Friday, May 01, 2009

I love me some thriftin'

With this unbelievable economy, there has never been a better time to hit the thrift stores. I love thriftin' - but it has to be a good deal. I am amazed lately at some of the prices I have seen. $4.99 for a used kids' t-shirt? Ummm, this is a THRIFT store. Give me a break. I can buy a NEW shirt for $4.99. At the "Underground Target" I can a buy new clothes for $3.00. Upstairs, at the "normal" Salvation Army, on Fridays and Saturdays, kids clothes are $1.00. Sometimes there is nothing whatsoever that I would want to purchase. Sometimes there are great finds. Here are some of the things I have gotten the past few visits. Again, all of these items cost $1.00 each.

I dropped this down on the floor and it landed just like this, and then Abby laid down next to it :)
For Olivia, a like-new snowsuit, Target brand
a Tommy Hilfiger sweater
For Patricia, a GAP sweater
and a fleece pullover
For Philippe, a Ralph Lauren Chaps sweater
and a really nice lined rainjacket from GAP
My advice to novice thrifters is check for stains, holes, tears in seams. You never know why that item ended up there in the first place. My mom loves to do mending (!!), so if I do find something that needs mending, I still get it, but if you don't sew or know someone who does, I wouldn't. My mom can even fix pretty bad holes in knit sweaters, so that is helpful, too. I don't know how she does that...
My other bit of advice is to learn what days are the "right" days to go. Tuesday is senior discount day at SAVERS and so my mom and I go together and I pay her back for the purchases. Some stores have other pricing discounts like "today all yellow tags are 50% off" so you look for items with yellow tags. Nearly all the clothes the kids wore while we were in Haiti were from the thrift store and I even bought some items for Lee and I so we had things to wear that weren't "favorites" since we knew we'd be spraying bug spray all over, sitting on the floor, etc.
If you are a reader, stop going to Borders and Barnes and Noble. There are ALWAYS tons of books for all ages. I have stopped shopping at the thrift stores who forgot that they are thrift stores. I know the ones who often have good things at THRIFT store prices and I go there. And when I feel the desire to "shop", I head there instead of the mall. It is way more exciting to pay a $1 per item, especially when times are so tough and money is so tight. Have fun! Let me know if you find any goodies!

11 comments:

Greg's Wife said...

What great finds, Dawn! This makes me want to go thrifting! But the ones around here are ALL the kind that forgot they are thrift stores. They are still good for books, though. And sheets!

Kathy C. said...

It always cracks me up to see a ratty shirt at thrift for $3 when I just got the same thing on the Walmart clearance rack new for $1.99.

kayder1996 said...

Yep, laughing at the $4 thrift store shirts! I've even gotten shirts at a regional chain called Herbergers for under $4 new and Herbergers is not a discount chain it's a department store. That said, I refuse to pay large amounts of money for kids clothes (or my own generally speaking). They grow so fast plus they ruin stuff so easily. (Kenson has decided he really likes to suck on the collars of his shirts-gross! It stains the collars when he does it.)

kb said...

We love thrift stores too! We'll even drive 40 minutes to the "good" ones and make a day of it!
Unfortunately, Jenae has outgrown most of the clothes I have saved for her. But, I've been able to share them with nieces and friends' kids.

Bill and Christina said...

I too love the thrift stores! WE have been blessed truly though. My dad does clean outs in houses and he always calls me when he finds clothes. I bring them home wash them(of coarse with detergent and vinager, vinager is a natural disinfectant, or odoban if I have it) and then keep what I can use and distribute what is left to family and friends and then beyond that people at church. But at the thrift store it is the thrill of the hunt for the best price!

Christina

Lena Wright said...

I love thrift stores too, and garage sales. And of course, Walmart clearance racks. You found some great deals...cute stuff!

Denise said...

:)

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

Nothing beats a good deal

Lisa said...

our favorite is 'Unique' in Burnsville. They have EVERYTHING! I'm ruined for retail!

Lee said...

Yeah, I've got to stop telling people how little I paid for stuff. The end-of-season stuff in Albertville at the outlets is always a treat. I just got four long-sleeve t-shirts (leightweight and cute colors) for layering at the Children's Place outlet for $2/each. Paying full price for any clothing item is against my religion!

AmyO said...

Great shopping Dawn! I'll have to check out this underground soon ;0)

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