieve. She has been trained to do so on any budget. She can show you how it all works together to create a smashing new wardrobe. You may be even be eligible for discount offers through preferred partners.

Expect to spend at least 90 minutes on each personal shopping expedition.

Then there’s retail therapy.

If you’re in town on vacation, your stylist can meet you at your hotel and help you come up with a customized shopping trip. Transportation included. No matter what style you hope to achieve your personal stylist can hook you up with the best local finds.

Expect to spend at least 90 minutes for retail therapy.

Finally, there’s the ever-coveted style guide.

Purchase a one-of-a-kind style guide with complete with all of the pieces, cuts, colors and elements you’ll need to pull off your dream style and receive a 90 minute shopping expedition to show you how to put it into practice today.

But it all begins with booking a complimentary consultation to meet with you one-on-one to learn more about you and your style goals.

Click here to e-mail Ruby, Inc. or call 717-517-8266 today to schedule an appointment or request more information.



How Not to Let Yourself Go: 9 Minute or Less Makeover Challenges

Now we specialize in teaching you how to find clothing that fits for your body but we thought we’d give you a quick tip from noted millionaire Dani Johnson on how she gets ready in less than 9 minutes.

There’s no reason not to try. If she can do this on a motor home, you can give yourself a few minutes in the morning.

Then there’s always the 5 minute makeup challenge.

Don’t have 5-minutes? Fine. How about 2?

The bottom line? It doesn’t take a lot of effort. If you make solid clothing choices ahead of time, and give yourself just a few minutes each morning it’s easy to have more confidence and better self-image.
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