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Title: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: MrsTuxedocat on June 23, 2016, 12:46:20 AM
Previous to joining the forum, I have almost exclusively shopping for clothing at retail stores. Usually clothes were not expensive i.e. $40 jeans, $10-20 shirts, $30-50 dresses. After reading this forum, I decided I was going to give thrift stores another try. I have been needing new shirts for around the house/errands, shorts and jeans. These purchases were not an emergency and I thought I would try the local thrift stores.

There was a bad accident on my way home from work and I decided to pop into a second hand store. I spent over an hour pursuing all the aisles and came away with some real gems including:

- one t-shirt
- one work shirt
- one tank top
- one pair of shorts
- one pair of jeans
- one pair of shoes (Clark's to boot!)
- a pair of shorts for Mr. Tuxedocat
- tupperware container

The grand total was $47 bucks and nothing had tax! This is what I would have spent on ONE pair of pants. The clothes look brand new too. It has put a huge smile on face knowing that I am saving money and helping the environment.


Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: TOgirl on June 23, 2016, 08:20:40 AM
I love thrift store shopping - when I really need something, that is!

My daughter wanted one of those rompers - the short and shirt that are attached - and all the stores around us are selling for $20... local thrift shop, brand new with tags, $4... for that price, I don't mind picking up a clothing item that she'll only wear during one season. Also, I often sell the kids clothes once they outgrow them, for a couple dollars each, so this romper will probably end up being free!

I recently went to a new thrift shop near me, and found great quality blackout curtains, to replace ones that I accidentally shrunk...would have been over $100 new (which is why the short ones were still on the window), but found at the thrift shop for $12 for the set. Now I can reuse the shorter ones on a shorter window in the house.

My best find recently was a blazer for work, that looks brand new. Retail price was $145 plus taxes, found it at the thrift shop for $12. I don't shop for clothes often at all, but when I do, to find a great quality item for so much cheaper, makes my day! I know that the blazer will last me several years as well, since it's a classic cut and colour. That's the best part of my pared down wardrobe...knowing that when I do make a purchase, it will match with almost every item I own!

The best part about planning a trip to the thrift shop is bringing a big bag of items with me to donate at the same time. Often they will hand out coupons to those who donate, bringing the cost down even more!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: MrsTuxedocat on June 23, 2016, 12:50:18 PM
Thanks TOgirl for that tip! I will have to do that the next time I get rid of clothing.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: elaine amj on June 23, 2016, 01:22:13 PM
I'm planning to clothes shop this weekend - gave myself a $15 budget. Thank goodness for thrift shops! Our local Salvation Army is having a sale tomorrow - $2 tops!! There's also a stretch of road I visit that has around 5-6 thrift shops...I love it and plan to visit on Saturday. It's funny - one shop is GREAT for stylish clothes for boys - we always find stuff my son loves there. However, we have never bought anything for the rest of us there. Another is fabulous for my daughter - they have all kinds of stuff she loves. I rarely buy stuff for DH or myself there. Another one has great stuff for me.

It's funny as you think it should typically always be rather random. But I've been shopping on this stretch of road for over 10 years now. And 80-90% of the time, it's pretty much like I said above. My whole family, including my teen kids all thrift store shop :)

BTW - I took a look a donor coupons at my local Salvation Army and found this:
Donor $10 off Coupon:

To thank those who generously donate household goods and clothing directly in-store, we offer a $10 off coupon! Drop off your donations during store hours and a store attendant will happily give you your coupon to savings! Discount applied to next purchase of $25 or more.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: mountains_o_mustaches on June 25, 2016, 09:49:17 AM
I also recently made this shift from retail to thrift store.  I love it for many reasons:

1) Savings - I spent an average of $6 per clothing item at my last thrift store visit.  The savings are huge compared to retail - even low end retail like Old Navy or Walmart.

2) Time saved - My friends have argued that shopping at the thrift store takes too much time because things are only sorted into general categories (e.g., a huge rack of "shirts") rather than each item being expertly displayed in retail stores so you have to sort through things to find what you want.  I have to say that while the situation is true (i.e., digging through the rack o' shirts), the time argument is fundamentally wrong.  I spent about 1 hour at a thrift store and came out with 6 items of clothing.  In the past I've spent an entire afternoon at a mall and potentially not even found what I wanted.  Having a variety of clothing under one roof has been way more time-efficient than malls.

3) Environmental impact - buying reused clothing means it's clothing not in the landfill and for at least this iteration it's not being shipped from China, India, etc.

4) Thumbing my nose at wasteful consumerism - Buying reused clothing means I refuse to buy into the notion that clothes are no longer good after they've been worn or after a certain season or year.  I also get the benefits of getting gently used clothing from the people who have this mentality.  And when I get bored of clothing or they no longer fit I can pass them along to other like-minded people.  Winning all around!

5) Contributing to charity - at least in my city almost all thrift stores are associated with a local or national charity.  I have some problems with Goodwill (CEO making big profits while giving himself props for hiring people with disabilities, but then paying them shit), but I've easily been able to locate a local thrift store that contributes to local, reputable charities.  Also if I donate my own clothing that counts as a charitable contribution.  Woo hoo!

What are some other benefits that y'all have noticed??
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: MrsTuxedocat on June 25, 2016, 07:32:48 PM
I agree with your posts mountains! I would also add that shopping at thrift stores makes me happy! I was on a high because I saved money, helped the environment, the payment went towards a charity, and I love showing off my thrift store purchases.

I am still looking for a "new" dress. I have a couple of weddings this year and have worn the same dress to countless events over the years.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: abhe8 on June 25, 2016, 09:05:48 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.

Sigh. I can't help it. I love thrift store shopping. Even if it is stealing?? from the poor.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: COEE on June 25, 2016, 09:24:22 PM
I love coats.  I wear coats almost daily through the cooler months (October to April)... I love having about 10-12 coats to choose from depending on the weather and what I'm wearing on any given day.  I buy most of my coats at thrift stores.  I've gotten some very nice coats over the years.  The two I most recently got was 1) a cashmere coat for $14 that my wife bought me for a Christmas gift last year. 2) a Polo brand corduroy sports coat that was about $15.

For my tastes, a 10-12 coat wardrobe would be on the order of $1000 to $2000 bucks every 5 years or so.  Thrift storing it I spend maybe $200-$300 every 5 years or so... significant savings.

I buy a lot of other stuff there too... just this is my favorite thing to buy there.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: elaine amj on June 25, 2016, 10:00:24 PM
I just came home from a thrift store binge. Hit 4 thrift stores today. Some fave deals: 
- 2 tops for 50 cents each (thanks Sally!)
- A gorgeous dark blue sheath dress for $2.50
- columbia hiking shorts for $3
- khaki skirt for $1.99
- slides for my son for $1.80
And more. Most I paid was $4.99

I also got my son a pair os soccer shoes. Cringed a bit as they were $7.99! I am sure I have gotten them on sale before for $10-20 a pair so this was $$. But he needs them desperately. Thought he could last this season but his big toenail is purple now.

What is with shoes anyway?? For the past few years, pretty much every store sells them for $5-$10/pair. For USED shoes. That u can often find on clearance racks for $10-20. Its crazy!!!


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Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Typhoid Mary on June 25, 2016, 10:32:51 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.

Sigh. I can't help it. I love thrift store shopping. Even if it is stealing?? from the poor.


I have never heard of thrift store shopping as stealing from the poor.... If anything, the thrift store hires workers with low skill sets who might otherwise be unemployable, and if you (or others) stop shopping there they might have to cut hours for the stockers and cashiers.  You are providing jobs by shopping at thrift stores!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: elaine amj on June 25, 2016, 11:16:08 PM
U know...I used to have that thought too. But have since realized I am helping to keep thrift stores in business so the poor continue to have plenty of opportunities to score great deals!


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Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: deborah on June 26, 2016, 01:09:43 AM
I recently visited Canada and Alaska. Part of the trip was in an RV that was a relocation from Seattle to Anchorage (so it was half the normal hire price). The deal did not include bedding or kitchen stuff. They had a kitchen kit available to rent for $100US and a single person bedding kit for $60US rental.

I went to a thrift store at my first stop, and for $6 I got:

- knife fork and spoon, plate, bowl and glass
- 2 sharp knives (a serrated and a cook's knife)
- frying pan
- big microwave dish that doubled as a basin
- cutting board
- double sized real feather doona
- two towels (small and large) - these were going to the dog's shelter
- wooden spoon

I got a brush and shovel and some sponges from the local store for $2 and I had everything I needed (I brought a sleeping bag liner to use as sheets). I gave them back to the thrift shop when I reached Anchorage.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Trudie on June 26, 2016, 09:10:53 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.


I have never heard of thrift store shopping as stealing from the poor.... If anything, the thrift store hires workers with low skill sets who might otherwise be unemployable, and if you (or others) stop shopping there they might have to cut hours for the stockers and cashiers.  You are providing jobs by shopping at thrift stores!

I don't view it as stealing from the poor at all.  To keep their doors open thrift stores need a high volume of shoppers, just like any other retail outlet.  I prefer to view it as the ultimate recycling program.  People donate stuff they no longer need and it doesn't get into the landfill.  Stuff gets sold and reused, providing an income that supports all kinds of community grants and programs that enhance quality of life for many folks.  The store provides paid employment for people who need it, and in many cases, some workers with disabilities.  And in the case of our huge local thrift store, it works closely with our county recycling facility and a lot of the stuff that can't be sold (broken electronics, clothing only good for fiber) is sold through our county and puts more money back into the county coffers.

I view this as a win-win-win-win... there aren't many other such examples I can think of.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: SoccerLounge on June 26, 2016, 11:04:54 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.

I hope this isn't too blunt for the mods' taste, but that is total and utter crap. Besides, I've noticed that the three main groups of thrift shoppers - higher-income thrift shoppers, thrify college students / young professionals , and low-income working families - all tend to have different thrifting priorities anyway. Thrift with confidence!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: PMG on June 26, 2016, 11:14:43 AM
http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/5798612.html

Here's one article to get you started. Do some googling about thrift store excess. Let go of the guilt.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: sparkytheop on June 26, 2016, 12:11:31 PM
I started thrift store shopping many years ago when I was young and poor.  Many of my son's clothing items, books and toys have come from there since he was little.  As he got into school, I was able to find some of his school uniform clothing there as well (polo shirts in certain colors and khaki/navy pants).

Now my son is 18 and will go look at the thrift store first when there is something he wants.  One trip last fall he found a perfect-condition full length black wool coat, for $7 (savings of hundreds...)  I found a nice watch for me for $3 (just needed batteries) on the same trip.  He was in drama, so it was a big savings when looking for stuff for that as well (the school could provide some, but not all of the clothing, especially since he's a big kid, somewhere around 6' 3"?)

Some of my favorite finds:

A rocking chair 90% off, so $7.50
Cast iron skillets-- one Wagner's, one similar quality, $2 total (although I did use a $10 "loyalty" card to bring the price down, they were on sale at $12
The wool coat mentioned above, perfect for my son, and even though he's the one who found it, I'm claiming it...
Enameled deep cast iron skillet with lid, less than $5
Fabric-- small bag stuffed with hand died batik fabric, $2-- I'll use a lot of it for quilting, but might make a tote bag with some of it.

But really, over the last 18 years I've found so many good items, from clothing to furniture.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Stachey on June 26, 2016, 04:45:45 PM
I love thrift shopping.
I have found really well made classic clothes that have lasted for years.  I would get compliments from people many years after I had bought them.
My favourite thrift store was one where they would have different coloured tags.  Each month, clothing with a certain coloured tag would be $1 each.  The final weekend of the month they would gather up all the tags that were still left in the shop and put them on a 4 for a dollar rack!!  I found some really nice things there...for a quarter!!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: misshathaway on July 01, 2016, 10:02:38 AM
Last week I was going to a dollar store in an unfamiliar town and I stumbled on a Goodwill right across the street. Score! They were having a sale - $1 for all adult clothing, 75c for kids.

This place had a full donation truck outside and multiple dumpster bins of clothing waiting to be hung on both floors. I am guessing they were having the sale to get rid of what they had. I think most of it will be headed to landfill if it's not bought.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: munchabunch on July 02, 2016, 07:49:21 AM
http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/5798612.html

Here's one article to get you started. Do some googling about thrift store excess. Let go of the guilt.

I bought almost all my clothes from thrift stores while I was in grad school, and spent some time talking to the employees.  Every single one said they received far more donations than they could ever sell (even the tiny local ones!), and routinely dumped massive amounts of clothing to other dealers (rags, etc.).  If they physically can't move all their inventory, any purchase is better than no purchase.  And I've never noticed "lack of supply" as an issue in my local thrift stores.  I never feel guilty, and usually feel really good, about thrift store shopping!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: gggggg on July 02, 2016, 08:38:09 AM
http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/5798612.html

Here's one article to get you started. Do some googling about thrift store excess. Let go of the guilt.

I bought almost all my clothes from thrift stores while I was in grad school, and spent some time talking to the employees.  Every single one said they received far more donations than they could ever sell (even the tiny local ones!), and routinely dumped massive amounts of clothing to other dealers (rags, etc.).  If they physically can't move all their inventory, any purchase is better than no purchase.  And I've never noticed "lack of supply" as an issue in my local thrift stores.  I never feel guilty, and usually feel really good, about thrift store shopping!

Yeah they get way more than they can handle. I donate around the backside of my thrift store, and they have literally piles upon piles of stuff on their loading docks.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: RobFIRE on July 02, 2016, 10:52:54 AM
I see no issue with purchasing from thrift stores (US) / charity shops (UK) even if you could afford to purchase clothes at retail. The items are for sale to anybody, and purchasing the goods helps the charities sell items faster. I buy from charity shops and donate to them as well.

Unfortunately, I suspect that a lot of the people who should be buying more from such shops (low income families etc.) don't have the financial planning/budgeting skills to do it.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Rural on July 02, 2016, 07:39:29 PM
Today was a good day. Favorite cheap thrift was having a 4th of July half price sale when I got there, and the normal price is $1 for shirts and pants ($2.50 for dresses, which I don't wear).


 $3.50 later (they cover the tax), I have two new pairs of pants and five shirts. I desperately needed cooler clothes that. Fit because the surface of the sun has descended upon the mountains, and all my pants except jeans have shrunk in the closet again. I could've had more pants but I don't wear synthetic fabrics in the heat and I insist upon pockets because I don't carry purses, either.


But new summer wardrobe for $3.50? Yes, please.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: geekinprogress on July 02, 2016, 11:01:37 PM
There's a place in town that takes all the "rejects" from all the other thrift stores in town - all the clothing that didn't sell, or wasn't in good enough shape to sell.  It's all just in totally unsorted bins so you have to go digging, hence the name, "Dig and Save," but all apparel and accessories are $1/lb.  It takes patience and time, and there are some types of things that are easier to find than others, but some friends and I have found some TREMENDOUS gems there.  I've actually gotten a bunch of my business casual stuff there, like some Lane Bryant pants that were a perfect fit and great condition. 

I almost wish I knew more people with kids, because I see so many fantastic children's clothes there in great shape, and since you pay for them based on weight they're a freaking steal.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: MrsTuxedocat on July 03, 2016, 01:20:41 AM
Today was a good day. Favorite cheap thrift was having a 4th of July half price sale when I got there, and the normal price is $1 for shirts and pants ($2.50 for dresses, which I don't wear).


 $3.50 later (they cover the tax), I have two new pairs of pants and five shirts. I desperately needed cooler clothes that. Fit because the surface of the sun has descended upon the mountains, and all my pants except jeans have shrunk in the closet again. I could've had more pants but I don't wear synthetic fabrics in the heat and I insist upon pockets because I don't carry purses, either.

Epic deal, I am slightly jealous. I never see thrift stores clothing at that low of price where I live.
But new summer wardrobe for $3.50? Yes, please.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Rural on July 03, 2016, 07:22:50 AM
Today was a good day. Favorite cheap thrift was having a 4th of July half price sale when I got there, and the normal price is $1 for shirts and pants ($2.50 for dresses, which I don't wear).


 $3.50 later (they cover the tax), I have two new pairs of pants and five shirts. I desperately needed cooler clothes that. Fit because the surface of the sun has descended upon the mountains, and all my pants except jeans have shrunk in the closet again. I could've had more pants but I don't wear synthetic fabrics in the heat and I insist upon pockets because I don't carry purses, either.
Epic deal, I am slightly jealous. I never see thrift stores clothing at that low of price where I live.
But new summer wardrobe for $3.50? Yes, please.



This place is an anomaly even here - it's in the larger town north of me, supports a program for battered women, and is next door to a Goodwill that charges $5 for pants and $2.50 for shirts. It's tiny, so I always check it first and then just fill in from Goodwill. Yesterday may have been the only time I didn't have to go into the Goodwill, but I'm not usually looking only for casual, which I was this time.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: lunahsol on July 03, 2016, 08:49:50 PM
Found a beautiful cream cable-knit pullover sweater - which has been on my list for awhile; as well as a new bowl for kitty's food (the other one broke mysteriously while I was not home).  Successful thrifting trip!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: sun and sand on July 03, 2016, 08:54:31 PM
House contents sales and garage sales can be pretty good too!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: MrsTuxedocat on July 03, 2016, 10:40:10 PM
Oh, cable knit sweaters are a classic wardrobe staple.

Has anyone seen cashmere sweaters at thrift stores? Mr. Tuxedocat loves them and they are usually on sale at $100.

Thanks :)
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Rezdent on July 04, 2016, 07:57:55 AM
Oh, cable knit sweaters are a classic wardrobe staple.

Has anyone seen cashmere sweaters at thrift stores? Mr. Tuxedocat loves them and they are usually on sale at $100.

Thanks :)

Yes, I've seen quite a few cashmeres at thrift stores.  They are usually very inexpensive, too - going for the same price as any other sweater.

Summer is the best time to look for sweaters and other winter gear (at least in Texas).  Not only did a lot of people just donate last winter's clothes, but less people buy them now so supply is better.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: MrsTuxedocat on July 05, 2016, 11:30:07 PM
Sweet! I'm officially on the lookout for a cashmere sweater.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: sbagirl on July 06, 2016, 01:20:28 PM
I don’t think anyone has mentioned this use of a thrift store – burial clothes for the deceased.

Backstory – my brother passed away unexpectedly.  He lived on the opposite side of the state and we had his body returned here for burial.  Due to bad winter weather and lack of time, we weren’t able to get to his house to get any of his clothes.  My parents really wanted him to be in a suit, so DH and I went to the thrift store where, for about $25, we got a suit, dress shirt and tie.
 
A funny part of the story was when my DH was trying on the suits in the thrift store.  My brother was taller, thinner and had long legs.  My DH would put on a suit jacket which clearly didn’t fit him, hold the way-too-long pants up to his short legs, and declare it “a perfect fit.”  Other shoppers were looking at him like he was crazy.  He simply said, “it’s for a funeral,” and offered no further explanation.  We still chuckle about that.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: reginna on July 06, 2016, 01:27:40 PM
I don’t think anyone has mentioned this use of a thrift store – burial clothes for the deceased.

Backstory – my brother passed away unexpectedly.  He lived on the opposite side of the state and we had his body returned here for burial.  Due to bad winter weather and lack of time, we weren’t able to get to his house to get any of his clothes.  My parents really wanted him to be in a suit, so DH and I went to the thrift store where, for about $25, we got a suit, dress shirt and tie.
 
A funny part of the story was when my DH was trying on the suits in the thrift store.  My brother was taller, thinner and had long legs.  My DH would put on a suit jacket which clearly didn’t fit him, hold the way-too-long pants up to his short legs, and declare it “a perfect fit.”  Other shoppers were looking at him like he was crazy.  He simply said, “it’s for a funeral,” and offered no further explanation.  We still chuckle about that.

Never thought of that. Great story!!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Stachey on July 06, 2016, 01:39:20 PM
I heard that Walmart owns Value Village...is this true?
That would be strange because I often find new shoes on sale at Walmart for less than I can get used shoes at Value Village.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: robartsd on July 06, 2016, 01:58:27 PM
2) Time saved - My friends have argued that shopping at the thrift store takes too much time because things are only sorted into general categories (e.g., a huge rack of "shirts") rather than each item being expertly displayed in retail stores so you have to sort through things to find what you want.  I have to say that while the situation is true (i.e., digging through the rack o' shirts), the time argument is fundamentally wrong.  I spent about 1 hour at a thrift store and came out with 6 items of clothing.  In the past I've spent an entire afternoon at a mall and potentially not even found what I wanted.  Having a variety of clothing under one roof has been way more time-efficient than malls.
This depends heavily on your shopping style and the orgainzation of the thrift store. I like it when thrift stores are organized by size after the most basic categorization (pants, shorts, long sleve shirts, short sleve shirts) - just a few feet of racks to sort through to look at most of the items that might fit you. I don't like stores that organize by color; they "look" more like retail, but it's not useful when you don't have virtually all sizes of all styles in stock.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: elaine amj on July 25, 2016, 07:29:26 AM
I heard that Walmart owns Value Village...is this true?
That would be strange because I often find new shoes on sale at Walmart for less than I can get used shoes at Value Village.

