S ome people have weird hang ups about thrifts stores, but I don’t. I cannot tell you how many times people have looked at me bewildered when I’ve mentioned thrifting. I think they equate shopping at the thrift store with being poor and that’s not always the case. I shopped at the thrift store when I had nothing in college and I still shop there now. Here is a list of 8 things you should consider buying from the thrift store.
1. Hangers. I’ll never understand why people buy hangers brand new. Hangers are literally, wiry pieces of metal or plastic that have no value and are never seen. I’ve moved 3 times in the last 3 years and I’ve only bought hangers from the thrift store.
2. Toys. Toys are expensive and I’m not in the business of buying expensive toys that are just going to be broken and forgotten. My kids know the toy section in each thrift store like they know it in Wal-Mart. One time got a $200 Smart Cycle for $5.00 from the thrift store. I take the toys home, give them a good wash and its Christmas every week around here and the toys they don’t use anymore are donated back.
3. Dishes/Glasses. Most times there isn’t a huge selection of dishware to choose from at department stores. Variety is the thing I love most about thrifting. I’ve gotten some of my best glasses and
dishware from the thrift store, each more fabulous than the last. And for those of you thinking “Ew that’s nasty” please don’t act like you bring your own dishes to TGI Fridays. Just run the dishes through the dishwasher before you use them. And they’re good as new.
4. Luggage. Please, please don’t ever buy new luggage. Your luggage is just gonna get banged up or broken or both. Before my mother came to visit us I urged her to buy luggage from the thrift store, but no Zsa Zsa Gabor just had to get fancy new luggage. And just as fate would have it her handle was broken and the airline wouldn’t repair or replace it. Another reason I buy luggage from the thrift store is because I once had a $2.00 suitcase run over by an airplane. They ended up replacing it with a bigger better one which was a win-win for me.
5. Books! I have discovered some of my favorite books from the thrift store for around $2 or $3, and don’t let me go on a military discount day, its going down. I recently read Small Miracles by Yitta Halberstam. It’s become my new favorite book. You’ll find books on nearly any topic from the thrift store. And if you’re really lucky and they want to purge a bunch of books, you can get them even cheaper. The thrift store on post is notorious for having 10-cent book sales- and that’s for hard and soft cover books.
6. Picture frames. For some reason picture frames are crazy expensive. I don’t know why 4 chopped up pieces of wood cost so many green pieces of paper. Every picture frame I own has been purchased secondhand either from a thrift store or garage sale and if I don’t like the color of the frame I just spray paint it.
7. Kids clothes. My kids grow like weeds. Each of them are in or exceed the 85th percentile for height. So that means a lot of growth spurts have been happening around here. Whatever stigma you may have about buying kids’ clothes from the thrift store please throw it out the window. The thrift store is literally a gold mine for kids clothing. A few months back I found Zion a Burberry Sweater for $5.00 at a children’s thrift store. Again I repeat GOLD MINE
8. Home Décor. This can include paintings, wall hangings, vases, and sometimes-even curtains. Curtains are too freaking expensive and if I’m buying them brand new I have to REALLY like them.
Next time you go to the thrift store take the time to really look around. You might be surprised by what your find but you won’t be disappointed. What are some things you buy when shopping at the thrift store?
* Thrift Store=A general term for Goodwill, The Salvation Army or any other local thrift store and/or consignment shop.