by Zacch Estrada-Petersen

HUNTERSVILLE – Angela Statzer and Myquillyn Smith have been friends for many years. Both creative types, Statzer is an accomplished mixed-media artist and owner of Button Bird Designs. Smith is a well-known home blogger and creator of Nesting Place, which has more than 11,000 followers on Twitter.



Aside from an eye for design, another thing they have in common, either through work or their passion for thrift store shopping, is have a great deal of extra stuff.

This summer, both were inspired by a book they read called “7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess.” Written by Jen Hatmaker, the book follows the true story of the author, who spent seven months identifying seven areas of overindulgence, and then came up with seven ways to remedy them.

“I figured out that part of what I have to do on a routine basis is clear out stuff,” Smith said. “It’s not that I’m always going out and buying stuff, but people send me samples and other people will give me things, so I have to always be thinking ‘Well what else can I do with this?’”

So the women came up with their own response to the author’s challenge.

“We kind of decided that we were going to simplify and clean out,” Statzer said. “So we’re getting rid of a lot of stuff that we own and having a big sale.”

The sale will run 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Wynfield Forest clubhouse, at 15722 Wynfield Creek Pkwy., Huntersville. It will feature the “odds and ends” the pair have picked up over the years.

“It’s better than a yard sale, but it’s not as new as retail,” Smith said. “It’s all of our hand-picked cute things. A lot of girls go to a thrift store and feel that if they can walk out with one good thing then their trip there was worth it. So this is a sale for all of those good things.”

Although largely comprised of what the two have in their closets and studios, the sale will also feature some new creations.

“I’m kind of introvert, so my blog is a way for me to share my passion for creating,” Statzer said, “So on my blog I’m constantly making things and doing different projects. I have a ton of stuff that I’ve made and done, so this is going to be a place that I can sell some of that stuff too.”

A portion of the proceeds will go toward Compassion International, a nonprofit close to their hearts.

“Compassion ministers to nearly 1.3 million children in 26 of the poorest countries around the world,” said Tim Glenn, communications director for Compassion International. “When generous donors like this artist and blogger give to Compassion, they are helping to release those children from the spiritual, economic, educational and physical aspects of poverty.”

Founded in 1952, Compassion International is a Christian child advocacy ministry through which Smith and Statzer sponsor impoverished children. Smith recently returned from a trip to Tanzania to visit her sponsored child.