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« Reply #250 on: May 18, 2017, 08:45:37 AM »
Had one of those thrift store blessings yesterday. On Monday I tossed a food scale I'd had for 10+ years because the display was no longer readable after being dropped (a bunch of times, long story). Yesterday I hit a Goodwill before taking my kids to swim class and there was a brand-new food scale for $7. I saved from $13 to $43 over buying new.

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« Reply #251 on: May 18, 2017, 10:20:10 AM »
I bought an adorable pink food scale from a thrift store.  It was $3, but when I got to the register I asked if I could get a discount because it was in milliliters, not ounces (I am in the US.). They charged me $1.50 and it didn't bother me b/c I can math.

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« Reply #252 on: May 19, 2017, 03:31:55 AM »
Yesterday I found a good office chair that's comfortable for my injury, a rarity of itself. But not only that: it has HEAT. It has SHIATSU MASSAGE. It was $10.




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« Reply #253 on: May 19, 2017, 07:06:37 AM »
I bought an adorable pink food scale from a thrift store.  It was $3, but when I got to the register I asked if I could get a discount because it was in milliliters, not ounces (I am in the US.). They charged me $1.50 and it didn't bother me b/c I can math.

There might be a switch on it to toggle between mill and ounces. I never thought about haggling, although with most of the stuff in my thrift being $1, I'd have to math to figure out what the haggle goal was.
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« Reply #254 on: May 19, 2017, 09:24:41 PM »

There is a powerful passage in Millionaire Next Door that posits auctioneers are wealthier than average because they truly understand the relative worthlessness of nearly all consumer products.

I like this quote,
 we need to shop for a wedding,  planned to go to shopping at the outlets; but I think that instead I'll hit the thrift stores around Erie PA


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« Reply #255 on: May 21, 2017, 01:48:35 PM »
I bought an adorable pink food scale from a thrift store.  It was $3, but when I got to the register I asked if I could get a discount because it was in milliliters, not ounces (I am in the US.). They charged me $1.50 and it didn't bother me b/c I can math.

There might be a switch on it to toggle between mill and ounces. I never thought about haggling, although with most of the stuff in my thrift being $1, I'd have to math to figure out what the haggle goal was.

It isn't digital.  It's a cute retro scale.  30ml = 1 oz, so I am good!

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« Reply #256 on: June 01, 2017, 12:34:57 PM »
I bought an adorable pink food scale from a thrift store.  It was $3, but when I got to the register I asked if I could get a discount because it was in milliliters, not ounces (I am in the US.). They charged me $1.50 and it didn't bother me b/c I can math.

There might be a switch on it to toggle between mill and ounces. I never thought about haggling, although with most of the stuff in my thrift being $1, I'd have to math to figure out what the haggle goal was.

It isn't digital.  It's a cute retro scale.  30ml = 1 oz, so I am good!
I have a problem converting volume (ml) to mass (I assume mass is what you want to measure with a scale). 30ml is 1.01 fluid ounces, but that does not mean it weighs 1 oz. Assuming the scale is for measuring water at standard temperature and pressure, you can convert from volume to mass using 1 ml of water = 1 gm. 30 grams is 1.06 ounces, so your approximation is pretty close, but may not be as close as thought.

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« Reply #257 on: June 07, 2017, 01:21:00 AM »
Pretty much everything I own is second hand. The only things I buy new are undergarments. I'm not yet mustachian enough to go with a second hand bra, even if it still had tags on!


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« Reply #258 on: June 07, 2017, 07:48:45 AM »
Pretty much everything I own is second hand. The only things I buy new are undergarments. I'm not yet mustachian enough to go with a second hand bra, even if it still had tags on!

I once bought an... erm... fancy nighttime corset at Goodwill. Tags still on, never worn, Victoria's Secret. The original price was $50 I think, but since it was in the pajama section, it was $4.50.

I will continue to buy my day bras and underwear new though. I don't think I'll ever budge on that front.

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« Reply #259 on: June 07, 2017, 08:07:14 AM »
My mom recently told me i should stop shopping at thrift stores (after I was showing her all the good deals I found). She said I was taking those good deals from people who really needed then and i should be ashamed of myself, since I can afford to go to a regular store.

