‘WOW ‘ is what you think when Barb Tobias speaks … you’ll listen, be intrigued, amazed, and enthusiastic as you set out to find the “gold” that others have tossed. Her book, Tossed & Found, is perfect for anyone seeking bargains—be they high end or just everyday stuff. Barb has a delightful sense of humor. She’s highly recommended for any program and specializes in women-based formats.
~ Dr Judith Briles, Award winning Author, Speaker & Book Shepherd
On Behalf of the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce, I want to thank you for speaking at our North Luncheon. It was a tremendous success and we have enjoyed wonderful feedback from attendees. We are so excited to have you speak again at our Downtown Luncheon in August.
Our luncheons are a great way for members to hear an inspirational and motivational story from a woman in the community such as you. Everyone enjoyed your presentation very much.
We applaud your commitment in helping to provide our members with the opportunity to form business partnerships.
Donna Evans, CEO of Marketing, CWCC
Professional speaker and author of Tossed & Found, Barb’s energetic and enlightening presentations drill into the core of limiting beliefs, procrastination and indecision, and exposes the culprits that rob us of our inherent magic. This engaging gal is a perfect fit anyone who wants to renew their lives or their homes.
~ Katherine Carol, Author, Coach, Speaker & Transformation Specialist
Barb Tobias brings fun, humor and innovative ideas to her entertaining and thought provoking stage. She is undeniably the mistress of innovation and insight; identifying and overcoming the obstacles that plague us all. I highly recommend her as one of the top people to hire for your next event.
~ Orvel Ray Wilson, Guerilla Selling, Author, Professional Speaker
Barb Tobias, America’s “Thrift Talk” Diva, is an inspiration! She was the speaker for Women, Wine, and Wellness, and she was fantastic. Her presentation was polished, professional, interactive, entertaining, and her topic was well received and valuable to our group. I highly recommend hiring her for speaking engagements. She will exceed your expectations!
~ Lisa Shultz, Author, Speaker & Founder of Women, Wine & Wellness
Barb Tobias is a Hoot! She spoke at our Financially Fit Females meeting and was a HUGE SUCCESS … one of the largest crowds we have ever drawn! Her energy, enthusiasm and passion for home and wardrobe fashion had my guests and members on the edge of their seats! Her presentation was fun and informative and left us all with a desire to head out to the nearest thrift store and snap up some amazing bargains! We will definitely have her back to speak in the future!
~ Sharlene Douthit, Founder of Financially Fit Females
Barb was our featured February luncheon speaker for the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce. She was a great motivator and shared her tricks of thriftiness. The audience was in awe of how capable she was at living so beautifully in such a frugal manner. We had so many compliments about her talk that we have booked her for our Downtown August 17th luncheon at Maggiano’s. This is one you will not want to miss! February 8, 2011
~ Nancy Walsh, Member Services Director, CWCC
Barb Tobias’ presentation at Fun Finds Consignments in Canton Georgia exceeded all expectations. Her new book Tossed & Found highlights her life-changing foray into the world of thrift and consignment. Her journey parallels one woman’s progression from small town farm girl, to fashion model, radio and TV personality, corporate executive to author and keynote speaker. Her message is profound and delivered in the most entertaining and thought provoking way. She brings out the “Diva” in every woman and leaves you with a smile on your face and renewed hope. She was a delight.
~ Betty Anderson, Owner, Fun Finds and Designs, Inc.
Tossed & Found Reviews
“This is a fun, flirty, slightly irreverent look at the world of thrifting, garage saling, and repurposing, with great advice for the frugal decorator or fashionista. The story of this full-on diva buried, willingly, to her armpits in secondhand toss-offs and how she got there, presents a strange and humorous contrast of worlds that makes you want to hear more from this writer. The Diva quips scattered throughout the book are hilarious, while the practical tips are priceless”
~ Ireland, “Smart Shopper”
“Barb Tobias (aka The Thrift Talk Diva) is indeed a master at all she does. A talented author, an engaging speaker, a gifted radio and TV personality. She appears comfortable and in command in any media she works in. I have had the honor of working with Barb on her first book, “Tossed & Found,” and was constantly impressed by her drive, commitment and her unwavering vision—and coupled with a top-notch wit and grand sense of humor—it is easy to see why she is at the top of her game in everything she does. ”
~ Nick Zelinger – Owner NZ Graphics
~Scott Armstrong, Boulder Coaching Academy
Letter From a Raving Fan
I am one of those die-hard consumers who never thought twice about paying full retail for whatever items I wanted or needed. Then I picked up Barb Tobias’s new book, Tossed and Found, approaching it with mild curiosity and few expectations of learning anything life-changing. However, her lively description of the adventures of second-hand shopping (and resale) intrigued me and I decided to give thrifting a go! Needing to explore all the ways to save money in this dreadful economy, it was with uncertainty and doubt that I set out to employ her strategies and tips. It was with savage satisfaction that I returned home from my first outing with an armful of booty and most of my money! “
“This thrifty Diva offers priceless secrets for distinguishing treasure from trash, and for balancing the cost of “rehabbing” against an items potential value. I am now very reluctant to pay retail price for items I know can be found in thrift stores … treasures that typically have more character and uniqueness than ‘mall’ goods.