Yeah what is it with thrift store shoes? About 10 years ago, they were all $3-4 a pair. Nowadays, they are $8-10. It KILLS me to pay $10 for a pair of used shoes since I buy new shoes on clearance for $10-20. I still sometimes pay the wacky thrift store prices because I rarely shop in regular stores anymore and don't have the time/opportunity to haunt the clearance racks. When the thrift stores have shoe sales it gets more reasonable. Recently, a store I visited had half off shoes so I got a pair of Clarks ballet flats with a lot of support for $5.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Miss Prim on July 27, 2016, 05:41:56 AM
I love to thrift shop when I am on vacation.  When we go to Florida, I can usually find nice summer clothes there that I can't find up north.  Wherever we travel by car, I google thrift stores nearby and sometimes I find some great things!  My husband likes to buy cheap t-shirts that he wears when he is swimming in lakes or oceans because the sun screen turns them orange.  He uses them a few times and then I turn them into rags for cleaning. 

I also love garage sales, and now that I am retired, I spend Friday mornings looking for bargains.  A lot of my furniture and decorative items are from garage sales.  Clothes too.  I hate paying full price for stuff.

                                                                                        Miss Prim
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: MrsTuxedocat on September 03, 2016, 07:38:17 PM
My mechanic is right next to the thirft store, so naturally while work was getting done on my car I had to look around. I am still on a mission to find a "party dress" for weddings, family gatherings, celebrations and hoped to find one there. I didn't and instead found these items:
 
- 3 books, each book was only a buck. I like to buy used cheap books and then donate them to a local homeless shelter. They have a free book exchange.

- a beautiful orange never been worn cardigan, it was slightly pricey at $9

- a tank top for $2

-a t-shirt for $3 (which is so cute!)

-fancy shorts, they are white and would look great with my "new" t-shirt. These were expensive at $8 but they are brand name (RW and Co). I love that store but find there prices not in my budget. $120 dress? I don't think so!

- a t-shirt for Mr. Tuxedocat  for $2 (he's already worn it twice)


P.S. The shorts that I mentioned in a previous post for Mr. Tuxedocat are his favourite shorts and he's worn them about 10 times. I am slowly showing him that thrift stores are awesome :)
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Cranky on September 04, 2016, 07:33:50 AM
Sweet! I'm officially on the lookout for a cashmere sweater.

I have loads of cashmere sweaters from the thrift store. They are actually harder to find than they used to be, because people buy them to cut up. Wool sweaters in general are scarcer because people felt the fabric.

Helpful hint - cashmere actual washes quite well. I use cold water and the delicate cycle of my washer. Just don't put them in the dryer.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Gerard on September 04, 2016, 12:55:05 PM
Last year I gave my sons (in their early 20s) a "shopping spree" at the thrift store as a Christmas present (one of them is good at curating his look from thrifty stuff, and the other doesn't worry where his clothes come from). Turns out the day after the Christmas holidays was 50% off clothing day! Each of us got a good haul of clothes, including some really excellent t-shirts, and we entertained ourselves for ages browsing through the used records.

(MoM, I thought of one thrift store advantage you didn't mention: not only is the stuff pre-loved, but it's also pre-tested. Stuff that's survived to make it to the thrift store is usually sturdy enough to last a long time once you buy it!)
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: MrsTuxedocat on September 04, 2016, 06:57:42 PM
Sweet! I'm officially on the lookout for a cashmere sweater.

I have loads of cashmere sweaters from the thrift store. They are actually harder to find than they used to be, because people buy them to cut up. Wool sweaters in general are scarcer because people felt the fabric.

Helpful hint - cashmere actual washes quite well. I use cold water and the delicate cycle of my washer. Just don't put them in the dryer.

I am happily hunting for a cashmere sweater for the hubs. I am hoping to use it as a x-mas present.

Oh, and thanks for the washing tip.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: KimPossible on September 04, 2016, 09:37:32 PM
Men's cashmere is a little harder to find than women's, in my experience, but I've found several men's.  I have about 70-80 cashmere sweaters from thrift stores (yes, I have a bit of an addiction).  I wash mine in my washer as well, hand wash cycle, spin dryer and hang to dry.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: catwoman106 on September 16, 2016, 05:27:31 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.

Sigh. I can't help it. I love thrift store shopping. Even if it is stealing?? from the poor.


I have never heard of thrift store shopping as stealing from the poor.... If anything, the thrift store hires workers with low skill sets who might otherwise be unemployable, and if you (or others) stop shopping there they might have to cut hours for the stockers and cashiers.  You are providing jobs by shopping at thrift stores!

Completely agree. Maybe - if there was a situation where there weren't enough used clothes to go around there might be some merit to her argument. However, at least in my 2 decades of thrift shopping, the stores are usually overflowing with inventory. You are recycling, saving money, and many thrift stores (goodwill, salvation army, hospice thrift stores) are using the proceeds to help train employees (disabled, low income, just need experience) or donate to charities.

Thrift proudly! Especially if you donate too!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: TomTX on September 18, 2016, 06:26:46 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.

Ridiculous. The vast majority of donated clothing is pulped for rags or shipped to someplace like sub-saharan Africa. Most of the other donations go to similarly low-value final locations. You're RESCUING great stuff that otherwise would be wasted.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Kitsunegari on September 18, 2016, 03:06:48 PM
I looove thrift shopping! Usually shopping stresses me out, but thrift stores for some reason don't.
I regularly score cashmere, wool and silk items, and it saved us tons of money when the hubs changed job and needed very presentable clothing - I bought him heaps of pullover in cashmere or merino wool that he could wear facing the client. This very week-end I bought him 10 shirts - all 100% cotton, of 'nice' brands, and barely used.
The 'problem' with this kind f shopping is that now I'm spoiled - I can't shop in regular retail stores anymore... "40$ for a dress?! Are they crazy?! Made of freaking POLYESTER?!"
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Kitsunegari on September 18, 2016, 08:10:59 PM
I've started thrift store shopping recently too.  I have a question:

Does the store treat the clothes with some kind of bug killer to prevent the spread of bedbugs, lice, etc?  Or even - Moths!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFf9GifEHhg (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFf9GifEHhg)

I would assume they have to treat everything coming in.  Is that why the store smells a little funny (I had a sneezing fit in the store once).  I always run my purchases through a cold water wash with a little detergent - hopefully that's enough to clean off any chemicals.  Anyone know more details on this?


I doubt they wash it - it wouldn't be cost-effective for them, considering the volume
My way to prevent moths is to toss everything I buy in the freezer for a day or two, then launder it. 
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: robartsd on September 19, 2016, 08:52:11 AM
I've started thrift store shopping recently too.  I have a question:

Does the store treat the clothes with some kind of bug killer to prevent the spread of bedbugs, lice, etc?  Or even - Moths!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFf9GifEHhg (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFf9GifEHhg)

I would assume they have to treat everything coming in.  Is that why the store smells a little funny (I had a sneezing fit in the store once).  I always run my purchases through a cold water wash with a little detergent - hopefully that's enough to clean off any chemicals.  Anyone know more details on this?


I doubt they wash it - it wouldn't be cost-effective for them, considering the volume
My way to prevent moths is to toss everything I buy in the freezer for a day or two, then launder it.
I've been to plenty of stores that do advertise that they clean all the clothes before putting them on the floor, but unless they specifically state it, I would not assume it to be the case.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: bridget on September 19, 2016, 10:07:31 AM
Not a true thrift store, but I just moved to a new neighborhood (a pretty high-fashion one, one of the "cool" parts of LA). Went to the consignment shop around the corner and it was AWESOME. Got a very gently used (if used at all) maxi dress and romper for my upcoming vacation (since it's now fall, it's harder to find summery clothes at regular stores). Grand total was $17. I love buying designer or really "fashiony" clothes, but they are expensive and aren't often classic enough to last a long time, and I HATE spending lots of money on casual, non-work clothes. It's perfect!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Cwadda on September 19, 2016, 10:37:11 AM
The local Salvation Army was going out of business. 75% off everything. When we asked about some $.29 dishes and cups we were told the 75% off comes off THAT price. Which came to like $.07 dishes and glasses. So we ended up getting:

-Set of 8 juice cups
-5 margarita glasses
-8 wine glasses
-8 Dinner plates (nicer than the ones we already have)
-Microwave safe glass dishes
-Tongs, wine bottle opener, cheese grater
-Ironing board
-250 green and gold bows for the holidays

The total was $6.31
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: tomita on November 04, 2016, 11:12:25 AM
Men's cashmere is a little harder to find than women's, in my experience, but I've found several men's.  I have about 70-80 cashmere sweaters from thrift stores (yes, I have a bit of an addiction).  I wash mine in my washer as well, hand wash cycle, spin dryer and hang to dry.

just bought 2 coats and 1 jacket from thrift store
one winter coat : woolen & good brand (Tristan)
the other 2 a mixed fiber
I don't know how to clean them, probably should dry clean them but I need to figure something cheaper
anybody has tips for cleaning woolen winter coats?
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: tomita on November 05, 2016, 03:26:12 PM
Men's cashmere is a little harder to find than women's, in my experience, but I've found several men's.  I have about 70-80 cashmere sweaters from thrift stores (yes, I have a bit of an addiction).  I wash mine in my washer as well, hand wash cycle, spin dryer and hang to dry.

just bought 2 coats and 1 jacket from thrift store
one winter coat : woolen & good brand (Tristan)
the other 2 a mixed fiber:I washed these in cold water gentle cycle and hung up to dry, looks good
I don't know how to wash the woolen winter coat though?
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: MrsTuxedocat on November 05, 2016, 04:36:54 PM
How about hand washing them in cold water and then laying flat to dry???
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: tomita on November 06, 2016, 06:40:35 AM
How about hand washing them in cold water and then laying flat to dry???

Thanks, I will try that
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Kitsunegari on November 06, 2016, 08:17:43 AM
I have about 70-80 cashmere sweaters from thrift stores (yes, I have a bit of an addiction).


Man, you're not alone. Thrift shopping clothes are my Achille's heel. I don't know if it's the thrill of the hunt, or the fact I can't just "think about it and maybe buy it eventually" as I used to do on regular stores, but I keep going to the thrift store every other week and I always find something I like - a silk scarf, a shirt for the hubs, another linen shirt for me... It's so unmustachian! A few months ago I actually wondered if it could be an addiction!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: MrsTuxedocat on November 07, 2016, 01:58:27 AM
Hehehe, my favourite is scoring a deal and then either posting it her or boasting to my bff. We are love a good find.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: elaine amj on November 07, 2016, 07:38:29 AM
I've started thrift store shopping recently too.  I have a question:

Does the store treat the clothes with some kind of bug killer to prevent the spread of bedbugs, lice, etc?  Or even - Moths!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFf9GifEHhg (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFf9GifEHhg)

I would assume they have to treat everything coming in.  Is that why the store smells a little funny (I had a sneezing fit in the store once).  I always run my purchases through a cold water wash with a little detergent - hopefully that's enough to clean off any chemicals.  Anyone know more details on this?

Been shopping 80-90% of our famiy's clothes from thrift stores and the like for over a dozen years now and have not yet had a problem with any of the above. I do run everything through a load of wash before wearing. Nothing special - just my usual cold water, delicate cycle and then dryer (or hang dry if needed). I'm curious why you choose to use "a little detergent"? Why not a normal amount of detergent? I wouldn't consider the clothes clean when they come to my house so i treat them just like our own dirty laundry.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: bigalsmith101 on November 07, 2016, 02:24:29 PM
My wife and I frequent a local thrift store often. It's half a mile from where we live. We know what size everyone in our families wear, so we keep an eye out for really nice stuff for them as well. On Saturday we gave my sister two jackets that we bought from the thrift store. I think we spent $10/each. Retail on each jacket is $75 and $85 respectfully. My mom was super jealous, and my sister who regularly shops at thrift stores for herself and children (an admitted thrift store addict) could care less that they didn't have tags on them and likely came to her second hand. She loved them!

We went back yesterday while they had a store wide 50% off sale and spent $60 and left with $500+ in clothing. A lot of name brand stuff. A pair of express jeans ($5) that retail for $80, Eddie Bauer insulated trekking pants ($5) that retail at $90 etc . We're just north of Seattle where the median income is around $60k per family (much higher for many) and there tends to be some nice things that show up every so often.

Mom will get a couple of really nice running jackets for Christmas to supplement her colorful wardrobe (she runs 30+mi/wk) and she'll be stoked! And we'll have spent $10 on her gift.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: LindseyC on November 11, 2016, 06:10:12 PM
I'm a massive thrift store shopper. I furnished my entire house from thrift stores (as well as garage sales, curbside and Kijiji) I collect vintage furnishings, decor and housewares. The items in my house have very high resale values and I got them all for pennies on the dollar. I actually ran a vintage shop for years and found all my items from thrift shops. People donate valuable items with no idea their actual worth.

A month ago I bought a mid century tufted turquoise velvet couch set. $120. It is pristine! One of my favourite vintage shops on Queen Street in Toronto (that I only look at never buy from) is selling just the couch (green colour = less desirable) for $4000 and its not pristine.

I doubt my whole house with everything in it cost me more than $5000. I do have a distinctive look because it's all vintage, but I get compliments whenever anyone new enters my house even if they don't get vintage and no one ever believes me when I tell them how much things cost or should I say how little they cost.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: haschen on November 11, 2016, 09:54:48 PM
Hehehe, my favourite is scoring a deal and then either posting it her or boasting to my bff. We are love a good find.
I'm addicted to thift shops, and I'm doing the same.
I have separate instagram account to share my scores!

My biggest score so far:
Authentic Chanel suit for 24$
It could be sold on ebay for 1000-2000$


I told my husband that we can add it to our networth)))))
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Cerastez on November 13, 2016, 11:35:26 AM
Thrift stores are also a great place to find hardware items that are ridiculously expensive if you buy them new.  For example, curtain rods, cabinet knobs, and shelf brackets.  I have even replaced a bathroom faucet with one that I bought in a thrift store.  I did have to go buy new ferrules for it, but it was still much cheaper than buying a new faucet.   I have attached a picture of my hallway lights.  They were bought in a thrift store.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: alleykat on November 13, 2016, 02:09:43 PM
Thrift stores are also a great place to find hardware items that are ridiculously expensive if you buy them new.  For example, curtain rods, cabinet knobs, and shelf brackets.  I have even replaced a bathroom faucet with one that I bought in a thrift store.  I did have to go buy new ferrules for it, but it was still much cheaper than buying a new faucet.   I have attached a picture of my hallway lights.  They were bought in a thrift store.


Wow, I love those lights.  Great find.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: soccerluvof4 on November 13, 2016, 02:57:29 PM
I love thrift store shopping and giving back. Couple weeks ago since I lost alot of weight I really needed some jeans and I am pretty tall so hard to find. I found two pair of really nice banana republic Jeans at Goodwill I thought were new for 10$. Women that checked me out even said something about it.

The otherday my DW and I went to St. Vincent Depaul? and Got my one son a brand new pair of like winterized hiking boats Nike probably 70$ new for 6.99$ and a pair of soccer sweats for my other son for 3$.

I wear alot of flannels, sweatpants and stuff like that so since both are right near where we shop I go in there once or twice a month ahead of needing stuff and to look for good deals.  I have caught several people as well with there phones out pricing things looking to resell which personally I have no time in.

With 4 kids...and my simple taste.. I have learned to live thrift stores the last 2-3 years.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Sibley on November 14, 2016, 01:45:19 PM
Went Saturday to Goodwill. 5 pair work pants, 1 pair nice jeans, and 1 sweater - $40. Score.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Kaivalagi on November 15, 2016, 08:21:50 AM
I was on my way to an camping shop to get some winter boots (around £50-60) last night after work and thought I would pop into the charity shop before it closed. I managed to find a lovely pair of faux fur lined ankle boots that will do the job just fine for £8! I also got a pair of brand new trousers, a scarf and a hat for £12. Really pleased with that!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Kitsunegari on November 15, 2016, 12:11:57 PM
Went to the thrift store to buy a robe de chambre to wear at the hospital, could you believe they were priced at 10$?! Nope thanks!
Incidentally, once I'm tired of something I don't bring it to the thrift store again, I bring it to swaps, so I can get something I like in exchange, without spending more money. Win-win!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: BTDretire on November 16, 2016, 09:27:53 AM
My wife frequently shops thrift stores, sometimes even buys things we need:-/
Oh, not fair, she's very frugal and buys in quantity when things are on sale.
However, remember VCRs? She records her soaps on a VCR for later watching.
Well, not many VCRs for sale anymore, so she stocked up when she saw them at
the thrift store, usually $5 or $10 each.
 Six months ago I bought her a neat little tuner that records her
soaps on a thumbdrive. She was slow to adopt the new technology, but now uses
it daily and has better command of how to use it than I do.
 Recently she decided she can lighten up on the the VCRs she bought at the thrift store.
 She ask me to go through some boxes and pick out the best two VCRs and she
would sell the rest in a yard sale.
 She had stocked up with 11 (eleven) VCRs.
This doesn't include the three we already have in use.
Do you think she has a problem?  :-)
  That's rhetorical, I know there are many things I have too many
of, in her opinion, but not mine.  :-)
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: MrsTuxedocat on November 25, 2016, 07:51:02 PM
I also like to buy water bottles at thrift stores. I seem to lose a water bottle every couple years and Mr. Tuxedocat loses 1 or 2 EVERY year. He just lost one at the park a month ago.

My best water bottle purchase was a brand new sigg water bottle for $3 at the thrift store. It is really beautiful too. I am currently using this one for myself. This weekend, I brought a spare, which will probably be for my hubby. It's plain, metal and perfect size for the bike water bottle holder. The price was $2.50 and I feel it's worth around $10, so pretty good.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: MissPiggy on November 27, 2016, 12:56:35 AM
Hehehe, my favourite is scoring a deal and then either posting it her or boasting to my bff. We are love a good find.
I'm addicted to thift shops, and I'm doing the same.
I have separate instagram account to share my scores!

My biggest score so far:
Authentic Chanel suit for 24$
It could be sold on ebay for 1000-2000$


I told my husband that we can add it to our networth)))))

An authentic Chanel suit! Incredible! Are you sure it was real?
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: MissPiggy on November 27, 2016, 01:13:25 AM
Just piping in here as a new Mustachian! I've enjoyed reading this thread about the thrifty finds from charity stores (or op-shops as we call them in Australia) and so happy there are others who enjoy my passion for op-shopping!

I work in fashion and constantly surrounded by a consumerist culture so enjoy reading other's op-shop adventures. My reasons for op-shopping mainly centre around the desire to find high quality items at a fraction of the price. My style is classic and elegant - I don't follow trends but prioritise looking good and well-groomed. I also donate regularly to op-shops or homeless shelters.

I started op-shopping as a student and continued to do so even though I'm at a salary where I don't necessarily need to. Numerous reasons why I op-shop:

1. Find high quality, long lasting pieces at a fraction of the retail price. Op-shops are in constant oversupply so there's always something good in stock.
2. Reduce clothing waste - people consume and have a 'disposable' mindset given how cheap everything has become to manufacture; an attitude which I found has grown over the past 10 years and is wasteful to the wallet and environment.
3. Save money which I can invest elsewhere.
4. Help op-shops employ disadvantaged people by shopping and keeping their business in the green.

My main tips for op-shopping is seeking out op-shops in well-to-do areas - often I find designer garments with the tags still attached for a discounted price and high-quality items which have been hardly used. It's an affordable way to remain well-dressed without being a sucker to retail shops and being a victim to trends and huge mark-ups.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Greenway52 on November 27, 2016, 03:58:11 PM
I don't really shop that much as I wear my cloths until their pretty worn out. When I was in University, I bought all my cloths from a thrift store in downtown Toronto (Honest Ed's). Since I finished University and started working I don't go downtown anymore so haven't shopped for cloths in 3 years.

Now, sadly, at the end of 2016 this store is closing. So I've done a couple of trips to the store (more planned) before it closes to bulk up on my cloths so I won't have to shop again for a while. Some of my scores:

- Dress pants: $0.99 each
- Socks - $0.33 each
- Dress shirts: $6.99 each

The only thing I couldn't find a good deal for was dress shoes. It cost $20. If anyone knows where I can buy men's dress shoes for less than $20, let me know. I've looked at Walmart and Value Village and couldn't find better deals.

I've bought a bunch of each of those items (except the dress shoes), so I'm hoping I won't have to shop for cloths for another 5 years at least.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Kitsunegari on November 27, 2016, 06:15:40 PM

- Dress pants: $0.99 each
- Socks - $0.33 each
- Dress shirts: $6.99 each


I really wonder how these places set their prices. I hear ranges from 0.25 to 5$ for the same item, depending from the place/store... what creates a 2000% difference?!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: MrsTuxedocat on November 29, 2016, 06:49:52 PM
Does anyone know where to find men's cashmere sweaters? Mr. Tuxedocat wants one so bad that he is going to buy it new.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Kitsunegari on November 29, 2016, 06:53:11 PM
Does anyone know where to find men's cashmere sweaters? Mr. Tuxedocat wants one so bad that he is going to buy it new.

