For the past five years, Olivera Bratich has been chief curator of the kitschy handmade crafts for sale in her Clintonville shop Wholly Craft. We chatted about some of her other favorite places to shop.

For the past five years, Olivera Bratich has been chief curator of the kitschy handmade crafts for sale in her Clintonville shop Wholly Craft. We chatted about some of her other favorite places to shop.

How often do you go shopping?

I probably go to the thrift store twice a week. I try and squeeze it in between errands, so I try to keep a map in my head of where the nearest thrift store is.

Do you have a favorite thrift store?

If I'm looking for a specific item, I really love the Village Thrift on Cleveland Avenue. One time I had to find a pirate costume - for that night - and I went there and found leather pants, a ruffly white shirt, leather boots, the entire outfit in one trip.

Otherwise, I like the Salvation Army for really good vintage items. I have this theory that they get really good stuff because it's the brand that old people recognize.

What sorts of things do you search for?

I tend to like the vintage clothes nobody else likes. I like the double-knit polyester shirts. My go-to dress-up outfit is a button-up polyester shirt.

The other big thing I love is estate sales. Somebody's entire life is splayed out with a price tag on it. It's kind of creepy, but if you stumble upon a person with similar tastes to you, you'll find so much stuff in one place.

What sorts of things do you collect?

Vintage handmade stuff. Salt and pepper shakers. I like homemade ceramics, things people made in the '60s and '70s in ceramics classes - weird ashtrays and stuff like that.

Where do you buy your non-thrifted clothes?

I'm a T-shirt-and-jeans kind of girl, for the most part. For T-shirts, I try to get the handmade stuff. I'm lucky, obviously, with this place - I get first pick on whatever comes in.

I kind of dread shopping for jeans, because it's not a fun treasure hunt at the thrift store. I kick it up a notch and go to Rag-O-Rama, Mad4Mod - places that have jeans that are worn in already but will have them clearly delineated by size.

What's your go-to last-minute gift?

If I have to do a last-minute gift, it's usually a liquor gift. Maybe liquor and funny little shot glasses from the thrift store.

Where do you like to window-shop?

Mad4Mod. They have a lot of really great mid-century furniture, and a lot of the time it's out of my price range, but I like to look at it and touch it.

Where do you shop for...

Groceries? Clintonville Co-op

Liquor? Weiland's

Desserts? Pattycake Bakery

Fabric? Sew to Speak

Personalized T-shirts? Skreened

Music? Lost Weekend Records