Sigh. I can't help it. I love thrift store shopping. Even if it is stealing?? from the poor.
That's ridiculous. There is plenty to go around at thrift stores. New items come in everyday. Fact is most of us aren't too far away and a string of bad luck from being that "poor person" and thrifting is one way to make sure you never get there.


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« Reply #260 on: June 07, 2017, 08:31:45 AM »
My 7 year old is very rough on his jeans. He wears holes in the knees and keeping them patched is a full time job.  I stopped by Goodwill on Sunday and bought 6 pair for $10. Four of them he can wear now, and the other two he'll grow into. That should last him at least another 6 months.

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« Reply #261 on: June 07, 2017, 08:32:43 AM »
My mom recently told me i should stop shopping at thrift stores (after I was showing her all the good deals I found). She said I was taking those good deals from people who really needed then and i should be ashamed of myself, since I can afford to go to a regular store.

Sigh. I can't help it. I love thrift store shopping. Even if it is stealing?? from the poor.
That's ridiculous. There is plenty to go around at thrift stores. New items come in everyday. Fact is most of us aren't too far away and a string of bad luck from being that "poor person" and thrifting is one way to make sure you never get there.


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At the Goodwill I just visited, the kids clothing section was bursting at the seams. They weren't hurting for inventory.

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« Reply #262 on: June 07, 2017, 09:18:48 AM »
Buy all the clothes you want!  Every thrift store I know has more clothing than they can display.

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« Reply #263 on: June 07, 2017, 02:55:16 PM »
My mom recently told me i should stop shopping at thrift stores (after I was showing her all the good deals I found). She said I was taking those good deals from people who really needed then and i should be ashamed of myself, since I can afford to go to a regular store.

http://www.goodwill.org/donate-and-shop/shop-at-goodwill/

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When you shop at Goodwill, you’re not the only one who gets a great deal.  Last year, sales from Goodwill stores funded employment training, job placement services, financial education, youth mentoring and more to 35 million people in the United States and Canada.

Thrift stores would go out of business if only poor people shopped there  Poor people need more than used clothing bargains.  See the quote above from Goodwill.  Your purchase funds all the great programs they offer.  They call it Goodwill Retail store for a reason.  It's a retail store, not a poor people store!  If you feel you're getting a great deal, donate more at the register, they are happy to take it.  I always say yes to adding a dollar or rounding up my purchase to support Goodwill programs.

Your mom is wrong.  You can try to explain it to her.  I have generally kept quiet about my purchases with family/friends, even though I do most of my shopping from thrift shops these days.  It's too bad so many people are ignorant on this.  Maybe I'll try to educate them...

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« Reply #264 on: June 08, 2017, 11:19:42 AM »
I prefer thrift stores mostly for furniture items. I usually get great deals and good quality.

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« Reply #265 on: June 22, 2017, 01:12:15 AM »
The recent UK heatwave has allowed me to try out some of my bargain thriftstore purchases.

A £2 pair of shorts.....I never usually wear shorts, but through they seem like a practical wardrobe addition in warmer weather, and a £2 very light summer skirt,  both have had outings and I loved them, despite not being items I would normally buy, or buy at full price.

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« Reply #266 on: June 22, 2017, 05:44:27 AM »
Nice job dreams and discoveries.  I feel I might be going to the thrift store for too much recreational shopping, but i got several shirts and shorts for the boys, a Carmen Sandiego and a Bonkers board game!  Also a nice rain jacket. 

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« Reply #267 on: June 22, 2017, 05:58:49 AM »
My 7 year old is very rough on his jeans. He wears holes in the knees and keeping them patched is a full time job.  I stopped by Goodwill on Sunday and bought 6 pair for $10. Four of them he can wear now, and the other two he'll grow into. That should last him at least another 6 months.

6 pairs for $10, that's awesome! Our Goodwill sells kid's pants for $5-7 each! We do have a few smaller thrift stores in town that do a 'bag deal' where they give you a plastic bag for $5 and you can fill it with as much clothing will fit.