“I jumped in and explored the Thrift Diva’s world with new eyes. Armed with her expertise, I soon realized that we can all have a beautiful home worthy of a magazine spread for a fraction of what it would cost in the retail world.
~Margaret A. O’Donnell, A Happy Thrifter
Letter From a Fan
I checked out your book on Amazon and it has a 5 star rating … Congratulations! I loved reading Tossed & Found; I’ve shared it with so many people. I’ve sent my friends to your website and signed up for your newsletter too. You are on fire!!!
Years ago I switched to thrift shopping and we have basically built our Leadville house with thrift finds (habitat for humanity building store, The RE store, etc.) and I’m now on my way to furnishing it … with thrift finds. It’s such a blast! Buying secondhand is smart and provides a sense of community. Think of the accomplishment when we change our buying habits to be 100% conscious of giving back, reducing, reusing and recycling on all levels.
Also, after your speaking engagement on 1/29/2011, I started buying thrift items that were on sale! It makes so much more sense to shop this way. My husband is so proud of me and my effortless ways to save so much money.
I was at the Financially Fit Females meeting Thursday night and your name came up when the group was asked to share saving success stories… more that once a woman said “Barb Tobias would be so proud that I got this blouse for $.99” or “…pants for $2.99.” The crowd when crazy with applause!
~ Tammy Gordon, Director of Client Services at Aclivity
I was at your Diva Sale on Saturday June 25th in Evergreen, CO. and bought a tobacco tin that was called Roman Punch and the company was Bolling, Wright & Co. of Liberty, Va. My internet research identified this company was present in Liberty, VA in 1888. Liberty, VA then became known as Bedford, VA in 1890. However, I have yet to find anything about Roman Punch tobacco.
I am thrilled to have this 123 year old antique tobacco tin as it is part of history. I wish this tobacco tin could talk to me and tell me its story and why it still exist after 123 years as well as its journey from Liberty VA to Evergreen Co. I am very tempted to write a fictional book about my antique tobacco tin.
Thank you so much,
I loved the DIVA SALE!! What fun I had; I’ll DEFINITELY be there NEXT YEAR!
~ Debbie Hall, Mary Kay Cosmetics
Barb, I was at your Diva Sale on Saturday June 25th in Evergreen, CO. and bought a tobacco tin that was called Roman Punch and the company was Bolling,Wright & Co. of Liberty, Va. My internet research identified this company was present in Liberty Va in 1888. Liberty, VA then became known as Bedford, VA in 1890. I have yet to find anything about Roman Punch tobacco however.
I am thrilled to have this 123 year old antique tobacco tin as it is part of history. I wish this tobacco tin could talk to me and tell me it’s story and why it still exist after 123 years as well as it’s journey from Liberty Va to Evergreen Co.
Thank you so much,
~ Karen Mill, Denver Resident
Working with Barb on camera is a dream. She is a true professional; at ease and seamless in her presentations and staging. Her quick wit coupled with a robust knowledge of her craft make for interesting and flawless performances.
~ Barry Bortnick, Director, Producer
Barb Tobias is the queen of second-hand savvy. After holding a garage sale at my home and handing over $4,200, I enlisted her help in staging a home I was attempting to flip. Thanks to her expertise and frugal decorating, the house that had been on the market for 9 months, sold in two weeks!
~Scott Oakley, Real Estate Investor
“I have witnessed Barb’s advice first-hand. She is, undeniably, the mistress of buying and selling thrift. Her book, Tossed and Found, both memorable and humorous, combines great tips for thrifting, decorating on a budget, and running a successful garage sale.”