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Meet the Maker: Soni Graves

Soni Graves is a long-time Scoutie turned wholesale maker! She does a little bit of everything, including carving beautiful stamps for print-making and super cute bandanas. Aside from her collection inside Scout, you can shop Soni's masterpieces on her Etsy shop. Read on for our Q&A!

Scout: Tell us your story. How did you become interested in art/printmaking/screen printing? When did you begin selling your work?

SG: Long story short, I went through a life-altering divorce, had to move back home to start over and find myself for the first time. That’s when I picked up art supplies in an attempt to do something else besides feel sorry for myself. Clay to make jewelry was the first thing. And things just CLICKED. I love making things, all things, everything and anything. Mostly I make things for myself, things I find gorgeous so I can customize my life. The business side is very much second even to this day. It takes a lot to be a business and I’m still finding the right time to really declare myself one. The thing is I cannot stick to one thing. I find a new interest, delve into it, practice and practice, make bomb stuff I’m happy with and then move on. A Soni-of-all-trades if you will.

Stamp-carving and printing was born from the want to customize my clothes. Clothing making and dying with printing is in the work right now. I love combining skills and being able to turn my illustrations into functional art just makes sense for someone like me who’s obsessed with fashion, up-cycling, etc. I began selling my bandanas at Scout because enough people replied they were interested in buying when I shared what I made for myself on IG. I saw an opportunity to gain some confidence in my saleswoman abilities and reached out to Scout who I know is a big supporter of local artist. 
Scout: We know  you're a long-time Scoutie! What do you love most about the shop (besides seeing your work on shelves ;))?
SG: I will always support Scout. I started going there as a teenager purely because I loved the vintage finds and affordable prices. Over time they've evolved into (or I just noticed eventually) more than just cool finds. They have an ethical mission to decrease fast fashion and the detrimental effects it's having on our home and planet. They stand up for equality, human rights, female empowerment, and root for their local neighbors. I see them as a corner stone for what’s cool about Omaha and want to see more shops be like Scout. Kelly has always had confidence in my work before I do and for that I’m always humbled and thankful. Plus have you ever been to their $1 sale?? I look forward to digging for treasures every Sunday! 
Scout:  Tell us more about your creative process. Do you have a studio space? What's your work flow like?
SG: I’ve never thought about describing my creative process. Let’s see. First I get an idea, that idea snow balls into another as I add more Soni-esque elements and deeper meaning (I love adding secret messages into my work as it amplifies my manifestations). Then I day dream and obsess over this new thing way too much until I get my hands on the right materials. Usually this means learning something new, but sometimes I know exactly where I’m headed. The first piece is almost a bit off- not quite right; this part I can do better next time, this part is genius, etc. After taking notes I practice until I feel satisfied and after that I (usually) move on to a whole new idea. 
I started working on my art on a night stand in my mom's room and have slowly progressed to a real desk, two desks, then a van, and now I’m (truly so lucky) to have a real studio. A room in my home is dedicated to my art and I feel like I’ve hit the jackpot. Even with this whole room I’m running out of room for all my supplies but I love having just the right thing for this new project on hand. Almost any medium you can think of, I’ve got a lil bit in here. It’s a creative dream for my fast paced maker-ship. 
A typical creative day for me looks like me in my studio, usually in my undies or something similar where I comfy and deff shouldn’t be answering the door. A glass of water, and my hoop. I’ll beep-bop between projects ALL DAY and take hooping breaks when a banger comes on. The amazing part is I’m so in the zone on these precious days that 10 hours will go by and it feels like 2. Sometimes I even forget to eat which is like crazy, food is EVERYTHING and one of my greatest joys, so I can really tell when something is hitting my soul if I’ve gone all day happily starving and dehydrated.
Scout: What inspires you? 
SG:  Inspiration? Inspiration spills out of my very pores. Honestly I’ve got too much of it. I’m constantly in awe of being alive and being here in this body at this time on this planet with this culture. There are details to notice endlessly. Mostly I turn to nature, the greatest artist. I often lean into psychology, spiritual practices and mortality as my messages and combine that with things I find beautiful; colors, lace, details, shiny things, sexy things. I could really use about three more bodies to manifest all the wants and visions my mind has. I assume most creative people feel similarly. 
My true inspiration under it all is JOY. It is so easy to live a joyless life but after hitting my own personal rock bottom I choose to climb toward happiness. Art and creation is my best tool toward this goal. It gives me confidence, giddiness, a feeling of accomplishment and it’s how I build relationship with my personal god. Whoever created me, gave me abilities to tap into that allow me the privilege to create a life I admire and find beauty in. I cherish it and it’s the only thing I really want to do with this body: love and create. 

