Monday, August 31, 2009

$94.68 trip to Goodwill

I know, crazy of me isn't it? That's actually quite a bit of money (in general) to spend at a thrift store. Especially being the bragger of finding things for so cheap (oh and I did!)

This trip was so high because I completely scored AGAIN!

There was a mens excellent condition Burberry jacket. As in AUTHENTIC Burberry jacket for only $24.99. I don't remember the last time I paid that much for anything other than furniture at a thrift store. However if you know anything about Burberry than you know this was pennies. I knew I could sell this on ebay for 5 or even 10 times more. My latest findings on ebay were that I can probably get around $150-$200. I'll wait until Christmas on that one.

I also spent $12.99 on some, also excellent condition , black all leather cowboy boots by Dan Post. I expect to make triple on those.

I also purchased some other ebay items and even a pair of shoes for myself this time! Woo hoo.

So all in all, yes , spent more than usual but I know I'll make all my money back on just one item and the rest is profit.

And let's not forget the best part of all was the simple joy of thrift store hunting. Believe me, I passed up a lot of things (and it was hard, sniff sniff) however the pleasure of just hunting in general and going down memory lane through the aisles is always priceless.

There is a peace I feel in thrift stores I just can't quite explain.

I suppose it's my kind of therapy.

How many of you feel this way?

Thursday, August 27, 2009

How to stop cluttering up your home with stuff from thrift stores

Is it even possible? I know it is hard for me. The problem is we find those 50 cent items and dollar this and dollar that, why WOULDN'T you buy it right? Problem is, multiply that 10 times over and you'll find yourself with your own thrift store in your home (not to mention many dollars spent.)

I had a very huge problem with this. I still tend to do that from time to time since what I buy I usually sell on ebay. I then have more than I can handle.

First of all, just know that you will ALWAYS find those 50 cent and dollar items. If you pass something up now, it will be for something you'll find later.

Imagine where you'll put this thing you've found? Is there even any more room in your home or closet? Visualize this as you have the item in front of you and the excitement may quickly fizzle out.

If it's clothing you're looking at, imagine it in your closet or in your laundry basket. Would this be yet another item hanging in your closet that your don't wear? Do you really want to add more to the laundry basket?

And lastly, I tell myself that if I can skip the dollar here and there then I've actually SAVED a dollar here and there for bigger purchases later.

Get into this habit so that you don't find yourself having to put a halt to those treasure hunts. Now THAT we don't want to pass up!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Do you think you own or want to know if you own something valuable?

Do you ever come across thrift store items and wonder if that something is a valuable item? I do all the time. Especially since I'm an eBay seller.

This special post is to let you know of an awesome online site that I'm so excited about. It's called "What's it Worth to You." Click this photo below for more info.

Collectable Appraisals

Maybe you have something in your home you've always wondered about. Antiques Roadshow doesn't always come into our lives does it?

Even though most items are more of a sentimental value, I know for me , I like to know that in case I ever need some emergency cash for whatever reason that I might have something around the home I could sell and thus not have to take out a loan or borrow from a friend or family member.

I strongly suggest you check out the site if so and please let your friends and family know about it as it's a good chance they have items they've wondered about too.

Just sent them to this post and have them click on the image.

Collectable Appraisals

Until next time guys!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

It's not too early to look for holiday decorations

Thrift Stores always have a section for decorations. Sometimes there will be a special spot for the actual season for example, Easter, Valentines Day or Christmas. Christmas is a big one. People donate Christmas items like crazy it seems.

It may seem to early to think about Christmas decorations however if you're someone who loves to decorate for the season, start thinking about it now. Vintage Holiday decor is so special too.

The closer it gets to the holidays, the more you'll see people at thrift sthops in general and they're sure to pick some decorations because stores will start putting them out soon if not already.

If you already visit thrift stores, I highly recommend you set some time for some decor hunting. You'll be amazed at the wonderful items there are!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

You can find school supplies at thrift stores

School is around the corner yet again. It's time to pick up some supplies and as we all know, those add up fast.

Thrift Stores are a great place to look for school supplies. You may or may not find items perfectly packaged however does it really matter for pencils and paper? Look in the stationary section if they have one or simply ask. Different thrift stores place them in different areas depending on how big their inventory is.

Many retailers donate overstock to thrift stores so you may score and find some items in very good condition.

Backpacks are also something that you can find at thrift stores. As I've mentioned in earlier posts, Mervyn's and Target donate many items to Goodwills and Salvation Armys and the items are brand new.

Even if you only find a couple of items on your list, the savings can end up being really high. We know how expensive school supplies can be.

So make sure to hit your locat thrift store before going to the expensive school supply stores. And don't be surprised if you find a couple of things for yourself too!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Designer clothing at Thrift Stores

Designer clothing can easily be found at thrift stores.

Check out this latest find. This is a mens brand new with tag still attached Bergdorf Goodman shirt. You can see the tag attached that shows the $198 price. I got it for $4.99. If my boyfriend liked the style we'd keep it. However I was hunting for eBay inventory. I checked eBay on my Iphone and found that these sell in the $60-$70 range on eBay. Score!

But this would also be a most fantastic gift. How would anyone know where you bought this. Grant it you don't have a receipt should they want to return it. I personally have no problem telling people that I get things at thrift stores. I'm proud of it actually.

This is just to let you know it pays to dig! You may not think anyone would donate such high quality items but oh yes they do.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Handbags at Thrift Stores

Went thrifting today. My local thrift shop is having a special that is irresistible. All clothing and purses are $1. You don't usually find designer handbags at these prices. Well, not that often. You can once in awhile depending on where you live.

However there are brands like Nine West and Target brands quite frequently and now a days, these stores donate unsold items to thrift stores. I see many many new handbags from Target and Mervyn's all the time. I'm keeping an eye out for them for Christmas Gifts.

One idea with these hard to pass up deals is to have a girls spa night and give these handbags, stuffed with goodies, as door prizes so to speak. I happen to have a lot of nieces who are the perfect age for the styles of handbags that I see. They are usually quite trendy so they are well received.

So like I said, Target and the recently out of business Mervyn's donate a whole lot of goods to Goodwills in brand new condition many times with the tag attached.

It's never too early to prepare for Christmas Gifts so keep an eye out!


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