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Title: Thrift Score!
Post by: General Jinjur on April 09, 2011, 06:30:33 PM
I just returned from a trip to my neighborhood Salvation Army (I will really miss having it right across the street when we move!). Picked up some $.50 books, some art supplies, the usual. But on my second sweep (first trip round is quick, second is slow so I can consider carefully) I spotted a Lladro figurine. Yes. Real Lladro. For $.80. I don't know a thing about Lladro, but I know it's worth a little more than a dollar, so I snatched it up and then googled the second I got home. And found this! (http://www.bonanza.com/booths/orcaorca/items/Lladro_figurine___Lladro_Society_Plaque__7677)  :o Now, mine isn't new in the box, but it's in perfect condition, and heck, even if I sell it for $10 I've made a profit. That is my Thrift Score for the month.

What awesome things have you snagged?
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: CakeBeret on April 09, 2011, 06:38:04 PM
I've mentioned it before, but a few years ago I got a complete set (8 place settings plus serving set) of beautiful vintage fine china in pristine condition for $25--and I got a student discount that made it only $20.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: dawbs on April 09, 2011, 07:16:58 PM
cool!

I was looking for books to cut up and use the pages to decorate the nursery this year...
I grabbed books w/ cool pictures.
Got home and decided this one:  The Pink & Gold-Spotted Elephant (http://cgi.ebay.com/Arabella-Pink-Gold-Spotted-Elephant-Philippe-Fix-/360310324254?pt=AU_Books_Childrens_New&hash=item53e42b3c1e) was to cool to cut up, even if it only cost me 25c and, on a whim, googled it...ebayed it for about $30
(it's 'worth' more...but the bottom is out of parts of the book market too)
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Dr Momz on April 09, 2011, 07:24:57 PM
I went with my  DGD yesterday who is setting up her first apartment.
Found a vinyl wall "saying" : "Always Kiss Me Goodnight" for 95 cents.
2 weeks ago I bought one for a friend's bitrhday that said "I am a material girl...want to see my fabric?" for $17  , on sale from  $27 FULL PRICE!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: suzieQ on April 09, 2011, 07:28:29 PM
I found two full length leather coats! One was $20 and the other was $6!!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Elfmama on April 09, 2011, 07:31:11 PM
2 David Winter cottages, $15 each.  The after-market price -- $2000-$3000 each.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: geordicat on April 09, 2011, 08:10:30 PM
Back when I was in high school, way way way back when, I bought a metal display cabinet for $100.  It was a LOT of money back then.  It was almost 5 feet tall, about 4 feet wide, and had 4 adjustable metal shelves.  The front had two sliding glass doors.

I still have it.  :)  I painted it to look like green marble.  I LOVE this thing!  It's been through each and every move, and each time I move my mother asks me if I'm going to keep it.  I bought the cabinet back in 1978. It's one of the few surviving things from growing up.

I found one of those Ronco "set it and forget it" rotisserie ovens last year.  Freaking wow it makes some good chicken!!  Cost me $15, and it's worth it!!


Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Micah on April 09, 2011, 08:16:36 PM
A sewing machine for $6. It's older than me, but it's a Singer and it works better than my Mum's new one. You can still get parts for it too, and I downloaded the manual for it. It's green apple coloured and looks awesomely retro  :P
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: wyozozo on April 09, 2011, 08:26:02 PM
I collect paperweights and birds, so when I spotted this little guy I snatched him up! He cost me $0.50.

http://www.rubylane.com/item/610948-242/Royal-Crown-Der-Paperweight-Blue

(sorry, I don't know how to hide the link in my post)
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: siamesecat2965 on April 09, 2011, 10:11:27 PM
I collect paperweights and birds, so when I spotted this little guy I snatched him up! He cost me $0.50.

http://www.rubylane.com/item/610948-242/Royal-Crown-Der-Paperweight-Blue

(sorry, I don't know how to hide the link in my post)

Seriously?  That's a GREAT deal!  My mom collects RCD paperweights, and has several of the birds; in fact, she might even have this very one.  They're quite pricy; and she has a nice collection; my dad and I used to get them for her, and mom and I for my dad. 
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: wyozozo on April 09, 2011, 10:19:16 PM
I collect paperweights and birds, so when I spotted this little guy I snatched him up! He cost me $0.50.

http://www.rubylane.com/item/610948-242/Royal-Crown-Der-Paperweight-Blue

(sorry, I don't know how to hide the link in my post)

Seriously?  That's a GREAT deal!  My mom collects RCD paperweights, and has several of the birds; in fact, she might even have this very one.  They're quite pricy; and she has a nice collection; my dad and I used to get them for her, and mom and I for my dad. 
Seriously!! I just love him......but now I want more!!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Information_queen on April 09, 2011, 11:30:59 PM
I found a set of four Chicago Cutlery kitchen knives for $12 at a thrift store just a few days ago, and it was their 50% off day, so I walked out of there with all 4 knives for $6. You can't even find Walmart kitchen knives for that cheap around here.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Sirius on April 10, 2011, 04:08:29 PM
http://www.thefind.com/kitchen/browse-princess-house-dishes

The pink three-tiered candy dish in the second row

I paid 75 cents for mine.  

Edited to add:  It's now in the third row.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: wyozozo on April 10, 2011, 04:12:06 PM
http://www.thefind.com/kitchen/browse-princess-house-dishes

The pink three-tiered candy dish in the second row

I paid 75 cents for mine. 
Score!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Black Delphinium on April 10, 2011, 04:12:21 PM
I made a thread about it when I picked it up, but I got a signed first printing copy of Mitch Hedburg's Strategic Grill Locations for $3.00 at our local thrift store.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: rose red on April 10, 2011, 04:15:18 PM
I've picked up books for 50 cents that regularly post online for over $50.

A friend took a bowl from a neighbor's garbage.  Years later she found out it's worth hundreds.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: momto3daughters on April 10, 2011, 06:19:37 PM
I picked up two McDonald's kitchen play set peices for 8.99 for the SET and even though retail its probably not woth a lot it brought hours of entertaiment to my preschoolers and even ended up with us getting a behind the scenes tour of our local McDonalds when I called and asked for donations of containers so so worth it..
Can't wait till my new center starts and my new class can enjoy it.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Ms_Shell on April 10, 2011, 07:07:52 PM
I was so excited to pick up the original box set of all the Little House on the Prairie books for $2.99 - especially since it's going for $30-$50 on Amazon.  Yay!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Slartibartfast on April 10, 2011, 07:45:29 PM
I walked into a local thrift store today looking for exactly one item: a toy tool set for Babybartfast.  She was pretend "fixing" things yesterday and I figured heck, it's worth a shot - they probably cost $20-$30 new, but there's at least a chance I might find it at a thrift store someday.

I FOUND ONE!  Cost me $1.  For a total of $4.50, I got:

1) the tool set
2) two skeins of good-quality yarn of a brand my friend loves - I don't crochet, but she makes me stuff :D
3) a game I think Babybartfast will love
4) a little metal bucket she will also love
5)the whole bucket FULL of beaded necklaces I can take apart and restring.  Seriously, I'd pay $3-$8 apiece for the beads on those things at a craft store, the thrift store had them for $1 apiece, and the guy saw I had the little bucketful and said he'd charge me $2 for the whole thing (8-9 necklaces)

Babybartfast has played with her toolset for four hours straight now  ;D
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Otterpop on April 10, 2011, 07:51:53 PM
I bought two Partylite gold swirled votive cups for $3.50.  I remember coveting them from the catalog at $25 each.  I also scout out Fenton glass and pick up a piece now and then for a few bucks.  It's ruffly victorian glass from the east coast.  No one in SoCal knows what it is so they just donate it.  I lurvs me them thrift stores!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: gmatoy on April 10, 2011, 08:19:20 PM
This week my best score was a quilting book that lists for $34.95. I paid 65 cents.

Our neighborhood St. Vincent De Paul's just closed. Sob!

My DH used to wonder what I saw in Thrift store shopping. Now he is a convert and, since he is retired, he spends more time "thrifting" than I do!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Melxb on April 10, 2011, 10:04:30 PM
I don't have any priceless stuff stories, but when I was in high school I used to buy most of my clothes from thrift stores.  Since it was the early 90's and it was the grunge era this was THE place to buy clothes.  I'd buy Levi 501 jeans for $2, and sometimes $1.  I found a lot of vintage clothes, from the 70's and sometimes the 60's and it was totally funky.  The only thing I wouldn't buy from thrift stores are shoes because they never fit right, although I ALWAYS tried on pairs to see if they were comfortable.

And speaking of Fenton glass--our old next-door neighbor moved out of her house in 2004 after living there since 1961.  She and her husband were the original owners.  They had a variety businesses and at one time owned a shop that sold fine jewelry and objects.  She became a packrat (ok, hoarder) after her husband passed away in the mid 1990's.  She moved to be closer to her children, grandchildren & great-grandchildren.  Although her daughter had gone through everything with value, there were still a lot of things in that house.  Our neighbor came over and gave my mom a lot of really neat costume jewelry and a HUGE box of Fenton glass objects.  Mostly they were vases or flower holders, and there was no complete set of anything, but there were a lot of little knick-knacks.  My mom now has all of this Fenton glass stuff laying around the house, decorating little spaces.  Much of it is worth hundreds of dollars.  My mom likes it, so she has no desire to ebay it or sell it.  My sister and I now joke that this is our inheritance.  >:D
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Zenith on April 10, 2011, 10:18:12 PM
A couple of days ago I noticed my thrift shop was having a '3 items for 10$' sale so I went in and bought 4 3 piece suits (2 never used) and 5 shirts and pants for 30$. Picked up a Nintendo DS for 10$ too all it was missing was a charger and I know where to get those.

Found some really funky coasters. They look like giant metal puzzle pieces and they fit together all 4 for 2$ and a new 15 slot knife block which I really needed.

I've found opal necklaces and earrings and now I seem to be finding real pearl jewelery. My favourite is my sterling silver pearl teardrop earrings for 1.50$. Also a leather jacket that was barley worn and 6 months old for 9$.

Haven't had much luck with shoes or furniture around here.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Hillia on April 10, 2011, 10:35:20 PM
A beautiful hand-pieced, hand quilted, postage-stamp Around the World pattern quilt (literally thousands of 1" square pieces of fabric hand sewn together)

A linen table cover, about 4" sq, with gorgeous elaborate drawn thread embroidery.

A cream jug (?) that I'm pretty sure is 1860-1880 Staffordshire, based on the pottery marks on the bottom.  That one was $1.50
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: swamp monster on April 10, 2011, 10:35:49 PM
I'm a massive clotheshorse (on a limited grad student budget), so love browsing thrift stores and secondhand places. My best find -- a black silk, corset-back dress, in almost brand-new condition, from one of the "official tailors" to the British royal family!!! Estimated cost, based on their website -- around $2,500 bucks. Total paid -- $4.50. (No, I did not know at the time what it was. Just knew that I loved it.) Best part, they have a coffee table book. The dress on the cover? You guessed it -- my dress! I've only worn it once and intend to preserve it to pass on to any future daughters/granddaughters that might come along.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Hexie on April 10, 2011, 10:43:19 PM
Thrift store diving is my favorite hobby!  I'm a huge Pyrex and Fire King junkie and I've had some great finds.  I found several pieces of Fire King Jadite dinnerware last year and made a tidy little profit on ebay.   ;)

I also found a Pyrex Chip and Dip set (Golden Scroll Promotional Cinderella 1959) and a set of orange Daisy Cinderella nesting bowls (1964).  I have a set of vintage Stetson China Company dinnerware too.  They are so fragile I don't even use them.  

My most recent treasure was two vintage pedestal milk glass mugs with red roosters on them.   ;D
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Moralia on April 11, 2011, 01:37:22 PM
Another Pyrex & Fire King junkie here! I have sooooo many casserole dishes and bowls, but when I find an orphan for 50 cents, I can't help but save it... and heaven help me if it's got snowflakes on it.

I found a thick-walled copper saucepan for $5 at St. Vinnies, it's tinning is worn but still good. I have 5 gallon copper stock pot that I found for $20 at a garage sale. I currently use it to store logs by the fireplace, but I hope to have it retinned eventually.  Those things are really expensive to buy new!

I also always check the flatware for sterling pieces. I have a small collection bought for 15-25 cents apiece that will eventually be sold to provide funds for the expansion of my good silverware collection.  :)
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: General Jinjur on April 11, 2011, 02:00:54 PM
Thrift store diving is my favorite hobby!  I'm a huge Pyrex and Fire King junkie and I've had some great finds.  I found several pieces of Fire King Jadite dinnerware last year and made a tidy little profit on ebay.   ;)

I also found a Pyrex Chip and Dip set (Golden Scroll Promotional Cinderella 1959) and a set of orange Daisy Cinderella nesting bowls (1964).  I have a set of vintage Stetson China Company dinnerware too.  They are so fragile I don't even use them. 

My most recent treasure was two vintage pedestal milk glass mugs with red roosters on them.   ;D

Another Pyrex & Fire King junkie here! I have sooooo many casserole dishes and bowls, but when I find an orphan for 50 cents, I can't help but save it... and heaven help me if it's got snowflakes on it.

My people! Although I am something of a Pyrex snob (Fire King things are so much thinner, and the patterns never appeal to me as much - which is not to say I don't have some). I can rarely find Pyrex scores here, people are well aware how cool and collectible it is. Usually I find it when I thrift while visiting the ILs in their teeny Texas town. Although, one of my greatest thrift scores was a set of stackable pink flower-pattern Pyrex mixing bowls that I spotted while checking out. They were $8 for the set, and I knew they were worth more than that, so I snapped em up and lo and behold, they're worth about $100. I don't think I'll sell though. I loooooove Pyrex :)

And those milk glass mugs with roosters? Score!

Recently I discovered the miracle of Half-Price Books. They buy pretty much everything, and have great prices on books. So now I pick up books at the thrift store for $.25-.50, and then sell them to the bookstore for store credit afterwards. I usually get around $1 a book, for newer trade paperbacks and the like.

I'm kind of leaning toward keeping the Lladro figurine. It's not really my kind of style, but it's so pretty, I just love looking at it.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: It's good to be Queen on April 11, 2011, 02:39:11 PM
This was back in the 50's.... my grandparents were at a fundraiser auction for the school.  No one was bidding on a box of what looked like junk, so my grandfather bought it for $.50 just so it would sell.  The box had some lengths of chain, some rags and, at that bottom, all wrapped up in newspaper, a complete tea set.  The set turned out to be Fovol Fry Glass and is currently sitting in my closet.  I checked the price on an antiques website and it is worth about $900.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: happygrrl on April 11, 2011, 02:52:05 PM
2 David Winter cottages, $15 each.  The after-market price -- $2000-$3000 each.

Wow! I just....wow! What a great score!  :)

Edited to add: I bought a gorgeous Beverly Feldman purse for $11 in perfect condition. I googled it, and found the smaller, less ornate version for $500. Gad, I love me some thrift store rootin'!  ;D
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: wyozozo on April 11, 2011, 02:52:52 PM
2 David Winter cottages, $15 each.  The after-market price -- $2000-$3000 each.

Wow! I just....wow! What a great score!  :)
I need to look into selling my David Winter collection!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Moralia on April 11, 2011, 03:05:23 PM
I keep my eyes open for pretty, glossy craft books. Those tend to get a good rate, too.

Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: esteban on April 11, 2011, 03:08:50 PM
I just checked ebay as I have a lot of David Winter cottages that my parents bought for me as I was growing up.  Nothing went anywhere near that high. 

Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: alkira6 on April 11, 2011, 03:12:26 PM
Hmm, over the past *cough* years I've gotten a lot of useful stuff like cheap pots and pans, dishes sets, clothing, and other cool stuff. The things that stand out are:

3 men's full length leather jackets, $10 each, ebayed 2 for over $100 each, gave 1 to my father

a box of costume jewelry to wear (cause I like older costume stuff) for $3, found that about 50 percent was sterling with a solitary diamond post earring that came in at .5 carats

brand new lane Bryant clothes, tags still on, for between $1-$10 each

a solid wood farm table for $45 - I actually guarded that until my DF came back with the truck to pick it up - the sharks were circling!

Mostly I find really good deals on clothing. Plus size clothing is ridiculously expensive.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Poirot on April 11, 2011, 03:19:20 PM
My best find was last spring at our local clothing resale shop. I found a brand new (with tags) formal from David's Bridal for $5.50. It had a half inch tear in the seam that took all of 2 minutes to stich up, and Angel loved it! Same trip I also bought her her first LBD for $4.00 (vintage 60's Dior)

Sometimes we get very lucky because she's an unusual size. (0 petite in today's sizing, the vintage Dior was a 2)
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Moralia on April 11, 2011, 03:35:14 PM
My best find was last spring at our local clothing resale shop. I found a brand new (with tags) formal from David's Bridal for $5.50. It had a half inch tear in the seam that took all of 2 minutes to stich up, and Angel loved it! Same trip I also bought her her first LBD for $4.00 (vintage 60's Dior)

Sometimes we get very lucky because she's an unusual size. (0 petite in today's sizing, the vintage Dior was a 2)
Vintage Dior?
*swoon*
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Ms_Shell on April 11, 2011, 03:38:47 PM
Same trip I also bought her her first LBD for $4.00 (vintage 60's Dior)

What?  That clothing pricer is obviously not a style maven!  Let's see, remove the decimal point and add a couple of zeroes... ;D

What a score, for sure!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: heartmug on April 11, 2011, 04:01:11 PM
I'm a massive clotheshorse (on a limited grad student budget), so love browsing thrift stores and secondhand places. My best find -- a black silk, corset-back dress, in almost brand-new condition, from one of the "official tailors" to the British royal family!!! Estimated cost, based on their website -- around $2,500 bucks. Total paid -- $4.50. (No, I did not know at the time what it was. Just knew that I loved it.) Best part, they have a coffee table book. The dress on the cover? You guessed it -- my dress! I've only worn it once and intend to preserve it to pass on to any future daughters/granddaughters that might come along.

Score!

My friends loves purses.  I always bake a from-scratch cake for her for her birthday.  I found a cake plate for $2 that had pictures of vintage purses painted all over it.  She loves that thing!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: General Jinjur on April 19, 2011, 03:48:40 PM
I have a new thrift score to report! While casually browsing the shoe section (usually the selection at my local thrift is nothing to get excited about - lots of Payless brand shoes in various states of disrepair) I spotted a brand-new pair of 8-hole steel-toe Doc Martens. I contained my excitement until I ascertained that - yes! - they were my size. The tag had been torn off, though, and since my thrift has a "no tag no sale" policy there was a chance I wouldn't be able to buy them. But the cashier didn't bother about the rules, just shrugged her shoulders and priced them at...

...wait for it...

THREE DOLLARS  :o

I squealed internally all the way home. Finally I have a replacement for my long-lost beloved Docs, and at a price I can actually afford. Hooray!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Ms_Cellany on April 19, 2011, 03:51:24 PM
A sewing machine for $6. It's older than me, but it's a Singer and it works better than my Mum's new one. You can still get parts for it too, and I downloaded the manual for it. It's green apple coloured and looks awesomely retro  :P

Sounds like it might be a Singer Featherweight, which is quite prized for being, well, a featherweight & easy to transport.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: lady_disdain on April 19, 2011, 04:01:31 PM
My best score: a vintage, wine colored Prada handbag, in very good condition, for $10!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: R_Suerte on April 19, 2011, 04:07:43 PM
At the Goodwill, we found a wooden play kitchen.  I think it is handmade* because there are no tags or labels on it.  One piece was a sink/stove/oven combo, the other was a refrigerator/freezer.  Perfect size for my kids, at the time.  It was priced at $25, I think, for both.  When we went to the register to pay for it, we learned it was "1/2 price Saturday."  So, it cost us $12.50 for both pieces.



*It looked hardly used. I hate to think somebody put a lot of effort into making it and nobody used it.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Ms_Shell on April 19, 2011, 04:10:19 PM
This is totally not as cool as some other PP's clothing finds, but back in 7th grade, I found the coolest pair of purple Chuck Taylors ever.  For like a dollar.  I've never seen them in purple before or since.    

Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Midnight Kitty on April 19, 2011, 04:14:16 PM
My personal favorite was a fully lined lilac silk skirt, which fits elegantly, for 99 cents. ;D

I dress very nicely because I buy almost all my clothes & shoes at the thrift store.  I find the selection at department stores limited with too much "hoochie mamma" attire.  I have a nice figure, especially for a woman in her mid-50s, but I don't feel the need to show it off anymore.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: General Jinjur on April 19, 2011, 04:30:50 PM
This is totally not as cool as some other PP's clothing finds, but back in 7th grade, I found the coolest pair of purple Chuck Taylors ever.  For like a dollar.  I've never seen them in purple before or since.    



Nah, that's pretty enviable. I would be thrilled to make such a find.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Bethalize on April 19, 2011, 04:34:00 PM
My friend wanted some sherry glasses for her birthday. When I said "new or vintage" she chose vintage. I found the most beautiful set of coloured glasses with clear stems, all very 1960s. There were five but she said that would be okay. I think they were at least part handmade as they are irregular in size.

At the weekend I found four glasses the same shape but with coloured stems and clear bowls. She loves the way they are now mix and match.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Morty'sCleaningLady on April 19, 2011, 07:07:20 PM
My best deals came from the trash.  I've lived in condos for some time and now have three beautiful patio tables.  All are rust free!  My most recent find needs scraped and repainted, but still, for free! 

My best garage sale deal is a $5 child's dresser that I use as a oversized bedside table.  It's a solid wood Sears dresser from the 70s that I re-stained and is a darling shabby chic find.  Of course, my $80 worth of crystal drawer pulls probably was a bit much, but from the Shabby Chic line this would cost a fortune.

I have a $20 mink stole that I have never truly taken advantage of, but it's fetching and I'll use it someday.

Biggest regret -- I walked away from a solid silver tea set because it had monogramming.  If I had it all to do over, that tea set (which was at a Salvation Army) would be in my corner hutch, regardless of monogram.  It was obviously sterling silver.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: wyozozo on April 19, 2011, 09:22:58 PM
I'm hoping to hit up some thrift stores in Salt Lake in a few weeks. I want to find some old silver plate forks to make some bracelets.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Hexteacher on April 20, 2011, 07:29:56 AM
With me it's books:  I have managed to get well over 100 out of print and/or expensive books in various charity shops.  More recently I have got hold of a lot of motorbike kit:
 
1 virtually brand new Oxford tank top bag - £5.00
2 pairs leather bike gloves - £3.00
2 leather motorbike jackets - £15.00 total
1 pair leather motorbike pants, barely used and in excellent condition - £15.00

I have also got hold of a full length leather trench-coat - £8.00

Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Moralia on April 20, 2011, 07:54:24 AM
I have two sets of stainless flatware that I alternate...a retro starburst pattern and a pressed bamboo pattern. 
While doing my usual rummaging through the silverware bins at Goodwill looking for sterling (hint: always check the butter knives...sterling handled butter knives are often overlooked) and found a whole bunch of bamboo patterned stainless for 29 cents apiece. 
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Lady Snowdon on April 20, 2011, 08:55:01 AM
Last weekend, DH and I found a brand new bathroom vanity cabinet at the Habitat for Humanity store.  Price?  $150 with tax.  Price for the exact same thing at Home Depot?  $279 before tax.  That's like $150 in savings!!! 
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: tnpenguinbaby on April 20, 2011, 08:58:41 AM
I found a lovely shell pink suit for my daughter at a thrift sale.  Evan Picone valued at about $400 - I paid $0.25!!  Also found her a Kasper all wool, fully lined suit for $6; it was valued at between $400 and $500.

Also found a pair of Birkenstock sandals NIB *in my size* for $9.  I found the exact same pair online for $130.

I have lots of silk shirts and skirts that I've collected too. I have made some pretty good jewelry finds.  I was sorting through a bin of costume jewelry at one store and pulled out an 18K gold necklace with 5 rough cut emeralds, each about 10 carats, and a vintage pearl and amethyst necklace and bracelet set.  I looove thrift stores  ;D
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Ms_Shell on April 20, 2011, 09:02:42 AM
My best garage sale deal is a $5 child's dresser that I use as a oversized bedside table.  It's a solid wood Sears dresser from the 70s that I re-stained and is a darling shabby chic find.  Of course, my $80 worth of crystal drawer pulls probably was a bit much, but from the Shabby Chic line this would cost a fortune.

I would love to see before and after pics if you have them!

I *love* finding free furniture and refinishing it.  Not only do I feel crafty, but I feel more comfortable experimenting with new decorating techniques on something I found vs. something  I paid for.  I once found an old beat up bench that I refinished in dark cherry stain with black velvet upholstery for the cushion (the fabric was a skirt from Big Lots I got for $5).  It's still my favorite piece of furniture in the house. 
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Post by: LadyClaire on April 20, 2011, 09:10:08 AM
This thread is making me feel like I should be going to Goodwill for more than just donating stuff. I am seriously envious of so many awesome finds!
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Post by: kymom3 on April 20, 2011, 09:36:17 AM
I found a La Creuset covered casserole dish at a junk store in southern Kentucky.  I bought a bunch of stuff so I'm not sure exactly what I paid, but it wasn't more than $5.
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Post by: mechtilde on April 20, 2011, 09:51:05 AM
A 100% wool, Windsmoor swing coat. I have had it for about 15 years and it is still going strong (although the collar need attention now)

10 pence.

Heck, I spent more on getting it relined after five years!
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Post by: Midnight Kitty on April 20, 2011, 07:13:13 PM
A 100% wool, Windsmoor swing coat. I have had it for about 15 years and it is still going strong (although the collar need attention now)

10 pence.

Heck, I spent more on getting it relined after five years!
I spend more having my clothes drycleaned than I do when I buy them. It costs $8 each time I have the 99 cent skirt cleaned.  I try to avoid anything that has to be drycleaned and stick with natural fabrics I can toss in the machine or hand wash at worst.  I will buy a nice pair of shoes that fit well and pay to have new heel tips or replace that elastic piece next to the ankle buckle (if you know what I mean).  So I'm willing to spend more on maintenance than I am on a new purchase.
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Post by: Ferrets on April 22, 2011, 08:51:39 PM
Snapped up a Leicester Tigers RFC jersey for £3.50 in the local charity shop this week - several years old and in very good nick. ;D New replica rugby kit is (as with most sports) extortionately-priced, and I prefer the traditional style of rugby jersey* anyhow, so I'm constantly scouting around for second-hand, older specimens like this one.

*Heavier material, and With A Proper Collar And Buttons, thankyousomuch. I am not enamoured of the newer, snug-fitting jobbies: the latest Wales kit looks like a football strip (http://www.welshicons.org.uk/news/wp-content/uploads/WRU_new_kit_banner2.jpg). :P
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Post by: Bethalize on April 23, 2011, 08:34:45 AM
I spend more having my clothes drycleaned than I do when I buy them. It costs $8 each time I have the 99 cent skirt cleaned. 

That would be a case for buying five skirts!
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Post by: Elisabunny on April 23, 2011, 03:23:51 PM
I buy most of my clothes at thrift shops.  But my favorite find was a $35 electric organ.  We had decided that our daughter (who was already learning piano) should learn at least the basics of organ, and when I saw that organ at the thrift shop...  Well, DD took to it right away, including the pedals! and is now majoring in music with an emphasis in organ and composition. :D 
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Post by: Moralia on April 24, 2011, 09:24:29 PM
I've been wanting a manual typewriter for a while now, but couldn't find one that worked AND was in my price range. Yesterday, I saw a cute little turquoise Smith-Corona portable in the auction case at the Goodwill. On a whim, I made a $15 bid and got the call that I was the high bidder later that afternoon. It was a bit frozen up, but nothing a proper oiling couldn't fix. It even had its manual and original sales receipt, dated 9-2-61!

 Tippity-tippity-tippity-ting!  :)
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Post by: Midnight Kitty on April 25, 2011, 03:12:21 PM
I spend more having my clothes drycleaned than I do when I buy them. It costs $8 each time I have the 99 cent skirt cleaned. 

That would be a case for buying five skirts!
If they had five more skirts, I would have bought them!  But the thrill of discovering such a great deal in a thrift store is due to its relative rarity.  One might be able to go to a department store, find a skirt that fits, and buy one in blue, another in green, and a third in mauve.*  When one goes to a thrift store, almost every item is unique.


*One might, but for some reason, I never do.  I have bad luck finding stuff I like that fits me in department stores so I stick to the thrift stores. :D
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Post by: KimberlyM on April 25, 2011, 05:02:18 PM
I'm not patient enough for thrift store shopping.  I wish I were, but I just can't do it.  DH, however, will hunt for months if he wants something.  This weekend he bought a watch at a garage sale for $20, still in the box with the protective coating etc.  Got it home and had DS scan the barcode with his nifty phone thingy and found it retails for $175!
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Post by: Suze on April 25, 2011, 05:08:57 PM
while I go thrift store shopping it is NEVER with the intent to buy anything special

it just has to jump out and grab me

and I have been to a lot of thrift stores that I could probably never find again if my life depended on it....I get turned around easy and no I don't have a GPS, don't want one either.

If I am on my way home form somewhere and I don't HAVE to be there in a hurry - as long as I am heading in the general direction of home, I'm good.
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Post by: steelstress on April 25, 2011, 08:48:21 PM
No big exciting score for me ever... but, I like to look thru books and photo frames for old photos.  I have found photos dating back to the 50's, 60's, 70's.

I've got an old photo from the early 50's of an LAPD officer, patrol car, and the station in the background.

Another of a couple on a boat, the man in some kind of uniform (coast guard?).  Judging by the woman's hairstyle and clothes, that dates back to the 60's.

Another of 2 uniformed firemen, one in the car, one standing next to it.  dating back to the 50's, judging by the car.

Another of a photo of (written on back of photo) "Palais de Chaillot - From Eiffel Tower.  1977 Paris, France.

Little pieces of history.
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Post by: Aggiesque on April 25, 2011, 09:27:07 PM
That's really neat, steelstress!
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Post by: wyozozo on April 25, 2011, 09:29:06 PM
I have a friend that buys old portrait photos and hangs them in his house. Then he makes up stories for each on and tells visitors all about "his family". The stories are outrageous and hilarious!
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Post by: Shoo on April 25, 2011, 09:34:16 PM
I bought a picture from a thrift store just because the frame was a good size and in perfect condition.  And it had perfect glass.  I paid $10 for it, which was a good deal for just the frame alone!

When I got home, I looked up the picture in the frame and found out it was a numbered etching by an artist named Paul Bisson from England, called Burnt Stubble.  At the time, there were only two others being sold that I could find anywhere on the internet.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that my $10 purchase was worth about $400!!  I have it hanging on my wall -- it's a really cool piece of art!
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Post by: Black Delphinium on April 25, 2011, 10:30:33 PM
I actually wrote a poem years ago about finding an old picture at a yard sale. I had almost forgotten about it.
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Post by: dman on April 25, 2011, 10:33:18 PM
Don't leave us hanging.  Post the poem!
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Post by: Black Delphinium on April 25, 2011, 10:35:56 PM
Effigy in Sepia

A portrait dug out of a family closest, some unnamed embarrassment fit only for the trash bin, marked obscenely with a price tag in phosphorescent lime.

" $0.15"

A humbled paragon, forced to display her shame, forever.

The photograph is old, classic sepia stained with umber tears.

Tawny hair, light brown or blond, done in period curls-smooth, even spirals that skip over shoulders encased in white lawn, falling majestically to cover her half-developed form.

Her eyes are dark, substantial pools of placid resignation, perhaps overly wide and deep in her bird-like face. They lay beneath fine brows, cradling her smooth, thin nose between them.

Below the smooth line of her pale nose wine-dark lips hold themselves in gentle repose. A hint of melancholy sits tucked away in the small, pointed corners of her smile.

The family came from money then, not that the money is all gone now, but it has lost it's classic elegance in the passing years.

Her dress is of white lawn, edged in cobweb lace and ebony ribbon. Wrists and neck are held delicately in intricate clouds.

Even more spotless than the dress that encases her are the snow-pure gloves that rest lightly on the arms of her wheeled prison, the proud tension holding then not dimmed by time.

Handsome shoes of jet calfskin dangle inert, pointed at the grass beneath her in mocking stillness.

Entranced, I placed a five dollar bill in front of the greedy cow who watched me with suspicious eyes.

Heedless of her waspish cries for my return, I left, cradling my lost angel to my chest.
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Post by: MizB on April 26, 2011, 11:49:49 AM
Mr. O loves thrift stores and is always scouring for cast away famous art. He's bought quite a bit of stuff and most of my furniture right now is either from a family friend or the thrift store.
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Post by: Everlee on April 26, 2011, 11:59:23 AM
I'm not very good at going to thrift stores and rummages and finding the good stuff.  I mainly go for clothes.  I can buy an entire season of clothes for my kids for about $20-$30 bucks.  All name brand stuff.  I obsessively wait for the good rummages and hit them up and I know to look for winter stuff in the summer and summer stuff in the winter at consignment and thrift stores since they're usually on clearance.
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Post by: lady_disdain on April 30, 2011, 02:58:39 PM
No big exciting score for me ever... but, I like to look thru books and photo frames for old photos.  I have found photos dating back to the 50's, 60's, 70's.

I've got an old photo from the early 50's of an LAPD officer, patrol car, and the station in the background.

Another of a couple on a boat, the man in some kind of uniform (coast guard?).  Judging by the woman's hairstyle and clothes, that dates back to the 60's.

Another of 2 uniformed firemen, one in the car, one standing next to it.  dating back to the 50's, judging by the car.

Another of a photo of (written on back of photo) "Palais de Chaillot - From Eiffel Tower.  1977 Paris, France.

Little pieces of history.


I collect old pictures from a certain vantage point in my home town. It has been a tourist spot for a long time so you can get quite old pictures from the same vantage point and trace how the city developed and changed. Bonus point since my college can easily be seen in these pictures (well, from the 40s on).

The oldest I have is from the 20s, handcoloured.
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Post by: tnpenguinbaby on April 30, 2011, 08:14:43 PM
Ooooh I  just found an awesome gift for a friend of mine today!!  She is a huuuuuge Miami Heat fan.  For some reason, buried in the
XL men's t-shirts I find an NBA licensed, puffy down Miami Heat starter jacket for.........drum roll....................$7  :o

My friend loooves me lots right now LOL
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Post by: Micah on May 01, 2011, 05:48:01 AM
A sewing machine for $6. It's older than me, but it's a Singer and it works better than my Mum's new one. You can still get parts for it too, and I downloaded the manual for it. It's green apple coloured and looks awesomely retro  :P

Sounds like it might be a Singer Featherweight, which is quite prized for being, well, a featherweight & easy to transport.

Yeah, that's what it is. I don't know about the featherweight bit, it weighs a ton. But I suppose it weighed a lot less than the other machines of its time. I'm trying to track down some of the coggy bits that go in the top for different stitches (can't remember the technical name). You can get them, but so far I haven't found the ones I want.
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Post by: Ms_Cellany on May 01, 2011, 09:23:59 AM
A sewing machine for $6. It's older than me, but it's a Singer and it works better than my Mum's new one. You can still get parts for it too, and I downloaded the manual for it. It's green apple coloured and looks awesomely retro  :P

Sounds like it might be a Singer Featherweight, which is quite prized for being, well, a featherweight & easy to transport.

Yeah, that's what it is. I don't know about the featherweight bit, it weighs a ton. But I suppose it weighed a lot less than the other machines of its time. I'm trying to track down some of the coggy bits that go in the top for different stitches (can't remember the technical name). You can get them, but so far I haven't found the ones I want.

They're called cogs. :)

You really cleaned up! Featherweights are worth hundreds.
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Post by: Suze on May 01, 2011, 09:49:07 AM
A sewing machine for $6. It's older than me, but it's a Singer and it works better than my Mum's new one. You can still get parts for it too, and I downloaded the manual for it. It's green apple coloured and looks awesomely retro  :P

Sounds like it might be a Singer Featherweight, which is quite prized for being, well, a featherweight & easy to transport.

Yeah, that's what it is. I don't know about the featherweight bit, it weighs a ton. But I suppose it weighed a lot less than the other machines of its time. I'm trying to track down some of the coggy bits that go in the top for different stitches (can't remember the technical name). You can get them, but so far I haven't found the ones I want.

They're called cogs. :)

You really cleaned up! Featherweights are worth hundreds.


I don't think it is a Featherweight -- they don't have cogs/cams for different stiches and they only weighed about 12 pounds

http://singer-featherweight.com/

however you made a really good score - I'm sort of envious
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Post by: wyozozo on May 01, 2011, 10:19:50 AM
Featherweights were black. But you still got a great machine.
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Post by: carol1412 on May 02, 2011, 03:41:39 PM
A sewing machine for $6. It's older than me, but it's a Singer and it works better than my Mum's new one. You can still get parts for it too, and I downloaded the manual for it. It's green apple coloured and looks awesomely retro  :P

Sounds like it might be a Singer Featherweight, which is quite prized for being, well, a featherweight & easy to transport.

Yeah, that's what it is. I don't know about the featherweight bit, it weighs a ton. But I suppose it weighed a lot less than the other machines of its time. I'm trying to track down some of the coggy bits that go in the top for different stitches (can't remember the technical name). You can get them, but so far I haven't found the ones I want.

They're called cogs. :)

You really cleaned up! Featherweights are worth hundreds.


My mom had a machine like that when I was learning to sew. But she called the inserts "cams" rather than "cogs". I was always facinated watching them work.
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Post by: wyozozo on May 17, 2011, 10:14:05 PM
I found one of these (http://www.bankstantiques.com/Oak-Library-Stick-Ball-Magazine-Rack_p_49.html) at a local shop on Saturday...I paid $21.95!!

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Post by: aiki on May 17, 2011, 10:34:48 PM
A sewing machine for $6. It's older than me, but it's a Singer and it works better than my Mum's new one. You can still get parts for it too, and I downloaded the manual for it. It's green apple coloured and looks awesomely retro  :P

Sounds like it might be a Singer Featherweight, which is quite prized for being, well, a featherweight & easy to transport.

Yeah, that's what it is. I don't know about the featherweight bit, it weighs a ton. But I suppose it weighed a lot less than the other machines of its time. I'm trying to track down some of the coggy bits that go in the top for different stitches (can't remember the technical name). You can get them, but so far I haven't found the ones I want.

The cog-thingies are called cams - I picked up a set from Trademe (local online auction site - I don't know what the Aus equivalent is).
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Post by: Talamarie on May 17, 2011, 11:00:31 PM
http://www.amazon.com/Ben-Sherman-Womens-Chichester-Swing/dp/B001F521TW

I got this coat, brand new with tags for 5$ while it was still listed in the upper 300$
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Post by: 8cowwife on May 18, 2011, 12:04:52 AM
Mine isn't huge but I love it just the same.  I went looking for garden pots, instead I came home with a great navy with white polka dot dress that I get compliments on every time I wear it.  Happiness for 5.00.
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Post by: MummySweet on May 18, 2011, 01:05:59 AM
Last week I bought a two seater sofa on ebay for 99 pence! It was described as "sand" colored, but the pic looked really pink.  It's in great shape, and I didn't care about the color since it was destined for the playroom (in fact, I thought my daughter would love a pink couch!)   When we picked it up, it really was sand color and actually nice enough to go in our formal living room.
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Post by: wyozozo on May 18, 2011, 06:01:21 PM
Found this super denim jacket (http://www.cabelas.com/product/Cabelas-Womens-Jackson-Denim-Jacket/1144655.uts?Ntk=AllProducts&searchPath=%2Fcatalog%2Fsearch.cmd%3Fform_state%3DsearchForm%26N%3D0%26fsch%3Dtrue%26Ntk%3DAllProducts%26Ntt%3Ddenim%2Bjacket%26WTz_l%3DHeader%253BSearch-All%2BProducts&Ntt=denim+jacket&WTz_l=Header%3BSearch-All+Products) for $1.
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Post by: Midnight Kitty on May 19, 2011, 03:45:54 PM
Mine isn't huge but I love it just the same.  I went looking for garden pots, instead I came home with a great navy with white polka dot dress that I get compliments on every time I wear it.  Happiness for 5.00.
I had an episode of anxiety January 2010 brought on by overwork and stress from furloughs/reduced benefits/layoffs at work.  I lifted my spirits by indulging in a little "retail therapy."  I went to my favorite thrift store and found a knock-out muu-muu for $8 which flattered my figure and coloring.  I wore it when we worked the door for our friends' concert and all the positive comments really lifted my spirits.

That dress worked much, much better than drugs.  Rest, "equine assisted therapy" (I went riding on our horse), and a readjusted work load cured me.  I still have the dress, but I only wear it for special occasions.

Last time I wore it, this man (a little older than my mid-50s) came up to me to compliment me on how great I looked.  Then he said, "My wife said I could tell you."  I looked behind him and there was his wife, smiling.  She gave me a little finger wave.  I smiled & finger waved back. Honestly, it was a bit odd, but kinda sweet, too.  I guess he wanted to make sure I knew he wasn't hitting on me.
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Post by: EMuir on May 19, 2011, 03:48:42 PM
Got a set of older stacking stools (70's) in a colour other than gross orange, they'd been reupholstered, all I had to do was replace the little plastic feet.  You can't find stacking stools around in stores anymore!
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Post by: Midnight Kitty on May 19, 2011, 03:50:17 PM
Found this super denim jacket (http://www.cabelas.com/product/Cabelas-Womens-Jackson-Denim-Jacket/1144655.uts?Ntk=AllProducts&searchPath=%2Fcatalog%2Fsearch.cmd%3Fform_state%3DsearchForm%26N%3D0%26fsch%3Dtrue%26Ntk%3DAllProducts%26Ntt%3Ddenim%2Bjacket%26WTz_l%3DHeader%253BSearch-All%2BProducts&Ntt=denim+jacket&WTz_l=Header%3BSearch-All+Products) for $1.
You and MummySweet deserve high fives for your "dollar deals."  I think MS's 99 cent sofa trumps my 99 cent silk skirt (see above).  I'm gobstruck impressed!

It's all good and we're all winners on this thread! ;D
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Post by: General Jinjur on May 19, 2011, 04:01:50 PM
Last time I wore it, this man (a little older than my mid-50s) came up to me to compliment me on how great I looked.  Then he said, "My wife said I could tell you."  I looked behind him and there was his wife, smiling.  She gave me a little finger wave.  I smiled & finger waved back. Honestly, it was a bit odd, but kinda sweet, too.  I guess he wanted to make sure I knew he wasn't hitting on me.

Some years back I bought a 1920s velvet cloche in a burnt-orange color. I rarely wore it because it was so vintage, but did bring it out from time to time. The first time I wore it was out at a restaurant with my mom. An older gentleman came up to me and said, "I like your hat!" I thanked him, then he turned to my mom and asked, "Is this your daughter?" When she responded in the affirmative, he said, "Well, tell her I like her hat!"  :D
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Post by: Everlee on May 19, 2011, 08:50:05 PM
I accidentally broke my daughters little kid table that they sat at and had picnics and colored and what not.  Who knew it couldn't handle my weight.   ::)
So I've been looking for a cheap kids table and finally found one today!  It is a tiny fold up table that looks like it was from the seventies.  Really tacky vinyl top.  I am in love with it.  I wish I could post it's picture up here because it's adorable.  And only $3!
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Post by: mbbored on May 28, 2011, 10:56:46 PM
Biking by the thrift store today, I saw they had $0.15 books outside. I picked up a dozen, went inside to pay, and spotted some pants & cute seersucker shorts, then 2 real silk scarves. When I went to pay, it turns out everything is 50% off today, so I paid $8.00 for all of that. So, I decided to meander some more, and found a gorgeous set of milk glass vases, some crystal candlesticks and crystal champagne glasses. I paid $8.50 for all of that.

So, to sum up for $16.50 I got:
12 books
4 candlesticks
3 vases
2 champagne glasses
2 silk scarves
1 pair of khakis
1 pair of shorts.

Best thrifting day EVER.
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Post by: Slartibartfast on May 28, 2011, 11:07:56 PM
Biking by the thrift store today, I saw they had $0.15 books outside. I picked up a dozen, went inside to pay, and spotted some pants & cute seersucker shorts, then 2 real silk scarves. When I went to pay, it turns out everything is 50% off today, so I paid $8.00 for all of that. So, I decided to meander some more, and found a gorgeous set of milk glass vases, some crystal candlesticks and crystal champagne glasses. I paid $8.50 for all of that.

So, to sum up for $16.50 I got:
12 books
4 candlesticks
3 vases
2 champagne glasses
2 silk scarves
1 pair of khakis
1 pair of shorts.

Best thrifting day EVER.

And then you had to bike it all home, so you got some extra exercise too?   ;D
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Post by: Ms_Shell on May 29, 2011, 06:57:55 AM
DH and I went estate saling (sailing? :P) yesterday.  We got an antique barrel back chair, a marble topped utility table, and a marble doorknob for the grand total of $125.  Score!


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Post by: mbbored on May 29, 2011, 11:03:31 AM
Biking by the thrift store today, I saw they had $0.15 books outside. I picked up a dozen, went inside to pay, and spotted some pants & cute seersucker shorts, then 2 real silk scarves. When I went to pay, it turns out everything is 50% off today, so I paid $8.00 for all of that. So, I decided to meander some more, and found a gorgeous set of milk glass vases, some crystal candlesticks and crystal champagne glasses. I paid $8.50 for all of that.

So, to sum up for $16.50 I got:
12 books
4 candlesticks
3 vases
2 champagne glasses
2 silk scarves
1 pair of khakis
1 pair of shorts.

Best thrifting day EVER.

And then you had to bike it all home, so you got some extra exercise too?   ;D

I went very carefully, and very slowly with the bag of fragiles hanging from my handlebars.
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Post by: General Jinjur on May 29, 2011, 12:05:20 PM
Milk glass? Jellus.
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Post by: Talamarie on May 29, 2011, 02:06:27 PM
Yesterdays find:

(http://img.makeupalley.com/4/1/6/2/1980429.JPG)
(http://img.makeupalley.com/4/1/6/2/1980430.JPG)
(http://img.makeupalley.com/4/1/6/2/1980431.JPG)
(http://img.makeupalley.com/4/1/6/2/1980432.JPG)
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Post by: MissRose on May 29, 2011, 02:19:12 PM
Sounds like people have found amazing deals.

I have found various name brand items of clothing and sometimes shoes mainly in new, very good, or like new condition for low prices.  Some of them have had the original tags still on them.

I also like thrift stores to find books, dvds, and cds for bargain prices too.

I did find for myself at a yard sale one time a Kate Spade black purse for ...... $1 !!!  ;D

When I was younger, I hated yard sales cause sometimes they may have been at a classmate's home if they were local.  Out of town ones, I preferred more because I would not know the kids there.

These days, I prefer a good yard/rummage/garage sales and thrift stores.
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Post by: LadyClaire on May 29, 2011, 03:42:07 PM
Talamarie, that dress is lovely and so flattering on you!
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Post by: Ms_Cellany on May 29, 2011, 03:56:17 PM
I sometimes find very nice coffee table books at thrift stores for a song, then resell them at Half Price Books for 2-3x a song.
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Post by: Amaya on May 29, 2011, 03:58:03 PM
I went to a bunch of yard sales early yesterday morning. Best find: a three-piece American Tourister luggage set, in excellent condition, for $10 total! The inside is a gorgeous mint green embroidered with darker green embellishments. The outside is that distinct 70's shade of pea soup green, but I love vintage stuff, so it's fine by me. Definitely beats paying upwards of $100 for a set from a retail store!
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Post by: Cutenoob on May 29, 2011, 05:47:59 PM
I found a Cable & Gauge sweater, in a bright happy blue color - tags still attached for about $15.  Those sweaters aren't cheap.

Most of the other things I find are just bleh.  No real scores lately!
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Post by: Talamarie on May 30, 2011, 12:31:11 AM
Talamarie, that dress is lovely and so flattering on you!

Thanks! It's BCBG Maxazaria, so it would have been a few hundred dollars- was 8$ with the dry cleaning tags still on :-)
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Post by: ZaftigWife on May 30, 2011, 03:55:53 AM
My mom bought a huge manila envelope of photographs labeled "WWII" at an estate sale for $3.00, and gave them to me, since I like such things.  The woman to whom it belonged worked for a newspaper during the war, and there are maybe a hundred vintage photos from the 1940s.  They are awesome.  My favorite is one of General and Mrs. Eisenhower on the porch of one of our local hotels.

Value = priceless  ;D
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Black Delphinium on May 30, 2011, 07:11:09 AM
My mom bought a huge manila envelope of photographs labeled "WWII" at an estate sale for $3.00, and gave them to me, since I like such things.  The woman to whom it belonged worked for a newspaper during the war, and there are maybe a hundred vintage photos from the 1940s.  They are awesome.  My favorite is one of General and Mrs. Eisenhower on the porch of one of our local hotels.

Value = priceless  ;D
Please tell me that they're all in a lovely album now? Or that you've scanned them and we can see?  ;)
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Post by: steelstress on May 30, 2011, 11:28:02 AM
My mom bought a huge manila envelope of photographs labeled "WWII" at an estate sale for $3.00, and gave them to me, since I like such things.  The woman to whom it belonged worked for a newspaper during the war, and there are maybe a hundred vintage photos from the 1940s.  They are awesome.  My favorite is one of General and Mrs. Eisenhower on the porch of one of our local hotels.

Value = priceless  ;D

Oh my!  I would LOVE to see these photos!  Plan to put them up somewhere so we can view?
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Post by: ZaftigWife on May 30, 2011, 04:55:56 PM
You're right, I should scan them! 

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Post by: Bellantara on May 30, 2011, 04:59:52 PM
You're right, I should scan them! 



Please do!!
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Post by: Amasi on June 04, 2011, 11:11:05 PM
I've always dreamed of finding something valuable/awesome for a few dollars. Unfortunately the one time I did stumble on something unexpectedly valuable, it was a library book which happened to be a rare first edition. Of course I returned it.

I have taken to collecting a set of dishes from various second hand shops. It's so much fun to spot a new piece, even though I have no idea what I'll use half of them for. They're fairly common, so I wonder if anyone can identify their origin:

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p238/Valoveer/P1000418-1.jpg)

I'd love to know how many pieces I have to go! Although I think the cups are technically not part of the set since the pattern is different, they match well enough.

I'm also considering swapping all my mismatched plates and saucers for a certain dinner set that crops up everywhere. Apparently it was part of a supermarket promotion some time ago.
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Post by: General Jinjur on June 05, 2011, 07:25:24 AM
I just bought a set of primary-colored Pyrex mixing bowls, from the 60s, I think, for $5. And another medium bowl in a pattern I didn't have. And another large yellow mixing bowl. I bought the primary-colored set (and the pink set, which was $8) with the intention of selling them, but now I'm hesitating on that. I never enjoyed selling on Ebay, and shipping breakables just seems so fraught...but we're moving soon and I don't want to pack up this sky-high stack of Pyrex!
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Post by: Valentines Mommy on June 05, 2011, 07:51:25 AM
Does the solid natural cherry dining room set I bought on craigslist count?

6 chairs, table with 3 leaves that can seat 10, table pad and buffet all circa 1950. No mdf or particle board at all.

I paid $500 for the lot.
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Post by: wyozozo on June 05, 2011, 10:28:54 AM
Does the solid natural cherry dining room set I bought on craigslist count?

6 chairs, table with 3 leaves that can seat 10, table pad and buffet all circa 1950. No mdf or particle board at all.

I paid $500 for the lot.
That counts! I'm envious!

I did forget about my vintage enamel topped table....the neighbor gave me. He had it sitting in his yard.
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Post by: steelstress on June 05, 2011, 09:01:23 PM
I just bought a set of primary-colored Pyrex mixing bowls, from the 60s, I think, for $5. And another medium bowl in a pattern I didn't have. And another large yellow mixing bowl. I bought the primary-colored set (and the pink set, which was $8) with the intention of selling them, but now I'm hesitating on that. I never enjoyed selling on Ebay, and shipping breakables just seems so fraught...but we're moving soon and I don't want to pack up this sky-high stack of Pyrex!

I FOUND quite a stash of old Pyrex mixing bowls, casseroles, etc.... guess where?  Sitting outside my condo complex's trash dumpster.  All neatly stacked and sitting on the ground.  I picked it ALL up!  Probably close to 20 pcs.  I still have it all, too.  Not a thrift store find, but quite a find!
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Post by: Ms_Cellany on June 06, 2011, 12:36:18 PM
At the garage sale for our women's chorus on Saturday, I scored an unopened bottle of Williams-Sonoma Cabernet Vinegar for $1. (Original sticker on the bottom was $16.)

I loooooove Cabernet Vinegar!
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Post by: kethria on June 10, 2011, 09:07:58 PM
We spent the week in Rehoboth Beach Delaware, and I went to the Corningware outlet and lusted after a set of Visions cookware.

Then we stopped at a local thrift store and they had 2 saucepans.

The discounted price at the outlet: 41.99 and 34.99 each

The price at the thrift store 5 dollars and 7 dollars.
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Post by: General Jinjur on June 11, 2011, 08:30:28 AM
My local thrift is simply awash in my favorite clothing item: knee-length A-line printed cotton skirts. I get, like, at least two every time I step in there. They're just so awesome to have for the summer - put on a fitted T and flip-flops, dun dun DONE!

Last visit I also picked up some cool brand-new Rocket Dog shoes. Love.
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Post by: mbbored on June 11, 2011, 05:22:02 PM
My local thrift is simply awash in my favorite clothing item: knee-length A-line printed cotton skirts. I get, like, at least two every time I step in there. They're just so awesome to have for the summer - put on a fitted T and flip-flops, dun dun DONE!

Last visit I also picked up some cool brand-new Rocket Dog shoes. Love.

My closest overflows with cotton knee-length printed a-line skirts.

Today's treasures included a pair of gap khakis, a printed jersey wrap dress, 3 graphic tees and a canister for $5.04.
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Post by: minky on June 11, 2011, 05:57:04 PM
I've always dreamed of finding something valuable/awesome for a few dollars. Unfortunately the one time I did stumble on something unexpectedly valuable, it was a library book which happened to be a rare first edition. Of course I returned it.

I have taken to collecting a set of dishes from various second hand shops. It's so much fun to spot a new piece, even though I have no idea what I'll use half of them for. They're fairly common, so I wonder if anyone can identify their origin:

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p238/Valoveer/P1000418-1.jpg)

I'd love to know how many pieces I have to go! Although I think the cups are technically not part of the set since the pattern is different, they match well enough.

I'm also considering swapping all my mismatched plates and saucers for a certain dinner set that crops up everywhere. Apparently it was part of a supermarket promotion some time ago.

Do they have any writing on the bottom?  Take a picture of the bottom and post it and maybe someone can identify it.

A good place for pottery and glass info is the eBay Pottery, Glass and Porcelain forum.  It's in the Community section under Discussion Forums.  They know everything.
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Post by: Suze on June 11, 2011, 06:03:33 PM
Amasi - I think your dishes just might be a grocery store promotion item

they look familiar - try Kroger's or IGA
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Post by: Black Delphinium on June 11, 2011, 10:51:28 PM
Simkin got a USB compatible flight stick for his computer for $0.75...they sell for about $16 on Amazon.
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Post by: Sanity Lost on June 11, 2011, 10:57:30 PM
Picked up a brand new pack&play (with changing table) and almost new baby swing for a grand total of $80

Would have cost me almost $200 at the store Yay :-)
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Post by: yokozbornak on June 12, 2011, 02:56:21 PM
I bought an antique oak dresser and carved mirror today at Goodwill for $19.99.  I am so excited!  One piece of wood on the mirror was loose, but I have it glued and clamped down right now so it should be good as new once it dries. Everything else is in amazing condition, and it even has the original brass handles.  I am almost bought a similar one a few years ago for $200, but DH and I decided that we really couldn't afford it at the time.