Meet the Makers: Benson Soap Mill

Benson Soap Mill owners Ryan Cook and Tim Maides are buds that live in Benson and turn local and sustainable resources into quality, handmade beauty products. We are proud to carry their products in-store. Read on for a Q&A with Tim!

Scout: How and when did you guys get started creating soap/beauty products? What was the inspiration behind your business? Give us a look into your origin story!
BSM: We started Benson Soap Mill in 2013 when my buddy Ryan Cook had a wild idea to try to use up a lot of products that we were seeing go to waste while working in restaurants. We always were wondering if there was anything we could use the fat scraps, discarded citrus peels, and coffee grinds for so he thought about making soap. Our first bars were pretty crude since we started with no prior knowledge and were using ingredients that were difficult to work with, but our friends and community were there to support us, so we kept going. We've always kinda gone about things the hard way, by literally designing our own original recipes and making sure to prioritize local ingredients over ones that are sourced internationally. We are our own hardest critics, and we do not take any shortcuts. 
Scout: You're obviously Bensonites, but tell us more about where and how you make your products! 
BSM: We used to make the soaps in my basement but since then have had two "soap labs" as we like to call them. One was in Larkin's Parkin' along with the Omaha Screen Co. guys, and now we're right across the street in the basement of Daisy Jones Locker. We miss the warehouse vibe with lots of natural light but the basement is large with more stable temperatures which makes our lives easier. Plus, we get to have a little shelf with all our products for sale upstairs!  We batch about 160 bars of what is known as "cold processed" soap at a time and close to 300 pounds of liquid soap using the "hot process" method. Not to get too technical, but the procedures are relatively similar but using different forms of chemical lye.    
Scout: You source much of your ingredients locally and through the recycling of other goods. Tell us a bit more about that process and the importance of sustainability in your business. 
BSM: As a local business, we strive to support other local businesses through our ingredients. Our pivotal shift happened when I found a local sunflower oil farm in western Nebraska, close to Ord, that allowed us to switch our soaps to a vegan product, while sourcing 70% of our oils locally. It costs more, but we think it makes our soaps better and our customers can feel the difference. The sunflower oil from Simply Sunflower contains 41% vitamin E oil naturally, so it's basically made for your skin. Since we are Bensonites, we work a lot with our neighbors over at Hardy Coffee Co, for their chai tea scraps and coffees. All our soaps use therapeutic grade essential oils to scent them, since they are medicinal in nature and also have desirable properties for skin care. We never use synthetics and try to be as eco-friendly as possible, like our soap packaging is made from 100% recycled paper or we sell refillable plastic foaming soap pumps to help reduce waste, then re-use, and when it wears out, recycle. 
Scout: What are your personal favorite scents of BSM products?
BSM: I'm a big fan of the Eucalyptus & Rosemary soaps, it's herbaceous while uplifting, such a pleasant combination. I used to love our Citrus & Ginger bars, but our supplier stopped selling Ginger Grass essential oils, so I'm trying to source it elsewhere. Also as much as I wanted to hate on patchouli, our new Patchouli Blend bar has quickly become my new favorite. It's earthy and balanced, perfect for Fall & Winter. I love going to a local bar or restaurant and see them stocking our soaps.
Scout: Besides Scout, where can folks shop your products?
BSM: We sell at a handful of stores around town, and usually for the Farmer's Markets on the weekends, although we took this year off due to COVID, we have been selling on our online store as well. http://www.bensonsoapmill.com/soaps
Stores include:
Wohlner's Grocery
Prairie in Bloom
Made in Omaha
Lion's Mane
and many others...

