Thrifty Business


Most of my life I have been a typical “starving artist.” Before incorporating the real estate world into the business plan for my life, I found innovative ways to make ends meet and to acquire the needs for myself and family largely through the resale market. It is not only a cost effective way to provide, but, also environmentally friendly by supporting the reduce, reuse, recycle values that I try to uphold. I use this as great quality time and will often venture out to “The Treasure Hunt Store” with my daughter because you never know what you’ll find!

The recent Netflix show Tidying up with Marie Kondo has also seen an amazing increase of amazing quality items into the resale that may not “spark joy” for some but are instantly a treasure in a new home. A lot of the local thrift and resale stores also benefit local organizations so at the same time you are acquiring for yourself you are helping local organizations as well with your purchases or donations. I wanted to share my list of local haunts that I frequent and share a couple of my BFOD’s or “Best Finds of the Day” from my treasure hunts.


Vera Wang Neiman Marcus Gown $20



CIS Thrift Shops – CIS Communities in Schools
Boiling Spring Lakes Thrift Shop
3000 George II Hwy, Boiling Spring Lakes
(Rte 87, beside old NewBridge Bank building)
Monday – Saturday
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sundays 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Southport Thrift Shop
1635 N. Howe Street, Southport
(Rte 211, near Zeetlegoo’s Pet Store)
Monday – Saturday
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sundays 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.







Shop with confidence – “Thrift shop purchases support CIS programs and services provided to students in Brunswick County Schools.” “The mission of CIS is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. CIS believes every child deserves a one-on-one relationship with a caring adult, a safe place to learn and grow, a healthy start and a healthy future, a marketable skill to use upon graduation and a chance to give back to peers and the

Pikolino Boots $4.99!


Hope Chest Thrift Stores – Hope Harbor Home                                                                                         

Holden Beach Hope Chest
9:30am to 5pm Mon – Sat
2205 Holden Beach Rd SW
Supply, NC
(910) 842-6950

Oak Island Hope Chest
9:30am to 5pm Mon – Sat                                                                          5602 Oak Island Drive
Oak Island, NC
(910) 278-7781




“Three Hope Chest Thrift Stores in Brunswick County offer gently used high-quality clothing, housewares, furniture, books, collectibles and other items to the public. Profits from the Hope Chest Stores – located at Leland, Oak Island and Holden Beach – provide vital financial support for Hope Harbor Home’s programs, domestic violence victims and their children.
These award winning stores offer the community at large a virtually free way to contribute to the betterment of their community, simply by cleaning out their closets and garages and donating items for sale at Hope Harbor. Hope Chest Stores offer pick-up service for furniture and other large items. Call 910-842-6950 to schedule a pick up. Abuse victims and their children often leave with literally only the clothes on their backs. The thrift stores are able to help an abused family quickly regain one of the basic needs of life that we so often take for granted and begin to restore some of the dignity stripped away by abuse.”


Offset Patio Umbrella $50!

Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Brunswick County HFH ReStore-Southport
Southport, NC
4170 Long Bch Dr
Southport, NC 28461
(910) 457-1772

Brunswick County HFH ReStore- Leland
Leland, NC
414 Village Rd
Leland, NC 28451
(910) 338-3648


“Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in approximately 70 countries. Habitat’s vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat works toward our vision by building strength, stability and self-reliance in partnership with families in need of decent and affordable housing. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage.


Damascus Blade Cooking Knives $4.99 each!



Salvation Army
4566 Long Beach Rd SE, Southport, NC 28461
Phone: (910) 457-0993

“The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an
evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its
message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by
the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus
Christ and to meet human needs in His name without





Sheltered Treasures Thrift Store
4807 Southport-Supply Rd SE
Southport, NC 28461

“The Family Emergency Teen Shelter is a private, non-profit organization as identified by the IRS code 501C(3). Providence home is licensed by the State of North Carolina and is a member of the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council of Brunswick County. The Family Emergency Teen Shelter began as an answer to the need expressed by professionals who worked with children at risk. Providence Home was established for Brunswick County youth who did not have an emergency residential facility available to them during a time of crisis. Providence Home is the result of the efforts of area churches, civic organizations, and volunteers. Grant monies, donations, and fund-raisers were combined to furnish money to purchase and renovate the old Dosher House near Southport into Brunswick County’s only emergency youth shelter.”

Happy Treasure Hunting!

The Dooley Group

John Dooley


Discover NC Homes

4320 Southport-Supply Rd, SE Suite 100

Southport, NC 28461

C: 703-855-3133

O: 910-250-8072