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thrift store shopping

IMG_1.jpg IMG_3.jpg IMG_4.jpgIMG_5.jpg IMG_6.jpgIMG_7.jpg IMG_8.jpgIMG_9.jpg IMG_10.jpgIMG_11.jpg IMG_12.jpgIt probably comes as no surprise when I say that I am a thrifty gal. I hate paying full price for anything, especially when 9 times out of 10 you can find that same item for a discounted price if you were to dig around. This applies to clothing, food, electronics, appliances, vehicles, and more. Just about everything, in my opinion. While your second option may not be an exact duplicate of what you initially wanted, I tend to think of it as the better one because not only were you patient in your search for it, but you also paid less for it. To me, that’s what shopping is all about.

On this particular day, Geoffrey and I went to three different stores for our deals. We started out at JYSK where we bought many items that were on sale, then to the local Salvation Army, and finally to Value Village. I came away with some amazing purchases from the later two places, including a silver and antler serving tray for $2.00, a large woven and framed racoon picture for $3.00, and a vintage dress for $7.00. These were documented on my Instagram, so if you would like to see what they look like, you can follow me here. The only thing that would have completed my thrift store outing would have been a trip to the dollar store. However, there’s always the next time.



  1. I like the antler clock.


  2. Don’t you just love finding cool things at a thrift store!


  3. I love thrift stores – there are 2 in the tiny Southern town I live in and I visit them regularly. You never know what you will find. You are so right, never pay full price when you can find it for less. Keep going – great information


  4. sf

     /  03/19/2014

    That’s awesome that there’s such great big thrift stores where you live. I have a favorite one which I had only found a few months ago. I love thrift shopping WAY MORE than regular shopping. I can get so bored to death if I’m at a JC Penney or even at ROSS. I’d rather be at a thrift store, where I can find something for under $5 that’s even new to almost-new. The unfortunate thing about the Salvation Army that’s nearby to me is that it’s pricey. My sis says that’s because of its location (Santa Monica) and that the other ones in smaller cities will cost much less. Wish they all cost the same, considering they’re all thrift stores, no? Anyhow, I don’t buy much from that Salvation Army, except for a leather bag I got from there for $14 years ago, which still had its store tags attached to it. One of the things I kept pondering about getting or not (but ended up not) was boots. But like I said, that store was pricey, so I put the $30 boots back down. Maybe they’ll still be there and for less, the next time I go again. Wonderful finds ya got in your shopping. Love your yellow curtains!


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