4 fall trends that might just save 2020

Fall is quickly approaching-- and if you live in Omaha, you know the weather is ready for us to all have a wardrobe change. Whether you’re planning to mask up and head to the pumpkin patch, stay in and cozy up with a good book or movie, or simply just pop out for some crisp fall air, you deserve to do it in style. We’ve compiled some of our favorite trends to help you stunt on ‘em this new season.

Street Art

This one is for all our hypebeast hotties who are ready to rock in this season’s trending streetwear. Street art is popping up in many fall/winter looks, adding a loud, contemporary element to the cuts and styles we’ve seen before. Paul Smith and Heron Preston’s FW runway collections featured spray-paint-styled pieces that emulate the classic, colorful graphics from cities all over the world. This trend takes streetwear to a new level, literally bringing the details of urban environments directly to our clothing.

Red Monochrome 

Monochrome coloring is always a fun tool to experiment with in our wardrobes, creating collections and outfits around a common scheme. Bring some heat to the chilly season with bright hues that will have your friends saying “that’s fire.” Play around with patterns and accessories that compliment the warmth of the red focal point, too. Don’t be afraid to pop!

Baggy Pants

Your dad’s ill-tailored suits may have been embarrassing at your cousin’s wedding a few years ago, but this trend gives baggy clothing a new life! Combining style and comfort with a classic 90’s look, this trend gives you an opportunity to chill and take up the space you deserve. Pair with a graphic tee and chunky sneaker, and you’re off.

Patchwork Denim

Speaking of the perfect pair of pants, patchwork denim combines a beloved American piece with a greater global connection to color blocking and artistic stitching. Xander Zhou and Angus Chiang are just a few designers who brought this element to their FW collections, amping up the detailing of a traditional pant and incorporating the modern, distressed aspect that has become so popular.

3 ways to celebrate Secondhand September -- especially in a global pandemic

It’s no secret our business model is founded on the practice of sustainable fashion. According to Forbes, almost 70 million barrels of oil are used each year to make the world’s polyester fiber, which is now the most commonly used fiber in our clothing. But it takes more than 200 years to decompose. This excessive waste is killing our planet-- and it’s often inequitable for folks employed by fast fashion corporations, typically working in factories for less than a living wage. As a consumer, you have the power to change this cycle and do your part in the fight to end climate change. 

Secondhand September is a way to encourage and celebrate buying vintage, sustainable and secondhand items! While shopping secondhand (like buying gently used, cute AF clothes at Scout) is a great way to save the planet, it’s also more affordable and accessible. We host a $1 sale every Sunday, as well as quarterly Fil-A-Bag events, giving you more bang for your buck, and honestly, making the Omaha fashion scene a bit more interesting.

If you’re new to shopping secondhand, or you’re looking to up your game, here are a couple tips to celebrate this season in style.


  1. Get crafty with what you already have in your closet.

 One of the biggest hot tips we’ve seen to surviving the COVID-19 quarantine is to practice a normal routine and get dressed every day. Many big box stores and chain retailers will use this time to sell you new, mass-produced clothes, inundating your inbox with hot deals and free two-day shipping. You don’t have to give in. After all, the most sustainable outfit is the one you already have.

 If you’re hoping to get creative with your look at home, put together some different pieces than you normally would. Experiment with colors, accessories and layers. After all, you have no one to impress outside the comfort of your own home, er, or Zoom call, and if you fall in love with one of your creations, you’ve got a new outfit to parade around when you enter the world safely with your mask.

 You can choose from endless options of creative styles from your own collection, but If you’re dying to treat yourself with something new, support local and grab a sustainable look. Our online Depop shop is open 24/7, and our store is open (masks required) every day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

  1. Clean out your closet.

 While you’re snooping around your personal inventory for a cute #Scoutfit, you’re sure to find a couple of pieces you don’t wear very often. Use those viral organization methods (Hello, Marie Kondo’s Netflix series) to maximize your wardrobe and minimize your carbon footprint.

 We support any donations you’re hoping to make, but we recommend you make an appointment with us to sell your clothes! When you sell or trade with Scout, you’re recycling your clothes back into the community—and making money! We’ll supply you with cash or store credit, and the local clothing life cycle continues.