Rich areas' thrift stores, especially in towns where people are likely to retire.
Otherwise maybe E-bay?
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: halftimer on November 29, 2016, 10:19:32 PM
I agree with so much on this topic: making a sustainable and environmental choice by shopping second-hand, supporting jobs, seeing the quality of clothing as most items have already been washed a few times and flaws are easier to avoid.

My recent success story is finding the very same cereal bowls we already had at home. 1 or 2 had broken from my set over the last 10 years and there are always more bowls dirty than any other type of dish (cereal lovers in the house). After having this on my thrift store list for the last few visits and not finding anything right for me, I finally found the perfect ones that can stack with what we already have.

Another benefit I will add: thrift shopping while travelling gives the most unique stories and memories and items. When we went to Japan a few years ago I really wanted a yukata but they were just out of season and not in any retail store. So we went to the 'Book off' shops and found some appropriate and beautiful pieces, plus a new bag so perfect that I threw out the one I was using and immediately started carrying that one instead. It lasted me through everyday use for more than 2 years.  A fantastic 500 yen ($5) find!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: jengod on November 29, 2016, 11:01:00 PM
Had a great week at the thrift shops.

* Just when I needed a new bag, a Louis Vuitton tote appeared at my Goodwill for $25. The suede inside was pretty wrecked but I am having it cleaned up at a nearby shoe repair shop and it should be a useful thing for many years to come.
* Someone dropped off a huge All-American pressure canner, new in box, and I got it for $30. Used pressure canners are a somewhat scary prospect but this one still had all the original packaging, instruction manual, warranty card and so on. It seems like perhaps it was a gift that didn't suit? It retails for $200+ so I feel very lucky!

These are my two best finds since I found a Griswold cast-iron skillet for $0.99 several years ago.

Also found some vintage books I can resell. The first one already sold and the $13 profit will be auto-deposited in an investment account.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Rotax on November 30, 2016, 04:48:36 PM
I use to be very down on thrift shopping only because I was finding that some of the larger chain thrift stores were charging only a dollar or two less for men's clothes, compared to new. It wasn't until I started looking for less main stream stores that I realized thrifting was a gold mine where I could simply get 70-80% off every time. I was hooked once I found a place by me called 360 Thrift. I literally felt like I was robbing the place and I think I've been on the thrift circuit ever since. It's like a fun little treasure hunt for me. Another good store for anyone in the Phoenix area is Deseret Industries. The merchandise isn't quite as new but the prices are still better than Goodwill almost every time.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: greenbull on November 30, 2016, 08:34:13 PM
I am a huge fan of thrift shopping, and a word to the wise:
Thrift shopping in some areas can invite bedbugs to your home!  If you live in a city that has had bedbug problems make sure you take your clothes home in a plastic bag, wash them and dry them on high heat.  Be careful with furniture, even wood furniture.

I was lucky enough when my apartment got a bedbug infestation to be one of the few units that didn't have bedbugs.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: purephase on December 02, 2016, 02:51:37 PM
My daughter loves charity shops (thrift shops in the UK are usually run by charities), she is always finding the craziest clothes that probably belonged to the worst dressed person in town, but when they are combined with the right clothes they can look really good in a left field sort of way, she also never pays more than a couple of pounds for an item.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: bigalsmith101 on December 03, 2016, 12:07:25 AM
I hit up the thrift store that's a half mile from our house with wifey last week and picked up 3 mens pullover sweaters, 2 Columbia brand and one Exofficio (paid $9, retail is $100).

I sold the nicer Exofficio today for $35, which paid for the other two with dollars to spare.

Today wifey stopped by on the way home from work and picked up a great dress for only $9 that she tells me retails at over $100. She'll wear it tomorrow at my work Christmas party and be super fancy.

I love the thrift store!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: MrsTuxedocat on December 03, 2016, 12:26:42 AM
I hit up the thrift store that's a half mile from our house with wifey last week and picked up 3 mens pullover sweaters, 2 Columbia brand and one Exofficio (paid $9, retail is $100).

I sold the nicer Exofficio today for $35, which paid for the other two with dollars to spare.

Today wifey stopped by on the way home from work and picked up a great dress for only $9 that she tells me retails at over $100. She'll wear it tomorrow at my work Christmas party and be super fancy.

I love the thrift store!

Sweet deals! I have been keeping my eyes open for nice dresses at thrift stores for myself and so far, no luck. I am super impressed that your wife found a fancy dress and has an event lined up to wear it at.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: MissPiggy on December 04, 2016, 12:31:10 AM
So, I work for a high-end buying office and found out that any samples from vendors which are not sold to staff are donated to charity.

Want that $500 leather jacket that you've been eyeing but can't afford? That $900 knife set? Head to charity stores and you can find it for $10.

All the more reason to shop at thrift shops!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: nancy33 on December 04, 2016, 05:06:17 PM
I found a thrift store that is has all clothes 1 dollar every Sunday. It is also a place for developmentally disabled to work AND it has a very convenient drop off for donations at the back that is open when the store is open. So I can get rid of things we don't use, clean up clutter and shop for clothes like crazy knowing they are only 1 dollar each!!Plus it is right down the street from my house!
I bought a nice pair of like new denim capris and a shirt for work that seems brand new today. Cost 2.16 and I get my clothes shopping fix, too. Oh and they have a dressing room! I tried on about 6 things I decided not to buy.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: bigalsmith101 on December 04, 2016, 08:18:53 PM
I hit up the thrift store that's a half mile from our house with wifey last week and picked up 3 mens pullover sweaters, 2 Columbia brand and one Exofficio (paid $9, retail is $100).

I sold the nicer Exofficio today for $35, which paid for the other two with dollars to spare.

Today wifey stopped by on the way home from work and picked up a great dress for only $9 that she tells me retails at over $100. She'll wear it tomorrow at my work Christmas party and be super fancy.

I love the thrift store!

Sweet deals! I have been keeping my eyes open for nice dresses at thrift stores for myself and so far, no luck. I am super impressed that your wife found a fancy dress and has an event lined up to wear it at.

Turns out the dress was $11.50, made by Adrianna Papell. The cheapest dress they sell is $100. I couldn't find the dress wifey found on their online selection, but similar dresses see for $220+. She bought it Friday night, and wore it Saturday night for my work Christmas party.

The BEST part was all the compliments she received over the dress, and their reaction when she told them she bought it at the thrift store for $12. All the women were jealous as their dresses were all much more expensive. Hehehehe.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Warlord1986 on December 05, 2016, 09:18:21 AM
At the local consignment store I got two brand new pairs of jeans with the tags on them, a winter coat, and a sweater for $45.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Unique User on December 07, 2016, 06:45:25 PM
I'm feeling jealous.  The Goodwill's in my old area (St Louis) were awesome, the ones in my new area (Raleigh) not so much.  Overpriced and piles of clothing that you need to dig through.  I'm going to have to figure out how to work garage sales or just go back to shopping clearance and Ross. 
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Kitsunegari on December 07, 2016, 08:14:30 PM
I am a huge fan of thrift shopping, and a word to the wise:
Thrift shopping in some areas can invite bedbugs to your home!  If you live in a city that has had bedbug problems make sure you take your clothes home in a plastic bag, wash them and dry them on high heat.  Be careful with furniture, even wood furniture.

Yeah where I live we have bedbugs problems, I deal with it by sticking my new purchases in the freezer right the moment I get home, leave them there a few days, then was as indicated. Never had any problem.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Gerard on December 07, 2016, 09:18:43 PM
Yeah where I live we have bedbugs problems, I deal with it by sticking my new purchases in the freezer right the moment I get home, leave them there a few days, then was as indicated. Never had any problem.

I've seen varying reports on the efficacy of the freezing trick (good for bugs, bad for eggs? vice versa?)... but if you're running stuff through the washer and dryer afterward, the dryer heat should be doing the job.



Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: honeybbq on December 08, 2016, 09:51:36 AM
We're just north of Seattle where the median income is around $60k per family (much higher for many) and there tends to be some nice things that show up every so often.



Which thrift shop? My favorite that is close to me is the Ballard Goodwill.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: bigalsmith101 on December 08, 2016, 04:42:19 PM
We're just north of Seattle where the median income is around $60k per family (much higher for many) and there tends to be some nice things that show up every so often.



Which thrift shop? My favorite that is close to me is the Ballard Goodwill.

We're actually in Everett, and we're half a mile from the Value Village on Evergreen Way. My sister hits up the Goodwill in downtown Everett on Hoyt Avenue and finds goods stuff there for her children. A couple months ago I bought a Marmot Down Jacket for $4.99. Looks new. Retail cost is $100.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Kitsunegari on December 08, 2016, 06:44:09 PM
Yeah where I live we have bedbugs problems, I deal with it by sticking my new purchases in the freezer right the moment I get home, leave them there a few days, then was as indicated. Never had any problem.

I've seen varying reports on the efficacy of the freezing trick (good for bugs, bad for eggs? vice versa?)... but if you're running stuff through the washer and dryer afterward, the dryer heat should be doing the job.

Yeah it goes from the freezer straight to the washing mashine, altho not necessarily the dryer because I have a soft spot for luxury fibers that wouldn't do well in the dryer...
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: RichHarvest on December 09, 2016, 09:18:59 AM
Do thrift store purchases have no sales tax?
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: bigalsmith101 on December 10, 2016, 02:34:18 AM
Do thrift store purchases have no sales tax?

Not that I'm aware of. Definitely not here in Washington state. Sales tax is collected.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: 10dollarsatatime on December 10, 2016, 11:26:23 AM
Do thrift store purchases have no sales tax?

Depends on the thrift store around here...  Church-owned stores do not.  (Deseret Industries, that little Catholic thrift store, etc.)  The rest do (Goodwill, Saver's, etc.)
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: piethief on December 10, 2016, 12:33:26 PM
My wife, who does all the clothes shopping for everyone except me in the family, buys most clothes especially for the kids, at the thrift store.  They are usually new (or new-like) and cost a buck or three, instead of $19.99 or whatever per item.  I can't imagine the squeeze I'd feel if we shopped retail for kid clothes.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: RichHarvest on December 11, 2016, 09:52:47 AM
Ended up going to a thrift store after reading most of this thread. It's always hard for me to find shoes with 4E width, but found 3 pairs that fit. Also found 3 nice shirts and 3 pairs of pants.

Best purchase was a really nice pair of gap khakis for $6.25

And I did have to pay sales tax :)
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: MrsTuxedocat on December 13, 2016, 07:29:13 PM
Ended up going to a thrift store after reading most of this thread. It's always hard for me to find shoes with 4E width, but found 3 pairs that fit. Also found 3 nice shirts and 3 pairs of pants.

Best purchase was a really nice pair of gap khakis for $6.25

And I did have to pay sales tax :)

I am impressed. Good job on saving money and helping the environment!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: LadyFI on December 15, 2016, 03:52:54 PM
Major thrifter here.

Some recent finds:
School uniforms for my daughter for next year - 1 jumper, 4 skirts and 4 tops for $20 total.
Two high-end sweaters for me (one new with tags) - $4 each.
Designer jeans (Nordstrom price $168) that appear to have never been worn - $7.
Royal Robbins travel pants - $3.
Ann Taylor skirt - $1.
Gymboree Christmas nightgown for my daughter - $2.
Moving Comfort sports bra (retail $58) in mint condition in my hard-to-find size - $4.
Lands' End rain shell and LL Bean rain pants for my daughter - $7 total.
North Face jacket for daughter - $5.
Vintage Ferragamo kitten heel shoes - $1 (not a typo. Yes they are authentic. And gorgeous).
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: MrsTuxedocat on December 16, 2016, 06:52:24 PM
You can more than welcome to post thrift store fails too! I was in downtown today for a meeting and after the meeting, I was checked out this thrift store that has many positive reviews on yelp. The clothes were quite nice but so expensive i.e. a wool sweater non-name brand was $28. It was not cashmere either. I looked up the sweater on the store's website and it was only $39.99. Yesh!

Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: sparkytheop on December 17, 2016, 08:53:00 AM
Goodwill went out of business here in the 80s because they were too expensive.  They built a new (huge) store here about a year or two ago.  I went to check it out, and first thing I looked at was a basic long sleeve t-shirt, KMart brand, for $12, definitely used.  Same shirt KMart usually puts on sale for $10.  I think I checked one or two more items and then just walked out.  We have a Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul here, they are much better.  I still don't understand why Goodwill's parking lot is always full.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Dave1442397 on December 17, 2016, 05:19:52 PM
Something else you should also look for is Stephen King books. It's a long shot, but I've seen many collections donated that included 1st editions. Someone I know just snagged a few for $1 each. They weren't the rarest books, but one of them is worth an easy $150 on eBay.

If you find a true 1st edition/1st printing of Carrie or 'Salem's Lot, you're looking at thousands of dollars if it's in good condition.

I always check. I thought I got lucky with a first edition of Carrie at a Goodwill in Reno, but it was a Book Club Edition, which isn't worth anything.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: munchabunch on December 18, 2016, 08:43:30 AM
I recently converted my husband!  He's 6'4" with long arms, and its historically been difficult to find clothes that fit at all, so I don't blame him for his skepticism.  We went to one of the nice St. Vinny's in town and walked out with four shirts for him and two pairs of jeans that fit me perfectly all for $30.

The store you go to has such an impact.  We have a Goodwill 1 mile from our house, but the clothes there are more heavily worn, often damaged, and sometimes dirty.  But if you're looking for random dishware to tchotcke, it's good.  My mom wanted one of those old fashioned Rolodexs to hold her online account names.  Three Saturdays of walking down to Goodwill and back, and I gave her a birthday present a Rolodex (even the ubiquitous brand!) for $1.20.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: texxan1 on December 31, 2016, 02:19:13 AM
I love this thread... I have been buying all my cloths from thrift stores for a few years... its amazing what my friends say when I tell them I shop for cloths at goodwill.   They cant seem to figure out why someone with my income shops there.... because I want to retire early that's way.. and my weight goes up and down and I hate giving retail outlets any of my money

SHOP ON, cheaply
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Rural on December 31, 2016, 05:38:38 AM
Okay, so men's casual and farm-suitable clothing? Not so much around here because it's worn out and then patched and worn some more by the original owners.  But I'm going to have to amend my opinion of men's clothing generally around here, because apparently dress stuff is in much better shape. Husband has a two-day campus visit coming up, and yesterday we found him a new sport jacket and three pair of slacks in just a few minutes for a total of five dollars plus tax.  I'll buy him one new dress shirt and he'll be good for both days.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: MrsTuxedocat on December 31, 2016, 08:01:27 PM
I hear ya! I find it difficult to find nice mens clothing for the hubs, most of it is really worn looking and wayyy out of date. Yesterday, I found a decent t-shirt for him for $3.

I am still on the quest for a nice cashmere sweater :)
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: tomita on December 31, 2016, 08:30:52 PM
got a new Jones NY jacket for 8.99 and 2 dressy sweaters at 2.99 and 5.99

Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: KT Beans on January 01, 2017, 08:56:00 PM
I'm a huge garage sale shopper, although that's only during summertime on account of the weather so I hit the thrift shops in winter time to tide me over. 

Some highlights:
I bought a Norwex mop system (that MLM reps sell for $125)...I paid $5 at a garage sale and resold for $50 on my local buy n sell group. 
I bought a pair of wool baby booties (Padraigs...very popular in the hippie circles I run in) for $5 and resold them for $25
I bought the game Junior Pictionary at a garage sale for $1 for my daughter.... I'd seen it at Goodwill for $5 but never pulled the trigger
Bought a full snow suit (jacket and snow pants) for $10 at a garage sale and it's been worn by both my daughters.  My youngest may wear it again next year even.  The pants I did replace with another thrift store find for $5
I bought an IPod classic (no longer made) with 8GB storage for $10 at a garage sale that I doubt was ever used.  Why someone would sell something like that at a garage sale is beyond me.
I bought two lightweight, super cute, and in great shape sleds for $2 (total) at a garage sale that Costco was selling that year for $20 ea. 

I love a good deal and often have lists going for myself and my friends/family and keep an eye out for things they need...I then have my mom check for things I'm looking for either for myself or my kids.  Win win!  I also shop second hand for some of my kids' birthday and Christmas presents and love telling people where I got things (if they ask).  Usually they're horrified, but hey, I'm looking to retire in a few years and they're in debt, and that makes me even happier with my good deals.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Gunny on January 02, 2017, 07:04:52 AM
My son is 12yo and we have clothed him out of thrift stores and consignment shops for about 80-90% of his wardrobe.  That's since birth!  My wife also buys about 40% of her clothes from thrift stores and I'm amazed at how well she dresses.  I have a football players body so it is hard to find clothes a thrift stores that fit.  So I mostly buy my jeans and shorts (my wardrobe stables) from Walmart. 
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: sparkytheop on January 02, 2017, 07:34:21 PM
I'm working on a quilt for my parents (in collaboration with my sister and sister-in-law).  I found a yard of fabric that had chefs and different food and cooking utensils all over it for 79 cents.  It's the good stuff that would be at least $10/yard in a store.  It will fit right in and is good for a "Dad block".
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: RichHarvest on January 06, 2017, 09:25:42 PM
The local Salvation Army was going out of business. 75% off everything. When we asked about some $.29 dishes and cups we were told the 75% off comes off THAT price. Which came to like $.07 dishes and glasses. So we ended up getting:

-Set of 8 juice cups
-5 margarita glasses
-8 wine glasses
-8 Dinner plates (nicer than the ones we already have)
-Microwave safe glass dishes
-Tongs, wine bottle opener, cheese grater
-Ironing board
-250 green and gold bows for the holidays

The total was $6.31

Sorry for the late reply, but that's pretty amazing. Do you recall if they had any clothes also? Were they also very low even before the 75% discount?

There are a lot of boutique thrift stores in Atlanta with good stuff that's probably 50-75% off retail, but maybe I should check out Salvation Army or Goodwill for the kind of prices you got.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: MrsTuxedocat on February 03, 2017, 08:43:31 PM
I hear ya! I find it difficult to find nice mens clothing for the hubs, most of it is really worn looking and wayyy out of date. Yesterday, I found a decent t-shirt for him for $3.

I am still on the quest for a nice cashmere sweater :)

This t-shirt got a tear in the front and it's not even on a seam. I had only washed it twice! I am slightly annoyed because it was practically brand "new". Oh well, I am happy that I purchased it from a thrift store and not from a mall.

In other thrifting news, Mr. TC and I went to Sally Ann the other day. He totally shopped it out:
- 4 scrub shirts, 3 scrub pants for $3.99 each (work clothes)
- 2 golf balls for a buck (to loosen up muscles)
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: LindseyC on February 04, 2017, 05:58:33 AM
I had a great thrift find a new copy of the board game Qwarkle for $3 (reg. $30-35) and a wool hat from Danier for $2. The game is wonderful because it's what my dad asked for for his birthday! He will be even more excited that I thrifted it!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Benny3 on February 10, 2017, 04:02:32 PM
I checked out two local Goodwills this week.  For my 6 yo girl I found 4 pairs of pants and about 9 shirts.  For my 8 yo boy I scored 3 pairs of gym shorts all nike brand (his favorite!) and 2 Hurley t-shirts.  I also got a long sleeved rash guard swim shirt for each of them and they are Lands' End brand. Those alone retail for around $35 each and I got them for $1.99 a piece!!!  Total was around $58.  I also went to Target for a few fills in, 1 pair of capri jeans, 2 leggings and 4 pairs of underwear for her.  Total was $37.00.  So for $94 I was able to complete their wardrobes until back to school in August.   Amazing!!

I still can't believe how inexpensive Goodwill was and the clothes all looked so new she didn't know the difference.  I took the tags off and laid them out in matching outfits while she was at school and had her do a "fashion show" for us to show off all her "new" clothes.  She loved being a little fashionista for the day.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: KBecks on February 12, 2017, 10:20:15 AM
You guys, I think I am going to hit some stores today.  I am looking for a size 12 boys' suit for my son's first communion, and a camping style rain coat for me.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: MrsTuxedocat on February 12, 2017, 12:07:18 PM
Fingers crossed for you @Kbecks
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Travis on February 12, 2017, 12:34:48 PM
A couple weeks ago I went to the thrift store to look for a pair of winter exercise pants.  I ended up finding an insulated pair I can wear in the weather, a thinner pair I can wear around the house/bed, a pair of black leather shoes I can wear with my suits that I've needed for months, and a full sized suitcase.  Total cost=$30.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: KBecks on February 12, 2017, 03:43:55 PM
Nice, Travis.

I went to two Goodwill stores today.  One was in a more fancy suburb but the store was more crowded and cramped, and the shoppers were absolutely not fancy. 

No suit, but I found two perfect Nordstrom brand dress shirts, one light blue, one blue checks for $5 each.
Bought some other things for the boys including a radical print pair of Nike shorts that I hope fit someone.