I saw it immediately when I walked in and my heart started racing.  I heard a lady at the front asking about a dresser so I was bummed that I missed out on it.  Fortunately, she was talking about another dresser so I snatched the price tag off of that one and bought it immediately!
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Post by: wyozozo on June 12, 2011, 03:19:37 PM
^Score!!!
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Post by: bluedahlia on June 12, 2011, 06:26:56 PM
Best score ever:  I bought an Anne Klein dress for $6 on clearance at Buffalo Exchange and wore it for several years.  It was gorgeous and I always got a ton of compliments.  Five years later I took it to a different consignment shop and they sold it for $30 and I got 40 percent so I MADE six bucks on the deal.
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Post by: Information_queen on June 12, 2011, 08:50:34 PM
I spend more having my clothes drycleaned than I do when I buy them. It costs $8 each time I have the 99 cent skirt cleaned. 

That would be a case for buying five skirts!
If they had five more skirts, I would have bought them!  But the thrill of discovering such a great deal in a thrift store is due to its relative rarity.  One might be able to go to a department store, find a skirt that fits, and buy one in blue, another in green, and a third in mauve.*  When one goes to a thrift store, almost every item is unique.


*One might, but for some reason, I never do.  I have bad luck finding stuff I like that fits me in department stores so I stick to the thrift stores. :D


That was so not my experience today. I found two identical pairs of petite Lane Bryant jeans (going to be hemmed for capris, cuz I'm not petite!), another in the same size in regular, and two pairs of identical Lane Bryant gaucho pants, which alas did not fit because those would have been perfect for the summer.

I ended up getting all three pairs of jeans for $14. That's $120 worth of jeans. And our Goodwill tags by size group so I only had to look at the red tagged jeans; that saved me sooooo much time.
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Post by: Alida on June 12, 2011, 10:48:39 PM
Oh, I wish ours tagged by size group - everything is arranged by color, instead.

Today, however, I did find:

Talbot slacks (reg. $ 89): $ 5.50
Fun soup cups that my grandmother had when I was a little girl: 2 for .97 each (I found tomato and chicken soup). This (http://www.etsy.com/listing/29452575/vintage-set-of-4-recipe-soup-mugs) is the full set and what I'd love to find eventually!


(edited because apparently I cannot spell tonight!)
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Post by: Bijou on June 12, 2011, 10:53:00 PM
Yesterday at a garage sale I got an 8 by 10 black and white glossy of the Lone Ranger and Tonto on their horses.  I showed it to my son and he noticed that it looked like Lone had a tall cactus sticking out of the top of his hat.  Now that's all I see when I look at the picture.  Oh, well.  It was only two bucks.   ::)
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Post by: wyozozo on June 12, 2011, 10:53:41 PM
I see those soup cups all the time! Want me to pick them up for you?
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Post by: Alida on June 12, 2011, 10:54:28 PM
Oh, I would love that! Please let me know! I can't find them around here usually.
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Post by: Rohanna on June 12, 2011, 11:14:52 PM
My mom has a whollle lot of those, but I have no idea if they are "vintage" or more recent reproductions.
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Post by: Tai on June 12, 2011, 11:17:01 PM
DH and I have a standing date on every other Saturday to go yard-saling and thrifting.  In the last month we've spent a total of $50 on a micro-fridge/heater for the car, a butcher block topped bakers rack, a brand new breadmaker, 3 dozen quart canning jars, an antique enamelled teapot and matching cookie jar with our wedding flowers on it, about a dozen books, a 3 piece luggage set, and a full set of Veggie Tale tapes for the kiddos.  

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Post by: siamesecat2965 on June 13, 2011, 08:04:41 PM
Not a thrift score, but dumpster, and not mine, but just seen on Antiques Roadshow.  A woman brought in a photo and 1949 cancelled payroll check signed by Micky Mantle.  Her grandfather had been the manager of one of the Yankee minor league teams and fished them out of the trash!  Micky's first year in baseball; photo was worth about $1000, but the check was one of the earliest examples of his signature, and from his first year playing baseball.  Check was worth $30-50K, and when he asked if she had any more, she said there were five in total.  Value for all $150K - 200K and he said he might be low!  She was crying at the first appraisal, and speechless after he told her what they all were worth!
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Post by: whiterose on June 13, 2011, 08:13:30 PM
My best thrift store purchase ever happened in 2003.

BG: I like cosplaying. I wanted to cosplay all the outfits my favorite character in my favorite anime wore. One of them was a long pink gown with long sleeves.

Well, I found the PERFECT base dress to make this costume with at a Salvation Army store back in Spring of 2003. I bought the dress and adjusted it. I bought the decorations. I made the costume. I have worn it several times. I love it so much.

http://www.cosplaylab.com/cosplayers/costumes/details.asp?costumeid=163492
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Post by: Suze on June 19, 2011, 03:31:09 PM
I just picked up a pair of wooden shoes for $5 - finished and stained brown and more important

they fit me

I've been told they make great mud shoes....(SCA geek here)

normal price - about $50.00
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Post by: Elfmama on June 19, 2011, 06:37:10 PM
I just picked up a pair of wooden shoes for $5 - finished and stained brown and more important

they fit me

I've been told they make great mud shoes....(SCA geek here)

normal price - about $50.00
Not sure if this applies, since I bought my fabric at a regular fabric store, but I got 2 yards of cotton velveteen and 2 yards of brocade for $1 a yard.  It became what I call my $20 Italian Ren. And the only reason the cost went up $20 was the $10 of trim I bought at Pennsic! ;D
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Post by: Suze on June 19, 2011, 07:01:39 PM
only $10 of trim ?

Pillaged Villaged didn't let you out with no money?
(Hey we tried to get everybody that walked in to buy some)

or did you get it somewhere else?

but yeah - you got a great deal
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Post by: Elfmama on June 19, 2011, 07:07:58 PM
only $10 of trim ?

Pillaged Villaged didn't let you out with no money?
(Hey we tried to get everybody that walked in to buy some)

or did you get it somewhere else?

but yeah - you got a great deal
Pillaged Village got the money for our 4 wooden trenchers. ;)  Many, many, many years ago....
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Post by: Ms_Cellany on June 20, 2011, 05:09:04 PM
The Sweetie & I are going to Port Aransas next month with my sister, her family, and our dad. So far at the Salvation Army, I've found:

A like-new boogie board, $5
Like-new swim fins, $6 (half-off)

This is their flagship store, right across from where I work, so I'm stopping by several times a week. I hope to find swim masks, snorkels (will sanitize), and another set of fins.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Poirot on July 04, 2011, 12:05:17 PM
My 17 year old daughter went to a flea market today and scored a pair of like brand new Doc Martens for the princely sum of $3.00! score!
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Post by: Thipu1 on July 04, 2011, 01:51:14 PM
I've posted this before but I'm posting it again.

Some years ago I bought a 19th century folio at a local book sale.  The thing cost 20 USD and, because it had a beautiful folded plate of life-sized Bronze Age weapons, I thought the plate would make a nice Birthday present for a friend who in the SCA. 

I took the thing home and did a little looking around in RLIN (Research Library Information Network).  There were only about 8 copies  cataloged and all were listed as shelved in rare book areas. 

Things were getting interesting. 

Because I could, I went into the cataloging module of RLIN and checked out the collations.  My copy was complete.

Time to check value. 

The only copy I could find for sale was from a dealer in Europe.  The asking price was 2,400 USD. 

Need I say that I'd have to find my friend another Birthday gift?  It wouldn't pay for a child's college education but there was no way I was going to break this thing up.       

   

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Post by: MissRose on July 06, 2011, 06:11:18 AM
I've (and my mother) got some great deals at some yard sales and thrift stores recently:

*A pair of Converse style high top trainers for my niece, barely worn ($1)
*A Coach handbag for me ($15!!!)
*A pair of Skechers Shapeups trainers for my nephew - $10, still in the box
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Tai on July 10, 2011, 05:47:47 PM
DH and I went yard saling today, picked up a picnic basket, a princess tent for DD, and a baby bouncer.  No, we don't need the bouncer yet, but we're hoping to buy some baby stuff second hand that we went without the first few times around... and considering we spent a total of $17 on over $100 worth of stuff, I think we did pretty good!
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Post by: Micah on July 10, 2011, 10:22:36 PM
I got an old spring base, hardwood double bed and mattress for $25. The bed needs painting and I'll get the mattress cleaned (it looks clean and the lady said it'd hardly been used, but still.) Sanding and painting it is going on my massive list of projects. At the moment it's taking up OH's space in the garage  :P
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Post by: General Jinjur on July 11, 2011, 07:03:40 AM
Just got back from hanging with DH's family in Smalltown, TX. Smalltown is loaded with junk shops, relative to the population. I didn't go nuts like I normally would, because we are moving and I don't want to add to the packing, but I did score a few things. I got:

-a set of German Shepherd head vases (a kitschy gift for a friend who's a GSD freak)
-a salt & pepper shaker set of a cat in a chair, the cat being pepper and the chair salt (for MIL)
-an antique toy yellow van (for the Nom's room: it matched a painting I made for him)
-and a 1950s Easybake-type oven (for me: REALLY cool!)

Total: $30  :o Out of all of it I think the toy oven may be worth the most - definitely more than $15! - but I've wanted one of those for a long time, as I love kitchen kitsch. So I'm keeping it.
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Post by: bluhairfreak on August 20, 2011, 08:29:13 PM
I got some nice scores today at the CAPS(Citizens for Animal Protection Society) thrift store today.  Best is a red A-line gown with corset lacy back and black flocked chiffon overlay for 15$, a french press coffee set for 10$, a large fairy figurine for 15, and a min screen which will be perfect for my dolls for 3 dollars.

Edit to add link http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v407/ladydouji/DSCF1831-2.jpg (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v407/ladydouji/DSCF1831-2.jpg)
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Post by: Where's the Quiet? on August 20, 2011, 09:09:20 PM
I've been on a roll lately, it's been great for my wallet! My poor emptyish house is slowly getting furnished.

Over the past little while I've gotten a couch, oversized armchair, two desks, a piano, sideboard, big screen TV and dishwasher for $75.

This thrift hunting is addicting!
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Post by: TheWeirdOne on August 20, 2011, 09:33:49 PM
Best score ever: A coat almost identical to the one the tenth doctor wears for $60. Boyfriend looks VERY good in it. Best bargain in the family was my grandmother's: a 3 seater lounge + 2 matching armchairs, newly reupholstered, for $300. It's so comfortable I keep threatening to take it with me when I move out  >:D

Yellow leather jacket for $60. Later saw the exact jacket in an expensive boutique shop. Still regretting I didn't go in and see what it was actually worth.

Yellow dress similar to the famous white one worn my Marilyn Monroe, suits me perfectly: $3.00.

Where I live there are also two big book sales on a year, where you can get EVERYTHING in there for $2.00. BF and I go with big bags and usually end up making two trips. Books are awesome. ;D
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Post by: alegria on August 20, 2011, 11:49:13 PM
Not a thrift score, but a Craigslist score. Yesterday I got an Accuquilt Go! Fabric cutter, with ten dies and four cutting mats, most new in package, for $305. The retail price of all of that, before tax, would be almost $850!! I am very pleased with myself right now... :)
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: littlebird on August 21, 2011, 11:47:21 AM
Do y'all find these things at the local charity shops or the big names (Goodwill, Salvation Army)?

Best find in my family was when my parents were in Aspen - mom tagged along on dad's business trip. They found an unworn, still-has-tags, Burberry trench that fit my mother perfectly - for $20 (they generally run $800 - 1,200)
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Post by: Wonderflonium on August 21, 2011, 11:58:44 AM
Best find in my family was when my parents were in Aspen - mom tagged along on dad's business trip. They found an unworn, still-has-tags, Burberry trench that fit my mother perfectly - for $20 (they generally run $800 - 1,200)

*faints*

I so love Burberry, and I've always dreamt of owning a real Burberry trench.
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Post by: Bethalize on August 22, 2011, 11:53:51 AM
Sometimes I get this urge to visit certain shops. Last week I found 12 cut glass sorbet dishes at my local Emmaus shop. At 50p each I bought them all!

I got my toasting fork that way. I was driving past on a work trip and something told me I just HAD to stop. So I did, and found my beautiful Art Deco fork.
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Post by: jayhawk on August 22, 2011, 02:27:20 PM
Found a women's Landsend denim lined barn jacket at the local GW for $7.99 last week.  When I got home and reached in the pocket, there was a pretty yellow Columbia headband as a bonus!
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Post by: Where's the Quiet? on September 03, 2011, 01:52:39 PM
I decided to stop by the Goodwill this morning and scored! I bought a coffee table and end table for $26 total. So to furnish my living room with a sofa, armchair, coffee table and end table I paid $66. Not too shabby! I am itching to go back to get some bedroom furniture now.  :D
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Post by: Ruelz on September 03, 2011, 02:03:09 PM
Good deal!  My friend, who lived here for 4 years for a job...had a blast furnishing her apartment with deals like that.  It looked remarkably good.  I think she ended up paying $75 for the entire room (a few years ago).
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Post by: Sirius on September 03, 2011, 02:48:34 PM
Once I get finished working today I'm going to a large, newly-opened Goodwill store to look for some work shirts for Mr. Sirius.  I once got a polo shirt on sale for $3; he wore it for two years for work (he drives a school bus) and then it got pretty ratty, but for a $3 shirt to last 2 years that was worn at least once a week that's a pretty good deal.  He still wears it, but only around the house.

Edited to add:  I got him three polo shirts, one for $7 and two for $8 each.  The two $8 ones were almost brand new.  One is kelly green, a color he looks very good in, one's the color of chocolate milk, and one is dark maroon.  He has told me flatly that he doesn't want to wear blue, after 20 years in the military, but he looks a lot better in earth tones.  I also got some fabric and a couple of books. 
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Post by: doodlemor on September 03, 2011, 03:21:10 PM
Here are some tag sale items I scored:

A watercolor and ink painting by a Native American artist for $7.50, which included a lovely cherry frame.  His work is going for $1,000 to $1,500 right now, but I have no plans to sell it.

An oriental rug from about 1930, I think it was a Heriz, for $10.  We sold it to a dealer for $300.  Perhaps we could have bargained for more, but were quite astonished at the offer for a very damaged rug, and we knew that the friend from whom we had bought it really needed the money.  It was a great moment to see the look on her face when we explained the situation and gave her the bucks.
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Post by: Wonderflonium on September 03, 2011, 03:28:07 PM
An oriental rug from about 1930, I think it was a Heriz, for $10.  We sold it to a dealer for $300.  Perhaps we could have bargained for more, but were quite astonished at the offer for a very damaged rug, and we knew that the friend from whom we had bought it really needed the money.  It was a great moment to see the look on her face when we explained the situation and gave her the bucks.

I just fell in love with you. What a great friend!
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Post by: doodlemor on September 03, 2011, 04:30:31 PM
Thanks, Wonderflonium, I think you're pretty cool, too.

When we realized the thing was so valuable we knew what we had to do.
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Post by: Tai on September 03, 2011, 04:45:25 PM
DH and I just returned from what is probably the final yardsale run of the season.  Got clothes for DD for 50c per piece, 2 pairs of shoes for $1, two very nice wool coats with very ugly buttons (which I can swap out, of course!) for $1 each, a nice big box of baseball cards for $5, about 20 more books for $6, and at the last sale we bought a stick vac, a small wall cabinet, a xpress readi set go, a pair of oil lamps, a 2 gallon igloo cooler, and a random DVD for $40 total. 

Over this summer, we've done very, very well- I've completed a canning set for about $15 (2 canners, a funnel, 4 canning books, 4 cases of jars, and the lifter things), we outfitted an office nook for $16 (file cabinet, small rolling bookcase that tucks under a table, several vertical organizers, and several hang-on-the wall file holders, plus some random supplies), rounded out our formerly meager camping supplies, and have a LOT of winter entertainment- books, videos, DVDs, craft books and kits, games, etc. 
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Post by: Daffydilly on September 03, 2011, 05:12:38 PM
 We went looking for a Religious necklace for DD's baptism tomorrow. And I prefer the quality of JCPenny's jewelry and love it when we can find a good deal in clearance. $450.00 white gold pendant with aquamarine gemstones in the clearance case. $55 with tax!
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Post by: VorFemme on September 03, 2011, 07:31:40 PM
Replaced broken glass coffee carafes for $2 each ($10 for company replacement for the 4 cup or $20 for the company replacement for the 12 cut).  Bought a one cup coffee dispenser (without the stainless steel travel cup for $3 - usually much more - for DH to take to work for the days when he need just ONE more cup of coffee - except he changed his mind).  It works for making hot water for one cup of tea or hot chocolate - and it will cool off sometime in the next two months...............

Maroon evening dress with jacket for $20 & dry cleaning cost $10 - I go to two awards banquets a year and I sit at the head table next to Teacher VorGuy.  That $30 is much better cost - weight fluctuations have made wearing an older dress from the closet problematic.  I do wear older outfits once in a while................
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Post by: djinnidjream on September 03, 2011, 08:43:41 PM
You guys make me want to hit the thrift stores tomorrow!

I'm an avid rummage saler and have made a lot of good deals- clothes for the kids- my DD's easter outfit this year cost $3.00 total and she can probably wear it next year too!

Other great deals- a double barrel rock polisher with a box of supplies including a big chunk of white quartz and rose quartz for $4.00.

A nifty hamper covered in fabric with monkeys, palm trees and fringe for $6.00.  LOVE!!!

A full size tent- brand new for $10.  When we opened it up, we also found 2 kid size tents in there as well.  The tent is big enough we can stand upright and actually has two side rooms for sleeping.

Village buildings- department 56 even for very cheap. 

My best find is a Fontanini nativity set for $15.  Even if I replace the 3 missing pieces, I still don't come close to the retail price of $120

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Post by: Ms_Cellany on September 05, 2011, 12:49:39 PM
A Williams-Sonoma "Outdoor Cooking" cookbook for $1.

First recipe I did:

Marinate chicken breasts in pineapple juice, coconut milk, LOTS of ginger, salt & pepper. I also added some sherry.

Grill, brushing on extra marinade. EAT!
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Post by: 40andbetter on September 05, 2011, 02:00:56 PM
I know some will say I spoil the fun...
But I work for Goodwill -over the course of several days I saw a little figurine on the shelf as I went into the back room one day I picked it up and saw a 99 cent price tag on it - with a hummel brand insignia on the bottom (it looked like a 70's style figure (red hair boy , looked like it could've been a twin to the one my mom has of a little girl shopping) I took it to a manager and she repriced it at $15.00 and put it in a case  -- someone brought it that day and didn't flince at the price

on a different note - I was heading to help clean up my parents house (they has moved into a ritirement home ) and it occured to me that I was wearing too nice of a shirt to scrub the bathroom  :-[  I stopped at the GW on my way and looked for a "clearence" tee shirt for a buck - found one but also found for a buck  a "wicked" tee shirt (would've been $30.00 new in the theatre lobby)
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Post by: Everlee on September 05, 2011, 05:02:11 PM
I went rummaging with my kids last weekend and spent $30 and came home with two bags of great stuff.  I got me some really nice new dresses and skirts, the kids got some clothes and toys and my best find was a pair of brand new, never been worn soccer cleats for $5.  I just spent $20 on a pair last month and that was the sale price.  These are a size to big, so I'm all set to go for next season!
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Post by: Micah on September 05, 2011, 05:08:35 PM
Not thrift store, but I picked up a double bed with a near new mattress for $25 from local buy/sell/swap facebook page. Also got a Kambrook stainless steel electric frying pan for $15 from the same page.
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Post by: pendragon1980 on September 10, 2011, 02:15:50 PM
Stopped at a half priced book store today got ...

2 Stephen King Paperbacks (Dark Tower 1 and Night Shift)
Lord of the Rings Trilogy (All three books in one hardback)
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (hardback)
The Starbucks Biography (forget the real title)

Basically cut my Amazon wishlist in half

All for $50  ;D
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Post by: Cutenoob on September 10, 2011, 04:36:20 PM
A few days ago I was on the hunt for some jars for Freezer Jam. (my first ever attempt).
Found 14 jars and lids for 6$ total at Goodwill. Have used 3 of them so far and am looking forward to more!
My ex now works at Value Village, and he's finding goodies all the time. We're still friends, so he keeps an eye out for me for clothes and other things.

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Post by: HushHush on September 11, 2011, 05:50:18 PM
My local Salvation Army had a service for 8 of my china pattern for $100!  I don't need a full service as I already have 14 dinner plates, 11 bread and butter plates, 12 cereal bowls and the serving platter but I really need the cappucino cups, dessert plates and to finish out the full set of bread/saucer plates.  But not for $100 for a ton of parts I don't need. 
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Post by: Where's the Quiet? on September 16, 2011, 05:08:23 PM
Went to the GW today to find some jeans. I couldn't find any that were short enough but checked out the furniture section. Found a gorgeous dining table with two leaves and 6 chairs for $75. It's big enough that we can now have the food and our dishes on the table at the same time.   :o
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Post by: Bethalize on September 16, 2011, 05:58:07 PM
My friend was 30 years old. In the charity shop I found an annual* from the year she was born. She loved it, and everyone thought it was really clever and cute. Much cheaper than the expensive "You were born in" things.


*An annual is a book associated with a weekly publication. Each year you would get one at Christmas. Comic strips, stories for girls drawn in panels, photo stories.
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Post by: Wonderflonium on September 24, 2011, 01:55:36 PM
Long background: Last year, one of my cats got sick. She had to be separated from the other so Georgia didn't pull out Wendy's feeding tube. Georgia got stuck in the basement. The cats get along now, but Wendy doesn't like going to the basement anymore. I moved her litterbox from the second floor to the first with no problem. The transition to the basement did NOT go well. When I'm not home, she goes in the dining room. (I know she's being a brat and not having medical issues because if I'm home all day, she goes to the basement.) I've tried lots of different things, and I finally give up.

Short version: Because I'm going to have to have a litterbox upstairs (in the dining room or living room... ugh...), I wanted to hide it. I thought about buying this (versions range from $160 to $250):

http://www.amazon.com/Pet-Studio-Litter-Cabinet-Mahogany/dp/B0014M1GWO/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1316890416&sr=8-3

Instead, at Goodwill today, I bought a cabinet that will work perfectly (once I clean it up a bit, take off the legs, and cut a hole in the side). The cost? $20. Sweet!

I also spent $12 on a nightstand that matches the one I already have. The one I have cost me $50. This one cost $12 (and is in better shape than my poor abused nightstand).
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Post by: Moralia on September 24, 2011, 06:24:04 PM
I went to the Goodwill to look for a small filing cabinet last weekend. I struck out on that but brought home a Pyrex double-boiler.

Three days later, I found a filing cabinet on Freecycle.  :)
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Post by: Bijou on September 24, 2011, 10:34:47 PM
Yesterday I found a large hardcover book from the Cairo Museum with tons of beautiful pictures of artifacts.  It was from 1969 and was only $6.  I got it for my grand kids to add to their library, since my granddaughter studied Egypt a couple of years ago and was so fascinated with it.  She was about 11 at the time.  I love giving them books from the thrift stores on subjects they love. 
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Post by: Pinky830 on September 25, 2011, 07:29:41 AM
The $8 bouncy seat I got from a consignment shop, before my son was born...some of the best money I've ever spent.

The $3 sleeveless white sweater. It was one of my favorite shirts. It finally died in a tragic red-wine accident.

The $10 wicker headboard, on clearance at Pier 1. (Me to the sales clerk: "One of the legs is bent, can you take a couple dollars off?"  >:D No luck, but I had to ask.)

My MIL invited me to come to her neighborhood pool once when my son was 18 months old, and he didn't have a swimsuit. Just to see, I pulled into a thrift store and looked in the children's section. First thing I saw was a pair of Carter' swim trunks, size 2T, with the tags still on. 50 cents.
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Post by: StarDrifter on September 25, 2011, 07:59:25 AM
This afternoon, at the tiny Uniting Church Opportunity shop that's five blocks away I went in looking for some wine glasses - Ace dropped the last of our 'everyday' wine glasses last night so we're either using the good ones (and he drops them a *lot* so, no) or find some cheapies.

Found a set of 6 Reidel white wine glasses, still in their boxes, labeled at $5 for the set - these retail for around $150/set, so I insisted that the ladies not give me change from the $10 I handed them.

Oh, and a Ralph Lauren shirt for Ace, in dark blue checker-pattern for 50c.
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Post by: Bijou on September 25, 2011, 08:00:43 AM
The $8 bouncy seat I got from a consignment shop, before my son was born...some of the best money I've ever spent.

The $3 sleeveless white sweater. It was one of my favorite shirts. It finally died in a tragic red-wine accident.

The $10 wicker headboard, on clearance at Pier 1. (Me to the sales clerk: "One of the legs is bent, can you take a couple dollars off?"  >:D No luck, but I had to ask.)

My MIL invited me to come to her neighborhood pool once when my son was 18 months old, and he didn't have a swimsuit. Just to see, I pulled into a thrift store and looked in the children's section. First thing I saw was a pair of Carter' swim trunks, size 2T, with the tags still on. 50 cents.
When my kids were little Carters was one of my favorite brands.
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Post by: Tai on September 26, 2011, 09:27:24 PM
I'm still mourning the loss of the Carter's outlet on my route home from work.  They are, however, putting in a Market Basket there...

I am making a run to thrift stores tomorrow for wool sweaters for felting, craft supplies, and hopefully a nightstand that will fit under my hutch to provide drawers.  And the remaining of my yard sale list- DH needs a coat, and kids seem to always need clothes!
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Post by: otterwoman on September 30, 2011, 05:48:17 PM
Rummage sale at local church: It was a bag sale, they provided paper grocery bags. Fill the bag for one price. The ladies working the sale were telling people to roll up the clothes so you could stuff more in the bag. I got 20 pieces for my daughter (Osh Kosh, Gap Baby, Old Navy Baby, Carters, and Levis brands), 6 for my niece (Gap, Cherokee, and Levis), pants for my friend's boys (LL Bean and Levis) and a purse for me. When I went to pay, they told me that since I filled a bag, I could have one large item for free.
Would I like the lamp? No thank you.
How about the back massager? No thank you.
Okay, there is a coat rack full of coats, please pick one. So I found a winter coat for my hubby (Old Navy).

Total cost was $2.

I am going to be going to MORE rummage sales!!

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Post by: wyozozo on October 01, 2011, 10:59:19 AM
Catholic Church rummage sale:

Like new Scott's broadcast spreader (retail $50)
Like new Ames EZ garden wagon (retail $60)
Brand new large pet carrier (retail $50)

all for $25
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Post by: BatCity on October 01, 2011, 09:26:16 PM
I'm sitting on my best find, but it's not going to sound quite as spectacular.  There's a store here in Austin called John William Interiors.  I love to browse there, but I can't afford to do much more.  It's the kind of store where you fall in love with a dining room table and find out it goes for $30,000   :-\

I found one of their sofas at a used furniture store for $1000.  The guy had the original receipt showing a purchase price of $8000.  It looked like it had never been sat on, and it's WHITE. 

I've now had it for eight years, and even with daily abuse it still looks like new.

Did I mention it's white?
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Post by: Where's the Quiet? on October 06, 2011, 01:33:17 PM
BatCity, that's a steal! And sounds like it was worth every penny if it is still white after so long.

I didn't find this in a thrift store but on clearance at a department store. Levi jeans marked down 96%!! I've never been one to buy clothes a year or two early and store them for my kids, but I think this is one time I should make an exception. I'll find a place to store the things that are too big for now.
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Post by: Midnight Kitty on October 06, 2011, 03:22:47 PM
Levi jeans marked down 96%!! I've never been one to buy clothes a year or two early and store them for my kids, but I think this is one time I should make an exception. I'll find a place to store the things that are too big for now.
WOW!! Score!  DH lives in Levi jeans.  I would stock up for the rest of our lives at 96% off.
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Post by: Where's the Quiet? on October 06, 2011, 04:31:10 PM
Levi jeans marked down 96%!! I've never been one to buy clothes a year or two early and store them for my kids, but I think this is one time I should make an exception. I'll find a place to store the things that are too big for now.
WOW!! Score!  DH lives in Levi jeans.  I would stock up for the rest of our lives at 96% off.

I know! I'm sure the reason why these are marked down so much is because they are skinny jeans. All the others were 50% off at the most. I was hoping to find some for my DH but no luck. I probably couldn't get him to wear skinny jeans anyway. LOL
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Post by: Midnight Kitty on October 06, 2011, 04:46:02 PM
I know! I'm sure the reason why these are marked down so much is because they are skinny jeans. All the others were 50% off at the most. I was hoping to find some for my DH but no luck. I probably couldn't get him to wear skinny jeans anyway. LOL
Drat! There had to be a catch. >:(

There was a day when DH wore skinny jeans.  There was a day when I wore skinny jeans.  I don't see that day returning in either of our futures.  >:D
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Post by: Tai on October 06, 2011, 10:56:02 PM
DH and I went to the thrift store the other day.  I have a magic bullet (the blender, not the other!) and I found a bag of parts for it for $2. 

DH got a 3 piece suit that fits NOW, which is good since he last bought a suit 75lbs or so ago.  He also got a blazer to wear with his khakis. 

While looking at the housewares, we found some TINY cups, about 1/2 the size of shot glasses, silver, for $2.  I'm 99% positive they're real silver, we'll get them checked soon.  I also found a copper teapot, a silver creamer, and a crockpot shaped like a football, all for $1 each. 

And my favorite- a coffee press!  I've wanted one for a while, and now I have one! 
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Post by: Where's the Quiet? on October 07, 2011, 02:02:55 PM
Went back to JCP to stock up on Levis for my boys...got the next three sizes up, so we should be set for a while. Anyway, there were also a ton of polo and button down shirts for the same price of $1.97 so I stocked up on those. I spent about $75 and got 38 items. Then the cashier announced my savings...just shy of $1000!! So exciting!
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Post by: Midnight Kitty on October 07, 2011, 02:46:57 PM
Went back to JCP to stock up on Levis for my boys...got the next three sizes up, so we should be set for a while. Anyway, there were also a ton of polo and button down shirts for the same price of $1.97 so I stocked up on those. I spent about $75 and got 38 items. Then the cashier announced my savings...just shy of $1000!! So exciting!
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Post by: kethria on October 20, 2011, 09:58:07 AM
W00t!! 3 pairs of shoes for the muffin. BRAND SPANKING NEW. One Reebok high-tops, one easy strides sneakers and one circo sneakers. 2 pairs were 2.90 and one pair was 1.90.
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Post by: Ms_Cellany on October 20, 2011, 12:41:27 PM
The Sweetie found a *gorgeous* wedding dress for her Bridezilla costume - for $12.50!
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Post by: Midnight Kitty on October 20, 2011, 02:18:25 PM
OK, this wasn't a thrift store.  It was my local chain grocery store (Store).  First I want to make it clear that I almost never pay retail.  Coupons, sales, thrifts stores - that's my strategy.  Store has all kinds of deals: There are coupons, sales, club card specials, personalized pricing, and a price matching for other stores.  Sometimes more than one of these applies to a single item.  That's how my $7.19 box of tea turned into my $1.79.  My total savings that day was over $40 & my total (paid) was $80.  Not that I would have bought any of that stuff at the original prices!
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Post by: MizB on October 26, 2011, 08:49:59 PM
Mr. O and I have been thrifting and going to auctions. I found a brand new pair of dansko shoes (retail $150) for $4, too bad they didn't fit.

I actually purchased an industrial shredder for $9. It was older, but it works great.

Mr. O got a whole bunch of art and a plate for under $20 that ended up being worth a lot more too.
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Post by: Micah on October 27, 2011, 03:35:57 AM
A pair of flat soled, long leather boots. They were really dirty and had what looked like flecks of paint on them. A wipe over with a damp cloth and some gentle rubbing with a magic eraser and they've come up like new. There's barely any wear on the sole either. $3

Another pair of long boots, really high heels this time. Have to get used to walking in them, heh. Worn once, $15
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Post by: ZaftigWife on October 27, 2011, 04:17:44 AM
DH found a Moog synthesizer in excellent condition at a pawn shop for $150.  I'm not sure how much it's actually worth, but his guess is at least $500, maybe more.   He was just about dancing on air that day.   ;D
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Post by: kymom3 on October 27, 2011, 10:43:05 AM
I was in an indoor flea market/antique mall a few weeks ago with DS1, who is now 21.  He decided that he needed a pair of dress shoes, and surprise, one of the booths had a pair that he liked in his size.  They were a very nice pair of used Johnson and Murphy men's dress shoes that we got for $15.  My dad called yesterday and said he saw the same shoes in the new J & M catalog for $265!
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Post by: RegionMom on October 27, 2011, 12:29:58 PM
Friend of DD's showed me a really cute new pair of heels on Sunday that she paid $20 for at a close-out sale at an outlet store.  Original price?  $365.  One dollar a day.  She did well!
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Post by: MissRose on October 29, 2011, 06:07:55 AM
My father lost about 40 lbs due to some heart surgery thing and the special diet he was on - nearly fat / salt free for a while but can have that stuff now in moderation.  So that meant he needed new pants/trousers as he went from a 44/46 waist pants down to 40/42 waist pants.   My mother and I were on the look out at rummage/yard sales & thrift stores for jeans, khakis, and dress pants.   Between my mother and I, and the sales, we managed to find him about 3 or 4 button down shirts, 4 to 5 pair of jeans (as he wears jeans the most), 2 or 3 pairs of khakis (going places), and 2 or 3 pairs of dress pants (special occasions), and did not spend more than $100 combined between the 2 of us.  He had some of his already existing nicer clothes altered, the rest of the stuff he cannot fit and that won't be altered will be donated.
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Post by: mbbored on October 29, 2011, 02:56:25 PM
Not huge, but I got a Pampered Chef tart pan for $0.50.
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Post by: Otterpop on October 31, 2011, 10:09:04 AM
Yesterday, picked up a Jones NY skirt, priced $58, marked down to $3.  It's made of a wonderful woven fabric and had a few snags so dept. store couldn't sell it as new.  I bought it with pocket change, took it home and brought out my "leetle" lace crochet hook to pull the snags back in.  Skirt is good as new!
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Post by: Julia Mercer on November 02, 2011, 04:06:37 AM
I found a beautiful Danier mens leather coat for only $13 at Value Village a few weeks ago,  couldn't believe my luck, it has a small tear in the lining, but WOW, I love it! I can't wear ladies coats because the arms are too short on me, so this was a great find!

Jules
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Post by: kethria on November 02, 2011, 07:59:04 AM
I picked up a Hoover Floormate spinscrub hard floor cleaner on craigslist this weekend for 80. It retails for 199.
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Post by: Where's the Quiet? on November 02, 2011, 09:21:37 AM
I picked up a Hoover Floormate spinscrub hard floor cleaner on craigslist this weekend for 80. It retails for 199.

Nice one! Have you tried it out yet? I've been wondering for a while if those work better than a mop.
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Post by: kethria on November 02, 2011, 09:44:20 AM
Nice one! Have you tried it out yet? I've been wondering for a while if those work better than a mop.

Bwhahahahahaha...

5 minutes after my husband got home he gave Leila a juicebox. Cue 8 ounces of orange tangerine juice all over the tile floor. Then she got a yogurt. Greek yogurt... nice and sticky.... all over the floor. THEN the dog came back inside from doing her business. Wet muddy paw prints all over the floor...

I've used it 5 bazillion times. It is my new best friend. I was slowly planning to rig up an elaborate pulley system so that no one would touch the ground at the house because i was going through swiffer pads like there was no tomorrow and still getting sticky patches. This thing is amazing. AMAZING. And I just use vinegar and water in it.
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Post by: mbbored on November 02, 2011, 11:45:59 AM
I have a friend who never thrifted, figuring it was all "mom jeans" and "grandma sweaters."

On the other hand, I wear thrifted clothes almost every day, and when she asks me where I got a particular item, I usually respond "From the thrift store!"

This weekend we were hanging out at her place and she showed me 4 new pairs of jeans. I asked her where she got them and she proudly grinned, "From the thrift store! 4 pairs for $7.00!"

I'm so proud of her and glad to have made a new convert.
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Post by: Bethalize on November 03, 2011, 09:00:59 AM
Today I found Iona and Peter Opie's fairy tale book - that one's for me! Also a translation of the Canterbury tales into modern English - again for me as I've only read a few - and a book of trumpet music I wanted, and some pieces for making flowers. Okay, it was all for me apart from the annual for my friend's 40th birthday next year.
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Post by: Zenith on November 03, 2011, 10:30:43 PM
Lately someone has been donating various gothic style clothing, barely worn if not new and I'm snapping them up.
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Post by: dawnfire on November 04, 2011, 06:25:44 PM
my son just picked up a nerf gun for a buck. for a kid who has nerf battles with his friends it's a great find.
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Post by: yokozbornak on November 04, 2011, 07:14:16 PM
Had a couple of great scores today at Goodwill.  I found a long Iris Impressions skirt for $4 that still had the tags on it.  They retail for around $85.  I also found my daughter a new Hanna Andersson dress that is still for sale on their website for $2.50.  I love when I have finds like that!
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Post by: Moralia on November 08, 2011, 11:20:00 PM
At an annual charity sale this past weekend, I picked up the cutest little sewing machine. It's a Singer 328k. I've been looking for a 503a, but this one just spoke to me. Now all I need is to find the flat pattern cams for the decorative stitches...  :D

I also found a wonderful down-filled housecoat. Just in time for our first serious cold snap! Yay!

I did see some adorable egg cups while I was hauling my sewing machine to the checkout. I went back after putting the machine in my car, but they were gone.  When we got back to my house, my sister pulled them out of her loot! The fiend!
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Post by: Ruelz on November 09, 2011, 09:49:05 AM
On Saturday I went looking for a winter coat (need something 'nicer' for work or going out than my old parka). 

Found one I liked...'regular' price: $250.  But it was on sale for 50% ... then it was 'scratch-and-win' Saturday...so I got another 15% off... then I asked them to check my points...and found I had enough to cover the remainder...

...so 'free' coat...

I'm still happy about it... ;D
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Post by: Wonderflonium on November 09, 2011, 10:13:05 AM
On Saturday I went looking for a winter coat (need something 'nicer' for work or going out than my old parka). 

Found one I liked...'regular' price: $250.  But it was on sale for 50% ... then it was 'scratch-and-win' Saturday...so I got another 15% off... then I asked them to check my points...and found I had enough to cover the remainder...

...so 'free' coat...

I'm still happy about it... ;D

That is flippin' awesome!
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Post by: Ruelz on November 09, 2011, 10:19:51 AM
Thanks!  I'm still doing the happy dance about it... ;D
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on November 09, 2011, 11:02:57 AM
Thanks!  I'm still doing the happy dance about it... ;D

I love stuff like that.  I just ordered some stuff online, from a store that always has coupons and promos, and found I could stack my discounts, so I got 20%, then another 15%, i got 7 items, 2 tees, a sweater, 2 pairs of yoga/sweatpants, a cute sterling stacking ring set and a new blanked for under $90 WITH free shipping.
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Post by: squeakers on November 09, 2011, 05:56:33 PM
I found a baby play pen for $8.  I wanted it for corraling my Chihuahua at home and when we go camping.  It worked.. for about 4 hours and then she jumped right out of it.  The cats like napping in it though  ;D  The Chi can get out but can't get in so they can nap w/o her pouncing on them.

I'm thinking maybe using a sheet and some velcro to make it have a top.. or maybe some pop-rivets.  Then the Chi will be contained and have shade.
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Post by: hollandoates on November 09, 2011, 08:02:12 PM
i recently got a vintage christian dior scarf for only $5! which is funny, because my only other vintage designer find was a christian dior sweater for $3.

my mother has the best eye for this stuff, though, finding everything from $5 prada purses to $50 original 1950s chrome dining room sets!

my SO has a knack for finding things on the side of the road. i'm not such a fan of discarded cutting boards  ::) but i was quite happy with the portable 1960s typewriter!
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Post by: Moralia on November 09, 2011, 10:02:30 PM
If we're counting curb finds...a medium-sized cat carrier, a mid-century sideboard, a pachinko machine, a quilt rack, lots of flowerpots and many odds & ends hauled to the Salvation Army each year that add up to hundreds of dollars in tax deductions each year. One day I found two ironing boards, hauled them to the thrift shop to find an antique wooden ironing board for $2.  I bought it and brought my newish metal one in later that day. I know those ladies thought I was nuts.
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Post by: kethria on November 14, 2011, 07:37:54 AM
My friend's church had their annual Christmas Bazaar this past weekend. We donated a ton of furniture that we didn't want to move. And we got a solid cherry china hutch and diningroom table plus 6 chairs for $200. We were able to snag it before the bazaar because we helped move stuff!
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Post by: bluhairfreak on November 14, 2011, 03:48:04 PM
Been meaning to post this.  I picked up a beautiful solid wood curio cabinet, with glass shelves and sides and mirror back from CAPS thrift store for 50$.   It's now sitting nicely in the corner of my dining/sitting room filled with my gundam models.
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Post by: mechtilde on November 14, 2011, 03:49:28 PM
Large Portmeirion planter for £20. That's Mum's Christmas present sorted out!
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Post by: Ruelz on November 14, 2011, 04:02:02 PM
This isn't a score, but still...

I need 2 occaisional chairs for the family room...just so that when everyone is over (BF and GFs) no one has to sit on the floor.  I want two narrowish, padded chairs, with no arms to fit in the allotted space without taking up too much room. I know they're not esp. comfortable, but it's really only for very irregular use...

We went looking for chairs on the weekend.  Very little selection...and VERY expensive in general.  One of the stores we stopped at had a chair that would 'do', but I didn't like it in particular.  Hubby looked at the price tag...$700.00.  The look on his face was priceless.

I don't like buying from catalogues when I haven't seen the item in real life...but Costco had a chair I didn't mind the look of on sale for $125.  I ordered two...so I hope they turn out okay...

$250 for something I like is much better than $1400 for something I don't like...;)
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: esteban on November 14, 2011, 05:47:29 PM
Not exactly thrift score, but the best deal I ever got.  I was working at a bank and someone brought in a gold coin.  It said 2 and a half dollar gold piece on it.  I wasn't sure what it was, the guy asked what he could get for it.  I explained that as a bank we'd give him face value of $2.50 it was about the size of a nickle.  he said ok.  I tried twice to send him to a pawn shop or something because I was sure it was worth more than $2.50, he declined.  So after I gave him $2.50 I withdrew $2.50 from my account and bought the coin (which was in spectacular shape) gave it to my coin collecting father for christmas.  He almost had a stroke when he opened it cause he knew the value (as did I, at the time $800 or so, now well into 4 figures if not 5).  He started talking about how I paid way too much for a present for him.

I broke down and explained that I paid face value for it.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Poirot on November 15, 2011, 12:49:00 AM
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Not my find, but Angel's, and I taught her well! Blue vintage long gown for winter formal, $20.00 (shown on angel); I'll have to ask Angel to get better pics of the detailing at the hem of the blue. I'd say mid seventies, and I love, love, LOVE it! Kind of marquesite (SP?) looking, KWIM?

The pink ballerina ball gown by Nori Lee, (on best friend) was new with tags, but needs minor beading repair, $40.00. This skirt has 10 layers of tulle and 3 of silk. Not my usual taste, but Angel loves it and is goth-ing it up a little.

Being totally done formal wear shopping for Senior year on a tight budget, PRICELESS!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: RegionMom on November 15, 2011, 09:02:02 PM
That blue is such a pretty color!  And the styles look like they could fit into any era or style they want come spring formals.

DD went to a masquerade ball a few weeks ago, and her dress was ...three dollars!!  Floor length, beautiful midnight blue, exactly the right floor length, and it was so nice that I almost wanted to save it for a "real" formal, and not have the chance of getting it messed up at the party! 

yard sales, my BFF.   ;D
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: kethria on November 16, 2011, 07:52:29 PM
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Hutch and table... :D
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Everlee on November 16, 2011, 08:13:50 PM
JEALLLOOUUSS!  I have been wanting a kitchen hutch for years.  Goodwill had one not long ago that wasn't in bad shape, but I didn't have any way to pack it home.  Love them.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: kethria on November 16, 2011, 09:39:10 PM
We were lucky and our friends borrowed the church truck and dropped it off.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Where's the Quiet? on November 17, 2011, 10:30:30 AM

Hutch and table... :D

Kethria, those are gorgeous!!

Over the weekend we decided to go to the Habitat for Humanity Restore to see if there were any supplies we could use for our repairs and projects. We needed a new window sash, which they had tons of, but none in the size we needed. I did find some nice tiles for $7/box (12x12 tiles) but we didn't measure our bathroom before going so didn't buy any. That's probably my new favorite store for our home renovations. I'll have a lot to add to this thread, I'm sure, as we start fixing things up more.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Outdoor Girl on November 17, 2011, 10:56:30 AM
A friend of mine buys a lot of stuff from HforH.  He and his kids have done a lot of volunteer work for them so he gets an even better price.

What he did was use combinations of tiles and made a pattern because there was rarely enough of one colour to finish the job.  Something to keep in mind, if you like that look.  When this friend did some work for me renovating my bathroom and washroom, I got a beautiful round mirror for my washroom that was dirt cheap!

ReStores are a great spot to shop when you are working on small spaces or willing to mix and match.  And often, you get stuff that is brand new!  End of line or end of lot or factory seconds.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Where's the Quiet? on November 17, 2011, 11:10:40 AM
A friend of mine buys a lot of stuff from HforH.  He and his kids have done a lot of volunteer work for them so he gets an even better price.

What he did was use combinations of tiles and made a pattern because there was rarely enough of one colour to finish the job.  Something to keep in mind, if you like that look.  When this friend did some work for me renovating my bathroom and washroom, I got a beautiful round mirror for my washroom that was dirt cheap!

ReStores are a great spot to shop when you are working on small spaces or willing to mix and match.  And often, you get stuff that is brand new!  End of line or end of lot or factory seconds.

I do love the patterned look, so that's probably what we'll end up doing. We have three bathrooms to do (well, two to put in...1 bathroom for 6 people is a challenge sometimes!) and they're all pretty small, but even then, two boxes is not going to be enough.

I didn't realize they also had decorative items there, that's cool!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Everlee on November 17, 2011, 07:52:24 PM
Forced my husband to go to Goodwill with me.  I found a gorgeous Children's Place knitted knee-length coat for $2.  It looks brand new.  Husband was surprised that you could find brand names at Goodwill.   ::)  He lives a sheltered life.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: kethria on November 17, 2011, 08:09:15 PM

Hutch and table... :D

Kethria, those are gorgeous!!

Over the weekend we decided to go to the Habitat for Humanity Restore to see if there were any supplies we could use for our repairs and projects. We needed a new window sash, which they had tons of, but none in the size we needed. I did find some nice tiles for $7/box (12x12 tiles) but we didn't measure our bathroom before going so didn't buy any. That's probably my new favorite store for our home renovations. I'll have a lot to add to this thread, I'm sure, as we start fixing things up more.


Thank you!
I LOVE the ReStores! We got all the paint for this house at the Arundel ReStore (Something like 30 gallons). It cost the same as one 5 gallon paint bucket at Lowes. Rediculous!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Where's the Quiet? on November 26, 2011, 03:16:54 PM
I should have gone to the ReStore yesterday because they were having a Black Friday sale too...50% off specially marked items, 10% off the rest. Oh well. But we went today and I picked up a pendant light fixture for over our kitchen sink for $5 and a weed whacker for $7. It works even! lol I'm itching to pick up tiles but am being good and waiting until we know how many we'll actually need.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Bethczar on November 26, 2011, 03:26:45 PM
Forced my husband to go to Goodwill with me.  I found a gorgeous Children's Place knitted knee-length coat for $2.  It looks brand new.  Husband was surprised that you could find brand names at Goodwill.   ::)  He lives a sheltered life.
Our Goodwill is having a designer handbag sale. I got a 2 purses (a Prada & and Kate Spade) for under $20, total.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: MissRose on November 27, 2011, 06:53:10 AM
My mother and I have found my dad some nice brand name mens' trousers/pants for my dad for Xmas.   We bought about 5 or 6 pairs of different types of pants (khakis, jeans, dress pants) as he lost some weight recently.  We paid $40 for them all together, and some of them are brands found in department stores or mall stores.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: bluhairfreak on February 10, 2012, 07:30:50 PM
Reviving this thread for a quick boast.  Work is doing a community outreach and trying to gather prom/formal dress to donate to girls who can't afford them.  My local CAPS thrift store was having a 50% off cocktail and evening wear sale today, so I popped in and bought 4 dresses to add to the collection for 25$
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: mbbored on February 10, 2012, 08:49:15 PM
Reviving this thread for a quick boast.  Work is doing a community outreach and trying to gather prom/formal dress to donate to girls who can't afford them.  My local CAPS thrift store was having a 50% off cocktail and evening wear sale today, so I popped in and bought 4 dresses to add to the collection for 25$

Great score and great charity!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Maggie on February 18, 2012, 08:49:54 PM
I went to a garage sale yesterday.  Even though it was kind of early in the year this was a great garage sale!  I found what according to the internet is a real Dolce & Gabbana for $4.  That totally made my day!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Kimblee on April 11, 2012, 02:56:03 PM
I'm not much of a shopper, and my score isn't anything jaw dropping.

But i got a really neat lamp that charges my phone or my iPod, plus has a nice easy to adjust light.  :D

(http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j131/KimbleeIsInTheShower/securedownload.jpg)

Seven dollars. Yay!

(And yes, my bedroom wall is covered in smoke stains. A cord blew several years back and no ammount fo cleaning takes all the stains off.)
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Layla Miller on April 11, 2012, 03:04:20 PM
Lately I've been doing pretty well at thrift shopping for baby stuff (expecting my first in August).  First we found the highly-rated car seat we wanted on sale for $40 (from $55, which was already a pretty good deal).  Then we found the most-recommended playard/bassinet on sale for $60 (from almost $70--not a huge discount, but most of the other playards were closer to $100!).  And most recently, I bought a Medela pump for $70 on Craigslist (they sell for almost $300 new, and all I need to do is get a few new accessories!).  I feel like a thrift ninja!   8)
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: guihong on April 11, 2012, 03:50:15 PM
A Wilton Co. pewter "Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread" plate for $1.50, when I've seen them on Ebay for $40!
A Chinese screen thing small enough for my mantle-$2.00. 
A set of wine glasses, even though I don't drink wine-$1.00
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Black Delphinium on April 11, 2012, 04:42:52 PM
Not huge, but I got a copy of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief(the book) for 67 cents the other day at Goodwill.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: #borecore on April 11, 2012, 04:48:45 PM
I am a pretty thrifty shopper, but I don't always think of my buys as great deals because I'm so used to buying discount or secondhand.

A store called Plato's Closet is my latest favorite. Nothing in the outrageously low category because it's for-profit rather than nonprofit like Goodwill, but generally nicer stuff because people make some money for their clothes.
Seven Jeans (retail approx. $170) in like-new shape, $10; Calvin Klein shorts with $55 tag still on, $10; Ecko Red dress ($85 retail, with tags still on), $10.

A local charity shop had like-new Kenneth Cole kitten heels for $10 and a beautiful floral embroidered (the detail is great!) skirt with a missing inside tag for $5.

For the kitchen: $2 Bodum French press (retail approx $35) and $8 working Black & Decker late-model toaster oven (about $90 new) with all the accessories at Goodwill.

I had considered buying a pair of modern barstools for $200 apiece. Found them in another store for $150 apiece. Found them online for $100 apiece ... kept searching, and bought the pair for $50 total, no shipping charges. So it's not the greatest deal in the world, but $400 plus fees, down to $25 is great.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: mbbored on April 11, 2012, 10:10:39 PM
I found brand new Sketchers sneakers for $4 this weekend, in my size, and I almost never find size 6 shoes in thrift store.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Ms_Cellany on April 16, 2012, 08:39:38 PM
I found this very well done but strange needlepoint for 4 bucks. I've decided his name is Bob.

(http://i822.photobucket.com/albums/zz144/Packie_Rattie/6049ad84.jpg)

ETA that Bob is in Sales.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Midnight Kitty on April 17, 2012, 01:58:10 PM
I found this very well done but strange needlepoint for 4 bucks. I've decided his name is Bob.

(http://i822.photobucket.com/albums/zz144/Packie_Rattie/6049ad84.jpg)
Those dark horn-rimmed glasses look like the ones my dad wears and his name really is Bob. ;)

(The glasses are the only thing that look like my dad ;-)
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Amara on April 17, 2012, 02:06:19 PM
I think he looks like a Bob. What also struck me in looking at it was that it seemed familiar, but it took me a while to come up with enough information to google it. You know who it looks like without the glasses: an old television actor, Bob Cummings ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bob_Cummings_Show ).
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Layla Miller on April 21, 2012, 11:52:09 AM
Had to bump the thread because DH and I just got back from a consignment sale where we picked up two books, four very cute baby outfits, and a changing table.  Total cost for the lot?  $20.  I am so proud of us!  :D
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Ms_Cellany on April 21, 2012, 02:09:21 PM
My colleagues and I have collectively decided that his name is James Robert Arthur*, and he is the vice-president of the Gasket Manufacturers' Association of America.

*votes were split among Jim, Bob and Art for his name.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: GreenEyedHawk on April 21, 2012, 04:18:54 PM
I was at a consignment store a few months back just keeping a friend company while she shopped...scored a brand-new, tags-still-on BoardDoktor snowboarding jacket for $10.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: finecabernet on April 21, 2012, 05:04:34 PM
Two greats ones in the last few weeks (though not at a thrift shop but at discount retail stores).

I found a pretty jacket marked 90% off (from $90 to $10), and it fit. With "bucks" from the store it was free!

Before that I found Sanita shoes (selling online now for $115) for $30.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: mbbored on April 29, 2012, 12:10:03 AM
Not thrift, but Freecycle. I responded to a post for free vases. I picked them up today, expecting generic grocery store or florist vases, but these are mostly cool, vintage looking vases and jars.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Instantkarma on April 29, 2012, 12:49:13 AM
i got a fantastic wooden end table (real wood, not pressed plus it pretty and it has slots on the side for magazines or remotes plus a shelf) plus 4 napkins and 4 place mats (pretty pink and purple flower print) for a grand total of $10.  the table was $8 and the napkins/placemats were $2!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: TheWeirdOne on April 29, 2012, 02:10:33 AM
An older relative has unfortunately moved into a nursing home and needed to get rid of most of her furniture. I am now the proud owner of a lovely dark wood carved pedestal, a large matching cabinet, and some glass dessert dishes. All free, and my relative knows they went to a good home.

Other good finds have been a set of 7 lead crystal glasses for $25, and an outlet shop dress for $20, originally $160. I fell in love with a hall stand at shop A for $400, saw it again a few months later for $200 but damaged in shop B, and then finally saw it for $200, undamaged, in shop C. It matches the other furniture so well they look like a set.

BF bought me a ring off ebay last year, white gold and diamonds (I took it to a jewellers and checked). It's a beautiful art nouveau style and I've never seen another like it. Total cost: $100.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Elisabunny on April 29, 2012, 03:34:25 PM
My church has a ceremony for which the women wear long-sleeved, long white dresses. After 20 years I decided I need a new dress, but the nice ones (which I want since it will be another 20 years before I replace it) cost over $100.  Lately I've found 2! for only $6 each.  One is slightly too small, so I'm putting it aside for if my daughter wants it. :D
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: CakeBeret on April 29, 2012, 08:25:54 PM
I needed to stock up on clothes for my DS. At my Salvation Army I got him 4 pairs of jeans, 11 shirts, a heavy coat, and a jacket, and 5 paperbacks for myself, for $13. The clothes for DS are all super cute, nice brands, and in great condition. And the books...I find myself unable to say no to interesting-looking paperbacks so cheap. Unfortunately I have a backlog of at least 20 books to be read and not enough time to read them. :P
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Moralia on April 30, 2012, 11:49:30 PM
A freebie from one of my daughter's friends' mom.  A vintage Singer machine like on this site.
http://possumjimandelizabeth.com/xhtml/collect_sewing_sing319.html
It came in a lovely cabinet that I promptly used for one of my other vintage machines. Now I need to find a case for it....maybe I'll luck out at the Goodwill.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: alkira6 on May 01, 2012, 08:50:38 AM
6 pairs of brand new with tags old navy khakis for my DH.  1 silk scarf.  3 canvas tote bags for groceries. Grand total = $10.50 as it was a random 50% off yesterday. 

