fred & betty’s

so did you hear our school now has a thrift store?  we took over a local thrift store a week and a half ago, had a huge sale to clear out lots of the inventory, and started renovations this week.  somehow, i managed to get myself in charge of those renovations.  how did i do that?!  i may complain of being exhausted, but i’m really having a lot of fun ;)

we named the store Fred & Betty’s, after the 80+ year old owners – so cute!


here’s the front of our store.  super cute with the deco details.  unfortunately, this is a one way street and the big tree to the right blocks our store front, so we’re not putting a sign up at the top (but wouldn’t it be cute?).  instead, we’re doing a massive hand-painted sign on the parking lot side – 5 feet by 20 feet!  we’re painting the entire exterior bright white – actually, its almost done!


here’s a taste of what the store looked like before we took it over.  we have since cleared out the entire store (minus the clothes – we’re still sorting them).  as you can see from my notes above, we have a lot of plans, many of which are already happening!  we are in a big rush because we only want the store closed for 2 weeks – yikes!


because we have a small budget for renovations, and those walls are horrible, we’re covering them in pallet wood.


for some reason, those great windows were painted over.  we’ve already started scraping them!  this shoe area will be transformed into something great…


this is our little dressing room area, which will be wrapped in pallet wood eventually as well.


we ran a $5 bag sale for 4 days last week and it was so busy!  we still were left with a huge inventory to sort through, but it was great to move lots of things out.


this is what it looks like on my bed every night.  piles and lists and emails.   i’m coordinating projects with volunteers and painters and our manager and the school administration.  its kind of insane.  each night i make a new plan for the next day, depending on what we got done the day before.  some days we get almost everything done, other days we don’t have enough volunteers and we get… less done.  one day at a time!


sean has stepped up even more at home while i’m off at home depot at sunrise,


and at the paint store shortly after.


we are finally at the fun part, where our ideas we’ve been pinning for months are finally coming together!  here’s a peek at the giant chalkboard we painted behind the checkout counter.


we have been storing up pallets for awhile – i think about 100?!  we had a small crew working to disassemble them the last couple days and i think we’re about halfway through.


several of us spent all day today staining the pallet wood in 4 different stains.


and here’s a look at the white paint going up!

PicMonkey Collage1

the store was pretty thrashed after our huge sale |  all prepped for bright white ceiling paint to cover the beige

PicMonkey Collage2

a look at the full store  |  empty store, start of the mustard yellow ceiling paint!

PicMonkey Collage3

3 stages of progress

PicMonkey Collage4

before & after paint – can’t wait for the plastic to come down!


this is what the side entrance looked like before


i spent about 4 days in “the shed” a big storage room we have at the back of the store where we take donations.  it was filled to the brim.  we dumped a lot, donated a lot, and sorted everything.  this is one of the cleaner aisles!


and this is what it looks like now!

so we have about a week and a half left of renovating and organizing before we open.  if i’m a little quiet around here, i hope you’ll forgive me!  if you’re local and feel like donating your time, we’ll take you!   i’m posting pics here and there on instagram for the store if you want to follow along – we’re @fredandbettys!



  1. 1

    WOW you have your hands full. I can’t wait to see it. I know you will do a stellar job. what a great idea for the school too.

  2. 2

    That is so fantastic. So I’m assuming this will be an ongoing fundraiser for your school. What a brilliant idea. I can only imagine what the store is going to look like. If your school room in your house is any indication, it’s going to be amazing. Wish I lived closer to visit!

  3. 3

    O how neat this is! I can’t wait to see the walls! Its going to be a wonderful shopping experience! Great job as always!

  4. 4

    What an amazing idea Lindsey! With your style and vision that thrift store is going to be amazing. I will be praying for daily renewed strength and energy for you and all the people involved with this tremendous undertaking. If I wasn’t so far away I’d come and help you in a heart beat. I am so excited to see the final result. Keep up the great work!

  5. 5

    such a great undertaking – will be so fun to see the transformation – the name makes me think of the Flintstones except they’ve traded spouses :) Fred/Wilma, Barney/Betty :)

  6. 6
    Cindy Jones says:

    Wish I was there to help. Thanks for the update. See you in October.

  7. 7

    It’s going to look awesome when it’s all done!

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    Carol Dichmann says:

    HOLY COW LINDSEY!!!! Wish I could help more! Looks like fun and chaos all at once!

  9. 9

    Wow, what an amazing job you all are doing! I’m looking forward to coming to visit next time I’m home!

    And what a gorgeous sunrise…good for you for taking the moment to recgonize such beauty in all of your rushing around!

  10. 10

    It looked amazing when we dropped off some goodies last weekend and I’m certain it is the most SMASHING shop in town! Can’t wait for my darn back to get better so I can help out!

  11. 11

    What an amazing project! I would love to be involved in something like this! I wish you all the best with it! Ax

  12. 12

    Having been a thrift shopper here in my home town of SLO for over 40+ years I am
    excited for a new venue to shop. I am also a good friend of the Talley’s as Todd was my
    son’s “Big Brother” and he and Jill are mentors to his continuing growth. I have also given all the kids amazing stuff shopping this way. I wanted to also say that I am very good with home decor(I worked with a local interior designer, making his vision on paper come to life with my sewing machine), clothing(I was a tailor/seamstress for 15+ years), quite knowledgeable about the art of thrift shopping, re-purposing, valuing most items(I sell on craigslist often), & among other things I am very much a people person, so in the future if needed, I would love to help in any way I can.
    Here’s to Fred & Betty’s success!!!

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