by Angela (Oh She Glows) on May 20, 2010

Good morning :kissing:

Loved reading your comments on the drawings last night!


Can you honestly handle our talent?! We can’t.

We thought it was really interesting that most of you thought I drew the TOP one! I guess you just weren’t prepared for my mad skillz.

Yesterday I also did a 10k bike ride in 31:31 mins. The weather has been amazing this week and I can’t wait to get out there again today.


Still guzzling down the greens!


In this morning’s Green Monster: 2 cups spinach, 1 cup almond milk, 1 frozen banana, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1 tsp maca powder, 1/2 scoop Amazing Grass wheatgrass powder.

Shop 4 A Cause 2

Today is the last day to get your Shop 4 A Cause 2 submissions in! I am so excited for next Wednesday! There are already several items that I want to bid on. :biggrin: Could be trouble. Don’t forget you have until tonight to email me ([email protected]) your submissions! I would love to get at least 10 more submissions by the end of today.

Some items already up for auction: Personal training sessions, nutritional assessment from a registered dietitian, private yoga session, 6 layer vegan bars, a huge Starbucks coffee/tea pack, Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred + other fun workout DVDs, tons of running + marathon books, hand-crafted gorgeous jewelry, painting/artwork, hand-crafted reusable lunch bag + sandwich/snack bags, workout clothing, candles, hand-crafted apron, call-me cards, Amazing Grass powder, and so much more!

Today’s question: Do you buy used or second-hand items often? Do you use Ebay, Craigslist, or shop at thrift or second-hand shops?

I am a huge fan of buying second-hand items. Many of my Lululemon clothes were bought gently used off Ebay. Most of our furniture is also used or handed down from family members. I also love going to antique shops and Flea markets to see what treasures there have. Eric is taking me to an antique + flea market this weekend and I hope to pick up a piece of furniture for the house. I think it is a great way to recycle and it is also fun to hunt for.

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Jessica @ How Sweet May 20, 2010 at 8:16 am

I don’t mind buying things 2nd hand, but I rarely buy them off ebay or craisglist because I am just afraid. Much of our funiture is from relatives, tho – and so are alot of my kitchen gadgets!


[email protected] May 20, 2010 at 8:17 am

I buy a lot of clothing second-hand. Usually I go to thrift stores or consignment shops, but if it’s a store where I know my size really well, I will buy clothes off ebay too. Sounds like you have a great list of items so far for the auction :)


Allison @ Food For Healing May 20, 2010 at 8:20 am

i knew it! haha Yes! I guess i just have an eye for those kind of things?


Jenny May 20, 2010 at 8:21 am

I love this second-hand shop in Gainesville called Urban Thread- it sells Free People, J. Crew and urban Outfitters clothes at a discounted price!


LindsayH May 20, 2010 at 8:25 am

i love thrifting and shopping for vintage stuff and antiques. most of our furniture is vintage and i have a lot of vintage clothes and accessories as well. i like thrifting but i have to force myself to be really picky, otherwise i just end up with a bunch of stuff that’s only so-so instead of a few things that i really love.


Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday May 20, 2010 at 8:25 am

I love Value Village aka VV Boutique!


Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman May 20, 2010 at 8:36 am

I never shop secondhand. I always feel like it’s so much work, but I wish I were good at scouring flea markets and thrift stores. You can get some great things.


Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin May 20, 2010 at 8:49 am

I loooove Thrift stores. I like them more for furniture and dishes than clothes/shoes, but Goodwill and I are good friends.


Wei-Wei May 20, 2010 at 8:58 am

WOOT! I guessed right! :D We can’t HANDLE the talent! (hahaha.)

I would love to be able to shop secondhand or vintage, but sadly my mom is a little against it. She thinks clothes and such are dirty :( but I really like all the little things you can find from vintage stores… they’re so cool! :D I would die for a Goodwill to be here in China. XD



Sarah May 20, 2010 at 9:03 am

I’m looking forward to bidding on some of those items!


jenny (Green Food Diaries) May 20, 2010 at 9:22 am

you have the best placemats!


Lauren May 20, 2010 at 9:28 am

I love antiques and flea markets and hope to do my entire home out of them one day. Can’t wait to see what Shop 4 a Cause has to offer!


Morgan @ Life After Bagels May 20, 2010 at 9:45 am

all of my furniture is hand me down, except our bed actually. We’re currently scouring craigslist for bikes, but I’ve never done ebay before.

Can’t wait for the auction!


She-Fit May 20, 2010 at 9:48 am

I love buying second hand items… it’s such an adventure finding stuff. Almost like a treasure hunt :)


k8 May 20, 2010 at 9:50 am

I buy pretty much everything second hand. It’s a curse and a blessing.


Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies May 20, 2010 at 9:55 am

I’ve used E-bay on a number of occasions but Craigslist just scares the crap out of me.


Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter May 20, 2010 at 9:56 am

There’s a really great antique shop close to me that is great for pearl jewelry. I absolutely love it!


Heather May 20, 2010 at 9:58 am

Oh man-I am the thrift store and clothes swap QUEEN!!
I find so many great things and love that it’s a form of recycling as well as frugality.
I always do thrift shopping FIRST when I need something.
If I can’t find it at a thrift store, then, and only then will I buy new.
I’m not ashamed! :p
check out some of my super great finds!


