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Warren man showcases his thrifty style | News, Sports, Jobs - Warren Tribune Chronicle

Staff photo / Allie Vugrincic Cedric Brown of Warren is the Salvation Army Thrift Store’s No. 1 fan. Brown has decorated his entire apartment with great finds from the store, as well as other thrift stores.

WARREN — Above an inconspicuous building that doesn’t look like a residence, the Salvation Army Thrift Store’s No. 1 fan, Cedric Brown, has turned a loft into his dream home by shopping smart on a budget.

Brown, 45, knows how to bargain shop without compromising his style and has decorated his loft with secondhand items, mostly from the Salvation Army.

In his living room, it’s easier for Brown to point to the items that are not secondhand than to list the ones that are. He got his matching set of oversized recliner chairs and a couch from the Salvation Army for a grand total of $400. A stylish chair tucked in the corner of the room was fished out of a trash can — Brown did a U-turn when he saw it.

Pots, pans, glasses, lamps and even Brown’s bed are all secondhand. He created his own window valances with scrap fabric and a staple gun. A favorite $5 piece of fabric gracing the living room window is butter yellow and detailed with satin circles, sequins and pearls sewn in a pattern. The bargain pieces come together to create a cohesive look in the loft.

Brown’s upscale thrift store-style comes with a message. “Class and dignity cost nothing, no matter where you come from,” he said.

Brown said he discovered his skill for home decorating when he first moved out and had to decorate his own apartment. He comes by his talent for style and a good bargain from his mother, who also is a great decorator and can shop on a budget.

He said he wants to share his style know-how with others, and he plans on making a Facebook page to do so.

“I want to show people how you can decorate for less,” Brown said. “We’re living in a time where you have to budget.”

He said when decorating, it doesn’t have to match — it just has to coordinate. Brown encourages people to buy what he calls “universal pieces” that can be used in many spaces or for multiple purposes.

Accidents can develop creativity, Brown said.

“Weaving down a road of mistakes can open up an avenue of untouched decorating skills that you didn’t even know that you possess. When you explore different lanes, it opens up room for growth,” Brown said.

Most importantly, he said decorating should reflect your own style.

“It’s your space. Stop doing what everyone else thinks you should do. Your home is your temple,” he said.

Brown said he would describe his style as “classy” — his apartment reflects a high-end city look that is different than most local midwestern decorating styles.

“I’m able to relax in a place that totally fits me,” he said of his loft.

Brown has a dedicated party room with tables and chairs where he entertains when a pandemic isn’t happening. He also has an entire room for a closet, which he said often makes women jealous.

An avid churchgoer, Brown has many other creative interests, including writing, photography and catering. He writes music — mostly worship music — and directed a choir group for a number of years.

A secretary at Trumbull Community Action Plan, Brown is known as a “people person” and loves everyone. He said as a part of an agency that works with the Salvation Army, he corresponds with the organization and believes in its mission. The Salvation Army helps with disaster relief, and locally has food pantries and sometimes helps people meet their day-to-day needs. That is part of what makes it his favorite thrift store.

“As much as I spend there, it feels good to help somebody else,” Brown said.

Although the Warren Salvation Army store on U.S. Route 422 closed in May under the strain from the pandemic and other circumstances, Brown said that won’t stop him from shopping — he’ll just have to go a little further to find a store.

His thrifting talent allows him to walk through a thrift store once and find everything worth buying — even hidden gems employees and other shoppers overlooked. He often gives himself a $40 budget.

“You would have thought I spent my whole paycheck splurging,” Brown said.

Someday, he would like to rent a moving truck and drive cross-country, visiting Salvation Army stores, he said.

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