Category Archives: Thrifting

Super Cheap | Beginning of Fall Haul

As y’all know, I am not a big fan of paying full price for clothing. I’d rather spend my resources on memory preservation and experiences (i.e. going to the movies with my favorite family AND buying beautiful metal prints of my favorite photographs).

Back in the day when I realized that I only wear about 20 percent of what’s in my wardrobe, I said to myself, “Girl, why in the WORLD would you spend that much on something that’s just going to be hanging in your closet for years unused? Duh.”

But at the same time, I did need a few tops for fall. I hope the weather will begin to change soon. And honestly, I don’t have tops for cooler temperatures.

The few tops I can still wear for late summer that I regularly sport day after day have grown thread bare. (Ooh. I hope I spelled threadbare correctly. Is that one word or two? Anyway…). So, with still plenty of room in my closet after a huge de-clutter, but not a lot of cash, I headed to one of my favorite thrift stores.

It’s the one where my 85-year-old father-in-law shops only when he needs something and only on the days when everything’s on sale for 25 cents.

That’s right. 25 cents!

So I purchased eight tops today—one for my hubby, one for my teenage son, and the rest for me. Total price before tax was $2.00.

Here’s a video of me showing off one of my tops with someone’s initials on it. Don’t know what the initials are, and I don’t care.

Okay. Gotta go do laundry!

I’ll post more photos of the haul later, and some furnishings I found that I need for my growing photography business.

Stay cheap!


Top Five Thrifting Strategies

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My husband recently  reminded me that the first words our son read out loud as a toddler were, “thrift store.” That’s because back then, I’d have him on my hip  (my son, not my husband)  as I searched from one thrift store to the next to find bargains, including toys and kiddie couture. Back then, I shopped because I was bored. Now, I have to thrift because my budget is tighter than it was when I was a ramen-noodle-eating college student!
So here are my favorite thrift store shopping tips. You can thank me later:
Tip #1: Get there early
There’s nothing wrong with getting to the store early and waiting in the parking lot while sipping a cup of coffee. The early bird catches the worm and all. This works at thrift stores, but also is key if you prefer yard sales.
Tip #2: Head to the rear

Once inside, head to the back of the store immediately. Just like at a full-price retailer, sale and clearance items are usually in the rear. I’ve snagged a couple of good bargains this way by not dilly-dallying at the front of the store trying to figure out what the discount color of the day was.

Tip#3: Peek in the donations area

If you spot something being hauled in as a donation, don’t be afraid to ask the manager to price it for you. This doesn’t work at Goodwill as much as it does at smaller, church-sponsored thrift stores. It helps if you already have a rapport with the store’s staff. The lady who manages my favorite thrift store has seen me often enough, that we’re practically friends. More than once, she’s priced and sold something to me before it hits the sales floor.

Tip #4: Search high and low
Don’t ignore items placed on the very bottom shelves, the top shelves above eye level, and tucked behind other items. Doing so might require a few deep knee bends, but you’ll never know what you might yield this way. Also, be on the lookout for items placed in the wrong section and likely discarded by someone who changed their mind about purchasing it.
Tip #5: Ask to receive
I’ve never been shy about asking for a discount. Don’t neglect to ask which days are senior, military,  or student discount days. You can often save 10 to 20 percent off of already low, low prices this way.
All in all, I use one or more of these tips each time I visit the thrift store. I also remain focused on securing only what I need, such as the dutch oven I purchased recently to replace the one I burned trying to cook oatmeal. I am a horrible cook, but, hey, that’s another blog post…or maybe not.
Happy thrifting!

Another Fabulous Find!

I found this industrial-style table at my favorite thrift store. A whopping $18.00. I sold my previous dinette set for $45, so I have a new table and money for a manicure! It was set up at its bar height, but it twirls down to a regular standard dinette table height.When I was struggling to place it in my cart, the cutest little four-year old came up to me and ask, “Hey, lady. Whatcha buying that for?” I told him I needed it for my kitchen. Then his mom looked at it, and suggested that I unscrew the top from the base, making it easier for me to place it in the cart and subsequently transport it in my car. I love smart people! I do have two chairs I can use with it, but I think I’ll be on the lookout for two upholstered chairs to “soften up” the look. I have a lot of hard lines and metal in this space, and I think the contrast would be nice. At least that’s what I’m thinking a classically trained decorator would say.