Why She’s Interesting: Younis knows a thing or two about turning over a new leaf. Since starting her lifestyle blog, Dina’s Days, in 2009 with tips, tricks and advice for making the most out of thrift store finds, she’s gained more than 16,000 followers on Instagram and was named one of Buzzfeed’s top 21 thrifting bloggers in 2016. Last year, she launched Allow Us To Rethriftrodeuce Ourselves, a thrifting podcast.
Globe Trotter: Younis was born in Kent, Ohio, moved to Jordan with her family when she was in elementary school, and then back to the United States in middle school. Her love for bargain shopping was born somewhere between bouncing back and forth. “I’d been to thrift stores in the U.S., but we didn’t have them back in Jordan. I’d save up my allowances and go to the bargain stores in the area. I’d even have my cousin send me Delia’s Magazine, and I’d recreate my favorite looks with whatever I could find.”
Crafty Kid: As an 11 year old, she crafted her own jewelry from pop can tabs and browsed Goodwill every chance she got. “I would paint the pop tabs, coat them in glitter and hang them on a string. Then I’d sell them for 50 cents on the playground.”
Thrift Tips: If she could only give three tips for a successful thrift store trip, she’d tell you to make a list, only take on one part of the store at a time and to keep going back. “Some days I go in and only look at the shoes. Trying to sift through the whole store gets overwhelming very fast.”
Fashion Show: Over the years, Younis has found some real gems at her favorite secondhand shops. Her favorite recent discovery is a pair of Alexander Berman pink mules she found at Village Discount Outlet in Akron. “I looked them up and they cost over $600, but I only paid $10.”
Lucky Find: More than 11 years ago, Younis was browsing Facebook when she saw an advertisement for a jazz concert. She took a friend and enjoyed the show, speaking to the bandleader after the performance. She didn’t know then that she was talking to her future husband, Dan Wilson. “I told him it was a good show, then we connected on Facebook and now here we are, married with an almost-2-year-old daughter.”
Younis thinks in two languages, switching on the fly between Arabic and English.
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