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Here we are…my first blog carnival! I thought it would be fun to share our thrift store finds with everybody. My rules are pretty loose: it can be a thrift store, a resale or consignment shop, or even a garage sale. The items just need to be used, meaning not purchased at the original store. I know that Goodwill often has unused items from Target, or that you might find something with tags still on. It still counts if it was purchased second-hand.
I go to thrift stores pretty much every week. Sometimes several times. There are a number of them in my vicinity and I just pop in when I’m out and about. I try to be fairly picky, in that I don’t just scoop up armfuls of stuff just because they’re a dollar each. I look for things I like and can use and are in good condition.
I’ve even given gifts that were purchased second-hand. Just last week I gave my stepmom eight monogrammed Pottery Barn napkins for her birthday. They were $.50 each and she loved them! I also keep an eye out for new-in-package items to have on hand for birthday parties.
I have a vague dollar amount ceiling. It just exists in my head, and is different for each item. When I see something I like, I evaluate the marked price and decide whether I want to spend that much on it or not. A couple months ago I saw a cool bread tin at Goodwill, something like this one:
At the time I thought it might actually be a vintage one (it looked well-used). GW’s price was $25, probably not bad if it was indeed vintage, but too much for me, so I passed it up. It just depends on the item, and to a certain extent the dollar amount in and of itself. It would be very rare for me to spend $25 on anything at a thrift store.
Though I went to a number of different stores, all of these were found at the same Goodwill, different times.
- large, sturdy wicker basket $3. Also had a $6 sticker on it and the girl gave it to me at the lower price. I wouldn’t have paid $6.
- one 84” tabtop panel and matching valance, $4 each. Same store that sold me a pair of Pottery Barn panels for $4. Sometimes it depends on who’s ringing you up. These are for Skippy’s room.
- Hardcover Amy Tan novel $1 (recommended, good read)
- vintage Boy Scout handbook $.70 (c. 1980, which doesn’t sound vintage to me, but was nearly 30 years ago!) Thought this would be neat for the males in my household, all scouts either past or present.
How about you? What goodies did you find?Links are closed for this post...please come back next Thursday Mar. 26 for another chance!
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