At my main Goodwill the giant one that plays 80's music and I love it - I got the boys some casual clothes, a cute skull halloween bowl for $0.99 and some stocking hangers for $7 that are obviously new from Target just overstock.  Target is down the road.  I am starting to suspect that the giant goodwill gets overflow from other locations??

And, I noticed that Goodwill clothing may be returned in 10 days for store credit with a receipt. This means I may force the boys to try everything on and return anything they reject.  Cool.

I have 2.5 months to find the first communion suit.  I probably should look for a dress for me too.  My nephew marries in June and I would like to find a dress for that at Goodwill, but the setting of the wedding is not announced yet, so it's too soon.   For the suit, I think I will call around to resale shops next to see if anyone has anything that sounds promising.  Ebay suits are running $40ish and I think I can do better.

My distinct problem with Goodwill is overbuying the clothes.  I need to be careful to be picky, because another shirt or pair of pants is always out there.  There is no shortage.  Time to force kids to try things on.... 
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: nara on February 12, 2017, 08:41:06 PM
I am a very picky clothing shopper! Even when I wasn't frugal, I could spend all day shopping at the mall and come home with nothing. I also own a business and feel the need to present myself in a way that doesn't come off as cheap. I buy lightly used designer clothing from Thredup.com. They have an under $15 section and they give $10 to new customers on their first purchase. They occasionally have 20% off coupon codes and free shipping on orders over $79. For my last purchase I got 8 designer sweaters for $10! It beats stinky grandma goodwill clothes IMO!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Mr Chin Stubble on February 14, 2017, 04:57:02 AM
I've gotten some great deals at thrift stores. However more and more I'm finding the best deals are clothes already in your closet with the occasional purchase of something new on sale that is a NEED. In the past year I think my only clothes purchases were: designer sneakers from a thrift store for like 200 dollars -- which they go for 3x that new -- and not very mustachio. Otherwise i bought work clothes: shoes, tie, and belt and a pair of jeans for 20 dollars on clearance. I also bought a pair of boots on clearance from Sears for 20 dollars, but I don't have anything for the snow so that is really a need also.

 I don't think these purchases bought used would matter much since I only buy what I need now and on sale. I am the guy who only goes up to the register with one thing and, they are like "that's it?" But I never got these people who walk up with like 20 articles of clothing and have like 20 coupons (they obviously do this a lot and it's obviously a hobby for them). They also never seem to be dressed better than I either.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Elle 8 on February 14, 2017, 07:29:29 AM
My distinct problem with Goodwill is overbuying the clothes.  I need to be careful to be picky, because another shirt or pair of pants is always out there.  There is no shortage.  Time to force kids to try things on....

My problem too.  I've bought things that weren't perfect just because they were such great bargains.  I need to stop doing that.  Going to Savers today.  I'll be looking for a button down collared shirt to wear under a sweater.  I already have one but it's so stiff that it's not comfortable under the sweater (although fine on it's own).  I need to resist the urge to buy unneeded, not-quite-perfect items.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: PJ on February 14, 2017, 11:50:02 AM
I've gotten some great deals at thrift stores. However more and more I'm finding the best deals are clothes already in your closet with the occasional purchase of something new on sale that is a NEED. In the past year I think my only clothes purchases were: designer sneakers from a thrift store for like 200 dollars -- which they go for 3x that new -- and not very mustachio. Otherwise i bought work clothes: shoes, tie, and belt and a pair of jeans for 20 dollars on clearance. I also bought a pair of boots on clearance from Sears for 20 dollars, but I don't have anything for the snow so that is really a need also.

 I don't think these purchases bought used would matter much since I only buy what I need now and on sale. I am the guy who only goes up to the register with one thing and, they are like "that's it?" But I never got these people who walk up with like 20 articles of clothing and have like 20 coupons (they obviously do this a lot and it's obviously a hobby for them). They also never seem to be dressed better than I either. 

Perhaps they have different things going on in their lives than you do in your life???  I can think of a number of occasions that I've bought a whole bunch of stuff at one time:

A few years back, I bought a bunch of jackets/blazers at Goodwill, as well as a few pairs of dress pants and a couple of tops.  I had moved from a job where I could dress casually all the time, to one where more formality was required.  I basically needed a new wardrobe.

This fall, my mother fell and broke her wrist very badly.  Between needing tops that she could fit over her cast, and needing pants and skirts that were loose enough for her to pull up with one hand (or pull over her head, in the case of skirts) I needed to purchase "like 20 articles of clothing."  Some of which were returned after I took them home for her to try on.  She was not at all up to going thrift shopping post surgery, so that's why I did it for her.  The small store credit that resulted from the returns was spent on some of the new items they carry periodically, including winter hat/glove sets that I donated for a Christmas drive.

I've gained weight over the last couple of years, and my wardrobe has gradually whittled down to a few pairs of pants that I can wear.  So yesterday I went thrift shopping and bought 4 pairs of dress pants (so I can retire my two current well-worn pairs), plus 4 pairs of capris for the upcoming spring/summer season, and 3 versatile tops.  Total clothing cost was $65.  I kicked myself for not checking the website before I went, to see what coupons were available.  I could have knocked another $5 off my total bill!

And a couple of other examples that come to mind:

I've known people who do fostering of multiple kids at a time, long term placements because the kids are special needs.  They bought all their kids clothes at the thrift store, to keep the cost low, and because the kids are kind of hard on their clothes, they needed fairly frequent replacement.  Absolutely, they would have been carrying armloads to the cash desk, because they'd have set aside a day a few times a year to replenish the kids wardrobes, and if coupons were available, they'd definitely be using them too. 

Some people may also be buying and reselling on Ebay or in a more upscale "vintage" store.

These are just a few possible explanations for the phenomenon that you've seen.  Hope that helps you see their (seemingly excessive) shopping in a different light!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: PJ on February 14, 2017, 11:46:02 PM
Not being totally satisfied with the black pants I bought yesterday, and knowing that it would be helpful to have a 2nd pair of them, I hit Value Village today when I was in the neighbourhood of one.

Did much better with keeping myself to just a couple of items, but being VV instead of Sal Army, the price was not as good.  I did find a GREAT pair of black pants, like new condition, Ann Taylor brand.  They were $15 (compared to would have been price at Sal Army - $6).  Also got a gorgeous red cardigan/wrap type thing that I think I will wear often, and which will eventually likely take the place of a black cardigan/wrap type thing I have been wearing a lot of, and that is starting to look a bit worn.  $13 - also more than the same item would have been at SA.  Also found a fake blouse under a black cardigan thing that looked really nice on, and will be good for those days when I need to look professional but don't need to wear a clerical shirt.  That is a minor gap in my wardrobe that I'm happy to have something to fill in with, and for only $4.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: KBecks on February 15, 2017, 05:40:46 AM
All those clothes would have been at least $40 - $70 in the regular store.  Glad you found some nice things!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Mr Chin Stubble on February 15, 2017, 06:58:02 AM
I've gotten some great deals at thrift stores. However more and more I'm finding the best deals are clothes already in your closet with the occasional purchase of something new on sale that is a NEED. In the past year I think my only clothes purchases were: designer sneakers from a thrift store for like 200 dollars -- which they go for 3x that new -- and not very mustachio. Otherwise i bought work clothes: shoes, tie, and belt and a pair of jeans for 20 dollars on clearance. I also bought a pair of boots on clearance from Sears for 20 dollars, but I don't have anything for the snow so that is really a need also.

 I don't think these purchases bought used would matter much since I only buy what I need now and on sale. I am the guy who only goes up to the register with one thing and, they are like "that's it?" But I never got these people who walk up with like 20 articles of clothing and have like 20 coupons (they obviously do this a lot and it's obviously a hobby for them). They also never seem to be dressed better than I either. 

Perhaps they have different things going on in their lives than you do in your life???  I can think of a number of occasions that I've bought a whole bunch of stuff at one time:

A few years back, I bought a bunch of jackets/blazers at Goodwill, as well as a few pairs of dress pants and a couple of tops.  I had moved from a job where I could dress casually all the time, to one where more formality was required.  I basically needed a new wardrobe.

This fall, my mother fell and broke her wrist very badly.  Between needing tops that she could fit over her cast, and needing pants and skirts that were loose enough for her to pull up with one hand (or pull over her head, in the case of skirts) I needed to purchase "like 20 articles of clothing."  Some of which were returned after I took them home for her to try on.  She was not at all up to going thrift shopping post surgery, so that's why I did it for her.  The small store credit that resulted from the returns was spent on some of the new items they carry periodically, including winter hat/glove sets that I donated for a Christmas drive.

I've gained weight over the last couple of years, and my wardrobe has gradually whittled down to a few pairs of pants that I can wear.  So yesterday I went thrift shopping and bought 4 pairs of dress pants (so I can retire my two current well-worn pairs), plus 4 pairs of capris for the upcoming spring/summer season, and 3 versatile tops.  Total clothing cost was $65.  I kicked myself for not checking the website before I went, to see what coupons were available.  I could have knocked another $5 off my total bill!

And a couple of other examples that come to mind:

I've known people who do fostering of multiple kids at a time, long term placements because the kids are special needs.  They bought all their kids clothes at the thrift store, to keep the cost low, and because the kids are kind of hard on their clothes, they needed fairly frequent replacement.  Absolutely, they would have been carrying armloads to the cash desk, because they'd have set aside a day a few times a year to replenish the kids wardrobes, and if coupons were available, they'd definitely be using them too. 

Some people may also be buying and reselling on Ebay or in a more upscale "vintage" store.

These are just a few possible explanations for the phenomenon that you've seen.  Hope that helps you see their (seemingly excessive) shopping in a different light!

It's one thing if it's an isolated incident but it is so common that I'm the exception with my one thing at the register. Am I to believe that 90 percent of the people who do this happen to have a broken arm or whatever and just happen to need all new wardrobes? Let alone the fact that they have couponing down to a science? So I guess they learned that from the last thing that happened that required an all new wardrobe. Also I might get in trouble for this but, I can't help but notice it's almost always women doing this. You did this in the last thread ... someone says something obvious you have to pull some  crazy idea that is the opposite.

Although I guess rec shopping  at a thrift store cuz you got stuck in traffic-- seems more Mustachian than the strip club I used to hit up when the traffic was bad before the bridge where I used to live.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: PJ on February 15, 2017, 11:07:24 AM
I've gotten some great deals at thrift stores. However more and more I'm finding the best deals are clothes already in your closet with the occasional purchase of something new on sale that is a NEED. In the past year I think my only clothes purchases were: designer sneakers from a thrift store for like 200 dollars -- which they go for 3x that new -- and not very mustachio. Otherwise i bought work clothes: shoes, tie, and belt and a pair of jeans for 20 dollars on clearance. I also bought a pair of boots on clearance from Sears for 20 dollars, but I don't have anything for the snow so that is really a need also.

 I don't think these purchases bought used would matter much since I only buy what I need now and on sale. I am the guy who only goes up to the register with one thing and, they are like "that's it?" But I never got these people who walk up with like 20 articles of clothing and have like 20 coupons (they obviously do this a lot and it's obviously a hobby for them). They also never seem to be dressed better than I either. 

Perhaps they have different things going on in their lives than you do in your life???  I can think of a number of occasions that I've bought a whole bunch of stuff at one time:

A few years back, I bought a bunch of jackets/blazers at Goodwill, as well as a few pairs of dress pants and a couple of tops.  I had moved from a job where I could dress casually all the time, to one where more formality was required.  I basically needed a new wardrobe.

This fall, my mother fell and broke her wrist very badly.  Between needing tops that she could fit over her cast, and needing pants and skirts that were loose enough for her to pull up with one hand (or pull over her head, in the case of skirts) I needed to purchase "like 20 articles of clothing."  Some of which were returned after I took them home for her to try on.  She was not at all up to going thrift shopping post surgery, so that's why I did it for her.  The small store credit that resulted from the returns was spent on some of the new items they carry periodically, including winter hat/glove sets that I donated for a Christmas drive.

I've gained weight over the last couple of years, and my wardrobe has gradually whittled down to a few pairs of pants that I can wear.  So yesterday I went thrift shopping and bought 4 pairs of dress pants (so I can retire my two current well-worn pairs), plus 4 pairs of capris for the upcoming spring/summer season, and 3 versatile tops.  Total clothing cost was $65.  I kicked myself for not checking the website before I went, to see what coupons were available.  I could have knocked another $5 off my total bill!

And a couple of other examples that come to mind:

I've known people who do fostering of multiple kids at a time, long term placements because the kids are special needs.  They bought all their kids clothes at the thrift store, to keep the cost low, and because the kids are kind of hard on their clothes, they needed fairly frequent replacement.  Absolutely, they would have been carrying armloads to the cash desk, because they'd have set aside a day a few times a year to replenish the kids wardrobes, and if coupons were available, they'd definitely be using them too. 

Some people may also be buying and reselling on Ebay or in a more upscale "vintage" store.

These are just a few possible explanations for the phenomenon that you've seen.  Hope that helps you see their (seemingly excessive) shopping in a different light!

It's one thing if it's an isolated incident but it is so common that I'm the exception with my on thing. Am I to believe that 90 percent of the people who do this happen to have a broken arm or whatever and just happen to need all. We wardrobes? Let alone the fact that they have couponing down to a science? So I guess they learned that from the last thing that happened that required an all new wardrobe. Also I might get in trouble for this but, I can't help but notice it's almost always women doing this. You did this in the last thread ... everyone someone says something obvious you have to pull some  crazy idea that is the opposite.

Although I guess rec shopping cuz you got stuck in traffic at a thrift store -- seems more Mustachian than the strip club I used to hit up when the traffic was bad before the bridge where I used to live.

1.  Statistically speaking, I think you'll find that women still do most of the clothes shopping not only for themselves, but for their whole families.  Many of my friends buy all of their husband's clothes, even.  And by and large, they are also the ones responsible for managing tiny household budgets so things like couponing, etc.  And having couponing down to a science - it's not hard.  I haven't had to work that hard at it to get good at it, but why not do it if it saves a bit more money?

2.  I never said that people are never doing recreational shopping, I'm just saying that there are a whole lot of other possible explanations out there that would account for a significant portion of the people you see in line at the thrift store with an armload of clothes.  Yes, I have been shopping at thrift stores for a long time, and it's pretty easy to spot the vintage/antique dealers scouting the merchandise, and the mothers doing back to school or "replace the cold weather clothes" winter shopping for their families, and so on.  I see those kinds of people in the thrift store every time I shop, so I know they account for a good part of the traffic there.

3.  I don't even know what you're referring to in the bolded part (what thread, what "crazy idea" that I had that was the opposite of what everyone else said).  And I don't care, because it doesn't matter.  Maybe you're unaware that the first rule of this forum is "Don't be a jerk."  Throwing an insult at me just because I share a different perspective would *perhaps* fall into that category, no???
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Kitsunegari on February 15, 2017, 03:36:13 PM

1.  Statistically speaking, I think you'll find that women still do most of the clothes shopping not only for themselves, but for their whole families.  Many of my friends buy all of their husband's clothes, even.  And by and large, they are also the ones responsible for managing tiny household budgets so things like couponing, etc.

Just chiming in to confirm this. Most women I know are responsible for clothes shopping for their families, and to buy the core of the partner's wardrobe (shirts, underwear, socks) to which he adds 'fancier' stuff, if at all.
This is one of the tasks my husband was very happy to outsource to me the minute we moved in together...
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: LindseyC on February 19, 2017, 09:28:41 AM
I bought a cute little purse today for $1.99, I didn't buy it for the brand name but it's a Tommy Hilfiger, so a pretty good price score. I am debating keeping it, but it's also in immaculate condition so I might give it as a gift.

http://imgur.com/dvAfqno    (http://imgur.com/dvAfqno)
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: frugalkristen on February 19, 2017, 09:47:01 AM
I bought a cute little purse today for $1.99, I didn't buy it for the brand name but it's a Tommy Hilfiger, so a pretty good price score. I am debating keeping it, but it's also in immaculate condition so I might give it as a gift.

http://imgur.com/dvAfqno    (http://imgur.com/dvAfqno)

That was a great deal!  What a cute purse!  On a side note, our cats look like twins.  :)
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: MrsTuxedocat on February 19, 2017, 12:56:54 PM
Such a cute purse, and a beauty of cat too.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Dicey on February 19, 2017, 01:41:04 PM
Hey PJ, I thought those comments from Chin_Stubble were out of line and I was about to jump to your defense, but I see you don't need my help. Just want you to know that I thought his comments were in clear violation of rule #1. I loved your reply to his original post and the one in response to his snark was even better. Go, PJ!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Rural on February 19, 2017, 02:51:48 PM
New Evan Picone suit, wearable for interviews or major presentations, in my own personal weird combination of mismatched top and bottom sizes, and the pants are even machine washable. Oh, yeah, and it was $2.50.


I have two kinds of days at thrift stores, it's-all-shit days and lightning strikes. Yesterday was a lightning strike.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: bigalsmith101 on February 19, 2017, 03:59:41 PM
I got a new job in outside sales that more or less requires that I wear much nicer clothing. Today the thrift store down the road was having a 50% off sale on all clothes. Wifey and I got there when it opened, and went to work. I'm 6'6" and slim, so finding dress shirts that fit me is a chore, even at retail shops. Finding nice dress slacks or jeans is nearly impossible as I'm a 36x36. I sifted through several hundred shirts and came out with 7 that fit me well and which style works with my personality. Total cost for the 7 shirts was $29. Not a single shirt retails for less than $40.

I found a very nice Marmot brand long sleeve jacket for $5.

We got 4 very nice pillows for $5/each for our futon. We didn't have any couch/futon pillows, so that was a score.

Wifey bought 12 items for $36.50. Every item was brand name stuff that retails for $25-$40.

The best item today? A vintage 1950's era Pendleton Wool Mens Long Coat in size 44L. You can't even buy this thing anymore. I paid $9. Research shows I can buy one on eBay in this size for $65, but buying a new coat from Pendleton would cost well over $250.



 
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: MrsTuxedocat on February 19, 2017, 05:44:42 PM
I got a new job in outside sales that more or less requires that I wear much nicer clothing. Today the thrift store down the road was having a 50% off sale on all clothes. Wifey and I got there when it opened, and went to work. I'm 6'6" and slim, so finding dress shirts that fit me is a chore, even at retail shops. Finding nice dress slacks or jeans is nearly impossible as I'm a 36x36. I sifted through several hundred shirts and came out with 7 that fit me well and which style works with my personality. Total cost for the 7 shirts was $29. Not a single shirt retails for less than $40.

I found a very nice Marmot brand long sleeve jacket for $5.

We got 4 very nice pillows for $5/each for our futon. We didn't have any couch/futon pillows, so that was a score.

Wifey bought 12 items for $36.50. Every item was brand name stuff that retails for $25-$40.

The best item today? A vintage 1950's era Pendleton Wool Mens Long Coat in size 44L. You can't even buy this thing anymore. I paid $9. Research shows I can buy one on eBay in this size for $65, but buying a new coat from Pendleton would cost well over $250.

Quite the score! It's nice that both you and the wifey found something. Usually when I go with thrifting with MrTC one of us will hit the jackpot and the other will find nothing...

Congrats again on your new job!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: LindseyC on February 20, 2017, 07:10:34 AM
bigalsmith101 - Congrats on the new job and the finds!

Thanks all for the cat compliments. About 5 minutes after I took that photo the cat tried to get in the purse, which is about 2 sizes too small for my spatially challenged cat.

I had one more find last night. We were going to visit a friend and stopped at a thrift store that was just past their house. I found a vintage, cased, art glass vase (I collect art glass) that was $2.99. Its filthy and will need some interior and exterior cleaning, but it's very unusual in shape and colouring and would be worth upwards of $60.

I don't have a massive collection; I am pretty picky about what I buy, I only buy found glass (as opposed to buying from actual dealers) and I also sell a lot of what I find. So to find a piece that is unique and cheap is always a happy dance moment!

My vase:  http://imgur.com/9SjhiXt   (http://imgur.com/9SjhiXt)
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: PJ on February 20, 2017, 08:26:42 AM
New Evan Picone suit, wearable for interviews or major presentations, in my own personal weird combination of mismatched top and bottom sizes, and the pants are even machine washable. Oh, yeah, and it was $2.50.


I have two kinds of days at thrift stores, it's-all-shit days and lightning strikes. Yesterday was a lightning strike.

Yes!

I got a new job in outside sales that more or less requires that I wear much nicer clothing. Today the thrift store down the road was having a 50% off sale on all clothes. Wifey and I got there when it opened, and went to work. I'm 6'6" and slim, so finding dress shirts that fit me is a chore, even at retail shops. Finding nice dress slacks or jeans is nearly impossible as I'm a 36x36. I sifted through several hundred shirts and came out with 7 that fit me well and which style works with my personality. Total cost for the 7 shirts was $29. Not a single shirt retails for less than $40.

I found a very nice Marmot brand long sleeve jacket for $5.