I was lucky with the pants-they were being put out on the racks as I arrived.  They are all 4 inches too long, but that's what the sewing machine is for!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Midnight Kitty on May 03, 2012, 02:31:57 PM
I gained a bit of weight over the last year.  Not a lot, but enough so that my pants were cutting off the circulation in my legs if I sat for too long. :-[

I not only needed professional "aloha" attire for daily work, but a blazer and "mainland professional attire" for my business trips, plus I needed a rolling carry-on case.  Fortunately, I had earned a "30% off" shopping pass.  The carry-on case cost just $14 after discount.  My grand total was $100 for 3 bags of clothes.  In there are 3 pairs of darling shoes (I love shoe shopping).  Most notable bargains: Two 100% wool, fully lined, skirts with name brands and undetectable wear, each around $5.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Ms_Cellany on May 03, 2012, 02:40:03 PM
This is hilarious - an artist who buys thrift-store landscapes and puts monsters in them:

http://www.slate.com/slideshows/arts/put-a-monster-on-it.html
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Where's the Quiet? on May 05, 2012, 06:30:16 PM
It has been a good weekend for bargain hunting here! Since yesterday I have gotten three dressers (one with a mirror), one mini fridge, a toddler bed and a bike for a grand total of $35. The dresser with the mirror is in dire need of TLC, but it will be a fun project for me. Everything else seems to be in good condition.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: White Dragon on May 05, 2012, 10:09:11 PM
Today our city had the spring clean up. I was a chance to get paint etc recycled and stuff disposed of at no charge.

They also had a 'Trash to Treasure' are where you could put any useable items or pick up some new treasures.
We took a bunch of stuff from our recently cleaned storeroom.

It was actually very gratifying to see how happy the person was who took most of our stuff.
I just wanted it out of my house, but she actually said "I've always wanted one of those!" as she took my old things.
It was nice to make someone else's day.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: KimChi on May 05, 2012, 11:54:00 PM
Can it be garage sales? Because I got a lifesize cutout of Chris Evans for a quarter. It is now staring at me from the wall above my computer. Best. buy. ever.  ;)
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Maggie on May 06, 2012, 05:56:25 AM
I got a pampered chef pizza stone for 75 cents.  Yes I was ecstatic!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Miss Misha on May 07, 2012, 02:46:00 PM
After Jr.'s little league game, we went to the sporting goods store for some miscellaneous baseball supplies.    His eyes fell on the golf display and he just had.to.have one of the clubs on sale for $12 or so.  I told him no, he didn't need it.  He was disappointed but we left with our baseball things. 

On the way home, we stopped at a garage sale, because I'm looking for an old shelving unit to use as a plant stand on the porch.  Nothing doing for a shelf unit, but there on the driveway was a golf bag with several clubs in it (a lot - like 8 or so) that the boy at that house had outgrown.  It was only $5!  It needed to be dusted off, and one of the putters needs to have the handle replaced buy Jr. totally scored!!!!  Now he wants to go garage-saling (is that even a word?) next weekend, too.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Midnight Kitty on May 07, 2012, 02:50:53 PM
After Jr.'s little league game, we went to the sporting goods store for some miscellaneous baseball supplies.    His eyes fell on the golf display and he just had.to.have one of the clubs on sale for $12 or so.  I told him no, he didn't need it.  He was disappointed but we left with our baseball things. 

On the way home, we stopped at a garage sale, because I'm looking for an old shelving unit to use as a plant stand on the porch.  Nothing doing for a shelf unit, but there on the driveway was a golf bag with several clubs in it (a lot - like 8 or so) that the boy at that house had outgrown.  It was only $5!  It needed to be dusted off, and one of the putters needs to have the handle replaced buy Jr. totally scored!!!!  Now he wants to go garage-saling (is that even a word?) next weekend, too.
And thus the garage-saling addiction is passed from parent to child, a proud tradition of frugality. >:D
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Bethalize on May 13, 2012, 05:20:14 AM
I went to the car boot sale and I saw something incredibly lovely. It was a strange piece and the quality was so fabulous I just couldn't leave it. I didn't know what it was when I saw it. The seller explained it was an Arts and Crafts communion tray as used in the Methodist church. He had purchased it from a retired Methodist vicar when a local church was closed and sold off.

(http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j207/ehb102/Communiontray.jpg)

I'm taking it with me to the Antiques Roadshow and then, depending on what happens, I'm off a mind to let me friend who is a Methodist's ministers daughter have it. She's already said she knows several ministers who would like one.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Outdoor Girl on May 13, 2012, 08:08:24 AM
Is it bad of me that my first thought was Jello shots for my next party?   :D
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: VorFemme on May 13, 2012, 09:06:07 AM
Is it bad of me that my first thought was Jello shots for my next party?   :D

I see that you're not a Methodist!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Hillia on May 13, 2012, 11:34:02 AM
This was an antiques/collectibles store but still the payment to enjoyment ratio is off the charts!

When I was a kid, we had 2 or 3 Very Special Ornaments.  They were silvery gray, with swirling lines of white paint, silver glitter, and dots of blue and fuchsia paint.  They were carefully wrapped and no one but mom was allowed to touch them.

When I got married, mom gave me these ornaments for my own tree.  I carried them around for the next 25 years, and along the way, they got broken.  I was very sad; a last link to my childhood gone.

At a store in Cheyenne Wyoming yesterday, I found 2 sets of these ornaments, still in original boxes.  They came 12 to a set, and each set had 4 each of silver, gold, and fuchsia ornaments.  $6 a box.  Guess what will be on my tree this year?   ;D
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: nayberry on May 13, 2012, 01:07:30 PM
i was browsing a charity shop and found a gorgeous sideboard, all curved and with the original glass shelf, mirror and wiring for the drinks part, paid £30 but it's priceless to me

similar to the thrid one down here but mine has a solid base not legs
http://www.deco-dence.com/Bars%20-%20Sideboard.htm
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Christabeldreams on May 13, 2012, 04:17:45 PM
I have had enormously good luck in finding clothes for cosplay. I've found a skirt that was dead on and a gown that was easy to modify, making for two of my best cosplays. I do love Goodwill.  :D
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: emeraldsage85 on May 13, 2012, 04:49:30 PM
One of my co-workers scored a Coach purse for $3! I couldn't believe it until she showed me the purse. And it was in pristine shape.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: VorFemme on May 13, 2012, 05:46:39 PM
One of my co-workers scored a Coach purse for $3! I couldn't believe it until she showed me the purse. And it was in pristine shape.

Beats the one I found for $6!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: mechtilde on May 19, 2012, 04:15:58 AM
I have a new dinner service. For £30.

A very nice pretty blue stoneware set, with 17 dinner plates, 8 medium sized plates, 6 cups, saucers and teaplates, 6 bowls, 2 large serving plates, serving bowls, teapot and coffee pot, and three jugs and a couple of mugs.

There were no visible marks on any of them, apart from a partial mark on the gravy jug, and Google revealed the maker and pattern. Then this morning I found marks on three of the plates. It seems that the marks had come off in the dishwasher over the years.

Denby.  Sevile pattern.

I am a happy woman. If the marks had not rubbed off, it would have cost a lot more- it could easily have been hundreds of pounds. I don't care about the marks- it is the quality I care about. Although I won't be putting the plates and jug with the marks through the dishwasher anytime soon!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: kansha on May 19, 2012, 01:12:32 PM
i now have:

...an orvis jeans skirt.  $69 on their website, paid $5
...an essentially unworn pair of 'klogs' clogs (think crocs, but more sturdy, without the 'holes').  $60 on zappos, $5

and the icing on the top of the thrift cake: a pair of maybe worn once finn comfort sandals...comfort-wise like birkenstocks but much nicer looking.  the exact style isn't on zappos, but the closest one i could find was $255  :o 

...i paid $8.50 for them  ;D
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: MissRose on May 19, 2012, 02:24:13 PM
I got myself 2 different tote bags yesterday, and the one deal I am proud of is the Prada one I found for $10.  Even if it may not be the real thing, no one needs to know!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: guihong on May 19, 2012, 08:54:24 PM
I have a mini-reverse find, in which I didn't know I had a bargain.  Above my computer I have a print, "Baskets of Summer Fruits" by William Hammer.  That meant nothing to me, but I found it at a GW for $3.00 and thought "That's really pretty!"  When just for giggles I Googled it, a similar size print from an art shop is about $300  :o.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: CorrieFan on May 20, 2012, 05:39:56 PM
i now have:

...an orvis jeans skirt.  $69 on their website, paid $5
...an essentially unworn pair of 'klogs' clogs (think crocs, but more sturdy, without the 'holes').  $60 on zappos, $5

and the icing on the top of the thrift cake: a pair of maybe worn once finn comfort sandals...comfort-wise like birkenstocks but much nicer looking.  the exact style isn't on zappos, but the closest one i could find was $255  :o 

...i paid $8.50 for them  ;D

Wow - $8.50 for a pair of Finns! That's a great score! They are awesomely comfortable shoes, and I think it's pretty rare to even see them on sale. I bought a pair last summer, and wore them a lot in the fall and winter. I really like mine, and hope they last a long time. Hope you enjoy wearing yours!

Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: baglady on May 20, 2012, 06:06:26 PM
Do yard/garage/rummage sales count? I scored big yesterday at the rummage sale at the church where my dance team practices. (We danced for them during the sale, and got to shop.)

Stoneware service for 8 -- big plates, small plates, bowls and mugs -- in a pretty pattern: $5. A few are chipped, but I rarely have more than 5 or 6 to dinner anyway unless it's a cookout with paper plates. No more borrowing the neighbors' dinnerware when I host Thanksgiving for 5!

Four decorative pillows in new condition: $4.

Three picture frames in excellent condition, one still in the wrapping: $1.50

Bird feeder: $1.

Coffee mug I couldn't resist (cute joke) and water bottle that I mainly wanted for the cap (I have a bottle of similar design with sentimental value and a broken cap): Free (priced at .25 and .05 but the church ladies threw them in with the $5 dishes).

Then today I went out and spent *way* too much on a pole to hang the bird feeder on. Long story. :)

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Post by: Marisol on May 20, 2012, 06:08:20 PM
I found vintage milk and sugar bowls just like my grandma had.
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Post by: #borecore on May 21, 2012, 10:05:33 AM
We got two wonderful works of art at a flea market -- one is a batik of a funky tree that has lights rigged to the inside of the frame so it glows, and the other is a pretty forest landscape -- plus a 1916 book called "Dickens's London" for $20 total.

And five or six other great picture books (Mecca, Versailles, Louvre, something about folklore, etc.) for the coffee table for $3 total from an assortment of thrift stores and an estate sale.
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Post by: Bethalize on May 25, 2012, 11:33:34 AM
I've lost enough weight that I thought it was worth browsing the clothes in a charity shop. I found the most perfect fitting black linen jacket for £8. It would have cost £60 brand new.
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Post by: guihong on May 25, 2012, 11:40:05 AM
Here comes Saturday again, and I hope the pickings are good tomorrow (maybe not, since it's a holiday :(). 

I'm looking for:

Bookcases
A new dresser for DD's room
Lamps
Computer desks that aren't our old kitchen table from 15 years ago  ::)
Hutch

Tall order, but it might happen if I find an estate sale :)
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on May 26, 2012, 11:47:10 AM
Not a thrift score, and not really a bargain, but for me it was.  I have huge issues finding pants that fit, and look professional, without looking frumpy.  I am a 16M or 14W, but have gained 15 lbs or so over the last 18 months.  I am also long-waisted, but have short legs, and a fluffy tummy, and bubble behind.  I recently re-discovered Jones New York, women sizes, and have bought a couple pairs that fit nicely, and look good.

So today while out and about, I decided to pop into Lord and Taylor, since I know they carry JNY.  I was not disappointed.  Got a nice pair of dark gray pants, for next year, and a cute pair of black capris, for now.  I also picked up a pair of Calvin Klein pants, which were the real deal, on sale for $19. the pants have to be shortened, but they FIT and don't bag in the front like a diaper, which is my main issue.  I am thrilled.

Oh, and I found 18-count boxes of Green Mountain Dark Magic k-cups at the Christmas Tree Shop for 6.99 - i was so surprised, since they are marked 9.99, I went and bought 3 more, so 6 in all. we have the Keurig at work, but have to provide our own coffee. 
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Post by: Moralia on May 26, 2012, 08:08:20 PM
Last weekend, my daughter had a formal dance. We found a floor-length pale gold brocade gown with matching wrap for $6!
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Post by: Bijou on May 27, 2012, 12:54:27 AM
I didn't get this, but saw it in the window of an antique/vintage store...it was a gorgeous large round vase that I think, after looking online and remembering it said 'rose(something or other)' on the tag, was Roseville Pottery.  I walked by the store, saw it, thought "Wow!"  Stopped and went back, thinking how much I would love to have that.  $695.00 worth of breakable pottery?  I don't think so.  But it was beautiful.
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Post by: Elfmama on May 27, 2012, 11:19:28 AM
I didn't get this, but saw it in the window of an antique/vintage store...it was a gorgeous large round vase that I think, after looking online and remembering it said 'rose(something or other)' on the tag, was Roseville Pottery.  I walked by the store, saw it, thought "Wow!"  Stopped and went back, thinking how much I would love to have that.  $695.00 worth of breakable pottery?  I don't think so.  But it was beautiful.
My grandmother had a cookie jar shaped like Little Red Riding Hood; it looks kind of like this.
(http://0.tqn.com/d/collectibles/1/G/s/7/1/lrrhhulljar.jpg)
We grandkids were always getting cookies out of it, so I don't know how it survived without being broken.  When Granny went into the assisted living home, my sister got it.  It lived on her counter for about 10 years, until the day that she was washing it and noticed the limited edition numbering on the bottom.  Curious as to what it meant, she checked online.  It's a rare version, and is worth about $1000.  It lives in a closed & locked case now instead of on a kitchen counter, full of cookies!
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on May 27, 2012, 11:42:09 AM
My grandmother had a cookie jar shaped like Little Red Riding Hood; it looks kind of like this.
(http://0.tqn.com/d/collectibles/1/G/s/7/1/lrrhhulljar.jpg)
We grandkids were always getting cookies out of it, so I don't know how it survived without being broken.  When Granny went into the assisted living home, my sister got it.  It lived on her counter for about 10 years, until the day that she was washing it and noticed the limited edition numbering on the bottom.  Curious as to what it meant, she checked online.  It's a rare version, and is worth about $1000.  It lives in a closed & locked case now instead of on a kitchen counter, full of cookies!

hehe - this so reminds of Antiques Roadshow; someone brings something in that's either been in the family for years, and is absolutely hideous,  or some has something they've been using in a way that would be ok if it weren't valuable.  then the appraiser tells them its worth 900 million, they get this look on their face, and then say "well, I guess I shouldn't let my grandkids poke at it with sticks anymore"  its amazing how much stuff that looks like trash really is valuable, and how much stuff that's pretty, isn't worth much at all.

But I love this cookie jar; its very cool.  And on a side note; I have a friend who collects/resells "stuff" including retro and vintage household and kitchen items.  I'm aamzed when she posts things how similar they are to stuff I have, and got from my mom or grandmother, or that we had when I was a kid.
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Post by: Bijou on May 27, 2012, 03:48:48 PM
I didn't get this, but saw it in the window of an antique/vintage store...it was a gorgeous large round vase that I think, after looking online and remembering it said 'rose(something or other)' on the tag, was Roseville Pottery.  I walked by the store, saw it, thought "Wow!"  Stopped and went back, thinking how much I would love to have that.  $695.00 worth of breakable pottery?  I don't think so.  But it was beautiful.
My grandmother had a cookie jar shaped like Little Red Riding Hood; it looks kind of like this.
(http://0.tqn.com/d/collectibles/1/G/s/7/1/lrrhhulljar.jpg)
We grandkids were always getting cookies out of it, so I don't know how it survived without being broken.  When Granny went into the assisted living home, my sister got it.  It lived on her counter for about 10 years, until the day that she was washing it and noticed the limited edition numbering on the bottom.  Curious as to what it meant, she checked online.  It's a rare version, and is worth about $1000.  It lives in a closed & locked case now instead of on a kitchen counter, full of cookies!
Oh, boy!  That reminds me of a moving sale where I found a cookie jar which I think could be what you have there, but the paint was not in as good condition.  I loved it and decided to buy it, then one of the people holding the sale came up  to me and told me that someone put it out in error, that it had been part of the family for eons and wasn't for sale.  I was disappointed, but glad that he realized a family treasure was about to walk out the door.  He would have had no idea who bought it.
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Post by: rose red on May 27, 2012, 06:16:00 PM
I just got a brand new purse on clearance for $3.  It's not designer or anything, but so cute and I'll say it again...$3!
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Post by: MizB on June 04, 2012, 11:23:25 PM
This wasn't at a thrift store, but it was a fabulous deal anyway. I found a green modern style blazer, normally $80 for $6 brand new!
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Post by: CakeBeret on June 05, 2012, 10:06:02 AM
I got DS 5 pairs of jeans, 3 shirts, and 2 hoodies. 2 cute name brand hoodies for my niece. And 2 books for myself. $8 total.
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Post by: mbbored on June 20, 2012, 08:59:47 PM
Not thrifting, but Freecycle.

Two sets of fancy spice mixes, that have never been used. Both were in nice gift boxes, and packaged with extra bay leaves, cinnamon sticks and nutmegs, so now my spice pantry is stocked for quite a while.
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Post by: dawbs on June 21, 2012, 09:00:24 AM
My daughter has decided at not-yet-2 that she doesn't want a Tricycle, she wants a big-girl, 2 wheeled bike.

So, I kinda did a u-turn to get to a garage sale and $3 later...
(https://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/540587_4096137691173_447194361_n.jpg)
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Post by: Outdoor Girl on June 21, 2012, 09:01:20 AM
How cute!  And perfect.
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Post by: Thipu1 on June 21, 2012, 09:49:43 AM
Again, not thrifting but family clean-out.

Years ago, Aunt May died at an advanced age.  After her funeral all the cousins were invited to visit her house and take what they wanted. 

My father was always the perfect gentleman and laid down the law that we would be the last to go.  Of course, by the time we got a look, things were pretty well picked over bit there was a small and pretty blue pottery vase that I'd always liked and was allowed to take.   It went to College with me and, later, moved with me into my city apartment. 

Long before Antiques Roadshow, there was another series on American crafts. One show featured something that was terribly familiar.  Sure enough, my little piece from Aunt May was a quite valuable and early Van Briggle.   
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Post by: Amara on June 21, 2012, 04:55:00 PM
Because I hate to shop I only seem to get to our area's best two thrift stores every two or three months. Today felt like such a day so I stopped at both. For just over $40 I got the following *insert shriek of glee*:

A brand new stainless steel food mill with three blades, everything still in plastic.

An Oxo mango pitter (the one recommended by ATK).

Two Corning Wear dishes with glass tops; one is a smaller (14oz) oval one that a woman wanted to give me three dollars for if I would hand it over--I would not--and the other is a smallish-medium square one.

Two food brushes.

A perfect, unread hardcover copy of Wolf Hall.

A perfect, unread hardcover copy of Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA.

A perfect and apparently unread hardcover copy of Savor Santa Barbara: Waterfront to Wine Country. (I had reviewed this book from the Assistance League for my newspaper when it came out and I really regretted donating it to a silent auction. However, I didn't want to pay $35 for a new one so today when I saw this I nabbed it immediately.)

An oversized and apparently unread trade paperback(with French flaps) of Soup by Stephen Knowleden.

SCORE!
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Post by: Jaelle on June 21, 2012, 08:37:55 PM
Not thrifting, but Freecycle.

Two sets of fancy spice mixes, that have never been used. Both were in nice gift boxes, and packaged with extra bay leaves, cinnamon sticks and nutmegs, so now my spice pantry is stocked for quite a while.

Sweet! That sounds like Penzey's stuff. It's awesome!

*notes that she needs to restock her really good cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne, etc ...*
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Post by: BabylonSister on June 24, 2012, 03:01:24 PM
Found yesterday: a Cuisinart coffee maker (model DCC 2400) for $10. I made coffee 5 hours ago. The pot is so well insulated, my coffee is still hot.  :o  I couldn't find online how much the coffee maker cost new as it's an older model, but the pot itself sells new for $60. It looks like my days of Mr Coffee that last 6 months and burn my coffee are over.
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Post by: GreenEyedHawk on June 24, 2012, 07:35:04 PM
Babylon, we have a newer Cuisinart coffee maker (paid full price, gah!) but the fact that it keeps the coffee hot (not just warm, HOT) has multiple temperature settings and a built-in water filter makes it all worthwhile.  We love it.
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Post by: kymom3 on June 25, 2012, 02:23:54 PM
I found these at a yard sale on Saturday.  The yard sale was down the street from me, it looked like possibly a mother/daughter, plus another older woman having the sale.  They had 4 quilt tops and one quilt and the older woman--maybe at least 70-said she had $2/apiece on them!  What?!  They were hand stitched too.  I bought them all, because she said if I didn't buy them they were going to Goodwill.  She then told me her grandmother had pieced them!  I about fainted.  They were all older material, I think from the 1930's or so, different patterns, several of them were made with darker pieces of material, and a coupler were lighter scraps. 
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Post by: Outdoor Girl on June 25, 2012, 02:27:46 PM
I don't even quilt and I'd have bought them at those prices!  I know some folks who make quilts for various charities so if I really liked the top, I'd pay them to make it up for me and if I wasn't super keen, I'd donate the top to them.

(I was doing some clean out and found some material I wasn't going to use.  One piece was a heavy plaid I'd bought for a Hallowe'en costume.  It was made up into a quilt for a young boy undergoing medical treatment.)
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on June 25, 2012, 06:23:07 PM
I found these at a yard sale on Saturday.  The yard sale was down the street from me, it looked like possibly a mother/daughter, plus another older woman having the sale.  They had 4 quilt tops and one quilt and the older woman--maybe at least 70-said she had $2/apiece on them!  What?!  They were hand stitched too.  I bought them all, because she said if I didn't buy them they were going to Goodwill.  She then told me her grandmother had pieced them!  I about fainted.  They were all older material, I think from the 1930's or so, different patterns, several of them were made with darker pieces of material, and a coupler were lighter scraps.

Wow.  I don't quilt, but I do have a couple that were made by someone in my family; great great grandmother or aunts, that generation.  I'm glad you got them, and not Goodwill - since you will definitely appreciate them! (not knocking Goodwill, but they might not have even realized what they were)
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Post by: Kaora on June 25, 2012, 07:54:35 PM
My older sister works at a thrift store, and has come home with:

1) Vic-20, an older computer.  It came with the tape drive, some cartridges, tapes, hookups... for 10 bucks.  We're computer nerds. :P

2) Speak n' Spell.  We never grew up, apparently. ;D

3) Pantone Color Swatches, basic set.  2 bucks.  Normally?  370.  Sure, they're kind of old, but appear to be color accurate. :)

4) 2 old Macintoshes.  We need an ADP (Apple Desktop Display) to 25-pin converter for one of them, but they otherwise seem functional. :) The other one we've had way before she started working there-- it's an all in one, a Macintosh Classic II. :)

5) Books?  We found a one-off manga in Japanese.  We are working on translating it ("Hoshi wa Suburu," Stars Dance.)
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Post by: littlebird on June 28, 2012, 07:34:35 AM
2) Speak n' Spell.  We never grew up, apparently. ;D

Ahhh! So jealous! I really miss my Speak n Spell! It was so cool!
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Post by: Bethalize on June 30, 2012, 02:51:00 PM
2) Speak n' Spell.  We never grew up, apparently. ;D

Ahhh! So jealous! I really miss my Speak n Spell! It was so cool!

I still have my Speak n Maths. It's even cooler because of the rarity value :-)
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Post by: norrina on June 30, 2012, 05:37:51 PM
I found my wedding dress at Goodwill for $7.99, two years ago. DF finally proposed last night, so I took a gamble buying it that we would eventually end up getting married, and that it would fit our "theme" and he would like it of we did, but for $8 it seemed like a reasonable risk. It isn't a traditional gown, so it isn't an extreme bargain, but it is ankle length white gauze and ornately embroidered, so it is a little fancier than the typical GW dress. And he does like it and it will be perfect for our beach wedding.
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Post by: GreenEyedHawk on June 30, 2012, 05:52:36 PM
Congratulations, Norrina!  I'd love to see pics, that sounds very pretty!
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Post by: norrina on June 30, 2012, 06:16:53 PM
Congratulations, Norrina!  I'd love to see pics, that sounds very pretty!

Thank you Green Eyed Hawk. I'll be posting them over in the wedding board (8/15/13) sometime fairly soon.

I got so excited about the dress I forgot my other big thrift store score, a KitchenAid food processor for $7. It only had one disc, but since I already had the same model at home (I'd redone my kitchen colors and wanted to replace it with white, which the thrift store model was) that was not an issue for  me, and saved me $150.
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Post by: Black Delphinium on June 30, 2012, 08:44:21 PM
Garage sale, but we got Metal Gear Solid, Tony Hawk Pro-skater 2, and NAMCO Museum 1 for the PS1 for a quarter each.  ;D
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Post by: Moralia on June 30, 2012, 09:43:34 PM
Three Bakelite boxes of Viewmaster reels. I was tempted and then the gal running the sale walked up and said, "All three for $2."
How could I say no?  I have views of the US and all around the world, plus Disneyland, various cartoons and the wedding of Prince Rainier to Grace Kelly.
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Post by: Pippen on June 30, 2012, 10:43:36 PM
Not a thrift store but an antique store had a couple of painting my mum just loved. They were only $400 for the pair but she refused to buy them despite me telling her if she didn't she would regret it. Still no action 3 weeks later from her I took Dad in and we got them for her birthday. Then just to be a cow I took her back in and we spent the next month hearing about how she wishes she had got them. She wanted to commit murder on us when she opened her present so it was well worth the $300 Dad bargained them down to.

Did a quick internet search on the artist and guessed they are worth $18-20K which was a bit exciting. So sent them to be valued and it came back at around $25K.

Downside. Now Dad thinks he is an art expert and turns up with some the the most butt ugly paintings you have ever seen and insists they are worth a fortune. Nothing can convince him otherwise.
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Post by: gmatoy on July 01, 2012, 02:46:31 PM
Today: a sewing machine, Singer from about 1970. It is exactly the same model as the one my best friend gave me when my own machine quit working. This is a total score because it works and I already know how to use it, so no learning curve! $19.99 but today was the sale day, so finally cost was $15.71!

And even better: DH didn't even try to talk me out of buying another sewing machine!
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Post by: Bethalize on July 02, 2012, 03:25:28 AM
On Friday last week I had that pull that tells me I have to go look at <this store>. I searched the whole store and was very disappointed not to find anything - until the last place I looked. I found not one but two exotic leather vintage handbags. One was snakeskin, one was crocodile in a very useful tan colour. I've wanted both for ages.
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Post by: Thipu1 on July 02, 2012, 10:01:16 AM
Some years ago I hit the jackpot at a local rummage sale.  It was a 19th century French folio on a Broze Age settlement in Switzerland.

  At the time, we had a friend in the SCA and the folio had full sized color plates of several swords.  At 20USD one of the plates from the folio would make a super gift for him. 

When I got it home, I noticed that some sophisticated paper preservation had been done on it.  Checking around, it became obvious that the thing was pretty rare.  The few Libraries  that had cataloged the folio stored it in Special Collection or Rare Book rooms and our copy was complete. 

As it turned out, the most recent auction price for the title had sold for 2500 USD. 

Need I say that our friend did not get the plate as a gift?

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Post by: Jloreli on July 06, 2012, 02:00:20 PM
$25 turkey fryer set up including propane tank
$5 36 cup coffee urn......brand new!


and two 275 gallon heating oil tanks......FREE!
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Post by: HorseFreak on July 06, 2012, 02:26:20 PM
Not exactly a thrift store, but a family member used to work for Disney and they have a cast store where they sell leftover merchandise, furniture and other unneeded items at a huge discount. I've gotten great deals on clothing, blankets and other items. My best deals were a $25 Mickey laptop case for $4, an adult Faline Disney Collection sculpture worth over $200 for $40 and a two cup coffeemaker that was hardly used (but routinely replaced from one of the hotels) for $2.
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Post by: hobish on July 06, 2012, 03:14:52 PM
My local thrift is simply awash in my favorite clothing item: knee-length A-line printed cotton skirts. I get, like, at least two every time I step in there. They're just so awesome to have for the summer - put on a fitted T and flip-flops, dun dun DONE!

Last visit I also picked up some cool brand-new Rocket Dog shoes. Love.

We could be twins  ;D That is my summer uniform.
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Post by: blue2000 on July 06, 2012, 08:24:15 PM
My local thrift is simply awash in my favorite clothing item: knee-length A-line printed cotton skirts. I get, like, at least two every time I step in there. They're just so awesome to have for the summer - put on a fitted T and flip-flops, dun dun DONE!

Last visit I also picked up some cool brand-new Rocket Dog shoes. Love.

We could be twins  ;D That is my summer uniform.


You are going to make me cry. I've been looking for decent skirts for a wedding, and haven't found even one I like. They seem to be an endangered species around here.

On the other hand, I've seen some fabulous trench coats for rock-bottom prices. I think I bought mine for $10 or $15. I wonder what that says about the stores in my area. :P
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Post by: mbbored on July 06, 2012, 08:56:35 PM
My local thrift is simply awash in my favorite clothing item: knee-length A-line printed cotton skirts. I get, like, at least two every time I step in there. They're just so awesome to have for the summer - put on a fitted T and flip-flops, dun dun DONE!

Last visit I also picked up some cool brand-new Rocket Dog shoes. Love.

We could be twins  ;D That is my summer uniform.

Triplets! I've got a dozen. Tee and flip flops for the day, switch out the flip flops for espadrilles and add a funky necklace, and voila! Going out for a drink with the girls. Throw a cardigan over that and its work appropriate.
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Post by: Amara on July 07, 2012, 02:24:49 PM
Not a thrift store but a swap meet.

I haven't been to one of these in at least *mumble* years but I have been wanting to go and see if they were like I remembered. The local high school grounds have the Saturday one so I popped round at 8:30. Parking was easy since it wasn't too crowded yet. What struck me was the number of sellers who sell apparently new items like clothing, music, movies, shoes, kitchen stuff. Apparently, they get it in Mexico and bring it up here. That wasn't what I was looking for (I wanted to check out the individual families who bring whatever-it-is-they-have-to-get-rid-of) so I bypassed all of them except the kitchen guy. He had a number of new mortar and pestles, the rough gray stone ones. Most were average size, but he had some that were enormous. You could make salsa for fifty in one. Unfortunately, his pricing--he wanted $25 for the small one, which nearly made me choke--was out of line.

Much further on, however, I came across a woman who was putting out household stuff including four old-fashioned ice cream glasses (like the middle one here: http://www.stuartrental.com/sites/default/files/sundaes-2.jpg ). She wanted $6, I wanted to pay $4, and that's what we ended up agreeing on since I was willing to walk away empty handed. Anyway, I got them  home and they are beautiful. The top lip has indents in it and the glass is perfect. I actually think these might be from the 1940s or 1950s.  And I'm looking forward to serving up some ice cream in them!
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Post by: Lady Snowdon on July 07, 2012, 06:38:50 PM
Definite score here.  I've really been wanting a corset and Renaissance-style dress for our Ren Fest.  I'm a weird shape though, and was in the process of resigning myself to the fact that it was going to be custom made and cost $$$$$$.  Then, a lady that I know who does costuming for a community theater group, posted on FB that she has a bunch of patterns at her house she's never made and wants to try out.  I PM'd her, and she's willing to make my corset/dress just for the cost of fabric!!  I'm so excited to see her at auditions and figure out all the details!!
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on July 07, 2012, 07:13:59 PM
Definite score here.  I've really been wanting a corset and Renaissance-style dress for our Ren Fest.  I'm a weird shape though, and was in the process of resigning myself to the fact that it was going to be custom made and cost $$$$$$.  Then, a lady that I know who does costuming for a community theater group, posted on FB that she has a bunch of patterns at her house she's never made and wants to try out.  I PM'd her, and she's willing to make my corset/dress just for the cost of fabric!!  I'm so excited to see her at auditions and figure out all the details!!

that's a win win for both of you!
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Post by: Outdoor Girl on July 09, 2012, 05:55:52 PM
I responded to an ad on-line, selling knitting stuff.  She was asking $75, which I originally thought was a little steep but then I got the stuff and went through it.

I got a huge bag (garbage bag sized) full of yarn - various colours and textures, some whole balls, some part.  It works out fine for me because I do a lot of hat and mitt sets for charity and I like to make patchwork afghans, too.

And there was a bunch of pattern and how-to books, a bunch of different needles including round ones, stitch holders, crochet hooks, etc.

But the piece de resistance?  About 8 children's Icelandic style sweaters, already knitted.  About 8 little layette sets with hat, sweater, booties, some with matching blankets.  There is one bootie missing but I can knit that up to replace it.  There is another baby blanket and a funky hat.

One of my coworkers is expecting her first grandchild in January so she'll get first pick on the baby stuff.  I'm going to give her one set of her choice and if she wants more, I think I'll ask for $5.  I'm going to take in the sweaters, too, and ask for $5 for those, too.  These sets would easily be $30 at a craft sale so it is a good deal for everyone and I get some of my money back.
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Post by: Outdoor Girl on July 11, 2012, 09:59:39 AM
^  It is working out really well!  3 of my coworkers have or are expecting new grandbabies and I've sold all the baby layettes and blankets.  One of them also has older grandkids and will take the rest of the sweaters - I'm just waiting for one person to come back from vacation to see if he wants any for his kids.

So if everything sells, I will get all my money back!  In fact, I might even make $10 or $15 bucks.  And be ahead all the yarn and needles and patterns.

And the seller was just glad to be rid of stuff since she's trying to pack to move.  Win all round, I think.
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Post by: Midnight Kitty on July 11, 2012, 12:23:58 PM
Thanks for sharing, Outdoor Girl.  I love a win-win anecdote and I really needed that "feel good fix" this morning.
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Post by: Morty'sCleaningLady on July 11, 2012, 12:35:06 PM
Saw this news article and thought of the thread:
http://news.yahoo.com/baseball-cards-ohio-attic-might-fetch-millions-162732574--spt.html

Basically, a family is cleaning out the attic and find several hundred baseball cards in pristine condition worth a small fortune.  In fact, 37 of them are probably each worth more than $500K.  I realize it wasn't found in a thrift store, but it was a lucky inheritance.
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Post by: happygrrl on July 11, 2012, 03:07:23 PM
I got the urge to shop today, and I got a beautiful pair of Lily Pulitzer linen capris for $12, and, be still my heart, a stunning pair of black fancy shoes from one of the most expensive places in town for $5. And they are perfect, and look wonderful on.
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Post by: Midnight Kitty on July 11, 2012, 03:37:04 PM
Oh, happy day for happygrrl! ;D
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Post by: Sanity Lost on July 11, 2012, 08:30:51 PM
This weekend a beautiful sable coat at Goodwill for $20. I have to wait for my birthday to actually get it.
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Post by: Cutenoob on July 12, 2012, 12:33:55 AM
I went to a guy's "Free give away everything" garage, got a bunch of plates for the house and 3 bags of clothes for kids. Not necessarily a "OMWow moment" but I like free.
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Post by: Reader on July 12, 2012, 11:29:03 AM
Found two pairs of shorts at my local Salvation army for only .69 cents each 2 weekends ago. 
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Post by: Lady Snowdon on July 14, 2012, 08:09:40 PM
I was able to combine some online sales and a coupon at Lane Bryant to get over $200 worth of stuff for about $85!  YAY!
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on July 15, 2012, 11:52:38 AM
And I just scored a pair of capris and two tops from Kohls; original price, for all three, $94.  On sale price, for all three, $47.  Final cost, for all three, plus free shipping? $18.89 - thanks to a 30% coupon, and $20 Kohls cash my friend I'm housesitting for left me.  Cant beat that with a stick!
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Post by: bluhairfreak on July 15, 2012, 05:25:30 PM
At CAPS 75% off sale I scored a vintage tea set(cups with sandwich plates/saucers) a simple small vage, set of perfume bottles, and an beatiful dancing angel/fairy ornament for 18$

edit to add.  Won a bid to get a BJD that typically cost 500$ new for around 150$ including the shopping service fees and shipping to me. 
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Post by: BioformCassie on August 20, 2012, 03:08:07 PM
I found a working dehydrating for $8 that normally retails for $60!
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Post by: Jones on August 20, 2012, 03:12:45 PM
Last week I decided that DD should have a couple "new" shirts for school. She has adequate clothing, but some of it is starting to look worn after the summer, plus I'm tired of seeing her in the same clothes over and over. So we went to the local thrift shop to start the process, found her 5 shirts (different styles, different colors; all name-brands and new looking) for $2 apiece, and left pretty happy.
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Post by: #borecore on August 20, 2012, 04:17:07 PM
For the wedding I was in recently, BF decided he needed to look snappy to match me. We were going to go to the mall and find him something, but we stopped by the Savers thrift store on a whim. And we came out with an $80 pinstriped, slim-fit Nordstrom dress shirt that fits him perfectly for $7 (with a teensy grease stain near the collar that came out in a second! We're guessing it was worn once and stained -- it still had creases), and like-new Express pants for another $7 (about $100 on their website).


We've been looking for a fruit bowl and after we saw a great one walking out of a thrift shop with a $20 tag on it Saturday, were close to getting a $30 wood-veneer one at Target that evening. On Sunday, we stopped by the scariest junk shop around and got a carved wood bowl for $8. Again, not the best deal ever, but I was excited because it was better than anything I'd seen new for twice as much.
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Post by: Bethczar on August 20, 2012, 08:25:56 PM
Jmarvellous - I absolutely love Savers! I think over half my clothes(and a large amount of my books) are from there. I fact, I bought our dining room table there. A solid wood table with 2 fold-down leaves for $8! It needs to be refinished, but for now it's fine with a tablecloth.
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Post by: Midnight Kitty on August 21, 2012, 05:38:24 PM
I lovelovelove Savers!  I went last Saturday because a coworker gave me two 20% off coupons.  While I was shopping, I saw a friend of mine shopping with 4 of her 10 children.  I gave her one of the 20% off coupons. She said they hadn't been to Savers for years (they live on the far end of the island) and they had something like 3 carts full of clothes.  She really appreciated that 20% off!

I noticed some price inflation since my last visit.  I seldom had to pay more than $10 for any one item of clothing.  This time I bought 3 items marked $12.99 (less the 20% ;D): Two Vanity Fair bras (nude & black) that fit me exactly right, brand new with tags showing their original retail price of $36 each; and One pair of navy blue Banana Republic "leggings" - skinny pants with cargo pockets - brand new with tags showing its original retail price of $54!

I also bought two pair of stretch pants (heather grey and purple) for $4 each (after discount).  I needed new riding pants but they are pricey.  Even the internet clearance sales were over $50 plus S&H.  The stretch pants don't have "wear patches" on the inside of the knee, so they wear out after a couple years.  But since I only spent $4 on them, I don't mind buying another pair every couple years.  I'm wearing the new dress ($8) that matches an earring & bracelet set I already owned, but didn't have much that matched them.  Then there's my new mu'u mu'u ($8) that hugs my curves and looks awesome. :-*

All in all, I spent just over $70 to buy a big bag of clothes that I really needed and they all look great!  SCORE!!
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Post by: Elfmama on August 22, 2012, 12:01:05 AM
Grandson #2 scored big today.  He went to the thrift store looking for stuff to make into the Halloween costume he's considering.  And for $8 got a London Fog trench coat that looks like brand-new. 
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Post by: Black Delphinium on August 22, 2012, 07:52:44 AM
Grandson #2 scored big today.  He went to the thrift store looking for stuff to make into the Halloween costume he's considering.  And for $8 got a London Fog trench coat that looks like brand-new.
The Doctor?
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Post by: RegionMom on August 22, 2012, 10:33:16 AM
DD and I went to GoodWill the other day to look for some dance workout tops for her.  She had bought one from a dance shop after being frustrated other places. Any one shirt was over $20.  At GW, we finally found three, plus a pair of cute shorts for her, plus a pair of new comfy wedge heels for me, and an impulse buy large scarf/shawl with a fun print that I wore yesterday and received compliments all day long on it! 

"I feel pretty, oh so pretty.."

Damage done? 

Under $30. 

That is not even close to my best shopping, but add in the scarf compliments and it made my day!
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Post by: heartmug on August 22, 2012, 11:22:05 AM
I need a shawl to wear to a country club wedding next month.  I hadn't even thought about looking at thrift stores.
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Post by: Elfmama on August 22, 2012, 11:29:26 AM
Grandson #2 scored big today.  He went to the thrift store looking for stuff to make into the Halloween costume he's considering.  And for $8 got a London Fog trench coat that looks like brand-new.
The Doctor?
Some sort of steampunk thing, last I heard.
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Post by: Midnight Kitty on August 22, 2012, 12:47:15 PM
Grandson #2 scored big today.  He went to the thrift store looking for stuff to make into the Halloween costume he's considering.  And for $8 got a London Fog trench coat that looks like brand-new.
The Savers store nearest me advertises itself as "Halloween Headquarters."  They move the used stuff over and have a whole Halloween section with brand new, in the package, dirt cheap Halloween costumes.  You know, like the little girls who want to be a Princess and there's a package with tiara, flimsy glitzy costume, and some bling for under $10.  Shoppers can choose between putting something unique together out of used clothes or buying something packaged.

I'm currently wearing my new light grey silk chinese-style short sleeve blouse with long, dark grey pencil skirt and black heels.  All bought at Savers for less than $15 total.  My bus friends told me I looked sharp.  I feel stylish, elegant, and sensible ($).  ;)  IMHO Needless Markup has nothing on Savers. >:D
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Post by: rose red on August 22, 2012, 12:59:37 PM
Went to a craft store and got two decorative teapots on clearance for 25 cents each.  ;D  8)
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Post by: Ambrosia Hino on August 22, 2012, 01:34:55 PM
went to a garage sale a bit ago.

came home with one of those bin-organizer-shelf things for small kids, a twin-size set of Very Hungry Caterpillar sheets (never used, still folded with cardboard) and a never-used Very Hungry Caterpillar baby book

$20

I don't know about the sheets or the baby book, but I know the organizer normally goes for about $70
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Post by: RegionMom on August 22, 2012, 01:39:37 PM
Heartmug-

When you go to a thrift store for a scarf/shawl, it may not be where you would expect.

I have found great pieces mixed in with bedding and pillow shams, because "Sum One" in the back assumed it was a decorative throw or a sheer curtain. 

And, sometimes, scarves are in lingerie... :o
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Post by: CakeBeret on August 22, 2012, 05:43:33 PM
My sister has been looking for a food vacuum sealer to put up the hundreds of pounds of zucchini she grew this year. :P She got a used one on Craigslist for $60. I've borrowed it a couple times and quite like it.

I ran into the thift store today to grab a book (absolutely love their paperback section) and as I passed an aisle I spotted...a nearly new vacuum sealer. Half price. Ended up being $3.75.

I can't wait to brag to my sister.  ;D
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Post by: heartmug on August 22, 2012, 06:16:50 PM
Heartmug-

When you go to a thrift store for a scarf/shawl, it may not be where you would expect.

I have found great pieces mixed in with bedding and pillow shams, because "Sum One" in the back assumed it was a decorative throw or a sheer curtain. 

And, sometimes, scarves are in lingerie... :o

Good to know!
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Post by: Midnight Kitty on August 22, 2012, 07:02:24 PM
My sister has been looking for a food vacuum sealer to put up the hundreds of pounds of zucchini she grew this year. :P
I did this one year.  I didn't just plant zucchini, but several types of summer squash.  I didn't think ahead to how much squash was going to come out of this variety.  I tried freezing the raw squash, but it came out mushy.  I tried parboiling it first, but it came out mushy.  I tried steaming it, but it came out mushy.  No one wanted to eat the "preserved" squash except our dog.  GingerBear was a Golden Retriever mix with severe hip dysplasia, so she couldn't walk far and could not run at all.  She had to stick to a strict diet because extra weight would make her even more crippled.  I got rid of the "preserved" squash by heating it up and mixing it with GB's kibbles to make her think she was getting a filling, hot meal.  Leftover steamed pumpkin was also good for supplementing her kibble: Low calories and rich flavor.

My father used to grow 10 times as much zucchini as our family could eat, even eating it 3 times a day.  I still remember eating squash "pancakes" for breakfast.  :P Our neighbors would see us coming up the front walkway with zucchini and hide behind the kitchen curtains.  Didn't slow us down.  We left "presents" on the doorstep. >:D
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Post by: Pippen on August 23, 2012, 03:34:36 AM
I'm on it right now. It's a fabulous retro modular lounge suite I brought for $200. It fits the room perfectly. One couch can be rolled up to the other to make a nest for watching movies on. The corner bit has a whatsit for my glass of wine. Ok it cost thousands to get it recovered but we won't talk about that.
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on August 23, 2012, 09:24:16 AM
I'm on it right now. It's a fabulous retro modular lounge suite I brought for $200. It fits the room perfectly. One couch can be rolled up to the other to make a nest for watching movies on. The corner bit has a whatsit for my glass of wine. Ok it cost thousands to get it recovered but we won't talk about that.

Hehe - sounds like my couch; it was my grandmothers, so a bit larger, and MUCH heavier and sturdier than most you can get today. Cost: free.  Cost to recover it (paid by mom) about 1500. But I tell myself to BUY something new of the same caliber would be several thousand, so I still came out ahead.
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Post by: CakeBeret on August 23, 2012, 09:44:29 AM
My sister has been looking for a food vacuum sealer to put up the hundreds of pounds of zucchini she grew this year. :P
I did this one year.  I didn't just plant zucchini, but several types of summer squash.  I didn't think ahead to how much squash was going to come out of this variety.  I tried freezing the raw squash, but it came out mushy.  I tried parboiling it first, but it came out mushy.  I tried steaming it, but it came out mushy.  No one wanted to eat the "preserved" squash except our dog.  GingerBear was a Golden Retriever mix with severe hip dysplasia, so she couldn't walk far and could not run at all.  She had to stick to a strict diet because extra weight would make her even more crippled.  I got rid of the "preserved" squash by heating it up and mixing it with GB's kibbles to make her think she was getting a filling, hot meal.  Leftover steamed pumpkin was also good for supplementing her kibble: Low calories and rich flavor.

My father used to grow 10 times as much zucchini as our family could eat, even eating it 3 times a day.  I still remember eating squash "pancakes" for breakfast.  :P Our neighbors would see us coming up the front walkway with zucchini and hide behind the kitchen curtains.  Didn't slow us down.  We left "presents" on the doorstep. >:D

Here is the method my sister uses.

Borrow my food processor :P to shred the zucchini. Place between two sheets of paper towels in a colander, and salt the zucchini heavily. Let drain for a couple hours, and then squeeze out all the excess liquid. Then vacuum pack and freeze.
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Post by: katcheya on August 23, 2012, 09:52:04 AM
I found vintage milk and sugar bowls just like my grandma had.

My grandmother had vintage ceramic measuring cups in her kitchen, similar to these:  =tags&ga_search_query=measuring+cup+set&ga_search_type=all&ga_facet=measuring+cup+set&ga_includes[]=tags&ga_view_type=gallery]http://www.etsy.com/listing/79993819/vintage-ceramic-measuring-cups-set-4?ref=sr_gallery_33&ga_includes[0]=tags&ga_search_query=measuring+cup+set&ga_search_type=all&ga_facet=measuring+cup+set&ga_includes[]=tags&ga_view_type=gallery (http://www.etsy.com/listing/79993819/vintage-ceramic-measuring-cups-set-4?ref=sr_gallery_33&ga_includes[0)

I was in a second-hand store and found a set for $3!!
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Post by: mechtilde on August 23, 2012, 12:12:43 PM
I need a shawl to wear to a country club wedding next month.  I hadn't even thought about looking at thrift stores.

Your other option could be fabric stores, and then make one (for example loose weaves can have the edge threads pulled out to make a fringe)
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Post by: Midnight Kitty on August 23, 2012, 01:11:24 PM
Borrow my food processor :P to shred the zucchini. Place between two sheets of paper towels in a colander, and salt the zucchini heavily. Let drain for a couple hours, and then squeeze out all the excess liquid. Then vacuum pack and freeze.
How does she use the shredded zucchini?  In bread?

My favorite zucchini use is sauteed in olive oil with garlic, diced onions & tomatoes, sliced mushrooms, and fresh basil.  My least favorite is stuffed baked zucchini.  :P
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Post by: CakeBeret on August 23, 2012, 01:27:44 PM
Borrow my food processor :P to shred the zucchini. Place between two sheets of paper towels in a colander, and salt the zucchini heavily. Let drain for a couple hours, and then squeeze out all the excess liquid. Then vacuum pack and freeze.
How does she use the shredded zucchini?  In bread?

My favorite zucchini use is sauteed in olive oil with garlic, diced onions & tomatoes, sliced mushrooms, and fresh basil.  My least favorite is stuffed baked zucchini.  :P

Just about anything. Put it in soups or casseroles. Add it to pizza or pasta dishes. Puree and use as a broth/base.
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Post by: squeakers on August 23, 2012, 03:09:25 PM
Went an auction and looked around.  We bought 2 comfy chairs for the living-room, DH bought tons of linens/towels and comforters (1) and then I saw a cute couch I really wanted but figured it would go too high.  It's all stuffy and blue (matching the chairs) with a cute wooden back that is all fancy carved.

Now usually DH does the bidding and I just tell him (sometimes by kicking him  >:D) what I want and how high to go.  This time he left me with the ticket while he went to get our trailer (bought bigger stuff than would fit in the van.)  And that couch was up.  I thought I heard 25$ so flashed my ticket.  Nope.. it was $2.50. Score!

We like buying nice but used furniture because between 3 boys, 4 cats and 2 dogs.. they get trashed. Someday I will have nice furniture.. or an RV (we haven't decided yet exactly what to do come retirement.)

(1) DH buys blankets for the bird's cage to cover him up: bird likes to pull them in and tear them up.  What usually happens: new blankets and comforters brought into the house.. and one by one the boys snag them for their beds.  They each have 3 or 4 regular blankets and 2 or 3 comforters LOL Plus I gave 2 complete comforter/sheets/pillowcases sets away to friends of the oldest boy (the girls had just moved out on their own.)  Then a bunch get put in the camper for camping season.  The bird.. he gets 1  ;D
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Post by: Midnight Kitty on August 23, 2012, 03:39:11 PM
Now usually DH does the bidding and I just tell him (sometimes by kicking him  >:D) what I want and how high to go.  This time he left me with the ticket while he went to get our trailer (bought bigger stuff than would fit in the van.)  And that couch was up.  I thought I heard 25$ so flashed my ticket.  Nope.. it was $2.50. Score!
Did I read that correctly?  You paid two dollars and fifty cents for a couch?!  :o WOW!  I think you just earned the Top Score on this thread! ;)

Do you need to spend $1,500 to have it recovered?  If not, I bow to your awesomely thrifty shopping skills.(http://www.mysmiley.net/imgs/smile/party/party0038.gif)
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Post by: Pippen on August 23, 2012, 03:47:43 PM
Oh and here is one I lost which  am still peeved about years later...

When my parents still had their farm before they retired there was some temporary workers accommodation with this fabulous dining room table in the kitchen. It was enormous and in pretty rough condition but nothing that couldn't be fixed or restored. I always told my dad I wanted it and he was not to do anything with it.

So what did he do. He sold to to someone for $50. Boy was I angry. Not long after we went to an antique fair and low and behold there was an exact copy of the same table, but restored and it was for sale of $7000. Even less happy after that.
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Post by: squeakers on August 23, 2012, 07:05:14 PM
Now usually DH does the bidding and I just tell him (sometimes by kicking him  >:D) what I want and how high to go.  This time he left me with the ticket while he went to get our trailer (bought bigger stuff than would fit in the van.)  And that couch was up.  I thought I heard 25$ so flashed my ticket.  Nope.. it was $2.50. Score!

Did I read that correctly?  You paid two dollars and fifty cents for a couch?!  :o WOW!  I think you just earned the Top Score on this thread! ;)

Do you need to spend $1,500 to have it recovered?  If not, I bow to your awesomely thrifty shopping skills.(http://www.mysmiley.net/imgs/smile/party/party0038.gif)

Yep.. 2 dollars and fifty cents.  And not a thing wrong with it.   To the point I actually scold the cats for clawing on it.  I don't care if they sleep on it but no shredding.  And the arms are super poofy for watching tv while lying down.  Last couch had stiff arms and the back actually made you lean forward (but it was pretty).
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Post by: Bandu on August 23, 2012, 08:12:41 PM
Well, no way I can top a $2.50 sofa, but I'm happy with my thrift score find this past week.

Got a vintage white mink ladies hat and a green felt Stetson Indiana Jones type hat, $5 for both. I was one happy camper!
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Post by: LadyClaire on August 24, 2012, 09:27:26 AM
There's a thrift store/antique store place here that my co-worker and I have been going to a lot. The guy who owns it goes to estate sales and yard sales, buys up tons of stuff, and then prices it pretty cheaply.

In the past month I've bought the following:

A vintage cast iron owl candle lantern. I paid $8 for it. An ebay search revealed that it sells for anywhere from $50 to $120, depending on the shape it's in..mine is in pretty good condition.

A silver plated toothpick holder. Paid $2, worth $50.

A vintage carnival glass toothpick holder. Paid $1.50, worth $30.

A vintage carnival glass compote dish, paid $15, worth $60.

A cast iron lion's head door knocker. Paid $10, worth $80.

A blue carnival glass candy dish. Paid $5, worth $20.

Very little in his shop is priced above $30.00...he does booming business. On sundays, which is the day after he goes to all of the estate sales and stocks his shop, there is a line to get in when it opens.
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Post by: Maggie on August 24, 2012, 09:31:53 AM
I got a Dooney & Bourke purse and a Liz and Company purse and a cute pair of black peep toe heels for $8.97.  I was very excited!!
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on August 26, 2012, 01:29:46 PM
Not thrift, buy at my own store.  we had a cute white denim jacket this spring. I liked it since it was lightweight, and not that stiff.  Orig. price: 109.  Which was outrageous.  marked down to 99, with 50% off. Still too much.  last check: 53.99 with 50% off, and its now residing in my closet!

And today I hit up TJ Maxx.  Got a gorgeous (but King size) quilted coverlet and after doing some asking I think it can be cut down to fit my full size bed.  not a true bargain, still cost me $40, but its periwinkle blues and white, adn reminds me of water.

I also got these cute, tall, shot glasses.  I figured for an after dinner liquor they're perfect. Each one has a differnt color on the bottom, so it sort of radiates up.  Paid 5.99 an saw them on Amazon for 15.99.  And finally, I  got 2 of them, Martha stewart set of treat boxes, with tissues, ribbon, a set of 6 for 3.99.
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Post by: Emmy on August 27, 2012, 02:48:31 AM
Several years ago, my parents went to auctions.  Many time they auction off a box filled with random stuff.  My parents won several of those boxes for $1.  Sometimes it was only junk, but often the box was filled with good stuff.  They got a couch, a recliner, and a coffee table for my first apartment for $18.  Everything was in good condition and the couch and recliner were very comfortable.  They got an insane amount of Bumble and Bumble shampoo for $10 about 13 years ago and are still using it today.  They were really shocked to see that brand sell for $26 per small bottle at the drug store.  My parents say there are more people and less good stuff at the auction in recent years so they rarely go.

