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Thrifting We Will Go

10 Oct

Thrifting, Not a Proper Verbsalv. army

So apparently a word that I often use to describe a type of shopping that I enjoy is not really a word at all, at least not to Merriam Webster.  The Free Dictionary does however acknowledge this word, and defines it as “the act of shopping at a thrift store, flea market, garage sale, or a shop of charitable organization, usually with the intent of finding interesting items at a low price.”  That pretty much sums it up, accept for the fact that there is a pure thrill that accompanies the hunt!  The Free Dictionary also explains that although, “it is not a proper verb, thrifting or to thrift has found place in modern American language out of necessity. There seems to be no other verb that fits the term to shop for re-purposed/re-used products.”

I’m Thrifting, I’m a Thrifter!

Please tell me that you have watched What About Bob?. If not stop what you are doing right now, open a new tab and type in “What About Bob Sailing Scene” and then make a note to rent the movie this weekend.  Now, with that said, I am someone who goes thrifting, therefore I am a thrifter.  Some people enjoy climbing rocks, that makes them rock climbers, and others like to go spelunking, which means they are spelunkers.  I am a thrifter, and I have been nicknamed such things as “The Queen of Thrift” and have been told that I have a “gift of thrift.”  I am proud to say that most of the things I own have previously been owned by someone else.  But just like rock climbers and spelunkers, I too have my favorite locations to practice my activity.

Help Me, Help You

I donate to my local Salvation Army Thrift Store regularly by giving them gently used items to resell in their store, which in turn, helps those in need.  But honestly, I support them most often through my devoted thrifting habit.  Laramie’s Salvation Army Thrift Store is small but mighty when it comes to special and unique items at a very affordable price.  I stopped by there this morning and snapped a picture of the delightful store manager, Michelle Capps, and then perused the store for possible treasures.  After returning home I looked around my home and took some pictures of items that I have purchased from S.A. so that I could share them with you, and possibly inspire you to go thrifting as well.  Watch below or check them out here.

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Lindy Lessons Update

24 Sep
Kevin Bretting and Bonnie Robinson practice technique on the swing out.  Picture taken by Anne Guzzo

Kevin Bretting and Bonnie Robinson practice technique on the swing out.  Picture taken by Anne Guzzo

The first class for the Lindy Hop series met over the weekend and got a great lesson.  Attendees learned framing, positioning, basic leading and following skills, and got a sneak peek at Lindy moves such as the Shim Sham and Suzie Q’s.

Classes are every Saturday through November 9 at the Laramie Recreation Center.  If you’d like to sign up, call the rec center at 307-721-5269.

Swingin’ Good Time

21 Sep

Swingin Sign


A good time was had by all at the swing dance last night with Swingin’ Around Town hosted by Blossom Yoga.  The night started with an hour long lesson that reviewed the basic jitterbug, tuck turns, a tandem Charleston, and a dip. The class was taught by Charles and Jennie Fournier.


The dance started off with a half hour of DJ’d music, followed by live songs played by the new local band, Angel Adam’s Preservation Society.  Experienced dancers showed off their moves, while beginners had a great chance to practice what they’d learned at the lesson.  A raffle was held for a gift certificates to the Copper Kettle and free entry for one couple to the next Swingin’ Around Town event.

More to Come

The next lesson and dance are scheduled for Friday, October 4, 2013.  More information will be posted as it becomes available.  If you don’t want to wait that long to start dancing, it’s not too late to sign up for the Lindy Hop series that starts this evening!

Swingin’ Around Town Update

19 Sep

Charleston Lesson

Remember to come to the Swingin’ Around Town lesson and dance tomorrow, at 7:00!  Tomorrow’s pre-dance lesson will be a 1920’s Swing dance style called the Charleston.  For this special session, the lesson time will be extended to an hour instead of the normal half hour.

For an example of some great Charleston moves, check out the video below.

Live Band

Instead of tomorrow’s dance being DJ’d as previously thought, a new band called The Angel Adams Preservation Society will be playing.  The dance begins at 8:00 and the band is scheduled to start at 8:30.  Since there is a live band, there will be an extra $2 charge for admission to the dance.

Information in the Details section below has been updated to reflect the change in lesson length and pricing.


  • Swingin’ Around Town event: Friday, September 20, 2013
  • Charleston Lesson: 7:00-8:00  (Price for lesson and dance:  Couples $10, Singles $7)
  • Dance:  7:30-9:30  (Price for dance only:  Couples $7, Singles $5)
  • Location:  Blossom Yoga located at 152 N. 2nd St. in Laramie, WY.

***** Remember, you do not need a partner, and all ages and experience levels are welcome to attend.  Hope to see you there!  *****

Lindy Hop Lessons

18 Sep

What is Lindy Hop?

Monday I posted about a Swing lesson and dance in Laramie.  Swing is an umbrella term for a style of dance that began in the 1920’s and grew more popular in the 1930’s and 1940’s.  There are different kinds of Swing dance, one of which is called Lindy Hop.

Lindy Hop is one of the most popular kind of Swing dance.  It is very fast-paced, more difficult than the basic swing, and has infinite variations once you learn the basics of it.  Click on the video below to see an example of Lindy Hop.

I Want To Learn!

Well then, you’re in luck!  Local Lindy Hopper, Kevin Bretting, is teaching a progressive series of classes in Lindy Hop.  The classes are every Saturday at the Laramie Recreation Center.  Kevin will begin with the basics and progress through more advanced moves, building more skills with each lesson.  The classes begin this Saturday, September 21 and go through November 9th.


  • When:     Saturdays from September 21 to November 9, 4:30pm – 5:30pm,
  • Where:    The gym at the Laramie Recreation Center
  • Cost:
    • Singles:  $40 for rec center members ($48 non-members)
    • Couples:  $75 for rec center members ($85 non-members)

To sign up, contact Kevin Bretting.    Phone: 307-760-6029    Email: kbretting@gmail.com