We got 4 very nice pillows for $5/each for our futon. We didn't have any couch/futon pillows, so that was a score.

Wifey bought 12 items for $36.50. Every item was brand name stuff that retails for $25-$40.

The best item today? A vintage 1950's era Pendleton Wool Mens Long Coat in size 44L. You can't even buy this thing anymore. I paid $9. Research shows I can buy one on eBay in this size for $65, but buying a new coat from Pendleton would cost well over $250.

And that sounds like a very good day at the thrift store!  Love when I go and find a sale on!  If that also coincides with a lightning day, that's the best!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: accolay on February 22, 2017, 02:11:22 PM
We go to our thrift store and The Lady likes finding work out clothing and other things cheaply. I've found some good outdoor work clothing.

My best find ever was three paintings 3'x4' One is by a known painter and worth about 2k.

I always look out for cast iron stuff. I found some pretty rough shape vintage cast iron pans for cheap, soaked them in lye to remove the crust, seasoned them and they are now being used in our kitchen.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: LindseyC on February 25, 2017, 01:58:40 PM
Confession: it's rainy and gloomy today so I hit the thrift shops in search of some "spring" brightness. I spend some money, I will confess in the Uber Frugal thread shortly. :) Not the MMM way I know.

But.... I did score a beautiful big pottery plant pot that goes with another pot I already own (not matchy matchy, just compliments) and I also picked up a beautiful vintage art glass vase to add to my family. $7 total for both. I also picked up two cheap plants that were reduced down (not at the thrift store) so i have something for my two pots and can add a little life to my house to combat the winter blues.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Drole on February 25, 2017, 08:21:48 PM
Well we got a little bored this afternoon so I told my 7 year old we'd try to find some garage sales that were nearing the end to get a table and chairs for the kids art activities. 

So we hit one of the main roads and there are only a couple of signs out. So I check craigslist free and someone has just posted that they are trying to clear out their storage units. So we head that way.

Got 4 adult chairs, 3 kids chairs, folding kid table, new outdoor light fixture,  wire racks, and an assortment of oddities. Free.

Most importantly, the kids are pleased.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: KBecks on February 26, 2017, 05:38:53 AM
Fun stuff.  Although I am trying to cut back on shopping, I found my son's first communion suit at a cute little children's resale shop with prices only slightly higher than Goodwill.  And, they have a 20% off if you spend $20 promotion, and they have some sort of loyalty card stamp, so the prices are reasonable.

My oldest son said he needed more casual shirts, and he prefers soft material.  I found 3 very soft long sleeve shirts in his size.  I also got a loud pair of under armor orange shorts that we don't need but they are super soft.  And I also got a gymboree shirt, another shirt and pants for my youngest who is growing like crazy.   Spent $40, on 7 or 8 items, not that bad for what we got.

Now I'm cooling it on spending!  I ordered some REI stuff yesterday to outfit middle son for his Boy Scout camping trips.

Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Mr Mark on February 26, 2017, 06:39:17 AM
I love our salvation army store. I get almost all my work shirts there. 90% are Ralph lauren. Great condition and they seem to launder them first. When i first started going i could get ralph for $4 a shirt but they seem to have caught onto me so now they are $8, unless it's the tag sale at 50% off.

Our daughter used to call it "the mall" ...
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Travis on February 26, 2017, 09:41:27 AM
So I check craigslist free....

I didn't even know there was a "come and get it" section of Craigslist. If only I wasn't a few months from moving....
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Exprezchef on February 26, 2017, 10:46:03 AM
My wife has had some great scores at our local food and clothes closet. She is a Girl Scout troop leader and every-other month she has her troop volunteer there. Good experience for the girls. She was looking for a camping stove for their upcoming camping trip and low-and-behold she picked up a very nice Coleman two burner camping stove for a whopping $10.00. When I priced it online, it was $170.00 for the same model. By its condition, I think it was maybe used only once or twice before somebody dropped it off. All it needed was a good cleaning from all of the dust on it from sitting in somebody's garage.

My wife unfortunately broke her ankle a few weeks ago and has been hobbling around the house with crutches. She definitely needed an easier way to get around while she heals from the surgery. I priced out a wheelchair at a store that specializes in such items and my wife and I agreed a new one was way too expensive (they started at $350). They offered to rent us a basic chair for $20.00 a week. On a whim, I called the food and clothes closet just to see if they had any chairs laying around. I was surprised to find out that they had a bunch of such items and would loan one to me for as long as we needed it------for free! They also had a loaner shower chair that I picked up as well. Amazing.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Kitsunegari on February 28, 2017, 01:27:16 PM
I've been looking for a neck tie for the hubs for a while, and yesterday I found a like-new Ermenegildo Zegna for 2$ ! It's formal but not too much, in a nice blue pallette, and the hubs was very pleased. Me happy!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Mr Mark on February 28, 2017, 11:39:58 PM
I love our salvation army store. I get almost all my work shirts there. 90% are Ralph lauren. Great condition and they seem to launder them first. When i first started going i could get ralph for $4 a shirt but they seem to have caught onto me so now they are $8, unless it's the tag sale at 50% off.

Our daughter used to call it "the mall" ...

We would often give her a $10 budget and say - 'go to town kid'. She'd do her own shopping and usually picked some really cool stuff.

Overheard our daughter (then 8 years old) telling her school friends about this "great shop where you can get super cool stuff really cheap, and get this - everything is unique! There's only 1 of everything, not like those other stores where they have just lots of the same thing".

And there is no reason to feel guilty about shopping there when you have money. They need the cash to pay employees etc, and the profits go to really help people. They usually have waaaay more stuff than they can ever sell, and it otherwise ends up going to make rags or to landfill. Plus I find the staff super friendly and really nice.

Just don't go to my store and buy Ralph Laurens, OK? I'd like to keep that little secret to myself. ;-)

Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: LindseyC on March 01, 2017, 08:08:44 AM
I continued my urge to add a little "spring" to my house. I bought two more flower pots for $6 total. Both were beautiful pots that I have no doubt were around $25 in their original stores. Stopped at the grocery store and picked up a few $3 tropical plants.

I have now spent about $60 in total this winter and I have 11 new plants, 4 new pots (the rest of the pots I already owned) and little gardens all over my house. It has 100% made a difference in my house, I have received quite a few compliments.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: jengod on March 03, 2017, 10:38:24 PM
Found the 8-inch and 10-inch skillets that were missing from my Revereware set. Both were in excellent condition. $12 for the pair.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: MrsTuxedocat on March 04, 2017, 12:35:37 AM
I continued my urge to add a little "spring" to my house. I bought two more flower pots for $6 total. Both were beautiful pots that I have no doubt were around $25 in their original stores. Stopped at the grocery store and picked up a few $3 tropical plants.

I have now spent about $60 in total this winter and I have 11 new plants, 4 new pots (the rest of the pots I already owned) and little gardens all over my house. It has 100% made a difference in my house, I have received quite a few compliments.

Sweet score! Last year, I purchased many container pots at the thrift store priced between $1-6 and some of them were brand new.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Cwadda on March 04, 2017, 03:43:30 PM
Where do folks recommend for kitchen supplies? I'm looking for some pans, utensils, and a few plates. Are tag sales the way to go?
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Drole on March 04, 2017, 04:06:21 PM
Where do folks recommend for kitchen supplies? I'm looking for some pans, utensils, and a few plates. Are tag sales the way to go?

It really depends on your market. Nice pots at thrifts here are rare, so i'd say ask friends/family for extras or do garage sales. If you need new, Tuesday morning is having their next price reduction on clearance items sometime in march....there were some nice sets that will go to 60% off their price if I recall correctly. 

On dishes, find a cheap thrift. The cheapie near me sells random glassware 10 cents each and random dishes probably 25cents. I picked up a set of small bowls for $1, etc.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Dicey on March 04, 2017, 10:59:11 PM
Where do folks recommend for kitchen supplies? I'm looking for some pans, utensils, and a few plates. Are tag sales the way to go?
Estate Sales are the ticket, because unlike garage or tag or boot sales, which are highly curated, as they say in store closing ads, "Everything must go..."

Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Mr Mark on March 04, 2017, 11:28:17 PM
Found the 8-inch and 10-inch skillets that were missing from my Revereware set. Both were in excellent condition. $12 for the pair.

I'm always on the prowl for cast iron skillets in goodwill or second hand stores. Often get them for $1 or $2. Most people don't know how to derust/re-season them or even how to cook with them.

Use them to batch bake a load of pies (usually steak and kidney - yum) and freeze them in the skillet for later reheating - oven to freezer to oven to table!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Heckler on March 05, 2017, 07:38:35 AM
Mr Mark, how do you defuse a bad one?   We love ours and I'm about to tell the chef about freezing pies in the skillet. Love the freezer to oven track!  We need more $2 rusty old cast iron skillets!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: tomita on March 05, 2017, 08:16:24 PM
Found the 8-inch and 10-inch skillets that were missing from my Revereware set. Both were in excellent condition. $12 for the pair.

I'm always on the prowl for cast iron skillets in goodwill or second hand stores.


I read here about the revereware and was on the lookout (thanks ) and got 1 pot and 1 skillet ~ 8$ each; also got 2 lagostina stainless steel skillets also~$8 each,
we just cleaned them and are using them happily.

I'm impressed with the quality, the skillets handlebar is sturdy and the metal goes all the way to the end,   
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Mr Mark on March 05, 2017, 09:15:18 PM
Mr Mark, how do you defuse a bad one?   We love ours and I'm about to tell the chef about freezing pies in the skillet. Love the freezer to oven track!  We need more $2 rusty old cast iron skillets!

Easy! First get rid of any rust with sandpaper or even a wire brush thingy on a drill. Wash thoroughly and immediately dry well (else it will start to rust again almost instantly ).

Set oven to max heat. Put tinfoil underneath rack to catch drips. Coat skillets in lard. Just rub it all over. Then bake skillet for 2 hours. Turn off oven and let it cool. Repeat lard heat cycle (if necessary )

Your crappy rusty cast iron will now be shiny and black and non stick (oil it on cooking surface with olive oil before cooking first time). Don't put it in dishwasher ever. After use hot water and a brush should clean it fine.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: MrsTuxedocat on March 06, 2017, 08:15:36 PM
I went to sally ann and purchased these:

- $8.99 for a pair of super comfy work pants
- two t-shirts for work again, each were $3.99
- J-crew sweater, $6.99
- work out shirt for hubs, $3.99
- I also bought a dolphin cup for .99 (I couldn't say no)
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Tuskalusa on March 06, 2017, 09:45:18 PM
Stopped in the Goodwill this weekend with DS.  We purchased:

 - A Rip Stick for DS...the thing was brand new. DS has been wanting one to ride to school.
 - Reading glasses (also brand new...and super cute)
 - Shoes for a wedding

$36 for the haul. And these are all things we will use for a nice long time.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: RNwastash on March 06, 2017, 11:06:05 PM
Just bought a new Jones New York Dress and Talbots' pants new with tags for $4 each! SCORE!!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: jengod on March 07, 2017, 02:38:27 PM
Goodwill: Another Revereware (4 1/2 qt soup pot with lid), two board games, and the Golden Book of the American Civil War.

Library book sale: They were having a special on children's books, so for $1.20 I picked up 12 paperbacks including an Isaac Asimov history of science and Betsy-Tacy, which I am now reading to my 4yo since we just finished his last read-aloud.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: davisgang90 on March 08, 2017, 08:19:54 AM
I've gotten lots of great deals at our local goodwill.

My favorite was a solid wood desk with 6 locking drawers (had to buy a new lock for $10) for $30.  This thing is from the 1940s-50s, and is build like a wooden tank.

I plan to refinish it when I retire.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Drole on March 08, 2017, 07:37:45 PM
It's bulky trash here. Just got me an old school schwinn to fix up a bit. And then I saw some neatly packed bags with straws and plastic cups...perfect for son's b-day next month. Some other random items too....
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: life_travel on March 09, 2017, 04:13:00 AM
I lost my metal water bottle that I had for 4 years and incidentally found out that we have a second hand store 1 km away so what do I see when I get there ? Nice metal water bottle for $1.
They had 50% off on all clothes but I didn't want to buy just for buying sake so only one top for me for $1.50 :) however the main purchase was this gorgeous , almost new , white cotton bedspread that I'm still in love with . it's proving to be better quality for $7 than a new one I bought a couple years ago for $80.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: MrsTuxedocat on March 09, 2017, 06:23:21 PM
I lost my metal water bottle that I had for 4 years and incidentally found out that we have a second hand store 1 km away so what do I see when I get there ? Nice metal water bottle for $1.
They had 50% off on all clothes but I didn't want to buy just for buying sake so only one top for me for $1.50 :) however the main purchase was this gorgeous , almost new , white cotton bedspread that I'm still in love with . it's proving to be better quality for $7 than a new one I bought a couple years ago for $80.

Good finds! I also buy my water bottles from thrift stores. My best water bottle find is a brand new sigg water bottle for $3.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Hadilly on March 09, 2017, 10:05:21 PM
Recently bought a new sports bra and pretty Lucy shirt for exercise, as well as some really nice Athleta and Nike leggings. Can you tell I am upping my workout wardrobe on the cheap?

Tried to find new leotards for my kids but no luck. Yet.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Dicey on March 09, 2017, 11:17:48 PM
Found the 8-inch and 10-inch skillets that were missing from my Revereware set. Both were in excellent condition. $12 for the pair.

I'm always on the prowl for cast iron skillets in goodwill or second hand stores.


I read here about the revereware and was on the lookout (thanks ) and got 1 pot and 1 skillet ~ 8$ each; also got 2 lagostina stainless steel skillets also~$8 each,
we just cleaned them and are using them happily.

I'm impressed with the quality, the skillets handlebar is sturdy and the metal goes all the way to the end,
Hey, you Revere Ware discoverers! I grew up with that stuff, 'cause I'm from one of the cities where it was made. There were several factories around the country. If there's a city name stamped on the bottom, that's one way of telling if you've got the good, old stuff in your hand..

Anyway, my pro tip is to use lemon juice and salt to make those copper bottoms look brand new. Works like magic.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Cwadda on March 10, 2017, 11:41:56 AM
I am going to hit up the Goodwill and Salvation Army in my area this weekend to look for an old toaster and some silverware. I just got an apartment and don't want to buy a bunch of new stuff, creating more and more waste.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Stachey on March 10, 2017, 11:49:49 AM
It's 99 cent sweater sale today at the Sally Anns in Canada!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: sparkytheop on March 10, 2017, 12:24:52 PM
The Goodwill in my town is awful, everything is way overpriced.  Yesterday I was in "the big city" where they have a pretty decent Goodwill.  Turns out they *had* a pretty decent Goodwill.  Signs are gone, store is dark and empty. 
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: nara on March 10, 2017, 06:52:16 PM
I admit this thread got me hooked into shopping at Goodwill (I have never really been excited about thrift stores). On my last two trips I got a perfectly good bread machine for $12.99 that I have already used twice using MMM's whole wheat bread machine recipe, two designer sweaters for $6-$8, a new pair of designer jeans for $8 (they retail for $80 at Nordstrom's), and a brand new pair of muck boots for $19.99 (they sell for $26 brand new on Amazon-- so not the best deal). I want to go every weekend now!!!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: life_travel on March 11, 2017, 05:44:17 AM
Last Wednesday I stopped at the pet store to buy dog food and there's a second hand store next to it.

I stopped in just to see and found a pair of Express jeans for $7 in almost perfect condition and an Old Navy vest (think Marty McFly) for $6.  As I was walking to the register I remember seeing the 50% on merchandise every Thursday sign out front, so I quickly put the items back and went the next day. Got it all for $7. 

I took a gamble on the pieces not being there the next day, but I couldn't see paying full price just cause.  Luckily the store is on my way home, so no extra driving.
That's amazing !
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: bigalsmith101 on March 13, 2017, 12:25:59 PM
Dropped into the local thrift store and came out with a $2.99 harness for our dog. His last was torn up beyond feasible repair when he went a bit crazy during a bicycle ride.

Also got a sweet organizer for paper work as I transition into my new job which is 100% from home.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: MishMash on March 13, 2017, 12:57:49 PM
Got a first edition first print Harry Potter and the sorcerers stone for a buck this weekend.  Sells for a couple hundred online.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: ranjithfire2028 on March 13, 2017, 01:21:23 PM
I'm a fan of good thrift stores. Except for our couch, all of other furnitures are from thrift stores. Coffee table, end tables, office desk, office chair, wood bookstand, large armoire. I got them all for under $200, all in decent condition.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: tomita on March 13, 2017, 08:19:45 PM
SCORE:
patagonia sport bra
sugoi biking jersey
conrad C fancy shirt (like new)
sweater ( style &Co)
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all 21$
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: SweetLife on March 15, 2017, 07:20:26 AM
I am a Thrift Store shopper too !!! I have stopped going to Value Village altogether though I find the prices are so high now! Work our pants 12.99??? You can buy them new for that! Sweaters - 14.99??? Jeans are also over $10/pair ... so now I started going to the Salvation army and their prices are way more reasonable! Almost 1/3 of the VV prices.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: sparkytheop on March 15, 2017, 10:46:42 AM
After my quilt group on Mondays, I usually stop at the St. Vincent de Paul down the street.  Some days I get stuff, some days I don't (I always check their fabric section).

This time there wasn't any fabric I wanted, but I did find two pairs of dress pants for my son.  He is a harder fit for the store in town since he is tall, so I paid the full price of $5 each instead of waiting until their color of tag went on sale.  They were still a great deal compared to new prices though.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: MrsTuxedocat on March 15, 2017, 06:37:59 PM
I am a Thrift Store shopper too !!! I have stopped going to Value Village altogether though I find the prices are so high now! Work our pants 12.99??? You can buy them new for that! Sweaters - 14.99??? Jeans are also over $10/pair ... so now I started going to the Salvation army and their prices are way more reasonable! Almost 1/3 of the VV prices.

Agreed! I went to VV a few months back after many years of not going and thought the prices were outrageous.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Goldielocks on March 18, 2017, 11:50:49 PM
I am a Thrift Store shopper too !!! I have stopped going to Value Village altogether though I find the prices are so high now! Work our pants 12.99??? You can buy them new for that! Sweaters - 14.99??? Jeans are also over $10/pair ... so now I started going to the Salvation army and their prices are way more reasonable! Almost 1/3 of the VV prices.

Agreed! I went to VV a few months back after many years of not going and thought the prices were outrageous.
I agree that the prices are higher than elsewhere - but I went to my VV today, and man, a lot of the stuff is in much nicer condition for that extra 20-30% more cost.

I found two (TWO!) pairs of Clarks's shoes in my exact size, with only minor wear, no weird seam failures and no strange footbed wear in.     Note - both are black leather and the general style that I had been shopping online all week to find... not some weird purple pump or anything.

Of course, a light scarf, three t-shirts, a skirt and three like-new water bottles later.... I need to clear out my closet.  Get rid of shirts with holes and pants that don't fit.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Notasoccermom on March 19, 2017, 08:22:43 PM
I once found a brand new baby bjorn baby carrier. Retailed for $130. Thrift store wanted $15. Used it for 2 kids, and resold it for $50.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Dicey on March 20, 2017, 12:18:36 AM
Got a first edition first print Harry Potter and the sorcerers stone for a buck this weekend.  Sells for a couple hundred online.

I had no idea those books were skyrocketing in value.  Now I know to look for them.
Kind of embarrassed to ask this, but how can you tell it's a "first edition first print"?
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: SweetLife on March 20, 2017, 07:21:04 AM
I am a very picky clothing shopper! Even when I wasn't frugal, I could spend all day shopping at the mall and come home with nothing. I also own a business and feel the need to present myself in a way that doesn't come off as cheap. I buy lightly used designer clothing from Thredup.com. They have an under $15 section and they give $10 to new customers on their first purchase. They occasionally have 20% off coupon codes and free shipping on orders over $79. For my last purchase I got 8 designer sweaters for $10! It beats stinky grandma goodwill clothes IMO!

... tried to sign up for this Thred up ... unfortunately they won't let me as I am in Canada :(
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: SweetLife on March 20, 2017, 07:28:47 AM
Not being totally satisfied with the black pants I bought yesterday, and knowing that it would be helpful to have a 2nd pair of them, I hit Value Village today when I was in the neighbourhood of one.

Did much better with keeping myself to just a couple of items, but being VV instead of Sal Army, the price was not as good.  I did find a GREAT pair of black pants, like new condition, Ann Taylor brand.  They were $15 (compared to would have been price at Sal Army - $6).  Also got a gorgeous red cardigan/wrap type thing that I think I will wear often, and which will eventually likely take the place of a black cardigan/wrap type thing I have been wearing a lot of, and that is starting to look a bit worn.  $13 - also more than the same item would have been at SA.  Also found a fake blouse under a black cardigan thing that looked really nice on, and will be good for those days when I need to look professional but don't need to wear a clerical shirt.  That is a minor gap in my wardrobe that I'm happy to have something to fill in with, and for only $4.

