Where to Thrift

Sarah - posted on 12/03/2008 ( 12 moms have responded )

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I've always loved to shop at Thrift stores, and feel very blessed that 'grunge' was in when I was in high school. My question is about a thrift stores location. Do you get better deals/more finds at thrifts in small towns, large metropolitian area, inner-cities, suburbs...? How many Thrifts do you frequent and how often?

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Anne - posted on 04/14/2009

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Hi has anyone gone to the several  state garage/rummage sale that runs in the summer thru I think it is Kentucky and TN? I have wanted to but so far never been able to make the trip



 

Tam - posted on 04/14/2009

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I live near St. Louis and there are a LOT of shops here...but will also visit flea markets, yard sales and resale shops when on vacations, I kid you not! My SILs and I used to take a women's weekend and we used to stop in one (rural area) that had awesome deals. We'd make a a morning of it (this shop was HUGE). And there is one an hour away from here that while the drive makes it hard to get to often, my mom and I like to plan a day trip because the prices are so worth it (and they have bigger boys' clothes, a rarity around here!)

Also, see if your library has a book sale or shop. Our library has a friends of library book shop right in front for books they cannot use in the library. Some have been library stock and will have the tags, but others have been donated by readers in the area or even overstocks from Barnes and Noble. I have picked up hardcovers for $1, QUICK COOKING mags for ten cents each, paperbacks for a quarter, kids books and more. When we are finished, we re-donate them so they are out of the house for clutter.

You can also look for community events. My mother's church holds a "closets of blessing" once or twice a year. People donate clothes and then on one day you can go pick out what you want (for nothing!!!) You fill your bag and you're finished. It's expanded so they have bedding, kitchen supplies, books and more now.

I also use Freecycle a lot, though try to get rid of excess more than pick up, but I have picked up some great items through there. My SIL has had some success with Craigslist.

If you're a crafter there are probably swapping sites/groups out there to help you get new things to try for trading your old items. I've picked up a stamping bag (to hold items and projects to take to groups), cardstock, stamps, etc.

I also belong to an online trading/swapping site that allows you to trade new and gently used items for "friend dollars" (think ebay without the fees and costs of money). All it cost me is the price to ship items I list for trade. I was able to do over half my Christmas shopping on that site last year.

Anne - posted on 03/27/2009

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In our area we have Goodwill, Salvation Army, and at least 3 or 4 thrift shops that are connected to Churches. We also have a store connected to an organization that helps Mentally challenged individuals. Two types of shop I have not heard anyone talk about are consignment shops and resale shops. The prices are higher but with both of them. The advantages of these are that a person can take their things and get money either up front or after the sale. Another place I have found that I can get good prices on things is the second day of an Estate sale. The selection is not as great as the first day, but unless I am looking for something special or it is an exceptional great sale, the second day prices are almost always half off. Two summers ago I was looking for good Christian novels.( I do not like the  explicit "love" scenes or cussing. I am not trying to pass judgement only sharing my views) anyway I found about 25 of the Harlequin type Inspirational novels on the second day of an Estate sale I paid 25 cents for 2 books. I have also gotten dish towels with the tags still on them. Happy Saving

Anne - posted on 03/27/2009

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In our area we have Goodwill, Salvation Army, and at least 3 or 4 thrift shops that are connected to Churches. We also have a store connected to an organization that helps Mentally challenged individuals. Two types of shop I have not heard anyone talk about are consignment shops and resale shops. The prices are higher but with both of them. The advantages of these are that a person can take their things and get money either up front or after the sale. Another place I have found that I can get good prices on things is the second day of an Estate sale. The selection is not as great as the first day, but unless I am looking for something special or it is an exceptional great sale, the second day prices are almost always half off. Two summers ago I was looking for good Christian novels.( I do not like the  explicit "love" scenes or cussing. I am not trying to pass judgement only sharing my views) anyway I found about 25 of the Harlequin type Inspirational novels on the second day of an Estate sale I paid 25 cents for 2 books. I have also gotten dish towels with the tags still on them. Happy Saving

Amy - posted on 02/17/2009

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This are fabulous ideas! And yes, one of my favorite thrift stores in Denver is right by a neighbor hood for of elegantly older people. I LOVE THEIR STUFF! But military towns, who knew? It makes perfect sense though! I think a trip down near Fort Carson in CO Springs is in my future.... EXCELLENT advice Kimbery! Thank you.