 Once you have some extra bucks in your back pocket, you can shop at lots of different price points, including our $5 rack, grab bags and our weekly $1 sale. We also carry lots of locally hand-made goods that are very hard to resist. Overall, it’s a win-win. You clean out your space, and we circulate your dope clothes back into our community. Imagine seeing a stranger stroll by in one of your most-loved skirts or tees-- that’s the circle of life, baby.

  1. Sign our plastic bag ban petition.

 While textile production is a huge contributor to global climate change, things like single-use plastic bags and fuel omissions from shipping procedures are huge contributors, as well. Eliminating plastic bags from our environment is a simple and effective way to use your green thumb.

Although safety policies are now in place that prevent the use of reusable bags in many grocery stores and essential businesses, communicate to the powers that be that this issue is still important to you post-pandemic. We are proud to be a plastic-bag-free business in Dundee, one of the greenest areas in the city. 

 We want to do our part to ban single-use plastics, and we know you do, too. While we respect the choices of other business to practice certain policies out of an abundance of caution during COVID-19, we need to be prepared to continue our fight for a more sustainable future.

 Our petition has reached over 10,000 signatures, and we’re confident you can get us to 15,000 by clicking the link above.

Share these tips with your friends and family, and follow along on our sustainable style journey via @scoutdrygoods on Instagram! Happy Secondhand September! And remember: real babes recycle.

Sell Clothes in Omaha and Make More Money with These Tips

Sell Clothes in Omaha and Make More Money with These Tips

If you're like me, you regularly cycle through your wardrobe. You love seeing how much money you can make on your used clothes. As the best place to sell clothes in Omaha Nebraska we've got the insider info to help prepare you as a seller so you can achieve success by making the most money on your used clothes and accessories.

Know the Brand

It's really important to understand who you're wanting to sell to. Whether it's Scout: Dry Goods and Trade (or a similar store anywhere else) you have to market to them. Get to know the store you're interested in selling to before you bring your items in. Follow their social media activity and get a feel for what they sell and who their customers are. Ultimately, their customers are the ones you are looking to sell to. The store's buyers know what their clientele are looking for and they know what sells and what doesn't sell in their store. If you can see your items in their store, then you have a good chance of selling. Scout is one of the best places to sell used clothes in Omaha because people love buying from them so they have a higher-turn-over then some of the other buy-sell-trade shops. 

Think Like a Consumer

I know you have old clothes with some worn-out pockets and some barely noticeable holes in them, right? You may not be too keen to overly scrutinize the clothes you are looking to sell, but it will help you immensely to stop and think like a customer. Ask yourself "Would I buy these clothes in the condition they're in?" If the answer is "no", you should leave them behind. It's no good to the buyer when there are unwanted items thrown in with the more desirable items. If you do your best to be selective at the start, you will have more success at your local buy-sell-trade store. 

Come as You Are

You may think that if you dress differently when you come in to sell to us that you'll have a better chance of making a deal or getting more money, but that's unnecessary. Good buy-sell-trade stores like Scout: Dry Goods and Trade will pay you fairly despite how you look or what you wear! You don't have to be clever or have a fancy sales pitch either to sell clothes in Omaha or anywhere else. Let the products speak for themselves. If you have well-constructed garments and designer brands that look new, you will be compensated. 

Don't Give Up

Selling your items at a buy-sell-trade store is all about matching your inventory (your used clothes) with the store's shoppers. It's a matchmaking game. Please, don't take it hard (and definitely try not to take it personally!) if you can't make a deal, it just means that there wasn't a match. Never be afraid to come back and try again. Learn from the store's buyers what they're looking for and keep them in mind when you come across a match. The important thing is to never stop trying and not to take rejection too hard if it doesn't work out. Think of it as a date, or like setting your clothes up on a blind date.;)

 

We hope these tips helped! Be sure to come see us at our store in Dundee! We are where to sell used clothing in Omaha Ne. Our shop is at 5018 Underwood Ave, Omaha NE 68132. We'd love to see you! 

Yours in sustainable living, 

xo, The Scout Team




What's the Difference Between Consignment Stores and Buy-Sell-Trade Stores?

