First Rate Interior Design… Second-Hand Items

August 14, 2022
inside of a consignment store
Home consignment stores are a great place to up the style of your interior designs.
Photo by Julien-Pier Belanger on Unsplash

Two weeks ago a customer wrote to me about unsubscribing to Marianne’s Consignment Confessions. This, thankfully, happens infrequently. However, on occasion, someone just doesn’t want to read what I’m writing. They’re not “buying what I’m selling,” as my Dad used to say. I’ve been a professional writer long enough that this comes with the territory. I just remove the reader and go on writing. This woman got to me though. She said, and I quote “What the hell does blueberry French toast have to do with “interior design from second hand items anyway?” And ya’ know what,? she was right. She gave me a gift, because she got me thinking about what I write about and why.

Focus on First Rate Interior Design

After some fairly-intense self-reflection, I realize that, in the quest to keep writing to you all, who have been so lovely and supportive, I have, on more than a couple of occasions, made a wrong turn in Cleveland, topic-wise. In the blog, I’ve written on everything under-the-sun, including a recipe for blueberry French toast. I want to keep writing to you, but I want you to enjoy it, even more, if possible. So I turned to a professional marketing company (Innis Maggiore) to take a good, long look at my blog and give me an idea where I can improve your experience and enjoyment. The results were eye-opening. They said “you need to focus on your expertise and forget the rest.” I learned a lot from Innis, and I’m continuing to work with them to step up my blogging game.

From Second-Hand Items

The result of all this is that today, 200 blogs later, I’m announcing my new tag line: First-Rate Interior Design From Second-Hand Items. I’ll be writing with a new, deeper focus on what I know best and what I have done for more than half my life: interior design, in all it’s forms, using second-hand, thrift and consignment items.

I hope you will continue to ride along with me on this journey; there is a lot more to say. You to save money on everything in your home. This blog can help you to make your interiors stand out. And can teach you how be good to our planet through the things you do to improve and celebrate your home. I have over a year’s worth of content already planned out, but I’m hoping to solicit some of your topic ideas, as well. Send your ideas through the comments page and I promise to write on all the ones I can.

Thanks so much for all your support and thanks for continuing to read the blog – every Sunday and Tuesday – just like before – with a renewed and exciting vision, thanks to you, Innis and blueberry French toast!

Picture of Marianne from Marianne's Consignment Confessions
A night in Maine this summer.
Picture by Bruce.

Happy Sunday, My Friends!



  • Reply
    Elaine Riccitelli
    August 15, 2022 at 12:07 pm

    I liked reading everything in your blog. Interesting because you never knew what you would be talking about. I especially liked the one about what to say to grieving friends. I sent it to all my friends. Will miss those things but will continue to read your blog. Thanks. E

    • Reply
      August 15, 2022 at 12:48 pm

      Thank you so much for your continuing support. That particular blog was so hard, because friends had lost loved ones. I felt like it was important and am glad you found it helpful. I am sure I will go “off topic” now and then in the future. I really appreciate your readership.

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    Marilyn Schwab
    August 15, 2022 at 4:12 pm

    I liked your blogs just the way they were. Easy to skim over anything not of interest.
    Also enjoying my latest purchases from your store.
    Thank you for encouraging the 3 r’s:
    reduce, reuse, recycle. And the occasional recipe, household & other tips!

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    RoseMary Koch
    August 15, 2022 at 10:51 pm

    I have truly enjoyed your blogs and have learned a lot. Blogs are not for everyone and you take what you can — learn from them — and go forward. Keep up the great information you have provided your readers and customers — most of us love it, I know that I certainly do and share with my friends. I also loved the blog about talking to grieving friends – it is always a hard subject to approach and most times — I do not know what to say — and say it so it comes across meaningful. Thanks for taking the time to keep us informed. RoseMary

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      August 16, 2022 at 10:44 am

      Your words of encouragement touch my heart ❤️. Thank you.

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    John Nadolny
    August 16, 2022 at 10:20 am

    Dealing with people is one of life`s most difficult jobs, Put 3 people in a room, one is too hot, one is too cold, and the third will deal with what comes. You are successful in doing what you love , continue to go by your instincts .

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