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Thrift Shops Before Retail

Why the coat? I recently purchased this coat for 69 cents at a thrift shop. No, I'm not kidding you! For years now, I have ALWAYS looked in the local thrift shops BEFORE simply paying retail at a chain store. Granted, you will not find exactly what you're looking for each time at the drop of a hat. It may take going back a few different times to finally find your item. It's like a treasure hunt! :)

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It's so rewarding to purchase a much needed winter coat for 69 cents, or a like NEW popcorn maker for $2.49. Need I mention a fancy "tournament" version of Chinese checkers for my husband and I to play for a mere $1.99?

Anything you could possibly want or need besides food is right at your fingertips for a bit of searching/hunting and sometimes, mere pennies.

Source: The thrill of the hunt! :)

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January 8, 20151 found this helpful

What a beautiful coat for 69 cents! Amazing find.

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January 12, 20150 found this helpful

I learned at an early age from my mother to shop at thrift stores. I've found a myriad of things also. It's very thrilling to find a good deal!

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January 12, 20150 found this helpful

I totally agree with you, Melissa... thrift shops are the best! I've found just about anything I've ever wanted at them, and at a bargain price. When 50% off sales hit the stores after Christmas, they don't even tempt me. Why pay 50% when you can usually get it for 5% or 10%? Coats are a huge value, I see very expensive wool ones for $10 or less all the time, and they last practically forever.

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January 12, 20151 found this helpful

I am also a fan of thrift shops, I recently bought a New coat for $10 dollars, at our local Goodwill store. I checked the price on the internet, it cost over $100 at a store. I am teaching my grandchildren to shop at thrift, consignment, and Goodwill shops, also tell them that it is smart to shop at these shops.

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January 14, 20151 found this helpful

I so agree. I bought a bread maker at a thrift shop for $2.50 that would've cost me in the $40's. It works perfectly.

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January 17, 20151 found this helpful

I hate searching through everything, but I guess this would save a lot of money.

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January 17, 20151 found this helpful

I live by this rule. :)

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January 28, 20150 found this helpful

I couldn't agree with you more! I find most of my husband's dress shirts there! Usually they have taken them to the cleaners before selling them at the thrift store!

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January 30, 20151 found this helpful

I appreciate your comment! There are so many things that should be re-used, and thrift stores are one of the best places to start, and it can really help us stick to a budget!

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April 9, 20151 found this helpful

My 16 yr old moved out and we basically furnished her house from the local thrift store and by our Share Sheds. I have 3 that I go to. We have found coffee maker, food processor, juicer, chairs. Still searching for the waffle maker but we will eventually find it.

For those who don't know what a share shed is. It is at the local dumps. It is a building (shed) where the local people put their unwanted items and you shop there free. It can be, clothes, books, toys, shoes, furniture. plants, tires, etc.

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April 10, 20190 found this helpful

That coat was a great find! I use thrift stores to make my donation dollars go further by buying items my favorite clothing pantry needs. I enjoy the hunt, especially when I find expensive items with the store tags still attached, which happens often. My favorite was Columbia multi-layer coats that had been in a train wreck. I went home with a $129 coat for $15. The next day I went back and got 9 more for my family and friends who wanted mine.

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April 14, 20210 found this helpful

Thrift shopping also helps the planet By reusing and repurposing we save money and reduce landfill.

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April 14, 20210 found this helpful

I agree! Often the clothes at a thrift shop are in excellent condition, sometimes better quality than you could afford brand-new. I went to the Goodwill yesterday with my daughter, which can be a tad high priced for a thrift store. We got 6 skirts, 2 dresses and a pair of leggings for under $60. It would have cost $50-60 for just one of the dresses at a regular store.

Can't wait until garage sales start up. You can find even better deals that way and you know you are helping the people in your neighborhood.

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