Very disappointed in Value Village these days ... prices have gotten so high I won't be shopping there anymore. Salvation Army has the same goods at better prices (at least in Windsor area). And when I found out they give back so little I was pretty disappointed in their management (management makes big $$ gives only 5% of revenue to the cause...) sad really ... all donated stuff!


Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: SweetLife on March 20, 2017, 07:48:31 AM
Friday March 24 Salvation army stores have 50% off (and coupons on their website to print out) ... happy shopping. I have to work all day so will miss it lol...
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: sparkytheop on March 20, 2017, 11:04:54 AM
I can't find anything about the sale/coupons :(  Maybe it's just in Canada?
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: sparkytheop on March 20, 2017, 11:08:41 AM
I bought a foodsaver vacuum pack/sealer thing at SVdP recently ($5).  I get a lot of use out of the one I have.  I might leave one at work for a night when I do a lot of food processing (I love my job... )  I've brought in a big chunk of sirloin with the intent to cut it up and freeze it, then realized I forgot the bags or the sealer at home.  Did the same thing a couple weeks ago when I brought a few pounds of asparagus to blanch and freeze.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: BethAnnieT on March 23, 2017, 08:53:41 AM
My daughter (age 11) has recently started a business where she uses outgrown and thrifted clothes as fabric to make things. After going through her own box of outgrown clothing and using what was possible, we went to our local Thrift Town on a sale day; all clothes were 50% off, with some at 80% off.

We ended up with about 30 items of clothing all for about $45. But the big thing was that we found two 100% cashmere sweaters and an angora sweater. One cashmere was $5, one was $2, and the angora was $1. Personally I am doing "no new clothes for myself in 2017" self-challenge... but I might let myself wear that angora sweater once or twice before she cuts it up. And she has taken the orange cashmere for herself until she outgrows it.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Drole on March 23, 2017, 01:57:43 PM
My daughter (age 11) has recently started a business where she uses outgrown and thrifted clothes as fabric to make things.
Is she selling online or just in your community? Can you post pix? I'm trying to get my daughter started...right now we are starting to use dad's old button down shirts for making into drawstring bags for bday gifts. And i'll make this part of Homemade Xmas challenge too.  But other project ideas and ways to sell would be great!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: MishMash on March 24, 2017, 10:21:51 AM
Got a first edition first print Harry Potter and the sorcerers stone for a buck this weekend.  Sells for a couple hundred online.

I had no idea those books were skyrocketing in value.  Now I know to look for them.
Kind of embarrassed to ask this, but how can you tell it's a "first edition first print"?

On the title pages there is a chain of numbers down at the bottom, first runs are marked with 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 8 9/9 0/0 01 02  The numbers change with each printing.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Arktinkerer on March 26, 2017, 10:25:34 AM
Surprised nobody popped in with this song.  I like this cover better than the original...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDNR2eddQqc
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: MrsTuxedocat on March 26, 2017, 06:44:06 PM
Hehe, this is our spirit song.

Okay, so not the best deal because I bought the following items at a consignment store but each item was beautiful and good quality.

1). Lululemon pants $36
2). Bamboo flowy shirt $22

Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Hadilly on March 26, 2017, 09:49:26 PM
MrsTuxedoCat: I will join you in the expensive thrift purchases. Bought a gorgeous, shell pink Italian cashmere sweater yesterday for $50. New, I'm guessing it retailed $500+.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Dicey on March 29, 2017, 01:02:22 AM
Got a first edition first print Harry Potter and the sorcerers stone for a buck this weekend.  Sells for a couple hundred online.

I had no idea those books were skyrocketing in value.  Now I know to look for them.
Kind of embarrassed to ask this, but how can you tell it's a "first edition first print"?


https://www.abebooks.com/docs/harry-potter/hp-collecting-guide.shtml

Oh, thank you!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: LindseyC on April 01, 2017, 12:50:07 PM
I bought two identical frames at the thrift shop today for $5. I fell in love with the shape of them.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: SweetLife on April 03, 2017, 11:54:40 AM
Michael Kors purse at VV in Ottawa over the weekend ... $12 ... GORGEOUS!!!!

And my girlfriend and I found out it is possible to BARGAIN!!!! :) woop woop

Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: MrsTuxedocat on April 15, 2017, 11:48:00 PM
I have been trying to find a new dress for a wedding, and finally found one at a consignment store. It wasn't cheap, but pretty good quality and a beautiful coral colour. It was $35.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Drole on April 16, 2017, 08:02:08 AM
I have been trying to find a new dress for a wedding, and finally found one at a consignment store. It wasn't cheap, but pretty good quality and a beautiful coral colour. It was $35.

I read these and think how lucky I am......we've got 25-cents day at one store (too crazy that day so I usually go on 50-cents day), and then 3 other shops where they put on great sales (dollar day...etc).
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: paddedhat on April 16, 2017, 09:19:46 AM
http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/5798612.html

Here's one article to get you started. Do some googling about thrift store excess. Let go of the guilt.

I bought almost all my clothes from thrift stores while I was in grad school, and spent some time talking to the employees.  Every single one said they received far more donations than they could ever sell (even the tiny local ones!), and routinely dumped massive amounts of clothing to other dealers (rags, etc.).  If they physically can't move all their inventory, any purchase is better than no purchase.  And I've never noticed "lack of supply" as an issue in my local thrift stores.  I never feel guilty, and usually feel really good, about thrift store shopping!

Yeah they get way more than they can handle. I donate around the backside of my thrift store, and they have literally piles upon piles of stuff on their loading docks.
My wife had done some volunteer work at thrift in a poor rural area of Florida. She would literally show up before 8 AM, leave at 5 PM, bust her ass all day, along with at least one other person, and barely make a dent in the incoming supply of clothing. It was nothing to have a single donation of 6-7 stuffed 30 gallon garbage bags full of top quality clothes, some never used, with tags on. The store was an extremely successful non-profit, pumping almost a million dollars back into the local community every year. The clothing had three grades. Top grade headed straight to the racks in the store. Grade two went to local non-profits that helped the extremely poor and homeless, to be distributed for free. Grade three was picked up buy an NGO that shipped it to places like Haiti to be distributed for free.

 When it comes to "hurting the poor", everywhere that we volunteer is quite the opposite. Not only do the poor, rich and the rest of us, end up shopping at the same place, for great bargains, but thrift non-profits can pump shocking amounts of cash back into the community. A $6 tee shirt from Walmart might return a few cents into the local economy. A donated clothing article,  that sells for $4 at a thrift non-profit can put most of that cash right back into the community. I would rather see my money end up going to my local Habitat for Humanity project, or homeless outreach, that ending up in the hands of the Walton family ,as they stockpile their billions.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: nouveauRiche on April 16, 2017, 08:35:45 PM
Hear, hear.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: MBot on April 16, 2017, 08:54:56 PM
http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/5798612.html

Here's one article to get you started. Do some googling about thrift store excess. Let go of the guilt.

I bought almost all my clothes from thrift stores while I was in grad school, and spent some time talking to the employees.  Every single one said they received far more donations than they could ever sell (even the tiny local ones!), and routinely dumped massive amounts of clothing to other dealers (rags, etc.).  If they physically can't move all their inventory, any purchase is better than no purchase.  And I've never noticed "lack of supply" as an issue in my local thrift stores.  I never feel guilty, and usually feel really good, about thrift store shopping!

Yeah they get way more than they can handle. I donate around the backside of my thrift store, and they have literally piles upon piles of stuff on their loading docks.
My wife had done some volunteer work at thrift in a poor rural area of Florida. She would literally show up before 8 AM, leave at 5 PM, bust her ass all day, along with at least one other person, and barely make a dent in the incoming supply of clothing. It was nothing to have a single donation of 6-7 stuffed 30 gallon garbage bags full of top quality clothes, some never used, with tags on. The store was an extremely successful non-profit, pumping almost a million dollars back into the local community every year. The clothing had three grades. Top grade headed straight to the racks in the store. Grade two went to local non-profits that helped the extremely poor and homeless, to be distributed for free. Grade three was picked up buy an NGO that shipped it to places like Haiti to be distributed for free.

 When it comes to "hurting the poor", everywhere that we volunteer is quite the opposite. Not only do the poor, rich and the rest of us, end up shopping at the same place, for great bargains, but thrift non-profits can pump shocking amounts of cash back into the community. A $6 tee shirt from Walmart might return a few cents into the local economy. A donated clothing article,  that sells for $4 at a thrift non-profit can put most of that cash right back into the community. I would rather see my money end up going to my local Habitat for Humanity project, or homeless outreach, that ending up in the hands of the Walton family ,as they stockpile their billions.

While I'd find it difficult to argue that shipping used clothing overseas is always a good idea, I completely agree on what was done with Grade 1 and 2 clothing here. Thrift store shopping and donating may be a stopgap solution to our wild overabundance and fast fashion cycles, but why not do as much as we can in the meantime?
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Arktinkerer on April 17, 2017, 12:03:32 PM
Just took care of son's prom tux!  Several thrift stores for the various parts.  Did give in on the shirt--got it at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon though.  Total for prom outfit <$25.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: MrsTuxedocat on April 17, 2017, 09:23:38 PM
I have been trying to find a new dress for a wedding, and finally found one at a consignment store. It wasn't cheap, but pretty good quality and a beautiful coral colour. It was $35.

I read these and think how lucky I am......we've got 25-cents day at one store (too crazy that day so I usually go on 50-cents day), and then 3 other shops where they put on great sales (dollar day...etc).

I know -- I feel kinda ridiculous posting it here. However, I have been trying to find a wedding dress since the New Year and it is lovely.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: KJ on April 18, 2017, 06:36:08 PM
Here in Australia these shops are called Op shops.  A lot of people I know shop at them and not only if you don't have much money, but to recycle, reuse, re-purpose.

One girl I know buys jewellery at Op shops and makes them into other jewellery.

I recently spent $6 on six items from the $1 rack, which is a rarity, and I have a book addiction and so I buy a lot of books there too.  One of our local shops has the majority of their clothes for $2, it is the only one in our area to do so.

Our son is now 19 and volunteered in an Op shop for a couple of years when he was at school and after for a bit too and knows he gets more bang for his buck there when he needs something.  He doesn't have a lot of money and is careful what he spends it on, he is happy to spend more money on things he really wants and is important to him but he always researches his prices and often buys second hand.

I do know some people who despite not having a lot of money, will not shop in Op shops and laugh at those of us who do.  However, they have said "oh but you are rich", NOT, they don't understand that we don't spend on always going to the movies, eating out, buying clothes new, buying expensive groceries. 

We don't do those things so we can have the money to do things that are important to us, like travel and live out of town on our little acreage, and enrol in courses for further education.

Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Drole on April 19, 2017, 10:55:45 AM


Our son is now 19 and volunteered in an Op shop for a couple of years when he was at school and after for a bit too and knows he gets more bang for his buck there when he needs something.  He doesn't have a lot of money and is careful what he spends it on, he is happy to spend more money on things he really wants and is important to him but he always researches his prices and often buys second hand.


This is such a good idea...need to remember this idea for my kids.  Not just the shop there side of things, but volunteer and really get the message delivered..  :-)
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: jengod on April 19, 2017, 06:48:09 PM


Our son is now 19 and volunteered in an Op shop for a couple of years when he was at school and after for a bit too and knows he gets more bang for his buck there when he needs something.  He doesn't have a lot of money and is careful what he spends it on, he is happy to spend more money on things he really wants and is important to him but he always researches his prices and often buys second hand.


This is such a good idea...need to remember this idea for my kids.  Not just the shop there side of things, but volunteer and really get the message delivered..  :-)

Yes this is a very good idea. There is a weird little charity junk shop near our house that loves students who need "volunteer hours." I will work on getting my kids in there so they can see a little of the arbitrage that is consumer products business.

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.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: KBecks on April 23, 2017, 03:36:42 PM
Inspired by FrugalParagon, I made my way to my favorite goodwill to look for black pants.  However, I never made it to the pants rack.  Instead, I found 7 summery tops, a pair of shorts, infinity scarf and a Nike pair of boys pants for $32 with my 25% birthday month discount.  Woo! Average $3.20 / item.  Nice!   Now I have to go through my things and unload or throw away some of my grungier / less flattering stuff.   

I still need a nice pair of pants.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Selah on April 25, 2017, 10:13:06 AM
I've been thrift store shopping since I was in elementary school. My parents divorced when I was very young, and my mother moved me across the country. Therefore, I'd fly out to see my father every summer. He would always load me down with books and gifts to take back, so we'd go to a thrift store and buy a $3 suitcase to load up. When I got back home, we'd just donate the suitcase again.

I rarely, if ever, buy new "nice" clothes anymore. I can't afford what I like, unless I find some real gem at the thrift store...and I always do. I have donated many thrift store purchases, hence doubling the benefit for the store. When I was out of work and very depressed, I took free computer classes at my local Goodwill. The staff there were friendly, positive, practical, and supportive, and helped me find a new job and get back on my feet.

I've also decorated my home and equipped my kitchen with a LOT of thrift store bargains: small appliances, table linens, serving bowls, chargers, crystal candlesticks and flower vases, and wonderful art for my walls. I think I've purchased one thing at a department store (a particular high-end bra) in the last five years!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Dicey on April 29, 2017, 10:48:39 AM
Just took care of son's prom tux!  Several thrift stores for the various parts.  Did give in on the shirt--got it at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon though.  Total for prom outfit <$25.
HL sells clothing? Specifically formalwear? WTH?

We only have one in our area and it's easy to avoid, primarily because I despise their politics. "Oh, we love our employees, we treat them just like our own family" to the public, followed by  "If you don't give us what we want, we'll just shut our doors" to the Gubmint. Hypocrite assholes.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Rural on April 29, 2017, 05:18:20 PM
 Today I bought one pair of larger pants and many* long tunic-style shirts to cover a multitude of sins for under $15.  Thrift store summer wardrobe  win, diet fail. :-)


*  not quite sure how many at the moment, but at least five, maybe as many as seven.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: MMMaybe on April 30, 2017, 04:57:25 AM
I haven't actually been shopping at any thrift stores recently. But I've been doing well on eBay and have bought 2 new but heavily discounted pairs of the Gap Long and Lean jeans (discontinued in the UK). 

I have been picking up quite a few pairs of lightly used or new linen trousers as well for our upcoming move back to Asia. (its hard to buy a good selection of Western sized clothes there so I tend to buy in bulk). Most excitingly, I found 2 pairs of a discontinued style I used to have, which always looked great and didn't crease :)

I am thinking of going into a charity shop in a wealthy part of London next week to see if I can score any great deals. Am inspired by you all!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: pbkmaine on April 30, 2017, 06:58:26 AM
I just found a lovely Chico's patchwork lightweight velvet jacket in tones of green, blue and black at Goodwill. Perfect for a cool evening.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: PMG on April 30, 2017, 07:41:36 AM
I recently bought a (new!) bikini at goodwill.  My partner commented that the color didn't suit me nearly as well as the ones I had tried on in the regular shops.  When I told him this one cost $5 versus the $50+ of the other ones he quickly decided he loved the color... and sang a song about it...
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: nouveauRiche on May 01, 2017, 06:24:15 AM
"Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie <insert color here> Bikini"?
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: PMG on May 01, 2017, 08:11:00 AM
more like "red is my favorite cooooolorrrrr"
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Warlord1986 on May 01, 2017, 08:51:09 AM
The guy I'm seeing gave me a lamp so I have light in my apartment. Then we went to the thrift store and I bought a lampshade for $3.89. I intend to make it pretty. Maybe give it an ocean theme? IDK, but it was less than $4 so who cares if I mess it up? I get to be artistic!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: meghan88 on May 01, 2017, 09:03:45 AM
Our thrift stores here are just awful.  I went to the Salvation Army on Saturday and found a cheapo plastic 5 lb dumbbell.  Thought it was .99 cents but when I got to the cash, turns out they wanted 6.99.  I can get new, better weights at Fitness Depot for $1/lb.  The clothing selection was sad and overpriced, and the furniture, dishes and other things were all overpriced and tacky (the worst kind of tacky).
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: MrsTuxedocat on May 01, 2017, 03:25:12 PM
That's how I feel about the VV around here.

I tend to find better stuff at local thrift stores and last week I found:

- one pair of black levis jeans for the hubs
- one nice short sleeved shirt for me

Altogether ten bucks, score!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: misshathaway on May 02, 2017, 09:29:15 AM
Our thrift stores here are just awful.  I went to the Salvation Army on Saturday and found a cheapo plastic 5 lb dumbbell.  Thought it was .99 cents but when I got to the cash, turns out they wanted 6.99.

That is horrible! You could buy the whole Somerville, Massachusetts store for $6.99.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: bigalsmith101 on May 02, 2017, 11:13:55 AM
It's a hit and miss at my thrift store lately. They'll put ANYONE on pricing duty for incoming donations, so it makes things frustrating. Especially when I'll see similar items vary by $10 (from $5-$15), within a two week span. Just yesterday there was a nice zippered vest made by Exofficio, which is a top of the line outdoor clothing manufacturer, it was priced at $15. Right next to it was a very nice Marmot brand down vest. $10... The Marmot vest is more expensive at retail, was nicer, and was priced 33% lower... Get your shit straight people!

As it were, I have become very attached to the trackpad (mouse) on my MacBook laptop. But I recently moved to a wireless keyboard, and realized I was missing all of the functions I used regularly. I hopped on eBay and Amazon, only to find that Apples wireless Trackpad is $100, and the new model is $129. HOLY CRAP! Then I decided to look on Offerup.com and found a guy 10 miles away selling a brand new never opened first generation model for $35. I offered him $30, he accepted, and picked it up 25 minutes later.

I'm using it now, and reveling in the 70% discount I achieved. Success.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Drole on May 02, 2017, 12:54:18 PM
I made a detour into one of the nicer thrifts that gets great stuff (maybe consignment), prices pretty high, but puts on really good sales.

Found these matching fancy pants vintage twin comforters. 50% off. So $15 total. But best I can tell, they are that awesome old down. I'll probably open one up to take a peaksee. I've been keeping an eye out for down ones for a couple of years.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: pbkmaine on May 02, 2017, 05:51:19 PM
I made a detour into one of the nicer thrifts that gets great stuff (maybe consignment), prices pretty high, but puts on really good sales.

Found these matching fancy pants vintage twin comforters. 50% off. So $15 total. But best I can tell, they are that awesome old down. I'll probably open one up to take a peaksee. I've been keeping an eye out for down ones for a couple of years.

Down washes beautifully, by the way. I put my down pillows through the washer and dryer and they come out nice and fluffy.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Arktinkerer on May 06, 2017, 11:40:03 PM
Just took care of son's prom tux!  Several thrift stores for the various parts.  Did give in on the shirt--got it at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon though.  Total for prom outfit <$25.
HL sells clothing? Specifically formalwear? WTH?

We only have one in our area and it's easy to avoid, primarily because I despise their politics. "Oh, we love our employees, we treat them just like our own family" to the public, followed by  "If you don't give us what we want, we'll just shut our doors" to the Gubmint. Hypocrite assholes.

Yes.  They sell them in the back.  Not sure what the craft connection is.  They sell a few other clothing items--mostly intended to be decorated.

Other comment is off really off topic.  They seem very sincere in their religious beliefs.  They don't require employees to embrace their beliefs but will not disregard their religious convictions.  Kind of similar to the Epic FU money stories thread.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: GoingToMaine on May 08, 2017, 10:52:39 AM
My closest thrift shop is a bit hit or miss, but I have found a few fantastic deals there.  I found some brand new synthetic hiking shirts with the tags still on them for like $3 each.  I scope out art supplies and such there too.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Dicey on May 09, 2017, 06:36:19 PM
Just took care of son's prom tux!  Several thrift stores for the various parts.  Did give in on the shirt--got it at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon though.  Total for prom outfit <$25.
HL sells clothing? Specifically formalwear? WTH?

We only have one in our area and it's easy to avoid, primarily because I despise their politics. "Oh, we love our employees, we treat them just like our own family" to the public, followed by  "If you don't give us what we want, we'll just shut our doors" to the Gubmint. Hypocrite assholes.

Yes.  They sell them in the back.  Not sure what the craft connection is.  They sell a few other clothing items--mostly intended to be decorated.

Other comment is off really off topic.  They seem very sincere in their religious beliefs.  They don't require employees to embrace their beliefs but will not disregard their religious convictions.  Kind of similar to the Epic FU money stories thread.
I like to think of them more as loosely related rambles ;-). I see your point, but the people they were threatening to jettison in favor of their beliefs were the very employees they claim to care so much about. One more wonderful thing about being FIRE, and having FU money.
And now back to our regularly scheduled programming...
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: anonymouscow on May 11, 2017, 07:16:27 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.

I know this is a reply to an old post, but this seems like an all too common misconception.

The profit from thrift store sales goes back into the community. You are helping the poor, not hurting them, every time you shop at the thrift store.


