I am a great fan of thrift stores. My local Salvation Army has a special on paperback books every week where I can get 12 for a dollar. It's helped me discover different genres and authors I probably would not have otherwise sampled.
I like them, but am I the only one who has noticed that the people doing the sorting/pricing are now way more aware of brands? As in, gone are the days when you could buy a designer item for a song. Now people know which things are "in" and price them accordingly. For instance, a Coach purse would be cheaper than retail, but priced much higher than the other random purses.
I thrift furniture mainly solid wood items and then repaint/reuse them. I just purchased my first home and it is being furnished by essentially all used furniture. I cant do used couches or things like that but stuff that I can reupholster myself I do buy.
I cant do clothing or shoes for some reason it just bothers me. I am the super sale and couponing queen when it comes to cloth shopping though.
--Luck is what happens when preparedness meets opportunity--
The Salvation Army store is right on my way to and from the feed store and the local produce market. Great way to go on a shopping spree especially when they are having half-price sales. My latest kick is watches. Buy a semi-fancy watch for $3 and add a $6 battery, and voila! Beats the $10 Walmart watches I was getting before. I now have watches to fit every occasion.
LOVE thrift stores! Have found designer clothes; all kinds of clothes for kids, BIL who was in a nursing home; tons of houseware stuff (flatware, glasses, mugs); books ('til I got my Kindle). Great fun!
I love thrifting! I go to a big Sal. Army store in PA and always find exactly what I'm looking for. Work clothes, books for a toddler, you name it.
This store always has brand new Land's End clothes and stuff sold in Kohl's. I updated my winter sweater wardrobe with like-new LL Bean and Ralph Lauren classic cable/turtlenecks. Also got a pair of brand new LL Bean hiking boots for $6.
Lately I've noticed that the prices are going up in thrift stores. Anyone else?
BIG Salvation Army score today. It's half price day so I went in looking for jeans for son who grew 2 inches in 6 weeks. Oy Vey.
And while in there I found a King size Down comforter.
I also found a Sure Fit slipcover for the loveseat for $5.99. Can not have enough of those things around here with the cats and dogs laying around all day on the furniture!
My Salvation Army gets donations from a lady who is apparently my size and has my taste in Talbots and Anne Taylor Loft clothing and rotates her closet frequently. Thank you who ever you are!
I always look at the fabrics [sheets etc], frames, furniture, and baskets. I buy cotton or wool blankets in decent shape. A little RIT dye bath and those babies come out fantastic.
Other fabrics I use in reupholstering items or other sewing projects.
If you can find pure wool bed blankets in Queen size - snap them up for horse coolers. Put a carpenter's clamp at the chest to hold it shut and it will cool off a wet horse fast, whip it off and put on its usual blanket. Pure wool, that is.
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Love them. Got a nice desk/bookcase for $30, brand new, and our Habitat ReStore has books for $.50 for paperbacks and $1.50 for hardcover-I got some really nice cookbooks. For the novels, I can donate them back when I'm done so they don't take up space forever (unless they're really good).
Next thrift mission: jeans. I have lost 23 pounds and am swimming in all my jeans. But I need to lose more weight, so planning to hit the thrift shop for some temporary pairs.