I am linking up with Kelly's Korner to show off your favorite thrift store finds!
I am a thrifty shopper.I am constantly telling Derek that he is lucky I am addicted to thrift shopping and not retail shopping. I love to find deals, and I almost get a a rush when I find something in great shape, for a good price and is name brand. Mostly I shop for clothes when I thrift shop, but I also looks for toys and home decor as well.
I would say I go to Goodwill at least one time a week. During the summer months, we are garage sale rats. We love to go as a family and garage sale. I know. Just last weekend look at our haul for $35!
crock pots, tupperware brand items, pink victoria's secret, keen, etc. I love it!
My sons' closets are, I would say, 80% thrifted clothes. Now that Dane is older, I really do not find much in his size anymore. I also frequent the gap outlet located about 45 minutes away in Topeka as often as I can, and that is where I get a lot of the boys' clothes because they end up being just as cheap/cheaper than target or wal-mart. I also love TJ maxx for Dane's clothes. I don't really ever find much there in Knox's size or my size, but I have bought workout clothes there.
One thing I never buy new anymore are jeans. I can find my favorite brands (I love American Eagle because I am so short and they have short length that fits me perfectly).
I bought these for $6.99 and had them altered to fit me for $10. $17 isn't bad for Silver brand jeans!
I always buy Derek's work jeans from Goodwill and every now and then I find him jeans for everyday as well. 2 weeks ago I found him a hurley v-neck and a pair of american eagle jeans in the same trip. He was stoked.
I would say my biggest thrift store find is this baby right here:
This bed was at goodwill and had a price tag of $59 on it. I was so excited when I found out that all the peices were there (one plank was broken in the middle) And was going to get it that day. The man who helped me was so sweet, and knocked $20 off of it for me. I ended up paying $25 for this bed. Got home and googled it and the above picture is what I saw. I was stunned.
We are so fortunate to have an army base close by, and I think that accounts for so many good garage sales/goodwill finds because people are constantly moving in and out and in and out and they need to get rid of their awesome stuff fast. You won't see me complaining about it!
I have shopped this way since I was in high school. My family had 6 kids, and we were on a modest budget. We discovered a store called Platos Closet and we were hooked. I don't shop there much these days because to me they are overpriced (when I can go to goodwill and pay half or less than that for the same item) But if you like name brands or need to sell clothes it is a great place to go.
We moved to Germany and my mom was going to the thrift store constantly and finding me jeans. It instilled in me the rationale that I don't need to buy brand new items. I think it is a great way to shop. Number one, it helps people out (weather they are selling them to you or took them to goodwill and you will be helping others that way) and you are making less waste in the world. Even if I made millions of dollars I would still thrift shop. I just love it. You never know what you will find that day and you may score and you may not. There are so many things in this world I would rather spend my money on than brand new clothes, because lets face it, I live with 3 boys, they are tough on clothes!