Today, I set out to find some deals for my Ebaying and got a bicycle, a home hair dryer, a double-sided easel, lots of clothes, a Baby Bjorn infant carrier, and a truck for Bubba. I spent $70. I'll let that sink in.
At any rate, shopping at thrift stores is a whole lot of fun and it saves you a ton of money. Just remember a few simple rules:
- Go Early. Try to go during the week because stores do get busy on the weekends and you might miss the good stuff if you wait until Sunday afternoon.
- Shop with a purpose. If you're looking for pots and pans, then have something in mind that you want. Otherwise you'll buy the first thing that looks good. And it probably won't boil an egg.
- Consignment stores are not thrift stores. The merchandise is usually all of a certain type (children's wear, evening wear, etc.) and the prices are higher to ensure both the store and consignee make a profit.
That's it. Pretty simple. Also, if at all possible, shop thrift stores that contribute to a nonprofit. My favorite store is the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store because proceeds go towards the construction of Habitat homes within the community. They also have some really good deals -- like spacesaver microwaves for $50. No, they're not in new condition but it's not a store that specializes in new goods. That would be a department store or Target. The Re-store even has building materials like tile and interior doors at a deep discount!
So, please consider purchasing items from your local thrift store. We all have junk but you know how the saying goes: one person's trash is another person's good buy.