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« Reply #268 on: July 04, 2017, 03:41:38 PM »
Our local thrift store is having a 50% off sale today. So we rolled 1/2 a mile down the hill and walked on in. We walked out $62.50 lighter. For that we took home:

2 fitted men's button down shirts for work (valued at $40/each retail)
2 pairs of men's fancy shorts for work/play (retail $30/each)
2 pairs of fancy work pants (Retail at $50/each)
2 basketball jerseys for 75¢, one is from my University ball team(Retail at $15-$20)
1 pair men's swim shorts. ($20/retail)
2 ladies tops for wifey (Retail at $10-15)
1 Victoria Secret bikini top for wifey (tag read $40 retail)
1 box if yarn/knitting instructions for kids stuffed animals ($25/price tag retail)
1 box of 4 LED 60w Flood Light Bulbs for $3 (retail $16)

AWESOME. $62.50 bought us very close to $400 in retail value. One of the basketball jerseys doesn't even fit me (it's a Medium, I'm an XL), but I know that my friend who went to the same university will be stoked when I give it to him the next time we play.

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« Reply #269 on: July 04, 2017, 08:16:17 PM »
I went thrift shopping today for the first time in a long time. I took my teenager and we had so much fun. I came home and found this thread. In the past I always washed the clothes before wearing. Do I need to do anything else? The bedbugs comment freaked me out. I don't know if there even is a bed bug problem where I live. I am probably being paranoid.

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« Reply #270 on: July 05, 2017, 12:59:38 AM »
Found a sweet like new grey zip up shirt and plain but basic t-shirt for hubby for 11 bucks. It's a thrift store near my work in the suburbs that I find to be much cheaper than the city.

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« Reply #271 on: July 05, 2017, 02:00:06 AM »
I went thrift shopping today for the first time in a long time. I took my teenager and we had so much fun. I came home and found this thread. In the past I always washed the clothes before wearing. Do I need to do anything else? The bedbugs comment freaked me out. I don't know if there even is a bed bug problem where I live. I am probably being paranoid.

The Goodwill where I shop sprays everything with insecticide. Nevertheless, everything I buy at thrift or consignment stores goes from my car direct into the washing machine. I have been thrifting for 10 years and have never had a problem.

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« Reply #272 on: July 05, 2017, 07:26:29 AM »
Hmmm, recent thrift store scores...seven nice puzzles, two still in the wrappers, which will become gifts, $12...A dozen Princess House Crystal salad plates that match the dozen I already own for $8. I'm doing an event for 50 in September and I don't want to use any paper or plastic...A brand new Fubu day pack for $1.

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« Reply #273 on: July 05, 2017, 07:59:43 AM »
We went for a rainy hike yesterday.  My partner was breaking in new fancy hiking gear.  I felt pretty smug in my own fancy hiking gear. 

Columbia shorts, New, 2.50 from goodwill.
Timberland rain jacket, like new, $5 from goodwill. 
Shirt - free from a clothing swap

My shoes ($30) and underclothes ($8) were all Amazon bargains.

We got his gear on great sales but it still killed me to spent $55 on a pair of pants when I knew if I had a little more time I'd be able to find them secondhand.  Ah well. We did find him 2 pairs of brand new Levi's for $5 each so the average across his wardrobe isn't bad at all.

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« Reply #274 on: July 31, 2017, 10:59:48 AM »
Did a post-move drop off to Goodwill yesterday. Decided to walk through and check out the inside and found a pull-up bar for $6 (brand new at Walmart for $30). I went to the register and found out Sundays are teacher/college student/military discount day so I only paid $3.50.

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« Reply #275 on: July 31, 2017, 11:30:22 AM »
HUGE score this past week.

Have a vintage (original) movie poster I kept forgetting about buying a frame for. Mentioned it in the last week to husband and had started looking online for best pricing and all were $25 for the crappy up to $80 for fancy. Found a mid range sturdy black wood/plexi movie poster frame that retailed for $40 - paid $8 - that just needed a light repaint. Already owned the paint, so poster is now framed and looks fabulous.