I like Goodwill and other thrift stores too.  I enjoy the treasure hunting aspect.  I have a 13 month old DD, so I hit up yard sales and second hand stores for her toys.  When I clean they up, they are as good as new.  I even found an working activity table outside of somebody's house with the trash.  It feels good to know how much I saved when I see the price of new toys.
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Post by: mbbored on September 25, 2012, 11:46:13 PM
I swung by today and got 3 nice short sleeve tees (like new shape, good brands, cute cute), a button down and a basket for $5.00. Then I went to the consignment shop across the street and got 2 pairs of jeans (BR & Gap) for $20. I also got a fabulous pair of vintage shoes for $14, which weren't on my list, but were too gorgeous to pass up.
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Post by: RegionMom on September 26, 2012, 01:12:35 PM
Not my best score, but I really do like it--
$50 bells and whistles Keurig

My GoodWill has a weekly live auction of the nicer donated items.  Before the live auction, you can sign a bid in the silent auction book, with the understanding that you may be outbid at the live auction.  Sometimes I write in a bid just to see if I might win, but that rarely happens.

Well, the fifty dollars I bid on a Keurig was the top offered price!

I checked it out at the store, took it home, and we have been enjoying hot tea, cocoa, and coffee for several days now!  It even has a timer to start in the morn, and to shut off at night.

Our cool (well, hot!) new toy!

also, I have yet to use a k-cup.  The filter basket is nice, but we have been using it jsut for the super hot water.
Yes, jsut for that. 

:)

Like I said,not my best thriftscore ever, but we do all enjoy it!

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Post by: #borecore on September 26, 2012, 05:05:47 PM
I finally found my candle snuffer! I've looked for one at at least 30 sales or store trips, probably more.

Silver. $5.

Given the outrageous prices for silver lately, I'm shocked.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Midnight Kitty on September 30, 2012, 03:12:41 AM
Our favorite thrift store, Savers, had a 50% off apparel sale for card holders.  We found many great clothing deals and ended up with two huge bags full for $85.  DH found a pair of Cole Haan Air Morris Wingtip Oxfords (http://www.colehaan.com/colehaan/catalog/product.jsp?catId=100&productId=648946&productGroup=648945), brand new - the soles were pristine - for $18.  Did I mention he wears a size 13?  He has a hard time just finding shoes his size, let alone on sale.  When I looked for the link, I discovered that these shoes normally sell for $178.
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Post by: Adelaide on September 30, 2012, 12:12:44 PM
I got a pair of Sevens at a thrift store for $4 that normally retail for about $150. They were used, of course, but they fit well. My favorite score is one my mom got at an estate sale. She saw a satin robe still in its inner packaging she thought I might like and picked it up for $5. She isn't a big brand person so she couldn't understand why I was tripping out when I read the Oscar de la Renta tag. :D
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Post by: Sapphire on September 30, 2012, 05:59:07 PM
Not me, but my friend found a Mulberry Bayswater handbag in a charity shop recently for £25! It is in almost perfect condition and currently retails for £695 - no wonder she snapped it up!
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Post by: Hillia on September 30, 2012, 07:06:29 PM
Not a brand name, but a lovely warm winter coat with plush lining for $4.  I couldn't believe it...coats in the thrift stores around here run $10-$25, more for real leather, and I think that's a great deal.
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Post by: Lexophile on October 03, 2012, 01:51:48 PM
I persuaded my dad to bid on an old signmaker's portfolio at an estate sale years ago when nobody else wanted it. He didn't want it either, but I did, so he bid $5 and won it. I was thrilled. It was really old and functioned as a sample of work containing prints of old signs. I wanted to frame some of them and hang them in my room.

The dog got to them first. I was heartbroken but kept them anyway because I couldn't bear to throw them out. An antique dealer and friend of the family looked at the chewed up pages while visiting later in the year and said that, had the dog not tried to snack on them, the intact portfolio would have been worth about $400.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: redsfan on October 04, 2012, 11:28:55 PM
I just got a vintage purse with tags still attached for $5.  It was originally priced $20.  Thing is, the price tag is from a store that closed before I was born, and I'm not exactly young.  I'm thrilled!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Bijou on October 05, 2012, 12:26:51 AM
I got a drafting table that will go from normal height to higher.  It also goes to an angle and can be adjusted to be flat like a table.  It looks home made to me.  I have no idea where on earth I will put it and was already having buyer's remorse on the way home...we pick it up tomorrow so maybe the devastating need for it will resurface.  I hesitated to get it in the first place, but my husband insisted.  >:D   I think he just wants me to have more junk than he has so when I  complain that he's a pack rat, he can turn the tables on me...no pun intended.  I have too dang much furniture as it is, but I really want to start doing some art when this place is straightened out from some work we had done.   :-\ :-\ :-\ :-\ :-\

Update...after spending too much distressing time trying to figure out where I would put that table and knowing there really was no where to put it, and that the other regular craft tables I already have will better serve my purpose, I decided this was not a good idea.  The thrift store supports an organization that teaches living skills to disabled young adults and no way could I or would I want to ask for a refund because I changed my mind.  I called a place that is an art studio for artist with disabilities (mostly developmentally disabled and they do the most beautiful work).  I asked them if we could donate it to them.  They would like to try using it, so we didn't even bring it home.  We just delivered it directly to them.  I am happy it went to a good home.  What a relief!  I feel a sense of lightness. 
Darn those thrift stores.  They get me every time. 
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: RegionMom on October 05, 2012, 11:39:42 AM
At a Friday yard sale, found a vintage 1950's houndstooth patterned swing coat, for eight US dollars. 
the size number is NOT what I would wear, I started to just put my arm in because the coat was so cool and I just wanted to feel it, but the whole thing fit!  (Yeah for weight loss!)
the original owners daughter had been wearing it, but it was too big for her. 

http://www.amazon.com/Tulle-Herrington-Houndstooth-Peacoat-Jacket/dp/B005NBSZWG

Not quite like this, as mine goes to just below knee length, and with two rows of larger buttons, and black velvet lines on the wrist and collar. 

Dry clean only, will cost more to care for it than I paid for it!

:)

That purchase, plus many t-shirts and camis for only 25 or 50 cents for me and DD, and I was glad for the "mad money" I stash in the van for emergency yard sales!
 :) :)


Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: CakeBeret on October 05, 2012, 11:59:10 AM
I've been trying to build my professional wardrobe bit by bit at the thrift store.

My current finds; paid 50 cents each:

Wool pleated skirt, ~$80 at Macy's
Gap khakis in long length (I have such a hard time finding long length pants!) ~$50 at Gap
Gorgeous pintucked dress blouse, ~$50 at Macy's
A couple other work-appropriate blouses
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: EveLGenius on October 06, 2012, 10:42:25 AM
I just discovered a new thrift store in Aurora, IL, called New Uses.  It's a fascinating place, a "high-end" thrift store, if you can imagine such a thing.  For example, they don't sell single glasses; they shrink-wrap matched sets of four or six, and sell the set.  They don't sell single plates, but shrink-wrap and sell the entire dining set.

The truly amazing thing is their prices. The manager says they try to sell for 40% or less of the price of the item new.  So we picked up a curio cabinet for DD for $35.  Then DH fell in love with an espresso machine.  It was $90, which was a little more than I expected, but it was absolutely new and unused in the box, with the instructions and all parts.  When we got home, DH looked it up online- it normally sells for $400.

We'll be going back to that store!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: mbbored on October 10, 2012, 12:43:32 AM
Even better than a thrift score, a freecycle score! Yesterday I got from Freecycle two gallons of paint in the same shade that I've been wanting to paint my living room. The paint hasn't been used at all: the woman said she changed her mind.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: glinda on October 18, 2012, 08:24:41 AM
At Value Village - a full length, black trench coat with a zip out wool lining for $13.99.  I have a friend who dry cleans so that is free.

I was so happy when I found it. I've needed a new dress coat for ages.

The label says made in Poland and with the liner in, it weighs a ton. That should keep me warm when it hits -40 here.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Thipu1 on October 22, 2012, 10:38:05 AM
Not really 'thrift' but we we made a great find yesterday. 

A reputable street vendor (yes, there are such people) must have bought out someone else's stock.  this weekend he started offering nicely framed prints and such. 

In a small way, we collect steamship memorabilia.  One of the things the vendor was offering was a large, beautifully matted and framed souvenir silk handkerchief from the second Bremen (1897-1923).  It wasn't particularly cheap but we've seen similar unframed items going for almost the same price at antique shows. 

We found it interesting because the Bremen was one of the ships contacted to assist when the Titanic was sinking.  The Captain decided not to respond. 

Now, the only problem is to find a place for it on the wall.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Jones on October 22, 2012, 10:46:10 AM
My adult life can be measured by one black purse after another. I generally get them a little big, so I can fit a few extras in there with my wallet (notebook, pens, bills, coupon carrier, a diaper, bandaids, makeup...); they have pockets on the outside and a long handle.

Last week I noticed my most recent black bag (which I have had since I was pregnant with Boo Bear) was detaching from its strap. I went to the thrift shop and there was a variety of the predictable, large black purses; Mary Poppins purse, I call them. Then I found a brown leather bag, dusty but apparently never used. Instead of being short and wide, it is tall and rectangular. It fits all my little extras and has an interior pocket for cell phones; much more preferrable, to me, than the outer pocket that so many bags have these days.

$3. Brown is a change but I'm getting used to it. :)
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Twik on October 22, 2012, 11:16:44 AM
I remember one time working the church rummage sale. People always gave a lot more than got sold, so people would come late hoping for (even better) bargains.

We had a lovely, very well kept fur coat, which most people no longer want. But a new immigrant man came in, wanting something nice for his wife, who had no winter clothes yet. She tried it on, and it fit perfectly. We sold it to them for 5 dollars. She practically danced out.

(Whatever you think of the ethics of fur, in this case better someone use it than it end up in a landfill.)
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: KimberlyM on October 22, 2012, 12:22:01 PM
Saturday I bought my 3.5 y.o. 4 pairs of jeans and 2 pairs of sweat pants (plus a sweater for me, cuz I had to have it!) all for $17!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Amara on October 22, 2012, 04:03:21 PM
Stopped by three thrift stores over the weekend and came home with one dud and several good buys:

Dud: a trimline phone in dark teal, perfect for my bedroom--if it had worked. *sigh* Four dollars down the tubes.

Scores: a medium-weight terrycloth men's bathrobe, huge on me, in very good condition for $2.50 on sale; two cheese graters, one small, one medium; and several other things I can't remember at the moment so obviously they are in their new places and doing well ( ::) ).
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: heartmug on October 24, 2012, 12:59:43 PM
A cheerleader costume/outift for $2.50.  It was a perfect size for niece, but stuck in with the adult clothing.  (Someone might have been hiding it.)  Called sister and she is thrilled.  Has an official NFL tag in it too.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Bandu on October 24, 2012, 09:35:38 PM
At the thrift store yesterday, a Jones New York 100-percent merino wool sweater, light enough to wear down here in Texas, perfect condition. $1. WHOOO! ;D
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: mbbored on October 24, 2012, 10:32:29 PM
At the thrift store yesterday, a Jones New York 100-percent merino wool sweater, light enough to wear down here in Texas, perfect condition. $1. WHOOO! ;D

Jealous!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Kaora on October 25, 2012, 01:11:29 AM
Back to computer nerdery: We got a Quadra 900 (an older Macintosh) with its monitor and most of its parts, and an Apple // with its monitor, disk drives, an EliteOne disk drive, for free.  They were just going to throw them out!  :o

The Quadra boots nicely, the monitor works.  We just have to worry about installing a hard drive (from a dead PowerPC Mac we have) and getting an Operating System on it.  But it runs beautifully!

It also goes for 300-500 on eBay regularly.

The Apple // runs much cheaper, but free is free and it can join our other Apple // which my mum has had since she was first married in the early 80's. :)
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Ms_Cellany on October 25, 2012, 01:09:24 PM
A U-haul uniform shirt for $4. For Halloween, I'll wear it and carry a bouquet of roses, and go as a Second Date.  (Google "U-haul lesbian."
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: RegionMom on October 25, 2012, 01:29:22 PM
I almost think that is TMI, but I learned something, and it is funny!

(This from a poster that got a scolding in a costume thread for telling about a very pregnant friend's costume as a pregnant nun with her DH as a monk, at a church party)
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: BarensMom on October 25, 2012, 01:31:37 PM
Back to computer nerdery: We got a Quadra 900 (an older Macintosh) with its monitor and most of its parts, and an Apple // with its monitor, disk drives, an EliteOne disk drive, for free.  They were just going to throw them out!  :o

The Quadra boots nicely, the monitor works.  We just have to worry about installing a hard drive (from a dead PowerPC Mac we have) and getting an Operating System on it.  But it runs beautifully!

It also goes for 300-500 on eBay regularly.

The Apple // runs much cheaper, but free is free and it can join our other Apple // which my mum has had since she was first married in the early 80's. :)

I don't think you'll be able to use a fusion drive in either one.  ;D
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: gingerzing on October 25, 2012, 02:29:54 PM
Earlier this year I went to a thrift shop* that a friend told me about.  On that day, I went in and a customer was trying on some cute boot shoes.  She wasn't convinced about them ("Do I like them?").  I mentioned if she didn't like them, I would like to try them.  The clerk helping her said that they were size 11 (my size sometimes) and they got a WHOLE bunch of new shoes-in original boxes- in that size.  I got a pair of Dansko shoes (the sticker said retail $150US) and a pair of Born high heel clogs (most Born shoes like what I have are about $90US).   They were $15 each.  The gal who had been trying on shoes said that she only had 3 pair of shoes to her name because it was so hard to find decent shoes in her size.  She ended up buying about 25 pairs -not kidding.

Same type of store as above, I have gotten Coldwater Creek jackets there for good deals (one that looks like a Monet pastel was $15 and a short sleeve eyelet jacket was $5). 


*it actually is a non-profit that uses the store to raise money for a women's shelter.  It is set up more like a boutique and has mostly name brand things.

There is a thrift shop in a different part of town that is more like a normal thrift shop.  One regret that I didn't get was a Relic brand purse that I later learned was about $100US and I saw it at a that thrift shop for $10.  Kind of wanted that one now.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Kaora on October 25, 2012, 05:50:19 PM
I just discovered a new thrift store in Aurora, IL, called New Uses.  It's a fascinating place, a "high-end" thrift store, if you can imagine such a thing.  For example, they don't sell single glasses; they shrink-wrap matched sets of four or six, and sell the set.  They don't sell single plates, but shrink-wrap and sell the entire dining set.

The truly amazing thing is their prices. The manager says they try to sell for 40% or less of the price of the item new.  So we picked up a curio cabinet for DD for $35.  Then DH fell in love with an espresso machine.  It was $90, which was a little more than I expected, but it was absolutely new and unused in the box, with the instructions and all parts.  When we got home, DH looked it up online- it normally sells for $400.

We'll be going back to that store!

We used to have a very similar thrift store.  It was full of beautiful antiques and high quality goods, and a gorgeous layout.  We got some quality items there, everything from a working transistor radio to Sherry Ames books, Hello Kitty and Sanrio goods (way before they were big in the States; these were imported from Japan!), old sewing patterns, and a 45 of Grandma Got Ran Over By A Reindeer (that was my own choice.)

Mum's friend introduced us to Sanrio while she was living in Japan; she sent my sister and I some gifts.  One was a pair of scissors with the Twin Stars and ribbons on it, and a notebook with My Melody on the binding, on it, the other was a gorgeous stationary set with Tabby the Mouse and Zashikibuta (a pig) on the top, it was so very pretty in design! :)

She converted us: Now my favorite is Chococat.  My sister's own is My Melody. :)

Back to computer nerdery: We got a Quadra 900 (an older Macintosh) with its monitor and most of its parts, and an Apple // with its monitor, disk drives, an EliteOne disk drive, for free.  They were just going to throw them out!  :o

The Quadra boots nicely, the monitor works.  We just have to worry about installing a hard drive (from a dead PowerPC Mac we have) and getting an Operating System on it.  But it runs beautifully!

It also goes for 300-500 on eBay regularly.

The Apple // runs much cheaper, but free is free and it can join our other Apple // which my mum has had since she was first married in the early 80's. :)

I don't think you'll be able to use a fusion drive in either one.  ;D

Good and luck! ;D
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Bandu on October 25, 2012, 06:07:18 PM
At the thrift store yesterday, a Jones New York 100-percent merino wool sweater, light enough to wear down here in Texas, perfect condition. $1. WHOOO! ;D

Jealous!

Thanks! And we're getting a cold front tonight, so I'll actually get to wear it this winter.

Also, for the person with the Quadra, I may have old Mac OS software. PM me if you can't locate some, and I'll root around.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: VorFemme on October 25, 2012, 09:48:08 PM
Ooh - I grew up reading the Cherry Ames books!  She was a young nurse just back from WWII and getting into various mysteries as she went from job to job, looking for the right job to settle down into.....I loved those!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: kymom3 on October 26, 2012, 08:54:33 AM
 I stopped by our Goodwill last night to see what they had.  I was looking for dress pants and didn't find any I liked in my size but I did find:  an old Tixie Beldon paperback--my BFF and I used to read them, so I had to have it, one of those hilariously tacky shell souvenirs--I have a shelf in my kitchen for "tacky Florida souvenirs", the one I found last night are 4 figures sitting at a table playing cards, smoking cigars.  The whole thing stands about 4" tall and is entirely made of shells, its so funny.  I also got a nice hammered aluminum ice bucket, made in Italy, and a lovely charcoal color, cashmere and wool coat.  It's a man's, but it fits me and I need a new winter coat.  My total for all my treasures was $12.   :D
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: RegionMom on October 28, 2012, 02:16:33 PM
I attended a Crop Fest yesterday, spending most of the day in a large room with a couple of dozen other women each with our own table space to do scrapbooking.  Consultants had cash and carry items.  A red leatherette album/frame caught my eye, for $20. 
Eh, I considered it, and began to sort through my tubs and get organized!!

A couple of hours in, I find the exact same leatherette album/frame, with the price tag from my GoodWill shopping trip way back still stuck on.  One dollar and 99 cents.

Whoo Hoo!!

The consultant's look when I told her that I would not be buying her item after all, was consternation, because who would dump such a great product off for charity, and then why would they price it so low?!?





Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Elfmama on October 28, 2012, 03:47:20 PM
The consultant's look when I told her that I would not be buying her item after all, was consternation, because who would dump such a great product off for charity, and then why would they price it so low?!?
Because they don't want it, of course (maybe their MIL gave it to them!) and the thrift shop people don't know or care what the retail price is.

I wonder about some things like that in the thrift shops, but the other way -- why do people give stuff to charity that ought to be consigned to the trash?  Who on earth is going to want a wine glass etched with
Our Wedding
Joe and Jane Smith
July 4th, 1999
Luv4evar


Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: VorFemme on October 28, 2012, 04:54:56 PM
I bought a $300 (well, it was when I looked at it a while back) pattern drafting system at the local Goodwill earlier this month - for $4.  I almost felt guilty selling to someone for $10 and postage to get it to them because I'd picked it up only to "play" with it, knowing that it doesn't work well for the plus size woman with a bosomy build. 

But she's happy to have it and I'm happy to have more cash for shopping the thrift store - and the price on eBay ranges from $25 to $70, depending on if it is the basic kit, has all the parts, and how recent a vintage it is.  I did remember why I didn't buy it at the three figures price (no darts on the patterns at all - in my experience most females need them to get a good fit).
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: #borecore on November 04, 2012, 07:24:05 PM
The city's charity "garage sale" of the year was this weekend. We went on Saturday and I bought nothing, but BF and my sister got some good, small things, spending $14 total for an art book, a statuette, some bowls and a case for an iTouch.

Then we went back today. For $3 and a fight with hordes of anxious shoppers, you got a huge cardboard box to fill with anything you wanted. We got two boxes, so for $6: 40 or so books (about 15 fiction, 15 beautiful art books, some with loads of full-color plates, and 10 ordinary nonfiction), plus 2 vintage scarves, a robe and a nice pillowcase.

Some of the used books go for $70+ in the shape we got them in, most for $30+, so I'd estimate the value of the stuff we got at $400+ at non-specialty store prices.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Jones on November 04, 2012, 07:37:55 PM
My SIL mved out of my house this weekend and into her own apartment. On one hand, I'm happy for her, we can use the space; on the other, it feels strange not having the "third parent" around. But I digress. This move means each kid can have their own bedroom now. "Jean," age 7, called dibs on the newly vacated room, and DH and I told her we'd get her some different things to furnish it. Little brother is keeping the nursery furniture.

For $10 we got her a desk, $4 a bookshelf, and $2 a computer chair for the desk. She is ecstatic to have a private desk for doing homework and drawing.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: mbbored on November 28, 2012, 10:10:37 PM
This weekend for $10 I got a sweater that still had its tags, 2 long sleeve tees, a pair of pajamas, Balderdash and some vintage Christmas ornaments.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: VorFemme on November 28, 2012, 11:02:57 PM
Today I spent $3 for a notebook sleeve - missing the original shoulder strap (I have a spare black strap or two - so that was no problem) and someone had spilled *something* on it - I have a steam cleaner...  Similar notebook sleeves at WalMart?  $25 or so - plus sales tax on the higher amount adds up to more money than the sales tax on $3.   

It is now drying and will fit my spare notebook computer *perfectly*. 

And if I decide to list it on eBay - it makes an attractive addition to a "bundle" of accessories!

Now - to decide it I'd rather "love it or list it" for my spare laptop......
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Bijou on November 29, 2012, 02:14:05 AM
Maybe it isn't worth the $25 I paid for it but it haunted me for about 3 days before I actually bought it, so I knew I really wanted it.   
It's an old school desk or some kind of typewriter desk.  It's got a metal frame and legs and a wooden (feels like oak) top with a slot (also wood, like the desk top) under the desk part for papers, etc.  The reason I think it could be a  piece of office furniture is that it has the metal structure and no attached seat as school desks had (at least in my day).  I wish the legs were not rusty, but that can be remedied, and maybe that's part of its charm.  (besides, I'm lazy  :P).

ETA:  It is a school desk!  I love that!  I just found a picture of one exactly like it.
http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=vintage+school+desks&view=detail&id=78F2ECF2511992BDBD8D89C2A4CE967DCAB5496A&first=118
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: kymom3 on November 29, 2012, 10:52:03 AM
This isn't one huge score, but it turned out great!

I'm the adult leader for a kid activity.  I have a movie night at my house before Christmas, I make food, other parents bring stuff, etc.  Low key, lots of fun.   This year I decided I would have a hot chocolate bar, I found a great crock pot recipe and I'm going to get different toppings--whipped cream, sprinkles, peppermint sticks, etc.

My small county has 3 Goodwill stores, so I raided them and bought all of their Christmas mugs.  I found 2 dozen all together, they were about 50 cents apiece, so everyone can pick out a mug, use it for their hot chocolate or whatever and then take it home.  I am ridiculously excited and hope it goes over well.   ;D
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: workerbee on November 29, 2012, 11:14:55 AM
OT, but what a cute idea for a party!

I hope you don't mind, I'm going to file this one away for when my kids are a bit older....

(and I may steal your mug idea too.....goodness knows there are enough Christmas mugs floating around in the universe.  :))
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: bluhairfreak on November 29, 2012, 01:00:08 PM
Another Furniture score from CAP.  They had this wood liquor cabinent/bar  Glass doors and nice carving.  A little banged up, but nothing that can't be fixed with either a wood finish pen, or paint.   50$
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: happygrrl on November 29, 2012, 02:01:13 PM
Well, this isn't a thrift store score, but last spring (March, maybe?) I popped in a Walmart early on Sunday morning, and found--to my great delight--their remaining winter clothing marked down to $1 each item. Mens, womens and kids, and there was some really nice stuff on several racks.

Since my adopted mom is in a nursing home, I have also adopted 5 of her friends (that don't have family), and I.loaded.up. I was almost embarrassed, but I knoe that I could store the clothes until this Christmas, and I am so excited to wrap this stuff. I got 2 pairs of pants, 2 gowns, 3 shirts, 2 sweaters, and sox for each lady. Oh, and sweats. Plus....I picked up some extra clothes for other resients that might need them. Yay! Score! :)  I think I spent about $100, total.

I also got some beautiful paper and bows at the Sams after-Christmas sale last year, so the ladies should have some pretty boxes to open too.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: magicdomino on November 29, 2012, 04:12:50 PM
I wonder about some things like that in the thrift shops, but the other way -- why do people give stuff to charity that ought to be consigned to the trash?  Who on earth is going to want a wine glass etched with
Our Wedding
Joe and Jane Smith
July 4th, 1999
Luv4evar
?

A little late, but I can answer that one.  The sister of a friend buys engraved wineglasses and other barware from thrift stores for parties.  If they get broken, she doesn't care, and the various names, wineries, monograms, etc., act as conversation starters. 
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Amara on November 29, 2012, 04:37:41 PM
Since my adopted mom is in a nursing home, I have also adopted 5 of her friends (that don't have family), and I.loaded.up. I was almost embarrassed, but I knoe that I could store the clothes until this Christmas, and I am so excited to wrap this stuff. I got 2 pairs of pants, 2 gowns, 3 shirts, 2 sweaters, and sox for each lady. Oh, and sweats. Plus....I picked up some extra clothes for other resients that might need them. Yay! Score!   I think I spent about $100, total.

I also got some beautiful paper and bows at the Sams after-Christmas sale last year, so the ladies should have some pretty boxes to open too.



That is just one of the finest stories of caring I have ever heard.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: rose red on November 29, 2012, 04:52:37 PM
This isn't my score, but I still remember this incident.  Many years ago when I worked at a store, there was the annual after Christmas sales table.  A customer came to my checkout lane with a beautiful punch bowl and cups, but there was no price.  We flagged down the manager and she just made up a price of $2.  The customer was ecstatic and we were happy for her.  Afterwards, we all ran to the table, but alas, there were no more.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: mbbored on November 29, 2012, 09:29:07 PM
I wonder about some things like that in the thrift shops, but the other way -- why do people give stuff to charity that ought to be consigned to the trash?  Who on earth is going to want a wine glass etched with
Our Wedding
Joe and Jane Smith
July 4th, 1999
Luv4evar
?

A little late, but I can answer that one.  The sister of a friend buys engraved wineglasses and other barware from thrift stores for parties.  If they get broken, she doesn't care, and the various names, wineries, monograms, etc., act as conversation starters.

I have a friend who does the same. Plus that way every glass is a little different so you can tell yours apart. We like to make up identities for ourselves based on the names or describe elaborate vacations to different wineries.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: jayhawk on November 30, 2012, 01:20:43 PM
Our town has a resale shop that is a fundraiser for a local hospice.  The Saturday after U.S. Thanksgiving, they had everything in store 75% off!  I finally got there about 2:30, but still found 4 sweaters for my husband for $17.17 total.  One was from Norstrom! 
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: yokozbornak on November 30, 2012, 02:53:13 PM
I'm so excited!  I found a vintage Enid Collins purse for $4 at Goodwill today.  It's so funny because I saw a blurb about those purses yesterday in a local magazine, and I thought they were so cute.  I walked in Goodwill this morning, and BAM! there was one for sale.  I think it was meant to be!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Zenith on December 01, 2012, 05:49:03 AM
Someones been giving away amazing shoes at my local op shop. I snagged a cream pair of 5 inch platform Mollini heels (I've already repainted the heels and beaded them up) 5 inch black/silver glitter trim Hot Topic platform heels and a pair of 4 inch EKO black velvet buckle and stud shoes for all together 14$. Nice and stable and they fit my sightly wide feet. I alwayd have to buy a size or two bigger and buy inserts to fit for my feet. I'm nearly 6 feet tall in these. The Mollini's start at 100$ new and the Hopt topic are around 50$ new, I can't find the EKO ones though and they are very cute heels.

The beading I put on isn't all that permanent, it leaves the shoes open for more redecorating somewhere along the line. As long as I'm not too rough on them and keep an eye on the beading it'll stay put for quite some time. I went nuts with some metallic gray and cream pearl swirly detailing  I bought from a scrapbooking store.

Also found a brown and gold asian inspired queen sized throw bedcover for 9$. That description does not do it justice. I was showing a friend it when out shopping and had a few offers of people to buy it it's that gorgeous.

Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Thipu1 on December 01, 2012, 10:54:26 AM
I wonder about some things like that in the thrift shops, but the other way -- why do people give stuff to charity that ought to be consigned to the trash?  Who on earth is going to want a wine glass etched with
Our Wedding
Joe and Jane Smith
July 4th, 1999
Luv4evar
?

A little late, but I can answer that one.  The sister of a friend buys engraved wineglasses and other
barware from thrift stores for parties.  If they get broken, she doesn't care, and the various names, wineries, monograms, etc., act as conversation starters.

A cousin did something similar.  His hobby was watch-making.  He had five sons.  His goal was to find antique watches with the appropriate initials, restore the watches and present each watch to a son when the young man celebrated his 21st birthday. 

It was a daunting task but he managed to do it. 
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Post by: happygrrl on December 01, 2012, 12:28:05 PM
Ok--still not a thrift score, but after sales, coupons, and assorted other promos, I bought myself a gorgeous green Chaps sweater from Kohls yesterday for $5.

(Amara--thank you for your kind words. It is honestly my honor to do this for them. I try to mark all major holidays with something---Easter baskets are a hoot! :) My adopted mom is just that--heart adopted. Ther is no bio or legal bonds between us. She was an only child who's children died in infancy, so no family (her husband (dad) died in '05). I started working with her 20+ years ago, and since my parents died when I was young (and I have no family to speak of), we adopted each other. She has early onset dementia, and doesn't know me from Adam, but it's OK; I can make her still smile. :))
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Post by: #borecore on December 01, 2012, 04:14:38 PM
A recliner in good shape (better after a dollar-store can of upholstery cleaner!) for $22 at an estate sale. We've been looking for a 'real' chair to replace a rickety (free!) pappasan since we moved in, and this is nice. I of course went out and got 2 pillows and a throw (at Ross) that cost the same as the chair, but that's the way these things seem to work.
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Post by: norrina on December 13, 2012, 10:34:25 AM
I am in the process of opening a law office, and as a lawyer I am finding that there is a certain image I am expected to project, but as a brand-new lawyer my income is not really in keeping up with that image. So I have been heavily shopping thrift stores, yard sales, Craigslist, etc. So far I have scored:
(1) Quoizel Tiffany style floor lamp, like new, $70 ($200+ new)
(2) Ashley Home Furnishings 5.5' x 7' throw rug, perfect condition, $50 ($200+ new)
(3) LARGE mission style solid wood desk, good condition [like new once I'm done refinishing it], $45 ($200+ for particle board furniture at Walmart, so probably 2-3x that for real wood new)
(4) 2 leather captains chairs, $60 ($200+ EACH new)

If I can find a good desk chair and multi-function machine on clearance I'll be *really* psyched. For right now I'm borrowing those from my home office until I can upgrade. 
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Post by: norrina on December 13, 2012, 11:06:22 AM
Oh, and I forgot
(5) Smith Corona electric typewriter, working condition, $13 (new price unknown, it's an older model)
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Post by: Amara on December 13, 2012, 04:33:43 PM
Those are excellent busy, norrina. Congratulations.

Through CraigsList I just got a gorgeous (mostly) teal wool rug in superb condition, sized 8' x 10'. It is now in my den where it has created a very nice visual break . Cost: $115. Score!
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Post by: bluhairfreak on February 04, 2013, 09:19:49 PM
Crafters may be jealous but my LTS had a bunch of dmc floss in sets for 2$ each.  I thought that they were 20 to a set, and I bought all 7 that they had.  When I got home and actually counted, it was 173 skeins that typically cost 40 cents(including tax) for 14$.
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Post by: mbbored on February 04, 2013, 09:21:52 PM
I bought a new Isaac Mizrahi for Target skirt for $4.50 at my local consignment shop this weekend.
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Post by: oceanus on February 04, 2013, 09:36:58 PM
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If I can find a good desk chair and multi-function machine on clearance I'll be *really* psyched.

I got a great one from a used office furniture warehouse fpr $40 a few years ago.
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Post by: MissRose on February 05, 2013, 07:24:57 AM
I was able to find a Kate Spade purse at the Salvation Army store recently, and since it was not tagged, the cashier let me have for $3!
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Post by: jayhawk on February 05, 2013, 08:14:01 AM
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If I can find a good desk chair and multi-function machine on clearance I'll be *really* psyched.

I got a great one from a used office furniture warehouse fpr $40 a few years ago.

Check your state's website to see if they ever have surplus sales near you.
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Post by: KB on February 05, 2013, 05:42:42 PM
I was recently in the UK and visited Hay-on-Wye. In one of the bookshops I was looking at a mint copy, pristine edition of a much sought-after book on my wish-list - for a grand total of £250.

I seriously considered it. I did. I wanted that book so much, but finally decided that it was much better not to throw away that much holiday money in one shot.

I spent the night in nearby Hereford. Out walking the town in the evening, I went into the Oxfam bookshop - only to find the exact same title, in almost as perfect condition, for £45.

Was it wrong to have a bit of a self-righteous glow about it all?!
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Post by: Midnight Kitty on February 05, 2013, 06:11:20 PM
Was it wrong to have a bit of a self-righteous glow about it all?!
Not at all.  Ya dun good!  (http://www.mysmiley.net/imgs/smile/party/party0038.gif)
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on February 05, 2013, 07:55:57 PM
Not really a score, but good luck. I had decided I wanted a couple more candles from BBW, the big ones, which are $20 each. Lo and behold, I log into my email and what do I find? a coupon for 25% off AND free shipping, today only.  Someone up there must like me, I think
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Post by: Nox on February 05, 2013, 08:22:56 PM
Found this rocking octopus http://www.healthchecksystems.com/rockabye_ollie_octopus.htm (http://www.healthchecksystems.com/rockabye_ollie_octopus.htm) at the local thrift store for $10. Just in time for my youngest's upcoming 1st birthday. Sweet!
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Post by: Amara on February 06, 2013, 06:22:29 PM
This is the kind of story of which every yard sale/thrift store devotee dreams: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/rare-1865-baseball-card-be-auctioned-maine

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Post by: VorFemme on February 13, 2013, 07:55:04 PM
Salvation Army today - "Italian leather purse" with the tags, in very good shape.  Striped heavy lining in perfect condition.  Messenger bag styling and LONG shoulder strap.  A little saddle soap to remove something (dust or water spots?) and I'll think about using shoe polish later.....

$4.99

25% off because it is Wednesday and they are doing a "clearance" of overstock (seriously - racks of clothes, tables of dishes, and all the bookshelves were full) - even the furniture area was jam packed.  Usually clothes are half off on Wednesday (and it is too crowded to shop) - today there was more stuff, less people (maybe I just timed it right - elementary schools were letting out so shoppers were picking up the kids after shopping?), and empty parking spaces.  I also got a turquoise "gym bag" that will zip into a smaller "purse size" to use as overnight luggage or to add to my usual luggage to bring home purchases on vacation (or hold laundry).....also 25% off of $1.99.
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Post by: Bijou on February 13, 2013, 08:17:51 PM
Just today, a beautiful high quality stainless paella pan.  It's a beaut and looks like it has been well cared for.  It's not like the one we had in the past, which would have fed 400 people and all their relatives, but is 9 or 10 inches across.  If we never use it, my son who is a wonderful cook, will. 
Also today we got about 7 CD's of music from the thirties through ww2.  We love that old music. 
Last week we got a pair of ankle weights for exercising.  They look fairly new and are very versatile in the weight levels you can use.
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Post by: Jones on March 15, 2013, 07:31:12 PM
Today I purchased motivation for $25.

Let me explain. My sister is getting married in late-May. She told me I could wear "anything I want". I decided to see if my local thrift store had any skirt suits, something I can re-wear to work or church after the blessed event.

Said thrift store had two nice suits, one a burgundy color with both slacks and skirt ($15), the other a fetching grey-green that came with a white blouse ($10. Both suits are one dress size smaller than my current size. Voila, instant weight loss motivation: lose one dress size in two months and a couple days.
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Post by: Moralia on March 15, 2013, 08:22:05 PM
The city's charity "garage sale" of the year was this weekend. We went on Saturday and I bought nothing, but BF and my sister got some good, small things, spending $14 total for an art book, a statuette, some bowls and a case for an iTouch.

Then we went back today. For $3 and a fight with hordes of anxious shoppers, you got a huge cardboard box to fill with anything you wanted. We got two boxes, so for $6: 40 or so books (about 15 fiction, 15 beautiful art books, some with loads of full-color plates, and 10 ordinary nonfiction), plus 2 vintage scarves, a robe and a nice pillowcase.

Some of the used books go for $70+ in the shape we got them in, most for $30+, so I'd estimate the value of the stuff we got at $400+ at non-specialty store prices.
That wouldn't happen to have been the Settlement Home sale, would it?
I go every year on Sunday (half-price day) to stock up on linens.  I only did the box sale one time, though...too much shoving.
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Post by: Ticia on March 15, 2013, 08:34:20 PM
$1 for a pink and brown seatbelt purse. This one. (http://www.bonanza.com/listings/SEATBELT-checkered-PURSE-hand-bag-white-NEOPOLITAN-PINK-GIFT-CHOCOLATE-BROWN-NEW/104463583?gpid=41917135501&gpkwd=&goog_pla=1&gclid=CLuoz9yLgLYCFUhgMgodN1UA2A) I've wanted one for forever.
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Post by: Bethczar on March 15, 2013, 11:01:52 PM
$1 for a pink and brown seatbelt purse. This one. (http://www.bonanza.com/listings/SEATBELT-checkered-PURSE-hand-bag-white-NEOPOLITAN-PINK-GIFT-CHOCOLATE-BROWN-NEW/104463583?gpid=41917135501&gpkwd=&goog_pla=1&gclid=CLuoz9yLgLYCFUhgMgodN1UA2A) I've wanted one for forever.
I love those purses! You're so lucky  :)
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Post by: Softly Spoken on March 16, 2013, 12:15:37 AM
I got a D&G pashmina scarf worth about $50 for about $9 at a consignment shop. :)
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Post by: Julia Mercer on March 16, 2013, 02:55:40 AM
With our local Zellers stores closing, DH found a steam tray food warmer from the restaurant, regular $175, retails for $300, they were asking $50, he got it for $40, can't go wrong there!

http://www.etundra.com/Cayenne%C2%AE_Full_Size_Countertop_Food_Warmer-P21207.html?fb_action_ids=4910828442153&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%7B%224910828442153%22%3A10150878231214665%7D&action_type_map=%7B%224910828442153%22%3A%22og.likes%22%7D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D
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Post by: #borecore on March 16, 2013, 08:59:33 AM
The city's charity "garage sale" of the year was this weekend. We went on Saturday and I bought nothing, but BF and my sister got some good, small things, spending $14 total for an art book, a statuette, some bowls and a case for an iTouch.

Then we went back today. For $3 and a fight with hordes of anxious shoppers, you got a huge cardboard box to fill with anything you wanted. We got two boxes, so for $6: 40 or so books (about 15 fiction, 15 beautiful art books, some with loads of full-color plates, and 10 ordinary nonfiction), plus 2 vintage scarves, a robe and a nice pillowcase.

Some of the used books go for $70+ in the shape we got them in, most for $30+, so I'd estimate the value of the stuff we got at $400+ at non-specialty store prices.
That wouldn't happen to have been the Settlement Home sale, would it?
I go every year on Sunday (half-price day) to stock up on linens.  I only did the box sale one time, though...too much shoving.

Yes! This was my second near-riot box sale. Fun, with wondrous deals, unless you get hurt!
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Post by: Kaora on March 16, 2013, 04:49:30 PM
My sibling found an old SLR camera at her thrift store earlier this week. :) It came with body and lense, we've already loaded fi;m and batteries, and it seems to be in good working shape.  We'll know when the film develops. :)
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Post by: TheWeirdOne on March 22, 2013, 11:08:22 PM
Boyfriend I are attending themed fancy dress party soon. After a trip to the local op shops, $22 later we had all of my costume and a substantial part of his. As an added bonus, I've managed to convert him from 'why do you keep buying all this stuff?' to 'ooh, that's awesome, and only $5! Let's get it!' Finally, he has come over to the dark side  >:D
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Post by: StarDrifter on March 23, 2013, 05:19:51 AM
Go WeirdOne!

I managed to convert Husband after pointing out that for Wolverine (baby incoming) we could either pay 50c-$2 a piece for singlets, onesies and teeny tiny clothes that will fit for ten minutes and have to *shock!* wash them before the baby wears them, or pay upwards of $5 a piece starting with socks and *still* have to wash them all because I hate wearing clothes without washing them first.

When he realised that Bonds baby socks sell new for $4.95/pair and that I could get them for 20c a pair at the op shops... he converted.

Then of course he found himself a few geeky shirts for $3.50 each and was entirely on board.
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Post by: Cutenoob on March 23, 2013, 04:30:05 PM
Star: I got 80% of my baby's infant clothing from Craigslist. I'd go hunting online and find "box of 0-3 mo $20". And get a real good deal. Wash, wear, doesn't matter if they're already stained, shoot, my kid's going to do his own work!
One lady I bought from had top name gourmet children's clothing, unused. She said "I bought too much and he grew too fast". It was put to good use.
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Post by: molly13 on March 23, 2013, 06:48:00 PM
Found a brand new pair of Sketchers at Value Village.  Still had the clearance price tag on them ($80) for $12.
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Post by: reflection5 on March 23, 2013, 07:13:55 PM
I have a beautiful 10" x 2" decorative box I got at a thrift store for $1.  It looks very expensive, and I frequently get compliments.  The price was written on the bottom in black crayon (which I rubbed off).  :)
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Post by: Moralia on March 23, 2013, 08:59:53 PM
The city's charity "garage sale" of the year was this weekend. We went on Saturday and I bought nothing, but BF and my sister got some good, small things, spending $14 total for an art book, a statuette, some bowls and a case for an iTouch.

Then we went back today. For $3 and a fight with hordes of anxious shoppers, you got a huge cardboard box to fill with anything you wanted. We got two boxes, so for $6: 40 or so books (about 15 fiction, 15 beautiful art books, some with loads of full-color plates, and 10 ordinary nonfiction), plus 2 vintage scarves, a robe and a nice pillowcase.

Some of the used books go for $70+ in the shape we got them in, most for $30+, so I'd estimate the value of the stuff we got at $400+ at non-specialty store prices.
That wouldn't happen to have been the Settlement Home sale, would it?
I go every year on Sunday (half-price day) to stock up on linens.  I only did the box sale one time, though...too much shoving.

Yes! This was my second near-riot box sale. Fun, with wondrous deals, unless you get hurt!
I might try again next year...the kiddo will be 15, and I have been training her in The Way of the Thiftsale.
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Post by: mbbored on March 24, 2013, 12:33:09 AM
A mixture of consignment and bargain hunting this weekend yielded two pairs of jeans, three camisoles and a cardigan for $50.
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Post by: Micah on March 24, 2013, 06:30:16 AM
I've decided that I have a problem with sewing machines....I now have four, five if you count the dead one. BUT I picked up the fourth one at a garage sale, for twenty bucks! It's ancient. From what I can work out it was like THE first Singer that was portable and electric. It's the same shape as the old treadle ones, but it's in a wooden box. Weighs a ton. After I picked about fifty years of fluff out of it and oiled it, it's in perfect working condition, yay! I do need to stop though. I don't even sew that much....
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Post by: otterwoman on March 24, 2013, 12:41:25 PM
I've decided that I have a problem with sewing machines....I now have four, five if you count the dead one. BUT I picked up the fourth one at a garage sale, for twenty bucks! It's ancient. From what I can work out it was like THE first Singer that was portable and electric. It's the same shape as the old treadle ones, but it's in a wooden box. Weighs a ton. After I picked about fifty years of fluff out of it and oiled it, it's in perfect working condition, yay! I do need to stop though. I don't even sew that much....

Old Singer! I envy you!
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Post by: Moralia on March 24, 2013, 12:56:40 PM
I've decided that I have a problem with sewing machines....I now have four, five if you count the dead one. BUT I picked up the fourth one at a garage sale, for twenty bucks! It's ancient. From what I can work out it was like THE first Singer that was portable and electric. It's the same shape as the old treadle ones, but it's in a wooden box. Weighs a ton. After I picked about fifty years of fluff out of it and oiled it, it's in perfect working condition, yay! I do need to stop though. I don't even sew that much....
Problem? I don't understand...but then again I have 5 old machines in perfect working order and another 4 in process of restoration.
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Post by: VorFemme on March 24, 2013, 03:39:19 PM
I just gave away a White sewing machine (original wiring) in a vintage desk - tendinitis is making restoration too painful.  A neighbor had given it to me.....I suspect he'd left it on the back porch to dry after attempting to refinish the desk when it rained unexpectedly and he didn't want to refinish the desk twice!

Lovely little desk, too, the machine was in need of substantial amounts of tender loving care, rust remover, and possibly a new presser foot bar (stuck and possibly bent as well as corroded).

I have a serger, an embroidery machine, a sewing machine, and a reproduction Singer treadle - that's enough, for now.  Unless one of them goes to the repair shop.....then I always end up NEEDING the machine that went to the shop for something that only THAT machine can do.

I also collect dragons (including glass, pottery, metal, computer skin, and now a Windows 7 theme suite for the Chinese Year of the Dragon); books (ebooks & real ones); sewing & crafting supplies (buttons, yarn, fabric, embroidery thread for the machine AND hand embroidery, and more.....); and techy stuff (two laptop computers & five ereaders - so I'm never without a charged ereader). 

Because I hate to take only ONE book with me....in case I sit down and realize that "I want to read something else today"! 
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Post by: *new*mommyagain36 on March 27, 2013, 09:52:39 AM
There is a little consignment shop here that carries childrens clothing - she only accepts name brands and most items still have the original tags.  I regularly get bags of dresses for DD. That place is awesome and I stop there almost monthly.  One time I got 5 Gymboree dresses, new for $4 each, the tags were $30+.  I easily saved $130.  I was almost whoozy walking out of there.   ;D
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Post by: heartmug on March 27, 2013, 10:59:21 AM
Gymboree stuff is so great!  So unique and seems to really last.  Great score for you.
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Post by: LadyClaire on March 27, 2013, 01:11:18 PM
I bought an antique (circa late 1800s) solid oak office chair for $15 yesterday at a second-hand shop. I looked online and similar chairs sell for anywhere from $80-$300, depending on condition.

Mine is missing a bolt, and has some scratches, but I certainly paid a LOT less than what it's actually worth. It's incredibly heavy, and the missing bolt is easily replaced.

I'm debating if I want to re-finish it (just sand it down due to the scratches and then re-varnish it) or polish it up and leave as-is.
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Post by: Debbie506 on March 27, 2013, 01:16:07 PM
North Face pants (that wonderful easy travel material), perfect fit, if they are not brand new they haven't been worn more than a couple of times - $3.99 at Salvation Army (usual price somewhere in the neighbourhood of $100-$120). 

And I only went in to drop off some stuff I wanted to donate.
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Post by: Outdoor Girl on March 27, 2013, 01:16:38 PM
I'm debating if I want to re-finish it (just sand it down due to the scratches and then re-varnish it) or polish it up and leave as-is.
The bolded gets my vote.  I have no idea why they call it refinishing.  Putting the new finish on is the easy part!
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Post by: Zenith on March 28, 2013, 04:25:41 AM
Scored the best boots ever last Monday for 4$. Taipan boots by highmark RRP 250$ and they are real leather and in really good shape. Whoever had them last had just broken them in which I love and they look almost new after a light polish. My ankles will thank me when I go for my bush walks.

Also scored some brass and steel wire wrapped horse nail jewellery. Whoever made these was quite the artist and my solid cuffs and bangles drawers has quite a few new members. Also managed to score a brand new striking billabong sports bag in gloriously garish purple and gold so I will never have my bag 'borrowed' again.
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Post by: Midnight Kitty on March 28, 2013, 03:55:07 PM
I found 3 brand new (with manufacturer's tags still on), name brand bras that fit me perfectly at my favorite thrift store.  Most of their stuff is used/donated by people like me.  In fact, I joke with them that I'm returning the stuff I bought from them 5 years ago so I can buy "new" stuff and someone else can enjoy the clothes I've been wearing.  They also receive unsold stock from Nordstom, Macy's, Needless Markup, Banana Republic, Victoria's Secret, and Sears/Kmart.  Now I have a light lilac, light peach, and ivory unpadded bras with extra wide shoulder straps and the "chest strap" is over an inch wide with 3 hook-and-eyes.  When I hook that sucker up, it feels snug, but doesn't dig in.

It was 25% off day, so each bra was $4.50.  I've seen this name brand sell for $25-30 each in the department stores.

My favorite color is purple.  My traveling clothes are a light purple pair of sweat pants and a dark purple loose T-shirt with purple Crocs.  I needed carry-on luggage for when I travel for work (trip to Nashville in May).  I priced new luggage, but even Costco wanted more than I wanted to spend, so I bought a used, slightly battered carry-on for less than $15 at my favorite thrift store.  I used it last year a couple times, but the handle sticks and the rubber is falling off.  I found a purple carry-on for $10 at my favorite thrift store a couple weeks ago.  I'm donating the battered one back to the thrift store.
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Post by: Elisabunny on March 31, 2013, 05:58:35 PM
I have really been wanting a new spring/Easter dress.  My criteria were that it look "springy" and that it have long sleeves- because Easter is early and this is Idaho.  Unfortunately, designers have no clue of what constitutes a spring dress.  Note: if it's sleeveless, it's a SUMMER dress, not a spring one. >:(

So, I've been haunting the thrift stores.  About a month ago, I found a lovely black, short-sleeved dress.  So then I looked for a jacket to go over either that, or a fuschia summer dress I already had.  Lo and behold, four days ago I found a very nice, SILK jacket in shades of green, teal, and yellow, with black flower outlines, which looks great over the black dress.  Today I wore my new Easter ensemble. :) Total cost was less than $15. ;D
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Post by: Hillia on April 01, 2013, 08:37:25 AM
Saturday I found a sweet little solid wood student desk for $10 at Goodwill.  While we were in the back getting it loaded, DH asked me if I'd noticed the dining room table.  It had just been processed and was getting ready for teh move to the sales floor - a beautiful vintage chrome and formica (gray cracked ice) dining room table, complete with leaf, in perfect condition. It was going for 19.99.  Since they couldn't sell to me from the back room, I raced around to the front of the store and met the crew as they brought it in. 
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Post by: dawbs on April 07, 2013, 09:38:24 PM
Saturday was the 'bag sale' part of a local church's rummage sale.

For $4 I got 2 bags of stuff (some of which ends up being crap because I didn't stop to try on clothes at $2 per bag  :P).
But in that haul, I got 2 complete sets of colorforms for the kiddo,  Ralph Lauren  Izod sweaters for me (both of which fit quite nicely) and a gently used, toddler sized REALLY nice outdoor winter/hiking coat--new it would retail for about $150. 
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Post by: doodlemor on April 07, 2013, 10:52:15 PM
I bought a water color at an estate sale for $7.50, and it was in a lovely cherry wood frame.  It was appraised for over $1,000, but we will never sell it. 
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Post by: rachellenore on April 08, 2013, 02:49:41 PM
Not a thrift score, but I work discount retail and got this Tommy Hilfiger purse for $4.32 today. MSRP is $60  :)

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Post by: molly13 on April 08, 2013, 03:13:37 PM
Just found a brand new pair of Sketchers at Value Village with the price tag still attached (Reg Price $109 marked 'down' to clearance price $80) for $12 and a brand new pair of Clark's Leather shoes sell in the $125 range also for $12.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Kimberami on April 08, 2013, 03:55:18 PM
I went to a consignment shop in very trendy small town and found the perfect little black dress that fit me to a T.  The original sales tag said $150; I paid $35. 
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Post by: otterwoman on April 17, 2013, 09:41:02 PM
My music collection had grown beyond what my iPod mini could hold, so I had been looking at upgrading to a bigger iPod. However, my budget wasn't agreeing with that. However, today I found an iPod classic 60G at the thrift shop for $12! All of my music is now portable again, plus I have plenty of space for more.
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Post by: Waterlight on April 18, 2013, 03:57:47 AM
I buy most of my clothes and accessories at thrift or consignment shops, or on eBay.

Most recently, I bought a blazer at Value Village for $10.  The chair of the board of the nonprofit I work for complimented me on it and was surprised to hear I'd bought it at a thrift shop!

I've paid anywhere between $10 and $40 for cashmere sweaters... never any more than that.

I scored a Michael Kors handbag in an eBay auction for $50 last December--and gave it to my mom, who'd been wanting one, for Christmas.

I've bought a couple of Coach bags--one for $10, one for $13.50.  One was at a yard sale, the other was at a thrift shop (marked down from $27).

I found a silk Miss Dior vintage scarf from the 1970's at Value Village for $3.

My all-time best score, though, was a Roberto Cavalli evening dress for $125 (50% off the price on the tag).  The consignment-shop owner told me to add a zero to the end of the sale price if I wanted to know how much it would have cost brand-new  :o
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Post by: Diane AKA Traska on April 18, 2013, 03:46:50 PM
So I have a Revereware 12 inch copper bottom skillet and wanted another.  The ones on eBay all have no lids, so I figured I'd see if they had any at the thrift store before I bid on one.

$9 later... and now I need two lids.   ;D
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: nayberry on April 19, 2013, 09:05:50 AM
woot!  5 balls of blue and 4 of cream 4mm wool, all unused 50p per ball :)

now to learn to crochet....
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: gingerzing on April 19, 2013, 02:08:15 PM
Just had a great weekend of finds.  DH likes church sales and we hit one of the best ones at just the right time. Within minutes of getting there, they announced that they were going to start their bag sale.  A 13-gal bag (like for a kitchen garbage can) for $5.  I got a Coldwater Creek blazer, two long sleeve shirts from CC, a sweater dress from Lane Bryant, 5 t-shirts (including a Disney one and a dry weave Under Armor), and two brand new baseball caps.
At a different church sale, I got a $1 dress.  The last church sale we got two men's sweaters and a Liz Claiborne women's golf polo. 

I don't normal buy name brands, but when I find them at garage sales I am always excited.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Zenith on April 19, 2013, 11:50:50 PM
Snared a Pierre Cardin black handbag with hot pink lining for $4 and a rather remarkable lightweight grey ankle length, faintly military style handmade coat for $5. I noticed it had no lining so I looked harder at it and realized that some very talented seamstress had made it by hand. I have another coat they same style and size with great lining but the outside is too badly damaged to be salvageable so this was a great coat for me.  It also means I can tweak the fitting without having to go through lining, score! I hate having to take the lining off coats and jackets for tweaking.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: mbbored on April 20, 2013, 01:39:32 AM
Not a thrift score, but I've been attempting to locate a monograph that provides a big part of the fundamentals of my research. I found it on Amazon for $50, but noticed the original publisher was a university. I tracked my way through the university's website and found where I could buy it for $6. Now I have money for more reference books, woohoo!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: JaWoof on April 20, 2013, 07:35:28 PM
DH and I are music fiends and have been dying to upgrade our speakers for our turntable/stereo setup.  We had been looking at some vintage ones online, but even beat up they were selling for over $500/pair.

This past week we were at our local Savers and he caught sight of a pair of 70s-era, wooden vintage floor speakers in really good condition...for $10.00!  We figured it was worth a chance.

