Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Feeling like a kid again only cost me 49 cents.

Oh how I love thrift stores so much for this reason.

I was at my local TS last week and stumbled upon a bowl that my mother had when we were kids and that I used as my cereal bowl. I couldn't believe my eyes! Instantly I was taken back to a child, sitting in my kitchen where our wallpaper was yellow and green with retro (well they weren't retro then) kitchen appliances on it. We had a square plastic table in the kitchen where we ate our cereal. I remember that kitchen perfectly. And I'd love to have a kitchen like that today.

I OF COURSE bought this bowl. All this for only 49 cents! You know, that's really a big deal. I mean, I don't know if I would have had this wonderful memory come to me any other time. Feelings are not something you can buy either. (well I just did for 49 cents I suppose.) You can't buy love. You can't buy calm. And you can't buy nostalgia. You can buy objects that give you that feeling. But you can't buy the feeling itself. And to find an object to give such a feeling of nostalgia is usually just luck.

So for 49 cents I was given such a gift. You know, that's I why I love thrift stores so much. It doesn't matter if I buy anything or not. The trip down memory lane is priceless.

That is why I enjoy selling things from thrift stores on eBay. I get so many comments from my buyers saying the same thing. "Oh, my grandma had this same pillow." or "I had this same music box when I was a kid." and so on.

Whatever reason you thrift shop, I urge you to allow yourself to stroll the aisles and allow yourself to go down memory lane. Remember it's free!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Looking for your feedback regarding this new site Feed

Hello everyone! As some of you may or may not know, I did a cash giveaway last week and asked for some comments from all of you about this blog. What you like about it, what you don't, why you visit, what you'd like to see more of , less of?

Although I only had two comments (congrats to the winner) it provided the solution I was looking for which is to get a feed burner.

So, this is a test in a way. If you have received this, would you mind replying or commenting on the blog?

I will do more cash giveaways should this prove to be a positive thing for us all!

Hope you to hear from you! =D
Brigitte
Thrift Store Junkie

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

I WANT TO GIVE YOU CASH !

Yay, Michelle has won my first $10 giveaway. Although I get almost 100 visitors a day, I only had 2 comments. That's okay, it's a lesson learned for me (and for only $10 wow!)

Enjoy Michelle..........now onto more blogging..........Brigitte


Yes, I really do. Why? Because cash is king. Why re-invent the wheel? Cash gets attention and well, I need your attention.

I know I have some followers which I just love. I want to know though what you like and don't like about my posts or site or anything else for that matter.

What would you like me to talk about? Any "more" on certain subjects? Are any of you eBay sellers that would like more tips? Want to know more about thrift store finds?

Whatever it may be I want to know. All you have to do is leave me a comment in regards to the above and and a way for me to get your email. You can email me your email address direct if you wish at brigittemartine@hotmail.com "along" with your comment.

I will be giving $10 cash via paypal. I know I know. Only $10. Sorry, all I can spare right now however I do plan to give more. I'd sure take $10 free wouldn't you?

I will pick someone at random (truly!) and announce the winner a week from today and then transfer $10 cash to your paypal account. (yes you need a paypal account please)

So type away folks!!!!!!!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Sterling Silver at Thrift Stores


If you see sterling silver anything at thrift stores then grab it.

I am in Santa Barbara, California today and decided to visit the local thrift shop. I scored and found a sterling silver fork for 29 cents! It was mixed in with the regular stainless steel flatware. If you were to visit a thrift store that sets aside fancy items you would have found this behind a glass case for up to $30 or more. Just look at that screen shot above of ended eBay items.

I discuss this in my new book. It is not impossible at all to find a bunch of this silver flatware. If I would have found 10 that would have cost me under $10 and I could then have turned around and sold it for about $300. Not bad eh?

Sure, I keep a lot of things I find. I give some to friends and family. However as most of you know I've turned my passion of thrift store hunting into a part time job.

When I found this today I thought to myself "Do people even know they could make so much money with so litte?" So, I thought I'd plant that seed.

Make sure to send me a blank email to tseb@aweber.com for free tips I give to my paid readers on other things you can sell to make serious side cash!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Best Thrift Stores

Best Thrift Stores

A lot of people ask me what are the best thrift stores to go to and I really don't think there are any that are better than others. If we're talking prices and organization than okay, there may be some that are better priced than others.

However the best thing about thrift stores is that you never know what you are going to find. Items are stocked literally every hour, every single day. You could walk out and that fantastic find be on it's way to the shelves and vice versa. Someone could have walked out with no luck and BAM there is that treasure waiting for you thanks to the lovely volunteer that just placed it out.

I find items all the time that someone tried to hide. Maybe they didn't have enough money on them at the time and it was just too good to pass it up so they hide the items. Well, those items do eventually get placed back in their spot and/or YOU will come across it in the wrong spot.

So I don't know that there are any best thrift stores. I really think they are all treasures.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Dresses on a Budget

Today I'm talking about dresses on a budget.

Depending on where you live this may or may not apply to you but nonetheless, still great info to have.

So we all know that Mervyns went out of business. And guess where all the stock went? Yep, you got it, thrift stores!

I noticed the other day that there were a lot of new looking dresses in on the rack. I took a peak and sure enough, they were all Mervyns' brand. ( I know, I shopped a lot there.) This particular store was Goodwill so my guess is that they went to all Goodwills which is good because Goodwills are everywhere.

In my thrift store the prices are all dresses are $8.99. Ca-ching! What a bargain! And obviously they were current style. I was so excited because this also meant there were various sizes too.

I highly recommend you check our your local Goodwill to see what overstock they may have gotten. They get a lot of Target too which I noticed in the shoes aisle.

Let me know if you do find anything as I'd love to hear your story's.

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