Thrifting Goddess — the title suits Jaime Blom. She’s the master collector and curator at JME Decor, her shop featuring vintage, midcentury modern, and bohemian finds. Thrifting is in her blood, as she started secondhand shopping for back-to-school clothes in her youth. The stores she visited and the treasures she found created a magic and excitement that never faded but gradually gained momentum, still holding strong 20 years later.
Show up expecting to be surprised when out on the hunt. While thrifting is practical, money-saving, and sustainable and eco-friendly, it’s also, “a challenge, a high and euphoric,” Blom said. When shopping secondhand yourself, prepare to give items a good cleaning or painting or take them to a trusted tailor. Keep in mind how you can reimagine items as well.
“To date, I have found authentic vintage wool area rugs for pennies on the dollar of what they’re worth,” Blom said. “I have found designer dresses in perfect condition, vintage shell Eames chairs, original oil paintings, and Madewell, Loft, and Banana Republic clothing, all new with tags. The most amazing find for me has to be a pair of vintage Broyhill Brasilia nightstands.”
Blom lives in Holland, where her favorite shops include Harbor Humane Resale, HRM Gateway Store, Community Action House Resale, Africa’s Child, Goodwill stores and Ditto.
“They have a massive store. It’s clean, bright and well-organized. Most of my favorite thrifts do one or two sections well and at the best prices, but Ditto continually has a great selection of clothing, furniture, vintage, home goods, and toys, all at great prices.”
FIRST-RATE SECONDHAND SHOPPING
Blom is also the event coordinator and host for The Refind Rack, a curated market featuring more than a dozen vendors from all over Michigan, where guests have the opportunity to shop secondhand and vintage clothing and accessories. Clothing for men, women, and children is on hand as well as a few vendors selling Earth-friendly and handmade health, beauty, and home cleaning products.
“A big part of why I wanted to create this event was to shed light on how much our shopping practices impact the environment,” Blom said.
Shopping secondhand aids in water preservation, reduces chemical pollution, decreases landfill waste and lowers your carbon footprint. “I want to make shopping secondhand an enjoyable boutique experience. I hope to make it easy for customers to make small changes in buying behaviors that won’t inconvenience them but will have a lasting impact on our environment.”
The Refind Rack is April 25, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Holland Civic Center Place in downtown Holland. An Early Access Ticket gets you in at 11:30 (and gets you a screen-printed reusable canvas swag bag); all general admission tickets start at 12:30. Tickets are available now at a discounted rate on Eventbrite. At the door, day of event, tickets are $15 for Early Access and $5 for general admission. Event details may change due to COVID-19.
Visit therefindrack.com for event information. To shop Jaime’s finds, check out JmeDecor on Etsy.