Took them home and rigged them up, the MOST AMAZING sound.  We found out that this same pair is selling online in poor condition for over $300, and new speakers of comparable quality and size would cost somewhere around $1200-$1500!  Our vinyl has never sounded so good!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Bijou on April 20, 2013, 07:40:30 PM
I've been away from doing bead work and wire work for some time but lately I've been starting up again with wire.  I've been looking at the old jewelry in the thrift stores with a new eye, and today I found a lone earring that had a lovely little metal filigree heart dangling from it.  I bought it, took it off of the earring part and now I have a neat little charm to add to something, for $2.50.  If I ordered one I'd pay more plus shipping and it wouldn't have near the character of this little beauty.  It's only about 1/2 inch, if that, and is hollow inside.  I love it! 
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Moralia on April 20, 2013, 07:43:14 PM
There was a garage sale at the mosque in our neighborhood today.  I totally cleaned up on gorgeous, huge scarves for $1 each.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Midnight Kitty on April 22, 2013, 06:49:06 PM
This past week we were at our local Savers and he caught sight of a pair of 70s-era, wooden vintage floor speakers in really good condition...for $10.00!  We figured it was worth a chance.
Another Savers shopper! Yeah!

DH is a music fiend, too.  He acquires at least one new CD each day.  Some are sent to him by promoters &/or musicians and some he buys.

Are you in Hawaii, too?  I don't know if Savers has stores in other states.  If you are in Honolulu, Hawaii Public Radio has an annual music sale where they sell CDs, vinyl albums, and equipment such as speakers and turntables at reasonable prices.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: #borecore on April 22, 2013, 10:39:56 PM
This past week we were at our local Savers and he caught sight of a pair of 70s-era, wooden vintage floor speakers in really good condition...for $10.00!  We figured it was worth a chance.
Another Savers shopper! Yeah!

DH is a music fiend, too.  He acquires at least one new CD each day.  Some are sent to him by promoters &/or musicians and some he buys.

Are you in Hawaii, too?  I don't know if Savers has stores in other states.  If you are in Honolulu, Hawaii Public Radio has an annual music sale where they sell CDs, vinyl albums, and equipment such as speakers and turntables at reasonable prices.

I think Savers is all over the country. Not necessarily in all big cities or even states, but all around.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: norrina on April 23, 2013, 09:26:35 AM
This past week we were at our local Savers and he caught sight of a pair of 70s-era, wooden vintage floor speakers in really good condition...for $10.00!  We figured it was worth a chance.
Another Savers shopper! Yeah!

DH is a music fiend, too.  He acquires at least one new CD each day.  Some are sent to him by promoters &/or musicians and some he buys.

Are you in Hawaii, too?  I don't know if Savers has stores in other states.  If you are in Honolulu, Hawaii Public Radio has an annual music sale where they sell CDs, vinyl albums, and equipment such as speakers and turntables at reasonable prices.

I think Savers is all over the country. Not necessarily in all big cities or even states, but all around.

They are, except for this apparent Savers wasteland in NC/SC/GA/FL/AL/MI. I lived in NC from 2001-2009, so wasn't introduced to Savers until I moved to Northern Virginia. After two years there, now I'm in South Carolina, and I want a Savers here! (Or at least closer than a full day's drive away.)
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: CakeBeret on April 23, 2013, 10:21:13 AM
My DH has finally been bitten by the thrift store bug! ;) It started with him losing weight and needing new clothes. I got him a pair of Abercrombie jeans for $6 and he says they're one of the most comfortable pairs he's ever worn. He's been more into dressing nicely since he's lost the weight, so Sunday he went out and found a nice pair of black slacks and a gray pullover sweater by DKNY for a grand total of $4. He looked pretty sharp too.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: VorFemme on April 23, 2013, 04:17:18 PM
I love my "ladies' briefcase" that could double as a laptop case if I just had a padded sleeve for the laptop (I've seen them NEW ranging from $20 at Wal*Mart to $40 or $50 discounted at Ross Dress For Less - original price supposed to be about $80 to $100).

It holds my wallet, checkbook, tablet/ereader, cell phone, papers without folding them into quarters, and the like quite handily.  The $7 one came with a matching wallet (that I donated to a fund raiser) because it just didn't have enough card slots or a checkbook holder.....

I like it so much that I am looking for another one in something other than BLACK to use this summer.

I found a black one this morning at the same Goodwill where I found the first one, but it reeks of cigarette smoke to the point that I was smelling it three feet away before I picked it up to look at it......too bad, I liked the way that it was organized even better.....

But once I opened it up to look at it (outer compartment, three full sized inner compartments, cell phone pocket + two larger ones in the next compartment, and credit card & ID slots), I realized that the thing reeked inside and was the source of the odor.....and I don't smoke.  The smell would have made it unusable in short order......  But it was so "perfectly" organized, that I just couldn't take the brown leather one next to it instead......

If it can't be washed - the odor of cigarette smoke can't easily be removed.....and this felt like real leather.....

I plan to go back next week, I'm looking for some odds & ends to finish putting together a Renn Faire outfit......
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Black Delphinium on April 23, 2013, 04:18:52 PM
I love my "ladies' briefcase" that could double as a laptop case if I just had a padded sleeve for the laptop (I've seen them NEW ranging from $20 at Wal*Mart to $40 or $50 discounted at Ross Dress For Less - original price supposed to be about $80 to $100).

It holds my wallet, checkbook, tablet/ereader, cell phone, papers without folding them into quarters, and the like quite handily.  The $7 one came with a matching wallet (that I donated to a fund raiser) because it just didn't have enough card slots or a checkbook holder.....

I like it so much that I am looking for another one in something other than BLACK to use this summer.

I found a black one this morning at the same Goodwill where I found the first one, but it reeks of cigarette smoke to the point that I was smelling it three feet away before I picked it up to look at it......too bad, I liked the way that it was organized even better.....

But once I opened it up to look at it (outer compartment, three full sized inner compartments, cell phone pocket + two larger ones in the next compartment, and credit card & ID slots), I realized that the thing reeked inside and was the source of the odor.....and I don't smoke.  The smell would have made it unusable in short order......  But it was so "perfectly" organized, that I just couldn't take the brown leather one next to it instead......

If it can't be washed - the odor of cigarette smoke can't easily be removed.....and this felt like real leather.....

I plan to go back next week, I'm looking for some odds & ends to finish putting together a Renn Faire outfit......
http://www.howtocleanstuff.net/how-to-remove-cigarette-smell-from-leather/
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: VorFemme on April 23, 2013, 06:11:13 PM
I love my "ladies' briefcase" that could double as a laptop case if I just had a padded sleeve for the laptop (I've seen them NEW ranging from $20 at Wal*Mart to $40 or $50 discounted at Ross Dress For Less - original price supposed to be about $80 to $100).

It holds my wallet, checkbook, tablet/ereader, cell phone, papers without folding them into quarters, and the like quite handily.  The $7 one came with a matching wallet (that I donated to a fund raiser) because it just didn't have enough card slots or a checkbook holder.....

I like it so much that I am looking for another one in something other than BLACK to use this summer.

I found a black one this morning at the same Goodwill where I found the first one, but it reeks of cigarette smoke to the point that I was smelling it three feet away before I picked it up to look at it......too bad, I liked the way that it was organized even better.....

But once I opened it up to look at it (outer compartment, three full sized inner compartments, cell phone pocket + two larger ones in the next compartment, and credit card & ID slots), I realized that the thing reeked inside and was the source of the odor.....and I don't smoke.  The smell would have made it unusable in short order......  But it was so "perfectly" organized, that I just couldn't take the brown leather one next to it instead......

If it can't be washed - the odor of cigarette smoke can't easily be removed.....and this felt like real leather.....

I plan to go back next week, I'm looking for some odds & ends to finish putting together a Renn Faire outfit......
http://www.howtocleanstuff.net/how-to-remove-cigarette-smell-from-leather/

Cool - if I didn't already have TWO black "purses" similar to the one I saw today, I'd go back & get it.

But it would be #3 black feminine briefcase - I'm looking for something NOT black as #3. 

Or something to use at Renn Faire as a leather bag or a chatelaine (may have to figure out hidden pockets and open seams to get to them - which might have some basis in period or it might be something that an author set up in a time travel story, I don't know).  I do know that the raised waist overdress is not going to look right belted at the waist so that I can carry things, with an anachronistic modern purse, nor do I want to hang myself about with shoulder straps.......still thinking about what to do with the 90" (a little over 2 meters) of silver-toned chain that I got today at Wal*Mart.  It might become a chatelaine chain with my cell phone in a little decorative tapestry purse.....and a couple of sewing items on it to make it pass for a more period correct chatelaine.......

But I'm not going to take my embroidery with me when a 2 1/2 year old is going to be in the group.....needles, scissors, and embroidery floss do not mix well with toddlers.......been there, done that, niece chopped MIL's ribbon/strap to tiny pieces to see if the stork scissors were sharp......the pocket and scissors were fine - the ribbon that kept them together was in about forty very small pieces.....
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: norrina on April 27, 2013, 11:56:49 AM
My brother, SIL, and 4 1/2 y.o. and (going to be) 7 month old nieces are coming for a week later this summer, and I wanted to have some provisions so that they wouldn't have to haul ALL of the preschooler and baby paraphernalia over 1000 miles. After checking that my SIL would be okay with used equipment, my girlfriend and I today scored from the yard sales and thrift stores:
(1) Chicco Prolly high chair for $25 ($150 new)
(2) Kolcraft Travelin' Tot 3-in-1 play yard for $10 (this I need to look at the model number and see if it's part of the recall; but if it is it's supposed to be fine after they send you the repair kit)
(3) BabySmart Cooshee booster seat for $4 (it's a hard foam booster, so more comfortable than the plastic seats)
(4) Discovery Toys Playful Patterns activity for $1 (my brothers had this, it's fun and educational, retails $30 new, and is in like-new condition)

I think my girlfriend might actually keep the pack-n-play and high chair herself and give me hers, because she says these are nicer. And I don't care, since I only needed them for a week.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: MissRose on April 27, 2013, 12:43:16 PM
I went to some community wide yard sales yesterday, and did very well, among my finds:

Coach wallet $1
6 Dvds: total of $10 paid
4 cd: total of $10 paid
12 books - various types/topics both hard and soft cover: $10
Several mall brand type hoodies for my 11 yr niece (1 by BCBG and 1 by Aeropostale) - total paid for both - $6
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: snowfire on April 27, 2013, 01:06:32 PM
Not huge, but a Lenox china bowl about 7" across with a gold rim and a raised rose pattern. Retail for ~50.00 or so.  I found it in a Goodwill for 79 cents!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Amara on April 28, 2013, 02:57:26 PM
CraigsList score!

Late last night I was on the computer so I cruised CL one last time. In the Furniture-by-Owner section, I saw a pair of gorgeous table lamps, slender candlesticks made of lovely glass and unique shades. I looked down to the description and saw that the owner wanted only $50 for both. I sent that email off to her immediately, and a little while ago I went to see them.

They were beautiful! They had been her grandmother's purchased from a very high end furniture store here, and while she loved them she already had enough lamps. Of course I bought them, then she mentioned she had another lamp she hadn's yet put up on CL. It is different but equally fantastic. The shade on this one is extremely unusual. I didn't know where I would put it so I hesitated but decided I would find a place anyway as she was asking only $25 for it.

And I did. It is in a perfect place where I hadn't realized a lamp would be good. They all look spectacular, and I am happy, happy, happy!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: KimberlyM on April 29, 2013, 04:20:18 PM
I got 2 pairs of Levis at goodwill yesterday for $5!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Moralia on April 29, 2013, 08:11:49 PM
I found a very cute iron plant stand on the curb this morning!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: otterwoman on May 09, 2013, 10:11:15 AM
Woot! I picked up a 1952 Singer 201-2 sewing machine, in a cabinet with the storage bench for $25! In the storage bench was the original box of attachments, plus the original owners manual. The machine needs some wiring replaced, I'm surprised I didn't get shocked when I tested it at the sellers house, but it works. It does need a thorough cleaning; years of bleech are on it. But, it will run forever!

I also found a set of military stripes in the bench. I emailed the seller to ask if she wanted those back; yes. So, I mailed them back to her.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Redwing on May 09, 2013, 10:29:59 AM
On Saturday, my husband and I went to rummage sale for a local university.  They were doing $3 a bag and we got four planters, two lovely blue glass candlesticks, three movies for the granddaughter, a lovely throw pillow with a handstitched slip, and a charming little bowl marked Claire Ware.  Very happy about that!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Moralia on May 09, 2013, 12:52:34 PM
Woot! I picked up a 1952 Singer 201-2 sewing machine, in a cabinet with the storage bench for $25! In the storage bench was the original box of attachments, plus the original owners manual. The machine needs some wiring replaced, I'm surprised I didn't get shocked when I tested it at the sellers house, but it works. It does need a thorough cleaning; years of bleech are on it. But, it will run forever!

I also found a set of military stripes in the bench. I emailed the seller to ask if she wanted those back; yes. So, I mailed them back to her.

Nice!  I've wanted a bench to go with my old Singer cabinets but never seem to find one. Bonus on the attachments!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: MissRose on May 18, 2013, 01:47:41 PM
On Thursday, me and my sister went to the Salvation Army store in a nearby town that has many well to do residents while waiting for her car to be fixed.  Many of the items tend to be higher quality and often good brand names.

Between the 2 of us, we spent $100 and managed to find some nice stuff.  She got some brand name clothes for herself, myself, her boyfriend, and her 11 year old daughter & 13 year old son plus a pair of shoes for her son who wears a size 13/14 men's size.   I also got some clothes, a few books and miscellaneous items
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Bethczar on May 19, 2013, 07:22:49 PM
I was so frustrated last week because I needed new jeans & couldn't find any talls at the mall. (I used to get them at Pennies, but they don't carry them anymore, I guess.) I found 2 pairs of brand new jeans in my size in TALLS at Savers. I also found a couple pairs of pretty capris I can wear for work at Goodwill.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Midnight Kitty on May 22, 2013, 07:09:56 PM
My husband has long legs.  He prefers Levi jeans and wears 32/34 (32 inch waist, 34 inch length).  It's hard to find his size.  32 inch length & 34 inch waist are more common.  The Sears store near us is closing.  He checked to see if they had any Levis on clearance in his size.  He didn't have much hope because they almost never have his length and he ends up getting 32/32s and showing off his ankles.

He found 3 pairs of Levis in his size! On clearance sale (40% off)!!  I told him they probably have been hiding the long jeans in their secret storage room all along and now that they are closing, the staff put them out.  I was being sarcastic, of course, because when we used to ask the store staff to check "in the back," we would hear, "What do you think we do? Hide stuff in a secret storage room?"
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: twiggy on May 24, 2013, 01:01:54 AM
Last month I was looking to buy a new sewing machine. I was all set to spend about $550, and since that is not an unsubstantial sum for me, I wanted to be sure that it wasn't just the sales lady telling me I was getting a good deal on a good machine. I called MIL, who said go for it, and my mom who said that sounds about right, but check with Auntie. Auntie said "hmm, that sounds like a lot, but I think I saw a machine at local Goodwill the other day. Wanna go check it out?" We did, and I got an older, 60's ish Singer for $15 (it was half off day). It has a cabinet as well that has a place to put the foot so that I can lean my knee into it as opposed to having it on the ground. It's a HUGE plus for me what with the kiddos constantly underfoot, and Baby still crawling.

Auntie also taught me how to fabric shop in Goodwill. They sell fabric, and you can apparently make lots of stuff out of sheets and cute little pillowcase nightgowns for DD. We got an adorable window valence for $0.75 that will make 3-4 little girl skirts and already has a "casing" (where curtain rod goes) just add elastic! My fabric stash grew three sized that day. Also, one of the 5 stores we hit that day was closing for renovation and had things 75% off instead of 50%, so I got brand new patterns for $.15 each.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Ms_Cellany on May 24, 2013, 11:20:25 AM
I plan to make a baby quilt out of linen for my niece who's pregnant. I've been getting lots of bright-colored linen shirts for $1-3, plus neutral linen pants for about $4. Pre-shrunk and colors won't run!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: DistantStar on May 24, 2013, 12:32:17 PM
I just got a really nice old full-size iron bed frame for $50.  Needs a little work on a few rust spots and I need to measure it and buy slats for it, but it's awesome!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: otterwoman on May 24, 2013, 09:09:27 PM
I spent the morning hitting yard sales, and I drove by a thrift store I'd never noticed before. Of course I stopped. As I was heading in, the employee hung a "$5 bag sale" sign up. I got over $35 in thrift store priced children's clothes for $5!!! Really nice items. I'm going to have to go there again.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Slartibartfast on May 26, 2013, 01:13:42 AM
I took Babybartfast to a thrift store earlier this week to get some cheap vases (teacher gifts - cut flowers from our backyard and put them in nice-but-came-from-thrift-stores vases for the end-of-the-year present) and came across three 25 lb boxes of Crayola modeling clay for $8 each.  I, personally, have no use for seventy-five pounds of modeling clay, but I have a friend who might  :P  I sent her an email and she was overjoyed to come in the next day and buy the two boxes which were left!  She does a lot of semi-pro costuming and artsy stuff, so I suspect all that clay will end up being a life-sized weeping angel sculpture or something . . .
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Cutenoob on May 26, 2013, 04:06:31 AM
I got a big container, the one you slide under your bed for extra storage. Lid and all, for $3.99. Brand new they are around $10+. I also got a new pair of jeans for me, a whole size DOWN and for $2.
Go me!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Outdoor Girl on May 26, 2013, 07:11:33 AM
(teacher gifts - cut flowers from our backyard and put them in nice-but-came-from-thrift-stores vases for the end-of-the-year present)

I think this is a great idea!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Amara on May 26, 2013, 10:44:50 AM
The first thrift store I went to yesterday yielded up two gorgeous pillows with those French reproductions on the front of flowers and stamps and writing and addresses. They weren't donated, but apparently purchased from a shop in Tennessee that makes them. I have seen and loved them elsewhere but the cost has been more than I have been willing to pay. Here they were asking $35 but I found that still too high. I asked and got them for $21 each! Two are now on my sofa, and I love them.

I also found at that store a small tin tub made of green and gold. The inside is a dark forest green; the outside is more of a darkish emerald colored decorated with gold. I am trying to make my bedroom and bathroom green, specifically emerald and mint green, and I needed a trash can for the bathroom so this was perfect! A score at $10.

The second store I hit I found lovely wine glasses and glass coffee mugs plus a pretty vase but I ended up putting it all back. If I have to ask myself repeatedly if I love it I don't so I won't buy it. And that decision is invariably right.

I then hit the third thrift store where I found a waterless cooking skillet (8") that is solid, heavy and has a tight-fitting lid. While I won't use it as intended in all likelihood it will make a lovely addition to my pot-and-pan collection.  It cost more than I prefer--$25--but I think it will more than pay for itself.

I also found three inexpensive pictures in frames of three branches of different ferns. It is all done in creams and several shades of green in painted mint green wood frames. They are perhaps 8"x8"; last night I hung them in the bathroom where they look pretty and I won't worry about the moisture getting to them. Cost: $10.

Finally, I stopped at an antique store not far from home that I had passed numerous times without going in. It's a typical antique store with tiny clutter everywhere it is possible to have something. Since I despise clutter this exhausts me so I moved around the store quickly. One thing did catch my eye, however: two beautifully framed images of fruits. The images appear to be from a book printed in the nineteenth century, and the frames are an antique gold and may well be antiques themselves. Price: $185 but he was offering 20 percent off. Still, that's a breathtaking $150 plus tax. I told him I would think about it. I would love them, and I think they are worth it given the cost of custom framing these days. But not yesterday . . .

I am very happy with my thrift store purchases.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: MummySweet on May 26, 2013, 11:47:08 AM
My kids finished the school year with a half day this past Thursday.   I hadn't finished all my errands and ended up taking my two youngest to the thrift store to look for some books for their older brother.  (He has several long camping trips and other travel this summer and I am unwilling to let him take library books along.) 

A good rule of thumb:  Don't take young kids to the thrift store when you are tired and don't have the energy to even utter the word, "No."     By the time we reached checkout I had a FULL basket... books, games, craft sets, a jewelry box, some t-shirts, etc.   I started to pull stuff out for the cashier to ring up  but she stopped me.  She came out looked at the basket and said.  "$20 for the lot."   

When I got home I added up the prices and found that I had more than $75 in thrift store ticketed prices. 
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Maxiestar on May 26, 2013, 07:27:01 PM
I found a really cute button down blouse for a fraction of it's original price at Gap today! The original price was about $55 bucks, on clearance with additional 30% off sale, I walked away with it for $23 bucks! I'm happy! :)
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: RegionMom on May 27, 2013, 12:51:48 PM
I have been working on weight loss (walking with a friend 3x/week and boot camp 3x/week) so have been ...shifting in size.  Weight about the same, but size is down!  So "new" clothes via 2nd hand.

a parent (at school) has noticed the change and complimented that my clothes always looked nice, how often was a shopping/how much money spent? 

when I told her it was almost exclusively 2ndhand, she responded that she thought that was all rubbish items, used.  I explained that many times I have found brand new still with tags items.  She said she might have to try it for herself and see!

a few years ago, an acquaintance asked me how I managed to get into Goodwill, since she knew my husband had a good job.  "Don't you have to show need/low income to shop there?"

so, I was wondering, have the rest of you had such encounters yourself? 
I just rather shrug them off, and I know I am not "stealing" from the poor by shopping at these stores, but the perception seems to be out there.

so, am I alone?

(btw-I attended a master's degree graduation party this weekend and received several compliments on my outfit, and upon personal inventory, realized that only one item was full price retail.  :)  )
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Diane AKA Traska on May 27, 2013, 03:27:40 PM
I have been working on weight loss (walking with a friend 3x/week and boot camp 3x/week) so have been ...shifting in size.  Weight about the same, but size is down!  So "new" clothes via 2nd hand.

a parent (at school) has noticed the change and complimented that my clothes always looked nice, how often was a shopping/how much money spent? 

when I told her it was almost exclusively 2ndhand, she responded that she thought that was all rubbish items, used.  I explained that many times I have found brand new still with tags items.  She said she might have to try it for herself and see!

a few years ago, an acquaintance asked me how I managed to get into Goodwill, since she knew my husband had a good job.  "Don't you have to show need/low income to shop there?"

so, I was wondering, have the rest of you had such encounters yourself? 
I just rather shrug them off, and I know I am not "stealing" from the poor by shopping at these stores, but the perception seems to be out there.

so, am I alone?

(btw-I attended a master's degree graduation party this weekend and received several compliments on my outfit, and upon personal inventory, realized that only one item was full price retail.  :)  )

I look at it like recycling.  If there's perfectly good clothes out there, why buy new?  And beyond that, what if you're into vintage?
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: cattlekid on May 27, 2013, 05:45:00 PM
That's not an attitude that I get a lot, and I do a lot of Goodwill shopping.  I am with you, I am actively trying to lose weight and I don't really want to spend a lot of cash on "transition" clothes.  Send the individual who mentioned this to amazinggoodwill.com and you can see the interesting outfits that people have put together with Goodwill finds....it's more like a treasure hunt than anything else IMHO.

I have been working on weight loss (walking with a friend 3x/week and boot camp 3x/week) so have been ...shifting in size.  Weight about the same, but size is down!  So "new" clothes via 2nd hand.

a parent (at school) has noticed the change and complimented that my clothes always looked nice, how often was a shopping/how much money spent? 

when I told her it was almost exclusively 2ndhand, she responded that she thought that was all rubbish items, used.  I explained that many times I have found brand new still with tags items.  She said she might have to try it for herself and see!

a few years ago, an acquaintance asked me how I managed to get into Goodwill, since she knew my husband had a good job.  "Don't you have to show need/low income to shop there?"

so, I was wondering, have the rest of you had such encounters yourself? 
I just rather shrug them off, and I know I am not "stealing" from the poor by shopping at these stores, but the perception seems to be out there.

so, am I alone?

(btw-I attended a master's degree graduation party this weekend and received several compliments on my outfit, and upon personal inventory, realized that only one item was full price retail.  :)  )
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: twiggy on May 27, 2013, 05:56:45 PM
That's not an attitude that I get a lot, and I do a lot of Goodwill shopping.  I am with you, I am actively trying to lose weight and I don't really want to spend a lot of cash on "transition" clothes.  Send the individual who mentioned this to amazinggoodwill.com and you can see the interesting outfits that people have put together with Goodwill finds....it's more like a treasure hunt than anything else IMHO.


DS and I call Goodwill the "treasure hunt store" :)
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: VorFemme on May 27, 2013, 08:41:49 PM
Just back from the Atlanta Renn Faire - two skirts (one was "petticoat" for the other) from Goodwill and a blouse off the clearance rack at Wal*Mart one day, with a purse & "silver" chalice (plastic) also from the Goodwill hanging from a "chain" around my waist from Wal*Mart on one day......and an eBay purchase the other day.  Shoes & wallet inside the purse from Ross Dress For Less (less than half price off the "comparable retail price", supposedly).  And jewelry from eBay and other assorted sources.....

The scores aren't just for everyday clothes!  Peasant style blouses are back in style, at least for summer!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Thipu1 on May 28, 2013, 08:56:33 AM
At a stoop sale yesterday I picked up a neat box for 2USD.

  It's clear plastic with large, applied roses and leaves.  The roses look to be individually formed. 

I'm pretty sure it's British or American from the late 1940s so it could be worth a bit more than $2. It doesn't really matter because I just like the thing for what it is. 

Does anyone know a good site to research mid-century plastics? 
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: kymom3 on May 28, 2013, 10:01:30 AM
I decided I wanted a chandelier for my dining room.  I can't afford to pay several hundred dollars or more, so I've been checking thrift stores, yard sales, wherever.

This past weekend in the county next to where I live, was a huge estate auction.  I scored a brand new, still in the box, original price tag of $232, for $15!!  Woohoo!  I'm so excited.   ;D
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Waterlight on May 28, 2013, 07:01:40 PM
I just scored an authentic Michael Kors handbag (about $300 brand new, so NO WAY would I have been able to afford it new) on eBay for $62 about a week ago...  8)
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: mbbored on May 28, 2013, 09:58:21 PM
I found a cute pair of like-new herringbone flats at a consignment shop this weekend for $8, but they were half off so I got them for $4.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: daen on June 04, 2013, 07:43:01 PM
On the "vintage" rack at my local Goodwill: a kurta (tunic) and shawl in green and gold from India. Definitely not some factory knockoff, and it fits me nicely. $8. How an Indian outfit ended up in Amish country, I've no idea.

(Before I realized that the shawl was a shawl, I used it as a sarong-style skirt under the kurta. Now that I know better, I'm going to continue doing that.  ;D)
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Black Delphinium on June 04, 2013, 08:20:27 PM
On the "vintage" rack at my local Goodwill: a kurta (tunic) and shawl in green and gold from India. Definitely not some factory knockoff, and it fits me nicely. $8. How an Indian outfit ended up in Amish country, I've no idea.

(Before I realized that the shawl was a shawl, I used it as a sarong-style skirt under the kurta. Now that I know better, I'm going to continue doing that.  ;D)
Goodwills shuffle stuff around.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: jedikaiti on June 05, 2013, 06:15:12 PM
I rarely find anything remotely close to my size at thrift stores, but have scored an awful lot of cute purses - someone keeps donating these relatively expensive purses that are clearly used but still in quite good condition to my neighborhood Goodwill, and I keep buying them. If I ever find out who they are, I am sending them a thank-you card.

BTW, Saturday is 50% off day at Goodwill - I may have to go purse shopping. :-)
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: ladyknight1 on June 07, 2013, 06:57:42 PM
Today, we needed to get DS some things for camp and a few things for me. We went to a Ross store.

Twin sheet set - $9
Two towels - $6 each
Two washcloths - $2 each
Dress - $10
Cardigan - $12

We did really well!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: cattlekid on June 07, 2013, 08:21:15 PM
Today was the first time I had a real score at a Goodwill.  I got a like-new Franco Sarto purse, retails for about $110 for $10.  It still had the DSW price tag, plus the silica gel packet in the pocket.  The only reason that I say it was like-new was the small stack of business cards from a female attorney in the area that was in one of the pockets.   :D

I also got a pair of Coldwater Creek dress pants for $3.20. 

The bummer?  I found a pair of lined wool Pendleton dress pants for $5.00.  They were marked with my size, but the inseam was the longest I ever saw on a pair of women's pants.  Literally, to get the crotch in the right area, I had to pull them up to the middle of my rib cage.  *sob*
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Bijou on June 08, 2013, 03:41:03 PM
Went to my first rummage sale in a long time, today, and am I glad I did. 
I got a sterling silver ornate Maltese cross pendant, a beautiful, perfect condition wooden jewelry box.  This is made from two kinds of wood and is put together with little dowels and, I imagine, glue.  It is gorgeous.  There is a fine wood working program in the area and this is the kind of thing you see at their shows.  I suspect this is one of the items made there.  I also got a copy of my favorite magazine, Cloth paper Scissors, a pair of earrings which I will dismantle for the beauiful metal focal beads and some wooden beads for some project or other.
If I told how much I paid for them would it be rude?  if not, I can go back and add it.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Amara on June 08, 2013, 06:13:49 PM
We'll rejoice with you, Bijou. Go ahead and post it.

I tried out a thrift store today that apparently is an open secret. It's not as well known as others but it's quality is higher and its prices are lower. It probably helps that they pay no rent and it's all volunteer run so it has no costs. The hours are very limited: Wednesday and Saturday mornings for three hours each. All its proceeds go to the charities it supports (good ones too).

So ... I had a good day. I got a pretty fashionable straw purple hat with flowers for $5! I also found a lovely, unusual and beautifully framed picture for $20, and three nineteenth-century fruit/flower illustrations for the astonishing price of $1. The latter were rolled up and way down at the bottom of the large framed pictures bin where no one else had seen them for who knows how long. The shop had for today priced all their decorative pillows for $1 so I grabbed one to use its stuffing for a gorgeous emerald green hand-blocked pillow cover from India I had recently purchased. It worked perfectly. In addition, I found a nonstick small rectangular thing I can use as a cooling place for breads and rolls and a bath rug in the seafoam blue color that is going to be in my guest room. I am definitely going back there again.

I then drove out to one of our better known stores that has, unfortunately, has nearly priced itself out of the thrift store range but I like to look there on occasion. I found two more rolling pins: a marble one and a handle-less one that is shorter and heavier than my normal one. I also got a flour sifter and a small pretty boudoir pillow that is perfect for the guest room.

Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: jedikaiti on June 08, 2013, 09:01:37 PM
Goodwill here was doing a 50% nearly everything sale today, so I had to check out the purse rack.

Score! I got 2 bags - one is a purse by Relic, which I've never heard of, but someone really likes their stuff as this is at least the 3rd like it I have seen there. The other is a purse/totebag from Beijo. With the half off sale and me having a $5 gift card left over from my birthday, I got both for just under $10.

I never have mastered the art of pic posting, but here are pic links, if you want to see them.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10101554009195013&l=3857bec1bb (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10101554009195013&l=3857bec1bb)
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10101554009329743&l=0e4259aff7 (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10101554009329743&l=0e4259aff7)
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Amara on June 08, 2013, 09:35:51 PM
I'm not a purse fan but those are nice! Really nice.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: jedikaiti on June 08, 2013, 09:49:22 PM
I am a huuuuuge purse fan... as in when DH & I finally buy a home I've told him I want something like a china cabinet to store & display my purses. I think I have around 50 now.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Bijou on June 08, 2013, 10:01:21 PM
We'll rejoice with you, Bijou. Go ahead and post it.

I tried out a thrift store today that apparently is an open secret. It's not as well known as others but it's quality is higher and its prices are lower. It probably helps that they pay no rent and it's all volunteer run so it has no costs. The hours are very limited: Wednesday and Saturday mornings for three hours each. All its proceeds go to the charities it supports (good ones too).

So ... I had a good day. I got a pretty fashionable straw purple hat with flowers for $5! I also found a lovely, unusual and beautifully framed picture for $20, and three nineteenth-century fruit/flower illustrations for the astonishing price of $1. The latter were rolled up and way down at the bottom of the large framed pictures bin where no one else had seen them for who knows how long. The shop had for today priced all their decorative pillows for $1 so I grabbed one to use its stuffing for a gorgeous emerald green hand-blocked pillow cover from India I had recently purchased. It worked perfectly. In addition, I found a nonstick small rectangular thing I can use as a cooling place for breads and rolls and a bath rug in the seafoam blue color that is going to be in my guest room. I am definitely going back there again.

I then drove out to one of our better known stores that has, unfortunately, has nearly priced itself out of the thrift store range but I like to look there on occasion. I found two more rolling pins: a marble one and a handle-less one that is shorter and heavier than my normal one. I also got a flour sifter and a small pretty boudoir pillow that is perfect for the guest room.
OK, the box was just $10, and I still cannot believe it.  It would make a wonderful birthday gift for one of my son's, but I think my husband has laid a claim to it as soon as he saw it.   
The sterling pendant was $2.00.  I found out it is a Maltese cross.
I think I paid 50 cents for the magazine.  I wold have paid more because I collect those.  I love Cloth, Paper, Scissors.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Amara on June 08, 2013, 10:37:21 PM
The box and cross sound wonderful! And the price ...

Congratulations on your score!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Bijou on June 09, 2013, 04:30:50 AM
The box and cross sound wonderful! And the price ...

Congratulations on your score!
Thanks.  It's not often I happen upon things like that.  Two of my sons love old stuff and seem to attract good deals.  When they go to a yard or rummage sale, coming up with things I would have just looked right through.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Moonie on June 10, 2013, 09:41:35 AM
Went to a garage sale this weekend and scored a 4 burner propane gas grill in fabulous shape for only $30!!! They threw in a nearly empty propane tank, so all I have to do is refill it rather than spending $50 or more for a new one!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: ladyknight1 on June 10, 2013, 07:01:40 PM
DH bought a Kitchenaid stand mixer! It is regularly $333, on sale for $250, then an extra percentage off for using the store debit card, so $227 total! I found one on craigslist that was $275, so we did better than that even!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: norrina on June 10, 2013, 09:05:04 PM
DH bought a Kitchenaid stand mixer! It is regularly $333, on sale for $250, then an extra percentage off for using the store debit card, so $227 total! I found one on craigslist that was $275, so we did better than that even!

I love my Kitchenaid. I had been begging DF to let me buy one for a while, but he was reluctant because they're expensive and our old Sunbeam got the job done. During the Black Friday sales at our outlet stores a couple years ago though there was a single Professional 600 left for $200 (they're retailing $450 right now), and he agreed that that was too good a deal to pass up. He even decided to grab the Artisan Series 5-quart for his mom, $150 down from $350. She's been posting Facebook comments about the great bread she makes ever since.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Kaora on June 11, 2013, 03:11:26 AM
BF went to a yard sale being held by a nice, older lady, who he helps often.  He came back with a bunch of Star Wars and Dragonlance books.

The latter, all 9 of them, are first edition of the original three series, with the original TSR mark.  Of course, they're still being read... :P
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: StarDrifter on June 14, 2013, 04:06:06 AM
The opp shop closest to my house is part of the local Uniting Church and entirely volunteer-run; the ladies who work there all love it and get to know everyone who comes by. It's a small shop but brilliantly managed.
So! I had BabyDrifter just on 8 weeks ago and until today I hadn't had a chance to go back to the shop, and when I came in with her in the BabyBjorn (asleep) the ladies all cooed over her and asked how we were going, then one of them came with me to help me go through the 20c table to find things that would fit her (with her in the carrier I couldn't see half the table without twisting awkwardly.

I got 3 Bonds Wondersuits, two pairs of leggings, three little cotton knit dresses and five pairs of socks from the 20c table, and when I went inside to the baby section I found a little grey hand-knitted jacket with black buttons about the size of US quarters.

$2.50, the lot. I handed them a $5 note and insisted that they keep the change - the Wondersuits are like new and cost around $15-$20 each, new.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: twiggy on June 14, 2013, 02:35:32 PM
Yesterday was dollar day at Goodwill, so I took the kids "treasure hunting" :) DD found yet another purse to add to her collection. I don't know where she gets her love of purses, jewelry, and shoes; she sure as heck doesn't get it from me! She found a Coach handbag yesterday, and even though it was double my normal limit, I got it for her after DS pointed out that it has C for *her name*

I got home and looked it up. It's very similar to this: http://www.coach.com/online/handbags/Product-legacy_signature_mini_rory_bag-10551-10051-48448-en (http://www.coach.com/online/handbags/Product-legacy_signature_mini_rory_bag-10551-10051-48448-en) It's an almost $200 bag that I got for $8!

I keep giggling about it because anyone who knows me would say I'm the last person they would expect to have designer labels around, yet my 2yo was running errands with her Coach bag.  :P Meanwhile, my purse is a no-name Goodwill find that cost $2.50
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: cattlekid on June 14, 2013, 05:43:11 PM
A friend was helping another friend with a garage sale today.  I got a text with a picture of three large bins of yarn, asking if I wanted any.  I noticed that about half the skeins still had their paper wrappers (I'm terrible at guessing yarn weights and fiber content).  I told her to fish out all the skeins with wrappers and I'll take the lot.  I got 35 skeins of yarn for $29. 

I never had a yarn stash before....guess I do now!   ;D
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: jedikaiti on June 14, 2013, 11:02:18 PM
Welcome to yarnaholics anonymous... your membership card and t-shirt will arrive in the mail in 4-6 weeks.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: LadyClaire on June 15, 2013, 04:22:08 PM
my score from my favorite second-hand shop this week:

an antique brass box. no identifying marks, but appears to be very old based on how the hinges and latch are constructed.
Two round copper bowls with handles. One small, one large.
An antique copper coal scuttle with a porcelain handle.
One very much not old/antique plastic laundry basket, very big.

I paid $17.00 for the whole lot. The copper coal scuttle alone sells on eBay and Etsy for anywhere from $15-$30. Heck, the laundry basket would cost $30 if I bought it new..it's a good brand and the ones I see for sale in stores here are all around $20-$30.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: RegionMom on June 15, 2013, 05:06:37 PM
Moving sales, among the yard sales, when they really just want the stuff gone, yielded:
1 pair men's jeans for DH
1 tablecloth that fits
2 dresses that DD likes (of the 5 I got)
3 binders
4 shirts (2 that DD decided she liked)
4 old VHS movies (yes, I still have and use my VCR)

grand total?  $6.50. 

Color me happy and cheap!!
:)

The 3 dresses and 2 shirts she rejected are already in "The Giveaway Drawer" for a charity donation. 
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Amara on June 15, 2013, 06:03:08 PM
Another happy morning at my two favorite thrift stores:

A slipper chair, smallish and a little low to the ground, upholstered in a lovely blue and cream fabric. Perfect for the guest room--and only $7.00!

Two salad plates and a round bowl in the Mikasa intaglio Garden Harvest pattern: http://img3.etsystatic.com/000/0/6082734/il_fullxfull.245790647.jpg  Each one was one dollar and will serve me (or me and a friend) cheese and crackers beautifully!

A beautiful white straw fashion hat. That was $11.00.

A pretty sofa pillow in cream for $2.

A stunning antique lamp shade in rich cream along with a floor lamp for $40. (She discounted it because the shade alone had been priced at $45.) This is next to the slipper chair.

A Murano glass wrapped candy in emerald and clear glass; these are much bigger than I thought. It's the same one as the green one here: http://img0.etsystatic.com/011/0/5804655/il_340x270.456964500_8dt1.jpg

A wood flower vase in a mint green.

Not cheap as I ended up spending about $70-$75 (with tax) but oh so worth it.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Morty'sCleaningLady on June 16, 2013, 08:28:25 AM
This thread inspired me to roam the Salvation Army around the corner last week when I was dropping off some things.  Sadly, I found nothing.  All the book titles that excited me where ones that I'd dropped off!  I do so much better at garage sales!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Katana_Geldar on June 16, 2013, 06:11:24 PM
Picked up a pram and cot both worth $1000 or thereabouts for $220 from eBay.

And no, I'm not but we are trying. ;)
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: 8cowwife on June 18, 2013, 07:48:40 PM
This is a JoAnns score.  Roaming through the clearance aisle I found 5 16x20 wrapped canvases for 6.25 because one had been damaged.  I don't paint, but I have all sorts of crafty ideas in mind for those babies!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: mbbored on June 20, 2013, 09:06:23 PM
I stopped by my favorite consignment shop today and found:

http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/73607.jsp for $9

An all leather, perfect condition purse for $10

A cute blouse for $3.50

A cardigan with silk details for $2

All in all, I'm pretty pleased.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: ladyknight1 on June 21, 2013, 09:03:46 AM
This was new, but still a deal. We haven't had an enameled cast iron Dutch oven for over a year, and that kind of pot is my favorite for stews, soups, and braises. I have been looking for one, and like the Lodge Logic brand, wanted something in the 5-6 quart range.

MSRP $118 - Same price I found on many websites, in a few stores that carry them, etc.

Amazon had them for $45 in 8 colors! 6 quart & free shipping. I got the blue one.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Layla Miller on June 21, 2013, 10:08:45 AM
My daughter is turning one in August (wait, what?! :o) and DH and I bought her birthday dress the other day.  I looked around online first and found one we both liked--and it was listed on the store website as clearanced and $13.  Great!  We went to the store and found it--the last one in its size--and it had been marked down to $10.  Yay!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: ladyknight1 on June 21, 2013, 05:41:22 PM
I ordered some clothes for myself, and for $130 I got:

A yellow cardigan
matching tank
Dark pink cardigan
Sage green denim jacket
Sage green shirt
Navy pants
Charcoal grey pant
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: MissRose on June 22, 2013, 11:07:20 AM
I went to a community wide garage sale thing yesterday with my mother, and between us both we spent about $100 total.  Some of our finds included:

*About 5 or 6 new/like new pairs of shoes, some of them were name brands (for my nephew, niece, dad and mom)

*Like new/new clothes for my nearly 12 year old niece with some popular brands like Hollister, Aeropostale, etc with a few items with tags still attached

*2 new bicycle helmets (for my parents)

*Some Star Wars items for my nearly 14 year old nephew and also 4 Xbox games for him

*Name brand clothes for me (Lane Bryant, etc)

*Chanel wallet for me

*Several never used hair styling implements and various styling products for me and my sister and niece

*Jeans and tees/shirts for my dad & nephew (who wear similar sizes)

*Some books, dvds and cds for myself

*2 different organizer things my sister asked for (1 is plastic with 3 drawers, the other is a stackable organizer that has 5 shelves)


Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Bethalize on June 22, 2013, 11:42:48 AM
I am very into multicoloured glass sets at the moment. They were popular at the end of the 1960s/early 1970s from what I can tell. Each piece is a completely different colour. I have six highball glasses for 50p each and they are much nicer than anything new, and I was coveting a set of sundae dishes with attached saucers on eBay. I refrained, but when they were 75p each in my charity shop I had to buy the set!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: #borecore on June 22, 2013, 04:55:04 PM
We had a yard sale today. We made some GREAT deals for people! About a dollar a pop for all the clothes and household stuff, a few electronics for $10 or lots less, and and most everything else for 50 cents or less.

Wish you all had been there. I couldn't believe how much wheelin' and dealin' went on.

Oh, and one lady I sold a bunch of fabric to came back and gave me a mini top hat for free. How neat!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: *inviteseller on June 23, 2013, 10:30:16 AM
I have been looking for a new larger book case for DD's ever increasing library.  Yesterday, went past a yard sale, saw a wooden China hutch that had a lot of shelves up top and a lot of storage underneath with doors.  I stopped and asked, thinking it would be at least $100 because it is in perfect shape..$20!!!!!  It is now storing DD's books and puzzles!  The only drawback?  I pulled a muscle lifting it into my sister's truck (2 old broads moving a heavy piece of furniture while 3 teen age boys watched  >:( )
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Julian on June 23, 2013, 06:36:37 PM
I went to a local furniture and floor covering shop (small town, you have to be versatile!) looking for a piece of vinyl or lino for a very small area of my office.  They didn't have anything small enough, but offered to source an offcut for me.

When I went in to pick it up, it was at no charge.  And it's the perfect size.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: z_squared82 on June 24, 2013, 04:06:45 PM
I wasn’t my find so much as my cousin’s…

I went to a rummage sale in Next Town Over from my Cornfield, Ohio town. My cousin lived a little beyond that, so I asked if she and her husband wanted to meet me there. She said yes.

While playing the, “Would you still be my friend” game with ugly clothes, I found a fur coat. In her size. I told her she had to try it on. It fit perfectly. He husband told her she had to buy it…for all of $8. Her FIL thinks it’s genuine beaver and she wears it every Christmas. (She was 26 at the time, BTW. What 26yo wears a fur coat? The awesome kind.)

Me? I just get really happy when I get my brother’s Christmas presents (audio books) for $3 each instead of $15-$30 each at the Friends of the Library book sale.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: KB on June 24, 2013, 10:18:57 PM
And then there's this: http://www.theage.com.au/money/investing/4-op-shop-buy-sells-for-75000-20130625-2otj4.html
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Waterlight on June 24, 2013, 11:31:59 PM
I've found a great consignment shop online called Twice Clothes that specializes in "stylish upscale brands":  https://www.liketwice.com/ (https://www.liketwice.com/)

So far, I've bought there:

A cowl-neck cashmere-blend sweater from Ann Taylor (originally $75) for $12;
A Trina Turk silk blouse (originally $258) for $52;
A pair of J. Jill corduroys (originally $59) for $14.

They ship VERY quickly--I got my items within 2-3 days of ordering--and offer frequent discounts.  And they buy clothes too!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: GreenHall on June 25, 2013, 08:18:08 AM
I've found a great consignment shop online called Twice Clothes that specializes in "stylish upscale brands":  https://www.liketwice.com/ (https://www.liketwice.com/)

So far, I've bought there:

A cowl-neck cashmere-blend sweater from Ann Taylor (originally $75) for $12;
A Trina Turk silk blouse (originally $258) for $52;
A pair of J. Jill corduroys (originally $59) for $14.

They ship VERY quickly--I got my items within 2-3 days of ordering--and offer frequent discounts.  And they buy clothes too!

1) bookmarked
2) that is an evil evil site....
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: VorFemme on June 25, 2013, 08:24:52 AM
I've found a great consignment shop online called Twice Clothes that specializes in "stylish upscale brands":  https://www.liketwice.com/ (https://www.liketwice.com/)

So far, I've bought there:

A cowl-neck cashmere-blend sweater from Ann Taylor (originally $75) for $12;
A Trina Turk silk blouse (originally $258) for $52;
A pair of J. Jill corduroys (originally $59) for $14.

They ship VERY quickly--I got my items within 2-3 days of ordering--and offer frequent discounts.  And they buy clothes too!

1) bookmarked
2) that is an evil evil site....

They only go up to XL....darn.

Oh well, easier to resist temptation if you have to loose a dress size to wear the "new" garment!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: GreenHall on June 25, 2013, 11:37:14 AM
I've found a great consignment shop online called Twice Clothes that specializes in "stylish upscale brands":  https://www.liketwice.com/ (https://www.liketwice.com/)

So far, I've bought there:

A cowl-neck cashmere-blend sweater from Ann Taylor (originally $75) for $12;
A Trina Turk silk blouse (originally $258) for $52;
A pair of J. Jill corduroys (originally $59) for $14.

They ship VERY quickly--I got my items within 2-3 days of ordering--and offer frequent discounts.  And they buy clothes too!

1) bookmarked
2) that is an evil evil site....

I'd say this is bad for my budget, but since my office hovers around or below 70 degrees these days I NEEDED some more work pants - I don't know where else I could have found 3 pair for less than $80, much less the dress and top that is also part of that $80.
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Post by: ladyknight1 on June 25, 2013, 11:38:13 AM
I've found a great consignment shop online called Twice Clothes that specializes in "stylish upscale brands":  https://www.liketwice.com/ (https://www.liketwice.com/)

So far, I've bought there:

A cowl-neck cashmere-blend sweater from Ann Taylor (originally $75) for $12;
A Trina Turk silk blouse (originally $258) for $52;
A pair of J. Jill corduroys (originally $59) for $14.

They ship VERY quickly--I got my items within 2-3 days of ordering--and offer frequent discounts.  And they buy clothes too!

1) bookmarked
2) that is an evil evil site....

They only go up to XL....darn.

Oh well, easier to resist temptation if you have to loose a dress size to wear the "new" garment!

Same thought here.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: norrina on June 25, 2013, 11:51:02 AM
I've found a great consignment shop online called Twice Clothes that specializes in "stylish upscale brands":  https://www.liketwice.com/ (https://www.liketwice.com/)

So far, I've bought there:

A cowl-neck cashmere-blend sweater from Ann Taylor (originally $75) for $12;
A Trina Turk silk blouse (originally $258) for $52;
A pair of J. Jill corduroys (originally $59) for $14.

They ship VERY quickly--I got my items within 2-3 days of ordering--and offer frequent discounts.  And they buy clothes too!

I've bought from them before. I think I found them through eBay. I love that they have the super small Banana Republic and Ann Taylor sizes.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: cwm on June 25, 2013, 11:55:29 AM
When I was in high school, I went shopping at consignment shops and thrift stores for a dress for a school dance. I was off school one afternoon and happened across the PERFECT one, but the store didn't usually offer a hold, especially since the day was about to change from one price on consignment to a much cheaper one. I asked if they could hold it aside until 5:00 the next day, which they kindly did. It was still a $40 dress, after all, and I had to check with mom.

I dragged her to the store and she looked at the tag rather than the price. As it turns out, I found a Vera Wang dress that only needed hemming (I'm a short girl) for $40. Hands down the best thing I've ever found. I still have that dress, and once I lose the weight I'm trying to lose, I'll actually fit in it again!

I'm always on the lookout for camera equipment. If I find a cheap enough camera, it's worth it to me to take it home and clean it up and try to resell it.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Amara on June 25, 2013, 01:56:02 PM
Quote
They only go up to XL....darn.

An opportunity waiting to happen ...
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Post by: VorFemme on June 25, 2013, 10:02:49 PM
Salvation Army - nice gym bag for VorGuy to use next month on vacation for his second bag and later for a gym bag - $5.

His old bag has had the zipper pulls start breaking off - so the timing was perfect!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: siamesecat2965 on June 26, 2013, 09:41:29 AM
Not a thrift score, but work. we have an electronic  board where you can post stuff you have to sell. I was perusing it, and someone had a vintage, Coach purse like the heavier leather ones they used to make. A beautiful chocolate brown color, for $60. My mom bemoans the fact they don't make them like that anymore, so I emailed her the photo and description, and she said YES - so she will have a new bag next time I see her.  Its a Coach Manor bag. and very nice condition, and considering it was probably at least $250 or more originally, quite a steal.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Trogdor on June 26, 2013, 11:06:57 AM
https://www.liketwice.com/

only ship within the USA  :'(

There's a dress in there I'd order in a heartbeat if they shipped to Canada!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: VorFemme on June 26, 2013, 09:18:17 PM
Same Salvation Army store as yesterday - but with 25% off purses & such (got the gym bag yesterday because I was afraid that it wouldn't be there today - they are busy on Wednesdays - it's half off on all clothing and 25% off almost everything else). 

Franklin Covey black business/laptop tote bag with one pocket between the straps on each side, pockets with side zippers for expansion (one side is set up for letter sized papers or file folders with two compartments AND the other has cell phone pocket, three credit card holders, two pen holders, a pocket behind the credit card holders, and a large zippered pocket - makeup?), a central padded area for the laptop with three fairly large pockets - possibly for the power adapter, a spare battery, and the like?  not sure).  The straps were falling apart where they'd been carried.  Marked $9.99 and I got it for %7.50.

The lining is in great shape, no noticeable wear to the inside or the bottom - just the straps....

Five feet of black cotton webbing cut & sewn on to replace the straps and it looks great!  Slightly more casual than the previous vinyl  straps perhaps....but a grand total of FIVE compartments/pockets with over a dozen organizing pockets in it.  It's 15 if you count each of the credit card slots as a separate pocket.  It's a lot better looking than my previous "man style" laptop case....gold, black, white, and red striped lining - so easier to see into than the BLACK lining of my other laptop carries, too.

The strapping came from my stash - so it is either "FREE!" or a little over a $1 a foot to replace it.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: GreenEyedHawk on June 26, 2013, 09:47:58 PM
At one of our local thrift shops I got two pairs of brand-new tags-still-on jeans (one for work, one for everyday other than work) and a hoodie as well as a jacket and a pair of dress pants for Anthony, all for $45.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: VorFemme on June 27, 2013, 03:12:13 PM
Goodwill today had a really well organized laptop bag with all kinds of pockets for stuff - including a CD in one of them, three pens in another, and a bunch of cough drops....but as we have enough BUSINESS laptop bags (for VorGuy, VorSon, or traveling) - I left it behind.

I found a countertop mixer with both bowls, the beaters, and bread hooks - the thing ran when I plugged it in (power strip along the back of the shelf) and for $10 - it came home with me.

So did the tote bag with organizer compartments built t into the bottom of the bag - after I checked to see how my glasses case, cell phone, Nook HD+, wallet, and such fit into them - because I LIKE the idea of being able to find things that are stuck in vertically instead of layered in horizontally - because what I am looking for is ALWAYS in the bottom layer!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: gmatoy on June 27, 2013, 10:14:06 PM
In the last two days  I found, and bought, two long-sleeved, light-weight jackets. One is purple and the other is peacock teal. Both perfect for an upcoming reunion of my DH's battalion. It will be very hot in D.C. but I freeze in air conditioned buildings! Oh, yeah, the cost? $6.00 total!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: dawnfire on July 17, 2013, 08:10:16 PM
I just picked up advent Isis iQ uno breastpump for $5 the retail sticker on it says it's worth $195.95 from the local  thrift shop
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: gmatoy on July 17, 2013, 09:31:42 PM
Well, my DH just did better than I have done recently. He got a dining table with crayoning on the top for $15 dollars. Brought it home, sanded the top and looked it up on the Ikea web site. New (which is what it looks like now) it is $69.
Then he found 2  (not Ikea) chairs at another thrift shop for $10 each.  So, for $35, he was able to give our DD and SIL a table and chairs for their apt.

Woo hoo! :)
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Bijou on July 18, 2013, 01:13:15 AM
I usually don't buy clothing from the thrift stores since I like a specific type of leggings and v neck tees that I get online.   I gave up trying to find vests online in my plus size, and to find over shirts (camp type shirts that I can wear over my v necked tees for a light warmth without having to put on a jacket).  So, I hit the racks and for about $20 got a bunch of shirts and some vests.  Yay!  You may have guessed that I'm not a clothes horse by any stretch of the imagination, but I sure was getting sick of that poor old worn thin shirt. 
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: LadyClaire on July 18, 2013, 07:02:01 AM
I bought a bunch of old hammers and other tools for $13 the other day at my favorite second-hand shop. I'll use them for my jewelry work..those old hammers can give really cool textures to metal.

While I was there, the owner was telling me about some chairs he'd sold from the same estate my hammers came from. He paid $2 apiece for the chairs and was charging $6 apiece for them. They were Herman Miller chairs that typically retail for a few hundred dollars apiece. Whenever he handles an estate and gets the stuff into his shop to sell, he posts pictures with prices on facebook. He said there were people lined up at 2:00 A.M. to get those chairs (his shop opens at 9:00 A.M.). The ladies who ended up with them got a heck of a thrift score, I'd say.
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Post by: Where's the Quiet? on July 18, 2013, 11:07:16 AM
Went to Goodwill today and found 2 Kate Spade handbags and one Louis Vuitton. Total cost for the three of them was $31! I'm not really a handbag/purse person so am hoping to consign them.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: 2littlemonkeys on July 18, 2013, 01:41:00 PM
I needed some work shirts but we're on a strict budget right now, so even sales are a bit to high. 

