Raised on a farm in small town Michigan, Barb Tobias had no idea of what life held for her. She fought her way to a college degree then stepped into the fashion world. Knowing that her career as a runway model would be short lived; she started a dog obedience school called Trainers Academy. Stories abound as she merged her fashion work with the many talented dogs in her care. Then, a 7-year stint in the corporate world left her high and dry when the company folded in the 2007 real estate crash. What should have been her sunny autumn years became a question of what now? “Reinvention” became her mantra. Barb has successfully transformed herself from farm girl, to fashion model, to influential speaker and ultimately, award winning author, columnist and thrift specialist. Go to her website at www.ThriftTalkDiva.com/.