Thrift stores around here are getting more expensive. There is still one where I can average a dollar a piece of clothing, I think the last time I went I got 12 shirts for 12 dollars. I can't bring myself to spend 4 dollars on a shirt so I've stopped going to many of them. For non clothing items I skip everything up front, it is always over priced, and go to the back. Some places also have flat rate, some varies, some a mix. The place that has 4 dollar shirts also had all jackets something like all priced at 6.95, so you could still find a deal if it was a nice coat.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: nouveauRiche on May 12, 2017, 10:56:28 AM
Not only does thrift store shopping help poor people, it also cuts down on waste:

"Most Americans are thoroughly convinced there is another person in their direct vicinity who truly needs and wants our unwanted clothes. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Charities long ago passed the point of being able to sell all of our wearable unwanted clothes."

"The Quincy Street Salvation Army builds a completed wall made of 18 tons, or 36 bales, of unwanted clothing every three days. And this is just a small portion of the cast-offs of one single Salvation Army location in one city in the United States."

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/fashion/2012/06/the_salvation_army_and_goodwill_inside_the_places_your_clothes_go_when_you_donate_them_.html

Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: geekette on May 12, 2017, 11:08:10 AM
I volunteer at a thrift store (for a cat adoption charity).  We get bags and bags of clothes, only some of which we put out for sale (we have a rather small space).  The rest go to another thrift store (for people) where my mother volunteers. They have a LOT of room, but still, much of the donated clothes get baled and shipped overseas.

What really sells well in our store is kitchenware, inexpensive jewelry, kids toys/stuffed animals, and shoes (which surprised me).
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Rosy on May 12, 2017, 08:42:01 PM
Our thrift stores here are just awful.  I went to the Salvation Army on Saturday and found a cheapo plastic 5 lb dumbbell.  Thought it was .99 cents but when I got to the cash, turns out they wanted 6.99.  I can get new, better weights at Fitness Depot for $1/lb.  The clothing selection was sad and overpriced, and the furniture, dishes and other things were all overpriced and tacky (the worst kind of tacky).
Same here, but more due to being picked over by the local apostolics who are there every, single, day. As opposed to a lack of good items. Every now and then there is really good stuff, but finding it requires a lot of luck.

Yup, that's what I'm dealing with, the prices are outrageous - don't people know how much a new bed or dressser or couch costs? Used to be you could find a chair for $5 - no more.

I quit going, when I found they no longer had any books ... because all they have now is one narrow wall of books, displayed in such a way that you can't reach half of them if you are 5'1"  - the rest is a hap hazard mix of partially upside down titles. Most of them in poor shape and at least 20 or more years old. Last time I was there, they had a total of ten romance books - 7 of them Amish or religious in some way.
Thank goodness I'm close to two libraries where I can order titles or read on line.

Our Goodwills are overrun by buyers all day long, nice for them and hopefully for the community, but not so great for those of us who shop there, because we are poor and are actually trying to set up house ... as I once was forced to do. Goodwill was the only place close enough to walk to. I didn't know the area, had no car and forget about bus service.

I have found good deals in the past like a 99 cent coffee grinder or nice glasses, but sifting through the kitsch, now that I have what I need is not my idea of fun.
Clothing - forget it, I have neither the patience nor ever any luck finding something that I would actually wear, like when they had several brandnew London Fog raincoats, not one of them in my size. 
I was tempted to buy them anyway for re-sale, but then I chickened out - thinking about the hassle of it all.

Half the people that shop there these days are re-sellers hunting for bargains, the other half seems to have endless time to shop there all the time. It's mindboggling - when did it become so hard to find a good Thrift store? We've got plenty in the area, but I've stopped going - unless you make it your hobby and perservere - it simply is no longer my cup of tea.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Hadilly on May 12, 2017, 11:45:05 PM
Rosy,
That sounds really annoying.  Could you start thrifting in another area?

Last night I was in Goodwill buying some more shorts for my child and poked around the bag section. Found a really pretty red Coach bag, quasi bucket, for $23. It will be fun for summer.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Goldielocks on May 13, 2017, 12:18:40 AM
I volunteer at a thrift store (for a cat adoption charity).  We get bags and bags of clothes, only some of which we put out for sale (we have a rather small space).  The rest go to another thrift store (for people) where my mother volunteers. They have a LOT of room, but still, much of the donated clothes get baled and shipped overseas.

What really sells well in our store is kitchenware, inexpensive jewelry, kids toys/stuffed animals, and shoes (which surprised me).

I am having such a hard time with shoes.   Yes, I can get a pair sometimes for under $10 if I am lucky from one store, but those are super-casual cheap shoes for running around doing errands / washing the car, etc.

The other store with a nicer selection with lots of quality brand names, is just as difficult -- so many shoes look great, and feel great, but then there is a hidden defect and they only last 2 weeks.. usually a split side seam.  One pair just completely delaminated the top finish, and another pair (I paid $24 for three days ago) is obviously about do to the same (Bass shoes with a metalic finish).  At least I noticed today, and will return them tomorrow.

Shoes when new are very expensive here!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: dreams_and_discoveries on May 13, 2017, 08:51:08 AM
Where I am (outer London) I find it very hit and miss - have got 7 great dresses in the last few weeks for something like £30, but I've also had loads of wasted trips, somewhere things didn't fit and sometimes not even found anything I want to try on.

I'm loving the Cancer Research Shop lately, their pricing structure is £1/£2/£3 - for everything, had a great Spring coat for £3, and lots of decent dresses. Other places seem much more expensive in comparison, one wanted £12.50 for a dress, and some price Primark stuff (a really cheap brand) at not much more than you'd pay for them new.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Dicey on May 13, 2017, 12:35:09 PM
Our thrift stores here are just awful.  I went to the Salvation Army on Saturday and found a cheapo plastic 5 lb dumbbell.  Thought it was .99 cents but when I got to the cash, turns out they wanted 6.99.  I can get new, better weights at Fitness Depot for $1/lb.  The clothing selection was sad and overpriced, and the furniture, dishes and other things were all overpriced and tacky (the worst kind of tacky).
Same here, but more due to being picked over by the local apostolics who are there every, single, day. As opposed to a lack of good items. Every now and then there is really good stuff, but finding it requires a lot of luck.

Yup, that's what I'm dealing with, the prices are outrageous - don't people know how much a new bed or dressser or couch costs? Used to be you could find a chair for $5 - no more.

I quit going, when I found they no longer had any books ... because all they have now is one narrow wall of books, displayed in such a way that you can't reach half of them if you are 5'1"  - the rest is a hap hazard mix of partially upside down titles. Most of them in poor shape and at least 20 or more years old. Last time I was there, they had a total of ten romance books - 7 of them Amish or religious in some way.
Thank goodness I'm close to two libraries where I can order titles or read on line.

Our Goodwills are overrun by buyers all day long, nice for them and hopefully for the community, but not so great for those of us who shop there, because we are poor and are actually trying to set up house ... as I once was forced to do. Goodwill was the only place close enough to walk to. I didn't know the area, had no car and forget about bus service.

I have found good deals in the past like a 99 cent coffee grinder or nice glasses, but sifting through the kitsch, now that I have what I need is not my idea of fun.
Clothing - forget it, I have neither the patience nor ever any luck finding something that I would actually wear, like when they had several brandnew London Fog raincoats, not one of them in my size. 
I was tempted to buy them anyway for re-sale, but then I chickened out - thinking about the hassle of it all.

Half the people that shop there these days are re-sellers hunting for bargains, the other half seems to have endless time to shop there all the time. It's mindboggling - when did it become so hard to find a good Thrift store? We've got plenty in the area, but I've stopped going - unless you make it your hobby and perservere - it simply is no longer my cup of tea.
I can't quite put my finger in what bothers me most about this post, but a lot does.  For starters, what do you expect the store to do for you? You seem very critical of everything they and their customers do. Perhaps it might be possible to adjust your expectations rather than expect them to change. If their prices are too high, perhaps you could check to see when their sales and discount days are and only shop then. Introduce yourself to the manager and be nice to everyone who works there. Treat them nicely and you might be surprised at the information that flows your way.

Another way to adjust your expectations is to simply reset them. Let's say that 10% of the female population is your height. Wouldn't it make sense that only 10% of their inventory would fit you? Since too long can be cured easily (unlike if you're tall and something's too short), surely there's at least another 10-20% that would work with simple alterations. If you go in expecting that no more than about 25% of what they have could potentially work for you, you're more likely to be pleased at the available options. Same with the books. Once you've befriended the staff, you could let them know that it's really hard to shop the upper level books and politely ask if there's some way to solve the problem, so you can buy more of their wonderful books.

Speaking of books, they can only sell what is donated to them. Slamming them for not having the types of titles that you want kinda sounds like you have a rather strong sense of entitlement. Ah, there's the word I was seeking! Rather than looking at the good this store does in your community, you only seem to care about how they are failing you personally.

That's about as gently as I can phrase this. If that sounds harsh, I apologize. I sincerely hope I have provided food for thought.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Drole on May 13, 2017, 02:35:38 PM
Someone posted about their son working in a thrift. I thought it a splendid idea and talked to a friend who runs a shop. We volunteered today for about 4 hours. Sorted through 3 bins of toys, put like items together and bagged them for sale. She then got to help price them (got to use the pricing gun) and put them out for sale. I think it was a pretty fantastic experience for a 7 year old. She then picked out one bag for her and one for her brother and we got the volunteer discount. :).   So thanks to whomever gave me the idea.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Goldielocks on May 13, 2017, 03:06:13 PM
Our thrift stores here are just awful.  I went to the Salvation Army on Saturday and found a cheapo plastic 5 lb dumbbell.  Thought it was .99 cents but when I got to the cash, turns out they wanted 6.99.  I can get new, better weights at Fitness Depot for $1/lb.  The clothing selection was sad and overpriced, and the furniture, dishes and other things were all overpriced and tacky (the worst kind of tacky).
Same here, but more due to being picked over by the local apostolics who are there every, single, day. As opposed to a lack of good items. Every now and then there is really good stuff, but finding it requires a lot of luck.

Yup, that's what I'm dealing with, the prices are outrageous - don't people know how much a new bed or dressser or couch costs? Used to be you could find a chair for $5 - no more.

I quit going, when I found they no longer had any books ... because all they have now is one narrow wall of books, displayed in such a way that you can't reach half of them if you are 5'1"  - the rest is a hap hazard mix of partially upside down titles. Most of them in poor shape and at least 20 or more years old. Last time I was there, they had a total of ten romance books - 7 of them Amish or religious in some way.
Thank goodness I'm close to two libraries where I can order titles or read on line.

Our Goodwills are overrun by buyers all day long, nice for them and hopefully for the community, but not so great for those of us who shop there, because we are poor and are actually trying to set up house ... as I once was forced to do. Goodwill was the only place close enough to walk to. I didn't know the area, had no car and forget about bus service.

I have found good deals in the past like a 99 cent coffee grinder or nice glasses, but sifting through the kitsch, now that I have what I need is not my idea of fun.
Clothing - forget it, I have neither the patience nor ever any luck finding something that I would actually wear, like when they had several brandnew London Fog raincoats, not one of them in my size. 
I was tempted to buy them anyway for re-sale, but then I chickened out - thinking about the hassle of it all.

Half the people that shop there these days are re-sellers hunting for bargains, the other half seems to have endless time to shop there all the time. It's mindboggling - when did it become so hard to find a good Thrift store? We've got plenty in the area, but I've stopped going - unless you make it your hobby and perservere - it simply is no longer my cup of tea.
I can't quite put my finger in what bothers me most about this post, but a lot does.  For starters, what do you expect the store to do for you? You seem very critical of everything they and their customers do. Perhaps it might be possible to adjust your expectations rather than expect them to change. If their prices are too high, perhaps you could check to see when their sales and discount days are and only shop then. Introduce yourself to the manager and be nice to everyone who works there. Treat them nicely and you might be surprised at the information that flows your way.

Another way to adjust your expectations is to simply reset them. Let's say that 10% of the female population is your height. Wouldn't it make sense that only 10% of their inventory would fit you? Since too long can be cured easily (unlike if you're tall and something's too short), surely there's at least another 10-20% that would work with simple alterations. If you go in expecting that no more than about 25% of what they have could potentially work for you, you're more likely to be pleased at the available options. Same with the books. Once you've befriended the staff, you could let them know that it's really hard to shop the upper level books and politely ask if there's some way to solve the problem, so you can buy more of their wonderful books.

Speaking of books, they can only sell what is donated to them. Slamming them for not having the types of titles that you want kinda sounds like you have a rather strong sense of entitlement. Ah, there's the word I was seeking! Rather than looking at the good this store does in your community, you only seem to care about how they are failing you personally.

That's about as gently as I can phrase this. If that sounds harsh, I apologize. I sincerely hope I have provided food for thought.

I came back to this thread to post about a negative experience I just had.  I used a coupon and was able to find a "steal" of a long sleeve light merino wool t-shirt for about $6.   I can tell what others don't like about it -- fits too tight (it is meant to fit like long underwear, but was in the t-shirt section), and the neck opening is tight to get on.   I almost did not purchase, then thought what great replacement it was for my ski gear, how I had almost bought one before christmas at retail, and bought it.   Until i got home, of course, and discovered 6 small holes (in the front / belt area and the sleeve).   Could not see them under the lights, and I guess that is my biggest peeve, is damaged goods that often have a pretty high price tag on them, for used,  that you buy then can't return due to store policies or distance.  This shirt at non-coupon price was $12, after all, for what the pricing person likely just assumed to be a t-shirt.

Then of course I read the posting above, and it made me feel 100% different.   I do think that buyers combing the stores offer a service to us because they post them online with filters that make it easier for me to find.  Yes, the $35 purse I bought is now re-posted at $45 plus $15 shipping, but I can find it online versus lots of effort at the thrift store.  I have likely been assumed to be such a buyer because I bought ALL the kitchen tray organizers one time from the store.   Except I was buying them to give to 7 different refugee families that had newly arrived here.   

My biggest challenge is buying too many clothes, many of which are good, but not that "one essential piece", but because the price is so low, I justify it if I can wear an item even three or four times.   Regular priced clothing, I figured out that I needed to wear each piece at least 30 times to get my money's worth.

There is no "$1 / $2/ $3" here, unless you go to the run down ones that sell by the pound.  But i am ok with being able to quickly sort through the $5-$9 t-shirts, and go on the 50% off sale when possible.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: nouveauRiche on May 13, 2017, 04:48:00 PM
.... Until i got home, of course, and discovered 6 small holes (in the front / belt area and the sleeve).   Could not see them under the lights, and I guess that is my biggest peeve, is damaged goods that often have a pretty high price tag on them, for used,  that you buy then can't return due to store policies or distance. 

I would blame this on the people donating to the stores, not on the people who work there. 

Well-meaning people want to get rid of their stuff & get a tax deduction so they dump things at the thrift store in any condition.  I'm embarrassed to admit I have done that in the past.  Then I talked to someone who volunteered as a sorter at a Goodwill-type store.  When she described the condition of the clothes they were sorting, I felt like a tool.  Needless to say, I don't donate stuff in bad condition anymore...
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: PMG on May 13, 2017, 04:53:56 PM
I still donate stuff in poor condition to places that I know recycle fibers. I often try to bag it and label it as such.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: paddedhat on May 13, 2017, 06:50:45 PM
The wife is doing a few days a week of volunteering in a Mennonite thrift store in a very conservative area full of Amish and Mennonites. She has some pretty funny stories to tell while dealing with books. Apparently, there are two grades of Harlequin romance books. Who knew, right? One series is geared toward the general public and more of an anything goes type of steamy erotic story line. These CANNOT end up on the showroom floor, too racy. There is another series of tamer, more religious ones that are suitable for the clientele. The old Mennonite ladies who sort them can spot a racy one from a mile away. They are quickly disposed of, LOL.  There is also a whole genre of Amish romance novels that are tame enough to resell, and FLY off the shelves. It's common, in the book section of the store, to find Amish ladies giggling, while loading up on stacks of the Amish love stories.

I suggested that my lovely wife should be generous and think about donating her paperback "Fifty Shades" collection. That might twist a few bonnets.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: nouveauRiche on May 13, 2017, 07:01:02 PM
I still donate stuff in poor condition to places that I know recycle fibers. I often try to bag it and label it as such.

Good idea.  Thx.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Stachey on May 14, 2017, 04:11:27 PM
50% off yesterday at Sally Ann so I got:

3 blouses
3 t-shirts
1 purse

All for $17
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Goldielocks on May 14, 2017, 11:45:08 PM
.... Until i got home, of course, and discovered 6 small holes (in the front / belt area and the sleeve).   Could not see them under the lights, and I guess that is my biggest peeve, is damaged goods that often have a pretty high price tag on them, for used,  that you buy then can't return due to store policies or distance. 

I would blame this on the people donating to the stores, not on the people who work there. 

Well-meaning people want to get rid of their stuff & get a tax deduction so they dump things at the thrift store in any condition.  I'm embarrassed to admit I have done that in the past.  Then I talked to someone who volunteered as a sorter at a Goodwill-type store.  When she described the condition of the clothes they were sorting, I felt like a tool.  Needless to say, I don't donate stuff in bad condition anymore...

I know except here, the bad condition stuff gets sorted for rags and fiber processing, and they still get some money per lb for it.... so better to dontate the holes than throw them away.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: KBecks on May 15, 2017, 06:03:03 AM
I've read about fiber processing but need to find if our Goodwills do it.   Do most Goodwill locations?

I love this thread and feel blessed that we have a great Goodwill and several other secondhand and thrift stores around.  On Saturday I continued to buy my growing boys pants in the next size up. We should have enough now for summer, and the cost compared to new is wonderful.  I found several items in great condition, and I am trying to be careful to buy things only that they will really like. 

I also love when I wear things from Goodwill.  I sometimes have whole outfits that are thrifted except for the undies, socks and shoes.   I guess I really love buying secondhand, avoiding the malls, etc. etc.   Oh yes, and buying for under 40% of the brand new prices!  Sometimes much less.

I am currently wearing a beautiful printed tank top that has a tiny hole.  The hole is tiny.  No one is staring at where this hole is, and I might wear a jacket or sweater over the tank, too.   No worries.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Dicey on May 15, 2017, 06:04:47 AM
.... Until i got home, of course, and discovered 6 small holes (in the front / belt area and the sleeve).   Could not see them under the lights, and I guess that is my biggest peeve, is damaged goods that often have a pretty high price tag on them, for used,  that you buy then can't return due to store policies or distance. 

I would blame this on the people donating to the stores, not on the people who work there. 

Well-meaning people want to get rid of their stuff & get a tax deduction so they dump things at the thrift store in any condition.  I'm embarrassed to admit I have done that in the past.  Then I talked to someone who volunteered as a sorter at a Goodwill-type store.  When she described the condition of the clothes they were sorting, I felt like a tool.  Needless to say, I don't donate stuff in bad condition anymore...

I know except here, the bad condition stuff gets sorted for rags and fiber processing, and they still get some money per lb for it.... so better to donate the holes than throw them away.
Stopped laughing long enough to FTFY. Hee. Still laughing.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Goldielocks on May 15, 2017, 09:47:06 AM
Dicey..  How about this..

...better to donate the holes than nothing.....



(now I am giggling).   Grammar aside, you made me ask philosophically, "What is the difference between a "hole", and "air"..., and "nothing"?   A hole is the absence of something, bounded by that thing.   So a hole can not exist unto itself, but must be bounded /defined to exist, therefore the thing that bounds it must also be part of the concept of a hole....?   Otherwise it would just be "air" and have no meaning separate from "Air"... ..  ad nauseum.


Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Dicey on May 15, 2017, 10:01:16 AM
Goldie baby, donate the holes made me think of donut holes and who doesn't like some yummy donut holes with a nice side of alliteration?
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Lis on May 15, 2017, 12:51:53 PM
When I was a graduating senior, my mom took me to Macy's to help me pick out my first interviewing suit. The total cost for a matching blazer/pants set and new shirt was ~$40, which isn't horrible for new at Macy's, but it was $40 to a poor college kid. Fast forward a few months when I get a job and now need business appropriate clothes... hit up Goodwill and spend $40 on a ton of business appropriate outfits - basically a whole new wardrobe.

I need "new" business shirts soon, and maybe a "new" dress or two. I think it's time to hit my Goodwill soon!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Goldielocks on May 15, 2017, 08:56:22 PM
Goldie baby, donate the holes made me think of donut holes and who doesn't like some yummy donut holes with a nice side of alliteration?

Hear hear!

Donut holes are much better than nothing!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Drole on May 17, 2017, 07:59:51 PM
Found some items on my list today.

Carryon bag for daughter. It's not perfect bc it weighs a lot as it is a rolling duffle with backpack conversion option. $4

Bike helmet for son: $1

And then I spent another $11 on random other things.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: geekette on May 17, 2017, 08:59:13 PM
I volunteer at a tiny thrift shop, and my mother volunteers at a large one.  Right now we have no room to put out winter clothes (and no one's interested in buying them either).  We've been sending all sweaters, long sleeved shirts, coats, jeans, etc., to the large thrift store. 