I stopped by a local 2nd hand store and scored 3 nice, woven work shirts for $11 and change.  I will be going back for the kids school clothes and sweaters since my favorite ones are getting threadbare.

The store is really well organized and I was impressed with the quality of clothes vs. the prices. 

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Post by: molly13 on July 19, 2013, 12:33:04 PM
Just started a new job & needed to update my wardrobe.  Went to my favourite thrift store and got:

4 blouses
2 skirts
1 jean capri (with beautiful embroidery down the leg)
3 pairs summer shoes

All like new $48.00
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Post by: Bijou on July 20, 2013, 01:37:32 PM
Went to the thrift store at the senior center this morning and found a lovely bracelet in what they used to call "Spanish gold",.  Of course it isn't real gold, but it is gorgeous!  My mother used to love Spanish gold jewelry so I recognized it right away and snapped it up!  It was $18.   ;)
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Drunken Housewife on July 20, 2013, 10:54:47 PM
Bought my daughter a Michael Kors dress for under $20 and a Prabal Gurung dress for under $15.  I wish that Prabal Gurung dress was in my size; it is soooo beautiful. 

In my size I found an Armani women's suit jacket for $75, but I couldn't justify spending the $75... even though it was beautifully sewn (of course) and would have cost hundreds new.  If I were still practicing law I'd have snapped up that Armani jacket and worn it to court. 
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: mbbored on July 21, 2013, 07:27:39 PM
At a consignment shop this morning I found a new (with original tags) silk top from Nordstrom for $10 and a Ann Taylor skirt for $10.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: jedikaiti on July 22, 2013, 04:41:04 PM
Went to Goodwill today and found 2 Kate Spade handbags and one Louis Vuitton. Total cost for the three of them was $31! I'm not really a handbag/purse person so am hoping to consign them.

Make sure they're real - I thought I'd found some great big name purse buys at a thrift store, only to find out they're all fakes. Giving them away to kids for dress-up instead. :-)
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on July 23, 2013, 10:16:22 AM
Went to Goodwill today and found 2 Kate Spade handbags and one Louis Vuitton. Total cost for the three of them was $31! I'm not really a handbag/purse person so am hoping to consign them.

Make sure they're real - I thought I'd found some great big name purse buys at a thrift store, only to find out they're all fakes. Giving them away to kids for dress-up instead. :-)

Even if they are fake, $31 for 3 purses still isn't bad. I'd be surprised if they were real, most of the "real" stuff I see is sold by Goodwill in online auctions.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: jedikaiti on July 23, 2013, 10:09:46 PM
Very true, I just tend to look at them through the lens of resale value, since brand name purses are mostly not my thing.
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Post by: Julian on July 23, 2013, 10:18:51 PM
Not so much a thrift score, but heck, everybody wants one...

A pink sparkly unicorn!!!

$20 at the local supermarket.  It's bigger than my dogs - big enough to sit in the front seat of my car with the seatbelt on.

I wonder if it poops rainbows!!!   ;D
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: VorFemme on July 24, 2013, 08:34:51 AM
I got a big pink unicorn for Valentine's Day a few years back.  I found a little lavender unicorn to be its baby at a thrift store.

Grow up?  Never.  I might get told that I have to give up my unicorn collection!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: LadyClaire on July 24, 2013, 08:36:15 AM
I got a big pink unicorn for Valentine's Day a few years back.  I found a little lavender unicorn to be its baby at a thrift store.

Grow up?  Never.  I might get told that I have to give up my unicorn collection!

I have a stuffed dragon collection.  ;D
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: VorFemme on July 24, 2013, 10:00:29 AM
Plaster dragon, metal dragon, and a few embroidery designs - I need to actually embroider dragons on more of my stuff.

Or unicorns...Pegasus...maybe a mermaid or two...
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: kymom3 on July 24, 2013, 10:10:14 AM
It's been so rainy here this summer that I haven't found as many treasures as I did last year at yard sales.  But the 127 Yard Sales are next week (127sale.com)!  My good friend, DS3, and I are driving to Tennessee early next Friday and working our way back north.  My friend has a pick up, so we will come home with it packed.  DS3 has a work obligation on Saturday so he won't be able to go out again but friend and I plan to hit the road on Saturday too.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Where's the Quiet? on July 24, 2013, 10:38:49 AM
Went to Goodwill today and found 2 Kate Spade handbags and one Louis Vuitton. Total cost for the three of them was $31! I'm not really a handbag/purse person so am hoping to consign them.

Make sure they're real - I thought I'd found some great big name purse buys at a thrift store, only to find out they're all fakes. Giving them away to kids for dress-up instead. :-)

Even if they are fake, $31 for 3 purses still isn't bad. I'd be surprised if they were real, most of the "real" stuff I see is sold by Goodwill in online auctions.

These were priced at twice to quadruple what the regular price for purses is so I figured it was worth a shot. The Purse Forum told me the name of the LV but said it looked wrong, so in looking in other places online I found out it had a lot of things right but some major things that were not right. Not sure on the Kate Spades yet. Oh well, it was fun anyway.  :)
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: jedikaiti on July 24, 2013, 12:23:33 PM
I got a big pink unicorn for Valentine's Day a few years back.  I found a little lavender unicorn to be its baby at a thrift store.

Grow up?  Never.  I might get told that I have to give up my unicorn collection!

I have a stuffed dragon collection.  ;D

Hello Kitty and record albums here. I have a requirement for my Hello Kitty, though - it must be functional. Like my hair dryer, or my waffle iron. :-)
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: RegionMom on July 24, 2013, 12:30:24 PM
(Quick, someone toss some glitter onto Julian's front seat of her car where the unicorn is/was...)

This Saturday, bopping around yard sales with a friend, found a tag still on it necklace, retail $20.  Asking price?  $1. 

:)

Also got some crazy popular teen store brand name dress (union, seven?) for $2.   And she likes it!!  (almost 16, cannot shop for her)
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Coralreef on July 24, 2013, 01:21:16 PM
At the fundraising garage sale for the Lions' Club : a children's play tent, now lovingly occupied by my dog.  Best find ever at a garage sale.  Also found a manual meat grinder for $2 and a clay pot to cook beans for $3. 
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Midnight Kitty on July 24, 2013, 02:42:59 PM
(Quick, someone toss some glitter onto Julian's front seat of her car where the unicorn is/was...)
Is that what you use in lieu of sawdust or shavings?
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: cattlekid on July 24, 2013, 05:48:07 PM
Someone at my local Goodwill is going to have a bonus day.  I have a HUGE box of Barbie dolls, all in their original packaging.  I am going to make one swoop through Amazon and any doll that won't sell for more than $5.00 at this time is going to Goodwill.  I'm sick of dealing with eBay and Amazon is easier but there are just certain dolls that don't sell for squat so it's better for me to take the tax deduction than waste my time with packaging and shipping.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: RegionMom on July 24, 2013, 08:16:20 PM
Well, the glitter on the front seat would be colored rainbow glitter, ya know, to make Julian think that her unicorn pooped a rainbow! 

Or, maybe sprinkle a bag of skittles?
(their ad tagline is "taste the rainbow.")
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Midnight Kitty on July 24, 2013, 08:27:48 PM
Well, the glitter on the front seat would be colored rainbow glitter, ya know, to make Julian think that her unicorn pooped a rainbow! 

Or, maybe sprinkle a bag of skittles?
(their ad tagline is "taste the rainbow.")
Maybe it's just my twisted sense of humor, but I am enjoying the mental picture of a unicorn in a stall with glitter bedding.  I'm positive that unicorn manure smells just like jasmine perfume. >:D
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Julian on July 24, 2013, 08:30:22 PM
 ;D ;D ;D  I love the idea of sparkly rainbow glitter for unicorn poop!

The unicorn is actually for Housemate - she's obsessed!  She's away at the moment, so Sparkly Pink Unicorn (with wings!!) is lying on her bed in wait. I hope it's housetrained...   :o

If it was for me, I'd have bought the Sparkly Purple Unicorn.  However, I'm the Dragon Lady of the house.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: VorFemme on July 28, 2013, 04:14:09 PM
Crafters might recognize the Craftstor name - plastic tote box with handles and a tray - three different organizer trays with lids (and a 42 cent postage stamp stuck to the inside of the tote) for $7.50 (taxes included).

I now have two large totes, a small tote, and a number of variously sized organizer trays - including the one for a hot glue gun (extension cord, plug, and metal plate to protect the plastic from the hot glue and the gun's metal tip).

I've been planning on doing some organizing in the sewing room....

As a bonus, VorGuy lost a 20 oz. double walled plastic tumbler with lid and straw (with a "can't fall out lip on it) on vacation - they run $3 to $5 at Wal*Mart (more other places) new for smaller 16 oz. ones, $6+ for the larger size.  I've found the smaller ones at the dollar store, but they don't "feel" quite as sturdy.  At the Goodwill, near the Craftstor tote, I found a 20 oz. one with all the parts for $1.  Since mine went out of state with him - I'm keeping the red one for now!  Double walls help keep the condensation from being too big of a problem in humidity...
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: twiggy on July 29, 2013, 12:52:37 PM
I found a dollhouse at Goodwill for DD for $20. It's HUGE, and has carpet/laminate on the floors, a little door, and window boxes. I'm going to raid my scrapbook paper for wallpaper, and I picked up a bag of doll furniture for another $1.50

Kitty got a new cat tree as well. It's about waist high, and the comparable ones we saw at Petco were running about $60. I got this for $5. It's still outside pending a thorough scrubbing/steam cleaning, but I'm pretty happy to have found it.

I also got a sack full of beautiful embroidered pillowcases for .75 each that are destined to become nightgowns/dresses for DD.

And I got DH the card game "Munchkin" ($25) for only $1.50!!!! So he's no longer peeved that I spent the whole day treasure hunting :p
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: mbbored on July 29, 2013, 01:10:48 PM
I found a dollhouse at Goodwill for DD for $20. It's HUGE, and has carpet/laminate on the floors, a little door, and window boxes. I'm going to raid my scrapbook paper for wallpaper, and I picked up a bag of doll furniture for another $1.50

Kitty got a new cat tree as well. It's about waist high, and the comparable ones we saw at Petco were running about $60. I got this for $5. It's still outside pending a thorough scrubbing/steam cleaning, but I'm pretty happy to have found it.

I also got a sack full of beautiful embroidered pillowcases for .75 each that are destined to become nightgowns/dresses for DD.

And I got DH the card game "Munchkin" ($25) for only $1.50!!!! So he's no longer peeved that I spent the whole day treasure hunting :p

Well done!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: otterwoman on July 29, 2013, 01:37:58 PM
I found a dollhouse at Goodwill for DD for $20. It's HUGE, and has carpet/laminate on the floors, a little door, and window boxes. I'm going to raid my scrapbook paper for wallpaper, and I picked up a bag of doll furniture for another $1.50

Kitty got a new cat tree as well. It's about waist high, and the comparable ones we saw at Petco were running about $60. I got this for $5. It's still outside pending a thorough scrubbing/steam cleaning, but I'm pretty happy to have found it.

I also got a sack full of beautiful embroidered pillowcases for .75 each that are destined to become nightgowns/dresses for DD.

And I got DH the card game "Munchkin" ($25) for only $1.50!!!! So he's no longer peeved that I spent the whole day treasure hunting :p

I sprayed a new-to-us cat tree with catnip tea to get our cat to like it.

Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Moralia on July 29, 2013, 10:34:58 PM
Last weekend I went to pick up a vintage sewing machine I bought for $25.

It's turquiose and cream.  The nameplate says Wizard. How could ai resist?
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: LadyClaire on July 30, 2013, 07:06:39 AM
I bought a solid mahogany glider rocker chair for $20 yesterday. It needs a new cushion, but that's easy enough to do.

I also bought two Pyrex measuring cups at the same shop. I paid $7 for the pair.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: heartmug on July 30, 2013, 11:07:52 AM

I also got a sack full of beautiful embroidered pillowcases for .75 each that are destined to become nightgowns/dresses for DD.


What a great idea!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: jayhawk on July 30, 2013, 04:07:03 PM
Last weekend I went to pick up a vintage sewing machine I bought for $25.

It's turquiose and cream.  The nameplate says Wizard. How could ai resist?

You couldn't and I'm glad you didn't!  Way cool.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Julia Mercer on July 31, 2013, 01:34:13 AM
It's not quite a thrift score per say, since I didn't buy it, but when I was in Nashville last month, I was walking back to the hostel where I was staying, and happened to glance down for some reason (probably to get a kink out of my neck), and saw a perfectly good Ipod wall charger on the ground, so I bent down and scooped it up and threw it in my bag. It worked perfectly, so DH and I each have one (he uses his to charge his cell phone).
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Where's the Quiet? on July 31, 2013, 11:53:56 AM
I've been hunting for a new sofa/loveseat set for a while since our sectional is looking horrible and just isn't comfortable anymore. I found a leather set for $200! Yes, you can see some wear when you are up close, but man, it is comfortable!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: norrina on August 10, 2013, 10:17:40 PM
I stopped by a church charity shop today to look for some housewares, and noticed a swimsuit with the tags and "hygienic liner" still on it. Normally I wouldn't give a second-hand swimsuit a second glance, but since this suit had clearly never been worn I decided to give it a look. It fits me like a charm (and I'm so petite that finding properly fitting clothing can be a challenge). Esprit brand, the tags indicate the retail value was $38 for the bottoms and $40 for the top, and I got the set for $4.25.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: MissRose on August 24, 2013, 01:27:01 PM
At various garage sales recently, I have found some new or like new clothing items for my niece (age 12 as of September) with each item $3 or under with popular brands like Aeropostale, Hollister, etc that preteens/teens like.   The best steal was a pair of jeans for her by Dolce and Gabbana I found for $5 on a thrift store rack, even if they are a knock off, no one will ever know the difference - she will probably fit them next spring or summer so they are set aside for her.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: #borecore on August 24, 2013, 02:58:49 PM
We are in a city where the thrift prices are SHOCKING to me (moved from the South to the East Coast), but we managed to get everything we needed for our new home, under budget, with a mix of secondhand/thrift and Ikea. For around $450 (including front-stoop delivery of our little couch!), we got:

Dinette (table and two chairs) plus a woven center trivet and a tablecloth to cover the less-than-perfect tablecloth

Desk and desk chair

Small couch/loveseat

Area rug and nonslip pads for all our rugs (moved from carpet to wood floors)

Antique corner shelf, large mirror in wood frame, pottery lamp, radio with good speakers, mantel clock, wooden coatrack and three unusual modern art posters (all from my FIL's overstuffed shed!)

... And thank goodness, because everything else in this city is just as expensive as its secondhand furniture!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Amara on August 24, 2013, 03:09:51 PM
I found only one thing on my weekly trip to to my favorite thrift store, but it is a good. A small rectangle decorative pillow, a match to one I had found a month ago from the same store. It is a cotton so fine it looks and feels like silk with a beautiful tone-on-tone design in the palest celery green that looks gorgeous on the sofa. How much you ask? Four dollars! (Have you priced decorative pillows lately? :o)
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Bijou on August 24, 2013, 09:47:52 PM
Last weekend I went to pick up a vintage sewing machine I bought for $25.

It's turquiose and cream.  The nameplate says Wizard. How could ai resist?
Like this?  Gorgeous!
http://stagecoachroadsewing.com/wizard.html
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Bethczar on August 26, 2013, 03:50:39 PM
I bought a brand new, never used Fossil purse at Goodwill yesterday for $8. I'm not sure how much it cost new, but there is one on EBay in the same condition going for $65.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: mbbored on August 27, 2013, 12:11:04 AM
A like-new women's button down for $0.25!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: RegionMom on August 28, 2013, 03:15:58 PM
After running (ok, jogging and walking) a 5k Sat. morn, I stopped at one yard sale as they were closing up and bought 5 pair of jeans, DD's size, for $2.50.

She has yet to try on a single pair, but if even ONE fits, it is a Thrift Score!
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Post by: dawbs on August 28, 2013, 03:41:39 PM
My toddler is absurdly into Diego right now.  If you didn't know, they don't make a lot of Diego stuff--it has fallen by the wayside and some of the play-sets that were originally 30 dollar toys now appear on eBay for over $100.

We found *most* of a Diego playset @ the local thrift store for $2.50.  I added to that about $7 worth of the same playset (not quite complete) on ebay and...ta-da, a birthday present is born. (it's this set:  http://compare.ebay.com/like/181163315121?var=lv&ltyp=AllFixedPriceItemTypes&var=sbar)


(and for whatever reason, there were oodles of Diego figurines at the thrift store that day--apparently someone cleaned out their toddler's collection.  we got this too:
http://compare.ebay.com/like/190878680569?var=lv&ltyp=AllFixedPriceItemTypes&var=sbar (missing the stethescope, but, we have a toy stethoscope already)
My husband was a bit twitchy about giving her used gifts for her birthday...but if I could have bought them new, I would have...but not for $200.)
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Post by: Morty'sCleaningLady on August 28, 2013, 03:51:01 PM
I'm currently renting.  I took the place sight unseen to learn that it has an 'accent' wall in what I call dog diarrhea.  All of my furniture is cottage style/ shabby chic in blues, yellows and whites.  The office calls it 'pumpkin burnt sienna'.   Let's just say that the color pops in an unattractive way with my furnishings.

I was at a women's shelter thrift store last week and found a tasteful framed print in whites, beiges, and grays with autumn leaves (including pumpkin burnt sienna) that covers over 3 1/2 feet by 2 1/2 feet of the wall.  The piece cost $15.  The frame and glass alone are worth at least $60 and I love the picture -- it'll be reusable in other spaces I'll live in while it is still hiding a large swatch of a color I don't like.
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Post by: VorFemme on August 28, 2013, 04:08:19 PM
Decluttering and organizing my sewing room - Goodwill had a rolling metal rack with plastic top and one wire drawer - plastic stops for three drawers.  Less than $14 with tax.  No more wire drawers the correct size....

Priced at Home Depot, the parts totaled over $83 before taxes.  Two more drawers cost about $44 - still a significant savings for what will hold a lot of stuff and (more importantly) slide under the cutting table, roll to other areas of the room, and is sturdy enough to set my laptop on!

All I have to do is get upstairs and decide what gets stored in it!
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on August 31, 2013, 12:15:30 PM
I'm hijacking slightly; not thrift scores, but just great bargains.

Kohls: i got a nice Jo Lo dress, orig. $74, for about $10 on clearance.  Macys: pj's - last week, $54 full pair for $12, a $36 pj bottom for just under $8, and a  this week, 2 ribbed cotton sleep tanks, orig. $32 each, for $7.50 each.
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Post by: RegionMom on August 31, 2013, 01:14:10 PM
Not too many yard sales today, just hit a few on the way to the credit union for a bit of business.

Of what there was,

the first one wanted $15 for a used swimsuit, $10 for a blue tank top, and $20 for an Old Navy cream colored plain men's sweater.  I tried pretty hard to stifle a laugh, but I did take up the tank top, thinking DD might like it, and asked to confirm the price.  From the look of shock on my face when she confirmed the sticker of $10, the seller's response was, "that was originally $30.  What price would you say it should be?"

"Well, normally, it is one dollar per clothing item, unless a fancy dress or a really nice/unworn item, and then usually never more than $5."

she took the item back with a shrug and I drove away.

At the next sale up the hill, I bought a lovely dress, sort of a sundress that could be dressy or casual with accessories, that the owner said she had worn to a hot outdoor wedding.  Cost- $1.

I also bought two tops for 50 cents each at that sale.  Another customer had also been at the expensive "sale" and we laughed together, as did the owner of the current yard sale.  She was happy to get rid of stuff, and pricing more expensively than GoodWill was just crazy!!

I also got a steering wheel cover, in a red print that matches the color of my van, for the slightly unusual price of 55 cents, instead of 50 cents.  I happily paid and felt really cool as I drove to the credit union.

:)

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Post by: Midnight Kitty on September 03, 2013, 02:05:57 PM
the first one wanted $15 for a used swimsuit, $10 for a blue tank top, and $20 for an Old Navy cream colored plain men's sweater.  I tried pretty hard to stifle a laugh, but I did take up the tank top, thinking DD might like it, and asked to confirm the price.  From the look of shock on my face when she confirmed the sticker of $10, the seller's response was, "that was originally $30.  What price would you say it should be?"
A former coworker had to leave the islands unexpectedly.  She needed to sell her household stuff to make enough money to pay for her ticket home.  We bought a used air conditioner from her.  She asked a little bit more than I expected, but I considered the extra $ my gift to her for her new life.  We have friends who needed everything and lived near coworker.  They told us that she did, indeed, have several items they could use, but that she was asking 90% of the original price for well used stuff.  She wouldn't budge on the prices.  She later told me that the day before she had to be out of the rental house, a liquidator stopped by and offered her pennies on the dollar.  She was furious at him, but she had no choice at that time.  She should have bargained with our friends, but she had an unreasonable expectation of how well items hold their value.
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Post by: SCMagnolia on September 03, 2013, 02:36:49 PM
I see I'm going to need to learn how to shop the thrift stores!

Another slight hijack -- My best bargain ever was a suede/shearling coat from Coldwater Creek.  I found it at one of their outlet stores on an "as is" rack.  Looked it over very carefully with the one of the salesladies and we never did find what was wrong with it to make it "as is," it is in perfect condition.  The price tag read $18, and I can't remember if I got any additional discount on it or not, but considering the same coat was in their catalog for $119, I was pretty impressed with myself!

Now I'm curious as to what I might find at Goodwill!
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Post by: gingerzing on September 03, 2013, 03:15:01 PM
This weekend at the "Mission Store"  (thrift shop that funds a homeless shelter here in town)
Besides the Vera Wang tunic length t-shirt for $3 and a pair of dress pants, I got a Fossil purse (newish) for $20.  Been trying to find it online (though I am sure it is at least a year or two old) but most of their purses that are sort of similar are about $140
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on September 03, 2013, 06:54:06 PM
Not me, but a friend. she is very frugal (read: cheap) and cannot fathom that not everything costs a few dollars. which is fine, but she can be irritating about it at times. Anyway, she was in a local thrift store, and found an older, maybe first or second generation, or shortly after, ipod. for $6. she could care less its old, as it works, and is happy as a clam.
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Post by: CakeBeret on September 04, 2013, 09:16:09 AM
This weekend I got 4 pairs of dress slacks, a pair of jeans, and a nice shirt for $11.
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Post by: cwm on September 04, 2013, 09:30:22 AM
Dress and leather jacket for my cosplay/Halloween costume for $30. Now all I need is black tights and boots. I will be able to pull this off for less than $75. Finding the boots is going to be the next trick, but we only managed to get to one shop last night, and I'll be scouring the stores for the rest.
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Post by: ladyknight1 on September 04, 2013, 09:55:00 AM
I am not buying any clothes for my cruise. I have enough to suit and I think I can get everything in one suitcase!
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on September 04, 2013, 11:15:44 AM
I am not buying any clothes for my cruise. I have enough to suit and I think I can get everything in one suitcase!

Where are you going? I'm planning one to Bermuda next May and can't wait!
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Post by: ladyknight1 on September 04, 2013, 11:34:18 AM
Bahamas from Port Canaveral, Florida. Just a quick weekend, but I need to get my sail on!  8)

We had been looking at the GoPro Hero 3 cameras, and I had one in my Amazon cart. It went down $70 in a week. I just ordered it! http://gopro.com/hd-hero3-cameras?gclid=CIORpfGVsrkCFcJj7AodFR0AuA (http://gopro.com/hd-hero3-cameras?gclid=CIORpfGVsrkCFcJj7AodFR0AuA) We bought the black model for $329 on Amazon.
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Post by: #borecore on September 04, 2013, 01:32:53 PM
We shopped around and around and around for our first-year law books. Our schools estimate that we'll pay $750 each for the mandatory books each semester, so $1,500 for two students. We got all of them, not just the mandatory ones, for $300!
It's not exactly "thrift shopping" (Goodwill doesn't often have the latest editions of specific Torts casebooks!) but it is thrifty! I hope we can keep this up in the future.
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Post by: Amara on September 04, 2013, 04:55:44 PM
Took a vacation day today to schedule a full round of doctor, dental, and car visits. I had a short 15-minute break shortly after 10:00 this morning so I stopped by my favorite thrift store. They always have bunches of hangers for sale, most of the time those excellent wooden ones and satin ones as well as regular plastic ones. They package the wood ones as five for $1. I got two sets today!
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Post by: CakeBeret on September 05, 2013, 11:10:46 AM
We shopped around and around and around for our first-year law books. Our schools estimate that we'll pay $750 each for the mandatory books each semester, so $1,500 for two students. We got all of them, not just the mandatory ones, for $300!
It's not exactly "thrift shopping" (Goodwill doesn't often have the latest editions of specific Torts casebooks!) but it is thrifty! I hope we can keep this up in the future.

When I was in undergrad, I could actually make a profit on textbooks some semesters. I bought them on Amazon or Ebay for roughly 10-30% of list price. At the end of the semester, the university bookstore would buy them back from me for 30% of list price. The bookstore turned around and sold them for 50% of list price.
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Post by: workerbee on September 05, 2013, 01:31:31 PM
Popped into my favorite consignment shop during lunch today, came out with a J Crew 100% wool grey houndstooth blazer and a navy boucle "cardi/jacket" from Talbots for $40 total! Plus a Talbots cotton shell for $2.40.

More than I usually spend at lunch, but still a deal!  ;D
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Post by: Amara on September 07, 2013, 05:25:39 PM
A wonderful day. Last week was thin; I got two batches of fabulous wooden hangers, each bundle priced at $1. Today was a richer feast for me. For $36.80 I got a a decorative pillow in light blue to use on my office chair, a pretty, pretty famed print of two women chatting in a cafe in the 1920s, a green tablecloth which I am going to cover my new comforter with while I am at work in case the cats decide to use it for hairballs, and my most amazing find, two pairs of unworn Nike athletic shoes in perfect condition. One was priced at $9, the other at $7. The shoes are an especially good buy for me because I wear a (women's) size 11 and I like them to be wide enough to accommodate my toes without pinching.
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Post by: Dazi on September 07, 2013, 05:57:17 PM
I needed a new nice black blazer as my old one was extremely too big on me.  I had been just about to every store in a 10 mile radius and found nada. Everything I found that fit and was passable style wise was either too itchy, too long, too expensive, or too heavy/hot. 

On a whim a few weeks ago I popped into a thrift store and as I was browsing, caught a sleeve out of the corner of my eye. I picked it up and it was a very nice lined black blazer that still had the original tag of $49.99 on it...it was marked $3.00.  It fit beautifully.  When it was rang up, it turned out to be on sell for $1.50.  Awesome!
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Post by: rose red on September 07, 2013, 06:00:21 PM
Brought a candle holder marked 99 cents.  The register rang it up for one cent.

The cashier saw it and showed another cashier so it's not a mistake that needed to be brought to their attention.
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Post by: dawnfire on September 08, 2013, 03:04:36 AM
last week I picked up 2 shorts, 1 pair of jeans and a t shirt for a toddler for $4
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Post by: #borecore on September 08, 2013, 09:34:35 AM
My husband told me "If I see a desk lamp around that I think you'd like, I'll get it for you!" I asked him to please not do that because I'd like to see anything he'd pick out first. He took the initiative to go to a thrift store himself, and talked the clerk down by $2 because the lamp was missing a tiny, wouldn't know it was missing if you didn't know it was supposed to be there, lightbulb cover. So a $3 desk lamp that I don't mind looking at is there. Nice surprise!
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Post by: Thipu1 on September 08, 2013, 10:06:07 AM
Years ago, in the late, lamented Lands End Not Quite Perfect store, Mr. Thipu found a baseball cap.  It had the embroidered inscription 'Dawn Patrol' which tickled him because he had to get up about 4 AM for work.  The cap was very well made with a leather sizer and a good quality brass slide.  It had also had been heavily discounted but we weren't quite sure how much it cost. 

When we paid we laughed out loud when we learned that the cap cost the spectacular sum of 24 cents. 

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Post by: Emmy on September 08, 2013, 04:22:28 PM
In the thrift store, I found a onesie and pair of baby pants for DD2, both of which looked brand new.  $1 for both.  A pair of pants for DD1 for $1.  A beautiful silver Ann Taylor jacket for $5 and a cute Ann Taylor Loft skirt for me for $4. 

My town was having their town yard sale.  I didn't find a lot of what I was looking for, but did find a few good deals.  Two dresses for DD1 in great condition (one was a Gap dress) for $1. 
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Post by: 2littlemonkeys on September 11, 2013, 11:40:29 AM
I blew every last elbow out of every last sweater I own last winter and went looking for replacements over the weekend.

I got:

1 true wool sweater (cable knit crewneck)
1 wool/cashmere blend sweater (chunky cable knit turtleneck)
1 chenille pullover
1 cotton cable knit cardigan
1 pair of nice dress pants for work
1 pair of nearly new Levis that fit like they were made for me.

All for the princely sum of $30 and change. 
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Post by: Bethalize on September 11, 2013, 11:48:30 AM
Yesterday I got my must-go-and-look vibe for a particular charity shop. I found:

A copy of the calligraphy set with the lovely Sheafer pen that I had lost when I was in school, complete with nibs and cartridges - £3.50.
A set of gold charger plates to match my own - £5
A large "easy lifter" for picking up and moving cakes - £5
A Royal Worcester gateau stand in the Viceroy pattern. It goes marvellously with my dinner service because it's white with a gold rim. £10
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Royal-Worcester-Boxed-Cake-PLate-Stand-Charger-Platter-Viceroy-White-and-Gold-/111150065706?pt=UK_PotteryPorcelain_Glass_PotteryPorcelain_China_SM&hash=item19e10f682a
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Post by: cattlekid on September 13, 2013, 03:55:01 PM
I got what I think might be my personal best deal today at my local Goodwill.

An Adrienne Vittadini handbag with the original designer and Neiman Marcus tags still on it for the princely sum of $4.99. 

I tried looking up this particular bag online and wasn't successful.  It's perfect for fall as the body is rust and gold plaid fabric and the top, bottom sides and handle are chocolate leather. 
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Post by: dawnfire on September 16, 2013, 06:57:51 PM
got a good one at the local sundry auction yesterday

a black office chair like this http://www.officeworks.com.au/retail/products/Furniture/Chairs/Leather-and-Plush-Chairs/OWEUROCHBK
for $10.
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Post by: #borecore on September 16, 2013, 07:25:35 PM
Today, $9 total:
1 winter coat, hits below the knee and fits perfectly up top, flecked gray
1 corner curio/book shelf I'm using as a mega spice rack
1 metal 3-shelf kitchen rack

To be fair, the last two were completely free, but $9 for a nice, barely worn coat is pretty good around here.
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Post by: VorFemme on September 16, 2013, 09:05:20 PM
Lime Green office chair with lift - no arms - $10.  It needs steam cleaning badly enough that I did not buy it...but I might go back tomorrow to see if it is still there.

I'm looking for a gray purse/tote bag of a "certain size" as I am getting tired of black and I'm getting tired of trying to find anything inside a black bag with a black lining.

Maybe I should just reline a couple of the purses that I already have?  Wait - leather or vinyl - bad idea to get another row of stitches in there...never mind.

Microfiber purse - maybe.....
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Post by: gmatoy on September 16, 2013, 10:07:54 PM
Lime Green office chair with lift - no arms - $10.  It needs steam cleaning badly enough that I did not buy it...but I might go back tomorrow to see if it is still there.

I'm looking for a gray purse/tote bag of a "certain size" as I am getting tired of black and I'm getting tired of trying to find anything inside a black bag with a black lining.

Maybe I should just reline a couple of the purses that I already have?  Wait - leather or vinyl - bad idea to get another row of stitches in there...never mind.

Microfiber purse - maybe.....
If there is a lining already, you can just hand stitch a new fabric lining onto the old one. No sewing through the leather. ;D
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Post by: VorFemme on September 17, 2013, 08:48:55 AM
Lime Green office chair with lift - no arms - $10.  It needs steam cleaning badly enough that I did not buy it...but I might go back tomorrow to see if it is still there.

I'm looking for a gray purse/tote bag of a "certain size" as I am getting tired of black and I'm getting tired of trying to find anything inside a black bag with a black lining.

Maybe I should just reline a couple of the purses that I already have?  Wait - leather or vinyl - bad idea to get another row of stitches in there...never mind.

Microfiber purse - maybe.....
If there is a lining already, you can just hand stitch a new fabric lining onto the old one. No sewing through the leather. ;D

I was looking at key chains with mini-flashlights yesterday & thinking that might even be easier.

I was also looking around the house and lime green does not go with any of the décor.  Maybe if I still had a daughter...or didn't already have two rolling office chairs in the sewing room...
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Post by: Syfygeek on September 23, 2013, 08:44:56 AM
I am so excited! I stopped in a Goodwill on my way home, and found a red plaid wool jacket, with black velvet collar for $5. Padded shoulders, sleeves are long enough, and it's in perfect condition- and it's a size 24, which is hard to find at most thrift stores. C'mon cold weather!
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Post by: ladyknight1 on September 23, 2013, 11:35:09 AM
Coldwater Creek outlet in mytown.

Two shirts, five jackets. $75

One jacket is a duster in cream and slate blue. http://www.coldwatercreek.com/product-detail/57046/63391/printed-knit-duster.aspx?colorid=687&refLink=search.aspx (http://www.coldwatercreek.com/product-detail/57046/63391/printed-knit-duster.aspx?colorid=687&refLink=search.aspx)

One jacket is hunter green. Two cardigan jackets, one in gray and one in plum. One zipped jacket in white with a heart design. Two shirts, one a long sleeve scoop neck in white for $1.33 and one short sleeve, ruched sides in aqua.
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Post by: Hillia on October 02, 2013, 10:17:11 PM
A Spirit SS185 treadmill in perfect condition for $45.  This is an older model, but a nice well built one, with 4 built in programs plus the ability to create your own.  It goes up to 8mph and has an incline feature.
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Post by: Julia Mercer on October 03, 2013, 08:09:23 AM
DH found an old counter top apple peeler/corer at a yard sale for $1, and at another one earlier that day, he found a bunch of pristine hard cover Danielle Steele novels for a quarter each, so he bought a bunch of them for DM who is a huge fan!
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Post by: Morty'sCleaningLady on October 03, 2013, 10:07:45 AM
I got a cute red and khaki print Appleseed's dress blouse at a shop near me this week.  It was $5, which seems high to some, but Appleseed's clothes do not wear out.  A similar top in their catalog was selling for $59.95 (plus shipping, naturally).  My goal is to lose weight, but this fits great now and can be re-donated when (if!) I drop the 40 lbs I should.
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Post by: Amara on October 06, 2013, 01:32:55 PM
I adore the holidays at this time of the year. While I hate Halloween I like the "fall" decorations, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. All the shelter magazines feature, not surprisingly, interiors that are decorated in the colors of the seasons and full of holiday items (or clutter depending on your feelings). I love these! But I don't have them because I don't want to store a bunch of stuff for 10-11 months of the year.

That said, when I went to my weekly thrift store yesterday I found some pretty garlands of silk maple leaves in red, orange and yellow along with small gourds and squashes. Each garland was only $1 so I ended up buying them along with the gourds, thinking that I would be willing to store these as they are small, lightweight, and quite attractive. Right now, they are on my dining table looking, I must say, very pretty. I only regret not getting a small, unusual wrought iron candlestick that would look perfect in the center of them. I can only hope it is there when I go back next Saturday. I gave one garland to my hairdresser who was thrilled and arranged the other four. They're just the right size to add that "fall" touch to my home, and the price--$15--was very good. Next I will be keeping a watch out for Thanksgiving stuff. A small amount of it.
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Post by: finecabernet on October 06, 2013, 08:23:13 PM
Last week at a hospital thrift store I bought a pair of Chico's pants (on clearance for $2.50!) and a Banana Republic top for $4.50. Also a wooden footstool for $5.
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Post by: Nikko-chan on October 06, 2013, 11:05:03 PM
I bought capris for my costume for 7 dollars on clearance (I'm going as Amy Pond from day of the moon)
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Post by: Thipu1 on October 10, 2013, 10:20:13 AM
A real estate agent near us always has a display of art pottery in the window.  The pieces are  distinctive and made by a local artist. 

Yesterday, I found two very nice examples sitting next to a public litter bin.  It was obvious that they were free to a good home.

They now have it.  Each of these pieces would have sold for at least 75USD.  There are small flaws in the glaze but that only adds to the character. 

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Post by: Bandu on October 17, 2013, 06:05:55 PM
I love all these stories from my fellow hunters!

For $62.24, I went to Sweater Heaven today at one of the Goodwill shops in Waco. Got 10 nice sweaters, various weights, all in very good or new condition:
Gap, 100% lambswool
George, 100% cashmere
Ridgewood, 100% merino wool
Murano, 100% merino wool
Roundtree & Yorke, 100 cotton cable knit
J. Crew, 100% heavy wool
Banana Republic, 100% lightweight cotton
Merona, 70% lambswool blend
American  Blue, 75%silk/25% linen
Old Navy, 100% cashmere, new with tags

I'm all set for the winter, and happy, happy, happy!
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Post by: VorFemme on October 18, 2013, 04:52:21 PM
Miche prima purse "base", set of plain black straps with a 10" drop, and a cream-gray ostrich with black trim "shell" at the closest local Goodwill.

The website gives the prices new as $40 for the shell (same price on a sticker inside) with magnetic flaps, at least $40 for the Prima base (basically a canvas purse with a beige lining that slips into the shell (so one basic purse can be slid into various shells without unpacking everything), and the basic straps range from $10 to $20 on eBay (not the basic set from the Miche site or at least not the entire set).

Cost when it was purchased would have been at least $80 (special for "free straps" on the website, if you ordered two shells) but if they only got the one purse, shell, and one set of straps - then probably $90 USA - my cost was $7.

I checked eBay - the shell was pretty consistent at a price not less than $20 (shipping & handling may or may not have been included, depended on the seller) and the straps started at $10 to $20 (cost more if still in the original packaging) - the interior "lining" bag ranged from $20 to $45 with or sometimes without shipping included.

I am so glad I liked this thing enough to buy it at Goodwill!  I did not recognize the brand name!

I'm debating looking at another shell, if I find one that I like.....for $20 - not paying $40, sorry about that, Miche salesladies (it is something sold at parties - much like Tupperware).
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Post by: 8cowwife on October 18, 2013, 10:29:41 PM
I found a lovely Talbots black quilted jacket the other day at goodwill.  It's gorgeous, it fits amazingly and makes me feel sexy.  All that for 8 dollars, and according to the latest InStyle magazine quilting is hot this season.
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Post by: MissRose on October 19, 2013, 02:56:42 PM
Today, at the local library semi annual used book sale, I got a large bag of books for $3.  I've gotten some nice brand name items for my sister's kids at the thrift store (mainly clothes) too.
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Post by: twiggy on October 19, 2013, 09:01:01 PM
I got a gallon sized baggie of Barbie clothes ($2.50), two Barbies ($1.50) and a pink Barbie convertible ($1.50). And now Christmas for my niece is taken care of! She's going think I'm amazing for just over $5!!

I also got 2 new bookshelves for the kids' playroom, a big, 5 shelf one, and a smaller 3 shelf one for $8 total.
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Post by: Amara on October 26, 2013, 03:15:34 PM
Two bath mats in a forest green, each one $3.00. They are incredibly thick and soft, and I don't think they were ever used. Also, a small hardcover cookbook: Hot and Spicy: Fiery Favorites from America's Hot Spots for $1. I browsed through this before buying and some of them look outstanding!

Yea, big spender today.  ;D
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: VorFemme on January 16, 2014, 06:22:01 PM
My Miche Prima bag is now inside a purple shell and the two shoulder straps have been replaced with one, longer strap (can go cross body) - and there is an organizer inside - all courtesy of eBay!  The lining is beige, so it is much easier to find things inside the purse AND I still have the original beige & black shell for when it gets warmer.

For a stocking stuffer, Ambrosia Hino & WondderfulSonInLaw (WSIL) brought me a Star Trek action figure of Captain Picard. 

Earlier this week, I spotted a small coffee cup with a space scene on it at the Salvation Army.  There was a little lettering along the bottom that said "To boldly go where no one has gone before".

I got home, washed it, and filled it with hot water....the "clear" glaze turned to Star Trek, The Next Generation and the Enterprise (lettering says Paramount Studios & 1992 - among other things).

I now have the perfect mug for a cup of Earl Gray, hot! 

I'm a happy little post menopausal nerd!  Well hydrated with hot tea, too....
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Post by: Waterlight on January 16, 2014, 08:15:13 PM
I love eBay...

Recent eBay scores:

A couple of cashmere sweaters (one is an aqua cardigan, the other a deep pink pullover with a low neckline and a twist front--I paid about $75 for both;

and would probably not have spent as much if I didn't have a weakness for cashmere sweaters ;)

A cute ruffled top from Sweet Pea by Stacy Frati for $14, that would likely have cost 5-6 times that brand new;
Another Sweet Pea by Stacy Frati top for $22, that would have cost about 3-4 times that brand new.

Sweet Pea is a designer label, carried in Nordstrom and Anthropologie, I also have a weakness for--I love the stretch nylon that is so forgiving for us amply-endowed ladies, the different wrap- and twist-front styles and empire waists that camouflage my tummy, and the cool floral and paisley prints!
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Post by: snowfire on January 17, 2014, 09:37:55 AM
A brand new, stainless steel water bottle with the Star Trek logo for $1. (Yep, I'm a geek.)

A good size insulated plastic cooler for $1.25 that I'm going to turn into a shelter for the barn kitties up at our cabin.
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Post by: jayhawk on January 17, 2014, 01:18:48 PM
4 boxes of Unicef Christmas Cards today at Pier 1 - originally $12/box (12 cards, so $1/card) for $1.18 per box!  48 cards for just over $5.00 with tax.
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Post by: Morty'sCleaningLady on January 17, 2014, 02:25:06 PM
I have heard awesome things about the Goodwill down the street from my office and the neighborhood is pretty high end.  Last week, I ran in for a couple of minutes and walked out with a couple of finds:

Talbots navy blue lined skirt (the type that looks like suiting material)
Talbots wool blend lined pants

All for $8 and some change.  I do need to get the pants hemmed.

Talbots pants are normally around $119 and their skirts $79.
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Post by: mbbored on January 19, 2014, 11:13:23 PM
My Miche Prima bag is now inside a purple shell and the two shoulder straps have been replaced with one, longer strap (can go cross body) - and there is an organizer inside - all courtesy of eBay!  The lining is beige, so it is much easier to find things inside the purse AND I still have the original beige & black shell for when it gets warmer.

For a stocking stuffer, Ambrosia Hino & WondderfulSonInLaw (WSIL) brought me a Star Trek action figure of Captain Picard. 

Earlier this week, I spotted a small coffee cup with a space scene on it at the Salvation Army.  There was a little lettering along the bottom that said "To boldly go where no one has gone before".

I got home, washed it, and filled it with hot water....the "clear" glaze turned to Star Trek, The Next Generation and the Enterprise (lettering says Paramount Studios & 1992 - among other things).

I now have the perfect mug for a cup of Earl Gray, hot! 

I'm a happy little post menopausal nerd!  Well hydrated with hot tea, too....

I love the sound of your mug! Now I'm hunting EBay for one of my own!

In the meantime, I stopped by a consignment store and picked up a wool pencil skirt and two wool sweaters for under $20.
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Post by: VorFemme on January 25, 2014, 03:56:41 PM
CRUD MONKEYS! - I found a red leather Hermes bag at the local Goodwill for about $10 about two hours ago and took it up to the front counter to be rehung with their "designer" bags.

I just checked eBay because I was curious about what a Hermes bag would cost.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Authentic-Hermes-Rouge-H-Red-Veau-Crispe-Togo-Birkin-35cm-PHW-MINT-/151213284504?pt=US_CSA_WH_Handbags&hash=item2335039c98

Jumping Jehosephat!  For just $9,975 I could have gotten this one (identical, right down the leather covered padlock & key on a leather thong)...

I may go back to the Goodwill.....

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Authentic-Hermes-Rouge-H-Red-Veau-Crispe-Togo-Birkin-35cm-PHW-MINT-/151213284504?pt=US_CSA_WH_Handbags&hash=item2335039c98 - okay - this one looks even more like the one at Goodwill.

+++++++++++++++++++++++

For less than $10 - I bought it, brought it home and compared it to the photos.

I strongly suspect that it is a knock-off (the gold stamping on the leather above the center latch and the straps reinforcing the base with the studs that keep the bottom of the bag off the ground/surface it is resting on are missing).  The padlock in a little red leather (vinyl? - no materials tag on the inside) is plain silvery metal instead of the various styles of engraving shown on the various eBay auctions.

But for $10 - I have the absolutely perfect Dirty Santa present for this coming Christmas with my Red Hat Society group (last year, I found a "no name" purple purse that got stolen the maximum number of times allowed) and I think that it cost me about the same amount as this one.

And I expect that it will be stolen just as many times as the "law" allows!

If it weren't a handbag (straps too short to wear over the shoulder), I'd be rather inclined to use it myself!  It's large enough to hold what I want to carry around...but I really like the "hands free" option of a shoulder strap!

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Post by: Nikko-chan on February 03, 2014, 05:01:45 PM
So a friend found a fantastic one at his local thrift store. $1.50 for a trilogy of books.
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Post by: Nikko-chan on February 13, 2014, 12:30:58 PM
I bought 2 plates, a ramekin, a springform pan, and six cups... all for less than eight dollars.
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Post by: norrina on February 13, 2014, 08:13:35 PM
I found my husband a business suit for $10 at our local Goodwill today. I don't think it is a designer brand or anything, and it certainly isn't a designer/custom fit, but it IS a nice dark brown, 96% wool, seems well made, and fits him well enough (the pants are about 1/2" too tight, and pleat-front when he prefers flat-front). He starts a new job next Monday, and we've been planning for him to buy one new suit a month until we get his professional wardrobe built up, but we won't have the money for that for a while yet, so this was an especially nice find even if it wasn't exactly what we would have bought from an actual suit shop.
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Post by: mbbored on March 01, 2014, 11:44:47 PM
From a consignment shop today: a Banana Republic cardigan with the original tags, comfortable black flats with no visible wear, and a red leather quilted cross body bag for under $20.
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Post by: Dazi on March 02, 2014, 06:46:02 AM
The other day I found five dressy work shirts,  two kick around the house shirts, and a nice pair of slacks for under $10.  Most of the shirts would have costs me at least $30 each new,  maybe as much as  $45.
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Post by: kudeebee on March 02, 2014, 06:22:11 PM
I get silverware at goodwill for 10 cents each.  Found brand new with tag Lane Bryant $80 pants for $3.99, 2 liz  clairborne brand new with tag blouses for $2.99 each, and a Talbot new with tag sweater for $3.99 last week.  Awhile back got a brand new brita pitcher for $3.00 and new, never read books for dgs for 25 cents.  Also love it when I hit one of the days when my items color tag is on sale!
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Post by: Ms_Cellany on March 03, 2014, 11:46:43 AM
We're going to Cancun this week (annual trip by The Sweetie's company for top sellers). A trip to two thrift stores got me a long-sleeved linen shirt from L.L. Bean, a kimono-style jacket for the official business dinner, plus a black tank swimsuit for The Sweetie, for under $30.
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Post by: gmatoy on March 03, 2014, 06:58:50 PM
I get silverware at goodwill for 10 cents each.  Found brand new with tag Lane Bryant $80 pants for $3.99, 2 liz  clairborne brand new with tag blouses for $2.99 each, and a Talbot new with tag sweater for $3.99 last week.  Awhile back got a brand new brita pitcher for $3.00 and new, never read books for dgs for 25 cents.  Also love it when I hit one of the days when my items color tag is on sale!

Your Goodwill prices are much better than ours!
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Post by: norrina on March 03, 2014, 07:37:01 PM
Encouraged by the success of finding DH one decent-fitting suit at our Goodwill, I have continued to go back every few days over the past 2 weeks, and have found him 2 more suits, also $10/each. I also found him a decidedly more expensive but also much nicer suit on clearance at the Banana Republic outlet store, for $85 which was still a great price. All told, after alterations and the dry cleaners, we scored 4 men's suits for less than $150. One suit needed to be hemmed which was $12 at the seamstress, since the original hem was longer on one leg than the other so I wasn't confident I could match the lengths. Another suit needed the pants let out which I was able to take care of myself. Then the 4 thrift store suits needed cleaning, but our cleaners only charges $2.25/item, so that was only $20.

I also found a couple things for me: an Old Navy winter coat, down filled, reversible, for $4 at Goodwill, and a red and white tweed 3/4 sleeve blazer for $16 at Banana Republic.
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Post by: Dazi on March 04, 2014, 04:49:22 AM
My DH has lost a substantial amount of weight over the last year, but was complaining he still feels and looks fatter to himself (I thought only women complained about that  ;)).  I realized it was because all his shirts are much, much too big. His pants fit fine because he already had found some smaller ones, but didn't do anything about the shirts.  Last night I basically replaced all his shirts for $15.00.
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Post by: BarensMom on March 04, 2014, 11:22:19 AM
My DH has lost a substantial amount of weight over the last year, but was complaining he still feels and looks fatter to himself (I thought only women complained about that  ;)).  I realized it was because all his shirts are much, much too big. His pants fit fine because he already had found some smaller ones, but didn't do anything about the shirts.  Last night I basically replaced all his shirts for $15.00.

Bonus points if you replaced them all in his closet and didn't tell him.  >:D
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Post by: Dazi on March 04, 2014, 05:24:43 PM
My DH has lost a substantial amount of weight over the last year, but was complaining he still feels and looks fatter to himself (I thought only women complained about that  ;)).  I realized it was because all his shirts are much, much too big. His pants fit fine because he already had found some smaller ones, but didn't do anything about the shirts.  Last night I basically replaced all his shirts for $15.00.

Bonus points if you replaced them all in his closet and didn't tell him.  >:D

No, I had him try them all on before I washed them.  Most fit, the few that didn't I just re-donated. He's actually wearing one of them now...it looks SO much better.
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Post by: ladyknight1 on March 05, 2014, 05:40:32 PM
Due to amazing sales and clearances plus coupons, I bought $600 worth of clothing for $200.

Coldwater Creek: Pants, vest, three tanks, two blouses.

Lane Bryant: 4 bras, underwear, a cardigan and two tanks.

My wardrobe is so happy! Some of the underthings I have are 8+ years old.
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Post by: pwv on March 06, 2014, 09:35:56 AM
I went to Goodwill the other day and paid $4.50 for an Alfred Dunner plus-size suit jacket that regularly goes for $56.00
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Post by: #borecore on March 06, 2014, 12:54:26 PM
I had to submit 4 items/lots to a charity auction. I am an unemployed student, and the dollar value of each item had to be far higher than my weekly grocery budget. Ideally, I am actually going to be a beneficiary of the charity -- but I can't be unless I donate items.

The idea is that you donate $300-$500 street value in items and get a $4,000 grant in a few months. Most people were able to get their parents or friends to donate items, but I had to go 100% out of pocket.

The predicted value of the items is assessed based on their value on Amazon.com or similar; of course, generous donors will bid up on popular items. I managed to bargain hunt, spending $97 on major name brand, new merchandise, and wound up with $325 in auction value (a totally realistic estimate). Hopefully, they'll give me that grant!
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Post by: bluhairfreak on March 07, 2014, 03:40:04 AM
I actually got these a while back, but didn't realize just how good of a score it was.  At one of my local thrift shops 75% off sales I picked up six of these http://store.corbellsilver.com/products/Goblet-Embossed-Classic.html for 12.50  Now admittedly theyre a bit tanished and looks like the silver may have come off in spots, but still seeing it as a huge deal.
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Post by: Dazi on March 07, 2014, 04:49:23 AM
I actually got these a while back, but didn't realize just how good of a score it was.  At one of my local thrift shops 75% off sales I picked up six of these http://store.corbellsilver.com/products/Goblet-Embossed-Classic.html for 12.50  Now admittedly theyre a bit tanished and looks like the silver may have coe of and spots, but still seeing it as a huge deal.

They probably just need a really good cleaning.  Awesome find!
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on March 07, 2014, 05:26:58 AM
Pajamas on clearance at macys. One pair, orig $58, for $8, and two pj pants, each orig. $38 each, one was $9, the other, $5.so I got $134 worth of stuff for $22.
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Post by: alkira6 on March 07, 2014, 09:08:19 AM
Three cardigans at woman within - originally $30 each, with a coupon code that was coded incorrectly, $12 each with free shipping.  The coupon code was via e-mail and should have been for free shipping/free returns.  It went through as 60% off with free shipping.  Customer service let me keep the discount, though I'm pretty sure they fixed that error pronto.

2 maxi dresses at Lane Bryant - 50% off with free shipping.  They were both clearance, so $22 dollars each. 
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on March 07, 2014, 09:16:27 AM
Three cardigans at woman within - originally $30 each, with a coupon code that was coded incorrectly, $12 each with free shipping.  The coupon code was via e-mail and should have been for free shipping/free returns.  It went through as 60% off with free shipping.  Customer service let me keep the discount, though I'm pretty sure they fixed that error pronto.

2 maxi dresses at Lane Bryant - 50% off with free shipping.  They were both clearance, so $22 dollars each.

This reminded me of a dress I got on clearance at Kohls; Dana Buchman, marked down to $22 or thereabouts, plus whatever coupon I had at the time. I think it ended up being about $17. A nice, dressy, jersey dress, in a pretty pattern, AND flattering. Thinking of wearing it to my HS reunion in the  fall, although by that time, it may be too large!
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Post by: ladyknight1 on March 07, 2014, 09:37:24 AM
A friend has a kiln he can no longer use or store. We are getting it. It is worth $3000+.
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Post by: Amara on March 08, 2014, 12:06:30 PM
Last weekend I found an ad on CraigsList for a headboard (the one on the upper left but in a lovely ivory color: ( http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Zz8hgSqapg4/TgvgVGwlzYI/AAAAAAAADAo/m3v9xZ1ID54/s640/upholstered-headboard1.jpg ). Last night they delivered it and I am thrilled. For $100 I got a queen-size one that sells for at least $300. And it's in perfect condition.
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Post by: Morty'sCleaningLady on March 10, 2014, 10:43:18 AM
I knew I was going to be near a book signing for a historical book by a former politician on Saturday.  When I was running errands on Tuesday, before I left for my trip, I saw this man's book in the clearance bin of my local Barnes and Noble.  Spent about $5, including tax.  While I was at the book signing, the table was loaded down with the very same book (and others), all hard cover, all for about $30.  A $5 hard cover, personally autographed book is going to look great in my future library!
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Post by: Thipu1 on March 10, 2014, 10:55:49 AM
Managed to snag a very nice raincoat.  It's stylish, waterproof, nicely lined and well-equipped with pockets for 7 USD.  I'm very pleased with myself. 
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Post by: Julian on March 15, 2014, 07:12:06 PM
I went to a charity auction last night.  There were around 80 lots, things ranging from massage vouchers, tools, expensive electronics, original paintings and framed photographs.

The prices things went for were ridiculously low... 

I scored a market umbrella, 48" ceiling fan, an arc welder (xmas gift for friend), giant panda and probably 6 (can't remember, had a couple of reds during the auction!) oil paintings.  I also won a signed motor racing shirt, but ended up trading it with a lovely young lady that really wanted it for her father.  There may have been a few other things as well - it was a good red...  Total spent?  $520.  About the value of one of the paintings, which are by a recognised local artist.
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Post by: Mad Goat Woman on March 16, 2014, 03:39:47 AM
An $800 AUD sewing machine that I got for $150. In perfect working condition. This little beauty (http://brother.com.au/products/home-sewing-machines/computerised-sewing-machines/nx-200qe-detail).

