I love thrift stores!
The problem with shopping at thrift stores is you can end up spending more money in them than shopping at department stores on clearance. Most thrift stores have weekly specials on certain colored tags. The two stores that I frequent most often have a color tag that is 75% off and another color tag 50% off. Every Monday the color tags change. I only shop for the color that is 75% off. Last week I bought my family 2 pairs of blue jeans, 4 long sleeve shirts, 2 short sleeve shirts, 4 baby onesies, a purse, a solid brass horse ashtray (for a friend) and a baby monitor all for the grand total of……$10.44. Everything that I bought was 75% off. Also the thrift store has a shopping card that once you have it punched 10 times you get 25% off your total purchase. How wonderful it feels to walk out with bags of clothes and you spent next to nothing! You can also ask for senior and military discounts.
There are people out there (and you may be one of them) who think thrift stores only have yard sale rejects – stained clothes or broken items. Wrong! I find my family name brand clothes that look brand new – Abercrombie & Fitch, Aeropostle, Mudd, Lucky Brand, Gap, Banana Republic, Levi and so on. There is a Goodwill close to here that Target donates all their clearance items that haven’t sold. I have found beautiful pictures, wall clings, shirts, pants, notebooks, household items still in packaging with tags for next to nothing!
We donate our household items, adult clothes (we give kids clothes to families with kids that can use them) and toys to different thrift stores. We get a tax deduction, the thrift stores profits usually go to a good cause and our no longer used items get a new home instead of sitting in a landfill.
So the next time you are in need of silverware, plates, glasses, pots, pans, books, baby strollers, clothes or that new purse check out thrift stores. You may be in for a pleasant surprise. Not only are you going to save money but you are saving our planet!!