Extra Savings At Goodwill And Craft Stores

There seem to be quite a few crafty ladies on this site. Many of you also enjoy thrift shopping. I wanted to share a couple tips that I use to save even more at Goodwill and craft stores.

Goodwill: the last Saturday of every month is half price day. Fabulous! But, if you cannot make it on that day, there is another way to save. For every donation you make, no matter how big or small, they will give you a 20% off coupon off your entire order. I NEVER walk into that store without donating at least a shirt, anything, so I can get my extra 20% off. It really saves a bundle!

Hobby Lobby and Michael's craft stores always have a recent 40% off one item coupon that you can print on-line. Some of these you can even access on a smart phone and use them without printing a thing. This really helps me out, especially when I want to purchase a pricey item. Say I want to make a scarf with fancy yarn, but that ball costs a whopping $7! I bring my coupon and pay only $4.20. Or, if I need multiple items at a time, I will print a coupon for each member of my family and we will each go through checkout separately.

For instance, hubby recently repainted our daughter's dresser. She wants new fancy knobs for the drawers, and Hobby Lobby sells fabulous ones for about $5 each. I'm not going to pay that though! We are each going in with our coupon and getting each knob for only $3! Takes a tiny bit of extra planning, but if you love thrifting and crafting as much as I do, it really pays.


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June 4, 20151 found this helpful

I hope this works for you because when I tried this with my Granddaughter and she took the second printed coupon in, Hobby Lobby would not accept it because I had used the same coupon which has a coupon code on it exactly the same. This does not work. The only way to get around this is to register several family members email addresses to get coupons with different unique codes.

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June 4, 20150 found this helpful

Every Goodwill region operates a little differently, and not all of them offer the discounts you describe. Some have sales based on tag colors, other have senior discount days, etc. (Mine, sadly, doesn't really do much of anything - I guess they feel they get enough merchandise turnover that they don't have to.) Goodwills also often have one large regional store that serves as an "outlet" or "as-is" depot where everything is sold by the pound.


Great bargains are available there, especially for crafters.

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June 6, 20150 found this helpful

What a great idea! I didn't know about the half price days at the thrift stores, will start paying attention to ours. :^) I do use my smart phone to show them a coupon at Michaels, and love not having to remember to bring a paper coupon.

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June 6, 20150 found this helpful

Great hint about Goodwill, I will call mine for our local information. I find that Hobby Lobby is very strict about coupons, in my area they won't take any competitor or more than one of their coupons. But Michaels Crafts, JoAnns Fabrics and Hancock Fabric will take competetor coupons. JoAnns will take multiple coupons printed out from me with no problem, which helps when I need to buy several items and am alone.

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June 8, 20150 found this helpful

Does ANYBODY know about the MILLIONS of dollars that MR. GOODWILL makes on these donations every yr? HE DOES give a LOTf people jobs, WHICH IS FABULOSE, but I here he GETS A LOT OFF of the items YOU DONATE to him to SELL!!


Have you noticed the prices have ALSO GONE UP!!! You CAN buy a NEW t-shirt @ walmart for what their asking for them!! I think I'm gonna' go back to the salvation army???

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May 8, 20170 found this helpful

Unless you are making something like a sweater where the yarn has to match and you need the washing instructions, I buy my craft items at rummage sales and thrift shops. I get a big bag and give my friends what I can't use. They give me what they have left over. Old silk flowers, when torn apart make lei's or greeting card decorations.

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