It's a total upgrade on the one I'd been using for the last few years.
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Post by: Moralia on March 16, 2014, 11:24:15 AM
A family-owned hardware store in my neighborhood is closing down...not a tragedy as they're just retiring and the kids have good jobs and no desire to run a retail establishment.

Anyhoo, I was stocking up on plumbing bits, hinges and hardware at 75% off and wandered through their camping aisle. They had one pair of Altima jungle boots left...which just happened to be my size. How could I not buy them?

$24 for big stompy boots that retail at $90!
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Post by: cattlekid on March 16, 2014, 12:52:22 PM
Not too exciting yesterday at the local Goodwill but decent enough....

A pink Talbots short sleeved sweater that will be good for work once the temps warm up
A dark pink J. Jill long sleeved casual top that will be perfect with jeans or yoga pants on the weekends

Grand total was $7.36 with tax   ;D

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Post by: Specky on March 16, 2014, 04:25:44 PM
Gah!  I'm totally jealous of you all and your wonderful thrift store finds.  I have friends in the north part of our county who always score really good finds.  We get all enthusiastic, hit the local thrift stores, and....junk.  My friend gets name brand clothing that looks new, crafting supplies, artwork, china, pottery, appliances, all kinds of things.  We can find:  clothes with the labels cut out, worn and stained clothing, long dresses missing patches of sequins/lace, never any natural fibers (my friend scores linen, cotton, wool, silk), t-shirts with rude logos, small appliances missing cords, bent forks, and all the odds and ends that wouldn't sell at a garage sale.

I finally asked someone and they told me that the stores sort donations and channel the donations to different stores based on the perception of the demographics.  So, better items and clothing goes to the stores in the north part of the county, and all the "other" stuff comes to our local stores.

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Post by: lady_disdain on March 19, 2014, 11:40:22 PM
The ultimate find (not mine, unfortunately): http://apnews.myway.com/article/20140319/DACKV5D02.html
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Post by: StarDrifter on March 21, 2014, 05:18:43 AM
let's see if I can rattle it all off without forgetting anything

The local Red Cross Op Shop had a big sale on kids' clothes - must have had a LOT donated at the end of summer, all our cooler weather seems to have kicked in over the last few weeks.

2x Esprit tops
3x Sprout tops
2x blue jeans
1x dark blue cargo pants
2x winter jackets
4x pairs of shoes
5x short sleeved onesies (that BabyDrifter wears under her pyjamas to give her an extra layer of warmth in the winter)

=$15. It was buy two get one free, and most items were about 50c each. All of this is size 1 or size 2, and twenty minutes later I went to Myer (department store) and saw that the Sprout tops are *current season* and still stickered at $8 or $14 each!
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Post by: kymom3 on March 21, 2014, 08:32:10 AM
I haven't found much at all recently at any of our local Goodwill's--boo!

But last week there was an article in our local paper from someone high up in the Goodwill hierarchy begging people to donate.  He said because our winter has been so awful people aren't getting out and donating like they usually do.

I hope it picks up soon.  ;D
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Post by: mechtilde on March 21, 2014, 10:22:49 AM
I finally asked someone and they told me that the stores sort donations and channel the donations to different stores based on the perception of the demographics.  So, better items and clothing goes to the stores in the north part of the county, and all the "other" stuff comes to our local stores.

This can often happen- it varies, but you can often find better quality items in more affluent areas. It varies though.
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Post by: alkira6 on March 21, 2014, 11:10:35 AM
I finally asked someone and they told me that the stores sort donations and channel the donations to different stores based on the perception of the demographics.  So, better items and clothing goes to the stores in the north part of the county, and all the "other" stuff comes to our local stores.

This can often happen- it varies, but you can often find better quality items in more affluent areas. It varies though.

Not here! You have to wade through the crap at each and every one of the GW stores in my town.  They do intake all over the city and just cram stuff onto the trucks to get it out of processing.  Now, I have found some awesome items, but it is a job to get them.  Some things you have to take a chance on that you can clean/repair them.  They have also started selling most of their nice items on ebay.  I don't blame them, more money for the charity, but it does burn just a little to see bins of really nice things labeled "ebay" and know that you have no chance at them.
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Post by: #borecore on March 21, 2014, 12:38:56 PM
In the nicest residential area of my old town, there was one "GW by Goodwill" store with all the nicest stuff. It was next to a sorting center, and whatever they didn't deem fancy enough to go to that location was sent out to the others.

There was also a "Blue Hanger" store where everything was even cheaper. It was a clearance warehouse full of the castoffs from the other stores at the end of the month.
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Post by: VorFemme on March 21, 2014, 03:42:06 PM
Malachite bracelet (round beads) with a raw (uncut) diamond in a cage on it at the local Goodwill for $5.  If it is too small for my wrist, I have a geologist relative who is going to get it for their birthday...I love malachite.  She collects rocks & so does her husband (not a geologist - but knows a lot about rocks due to working for an oil company).  Original price?  But the box mentioned a $20 donation to an African cause when the bracelet sold (I assume only at full price).

Nothing similar on eBay or Amazon..so still no idea what it might have been selling for at retail.
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Post by: Dazi on March 23, 2014, 02:42:09 PM
So after a day of thrift store shopping, I can say I scored some really good deals. 

I found 3 pairs of pants that retail for almost $45 each

2 awesome dresses

2 dress shirts

2 shirts and a pair of pants for DH

Grand total was about $35
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Post by: Cherry91 on March 23, 2014, 06:55:49 PM
I found a great long coat in a charity shop recently... I'd seen it in the window after hours, but when I went to check it out, the woman said that about 8 women had tried it on and found it far too small. I tried it on, and it perfectly fit my slightly odd shape like it had been tailored to me.

The coat cost me about £60, but when I got home I Googled the label. Turns out coats of that brand go for between £800 and £1000...
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Post by: StarDrifter on March 28, 2014, 08:03:45 AM
okay today was GREAT.

Left BabyDrifter with her Nana for the afternoon and went thrifting with $50 on me and came home with a handful of coins left and...

3 barstools for the new house ($5 each) exactly the same just painted a different colour to the ones I have been eyeing at a furniture store... that retail for $110 each

4x pairs of jeans for BabyD
3x long sleeve tops for BabyD
2x zip up hoodies for BabyD
2x fleecy onesies for BabyD = all of those were in a $4 'grab a bag and fill it from this rack'

2x pairs of jeans for me @$3.50 each

2x pairs of jeans (work jeans but nice jeans) for Husband @$2.50 a pair

a pair of black Converse STILL IN THEIR BOX WITH STICKERS ON THE INSOLES in my size for $4.50 (they still had the $89.95 stickers on the soles of them!)

And a plastic bag full of Duplo blocks for Baby Drifter that was $1.50. I've put them through the dishwasher on the highest temperature after soaking them in antiseptic but they didn't have any stains on them - it's mostly because she's not quite a year old and will try to chew on them all so I want them clean.

Not a bad haul, I don't think!
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Post by: gmatoy on March 28, 2014, 06:40:31 PM
okay today was GREAT.

Left BabyDrifter with her Nana for the afternoon and went thrifting with $50 on me and came home with a handful of coins left and...

3 barstools for the new house ($5 each) exactly the same just painted a different colour to the ones I have been eyeing at a furniture store... that retail for $110 each

4x pairs of jeans for BabyD
3x long sleeve tops for BabyD
2x zip up hoodies for BabyD
2x fleecy onesies for BabyD = all of those were in a $4 'grab a bag and fill it from this rack'

2x pairs of jeans for me @$3.50 each

2x pairs of jeans (work jeans but nice jeans) for Husband @$2.50 a pair

a pair of black Converse STILL IN THEIR BOX WITH STICKERS ON THE INSOLES in my size for $4.50 (they still had the $89.95 stickers on the soles of them!)

And a plastic bag full of Duplo blocks for Baby Drifter that was $1.50. I've put them through the dishwasher on the highest temperature after soaking them in antiseptic but they didn't have any stains on them - it's mostly because she's not quite a year old and will try to chew on them all so I want them clean.

Not a bad haul, I don't think!
Quite a good haul! Hurray!
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Post by: darling on March 29, 2014, 10:21:33 PM

a pair of black Converse STILL IN THEIR BOX WITH STICKERS ON THE INSOLES in my size for $4.50 (they still had the $89.95 stickers on the soles of them!)


Jealous! Our Goodwill would slap $60 on a very used pair and put them in the "special" case, where they would sit for months, when they could put a decent price on them and get them out the door. And they wonder why they have a hard time moving things lately... (dropped off donations last week - they have big boxes on pallets, with everything exposed to the elements, and I saw obviously fragile things like lamps under heavy books. Whoever they have running the place now puts ridiculous prices on things, so nothing gets sold. Totally defeats the purpose. I almost told them I changed my mind about donating, but I didn't want to haul the boxes back home.)

I got my Converse last summer, and spent about $40, new, in Target. Still going strong, despite near daily wear (I did have to superglue the edge on the outside of the right one, but they are my favorite shoes ever!). You'll love them once they are broken in!

Great score!
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Post by: Syfygeek on March 30, 2014, 06:39:34 PM
One of our local Dillards is now a clearance store. In 90 minutes of wading thru racks, I found:

Keen sandals- $19
Calvin Klein plus size wrap dress (that makes me feel sassy as all get out)- $22

I can't wait to go back!




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Post by: RegionMom on March 30, 2014, 07:31:02 PM
two thirty-one totes, one small for $1, one med for twice that.
School yard sale, dumped on a random table of hats and bags and scarves.  Also got some cute hats and a scarf, and two giant rubbertmaid type recycle containers with hinged lids that stack on each other and the lids can stay up, 10 bucks for the hats, totes, containers, and scarves.  Yeah!
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Post by: kudeebee on March 30, 2014, 07:32:10 PM
Yesterday's finds:

New adidas lightweight jacket for dh--$5
2 new tupperware cereal containers--$2 each
Great condition capris for me--$4
90 sq ft roll of wrapping paper--50 cents
New top for me--$2 (halfprice as it was the color of the day!)
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: gmatoy on March 30, 2014, 08:08:57 PM
I saw a blog where the lady showed off booties that she had made from purses. So, today I bought 3 purses with the idea that I will eventually make some baby booties... eventually. Prices: $2, $3 and $6. The $6 one is turquoise and huge! I pray that this will be a craft that I make and it works!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: VorFemme on April 22, 2014, 05:05:50 PM
I was looking for a summer purse that wasn't black or straw...and a new computer desk for a corner with a smaller footprint.

I'm still looking for the desk...

But I found a leather purse for $19 at the Salvation Army, realized that it was unlined, and started to walk away, even though it was a good size...went back & checked the maker then slung it over one shoulder while I walked around looking at the small selection of desks (no corner computer desks). 

"Coach" was stamped into the hanging leather zippered pocket.   I didn't wait until the next "senior day" or half priced sale day - I just bought it. 

It's the second Coach purse that I've found - but DD (Ambrosia Hino) has the other one, which is about a third the size...this one, I aim to keep.  For twenty or thirty years, if both of us last that long (purse, not daughter)!

I also found a pair of jeans on their $1 rack - if anyone wants to make denim quilts - check your local thrift shop for CHEAP jeans or denim skirts in worn condition.  Cutting out the "good" parts and sewing them back together as a one layer quilt or coverlet will be give you a much more varied selection of denim colors than using only your own yeans!  This makes them more "artistically interesting" even if there aren't memories of when you went hiking in that pair, to Disney in this pair, and that patch came from the pair your ten year old ripped out the first time they wore them to school (caught on the slide during recess).
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: knitwicca on April 23, 2014, 07:19:09 AM
I bought the dress I wore to my daughter's wedding at the local resale shop. $15
It was full length, spaghetti strap, seafoam green (I am a redhead).  I took it home, cut the skirt to tea-length and made a wrap from the cut-off part.

A few years ago I found a full length mink in a vintage clothing store. It looked as if it had never been worn. The lining was pristine. The coat was made by the top furrier in the southern midwest.
This coat fits as if it were custom made for me. $50

Last summer I tripped over a fox stole in a "collectibles" store. Another find in pristine condition. Buying a fur in July? I got it for $20.

I especially love the resale shops in south Florida. They advertise which designer brands they accept.  I don't care whether something is "from last season"....
I am a size 2, most of the things I buy are discounted because the market for my size is small.   Several years ago I bought a Tahari skirt for $5 with a matching light-weight sweater for $2.

My daughter also loves resale and thrift stores. She recently bought a nearly new leather blazer for her son to be Dr. Who at a con. She paid $1.50

One of the coolest finds I know of....my aunt went to a garage sale and spotted a shoebox filled with costume jewelry. It was toward the end of the day so she got the entire box for $0.50. She thought her granddaughters would have fun playing dress-up.
That evening another aunt stopped by who just happens to work for a very well-known jeweler. The aunts decided to go through the jewelry just to see what was in the box.  In the bottom was a ring which contained a red stone.  Jeweler aunt suggested buyer aunt bring that ring into the shop to have it examined.  The stone turned out to be a half-carat ruby.
Buyer aunt returned to the house where she had purchased the jewelry. She felt they included the ring by mistake and wanted to return it.  The people had already moved away.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Moralia on April 23, 2014, 03:08:01 PM
She tried, I think that it's fair she gets to keep it!  :D
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: VorFemme on April 23, 2014, 07:31:59 PM
My sister knows a jeweler who also designs her own pieces. 

She was at an estate sale and asked about a small pile of "broken costume" jewelry that was to be sold as a "lot" (everything in the pile).  As a jeweler, she has access to equipment to melt down scrap metal or use it as findings to build her one designs on.

One chain caught her eye, thick braided metal (think the song "Brandy, you're a fine girl" - although it was from the Middle of Texas and not Spain, like in the song) with a stone in the clasp...I forget if it turned out to be fine silver or gold - we were talking and I was NOT looking at just her jewelry.

When cleaned, it proved to have a maker's mark from a now closed jewelry store in that area that had a single small diamond in the clasps of their chains....

An $800 USA appraised value from another jeweler led her to keep it to wear with one of the pendants she'd designed.  And that was ONE chain from the "broken costume jewelry" pile that she is still cleaning bit by bit to see what is going to be scrap to be melted down and what is broken old Avon jewelry (silver tone or gold tone rather than really the metal it is supposed to look like).

Best buy that I've heard of since the guy who bought an Old Master at a garage sale or the family that bought an old porcelain vase that turned out to be from the Ming Dynasty and about the same appraised value as the Old Master....
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Emmy on April 24, 2014, 07:37:39 AM
Ann Taylor cropped pants

Express forest green short sleeve sweater

Bohemian style tunic with beads, the brand was not one I recognized, but still a nice looking shirt.

The board game Cranium.

All for $8.50
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: alkira6 on April 24, 2014, 03:27:16 PM
Not exactly thrift, but I just bought 5 sarees on eBay for less than $100. One was ridiculously beaded and embroidered wedding saree and three were printed cotton that I am going to use to make dresses out of.  All of them came with the blouse piece still attached and 3 came with unsewn beaded/embroidered falls.

I also lucked out on a "scrap" lot of 25 saree remnants in all patterns. Each piece is silk and a little over a yard long. I have no idea what I am going to use them for, but at $13 with shipping included I don't feel like I need a purpose for them.  ;D
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Where's the Quiet? on April 24, 2014, 04:06:35 PM
At the HoH Restore I found two brand new sets of beds (frame, box spring, mattress) for $75/set. We saved at least $250 from what we would have spent at another store.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Morty'sCleaningLady on April 25, 2014, 08:09:15 AM
Fingers crossed for me -- I'm heading to GoodWill on my lunch.  Tomorrow, I'm going to a real, live steeplechase.  I asked a neighbor if I could wear a skort.  I guess everyone wears sundresses.

And, I am bummed to report that I will be missing the big communal yard sales at all the neighborhoods because of my trip to the horsies.  I'm still really new to the area, so I was kind of surprised driving home from work on Tuesday, to see banners out in front of big neighborhoods advertising their community yard sales are ALL this weekend.  It's going on the calendar for next year. (I live in an area with a lot of out of state retirees.  Of course, you downsize before you move, but once in your new house, you sometimes have nice pieces of furniture that still don't quite fit in, right?)
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: darling on April 25, 2014, 08:40:59 AM
If anyone on here collects vintage Pyrex, you will know why I ran down the aisle to get this set...

Stopped into Goodwill on a whim, after having a really stressful day at work last week. As I rounded the corner into housewares, I spotted a familiar white bowl with birds on it... I practically ran over to it, only to discover that it was the 3-set of Friendship mixing bowls! $14.99! All pieces were in great shape, including the red-orange bowl (the red bowls for this and the primary set are the most useful size, so they get banged up).

For those who may not be familiar with vintage Pyrex, this set can sell for $60 in an antique store, as it is very popular. This is my favorite pattern, and I've been looking for these bowls since pretty much day one, because that's the set my mom had. I was so giddy that I practically ran to the checkout, and was very careful the whole drive home.  ;D

Now I just need to find the optional orange 4-qt bowl that was sold separately!

http://www.pyrexlove.com/friendship-bird-red-orange-mixing-bowl-400-series/glassware/ (http://www.pyrexlove.com/friendship-bird-red-orange-mixing-bowl-400-series/glassware/)
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: norrina on April 25, 2014, 08:51:51 AM
I don't usually buy shoes at the thrift stores, but yesterday I was going to be doing a lot of walking after work and halfway through the day realized my shoes weren't the most comfortable after all, so I popped in hoping to find something cheap for a one-time-use. I didn't have any luck (a ladies 5 1/2 is not an easy size to find), but as I was rummaging I noticed a pair of deep red Anne Klein all-leather kitten heels. They were the type of shoe that I would never pay retail price for because the color isn't "versatile", but at the $6.99 the thrift store was asking I could justify that price, and they were in great shape.

Added bonus, when I checked out I learned that yesterday was half-price shoe day, so with tax I paid $3.80 for a $60-$70 pair of shoes.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Morty'sCleaningLady on April 25, 2014, 12:16:57 PM
Fingers crossed for me -- I'm heading to GoodWill on my lunch.  Tomorrow, I'm going to a real, live steeplechase. I guess everyone wears sundresses.

$5 for a blue linen blend dress that will look lovely with my straw hat.  Too bad I just missed out on a pair of ankle boots that matched!  I'll be in black flats unless I come up with a better idea. (Heels are vehemently not recommended.)
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: gmatoy on April 25, 2014, 05:46:48 PM
A local children's resale store has a once a month sale. 25 cents per item. I spent $34 and got a lot of gently used clothes and that included a very good brand name girl's coat. My younger granddaughter is going to love it! I buy a lot of stretch velour clothes to cut up and make doll clothes. So it was a very good day!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: RegionMom on April 25, 2014, 10:17:17 PM
My two local GoodWills do not have discount days.  Bummer.

There are two other shops that do, but the are a longer drive so I do not go even once a month. 

But, tomorrow, I am heading out with a friend for Well-Labeled Nice Large Neighborhood Yard Sales.  I have little need for anything, but I am sure I will get some deals!  :)
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Sirius on April 26, 2014, 10:40:40 PM
I'm jealous.  Up here in the Pacific Northwest the yard sales don't start in earnest until summer, which is the only time of year it stops raining long enough to set things up.  The last few sales I've been to haven't been that impressive; there are a lot of good sales around here for kids' clothes and toys, but this isn't something I have a need of so I give those a miss. 

However...talk about finding something in a place you don't expect:  Earlier today I went to the pharmacy to pick up a prescription.  On my way to the cash register I passed a rack covered in scarves that are large enough to be used as shawls but are still wonderfully silky and filmy, and I saw a beautiful black and white scarf that will go with 75% of my wardrobe.  With my store discount I paid $6 for it. 
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: siamesecat2965 on April 28, 2014, 12:32:24 PM
If anyone on here collects vintage Pyrex, you will know why I ran down the aisle to get this set...

Stopped into Goodwill on a whim, after having a really stressful day at work last week. As I rounded the corner into housewares, I spotted a familiar white bowl with birds on it... I practically ran over to it, only to discover that it was the 3-set of Friendship mixing bowls! $14.99! All pieces were in great shape, including the red-orange bowl (the red bowls for this and the primary set are the most useful size, so they get banged up).

For those who may not be familiar with vintage Pyrex, this set can sell for $60 in an antique store, as it is very popular. This is my favorite pattern, and I've been looking for these bowls since pretty much day one, because that's the set my mom had. I was so giddy that I practically ran to the checkout, and was very careful the whole drive home.  ;D

Now I just need to find the optional orange 4-qt bowl that was sold separately!

http://www.pyrexlove.com/friendship-bird-red-orange-mixing-bowl-400-series/glassware/ (http://www.pyrexlove.com/friendship-bird-red-orange-mixing-bowl-400-series/glassware/)

I don't collect it, but I have bought some off of ebay, so I get the giddy feeling!!!  I would love to find (i have one of the four) a set of the primary color mixing bows. My mom had them, and I have the smallest, the blue, but its scratched and faded. I KNOW they're in high demand, but maybe someday.

My fave from ebay is a flat, divided serving dish, yellow, with a sunflower top. I don't use it much, but its so pretty and retro! it comes out on holidays.
like this
http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/121305267189?lpid=82
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: heartmug on April 30, 2014, 11:13:25 AM
I didn't know that about Pyrex!  I learn something new everyday. 
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: siamesecat2965 on April 30, 2014, 11:21:33 AM
I'm cheating as these aren't thrift scores, but bargains.

Macy's clearance rack - a black lightweight flyaway cardi with white stitcing all over it. $12 and I was kind of unsure. Wore it the other day, and got tons of compliments.

today's Macy's clearance item: flyway cardi in gray, with ruffles. its actually pjs, but comfy, and as it chilly here today, perfect.

Kohls: 2 dresses; a Dana Buchman ponte knit and Vera Wang slinky black dress, and pair of Nike sneakers - yes, I had Kohls cash, but with that and a coupon, $60 for all 3.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: daen on April 30, 2014, 01:20:46 PM
Brown silk blazer with cream embroidery and short sleeves. Tagged at $3.25, and with the tag being the discount colour that day, paid a total of 1.95 for it.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: ladyknight1 on May 02, 2014, 08:42:05 AM
I am buying textbooks used, usually an edition older than the current edition.

For summer: 4 of the 5 required. $33 including shipping and rented the fifth for $18, where the university bookstore would have charged me $150 for used and rentals.

For fall: I need 7 books. I found 6 used for $83 including shipping and one of my colleagues wrote the seventh and lent me his copy.  ;D Would have been $700 from the bookstore.

We had a major failing of our master bath mat, with the rubber leaving the mat and adhering to the floor. I went to Ross and bought one for $10 that does not have a rubber backing. I found a skull and crossed bones mug for $4 and I love it. I bought some extra towels in our colors and didn't find any clothes I liked.

I did go to Cracker Barrel for brunch and found two blouses on clearance that I snapped up. I wore them both this week and got a lot of complements.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: guihong on May 04, 2014, 04:05:21 PM
Hit Savers and Goodwill today, and came out with the following:
2 pairs of flats for work
2 dresses (even if not my favorite pattern or color)
3 blouses
3 skirts
3 pairs of shorts for DH
all for $73 total

I have a Savers and a giant Goodwill equidistant from my house, so when I'm on the prowl I hit both.  Savers gets extra points for sorting the clothes by size and type, which saves time, but sometimes their prices are a bit higher than Goodwill.  They're still way under retail, though.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: VorFemme on May 04, 2014, 06:22:13 PM
Yeah - the closest Goodwill just rearranged things three months ago.  The plus size womens clothing is where the maternity clothes used to be, and the other way around.  Dresses are hung with dresses - no sizing.

Going through the plus size means I find really cute size 8 maternity clothes that won't fit...but going through the maternity clothes may not turn up anything larger than an XL.

I'm not sure how well some of the workers can read...or if they are just going on auto-pilot from the way that they've been arranging things for the last three years (at least, that's how long since I started shopping there and they had been hanging things the original way around in the plus & maternity sections back then, at least long enough that I didn't find maternity clothes in the plus size THEN). 

They have more purses and better pricing on the mid range purses - the local Salvation Army has either had their donations drop or they're sorting & distributing differently.  The number of purses of any quality has dropped to 1/4 the former amount & the prices have gone up.  I look at the Goodwill for purses first and anything for Renaissance Festival garb on Wednesdays at the Salvation Army (all clothing is 50% off).  I did find two skirts last week...and the Coach purse that I mentioned in an earlier post about two weeks before that. 

But I'm not finding anything that will work for a leather pouch on one hip...I'm afraid that if I try to take an hour out to make something simple very quickly, it will turn into a major time sucking hassle and I'll be hand finishing it on the plane or something.  I wonder if a three inch leather needle would get through the security check?
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Morty'sCleaningLady on May 05, 2014, 10:19:53 AM
Hit three big subdivision garage sales this weekend:

2 linen hand-embroidered cloth napkins - $2  (with a cute-to-me religious nightlight thrown in for free)
1 bronze lamp (no shade) - $2
1 little porcelain pin - $1
Pin:http://d2ydh70d4b5xgv.cloudfront.net/images/ad4d/1966/ad4d1966ced7796d6f0adabec643b62f929b66d9.jpg (http://d2ydh70d4b5xgv.cloudfront.net/images/ad4d/1966/ad4d1966ced7796d6f0adabec643b62f929b66d9.jpg)

I was able to find the identical pin on Ebay for $40 -- and I'm wearing it today -- 3 compliments on it.  Whoot!!!!!

Favorite items for sale -- I didn't ask the price but someone had out a 'vintage' Dell C series laptop.  Also, a ton of 10 year old textbooks -- aside from crafting, I couldn't think of a reason to purchase them.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Cherry91 on May 06, 2014, 06:39:42 AM
I found a Karen Millen mac for £15 in my favourite charity shop yesterday. It's lightweight but waterproof, so it'll be perfect for a UK spring.

I also found a cute top and a dress, my total spend was just under £25.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: ladyknight1 on May 07, 2014, 08:03:05 AM
They aren't super cheap, but I have a slight fear when purchasing used electronics, so my two Tiffany style bronze torchieres for my office are $95 each. Will be so much better for my eyes than these harsh fluorescent lights.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Moralia on May 07, 2014, 08:18:23 AM
I would love to find (i have one of the four) a set of the primary color mixing bows. My mom had them, and I have the smallest, the blue, but its scratched and faded. I KNOW they're in high demand, but maybe someday.

My fave from ebay is a flat, divided serving dish, yellow, with a sunflower top. I don't use it much, but its so pretty and retro! it comes out on holidays.
like this
http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/121305267189?lpid=82

My favorite technique for getting good deals on Pyrex on ebay is to search for auctions within easy driving distance (usually 25 miles).  When something I want comes up, I email the seller to see if an in-person pick up is possible.  I got my set of pimary color bowls for about $20 that way because I didn't have to pay shipping. Granted, they're not flawless, but they are still pretty and are useable.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: TootsNYC on May 07, 2014, 08:23:53 AM
Dresses are hung with dresses - no sizing.

This is why I won't shop for clothes at my Goodwill. They hang all the red blouses together. It takes forever to find something that would fit me.

I don't know about you, but I don't go into a thrift store thinking, "Oh, I need a red blouse."
   I go in there thinking, "I wonder what they have that will fit me, that I might like?"
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Morty'sCleaningLady on May 07, 2014, 08:57:15 AM
Dresses are hung with dresses - no sizing.

This is why I won't shop for clothes at my Goodwill. They hang all the red blouses together. It takes forever to find something that would fit me.

I don't know about you, but I don't go into a thrift store thinking, "Oh, I need a red blouse."
   I go in there thinking, "I wonder what they have that will fit me, that I might like?"

That's how mine hangs things - dresses by ROY G BIV.  I'm always shocked at how insanely busy the one near my office is!  (High end neighborhood = good stuff)  In spite of most stuff not fitting me, it's still worth the dig if you have time.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: daen on May 07, 2014, 09:02:11 AM
Dresses are hung with dresses - no sizing.

This is why I won't shop for clothes at my Goodwill. They hang all the red blouses together. It takes forever to find something that would fit me.

I don't know about you, but I don't go into a thrift store thinking, "Oh, I need a red blouse."
   I go in there thinking, "I wonder what they have that will fit me, that I might like?"

There was a thrift store I frequented at one point that sorted by colour, class,  and size. So there would be a black tops rack, a black pants rack, and a black dresses/skirts rack, and each of those would be sorted by size as well. Less ubiquitous colours, like purple, would have a single purple items rack, with all the purple items of one size put together.

I found it quite convenient, but my thought process on walking into the thrift store was along the lines of "Hey, green is a nice colour, and I could use more green. Wonder what they've got?"
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Ms_Cellany on May 07, 2014, 09:17:45 AM
When I thrift, I scan the racks looking first at fabric (color/pattern/texture). If I see a fabric I like, I'll pull it to see what the style/size is.

I've learned the hard way that no matter what the style is, if I don't really like the fabric, I'll end up not wearing it in the long run.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: siamesecat2965 on May 07, 2014, 09:26:41 AM
I would love to find (i have one of the four) a set of the primary color mixing bows. My mom had them, and I have the smallest, the blue, but its scratched and faded. I KNOW they're in high demand, but maybe someday.

My fave from ebay is a flat, divided serving dish, yellow, with a sunflower top. I don't use it much, but its so pretty and retro! it comes out on holidays.
like this
http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/121305267189?lpid=82

My favorite technique for getting good deals on Pyrex on ebay is to search for auctions within easy driving distance (usually 25 miles).  When something I want comes up, I email the seller to see if an in-person pick up is possible.  I got my set of pimary color bowls for about $20 that way because I didn't have to pay shipping. Granted, they're not flawless, but they are still pretty and are useable.

Hmm. good idea. never though of that! i don't care so much about condition, i will USE them, but I remember learing to cook and bake, and my mom had them. so its all about nostalgia
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Bijou on May 15, 2014, 10:32:48 PM
Oh, boy!  Today I popped into the thrift store and immediately spotted 2 pretty decorated ceramic spheres, about 4 inches in diameter.  I walked right to them found they were $3 apiece.  Of course I bought them! 
I had never seen ceramic spheres of this size.  I know they make big ones for gardens but these were unusual to me.  I looked online and found that they are available (I live under a rock, I guess).  It felt magical to find them because they were so new to my eyes.   
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Bandu on June 28, 2014, 01:44:11 PM
At a garage sale today, I got a six-foot long, solid oak bench that used to be in my county courthouse, for US$50. I am beyond pleased.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: VorFemme on June 28, 2014, 04:59:10 PM
A folded two level table at the local Goodwill was labeled as an "eating table" and cost $20.

The cut out on it matched my second sewing machine (eyeballed it - I feel good that it was a perfect fit) and I knew that it was a portable sewing table, not an "eating table".  I had to run get cash from VorGuy as their credit card machine was down, for some reason.

It might have had to do with the construction going on to open a wall into the unit next door, expanding their floor space by over a third...they didn't say exactly what was going on, though.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Bandu on June 29, 2014, 08:49:47 AM
A folded two level table at the local Goodwill was labeled as an "eating table" and cost $20.

The cut out on it matched my second sewing machine (eyeballed it - I feel good that it was a perfect fit) and I knew that it was a portable sewing table, not an "eating table".  I had to run get cash from VorGuy as their credit card machine was down, for some reason.

It might have had to do with the construction going on to open a wall into the unit next door, expanding their floor space by over a third...they didn't say exactly what was going on, though.

This makes me giggle. What did they think the cutout was for? A place to deposit your leftovers/paper plates?

Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Elfmama on June 29, 2014, 11:29:34 AM
A folded two level table at the local Goodwill was labeled as an "eating table" and cost $20.

The cut out on it matched my second sewing machine (eyeballed it - I feel good that it was a perfect fit) and I knew that it was a portable sewing table, not an "eating table".  I had to run get cash from VorGuy as their credit card machine was down, for some reason.

It might have had to do with the construction going on to open a wall into the unit next door, expanding their floor space by over a third...they didn't say exactly what was going on, though.

This makes me giggle. What did they think the cutout was for? A place to deposit your leftovers/paper plates?
Maybe they thought it was a place for a child to sit, so that their plate would be more on their level? 
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Sirius on June 29, 2014, 12:47:52 PM
Walked into my local Ross store, and found a pair of jeans my size for $3.47 on clearance.  I checked them over very carefully, but there was nothing wrong with them except that they were too long.  Well, I can hem jeans.  Took them home and hemmed them.  They're thick Levi's brand jeans, so they'll have to wait until the weather gets a little colder to be worn.  This was a particularly good deal because two pairs of my jeans had worn out and been relegated to being made into totes, so I was down to two pairs.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Moralia on June 29, 2014, 05:44:19 PM
$3 each at Goodwill yesterday: a KM Reeling Machine (aka a swift for winding yarn) and a vintage Argus tripod...everything metal but the knobs!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Crochet Addict on June 29, 2014, 05:51:02 PM
I scored heaps of onesies and sleepers for our baby due this December at the Goodwill. They were priced between $.99 and $1.99, but with the 75% off red tags and 50% off yellow tags, I ended up paying full price for only one item, so I spent about $7 for an entire bag of barely used baby clothes. We went to the Salvation Army and I had even better luck, but their prices were a bit higher on some items and hardly anything was 50% off, so I spent about $20 for two bags of baby clothes. I also scored a baby bathtub and a diaper pail in perfect shape, for $4 each. Considering the baby will outgrow the bathtub fairly quickly, and considering that the diaper pail is going to hold um, used diapers, I felt better buying used rather than new. I have plenty of bleach.  ;D
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: VorFemme on June 29, 2014, 07:06:37 PM
A folded two level table at the local Goodwill was labeled as an "eating table" and cost $20.

The cut out on it matched my second sewing machine (eyeballed it - I feel good that it was a perfect fit) and I knew that it was a portable sewing table, not an "eating table".  I had to run get cash from VorGuy as their credit card machine was down, for some reason.

It might have had to do with the construction going on to open a wall into the unit next door, expanding their floor space by over a third...they didn't say exactly what was going on, though.

This makes me giggle. What did they think the cutout was for? A place to deposit your leftovers/paper plates?



If you've seen those two level side tables from 1950s and 1960s living room furniture sets - where the upper level was for a lamp and the lower level was for "other stuff" - that's the way they had this set up (someone had reverse engineered it with nylon reinforced strapping tape - several years ago - the tape was brittle and coming apart before I pulled it off).  It looked nothing like any eating table that I've ever seen in over fifty years of living on this planet.

Not having lived on another planet, I have no idea what the eating furniture there might look like....

As for a babyseat?  No place to strap the baby in and no back to the seat...let me find the camera....

http://s608.photobucket.com/user/ReneeG1957/library/Goodwill%20Sewing%20Table%20Find

The first one, without the machine, is how it was being displayed.  The machine is to show what it is really used for (makes it easier to sew larger amounts of fabric as the table is supporting the weight) and the third photo shows how closely it fits the machine.  I have one for a different machine that I bought at another thrift shop some ten years ago, when I was working there as a volunteer.  It has been very useful - partly because both of them fold flat to take in a minivan when traveling, or in the first case, bringing it home from the store, then taking it from Georgia to Texas when we moved.  I kept a machine with me to have something to use if clothing or curtains needed mending while getting our previous house ready to sell.

Or to use as a way to have fun & while away time while sheetrock mud, paint, or carpet damp from being cleaned dried.

Dang - how do I get the picture in there?  Nothing worked.  At least the link should take the curious to the photos!
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Post by: magicdomino on July 01, 2014, 01:47:09 PM
That does look like the 1950's end tables, although the upper section is higher on end tables.  I would never have thought of a sewing table.
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Post by: VorFemme on July 01, 2014, 09:34:35 PM
The cut outs (to go around the sewing machine bed) make it look very different, to me, than those 1950s end tables (family members had them in the 1960s in the living room and even in the 1970s later in the "family room/rumpus room"). 

The other one is a bit longer and has a narrower cut out - fits a different machine perfectly.

The raised end makes it easier to sew larger pieces of fabric (long skirts, curtains, etc.) while dropping it and taking off the flat bed to reveal a smaller free arm section makes it easier to sew "in the round" in small areas - hemming sleeves, necklines, doll clothes, swim suit elastic application, and the like. 

Turning it at 90 degrees lets me use it with the embroidery machine bed so that the excess fabric goes between the two levels, keeping the extra fabric from flipping into the embroidery field.

Ninety seconds of embroidery on a purchased shirt, it can take three hours to pick out everything carefully, as I don't keep spare shirts sitting around.  If I'm embroidering flat fabric - it's easier to keep it rolled & clipped out of the way.  Two dimensional flat fabric doesn't pull the way a three dimensional garment does.
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Post by: ladyknight1 on July 02, 2014, 08:00:00 AM
My $3 leopard print tank!
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Post by: AliciaLynette on July 02, 2014, 08:13:06 AM
Two pretty comprehensive baby name books (I write, so baby names are high on my reference list), and a playsuit for DD only a size too big.  She'll grow into it for next summer. 

All for £3.25, which is very cheap, even for our local charity shop.  Nothing for me though, sadly.
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Post by: SDG31000 on July 02, 2014, 11:53:33 AM
My friend's daughter's love making their own clothes and two of them had a birthday last week.  I was despairing about what to buy them when I came across this today.

http://www.uksewing.com/products/diana-sewing-dummy-a

I paid £30 for it  :D
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Post by: gmatoy on July 02, 2014, 01:19:51 PM
My friend's daughter's love making their own clothes and two of them had a birthday last week.  I was despairing about what to buy them when I came across this today.

http://www.uksewing.com/products/diana-sewing-dummy-a

I paid £30 for it  :D

Sounds like a very good buy!
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Post by: SDG31000 on July 02, 2014, 03:19:44 PM
My friend's daughter's love making their own clothes and two of them had a birthday last week.  I was despairing about what to buy them when I came across this today.

http://www.uksewing.com/products/diana-sewing-dummy-a

I paid £30 for it  :D

Sounds like a very good buy!
It has now been named Doris and the girls apparently love her.  I'm very happy.
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Post by: alkira6 on July 07, 2014, 12:10:42 PM
I visited my sister this weekend and we hit her neighborhood GoodWill stores. I got: 2 wrought iron wine racks, 2 Lane Bryant Cami's (tags still on), a pair a denim shorts, a 9' springform pan, 7 pairs of brand name Khaki's for my husband, 2 table runners, a set of 4 fabric place mats, 2 embroidered accent pillow covers, A set of china for 4 that is missing 1 piece, a stack of china saucers and tea saucers that all match the theme for my other china, an extra blender picture for my Magic Bullet, 4 achor hocking casserole dishes, 2 anchor hocking pie dishes, 6 (!) wooden hat boxes of various sizes, a random assortment of silver pieces (most likely plated), 2 solid wood folding tables, and a bag full of fabric, with none of the pieces smaller than 3 ft long.  I spent less than $40.  Blue tags were half off, red tags were .99, and it was 1/2 off your total purchase.
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Post by: gmatoy on July 07, 2014, 03:00:02 PM
I visited my sister this weekend and we hit her neighborhood GoodWill stores. I got: 2 wrought iron wine racks, 2 Lane Bryant Cami's (tags still on), a pair a denim shorts, a 9' springform pan, 7 pairs of brand name Khaki's for my husband, 2 table runners, a set of 4 fabric place mats, 2 embroidered accent pillow covers, A set of china for 4 that is missing 1 piece, a stack of china saucers and tea saucers that all match the theme for my other china, an extra blender picture for my Magic Bullet, 4 achor hocking casserole dishes, 2 anchor hocking pie dishes, 6 (!) wooden hat boxes of various sizes, a random assortment of silver pieces (most likely plated), 2 solid wood folding tables, and a bag full of fabric, with none of the pieces smaller than 3 ft long.  I spent less than $40.  Blue tags were half off, red tags were .99, and it was 1/2 off your total purchase.

I want to visit your sister's Goodwill! Our Goodwill is not nearly as inexpensive! Having said that, I went to one of our Goodwill's and (finally!) got another Sterlite box. This one has open holes, which I don't like as much as the solid sides and bottom that the other boxes have; however, I am super excited to finally have the fourth box. This means I can finish one more step in organzing my sewing area! (It cost $6.00.)
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Post by: esteban on July 07, 2014, 04:19:36 PM
I got a copy of "Firestarter" by Stephen King in german for 99 cents.

I'm a big stephen king fan, and I took german in college (many moons ago) so it was doublepluscool
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Post by: veryfluffy on July 08, 2014, 03:43:05 AM
I just got a virtually brand new toaster overn, in a "retro" style that matches my kitchen, at a car boot sale for £5 (retail price new £70). I haven't got a lot of spare counter space -- and the best part is it fits perfectly onto the shelf on my kitchen trolley.

Toaster ovens aren't all that popular here, but I've missed having one to heat up croissants or leftover pizza quickly and without bunging on my huge electric oven for 20 minutes.
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Post by: Dazi on July 08, 2014, 05:36:04 AM
I got my DH several really nice shirts and myself a few shirts and a nice jacket for under $20. 
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Post by: guihong on July 08, 2014, 06:25:13 AM
I'm trying to buy things for the condo, starting at the thrifts.  Yesterday at Goodwill, I found:

A very old-looking (but not broken) white cabinet with blue flowers painted on it, with a glass door and two shelves.  It was far too cute to pass up, and two people tried to make trades for it!
A lamp with a blue shade in the same color as the cabinet flowers
A basket with a handle in the same pattern as the metalwork on our front screen door, and in our welcome mat
An end table for my son's room-a little rickety, but it works

Last week, we bought a rug for the entryway,which is actually rather spacious.  The cabinet, lamp, and basket will live there (the basket for mail or things going out), and I just have to find a small bench or chair so it's easier to get our shoes on, and the entryway is done  ;D.

Total: $60
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Post by: norrina on July 08, 2014, 12:09:49 PM
I've been half-heartedly looking for a handbag/tote that is small enough to use day-to-day but roomy enough to hold a file or two when I go to court. I used to have a Franklin Covey bag that was perfect, but I managed to get a grease stain on it that won't come out, so now I'm reluctant to spend too much money on its replacement since I'll probably just destroy it anyhow.

Today I popped into Goodwill on a whim, and noticed that they had TWO bags that were both perfect. One is an oversized handbag (Ann Taylor LOFT, black leather with white stitching), the other is more of a tote (no designer label, black faux-leather) that I can use when my files are too big for the handbag. With my Goodwill card points I paid $10.48 for both bags and a sexy little sweater dress that I think DH is going to appreciate.
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Post by: bluhairfreak on July 15, 2014, 04:16:31 PM
So I collect these expensive ball-jointed dolls and one of the challenges is finding furniture that goes with them.  Recently at the CAP thrift store I found (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v407/ladydouji/tumblr_n8awrmW5Rr1rres87o1_1280.jpg) which is a perfect doll sized dresser for 7.50.  As a bonus, it's also a music box.
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Post by: Sirius on July 15, 2014, 05:12:34 PM
My friend's daughter's love making their own clothes and two of them had a birthday last week.  I was despairing about what to buy them when I came across this today.

http://www.uksewing.com/products/diana-sewing-dummy-a

I paid £30 for it  :D

I'd love something like this, except that I'm large sized so I'd have to get creative to make it fit. 
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Post by: ladyknight1 on July 15, 2014, 06:39:11 PM
Two maxi skirts, one white and one purple for $11 each. Two dress jackets for $10 each.
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Post by: VorFemme on July 15, 2014, 06:50:06 PM
They make dressmaker's dummies in larger sizes...they may cost more.

Or you can take a roll of quilt batting and a little hair dressing/sports wrap tape - the kind that sticks to itself, not other things.

Get a dummy that the shoulders are the same size as you from above the bust - the rest can be padded with one or more layers of the batting, held in place with the tape, to be "your size".

Cutting a series of pads & using a small one at the bottom, then larger ones on top of it (less chance of ridges showing), until you get to a point where it is ever so slightly larger & fluffier.  Make a very tailored fitting shell that fits you like a glove - with a zipper up the center back (avoid pinning into zipper teeth by putting it there) and zip it onto the dummy - it will slightly compact the batting to firm it up & the fully padded form will not show ridges. 

Threads magazine (I forget the issue) has had instructions on how to do it, with photos, at least once - even instructions on how to make three different kinds of personal duplicates using various techniques (don't have access to my copies - paper or DVD, as I'm on "vacation" and VorGuy seems to that reading about sewing wouldn't be relaxing enough). 

My sewing dummy at home is a soft foam dummy with a zippered cover - bought from a thrift shop!  The zippered cover is supposed to be easily tailored as my body changes...

Why does it take longer to change the dummy's size than it does to change mine?
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Post by: Where's the Quiet? on July 15, 2014, 09:23:21 PM
Not sure if this counts but I'm posting it anyway. Recently on Freecycle someone was giving away a three piece leather furniture set, all of which recline. We picked them up! They are nicer than the leather furniture we found at the thrift store and paid $200 for, so that set is going to the basement.
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Post by: Seven Ate Nine on July 18, 2014, 08:01:32 PM
Went to a garage sale yesterday and bought 4 tubs of baby clothes for $100.  She kept the tubs, so it worked out to 6 kitchen sized trash bags.  Got it home and sorted it out, and if the seasons match up (her son was born in September, mine is due in November but is measuring big) then I won't have to buy any clothes - not even socks - until he gets past the 12 month size.
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Post by: gmatoy on July 18, 2014, 10:30:41 PM
Went to a garage sale yesterday and bought 4 tubs of baby clothes for $100.  She kept the tubs, so it worked out to 6 kitchen sized trash bags.  Got it home and sorted it out, and if the seasons match up (her son was born in September, mine is due in November but is measuring big) then I won't have to buy any clothes - not even socks - until he gets past the 12 month size.
That sounds like a great buy! Babies go (and grow) through clothes so fast! Even if you get clothes as gifts, the first few months are so exhausting that not having to do laundry all the time will be wonderful!
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Post by: ladyknight1 on July 19, 2014, 12:59:26 PM
Two maxi skirts, one white and one purple for $11 each. Two dress jackets for $10 each.

One like the white in aqua for $11 and a purple camisole for $4.
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Post by: alkira6 on July 19, 2014, 01:17:02 PM
Local Goodwill - 2 drawer filing cabinet, new in the box for $20, a solid wood wine rack with a wine glass holder for $18, and a bed side table that looks brand new for $5, also solid wood.

I bought the filing cabinet for my classroom and I'm going back to see if I can find a few things to help organize better. They had a surprising amount of new/nearly new office furniture and supplies, I just ran out of money while I was there.
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Post by: afbluebelle on July 19, 2014, 04:02:59 PM
I bought a Darth Vader sprinkler and a seed spreader at the thrift shop on base. Best $30 I've spent in a while.  ;D
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Post by: ladyknight1 on July 19, 2014, 05:08:34 PM
I'm sorry, but I have an urgent need for a Darth Vader sprinkler, even though I don't have a yard.
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Post by: ladyknight1 on July 19, 2014, 05:09:29 PM
Oh, and DH bought a new toaster oven for $20 so he can bake metal in it instead of our oven.
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Post by: ladyknight1 on July 20, 2014, 04:55:21 PM
I picked up a beautiful gauzy white blouse with lace for $11 and a cross body small purse for $17.
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Post by: Seven Ate Nine on July 20, 2014, 05:06:43 PM
I stopped at my neighbor's garage sale just for fun yesterday.  Asked if they had a toddler bed, and he said no, but they had a bunk bed that they were selling.  Bought a wooden bunk bed, including mattresses, for $80.  I am not allowed to go to garage sales anymore.
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Post by: gmatoy on July 20, 2014, 05:59:36 PM
I stopped at my neighbor's garage sale just for fun yesterday.  Asked if they had a toddler bed, and he said no, but they had a bunk bed that they were selling.  Bought a wooden bunk bed, including mattresses, for $80.  I am not allowed to go to garage sales anymore.

Sounds like a good deal; why aren't you allowed to go to garage sales anymore?
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Post by: Seven Ate Nine on July 20, 2014, 06:09:24 PM
I stopped at my neighbor's garage sale just for fun yesterday.  Asked if they had a toddler bed, and he said no, but they had a bunk bed that they were selling.  Bought a wooden bunk bed, including mattresses, for $80.  I am not allowed to go to garage sales anymore.

Sounds like a good deal; why aren't you allowed to go to garage sales anymore?

Because two days ago I got a great deal and bought $100 in baby clothes (posted here as well).  As great as the deals have been, I just can't afford to keep going.  Thankfully, we kept all the gear from baby 1, and I was very adamant that any "big" gear was to be neutral, so I don't think I need anything else.
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Post by: gmatoy on July 20, 2014, 06:59:15 PM
^ Okay, that sounds like it is mostly self imposed (and those are breakable with the right incentive!)
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Post by: #borecore on July 21, 2014, 07:02:11 AM
My father in law sent me a random package (there's a first time for everything!) containing a seriously nice, seriously vintage Coach purse (simple black leather,  with a big zipper and a Nine West tote. I don't know how much he paid, but I am certain it was very cheap!

This is the Coach bag: https://www.etsy.com/listing/157312667/vintage-1960s-coach-purse-bonnie-cashin
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Post by: kymom3 on July 21, 2014, 01:10:14 PM
I think I've mentioned this before, I have a shelf in my kitchen with "tacky" Florida souvenirs on it.  I had really really been wanting one of those lamps made out of shells, but the ones on eBay are $20+ and I'm not willing to spend that.

Yep--found one at Goodwill on Saturday for $2.75!  There are some small broken bits, but I'll either glue them back or snip them off, and it won't be noticeable. 
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Post by: Morty'sCleaningLady on July 21, 2014, 02:28:38 PM
I think I've mentioned this before, I have a shelf in my kitchen with "tacky" Florida souvenirs on it.  I had really really been wanting one of those lamps made out of shells, but the ones on eBay are $20+ and I'm not willing to spend that.

Yep--found one at Goodwill on Saturday for $2.75!  There are some small broken bits, but I'll either glue them back or snip them off, and it won't be noticeable.

I had one when I was a kid.  One of my aunts had made it.  It really wasn't that hard -- It was an emptied glass juice bottle with a hole drilled in the base for the cord, a light kit that you can purchase at the hardware or craft store and then hot glued shells.  They are totally kitschy cute!
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Post by: kymom3 on July 21, 2014, 02:55:40 PM
I live in Kentucky, pretty far from the beach!  booo!  But I love the ocean and everytime I look at my silly souvenirs it makes me smile, so it's a fun thing to have in the house.  ;D
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on July 21, 2014, 08:05:28 PM
I'm sorry, but I have an urgent need for a Darth Vader sprinkler, even though I don't have a yard.

Me too!
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Post by: VorFemme on July 21, 2014, 09:59:39 PM
I want a Darth Vader sprinkler for the front walkway for Halloween....
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Post by: gingerzing on July 22, 2014, 11:11:55 AM
Picked up this weekend...

Almost like new dark blue capris dressy enough that I can wear to work.  (It's allowed)  - $4

Workout outfit that all coordinates.  I don't usually worry about that, but this was brand new with tags still on. 
Grey capri pants WITH decent pockets! - $4
Same brand 3/4 length zipup jacket - $3
Sleeveles shirt that matches the jacket (different brand) - $3
(The pants alone would have been $15)

And the best buy of the day
Brand new dress with JCPenny's tag still on it.  for $8.  Orignially about $40. 
White and black with a 50's swing dress vibe.  (I'll try to track a picture down.) 
Apparently this late 40's to 50's style of dresses really work for my body type.
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Post by: VorFemme on July 22, 2014, 12:58:34 PM
Rapunzel in pretty good shape (marks cleaned off & small tear in dress is one that I can repair - she even has her crown)! $2  Her hair appears uncut and it was not tangled - considering how long it is, that was nice!

Jointed Barbie (elbows & knees) for the same amount - nude - I have no idea which "Barbie" she is supposed to be - I got her to use for posing & taking photos (I bought some Museum patterns and Historical patterns for Barbie and I want to be able to pose her once she's dressed).

Miche canvas "Sandy" shell with scarf, tiny smudge came off with a little steam cleaning from my Bissell - once it dries, I'm going back to the Miche purse with organizer insert.  It's easier to find things in.  Sandy was $7 - the other shells in the cabinet were $10 - originally much more.  I checked eBay - the shipping was twice the price that I paid before the bidding started...I have two other shells in good shape (clay with black trim & purple with black trim - I forget the "names").  I just wanted a more neutral color for summer.  The scarf has black in the print - so it should look okay with the black handles...

Yesterday, large plastic stacking file organizer (letter sized files on way and legal sized files the other way) $3 - we use them for car wash supplies (VorGuy is a teacher and their fund raising program includes a car wash in the spring & fall semesters).  They also come in handy (they belong to us, not the school) for packing food stuffs in the back of the vehicle for trips.  They carry in much more easily and don't collapse like the reusable grocery bags can...
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Post by: magicdomino on July 22, 2014, 04:10:50 PM
Okay, how many people Googled Darth Vader Lawn Sprinkler?

*raises hand*
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Post by: afbluebelle on July 22, 2014, 04:13:34 PM
Okay, how many people Googled Darth Vader Lawn Sprinkler?

*raises hand*

I did... just to read the Amazon reviews  ;D
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Post by: VorFemme on July 22, 2014, 08:27:15 PM
There were no reviews on the listing I saw...maybe I should check eBay...?
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Post by: VorFemme on July 22, 2014, 08:29:18 PM
It's cheaper on eBay....well, one listing is.  Still no reviews...
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Post by: LadyClaire on July 23, 2014, 09:52:07 AM
From my favorite secondhand shop yesterday:

Solid wood 1930s era folding chair that had belonged to a now-defunct funeral home. $3.99
Two antique brass toasting forks. One with a devil on top, one with an owl. $1.50 apiece
Antique big copper and brass coal scuttle with a delft china bead on the handle. $8.00
Vintage cast iron wall-mounted matchstick holder. $1.00
Small cast iron cauldron. $1.00
Vintage glass spiderweb pattern whiskey bottle. $4.00

I looked up all the things I'd bought (barring the cauldron) to see what they're worth. Looks like the chair would sell for around $50, the toasting forks for $20 apiece, the matchstick holder for $45, the coal scuttle for around $40. Couldn't find a match for the bottle, though. Still, I'd say I had a pretty good haul!
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Post by: Bijou on August 12, 2014, 12:40:56 PM
Yesterday I went to drop things off at the thrift store and saw an adorable little aluminum coffee pot.  It was like the old perc pots but shorter and squat looking.  It was 75 cents and I snatched it up to use as a planter.  Then we went to the succulent shop to get a plant for it.  While I was there I bought a plant, of course, and then noticed a big chicken planter.  It was old and beat up looking, and appeared to be made from some kind of cement (actually it's resin, just made to look that way).  I fell in love with that, so I got it and also a plant for it.  Then I had the lady re-pot some of the plants because my thumb is purple.   I hate to tell  you what my little coffee pot ended up costing.  Good thing I was in the market for some house plants. 
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Post by: Bethalize on August 12, 2014, 02:49:47 PM
I needed a new briefcase that will hold my reference books for work. Mine came from NY but the handle broke and no one can fix it for me. I found a beautiful blue real leather briefcase with fancy locking system and extra holder for a laptop for just £15, tags still on it.
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Post by: AmethystAnne on August 12, 2014, 03:14:37 PM
Yesterday, from the NextTownOver consignment shop, for $10.60, I bought a wooden TV tray and a RevereWare 2 quart saucepan(no lid).
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MyTown consignment shop is having an End Of Summer Sale. The items with blue or dark pink tags are 50% off, and everything else is $1 each.

