WORN: The Freedom of Minimalist Travel

The time of over packing has come and gone. If you're still in your early twenties, it's time. Shake off the illusion of quantity in favor of quality, sanity, and heaven forbid, serenity. Everyone else, it's not cute anymore, get it together.

In summary, you are not Jackson Pollock. Few people can make method out of the madness.

If I was still working that way I would be sitting on the floor with a bottle of wine in hand (no glass), mascara dripping, and a pair of underwear on my head. If you don't feel great in EVERYTHING you've brought, and can't combine with ease, we've got work to do.

I am still evolving, and honing in on these skills, but I want those hours of my life back. So here's to all of us, turning over a new leaf, or at least a step in the right direction (aka maybe don't pack that fourth pair of jeans).

Here are some crazy beautiful pictures by Haley Harned. I'd like to think they demonstrate how happy you can look with a couple of key pieces. You still have room for creativity -- don't worry -- and less room for error.

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Terrarium Talk with Haley

Perhaps you have noticed that Stash likes plants. Okay, so maybe we love plants, or even obsess over them, talk to them, and play them only the illest beats while we are in the shop. It's just our way of saying, "Thank you for staying alive and providing us with oxygen to breathe."

Both Haley and Anela have been dabbling in terrarium and container gardening for years, and Haley wanted to share some information about her process and what she's learned. Let's have her start from the beginning...

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Feelin' The Love

We get it. Valentine's Day is super cheesy and commercialized and lame, and you're all too cool for it. Even Leslie Knope's Galentine's Day is going mainstream!

But let's be honest: we can all actually use a reminder to slow down and appreciate those around us.

And we can do so without being total sell-outs. 

We're wishing you more than just a day full of chocolates and flowers and teddy bears holding hearts embroidered with "BE MINE" (but knock yourself out if that's what you're into). Use this Valentine's Day as a chance to remember the things that fill your soul and make you happy. 

Because we're no good to anyone else until we're good to ourselves. 

Carve out some time for those you love -- whether it's your partner, your friends, your family, or your pets -- but don't forget to do the very same for yourself. We're busy dishing out care and compassion each and every day, but it's also so dang vital to conserve some of that for the (wo)man in the mirror. 

Whether you're looking to pamper yourself or your loved ones (or hopefully both), we've got a handful of ideas that are sure to please -- as well as a Valentine's Day-inspired playlist to get you groovin'! 

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Sparkle & Shine: Holiday Looks

Whether you are searching for a professional look for your work party, a cozy little something for that family gathering or a whole lot of shimmer for your New Year's Eve out on the town, we have got you covered with some one-of-a-kind vintage pieces that are sure to add a little glam to your look. 

Take a cue from Hana and Jen and celebrate your stand-out style this holiday season!

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Stash Gift Guide: Accessories

We're continuing the celebration of handmade goods by showcasing our accessory makers!

And as we find ourselves deep in the trenches of the season of excess and mass-production, we'd like to take a minute to recognize these little guys. By supporting them (and heck, us, too!), you're putting your money right back into the American economy, encouraging a culture of creativity, and offering meaningful gifts that each come with their own special story: the story of the people behind the product. 

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Meet the Makers: Black Owl Outdoors

Beyond the racks and stacks of vintage that we offer at Stash, we're also known for having a selection of handmade goods and ever-changing artwork. These works all come from special individuals, many of whom are part of the Central Pennsylvania community. In this ongoing series, we'd like to introduce you to some of the friendly faces behind the products you know and love.

Today we introduce you to Black Owl Outdoors. The brothers Beaston -- Tony "Stony" and Erik "Krik" -- are the brains behind the outdoor lifestyle brand known for its nature-related online tutorials and video product reviews, everything from How to Make Reverse Wrap Natural Cordage to Scavenging for Wild Onions and much, much more. But when the brothers aren't hiking through the forest or taking breathtaking photos of the wildlife all around us, Krik creates the one-of-a-kind leather works that you know and love at Stash. 

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February's Featured Artist: Bernard Ballard

This month, we're featuring the faux fur creations of Harrisburg-based designer and artist Bernard Ballard.

You've probably seen him around town rocking his custom-made faux fur ensembles -- from jackets and scarves to hats and even leg warmers! Bernard has been designing and creating clothing and accessories for many years, and that hobby has turned into quite the obsession. He offers custom-made pieces in 40 different textures and colors of the softest, most realistic looking faux sable, mink, lynx, leopard, ermine, beaver and bear furs.

Bernard's one-of-a-kind works are available now, and we'll be holding an opening reception 4pm to 9pm on Friday, February 20th in honor of 3rd in the Burg. Come meet Bernard and check out his selection of jackets, capes, wraps and accessories, which range in a variety of sizes, colors and styles.

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Meet the Makers: Liz Laribee Illustration

Beyond the racks and stacks of vintage that we offer at Stash, we're also known for having a selection of handmade goods and ever-changing artwork. These works all come from special individuals, many of whom are part of the Central Pennsylvania community. In this ongoing series, we'd like to introduce you to some of the friendly faces behind the products you know and love.

First up, Liz Laribee of Liz Laribee Illustration (Harrisburg, PA). 

We've got a special place in our hearts for Liz. Not only is she a friend to all of us and a mega-talented artist, but she was also the one, three years ago, to sit all four of us down at Little Amps Coffee Roasters and say, "Hey, you are all interested in something similar. Talk it out." Gee, we sure are thankful for that.

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Stories Behind the Stash: Red Plaid Hunting Jacket

One of our favorite things about vintage shopping is the idea that each item we hand-pick has its own history. Each item has lived a previous life -- or two, or three -- meaning these articles of clothing are more than just pieces to be shoved in already-full closets. They're artifacts of days gone by -- of leisure and work, good times and bad. Their stories intrigue us, and sometimes, those stories just really ought to be shared.

We found this gem of a jacket -- a Sears Roebuck & Co. wool Field Master -- hanging forgotten in a 100-year-old woman's attic. The jacket was heavy, adding plenty of pressure to the old wire hanger that had accompanied it for decades. We were initially drawn to this piece's classic red and black plaid, seeing as how it's one of those timeless patterns that just never seems to go out of style. We also loved the 1949 hunting tag, which is attached to the coat with the largest safety pin we've ever seen. And yet these obvious perks aside, it wasn't until we got it back to the store and took the piece to be dry cleaned that we started uncovering all its little secrets.

 

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