Consignment Stores VS Buy-Sell-Trade: Pros and Cons

One way to save money and make money is through specialized stores that offer discounted prices on merchandise, or ones that will actually pay you for your items. While thrift stores are cheap and while they get most of their merchandise from donations that means nothing is "curated". So you end up spending your time sorting through a lot of unsavory items to see if you can find any gems. When you want to make money on your used clothes, thrift stores will be able to give you a tax receipt for your donation but that's not cash money.

We know you want to talk about how to make money on your used clothes so let's get into it! 

If you're looking to make a profit off some things you own, there are a couple of different options to pursue. You could try a buy-sell-trade store (like Scout: Dry Goods and Trade), or take a crack at a consignment store.

While they are often confused for one another, these two kinds of stores are not the same thing and there are benefits and drawbacks to both. To help you decide who you want to do business with to sell your used clothes and used merchandise to, this post will help you learn about the difference between consignment stores and buy-sell-trade stores.

Buy-Sell-Trade Stores

Typically when you think of selling your used clothes, you probably picture a buy-sell-trade establishment. These are places where you can take in your used clothes and used accessories (that are in great shape) and they will buy them from you at an agreed price.

Below are all the parts of the buy-sell-trade business model. 

Buy: You can buy expertly-curated vintage, new, and used clothes and accessories at a significant discount from traditional and online stores.  

Sell: You can sell your used clothes and used accessories to the store and they will give you cash on the spot! (It's a great way to make extra money fast!)

Trade: This is a great way to get new-to-you clothes and accessories without spending even a fraction of what you would at traditional retail stores. In this case you bring in your used clothes and accessories, the store will tell you how much you can get in store credit (an amount that is higher than the cash amount you could get) you then get to go shopping! You could essentially trade out your whole wardrobe for pennies!  

Buy-sell-trade stores are absolutely the most convenient and fastest way to get quick money by selling them your used clothes and used accessories and they allow you to save time by finding all the cute used and vintage clothes for you! 

Pros: Instant money, less clutter, can trade in your used clothes for a new wardrobe. Another Pro is that you're able to get rid of whatever it is you are looking to sell, regardless of whether the store accepts it. In most cases buy-sell-trade shops will donate the items they don't accept (and that you no longer want) to people in need saving you the trouble of hauling the items back home.

Cons: They will only accept used items that are on-trend and in great shape. 

Consignment Shops

Consignment is a completely different business model. When you sell an item on consignment the shop essentially becomes a broker for your used items. That means that you don't get anything until the item sells. If the item(s) do sell the store takes a percentage of the sale. How big of a percentage you each get depends on the store and your agreement. Just as with a buy-sell-trade stores, you can negotiate, but since the store is running a business you can expect to get more if the shop does not have to invest its own money. When you sell on consignment, it's free inventory for them but they still have the overhead of keeping the shop open along with paying the staff like buy-sell-trade stores also do. While you might get more money through a consignment shop, you have to wait for any money you might make because it all depends on IF your item(s) sells so you could wait weeks or months for the item(s) to sell and you could wind up with nothing. There is absolutely no guarantee or getting money in your hands! 

Pros: Potentially more money

Cons: Payment is deferred and is not a guaranteed

 

There is no right or wrong way to part with your belongings for cash, the important thing is to understand how each business works and which system is best for you. Have you had any luck selling on consignment, or getting quick cash at a buy-sell-trade store? Share your experience below in the comments! 

 

The 10 Best Thrift Stores in Nebraska

The 10 Best Thrift Stores in Nebraska

Thrift Stores, like the items they sell, are often a mixed bag. Lots of them are not the kind of place you would ever shop unless you need something for very cheap. But there are also terrific stores with dedicated staff and owners who are passionate about their community and take pride in what they do. Nebraska thrift stores are some of the best places for vintage clothes, home furnishings and anything in between.

This is our top ten list of the most beloved and rewarding thrift stores in the Cornhusker State.

(*Please note: the thrift shops are listed in no particular order.)

