Love my local thrift store. Mine is an off-shoot from the hospital and run by volunteers and prices are dirt cheap. I bought a bunch of cute plates to decorate my kitchen wall with, some glassware, art, posters, and a couple odd books. My favorite finds are the postcard of the Mountie and his horse (10 cents) that I will have framed and the hand bound and mimeographed book by one of the hospital founder's relatives about her travels overseas as a nurse.
"Cats aren't clean; they're covered with cat spit."
- John S Nichols (1745-1846,writer/printer)
I am obsessed! I go to the Goodwill almost every day on my lunch when I dont have another errand to run. Almost weekly I find an amazing pair of new-ish shoes in my size. The thrift gods smile on me!
My best finds:
-Awesome new frying pan for $3
-Paul Mitchell super fancy hair dryer for $5
-Silver tray for my dresser to catch watches, perfumes, etc for $6
-Cool jewelry tree for $2
-Random shelving and stuff for my living room, like $2 each
Goodwill is my friend. I use it particularly for costuming (if you do steampunk, you need to make friends at the thrift shop) and for my etsy store. Also good for ebaying--I love it when I stumble onto old embroidery and needlepoint kits. People WILL pay for those.
Hollywood, but not the one where they have the Oscars!
Originally Posted by spurgirl
Goodwill in my area had a half price on everything sale today. DH and I went early, found great stuff to eBay...
Lightly used Coach purse (new $300+) for $20
New, but dusty Coach purse (new $240+) for $25
Dooney and Bourke handbag, small mark on strap $10
Merrell winter boots, new ($100+), $6
Born fashion "riding" boots, slightly used ($210+ new), $5
Coach leather belt, new $1
I clean these up if they need it, then list them on eBay. I usually make at least double my money back. I try to go once a week. If something does not sell, I donate it back to them!
I scored a couch, chair, and entertainment center with two display cabinets for under 200 at the Goodwill Half Price Labor Day sale in CT!!!
It has made me finally feel like I have a home here now!
"You can't really debate with someone who has a prescient invisible friend"
I love thrifting. (I'm an equal opportunity spender- I'll hemorrhage money at Nordstrom as well)
We just had a new Value Village open up in my town- I havent made it over there yet. No time and no perfect "thrifting buddy".
Who cares when it gets slobbered on when it cost you $1
I've thrift-shopped since I was a youngun - some 40 years worth.
Used to be able to find lots of well-made vintage clothes, nowadays it's mostly polyester X P
Still have dishes I bought in college - diner-style platters & some Depression glass pieces.
And I still regret passing up a carton of apple glass - service for 8!!! for $5...
Still, I've scored lots of well-worn - i.e. broken-in - namebrand jeans and the occasional Major Bar-Gain:
Chicos canvas blazer for $.99
Woolrich barncoat for $.99
Long live Goodwill & Salvation Army
*friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon: Steppin' Out 1988-2004 Hey Vern! 1982-2009 Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
We do - too many bargains to list. Stuff with tags still on them, almost all our clothes . . . actually I don't remember the last time we bought clothes in a regular store. I know I'm wearing better stuff than I could afford new. Also kitchen stuff - a Romertof for 3.99 that I make chicken in all the time, commercial cookware, stuff for our daughters, down jackets, a Basset couch for 50$ that looks brand new, swivel chairs that also look brand new - the list goes on & on.
The local Goodwill store eliminated the dollar racks which is where most of my clothes came from. Now you have to look thru everything. I got a monitor for $3. with 25% seniors discount. Back when I lived in New Jersey I got some things from and donated to Friends Of Animals thrift shop which helped fund their spaying clinic. I used to go to yard sales frequently and found lots of good things cheap. Dollar General and Walmart sometimes have new items very cheap on clearance. Got 4 new T shirts for $6.50 at DG recently. Got a couple at Walmart a few years ago for $1. each.
I love thrift stores, but the ones around here, in Mass, are terrible. My in laws are in Wisconsin, where they have GREAT Goodwill stores. I must get 3/4 of my wardrobe by touring all the Goodwills around Appleton when we go there each summer .
We have a great Goodwill and Sal Val here. All my jeans are second hand and alot of my other clothes come from there, too! Great deals and when I get tired of it/spill something on it/tear it on something in the barn....no biggie!
I used to shop for clothes at Goodwill and Sal Val, but hit Ross more often if I need anything. Figure I can buy new and usually designer for the same price. But it's a great place for books, household stuff, picture frames and sometimes fabric bolts. I'll pop in now and then. Once the garage is finished, I'll have a workshop area and I can start up again with furniture work. It'll hopefully be a nice side business.
Oh, my son picked up a brand new Stetson for $4 the other week. Too big for him, so he's going to resell it, at a significant profit!