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I grew up in Tucson which is home to many "SnowBirds."  As a collector of vintage clothing I was in heaven....so now I look in Thrift stores in towns where people retire to... hehehe



Also, military towns where people are moving out regularly and turning over their stuff.  Half the stuff I donated when we moved from Hawaii was stuff I got at the very same Thrift Store. :)  Military families have a weight limit on their moves, which is why we unloaded all our baby and maternity clothes this last time.  k.

Cindy - posted on 02/12/2009

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Does anyone know of any good thrift stores in the Nashville/brentwood/Franklin Tennessee area? Habitat for humanity sometimes has furniture, but the Goodwill stores seem to be thin on "good stuff"

Amy - posted on 01/31/2009

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Fulton, small town west of Columbia, MO. Price on comforters? Depends on what kind and condition. Is the fabric soft or does it pill? I recently bought a feather bed for $5. The is certain beauty in quality in childrens clothes because the fabric does not fade. Clothes from Hannah Anerdersson, L.L. Bean, Gymboree can hold up for generations. So they are quick to spot on a rack because they are bright and happy.

Amy - posted on 01/31/2009

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I live in Denver, which I am told by Goodwill is the 5th largest repurposing city in the country. However, I have family in a small town in mid Missouri and find great vintage items there. So I believe they balance out and you must really think about you're personal sense of style. I have two serious posts on The Thrifty Chicks that will give you detailed advice (I've been asked this question many times.) #1: Designing A Routine: http://thethriftychicks.blogspot.com/200...
#2 Tips While in the Store:http://thethriftychicks.blogspot.com/200... I offer one more anecdotal piece that many women are starting to swear works, Snake Eyes!: http://thethriftychicks.blogspot.com/200... I hope that helps. Please share your adventures!

Tonya - posted on 01/30/2009

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ok I am curious to where in mo? I live in the springfield area and I love thrift stores and resell shops. I am kinda contemplating, but how much would you pay for comforters or sets. twin or full? I am getting better and have been doing this for years now. Really snake eye like for 3 yrs. Lets just say my kids dress like a hundred bucks. I don't know why, but God gave me great eyes for kids boutique brands. I can spot one a mile a way. lol I like to shop at children's orchard for finds also. I went in today and got a tea collection shirt for 1.00 AMAZING!! Those things are like $38 or more. What can I say WE are amazing. I hope I can list some of my finds for everyone in the next few days. I love this group. I have another AWESOME place, but I can't give that one away. I do find the DAV Goodwill and Flea Mkts to be the best though.

Amy - posted on 12/04/2008

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Hi Sarah,

I've been in the field for about two and a half years and have been fairly intense about it. My only real gauge is the downtown Denver market. I go to about three stores a week for a quick sweep. Mostly, I base it on my life’s routine. If the opportunity arises, I don’t hesitate visiting a store twice a week because inventory moves that fast. I’ve been to a few suburban stores and I confess, I prefer downtown where I live. I have family in a small town in mid-Missouri. This town does not have a charitable thrift store but many flea market-type stores that have amazing inventory. But I don’t buy much because their prices seem high. I wouldn’t give up on rural places though as they can contain big time treasure. One of the family’s in this town had a New York auction house come through the home for the high-end items before they held the estate sale for the public. Though I prefer to support charitable organizations in my shopping, thrift is thrift. So chug on over to yard sales or estate sales or troll alleys (that’s how I came by my fainting couch).

Another thing that can come into play is your preference on style and what you’re intending to buy. In these last few years, the thrift store is like a full-on department store for our family. When we filled in my older daughter’s new bedroom, every thing except the mattress and the sheet set came from the thrift store. Some thrift stores sell new mattresses that retail stores have donated. But there is no guarantee they’ll have the size you need.

Here’s a past post from The Thrifty Chicks blog entry that might help:
http://thethriftychicks.blogspot.com/200...

On the main blog page, there’s a box on the right titled, “Best Tips to Thrift By.” I think you’ll find some useful advice there.

Godspeed and good luck kind thrifter!
Amy, aka Ms Shopping Golightly

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