Habitat For Humanity Restore

Not your typical thrift store but ideal if you are doing some work on your home on the cheap. Restore is terrific for finding furniture, cabinetry and raw materials for restoration projects. This location is in Grand Island and is among the highest customer-rated Nebraska thrift stores.

Pieceful Dreams Company Consignment Store

Located on Central Avenue in Nebraska City, Pieceful Dreams is a top-rated consignment store within the community, noted for its upkeep and ever-changing window displays. The store specializes in vintage and antique merchandise as well as modern decor.

Crossroads Thrift Store

Crossroads is a community favorite in Hastings. They have a friendly staff and low priced discount items. all of the proceeds from the store go to the homeless. They also accept donations and offer coupons to save even more.

Play it Again Sam Thrift Store

This Sydney store has a playful tone in its celebration of reuse. Of all the thrift joints in all Nebraska... Play it Again Sam is celebrated for friendly staff and low prices and very highly praised among Nebraska thrift stores.

Kearney Jubilee Center Thrift Store and Food Pantry

This Kearney thrift store takes its inspiration from the Jewish day of restoration and equality and focuses on social justice programs that emphasize aid to the poor and oppressed.

Mission Avenue Thrift

Mission Avenue Thrift is another Crossroads Store. It's also a highly rated store in Nebraska. It's the second of three locations and is highly focused on community outreach.

Scout: Dry Goods and Trade

For those in and around the Omaha area, Scout is the go-to place for great vintage merchandise. The prices are fantastic and there is a lot of great character and atmosphere to the place which makes it more fun to shop in. They also have an active Facebook page with frequent and fun promotions like Fil-A-Bag events! 

St. Teresa Thrift Shop

This small but diverse thrift shop in Lincoln is affiliated with St. Teresa Catholic Church. patrons of the store appreciate the cleanliness and care to the displays as well as an assortment of options and good pricing.

Tip Top Thrift Shop

This vintage store in Omaha is small but full of treasures. The place has a lot of character and is a nice place to peruse when you are on the hunt or something unique with affordable pricing. It's a definite stop to include in a day of shopping Nebraska thrift stores.

St. Louise Gift and Thrift Store

This Lincoln-based store is also a Catholic church-based community outreach store. Customers praise the pricing and variety as well as the selection of home furnishings.

 

We'd love to hear, did your favorite Nebraska thrift store make it on the list? Tell us in the comments! 


Local Clothing Shops

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Why You Should Shop Local

1. Protect Local Character and Prosperity 
Omaha is unlike any other city in the world. By choosing to support locally-owned businesses, you help maintain Omaha’s' diversity and distinctive flavor. 
 
2. Community Well-Being 
Locally owned businesses build strong neighborhoods by sustaining communities,
linking neighbors, and by contributing more to local causes. 
 
3. Local Decision-Making 
Local ownership means that important decisions are made locally by people who 
live in the community and who will feel the impact of those decisions. 
 
4. Keeping Dollars in the Local Economy 
Your dollars spent in locally-owned businesses have three times the impact on your community as dollars spent at national chains. When shopping locally, you simultaneously create jobs, fund more city services through sales tax, invest in neighborhood improvement and promote community development. 
 
5. Job and Wages 
Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits than chains do. 
 
6. Entrepreneurship 
Entrepreneurship fuels America's economic innovation and prosperity, and serves as a key means for families to move out of low-wage jobs and into the middle class. 
 
7. Public Benefits and Costs 
Local stores in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure and make more efficient use of public service relative to big box stores and strip shopping malls. 
 
8. Environmental Sustainability 
Local stores help to sustain vibrant, compact, walk-able town centers-which in turn are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution. 
 
9. Competition 
A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation. 
 
10. Product Diversity 
A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based, not on a national sales plan, but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.

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We're pumped that you're interested in reading our blog! 

We'll be updating it soon with all things related to sustainable living, shopping in Omaha, clothing stores in Omaha, how to reduce your impact on the environment, and how to help our earth!

In the meantime, come see us at our store in Dundee! We are where to sell used clothing in Omaha Ne. Come on by our shop at 5018 Underwood Ave, Omaha NE 68132 (in the Dundee neighborhood.) We'd love to see you! 

Yours in sustainable living, 

xo, The Scout Team