While they're certainly larger, they can't store much either, so most of it goes to someone who buys bags of clothes for $.05/lb (and ships them off to Africa, from what my mother hears).  If you have nice stuff you want to go out into the local community, see if you can hold on to it until fall.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: jengod 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.

"Buy used and save the difference."
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: meadow lark 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.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Rural 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.



Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: misshathaway 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.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: tomita 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

Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: meadow lark 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!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: robartsd 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.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: AnnaGrowsAMustache 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!

Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Lis 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.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: doublethinkmoney 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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Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Travis 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.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Travis 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.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: geekette 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.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: FamilyGuy on June 08, 2017, 11:19:42 AM
I prefer thrift stores mostly for furniture items. I usually get great deals and good quality.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: dreams_and_discoveries 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.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: KBecks 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. 
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Alf91 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.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: bigalsmith101 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.

YES!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Gggirl 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.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: MrsTuxedocat 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.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: pbkmaine 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.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Dicey 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.

Here's the beauty of being FIRE: a friend has been diagnosed with ALZ. She and her husband are moving into assisted living, closer to their kids. They sold their home of 37 years very quickly. I offered to help and now I'm running their Estate Sale this weekend. As in, start today and be ready to go by Friday. Oy, it's gonna be a lot of work. Good news is they liked to entertain, so I'll be able to find more things for the September event at good prices. Yay??
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: PMG 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.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Travis 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.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Frankies Girl 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...

Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Dicey 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!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: bigalsmith101 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!

Thrifty in-laws? Success!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Dicey 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.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Drole on August 23, 2017, 06:11:35 PM
I went to one of my favorite super-cheap thrift stores today. Bought a few things, nothing extraordinary (unless of course you want some Justin Bieber holiday wrapping paper!...hello, funny holiday gifts!) On my way home, I stumbled across a "giveaway sale."  I actually found three items on my buy list (waffle maker and soap dispensers).....as well as a bit more....so I think I'll be posting a few items to sell on the local sale group.  :-) 
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: PMG on August 24, 2017, 06:40:36 PM
I've got a few super deals in the past week for things that were on the list and I've already been wearing. 

2 pairs of dress pants for 20 cents each (to replace my favorite pair I left in a hotel room)
1 pair of new leather, low healed ankle boots, $4.50 (hoping they'll be better for long distances than what I have currently)
4 work shirts ranging from 1.75 to 4.25 - (to replace one I left in a hotel room and one that got a hole and one that shrank funny)
1 new fitted tshirt 20 cents - replaces a hand-me-down teeshirt that developed a random hole

Also claimed one of my boyfriend's belts for my own.  Been checking thrift shops all summer for a medium width simple leather belt.  Maybe I should have checked the men's section?  Boyfriend's belt is perfect.  - tossed 3 crappy belts.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: hops on August 24, 2017, 06:54:16 PM
My fiancee recently found her wedding dress at a thrift store for $60. It was 50% off day, and a sales tax holiday, so we paid $30 for what was originally a $500 dress. Not too shabby!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Chesleygirl on August 24, 2017, 07:33:03 PM
My fiancee recently found her wedding dress at a thrift store for $60. It was 50% off day, and a sales tax holiday, so we paid $30 for what was originally a $500 dress. Not too shabby!

I found my "dream gown" in a thrift shop once. Only I'd already gotten married 6 months earlier. :(

This was a gorgeous, silk taffeta, European style gown, very high quality by looking at the details and stitching. I would have had to lose 10 pounds to fit in it, but I would have (had I seen the gown before I got married).
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Dicey on August 24, 2017, 09:33:10 PM
Today I found a new in package, Double 12 Dominoes, complete with accessories for Mexican Train, enclosed in a "Heavy Duty, Ostrich-Textured* Leatherette Case with Snap Closure" for $8.00, which is a high thrift store price, but brand-new, so cheap gift for someone who loves to play Mexican Train.

*I know what ostrich looks like, and this ain't even close, but hey, new. Also the dominoes are really heavy and the little trains are cute.

The other thing I bought, at a consignment store this time, was a "performance" jacket for my sister. It's a fancy-schmancy athletic wear brand, complete with tags, so I splashed out and paid $15.75 for it. She's very particular about colors, so this box is checked for Christmas. That plus a $1.00 book from the Library Book Sale and she's all set.

Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Goldielocks on August 24, 2017, 09:46:55 PM
Well, I just learned that Mexican Train dominoes is supposed to have actual little train pieces.   Who would have thought it?
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Dicey on August 24, 2017, 10:35:08 PM
In every set I've ever seen, the train pieces have holes so they can be threaded on a string. I'll bet they can be found where beads are sold...Yup, just googled it and Amazon and Etsy offer them. Who knew, indeed.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Trudie on August 25, 2017, 11:15:37 AM
I just found Fiesta Ware bowls, 50 cents apiece.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: MMMdude on September 18, 2017, 02:23:27 PM
I really dislike shopping but it was time for some "new" clothes as our work now allows jeans some days and I don't really have anything between slob and 'business casual'.  Anyways after applying a 30% coupon, for 40 bucks I got three dress shirts (kenneth cole, banana republic and CK), three sweaters and one long sleeve casual thing.

Retail of all that - assuming during a sale - would easily be couple hundred bucks.

Nice to know that i shouldn't have to buy anything for at least a year and a half.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: BAM on September 18, 2017, 06:33:14 PM
Just made a trip on Saturday. Found a skirt and a heavy winter jacket for my 10 year old DD, 4 pairs of snow pants for kids that needed them, a pair of rain boots for the two year old that likes mud, 5 mini stuffed animals for my kids collections (okay that was a splurge) and 6 books that we'll use for homeschooling for $40.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Kitsunegari on October 31, 2017, 08:28:36 AM
A cashmere winter scarf for $3.50 and a pima cotton sheet for $2. The pima sheet feels like silk, it's glorious.

My problem with thrift stores is that they raised my expectation over stuff. I lived for years happy with cotton blend sheets, but I got linen and pima cotton at Goodwill, and I love them so much that when they'll be too old and worn out I'm not sure I can just go back to the basic... I'll probably spend a lot more on the good stuff I got accustomed to.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Drole on November 01, 2017, 11:10:19 AM
Saw this in the thrift store today.  Thought folks here might like it too. 
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Warlord1986 on November 01, 2017, 12:06:54 PM
Borrowed Mad Max: Fury Road from the library. Decided to go as a sexy Nux for Halloween. Bought black pants and a white shirt for $8 total from the thrift store. (I also got make up for a lot more, but it's been years since I bought make up so I'm not that upset). I made his mates Larry and Barry from balled up old handkerchiefs.

The costume was a hit.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: MrsTuxedocat on November 13, 2017, 05:00:42 PM
- Found a nice summer dress for $6.99. This will be great for the office in warmer months.
- I also bought a really pretty peacock blue Banana Republic merino wool sweater for $6.99.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Gin1984 on November 13, 2017, 05:07:18 PM
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.
I am very jealous, what brand by the way?
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: gggggg on November 14, 2017, 12:25:07 PM
I didn't read this whole thread, so someone may have mentioned it but.... Men's suits and sportcoats are an excellent deal at thrift shops. Most have hardly been used, and they usually have a nice selection. I bought a nice ralph lauren suit for like $20 last time I was at my local store.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Rural on November 15, 2017, 07:21:23 PM
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.
I am very jealous, what brand by the way?


Unclear. It has heat and shiatsu massage, but the tag is missing.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Dicey on November 29, 2017, 12:06:51 PM
I didn't read this whole thread, so someone may have mentioned it but.... Men's suits and sportcoats are an excellent deal at thrift shops. Most have hardly been used, and they usually have a nice selection. I bought a nice ralph lauren suit for like $20 last time I was at my local store.
Lol, just hopped over to share a similar tale. DH has tons of jackets (thrifted or work related) but nothing dressy. His nicest fleece doesn't always cut it. I found a beautiful hip-length dress coat for him at GW for $12.99 yesterday. It was so beautiful and so perfect on him that I didn't even wait until today, Senior Day, to buy it. It's worth the 25% premium.

BTW, it's black, of course, but the lining is a brilliant red. Just thinking of it as I type this makes me smile.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: meghan88 on November 30, 2017, 04:04:32 PM
Lol, just hopped over to share a similar tale. DH has tons of jackets (thrifted or work related) but nothing dressy. His nicest fleece doesn't always cut it. I found a beautiful hip-length dress coat for him at GW for $12.99 yesterday. It was so beautiful and so perfect on him that I didn't even wait until today, Senior Day, to buy it. It's worth the 25% premium.

BTW, it's black, of course, but the lining is a brilliant red. Just thinking of it as I type this makes me smile.

Ahhh ... nothing like a great buy for the sig-O.  Congrats!

I've posted in this thread about how truly shitty our thrift stores are here, so I've had to give up on them. There really is no hope at all of finding anything at all.  HOWEVER, I happened upon a Mountain Warehouse liquidation space in the local mall this past fall, and I got my Sig-O a fantabulous waterproof shell for $7.  It was 80% off.  It's a nice dark blue-gray-green, and it replaces a 25-year old awful thing with rips and stains.  I treated myself to a $35 lined, waterproof-breathable (gore-tex equivalent), rated "Extreme" 3/4 length jacket to replace a really old REI jacket that I've been using for winter biking.  Thing is, I'm still using the REI because I can't bring myself to subject the new one to the type of use and abuse I dish out.

Small victories.  I am envious of everyone else's thrift store finds, and I'm hoping that after FIRE in two years, the thrift stores in Montreal are just as good as they used to be before we moved here.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: accolay on December 02, 2017, 09:37:12 AM
Over the last year I've picked up four vintage (pre 1960s) cast iron pans and fixed them up. Seems like the blacker caked on burnt grease, the longer they'll be in the store. I'm quite enjoying the results after restoration and using them after seasoning.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: meghan88 on December 02, 2017, 03:03:54 PM
Over the last year I've picked up four vintage (pre 1960s) cast iron pans and fixed them up. Seems like the blacker caked on burnt grease, the longer they'll be in the store. I'm quite enjoying the results after restoration and using them after seasoning.

I have two old cast iron skillets that I love.  They have a smooth inner surface, quite unlike the ones you can buy today.  The sides of the large pan are a bit built up with gunk - how do you remove it?
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: ACyclist on December 02, 2017, 03:06:10 PM
I do like thrift store shopping.  Some of them have a pungent smell that I have trouble dealing with.  That smell doesn't always seem to wash out of certain fabrics.  When I do shop thrift, I am very choosy.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: accolay on December 02, 2017, 08:08:37 PM
Over the last year I've picked up four vintage (pre 1960s) cast iron pans and fixed them up. Seems like the blacker caked on burnt grease, the longer they'll be in the store. I'm quite enjoying the results after restoration and using them after seasoning.

I have two old cast iron skillets that I love.  They have a smooth inner surface, quite unlike the ones you can buy today.  The sides of the large pan are a bit built up with gunk - how do you remove it?

Yeah...love that smooth surface!

The internet told me to soak them in lye/water mix. It works, but can take time depending on the amount of grease. Soak-scrub-soak-scrub. Some people apparently put them in the oven on the clean cycle...but others suggest the high heat can damage the pans. Also be careful with using them over electric stoves or something. Some also use electrolysis to get rid of any rust.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: sparkytheop on December 03, 2017, 05:30:10 PM
I've also heard of people getting rid of the crud by spraying it with oven cleaner, putting it in a garbage bag, and setting it in the sun for a few days.

E-tanks and the lye/water mix is also used by some.  High heat/fire cleaning is not recommended because it can damage the cast iron.

I love my cast iron, and my favorites came from a local thrift store.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: accolay on December 03, 2017, 07:02:57 PM
I tried that garbage bag trick once and it didn't touch the burnt on stuff. With a couple of pans, even the lye took a very long time to loosen the crud.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Drole on March 03, 2018, 12:50:32 PM
So I took the kids to the thrift store rummage sale.....

Spent about $40 total. Best find: nearly new knock off instant pot for $8.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: AnnaGrowsAMustache on March 03, 2018, 03:48:57 PM
Just got a brand new stylish work top, tags still on, from a mid-high end store, 100% silk for $2.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: LindseyC on March 06, 2018, 08:01:45 AM
I have a funny find. Two plastic dinosaurs for $1.99. I am making them into succulent planters as lots of people have done online. I am a huge Jurassic Park fan and thought this was a good way to celebrate the awesomeness of dinosaurs. I am spray painted them last night so I need to check them today to see how they turned out once dry.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: kei te pai on March 07, 2018, 01:57:23 AM
Today I found a 4m length of soft mossy green viyella type fabric for $4, and a kimono style dressing gown patterrn 50c. Thats tomorrows project, and goodbye to the disintegrating relic I have worn for the last 10+ years!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Roadrunner53 on March 07, 2018, 05:16:38 AM
This was not a thrift store find but when I cleaned out my Mom's home after she passed she had an old clay type jug with a lid on it full of change. It came to the house and sat for maybe a year till we decided to count up all the change in our house, hers included. So anyway, the jug was a light teal color with some light hairline spider cracks in the paint. I kind of liked the color but the whole thing was kind of ugly. I didn't want to throw it out because it was Mom's. So it sat for a while and I decided I wanted to paint it. I looked for that teal color but couldn't find the exact color. So one day at Walmart I found a darker turquoise color and right away I knew it was THE color! My Hub painted it and it is gorgeous! It has a little shine to it too! I absolutely love it. So my point is, you might find an ugly duckling at a thrift store, but a little spray paint can do miracles!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: PoutineLover on March 07, 2018, 07:31:58 AM
Where I live thrift stores are super popular so they're a bit pricy, but some decent deals can be found. I got a pair of leather boots for 15, my sister bought almost the same pair new for 140. Also found a pair of dance shoes in great condition for 10, they would have retailed over 100. Both were mislabeled as the wrong size, so maybe that's why they hadn't been scooped up earlier.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: DrumAllDay on March 07, 2018, 09:24:53 AM
Purchased a bread machine for $1.50. I have been using it weekly for two years and it's still going strong!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Dicey on March 07, 2018, 11:27:28 AM
Couple of weeks ago, i saw a high dollar men's sweater in new condition at my fave thrift store. It's a fancy Italian brand I recognized from my Nordstrom days. It had a shawl collar and I didn't know if DH would like it. It was $14.00, so I passed. Yesterday, I found it on the $1.00 clearance rack, plus it was 10% off your entire purchase day. Ninety cents was a risk I was willing to take. DH likes it and looks so handsome in it. He didn't take it off, but wore it for the rest of the evening, with the "expensive" $14.00 price tag hanging from the sleeve. Funny guy.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: rosarugosa on March 07, 2018, 12:45:31 PM
I just scored a pair of like-new Merrell walking shoes for $10. at Savers, and they were something I needed.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Drole on March 07, 2018, 05:54:42 PM
We are headed to the northeast in a couple of days. Needed ski/snow clothes for us/kids. Found 3 pairs of kid ski pants at the thrift for 50-cents each. Boots for me for about $5. Not my style but they are warm and will do. Boots for DD for 50-cents. 

Now I have to find some reasonable gloves/mittens.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Tuskalusa on March 07, 2018, 11:18:11 PM
Our coffee pot died this morning. It gave out after working hard for 10 years. Replacement was not optional. Nice stainless steel replacement for $13 at Goodwill. No gaps in morn8ng coffee, thank my lucky stars!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: MrsTuxedocat on March 08, 2018, 12:09:19 AM
I went to a new consignment store and found a lovely pair of maternity work pants and maternity work shirt for $12.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Warlord1986 on March 08, 2018, 10:10:29 AM
Got a brand new Ann Taylor skirt with the tags still on it. $4.75.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Dicey on March 08, 2018, 01:27:06 PM
Couple of weeks ago, i saw a high dollar men's sweater in new condition at my fave thrift store. It's a fancy Italian brand I recognized from my Nordstrom days. It had a shawl collar and I didn't know if DH would like it. It was $14.00, so I passed. Yesterday, I found it on the $1.00 clearance rack, plus it was 10% off your entire purchase day. Ninety cents was a risk I was willing to take. DH likes it and looks so handsome in it. He didn't take it off, but wore it for the rest of the evening, with the "expensive" $14.00 price tag hanging from the sleeve. Funny guy.

I decided to wash said sweater today and found the original price tag inside. The actual price had been clipped. I'm sure it was a gift to someone who didn't like the collar. What a waste for some poor soul, but so glad it isn't me!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: tomita on March 10, 2018, 03:49:41 PM
sweaters are 2$ this weekend and I got 6 of them.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Drole on March 11, 2018, 07:18:20 PM
We are headed to the northeast in a couple of days. Needed ski/snow clothes for us/kids. Found 3 pairs of kid ski pants at the thrift for 50-cents each. Boots for me for about $5. Not my style but they are warm and will do. Boots for DD for 50-cents. 

Now I have to find some reasonable gloves/mittens.

These purchases have been awesome.....snow is knee deep. Kids change from wet snow pants to dry ones and I can actually get out there in my boots and $1 ski pants (an earlier thrift purchase).
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Candace on July 02, 2018, 11:09:53 AM
So stoked. I stopped in at my local thrift shop to look for some hanging-around-the-house-or-exercising shorts. Not only did I find three cute pairs, but I also got three dresses! One is like new, one has the tags still on, the third is in fine shape, and they all fit and flatter. I'm somewhat picky about fit, so it's doubly great to find all this stuff at once. Grand total after rounding up to make a donation: $32. That's pretty extravagant as far as thrift shop prices, but I'm so excited anyway.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: jeninco on July 03, 2018, 02:33:27 PM
Y'all are a bad, bad influence.

I read through this thread yesterday, and "randomly" stopped by my friendly neighborhood Salvation Army yesterday.  ("Randomly" as in "I got on my bike with a backpack and rode over there...")

For $10.80, I got an athletic top (the tank style, with a built-in bra, which was the only thing I really needed), a pretty skirt WITH POCKETS! (OMG, I am so freakin' tickled with this! And it's got tons of cool embroidery and detail that I would never sew into a skirt I make!) and a somewhat-dressy sleeveless top.

The third top, though it sounds the least exciting, went under the sewing machine this morning and now fits me without my bra showing. (I took up the shoulder seams about 3/4 inch on both sides.) It's got a cool pattern, and looks adult-y and is some synthetic silky material that doesn't touch me in very many places -- perfect for the hot part of summer. I am wearing it now, with some shorts I collected for $5 or so a few months back...

Now to remove the stinky-est tank top from my dresser...
(I swear, I soak them in enzyme solution every couple of months, and they still get incurably stinky. Any suggestions?)
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Cwadda on July 05, 2018, 11:24:58 AM
Anyone been to Plato's Closet? I bought $290 retail worth of athletic wear for $75 last week. Under armor hoodie, brand new adidas shorts, university sweatpants, really nice name brand stuff all discounted.

I love thrift shopping!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Rural on July 05, 2018, 09:23:46 PM
My doctor has been pushing me to get an ergonomic split keyboard, but I've hesitated because of cost and because I've not been able to find a backlit one and have trouble seeing a black keyboard in the evening. Today I found an old MS Natural for 99 cents. It's in perfect working order, all keys working and still readable, and it's white.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Dicey on July 06, 2018, 10:35:46 AM
My doctor has been pushing me to get an ergonomic split keyboard, but I've hesitated because of cost and because I've not been able to find a backlit one and have trouble seeing a black keyboard in the evening. Today I found an old MS Natural for 99 cents. It's in perfect working order, all keys working and still readable, and it's white.
Score!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: jengod on July 07, 2018, 12:43:57 AM
My middle kid is OBSESSED with human body books. Found a very cool human anatomy poster for him today, already framed.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: MrsTuxedocat on July 10, 2018, 08:07:37 PM
I am currently pregnant and have bought most of my hospital bag/maternity clothes from the thrift store. At my last venture I found:

- Super cute cat pjs in a larger size
- A soft thin robe, it looked brand new
- A striped maternity shirt, brand name too!
- A beautiful maroon maternity shirt
- A large pair of leggings
- A pair of cheapie yoga pants to wear

All of this was $44, but I had a $10 off coupon because I donated my old clothes. It's a win -win situation!
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: 10dollarsatatime on July 12, 2018, 08:50:07 PM
I always hunt thrift stores for antique canning jars.  I love they way they look in my pantry with chalkboard labels filled with dry goods.  Anyway, a couple of days ago I FINALLY found an H over A jar.  I've been looking for one of these for years, but also refuse to pay more than $1 for a jar.
Title: Re: Thrift Store Shopping
Post by: Tiniest Stache on July 13, 2018, 06:24:26 AM
Hey all. I think one person has mentioned this already but I got my wedding dress in a charity shop earlier this year. There are a few shops in the country where I live that specialise in bridal/occasion wear. I was never going to buy new for something I'd wear for one day. It's was €150 and I did need it taken up so an extra 80 for alterations. It's the most expensive dress I've ever had but still nothing compared to the grotesque thousands that it seems like the majority of women spend here.
Also, it was simple and beautiful and I looked like a bride and we're now married so great success all round!