Heather May 20, 2010 at 10:00 am

OH! AND CHECK OUT THESE thrift store goodies :)


lin May 20, 2010 at 10:05 am

I can’t wait to try your green monster recipe with the wheat grass powder. right now i am not liking the powder I have (amazing grass wheat grass powder) and am thinking of ways to finish it off.


Erin May 20, 2010 at 10:06 am

My apartment is almost completely furnished second-hand, although most of it comes from people we know (friends, family) who are giving away furniture. You can find great furniture and household items at Goodwill, though, and honestly, who will ever know where they came from?

That’s me, the girl in the pearls at Salvation Army. ;)


Ameena May 20, 2010 at 10:18 am

I don’t really buy second hand things because I have issues with germs. I am sure they are totally fine, it’s just my own mental block that won’t allow me to buy things off Ebay!


Tina May 20, 2010 at 10:20 am

Hi Angela!

I have been reading your blog for about a year now and love it! You are so inspiring. I am in Kingston, Ontario – so not too far!!

I had my first green monster yesterday morning. Sooo Good! When you have yours for breakfast, do you also eat something else with it? I am unsure of how long it should keep me satisfied!



Angela (Oh She Glows) May 20, 2010 at 10:53 am

It really depends how much you put in it. I find if I have protein powder + nut butter in addition to the milk, spinach, banana, and chia seeds, it can last me all morning. Sometimes I might lighter GM’s for a snack though. You can mix it up!


Heather May 20, 2010 at 10:20 am

girl, i canNOT handle y’alls talent…it’s almost too much! almost ;) i love buying things off of craigslist and refurbishing them…SO FUN and much less costly than it could be!


Amber K May 20, 2010 at 10:22 am

I don’t buy a lot of things in general, but I don’t really utilize secondhand stores. The ones near me always smell (I have a very sensitive nose) and their prices are the same as buying off the racks of Wal-Mart.


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 20, 2010 at 10:24 am

I’m a huge fan of garage sales and thrift stores! I always find tons of cute, unique dishes and household items! :)


Camille May 20, 2010 at 10:50 am

I love Craigslist… for certain things (I’m a bit of a germaphobe).
I actually found my apartment on craigslist!


Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life May 20, 2010 at 10:59 am

I really like shopping on ebay – I’ve gotten a few really great pairs of designer jeans for a STEAL on there! I’ve never tried Craigslist, but wouldn’t be opposed to it! I’m actually considering selling a couple pieces of furniture on there soon.


Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg May 20, 2010 at 11:01 am

I love buying second-hand stuff!!! E-bay is my best friend :-)


Danielle May 20, 2010 at 11:13 am

I don’t frequent thrift stores as much as I should because when I can usually get a hold of the best fines! As for my big-ticket purchases in the next few years I am sure that I will be frequenting E-bay, craigslist, and even, garage sales :).

P.S. SInce you live outside of Toronto, I thought I’d give you a spectacular restaurant recommendation. They are not vegan but incredibly accommodating so I’m sure you’ll find something that tickles your fancy and your omni-guests most definitely will. Enjoy:


Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches May 20, 2010 at 11:19 am

Your green monsters have the best color. Mine usually end up looking like some kind of swamp muck because I usually put a scoop of chocolate Amazing Grass in there to amp up the staying power of my GMs. Doesn’t make for the prettiest color…at all!

I like buying some things second-hand. My fav are used books! Used book stores are the best…it’s amazing how much cheaper it is to buy books at used book stores compared to Borders. There are also a couple of really amazing consignment shops in Boston (a couple hours from where I live) that sell second-hand designer clothes. My friend got a previously $1500 leather jacket there for $150. I love deals like that!


Heather May 20, 2010 at 12:05 pm

good job on the bike ride!


Just Audrey May 20, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Wow, I was actually right about the pictures. I thought the bear that you drew looked more feminine and cute. Sounds weird but that’s my logic!


Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy May 20, 2010 at 1:22 pm

I would totally have a drawing showdown with my husband — except he would totally BEAT me! Ha!

I love the bright green color of your green monster! So pretty!!!!


Hayley @ Breath of Fire May 20, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Mmmmm…….. I haven’t had a green monster in much too long!!


Leah May 20, 2010 at 2:01 pm

A lot of my furniture, and kitchen stuff was given to me from my family. Its such a big help, and if theyre willing to give it to me, Im willing to take it!
I’ve also found some stuff on Craigslist though, you can get some awesome stuff on there!


Hayley May 20, 2010 at 5:06 pm

Hi Angela! I have never commented before but love reading your blog daily and you are such an inspiration to many, including me, so thank you! I just wanted to tell you about a new thing I am starting that you would love and should check out to see if they have anything in your area. You get $50 worth of fresh fruits/veggies for $15 every week! It’s amazing food and changes up every time. Go to


Laura May 20, 2010 at 7:14 pm

I thought your drawing was the best! I suspected that one was yours but didn’t want to comment yesterday in case I got it wrong.

I love ebay, particularly for Tupperware, I love the old styles in their funky colours!


Triathlonbabe May 20, 2010 at 11:39 pm

Love the green monsters!!! OMG, love ebay and craigslist, thrift stores, and big fan of flea markets!!!!

Angela, I am emailing you tonight about the Shop 4 a Cause stuff.


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