Found a really lovely art print of a snowy skating scene, professionally matted and framed with anti-glare glass - noticed it was numbered and signed. Turns out it is a limited edition print by a well known primitive artist that is classified as "rare" and and selling for upwards of $150. I paid $4 and plan to hang it in a spot in my bedroom.

Pair of $80 jeans that make my ass look amazing and feel like I'm wearing pajamas. $1.87 (had a 75% off sale on specific color tags).

Two beautiful dresses - $3.75 each

In my area, Goodwills have started additional discounts during the week. The color of the week Sunday-Wed is 30% off, then goes to 50% off Thursday-Saturday. And several locations have 75% off clothing in X color (while supplies last) and then tack on 20% for this or that color...

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« Reply #276 on: August 01, 2017, 10:14:58 AM »
I survived the Estate Sale mentioned upthread and helped raise $2500 for the family.

Next up: I wanted some long shorts for vacation, but didn't want to go "shopping". A random walk through a consignment store yielded a nice pair of Asics workout pants for $10, which isn't especially cheap, I admit. I took them  home, whacked off the lower legs, and hemmed them neatly right at the knee. They turned out exactly as I'd hoped, and were perfect for our trip to Aspen, which totally cracks me up. I've worn them a number of times since, so I've totally gotten my ten bucks worth out of them.

Fun sidebar thrift story:

Trip to Aspen was for granddaughter's first birthday. The kids (who live there) eloped, so we hadn't met his folks yet. One day, Grandpa showed off his "new" shorts. He mentioned he'd gotten them at Aspen's thrift store (it's awesome) the day before. On the hike, I admired her Merrell's. She noted that she'd scored them at the same thrift store on a previous trip. Oh, this is gonna be fun!
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« Reply #277 on: August 01, 2017, 03:44:29 PM »
I survived the Estate Sale mentioned upthread and helped raise $2500 for the family.

Next up: I wanted some long shorts for vacation, but didn't want to go "shopping". A random walk through a consignment store yielded a nice pair of Asics workout pants for $10, which isn't especially cheap, I admit. I took them  home, whacked off the lower legs, and hemmed them neatly right at the knee. They turned out exactly as I'd hoped, and were perfect for our trip to Aspen, which totally cracks me up. I've worn them a number of times since, so I've totally gotten my ten bucks worth out of them.

Fun sidebar thrift story:

Trip to Aspen was for granddaughter's first birthday. The kids (who live there) eloped, so we hadn't met his folks yet. One day, Grandpa showed off his "new" shorts. He mentioned he'd gotten them at Aspen's thrift store (it's awesome) the day before. On the hike, I admired her Merrell's. She noted that she'd scored them at the same thrift store on a previous trip. Oh, this is gonna be fun!

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« Reply #278 on: August 01, 2017, 08:37:29 PM »
I survived the Estate Sale mentioned upthread and helped raise $2500 for the family.

Next up: I wanted some long shorts for vacation, but didn't want to go "shopping". A random walk through a consignment store yielded a nice pair of Asics workout pants for $10, which isn't especially cheap, I admit. I took them  home, whacked off the lower legs, and hemmed them neatly right at the knee. They turned out exactly as I'd hoped, and were perfect for our trip to Aspen, which totally cracks me up. I've worn them a number of times since, so I've totally gotten my ten bucks worth out of them.

Fun sidebar thrift story:

Trip to Aspen was for granddaughter's first birthday. The kids (who live there) eloped, so we hadn't met his folks yet. One day, Grandpa showed off his "new" shorts. He mentioned he'd gotten them at Aspen's thrift store (it's awesome) the day before. On the hike, I admired her Merrell's. She noted that she'd scored them at the same thrift store on a previous trip. Oh, this is gonna be fun!

Thrifty in-laws? Success!
The weird thing is their son is a complete-live-for-the-moment kind of guy. Mid-thirties and no savings, hence our desire to start a 529, which of course he knew nothing about (not us starting one, but what a 529 actually is). It's gonna be an interesting ride. We have plenty of popcorn stashed away, both for popping to snack on as we watch but firmly stay out of their business, and to put towards our granddaughter's eventual college. We're thrilled that at least his parents seem to understand finances, so maybe he'll come around one day. Life's interesting, that's for certain.
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