[Saving At Garage Sales]
[Finds In Grandmas Attic]
[Bartering For The Extras]
[Decorating On A Budget]
[My One Cent Worth]
I know, I know. You are picturing me all
dressed up in plaid bell bottoms and a really awful fur around the neck coat
with coffee stains on it. Nope, that is not the case. Lets see. Who likes The
Limited Express™ ? Well I have five of their 100% silk blouses, all in perfect
condition that came with the original tags still on them. Each blouse cost me
exactly $1.75. Like I said, retailers often send over their clothes that did not
sell when they make room for the next seasons clothes line. And no this does not
mean they are out of style. It just means you actually get the clothes when you
need them being that retail stores get ready for the next season two or three
months before it begins.
The following are some tips for thrift shopping. Have a great time with them.
Remember this is a game to me. You have no idea the great feeling I get when I
walk out of a thrift shop with three brand new blouses, two Izod™ sweaters that
look like they were never worn, a pair of Levis™ just broken in enough to be
comfortable, the missing saucer to the tea set I bought at a garage sale last
summer, a childs oak desk, and un-opened bag of Easter basket grass all for
$20.00. Good luck hunting!
you wont always find exactly what you need when you want it. Thrift stores are
unpredictable about selection. Keep in mind what you will be needing in the
future so if it appears three months early, you can buy it now rather than be
often. I get in minimum of once a month but try for weekly. This usually
averages out to be every other week. Selections change fast. If you visit often,
you are more likely to catch the best stuff.
attention to sales. Yes, thrift stores have sales! Usually it is toward the end
of a month when they have to meet funds for the charity they represent. These
sales are usually something like buy two sweaters and get the third free.
name brands that you know hold up well. If you are going to buy used junk, you
wont be getting the best deals. Look for the brands you wish you could buy new
more often. Picture it as brand new and worn by you a few times rather than
sizes of your family in mind, or better yet, written down. You may be shopping
for yourself but see a brand new pair of mens jeans that were sent over from the
store because of a silly missing button you can replace. If you have your
husbands size in mind, you know if you should pick them up. (This reminds me of
a short money saving tip. When turning old clothes into cleaning rags, save
buttons and zippers. It's always nice to put a Levi's™ button on Levi's™ jeans).
furniture carefully. People who don't know better, actually drop off antiques to
these stores. Keep your eyes open for some serious furniture bargains.
trip through the odd items. I found still in the package wallpaper that matches
my house for a quarter. I use it to cover those junk boxes (see organizing
tips), coffee cans (see fun with stuff from grandmas house), my coupon box (see
coupons), and other stuff. I've had it for two years and am not even half way
through the rolls.
from items that will be more work than you will do and end up in the trash.
Because stores send over slightly damaged items with tags in tact, lots of great
stuff can be tempting. Buttons are easily replaced and so is fixing the seam in
the armpit of a designer blouse, but zippers are a little tougher. Only buy what
you yourself will actually take time to repair.
for your company. Yes really. What I mean is I happen to live on the lake, have
a pool, and have a boat. We often get guests who stay longer than they planned,
forgot something for a weekend stay, or wish they would have brought their
swimsuit a few hours after getting comfy enough to take a dive in the pool. I
pick up extra swim wear in many sizes when the stores send it over to make room
for fall clothes lines and I pick up extra beach towels. Now when I have a guest
in a bind, we are prepared. It also makes them even more comfortable about
hanging around because it shows we enjoy the company when we have things around
just for them. Maybe you live in a similiar area or near great skiing. Pick up
those bargain skis, extra fishing poles, or golf clubs.