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I'm a woman on a mission to document what Americans throw away in all fifty states and preach the gospel of second-hand consumption along the way.

This project aims to visit thrift stores in all 50 states, documenting the scenes and objects found along the way. The mission will be to explore the experience through two lenses-- socially and photographically.

By socially, we mean-- if you only visited a thrift store in each state and no where else, what would you deduce about that region? Is it old? Is it young? Is it rich? Is it poor? Is it playful? Is it religious? Is it diverse?  The things we clear our lives of make their way onto those shelves, and it becomes a picture of the community that surrounds it. It becomes our collective closet and record of how are lives have been lived.

By photographically, we mean it will be thoroughly visually documented with both still photographs (using my iPhone, as all photos up to now have been taken) and video. Unique scenes, people, objects and visions of thrift stores. Abstract and literal.

The goal is to create a fun, tangible, TRAVELING platform to inform people about the things they throw out, what it says about us and why living a more sustainable life through lower consumption is easier on our finances, easier on our planet and FUN!

I plan to travel the country in complete second-hand style for three to six weeks (whatever is allowable with my schedule) during the summer of 2011, documenting what I find along the way in each state through blogging and photos, preaching the second-hand lifestyle along the way at festivals and farmers markets.

My goal is to make everything involved in the trip something that's second hand-- including an RV or third wheel, travel gear, my own clothing-- even the air freshener (if I can find one). I hope to share my story with the public through farmer's markets, festivals and schools along the way. At the end of the journey into America’s collective closets, the photos, blog entries and general experience will be turned into a book and more extensive website to continue to share the mission, knowledge and benefits of second-hand living.

Rough Budget-----------------------------------------------

*$2,000-$3,000 –Used for an RV or VW bus—preferably used—that is licensed, registered and road ready, used to sleep and eat out of in effort to economize the trip as much as possible.

$2,000—Used for gas, parking and tolls, with extra room for minor repairs to the vehicle if necessary.

*$1,000—Food and supplies along the way as needed.

*$1,000—Used to create and produce books for sale through MagCloud (an online publishing/selling resource), as well as more permanent website that will serve as a forum and an educational resource.

Total: $7,000 -- and hopefully a little more. ****Don't forget to friend us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! @allthriftystate**********

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