For $17and change, this is what I bought today:

a small turquoise glass bowl, a black Carnival glass shallow bowl, a hot pink mixed drink plastic goblet from the Carnival cruise line, a 2-quart plastic Tupperware-type dry noodle storage container, a small sturdy suitcase (for toiletries), a necklace and earring set in black Carnival glass color, a very small Samsonite suitcase, 4 purses(each a different style, and 2 basic tote bags.
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Post by: VorFemme on August 12, 2014, 05:11:15 PM
Office chair with arms, inclines backwards, and raises & lowers with a lever - in pretty good shape for $11.  It's been steam cleaned & allowed to dry and is in the office (previous chair is in the sewing room).  New office chairs run around $80 to $100 - although with the back-to-school sales, there are a lot of "50% off" banners in the ads!

I found a third Coach purse for $25 but made a tactical error & hung it back on the rack while I "thought about it".  It was gone when I got back to the rack about ten or fifteen minutes later....

Oh well, I don't need another black leather purse...really, I don't.  I just want a Coach purse so I don't feel so bad about getting rid of the other black leather purses that aren't Coach purses. 

I do have a dark brown leather Coach purse - so I do have a good option when I need a good quality leather purse....I just don't wear much that goes well with dark brown leather....
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Post by: SDG31000 on August 13, 2014, 03:36:50 AM
One of the charity shops in my local town is closing down, so everything is reduced to 49p. 

I got 2 long sleeved tops, a red loose knit jumper, a pair of jeans, a grey cardigan and a Build the inside of the TARDIS book for £5 as I told them to keep the change.
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Post by: gmatoy on August 13, 2014, 10:40:09 PM
yesterday I went to one of our local Goodwill stores and found an 18 inch doll with strawberry blonde hair and the sweetest face for only $3.99. What makes that perfect is that we had just donated the last doll I got to a local charity, the Toy Rescue Mission. I make a wardrobe for the doll and donate them as a set.

I was so happy to find one so soon. Last time I looked for several months to find one that was gently used.
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Post by: guihong on August 13, 2014, 10:46:02 PM
A solid oak chair for our foyer-$5.

Ironically, a few days later I bought a dining room set from my hairdresser, and the chairs for that very nearly match the foyer chair.  That dining room set (table, 6 chairs, and a hutch) plus a dresser, aren't really "thrift", but she paid $3800 for all of that and I bought it for $1450.  All solid wood.
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Post by: otterwoman on August 14, 2014, 04:04:25 PM
I stopped at a yard sale today. I picked up a heavy link bracelet, a bit grungy, for 10 cents.
Cleaned it up at home, it's sterling silver. Now it gleams!
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Post by: Bijou on August 14, 2014, 10:08:15 PM
I stopped at a yard sale today. I picked up a heavy link bracelet, a bit grungy, for 10 cents.
Cleaned it up at home, it's sterling silver. Now it gleams!
What a find!
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Post by: Moralia on August 14, 2014, 10:55:48 PM
$3 wine rack at goodwill, now sits on top of the fridge, holding all the boxes of  baggies, foil & parchment paper that had been stacked willy-nilly.
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Post by: StarDrifter on August 15, 2014, 05:10:50 AM
$3 wine rack at goodwill, now sits on top of the fridge, holding all the boxes of  baggies, foil & parchment paper that had been stacked willy-nilly.
OH that is a GREAT idea! I have a cheap IKEA wine rack that hasn't yet come out of its' box, as well as five or ten rolls of stuff like that which is all stacked on or beside my microwave. I think I have a new use for the cheap wine rack! Great tip!
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Post by: gmatoy on August 16, 2014, 01:19:40 AM
$3 wine rack at goodwill, now sits on top of the fridge, holding all the boxes of  baggies, foil & parchment paper that had been stacked willy-nilly.
OH that is a GREAT idea! I have a cheap IKEA wine rack that hasn't yet come out of its' box, as well as five or ten rolls of stuff like that which is all stacked on or beside my microwave. I think I have a new use for the cheap wine rack! Great tip!

Depending on how the wine rack is made, another use that I have seen is to put rolled towels in it for a guest bathroom with very little storage. The towels are out, visible and usable!
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Post by: gmatoy on August 16, 2014, 06:34:35 PM
Leather jacket, pink, for $2.50! I'm going to be making doll shoes out of it.
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Post by: allthelittledaisies on August 17, 2014, 01:57:07 AM
Not an enormous thing, but I found a super cute dress with pockets for all of 6 dollars! Pockets! I am so happy with it.
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Post by: Jones on August 17, 2014, 09:08:32 AM
Rue 21 was having a big sale and I had a VIP 40% off discount card.

I purchased a number of skirts and tops but the most exciting thing was my First Ever Pair of Black Stilettos. I don't normally wear heels because they generally apply pressure to a particular bone in my left foot, and I have to remove them within an hour or two (getting through church only is a pain, much less the car ride after). Anyway, something about this style when I first tried them on told me they weren't going to hurt. For $5 I figured it was worth a try.

I love them and after a 1 hour wearing Friday and 2 hours last night, it appears they love me. I am crossing my fingers and going back when my $20 of Ruebucks are good next month to do some shoe shopping.
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Post by: Elisabunny on August 17, 2014, 12:57:59 PM
Not an enormous thing, but I found a super cute dress with pockets for all of 6 dollars! Pockets! I am so happy with it.

I beg to differ with you.  A cute dress with pockets is indeed an enormous thing.  ;D
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Post by: allthelittledaisies on August 17, 2014, 01:59:29 PM
Not an enormous thing, but I found a super cute dress with pockets for all of 6 dollars! Pockets! I am so happy with it.

I beg to differ with you.  A cute dress with pockets is indeed an enormous thing.  ;D

Why, thank you! It has certainly made my summer.  :)
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Post by: ladyknight1 on August 18, 2014, 09:00:43 AM
School supplies! Found the store brand hard binders 1" for $5 each and composition notebooks for $1 each.
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Post by: sassydeej on August 18, 2014, 09:57:05 AM
Not recently but back in 2001.   My sister was getting married and my son was going to be the ringbearer.  I went to a garage sale and happened to spot a youth tuxedo for $7.  I called my sister to see if she was okay if he wore that for the wedding and she said yes so I picked it up.  Managed to find him a white button down shirt on clearance for $3 and had the seamstress that was making my maid of honor dress make a bowtie for him.  I think the shoes ended up being the most expensive part of the wedding outfit for him but the total outfit still came in under $25.00...much cheaper than an $80 tuxedo rental for an almost 3 year old.
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Post by: Outdoor Girl on August 18, 2014, 10:49:00 AM
Not a score for me but for the beneficiary of stuff we're cleaning out of my Dad's house as he moves to an apartment.  He was a school teacher and had supplies he brought with him from another city in the 60's!  (Still good - notebooks and stuff.)

The wife of one of the guys I work with teaches kindergarten.  She was quite thrilled with the assortment of paper, notebooks, notecards, pencils, pencil crayons, crayons, stickers, you name it.  I hope she has fun going through it all and passing out the stuff she can't use to other people.  There will be more, I'm sure.
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Post by: Thipu1 on August 20, 2014, 09:40:26 AM
Four nice, soft, cotton polo shirts in useful colors and two pair of sandals with a little arch support and a slightly raised heel for a total of 18 USD.  I'm all set for next summer. 
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Post by: Ms_Cellany on August 20, 2014, 10:05:44 AM
For 99 cents, this magnificently awful painting (about 8x0 inches):

(http://i822.photobucket.com/albums/zz144/Packie_Rattie/demon-rabbit_zps7c46adbf.jpg)
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Post by: Morty'sCleaningLady on August 20, 2014, 10:15:18 AM
For 99 cents, this magnificently awful painting (about 8x0 inches):

(http://i822.photobucket.com/albums/zz144/Packie_Rattie/demon-rabbit_zps7c46adbf.jpg)

Ms. Cellany, surely you could have negotiated a bit lower a price!  >:D
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Post by: darling on August 20, 2014, 10:23:40 AM
For 99 cents, this magnificently awful painting (about 8x0 inches):

(http://i822.photobucket.com/albums/zz144/Packie_Rattie/demon-rabbit_zps7c46adbf.jpg)

Ms. Cellany, surely you could have negotiated a bit lower a price!  >:D

 ;D That is so epically awful, and amazing!
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Post by: singingserpent on August 20, 2014, 06:04:13 PM
For 99 cents, this magnificently awful painting (about 8x0 inches):

(http://i822.photobucket.com/albums/zz144/Packie_Rattie/demon-rabbit_zps7c46adbf.jpg)

Ms. Cellany, surely you could have negotiated a bit lower a price!  >:D

 ;D That is so epically awful, and amazing!

That painting would make me laugh every time I saw it in my house--awesome score!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: gmatoy on August 21, 2014, 05:28:36 PM
I bought a lovely turquoise jacket, ultra suede, for $4.00. I think it will make the loveliest doll and baby shoes. And, that is what it will be if I can just make myself get back to sewing! (It has been a real summer here which makes me less happy about sewing. I'm waiting for the predicted cool down.)
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Post by: Sirius on August 26, 2014, 12:29:57 AM
This past Saturday I went to a couple of yard sales.  At the first one I got a set of sheets and a crystal ball on a stand - all for $1.  The crystal ball has a diameter of about 4 inches.  At the second sale I got a container in which to wash small objects in the dishwasher that was still in the original packaging for $3, a blue glass vintage sports car for 50 cents, an unopened package of black knee-high stockings of a high-end brand for 50 cents, and five vintage movies, all for $9.   
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Post by: allthelittledaisies on August 26, 2014, 01:36:00 AM
Lululemon yoga pants, for three whole dollars! They are so comfy.
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Post by: Bethalize on August 29, 2014, 03:11:56 AM
Yesterday I got my  "Must go there" vibe for my local Emmaus. But there's nothing I want or need I told myself. You must go! insisted my sub-concious. So I went, and for £2 scored a brand new liquidiser attachment for my Kenwood Chef. Those things are £45 new plus postage, and mine leaks terribly. Sorry, my old one leaks terribly. My new one is perfect!
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Post by: BarensMom on August 29, 2014, 09:23:45 AM
Lululemon yoga pants, for three whole dollars! They are so comfy.

Better be careful with those - Lululemon was in the news not to long ago because some of their yoga pants were see-through.
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Post by: VorFemme on August 29, 2014, 10:48:43 AM
Had that "must go there" vibe, too - Brighton brown leather wallet on a strap (a little saddle soap cleans real leather nicely) and this one holds my checkbook, too.  The only thing is no where to put the cell phone (I need to find my "good" pen to put in it). 

Buxton black leather cell phone wallet with the expanding pockets for credit cards (found a strap in my "stash" that matches closely enough - don't know if the strap is real leather or not) - my only issue is that the cell phone part is for a phone wider than mine (Blackberry or even an iPhone might fit).  But for travel, either lets me keep the essentials on me without worrying about the cell phone falling out of my pocket if I'm using this one.  No place to put the check book - but it's been months since I wrote a check anyway....

Back pack (supposed to be the next great thing for fall) - I don't mind paying $6 for something that I might use only when flying...if it proves comfortable, I might wear it when shopping...but I've never had a "backpack purse" and I'm not sure if it will be comfortable or not.  Or will I find that I knock things over a lot so that I decide to wear something else....

A glass bathroom shelf $6 - something to put pretty bottles of shampoo, bubble bath, and shower gel on in the guest bathroom while the toilet tissue & spare towels (and dandruff shampoo) take up the relatively small "hidden" storage cabinet!

$2 for a "basket" that is two Texas shapes held together with strips of lathe - it's going to be in my kitchen (retired military wife - we moved back to Texas and I'm reveling in it - there is a basket, an embroidered Texas held up with a scrap of barbed wire, and a Texas shaped Wilton baking pan - all from thrift shops).  It might end up in the guest bathroom for rolled up wash clothes...
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Post by: Elfmama on August 29, 2014, 12:42:11 PM
Lululemon yoga pants, for three whole dollars! They are so comfy.

Better be careful with those - Lululemon was in the news not to long ago because some of their yoga pants were see-through.
And they have people sending out spam flogging them.  I'm not talking about the occasional spam in your email, but hundreds and hundreds of posts to forums that have nothing whatsoever to do with fashion or exercise.  I'm on a forum that allows guests to post without registering.  There are days when we've been spambombed and the mods cleaned up over 1000 posts for Lululemon crap.   >:( Sometimes the spambot was sending them faster than they could delete them and they were forced to close all open threads to stop the spam.   
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: ladyknight1 on August 30, 2014, 07:11:10 PM
I bought 4 pairs of shoes, a skirt, and a purse for me and a pair of shoes for DH for $260, and the regular price for all of them was $467.

I also ordered the parts for repairing my laptop. There are two cracks, one on the rear of the lcd screen housing and one on the bezel. The parts cost $60 and my friend is an authorized technician for this computer company and will do the labor for $50.
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Post by: allthelittledaisies on August 30, 2014, 11:10:18 PM
Gads!  :-\

Elfmama, BarensMom, thanks for the heads-up! Neither of those things are very heart-warming or endearing. In conclusion, would not buy new.
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Post by: sandisadie on August 31, 2014, 12:30:54 PM
A few weeks ago my dtr and I visited several garage sales in surrounding neighborhoods, just on a whim.  I collect all things "cat" (if they have personality).  I spotted a very small cat figurine trimmed in what appeared to be wide gold strips.  It wasn't very appealing to me when my dtr. held it up so I said I didn't think I wanted it.  She says "it's only $.50".  So I bought it.  After I got home I looked on the bottom and saw several hallmarks, etc.  So I looked it up on the maker's website and if I want to buy one today it is over $300.00.  The website has an area cautioning about knockoffs of their products.  I followed what they have to say carefully and I do, in fact, have an real piece of their ware!  I'm thrilled!
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Post by: ladyknight1 on August 31, 2014, 05:52:58 PM
I found a cobalt blue cardigan and an embroidered aqua blouse for $15 each.
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Post by: Emmy on August 31, 2014, 08:31:24 PM
I found a pretty pair of corduroy pants for $1 at the thrift store.  I never heard of the brand so I googled it when I got home and they sell at Nordstroms for $160.  These pants looked brand new.

Also found a really cool Pac Man tee shirt for $1.

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Post by: Moralia on August 31, 2014, 09:51:34 PM
Quote
must go there vibe
With apologies to Peter Parker, my sister and I are wont to say, "My Thrifty Sense is Tingling!"
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Post by: ladyknight1 on September 01, 2014, 01:59:38 PM
Three long skirts (khaki, brown and black), a slip, a red shirt for $15 each. I have my wardrobe for fall and winter!
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Post by: #borecore on September 01, 2014, 02:24:24 PM
Today is college kid moving day. I wound up with a big dresser I've been wanting since I moved here more than a year ago, free from the curb with only minor cleaning needed.
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Post by: gmatoy on September 01, 2014, 04:40:44 PM
jmarvellous, what a great score!
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Post by: Crochet Addict on September 07, 2014, 01:18:28 PM
I collect two patterns of vintage dishes- Indiana Harvest Grape, and Hazel Atlas Pink Crinoline. Yesterday, I was at a consignment shop and scored 8 Harvest Grape saucers for $1 for all 8, and 5 Pink Crinoline dinner plates, 7 saucers, 2 coffee cups, 3 berry bowls, and a sugar bowl and creamer, all for $25. I try to only purchase vintage glass at thrift shops. Partly because I love the thrill of the hunt, and partly because even thought eBay has a great selection, it tends to be pricier and I've had some bad experiences with glass arriving broken.
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Post by: allthelittledaisies on September 07, 2014, 01:45:39 PM
This morning I found a manual food processor like my mother used to have! The best parts are it had all its pieces, had sharp blades, and it cost five dollars! Good-bye, hand-dicing onions!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: ladyknight1 on September 07, 2014, 02:23:54 PM
I collect two patterns of vintage dishes- Indiana Harvest Grape, and Hazel Atlas Pink Crinoline. Yesterday, I was at a consignment shop and scored 8 Harvest Grape saucers for $1 for all 8, and 5 Pink Crinoline dinner plates, 7 saucers, 2 coffee cups, 3 berry bowls, and a sugar bowl and creamer, all for $25. I try to only purchase vintage glass at thrift shops. Partly because I love the thrill of the hunt, and partly because even thought eBay has a great selection, it tends to be pricier and I've had some bad experiences with glass arriving broken.

I really like turquoise glass, and I've been seeing quite a bit of it with rooster and chicken motifs. When we have more room, after we move, I will be getting both new and vintage pieces.
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Post by: MissRose on September 08, 2014, 10:57:49 AM
I scored well, and a few items will be part of Xmas gifts:

A new light up bike lock that allows a person to set a word instead of a number combo (for my sister's boyfriend who bicycles to work)

30th Anniversary edition of making of Star Wars (for my nephew)

A script book thing for Its a wonderful life (for me lol)

Some new travel size items like salon branded hair and shower products

A new pillow still in a plastic bag
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Post by: kymom3 on September 08, 2014, 12:06:12 PM
I went to a local estate auction this past Saturday.  I was looking at the box lots before the auction started and looked through one with a mix of china.  I turned over one small bowl and it had the Meissen mark on it. 

The auction started and I was able to win a vintage boys bike for DS3 for Christmas (he collects vintage bikes), a mixed box of Fiestaware dishes, that I'll split between my sister and sister-in-law for Christmas, and I got the mixed lot of china for me--for $9!  When I looked through it again, it had another small teacup with the Meissen mark, and other china with Bavarian and English marks.  All very pretty.
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Post by: ladyknight1 on September 08, 2014, 12:59:07 PM
All my scores lately have been clothes, at really good prices. I bought 8 shirts and a pair of leggings for $115!
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Post by: gmatoy on September 08, 2014, 01:34:29 PM
Today I'm going to the local Goodwill and I hope that all of the luck that everyone is having will rub off on me!
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Post by: Morty'sCleaningLady on September 10, 2014, 11:33:45 AM
I'm under contract on a new home.  Since I relocated south, I can afford a lot more square footage and will be heading from a 1 bedroom condo to a 3 bedroom house.  (Super excited).  Anyway, I work in a really high$$$ area (and live miles away).  The GoodWill is insanely busy, but I keep hunting. 

Today, it wasn't that crowded and I was able to dig a bit.  Sure enough, I found a Laura Ashley valance that will match the paint in the bedroom/ office (which I wasn't planning to change) for $1.99.  Sold!  I just wish the people around here would donate furniture to Good Will/ the Salvation Army/ etc.  Instead they bring it to consignment shops and ask a lot more than I want to spend.  (Also grabbed a like-new $6 paperback for a dollar.)
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Post by: tinkytinky on September 10, 2014, 02:24:02 PM
a few months ago DH and I went to an estate auction. Everyone there was looking at the furniture and the appliances, so when the jumbled boxes of dishes started going, I snagged a box of hobnail milkglass. It had 4 mismatched goblets, a candy dish, a couple of vases and 2 candleholders. all for $1 (the goblets look great on my windowsil with herbs growing in them!). I also got 3 boxes of Wilton cake pans in various designs for $5. (about 12 pans - they usually go for around $18-20 apiece)

My favorite current find was about 2 weeks ago at our local thrift shop. I am always looking for unusual platters or baking dishes. I looked at a bottom shelf and there was a set - a platter, a vegetable bowl, a creamer and a pitcher - all for $9. Upon looking a little closer, it happened to be my wedding china pattern that was discontinued in 1995. Buying them now from reproduction would have cost well over $100.
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Post by: ladyknight1 on September 10, 2014, 04:04:30 PM
Wow. PM me if you ever want to get rid of any of the Wilton pans. I bake and decorate.  ;D
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Post by: gmatoy on September 10, 2014, 06:41:07 PM
Wow. PM me if you ever want to get rid of any of the Wilton pans. I bake and decorate.  ;D

LadyKnight1, I also do the Wilton cakes! I finally had to add a new rule to doing cakes for the family: My great nieces and nephews get one cake decorated by me. I do not have the time (still working fulltime) or energy to make a cake every year for every kiddo in our large family. (I'm the oldest of 6 and each one had a boatload of kids and them their kids had a boatload!) (Sorry for the derail.)

Back to the thread: I went to our local St. Vincent de Paul's thrift store today and got: 7 games, 4 18 inch dolls, 1 fisher price doll from the 70's, 3 Sterlite containers, filled one of the containers full of books, two tops for me and a baby toy that looks like a flat toy. For the grand price of $20.48! I think I did very well.
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Post by: SDG31000 on September 11, 2014, 05:29:21 AM
My friend and I went to our favorite thrift store last Saturday. She headed straight to the section where the small kitchen appliances are and found ... a medium-size Kitchen Aid in white with three or four attachments. In excellent condition. She paid $48.

My cream Kitchen Aid mixer was a present but I know it cost £400.  When we were on holiday in Florida I saw them on sale at $200.  It would have worked out cheaper to buy one in the US and pay the excess baggage charges to bring it home.
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Post by: Black Delphinium on September 11, 2014, 07:42:52 AM
My friend and I went to our favorite thrift store last Saturday. She headed straight to the section where the small kitchen appliances are and found ... a medium-size Kitchen Aid in white with three or four attachments. In excellent condition. She paid $48.

My cream Kitchen Aid mixer was a present but I know it cost £400.  When we were on holiday in Florida I saw them on sale at $200.  It would have worked out cheaper to buy one in the US and pay the excess baggage charges to bring it home.
Would it have been worth needing a voltage adapter all the time?
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Post by: ladyknight1 on September 11, 2014, 09:16:40 AM
The Kitchenaid mixers go on sale at Target stores occasionally for $150. I got mine there.
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Post by: StarDrifter on September 12, 2014, 08:35:15 PM
Argh! KitchenAid's retail for $700 here in Australia - it'd be worth the voltage adapter *and* the flights there and back to get one for $150!!
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Post by: Bijou on September 13, 2014, 10:28:24 AM
My score appears to be a ginger jar, but has, under the domed lid, an inner flat lid covering the opening of the jar.  It's white with a blue scene painted on it.  The sticker underneath says made in the People's Republic of China.  I also has a wide lip around the top of the jar that looks almost like a saucer on which the domed lid, which looks like an upside-down  teacup, sits.

I love it, even though I am confused by it.  I'm going to check it for lead content before I use it for anything other than display.
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Post by: gmatoy on September 13, 2014, 09:23:46 PM
Went to my daughter's city and she took me to their Goodwill. Got yet another 18 inch doll for $1.29! Now to get all of them dressed and out (to a local charity) so some little girls will get dolls for Christmas.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: ladyknight1 on September 14, 2014, 04:10:52 PM
Argh! KitchenAid's retail for $700 here in Australia - it'd be worth the voltage adapter *and* the flights there and back to get one for $150!!

They have the newer model on sale at Walmart for $250. Only had white and black at the store we visited yesterday. http://www.walmart.com/ip/Kitchenaid-4.5-Mixer-White/3215 (http://www.walmart.com/ip/Kitchenaid-4.5-Mixer-White/3215) Apparently I was wrong on the price we paid, it was $220 less a discount from our card and a special coupon, so $170.
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Post by: EveLGenius on September 15, 2014, 10:06:25 PM
I found an entertainment center!  I just happened to be driving past a tiny thrift store, and saw it out front.  DH came with me to check it out.  It's huge, made of plywood not pressboard, and a lovely oak color.  Three large drawers, cabinets above and below the TV, glass-fronted cabinets on the sides, and all in super condition.  Total cost: $43.65.
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Post by: rose red on October 05, 2014, 05:14:26 PM
Got a cute knitted hat for $2 on clearance. Perfect timing now that cold weather has begun.
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Post by: Syfygeek on October 06, 2014, 09:00:26 AM
Gabriel Brothers/Rugged Warehouse- Boots!!!

Naturalizer knee high boots for 29.99. All leather, and absolutely comfortable. And wide shaft as well.
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Post by: 2littlemonkeys on October 06, 2014, 12:18:00 PM
This weekend's haul:

Timberland boots that retail for $150: $14.99 (I love these boots. I'm never taking them off.)

2-1 systems jacket for YDD: $6.00 (originally $11.99 but 50% off)

Wool/silk blend chunky sweater for me: $4.99

Chunky cream colored cable knit sweater also for me: $7.99

Total + tax: $37 and some change.
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Post by: VorFemme on October 09, 2014, 07:13:59 PM
A 16" doll for $3 on senior discount day - so $2.50.

I was at the same Goodwill yesterday - the couple ahead of me were getting all kinds of stoneware dishes - the cashier was sending other workers back to the warehouse intake area looking for boxes & wrapping paper of some kind to put them in.  I asked if they needed some, as I had some in the vehicle (Freecycle recipient was out of town due to an emergency).  The manager/cashier asked if I'd take them next door to donate...

I was standing in line to pay because I had found not one but two Coach purses on the rack behind the cash register counter - I had asked to look at three interesting purses.  Decided that the large black combination briefcase, purse, and laptop carrier was one too many large black purses for one person's closet.  Looked over the two Coach purses & picked the larger capacity one - then mentioned that it was too bad that I hadn't seen it on Senior Discount Day...turned out that it had been on the rack long enough that the manager gave me the senior discount.  A $20 purse marked down to about $16 - I made sure to drop off all the bubble wrap, wrapping paper, moving boxes, and shipping boxes in the back of my minivan after I got back to the car. 

I was tempted by the second purse - but it was about the right size to hold a coin purse, a few bills, ID, a few credit cards, and a lipstick - there might have been enough room left over for a comb & a small cell phone - but not much more - a checkbook might have overstuffed it...   The one I got would hold almost three times as much stuff - like car keys, checkbook, & either a larger cell phone or a small Kindle, with a little room left over for a small pill container (I'm 57, I think about taking pills with me). 

I'm a very happy Goodwill shopper at the moment!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Bandu on October 09, 2014, 11:46:12 PM
This was an estate auction score, but I have to share before I explode with unvented glee.

Bought the entire contents of a closet for $5: '60s shoes in the boxes, plus cool '60s hats, plus about a dozen pair of good, barely worn comfy current shoes (Skechers, Naturalizer, etc.); a bunch of random things like umbrellas.

And a 21-piece, sterling and turquoise, handmade and hallmarked woman's Navajo belt.

I floated home awash in joy!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Cherry91 on October 10, 2014, 04:55:01 AM
I found a beautiful silk dress in a charity shop a while back - I only tried it on as a whim because I was killing time, and it looked pretty darn good. It's a silvery grey with black silhouetted peacock feathers on the bodice, and it has some subtle boning in it so it looks pretty good on, but I can also sit down in it (I had to remove the boning from my last piece that had it because everytime I took a seat they stabbed me in the leg).

I looked on the website for the label, and they're usually between £120 and £220, but I got it for £25 - score!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Bethalize on October 16, 2014, 01:47:03 AM
My friend is completing a massage qualification this week. I found a vintage badge saying "massage corp" that I think will be a suitable congratulations token. I had not any idea there had been such a thing as a Massage Corp but you live and learn. I've found information about a WW1 corp but this badge looks newer with 1930 style typeface. Has anyone heard of a Massage Corp?
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: #borecore on October 16, 2014, 06:49:41 AM
We went winter thrifting this weekend.  I'm still getting to secondhand and charity shops charging double what I paid in Texas, but we did get:
3 like - new ties, $3 each
2 dress shirts for husband, $4 or $5 each
A cashmere-silk blend sweater for me, $6
And a wool-alpaca sweater for me for $8

I passed up on a Vivienne Westwood drapey/loose dress because my husband was right that it didn't flatter me much, but it hurt to do it-- it was $12 for a dress that sold for $400-$500 a year or two ago.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: VorFemme on October 16, 2014, 08:53:50 AM
I now have three Coach purses.  One from the Salvation Army for $20, one from the Goodwill for $15 (was $20 but I got it on Senior Discount Day), and the third for $6 - the price tag was missing and the person at the register looked inside for their markings to get the price, didn't see any, and asked me if I would pay $6. 

Since the first, small one, that I got at the Goodwill near DD's house was $6 - I was fine with that price. 

I'm also getting a bag of "stuff" together to drop off as a donation - as I have found that my storage space is getting over full and the ones that I'm donating are the ones that don't work for me...and don't seem to fit the "style" of any family & friends to pass them along to.

Except for the one red leather purse ($4) that will be used for a "white elephant" exchange for my Red Hat Society group...and the small green leather wallet on a shoulder strap (I think that it was also around $4 to $5) that matches my Renaissance Festival outfit....those may not have gotten a lot of use, but they will be very useful indeed at the right time & place! It may not be completely period correct - but it looks good (to me)!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Dazi on October 19, 2014, 03:12:59 PM
I scored big time at Goodwill today.

2 brand new pairs of shoes that retail for about $50 each for $5.99 each

2 pairs of my favorite brand of pants that retail for $45 each for $1.87 and $3.74

5 dress shirts, 1 Tshirt,  and a cardigan $3.69 each

And 4 awesome sized mugs for 1.99 each

So I ended up with about $350 worth if stuff for right around $50.  Woohoo!

Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: alkira6 on October 19, 2014, 09:22:51 PM
Not a thrift store, but at lane Bryant.

I went in last night to use a coupon to get a sweater. Sweaters were 40% off, so with the coupon it was a pretty good deal.  I was about to check out when I saw a single rack by the register - everything was 6.99. Everything.

I got 2 swim tops, a swim bottom, a sweater, a blazer, 2 dresses, and the sweater I came in for. Grand total was $53 after tax.
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Post by: ladyknight1 on October 19, 2014, 09:34:11 PM
I got the last two bras I needed at Lane Bryant BOGO on Thursday. All the old ones are being banished this week!
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Post by: MissRose on October 20, 2014, 06:50:14 AM
I went to a rummage sale Saturday that benefited a local animal shelter.  I got about 12 Xmas bags for $2, several hats for $2, 2 pairs of gloves with tags for $2, then I found the purse section where small purses were 50 cents, medium $1.50 and large $3.  I found several name brand purses for $3 each that I will resell on a local facebook yard sale, and a big bonus is one still had a tag on it.

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Post by: siamesecat2965 on October 21, 2014, 09:43:07 AM
Got a nice knit cardigan from Kohls. I had bought 2 already, and realliy like them. I thought they were sweaters, but turned out to be cotton knit, which is even better. First two, I paid about $12 each for. Decided i wanted one more color, and I also had $10 Kohls cash. And a 30% off coupon. so final cost was just under $7.
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Post by: Amara on November 15, 2014, 09:42:14 PM
Today, I hit my favorite thrift store. The last few weeks I haven't found anything, which is fine since I only buy if I do find something I need or love. Today, I did very well. I found a green pillow, perfect for my outdoor chair, four sophisticated holiday dinner napkins, two green pillowcases--and my favorite item, a hand-painted photograph of a Provence garden that I had been admiring for the past couple of months. The reason I hadn't bought it earlier is that I hated what I considered its ugly, overly elaborate frame. But measurements proved it would fit in a frame with watered silk matting I had so I got it. And it looks fantastic! 

After I paid for my purchases, I took the picture out to the trunk and spent some time and effort removing the photograph from the frame. I then re-donated the ugly frame and glass back to the store. Win-win!
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Post by: Jones on November 15, 2014, 10:04:48 PM
Today I went to Kmart to pick up some dishwasher detergent, a few odds and ends, and "How to Train Your Dragon 2". I wanted to get the movie there because I'd get $10 back in rewards points.

Turns out I had a $20 reward in surprise points, which I used to get a free new DVD and still got my $10 in rewards for next time.
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Post by: StarDrifter on November 16, 2014, 03:56:07 AM
We got most of our things for BabyDrifter by thrifting, and for this next one we've also managed to do the same thing!

But my best score so far? I went to my *favourite* little charity shop (well, we were driving by on Saturday and I made Husband stop the car because it was open on a Saturday and is never open on Saturdays unless it's a gorgeous day, which it was) anyway. I let Husband and BabyDrifter sit in the car listening to Jon 5 and rocking out while I waddled my 7.5 month pregnant butt through the store.

25 minutes later I returned having spent $20, toting two large canvas bags of unisex size 000 and 00 clothing, packed into a mint green bassinet on wheels, and underneath the two bags of clothing were, folded up, 4 sets of sheets and blankets for the bassinet, 5 swaddles and a plush green bunny (new, still in its' box) that the ladies who volunteer there had tossed in because it was so cute.

Considering that not 10 minutes earlier I had been considering an identical bassinet at Target for $99... not a bad score!
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Post by: gmatoy on November 16, 2014, 01:32:09 PM
On Friday I went to one of my favorite thrift store and got a bag of clothes for $8.00; individually they would have cost $3.00 each. I got over 12 items! Also got 3 books to donate to our local school library and puzzles for the kindergarten classes there. I take the bus and I had to lug it home, but it was worth the effort.
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Post by: kymom3 on November 17, 2014, 08:41:04 AM
Not my find, but one of my best friends.  She has been looking for kitchen chairs for several years, but hadn't found the right ones.  She had an internship this fall and got in the habit of checking out the near by Goodwill once or twice a week.

She went into the Goodwill one day and found a gorgeous oak table and 5 matching chairs for $200.  Snapped them up, and when she got them home, found a tag for a local furniture shop--they were hand made, very good quality, probably $1500 or so retail for the set?  She said she would contact the shop about getting the sixth chair made.

Then, she called me back a couple of days later.  She went back into the Goodwill and found the sixth chair!  They had mistakenly put it with another set of furniture.  She got the sixth chair for:  $4.50.   8)  She was absolutely giddy.  Amazing.
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Post by: mamakinz on November 21, 2014, 07:20:44 PM
I try to hit up my local thrift shops, including a local Habitat for Humanity ReStore.  Today was my lucky day!!  Between restore and goodwill I spent $36.  Got -- 4 CDs, ceiling lights for all 4 bedrooms, a silly mug, a pampered chef stoneware baking dish, and a bowl for my Christmas centerpiece. Just need to paint it white.
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Post by: Bijou on November 21, 2014, 09:47:52 PM
We went to the Hospice thrift store's Christmas preview last night where they put out all their ornaments and Christmas decorations for sale.  It was so much fun and I got some lovely old ornaments, a couple of reindeer statures, which I love, and now am looking forward to decorating an interior window with them. 
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Post by: Julian on December 02, 2014, 08:05:40 PM
Not so much thrift store but definitely a bargain.

I've been looking at getting a dear friend a barbeque tool set similar to the one I have - aluminium case, general tools, knives and forks and so on.  It makes cooking a barbie so easy.  One of the local shops had them - the one I wanted, closest to mine (in fact better!) was $260.   :o :o  I think mine cost me around $30.

They're having a sale - they're always having a sale - and I bought the set for under $60.   ;D Happy camper!
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Post by: twiggy on December 03, 2014, 12:16:07 AM
We've needed a new couch for a while. The kids have trashed it, and then the cat started scratching on it. The final straw though was when we were out of town and the dogs ate whole chunks out of it when my brother forgot to put them in their crates. So I was checking out couches at my favorite couple of Goodwill stores and I noticed a really nice 3 piece sectional with matching armchair and ottoman. It looked nice, so I walked over to check it out. It was priced at $269!!! To give a bit of scale, the other couches were priced between $20-$40. So I saw it over the next couple of weeks, and it was still there on dollar day. I got the whole set for $1! :) :) DH was skeptical when I told him that I bought us a couch for a dollar, but he loves it. It's so comfy, and nice, and clean, and there are no chunks of foam missing from it. I spent most of a morning driving it home (3 trips with the minivan) and then steam cleaning it and getting it up the stairs. Totally worth it
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Post by: VorFemme on December 03, 2014, 06:43:19 AM
DD got a Lazy Boy rocking recliner off a Facebook "sales" list for their area - it did need some steam cleaning (which I did).  It was a whopping $15.  Her husband has enjoyed sitting in it and even sleeping in it (knee surgery).

She has warned him that she gets it after she comes home with the new baby (the rocking part).
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Post by: jayhawk on December 03, 2014, 02:48:56 PM
A local thrift store here has nicer items - it's a fundraiser for a local hospice. They are closed the Friday after Thanksgiving, but have a 75% off sale on that Saturday. DH and I went - he found a suit jacket on the $1.00 rack - fits him nicely - so he got it for .75!  I found a pretty wool jacket, sort of a dark periwnkle blue. Original price was $30, so I got it for $7.50. Got a nice red knit shirt with embellishments for $5, I think.
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Post by: Midnight Kitty on December 04, 2014, 07:26:09 PM
A local thrift store here has nicer items - it's a fundraiser for a local hospice. They are closed the Friday after Thanksgiving, but have a 75% off sale on that Saturday. DH and I went - he found a suit jacket on the $1.00 rack - fits him nicely - so he got it for .75!  I found a pretty wool jacket, sort of a dark periwnkle blue. Original price was $30, so I got it for $7.50. Got a nice red knit shirt with embellishments for $5, I think.
According to my calculations, DH should have paid 25 cents for that jacket, not 75 cents, since it was 75% off.  You should go back and demand your 50 cents! >:D
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Post by: jayhawk on December 05, 2014, 03:38:46 PM
A local thrift store here has nicer items - it's a fundraiser for a local hospice. They are closed the Friday after Thanksgiving, but have a 75% off sale on that Saturday. DH and I went - he found a suit jacket on the $1.00 rack - fits him nicely - so he got it for .75!  I found a pretty wool jacket, sort of a dark periwnkle blue. Original price was $30, so I got it for $7.50. Got a nice red knit shirt with embellishments for $5, I think.
According to my calculations, DH should have paid 25 cents for that jacket, not 75 cents, since it was 75% off.  You should go back and demand your 50 cents! >:D

LOL! You're correct - we did only pay .25.  I was just so excited to tell you about it, I got all mixed up.  good eye!
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Post by: Elisabunny on December 07, 2014, 06:56:28 PM
Not a single trip, but in the past year I have accumulated an ankle-length gored taffeta skirt, a white embroidered blouse, and a black velvet jacket with lots of crocheted lace (rather Victorian looking).  I now have a beautiful, unique, church outfit for the Christmas season, that cost no more than $20.
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Post by: ladyknight1 on December 08, 2014, 09:21:12 AM
Not thrift buys, but bargains.

DS - desperately needs a nice jacket for the colder months. Found a Free Country jacket that is regularly $100 for $30. It is very nice, seems to be well made.

I managed to destroy my only pair of black loafers (the sole is disintegrating) and I found a pair of nice shoes in my size that were black leather for $45, regularly priced $112.
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Post by: Ms_Cellany on December 12, 2014, 05:15:40 PM
I didn't buy this, but it was certainly remarkable. "Holy *expletive*!" I remarked.

(http://i822.photobucket.com/albums/zz144/Packie_Rattie/ascendance_zpsfb74c1c5.jpg)
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Post by: Thipu1 on December 16, 2014, 03:45:40 PM
I visited a local liquor store to pick up a hostess gift.  A large number of very nice Old-Fashioned glasses was on the counter.  The employees said that they were getting rid of these and that I could have as many as I wanted for free. 

The glasses are the sort Mr. Thipu likes for his after dinner bourbon.  They have good, heavy bases and a tasteful bit of gold decoration.  Because the glasses were promotional items they bear the initial letter of the company.  Wonder of wonders, the initial is the same as Mr. Thipu's. 

The glasses will make a nice little extra gift for him. 

 
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Post by: gmatoy on December 16, 2014, 07:01:29 PM
I visited a local liquor store to pick up a hostess gift.  A large number of very nice Old-Fashioned glasses was on the counter.  The employees said that they were getting rid of these and that I could have as many as I wanted for free. 

The glasses are the sort Mr. Thipu likes for his after dinner bourbon.  They have good, heavy bases and a tasteful bit of gold decoration.  Because the glasses were promotional items they bear the initial letter of the company.  Wonder of wonders, the initial is the same as Mr. Thipu's. 

The glasses will make a nice little extra gift for him.
Wait, the perfect gift,  with the monogram and for free? Now, that is luck!
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Post by: twiggy on January 12, 2015, 12:43:04 AM
Yesterday I went to my favorite Goodwill for half off day. The craft/sewing wall was exceptionally well stocked, and I found several cute patterns. But my big score was the zippers. I bought 8 bags of zippers for a dollar a piece. I ended up with 107 zippers ranging from tiny 5" to 30" parka zippers. There are heavy duty zippers zippers for jeans, parka zippers, and so many standard 9-20" regular and invisible zippers. I paid a whopping $8.

I had them all laid out on the table, sorted by size, type and color. I was cackling in glee over my new horde and DH looked at me with his "I've married a crazy woman" expression. He wears that one a lot, unfortunately
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Post by: nayberry on January 12, 2015, 05:02:17 AM
Yesterday I went to my favorite Goodwill for half off day. The craft/sewing wall was exceptionally well stocked, and I found several cute patterns. But my big score was the zippers. I bought 8 bags of zippers for a dollar a piece. I ended up with 107 zippers ranging from tiny 5" to 30" parka zippers. There are heavy duty zippers zippers for jeans, parka zippers, and so many standard 9-20" regular and invisible zippers. I paid a whopping $8.

I had them all laid out on the table, sorted by size, type and color. I was cackling in glee over my new horde and DH looked at me with his "I've married a crazy woman" expression. He wears that one a lot, unfortunately

i would have cackled too!

not so much thrifted but i got a fab bargain,  i needed another fleecy top (like a hole in the head ;) )and in the sales i got one for £3!  yes a whole £3!  i do love primark!
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Post by: VorFemme on January 12, 2015, 08:15:21 AM
I got tired of having a black hoodie and a black jacket.  The Goodwill had a turquoise hoodie with Eyore (from Winnie the Pooh) on it - I'm cozy and casual (but highly visible) now.

My twenty-three (or so) year old black wool tuxedo coat is in good shape, but has shrunk in length with over twenty years of cleaning (and I'm no longer a size 16) - so, off to the Salvation Army last week.  A plain black wool double breasted coat that fits for $30 - but it's senior day, so I got it for 50% off.  Brand new, apparently, based on a label basted on one sleeve saying "woman" that came off quickly once I got it home.

The local area has had some record low temperatures recently, so I really needed a new coat that fit - it has been worn three times with my wool & silk Pashmina as a scarf.  I was warm...even if it looked like I was dressed for Michigan and not Houston...I'm hypothyroid and I chill easily.
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Post by: sylviatexas on January 12, 2015, 09:51:52 AM
My old Croc knock-offs absolutely bit the dust.

found 3 pairs of them at the thrift store for $1 each!

True, they're blue, pink, & pink with orange, but they were $1 each!

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Post by: Emmy on January 12, 2015, 11:11:41 PM
I went to the local thrift store to shop with my SILs over the holidays. 

I got a set of 12 Christmas decorated tea cups (1 was cracked), 12 saucers, and 12 dessert plates for just over $4.

I got 3 blazers, 2 pairs of Gap dress pants, 2 sweaters, an Izod jacket for my 3 yo DD, and 4 other tops for $37.

I've started buying games at the thrift store too, they usually run about $2-3 and have all been in very good condition with everything included.
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Post by: dawnfire on January 13, 2015, 02:28:13 AM
I got a ps2 free from facebook. (look for the buy,sell and barter groups)
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Post by: Moralia on February 21, 2015, 07:54:31 PM
My daughter's been wanting a edar chest and I found one at the Goodwill for $50! It's 3/4 solid cedar and all the hardware is in great shape.
We just applied some rejuvenating cedar oil to the unfinished innards and it just soaked it up!
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Post by: dawnfire on February 21, 2015, 09:00:17 PM
a kids legionnaire's hat for free
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Post by: Emmy on March 20, 2015, 03:38:07 PM
I visited a new (to me) thrift shop.  For me I found a great pair of White House/Black Market jeans for $6 (they retail for around $85 and are super cute and comfortable), really cute Gap 1969 funky patterned jeans for $2.50, and a Banana Republic spring top for $1.50.  I'll look forward to going back without the kids (they kind of cramp my thrifting style).
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Post by: #borecore on March 21, 2015, 08:00:52 PM
All new with tags, $21 total with tax:
Etienne Aigner red pebbled leather satchel (could not find exact bag online, but similar sell for about $300)

Talbots bright purple blazer, unlined, but nicely finished,  perfect summer weight, $130 tag price

Jones New York tie for my husband, black with sky blue and navy diagonal stripes, $20 tag price
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Post by: Bethalize on March 22, 2015, 04:18:52 PM
A nursing rocking chair. My friend saw mine and loved it, but I had a hunch she wouldn't feel right about spending on herself even though they don't cost much second hand. I got this one for £20 on eBay, and collection was the other side of our city. When I got it home I realised the cushion covers didn't come off because they were real suede, which is a problem for a dealer. It took me some work but it mostly brushed up really well. The frame is in better nick than mine, but it's not as wide as mine in the seat so not so good for me. It suits her though as she's a different shape. My friend was so touched and happy.
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Post by: StarDrifter on March 23, 2015, 03:40:30 AM
There's a FB group in my local area which lists sales/deals at local Op Shops (Thrift Stores), and one of them said that a particular store was doing $5 bags of summer clothing.
Went to the store and they had a dozen racks of kids' clothes, sorted by size (not by gender, which was a nice change) and I was able to get 33 items in 2 bags (some for Baby Drifter, some for Tiny Drifter) for $5. This included 2 pairs of jeans for Baby (she has none, yet, for winter), two sweaters each, a half a dozen short sleeved onesies and then I also found a box of shoes marked at 50c a pair and pulled out 2 as-new pairs of Puma trainers in Baby Drifters' current size.
That's most of their winter wardrobes sorted for less than $12.
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Post by: MissRose on March 23, 2015, 06:14:36 AM
At a Goodwill type store, I found an older Coach leather purse marked for sale at $25 then I when I got rang up at the counter, I got it for half off as it was a particular color tag day.  Not really a thrift store but I was able to get a pair of Reebook tennis shoes for $27 (box was tagged at $44) but I didn't know at the time certain clearance styles were marked down more.
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Post by: ladyknight1 on March 23, 2015, 07:39:34 AM
While at the NA festival yesterday, I saw cute bags in one tent, and then saw they were $8.
On the second pass, I saw a cute one with owls all over it and had to have it. It is very small, but would be perfect when on a cruise ship!
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Post by: Venus193 on April 01, 2015, 04:05:30 PM
Since joining a board and card game Meetup I was getting major sticker shock on the price of games.

Until I found a brand-new one for $3 in the Salvation Army:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Z8EB17H2L.jpg)

Since then I've gotten this one -- brand new --  for $1:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/71t30LueViL._SY355_.jpg)

Today's finds (combined total $9):

(http://www.gosale.com/product_images/4331000/4331399-mille-bornes-collectors.jpg)  still in the shrink-wrap

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51WVNKQNMYL.jpg)
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Post by: kymom3 on April 02, 2015, 08:48:23 AM
Found at Goodwill this week:  a nice black, pea coat style, Talbott's brand winter coat.  I was also thinking that I wanted a small shelf in my bathroom and almost went to hardware store over the weekend to get one, found 2 at Goodwill.  Also, at the same store, found a mid century modern fireking baking dish, and a small turquoise color creamer. 

I love how sometimes I can go into Goodwill and not find anything and then the next trip I'll want everything there.   :)
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Post by: gmatoy on May 18, 2015, 11:00:31 PM
Sunday is the day for a new color tag to go on sale. I had been eyeing some fabrics that were a yellow tag. Yesterday yellow tags went to half price. I am the proud owner of 14 pieces of fabric for a total of 18 yards! They are patriotic (US) and all blend well to make some thing really nice. ( I'm thinking a quilt to celebrate my tour in the Army. Who cares if that was over 40 years ago, right?)
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Post by: Venus193 on May 18, 2015, 11:30:15 PM
OK, it was incomplete because whoever donated it took out the 4 small tubs of clay, but I scored a Primo edition of Cranium for $2 last week.  That normally goes for about $44 on Amazon.  A trip across the street to a dollar store and I got a set of 4 tubs of faux Playdoh for yes, $1.
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Post by: GreenHall on May 19, 2015, 08:43:55 AM
I finally have something to contribute!
I'm going on a mission trip the summer, and we will take donation items (clothes, OTC meds, vitamins, bedding, etc) in checked luggage, and if possible donate the luggage as well. 

Goodwill had a large suitcase for $12, which while an excellent price, was a little more than I wanted to pay - but it had the half price tag color, so $6.
I also picked up a twin fitted sheet (they only had fitted - where do all the flat sheets go?) and was ready to pay the $4 for it, but it turned out to the be the same color tag (the sticker and plastic thing were one color and the large tag another.  The sticker and plastic were more subtle).

Also, since I like linen pants, and I like cheap pants, I've been combing Goodwill on occasion, and have found 2 pairs - $6 each - Whoo!
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Post by: sheleo on May 19, 2015, 12:45:05 PM
Two dollar raffle ticket (on the day I bought a $5.00 cozy Glee fleece sweatshirt) Vintage Burberry Purse.  Sometimes I have very good luck ;)
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Post by: Venus193 on May 19, 2015, 04:18:52 PM
Two coffee table books for $8.  One is about lavish productions at the Met, the other is a collection of Yul Brynner's photography.
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Post by: wordgirl on May 19, 2015, 05:54:21 PM
Oooh, Venus, that opera book is perfect for you :)

My big thrift-stop score these days are pants that fit me. This past weekend I got a dressy pair of jeans (well, denim wide-legged trousers) and dress trousers in burgundy, dark tan and charcoal grey for about $4 each. And none of them fall down. Yay!
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Post by: Venus193 on May 20, 2015, 05:07:49 AM
I may go back today because I found this one last week for $1:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51RKC-evbDL.jpg)

Since I plan to develop a presentation called Opera 101, this is exactly the right book.  I have a feeling there are other books about opera waiting to be found there.
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Post by: Elfmama on May 20, 2015, 02:45:19 PM
I also picked up a twin fitted sheet (they only had fitted - where do all the flat sheets go?)
Quilters glom onto them to use for quilt backing.  You can use fitted sheets, but they give you less usable fabric.
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Post by: VorFemme on May 20, 2015, 06:47:32 PM
I also picked up a twin fitted sheet (they only had fitted - where do all the flat sheets go?)
Quilters glom onto them to use for quilt backing.  You can use fitted sheets, but they give you less usable fabric.

Fitted sheets have had the "corner" cut out for the seam that makes them fitted.  They still work for smaller quilts (crib or lap sized) but not anything sized for a bed an adult might sleep in. 

I've also seen instructions for making a duvet/comforter cover using two flat sheets of the appropriate size & sewing around three sides, then doing something with the fourth side to make an attractive closure (sometimes a zipper at the bottom of the bed, sometimes buttons at the same place) that may need to be positioned to keep away from the faces of the sleeper...

I've also seen flat sheets used a quick & easy way to get lightweight curtains in a house or apartment - especially if you are dressing it up on the cheap to sell or a renter wants privacy without paying out the nose for more expensive window treatments. 

A flat sheet can also be used as a tablecloth...

I've even cut up a worn one a few times to use to make a fitting garment (toile, muslin, or trial garment) to see where I was going to have to adjust the pattern to fit *my* body. 

Flat sheets are very versatile.  Fitted sheets are less so - although they  make a fair tablecloth for an outdoor table, the fitted corners & elastic make it possible for them to stay put a bit better...but it depends on how well the size of the sheet and that of the table match up...
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Post by: Black Delphinium on May 26, 2015, 03:41:38 PM
2 Sesame Street books, 2 onesies, a little sweatshirt, one of those cart covers for kids, a pair of capris to upsycle and a Legolas Funko Pop in box that a friend will pay me back for, all for about $22.
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Post by: wordgirl on May 26, 2015, 04:26:25 PM
More pants this weekend, along with the pretty teal and brown tunic I'm wearing this morning and a gorgeous ruffled blouse, and a nice Coldwater Creek leather belt. I spent about $40 but left with a bag of stuff I could barely lift :)
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Post by: dawbs on May 26, 2015, 05:10:36 PM
About $200 worth of maternity clothes for $12 (not for me!). 
The $ went to a good cause, and even with the cost of shipping them cross-country, this will make my sister's day a little better, since she's in maternity-or-fat-clothes limbo hell right now :)
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Post by: gmatoy on May 26, 2015, 09:27:24 PM
About $200 worth of maternity clothes for $12 (not for me!). 
The $ went to a good cause, and even with the cost of shipping them cross-country, this will make my sister's day a little better, since she's in maternity-or-fat-clothes limbo hell right now :)

It has been decades for me, but I still remember the day I got up and nothing fit...nothing! I cried and DH told me that we would go shopping that day. I said, "And what am I going to wear that I can go out in public without hurting the baby (from being too tight)?!" He told me that he could loan me some clothes. He is a foot taller that me! I finally used pins to hold up the unzipped pants and a tunic top to cover it. You are a lifesaver for your sister!
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Post by: Idlewildstudios on May 27, 2015, 10:23:12 AM
I scored a 4 story deluxe cat tree for $30 and a large rabbit hutch, 2 water bottles, 2 bowls, hay, bedding and food for another $30.
Very pleased with myself.
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Post by: Venus193 on May 27, 2015, 02:42:20 PM
Great one!
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Post by: Nikko-chan on May 27, 2015, 02:49:03 PM
I scored a 4 story deluxe cat tree for $30 and a large rabbit hutch, 2 water bottles, 2 bowls, hay, bedding and food for another $30.
Very pleased with myself.

Ooooh!
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Post by: Daffydilly on June 02, 2015, 09:53:03 PM
Hurrah! I finally got to garage sale at a community garage sale on Saturday. I found a two story Barbie Mansion with furniture, a Thomas the tank engine rail set with four train cars, a wooden rocking doll cradle, a box of summer clothes and a Barbie guitar for twenty bucks total. I'm so psyched. My girls have outgrown a lot of their old toys and I'm always trying to find Barbie type stuff without paying a ton for it.
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Post by: MissRose on June 03, 2015, 05:58:06 AM
I found a xmas gift box that had Beautiful by Estee Lauder perfume and lotion for $5 at a yard sale.  Its my sister's favorite, and she was quite happy to get it  from me especially knowing the deal I got on it as we both know it is not a cheap brand/type of fragrance.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Crochet Addict on June 15, 2015, 06:19:04 PM
Last week, I scored 2 winter coats and a ton of fleece jackets and sweatshirts in 2T-4T sizes for the next couple cold weather seasons for my little guy- for $1 each. And a swimdress for me for $8. This week, I found a pair of Vera Wang Lavender label leather ballet flats for $3.69, and tons of Baby Gap, Crazy 8, and Old Navy toddler clothes for the little guy at our local Goodwill. Everything in the kids' section is usually 89 cents, but quite a bit was 50% or 75% off. I'm trying to stock up now, when I can find things on sale, because he's a super active baby and I have a feeling he's going to wear stuff out fast once he starts walking and crawling.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Elfmama on June 15, 2015, 06:21:43 PM
Last week, I scored 2 winter coats and a ton of fleece jackets and sweatshirts in 2T-4T sizes for the next couple cold weather seasons for my little guy- for $1 each. And a swimdress for me for $8. This week, I found a pair of Vera Wang Lavender label leather ballet flats for $3.69, and tons of Baby Gap, Crazy 8, and Old Navy toddler clothes for the little guy at our local Goodwill. Everything in the kids' section is usually 89 cents, but quite a bit was 50% or 75% off. I'm trying to stock up now, when I can find things on sale, because he's a super active baby and I have a feeling he's going to wear stuff out fast once he starts walking and crawling.
No, they still outgrow stuff before they wear it out at that age.  But you will need lots of changes of clothes anyway, because diaper explosions happen.   ::)
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: cattlekid on June 15, 2015, 06:45:00 PM
Not my score, but a friend told me that she went to a church rummage sale last week.  They were selling baby clothing for $10 per shopping bag.  She bought two and a half bags and now her baby that will be here in two weeks is outfitted at least through the summer season and probably a good part of the way into fall.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Sirius on June 15, 2015, 10:05:46 PM
A bargain:  My crock pot's innards cracked, so I was in the market for a new one.  I went over to the local BiMart, which is a local employee owned and operated store with good prices, and got a slow cooker with a metal insert and a base that can double as a griddle.  I'd wanted one like that, as I prefer appliances that have more than one use (except for my rice cooker).

The best part - they were on clearance, and I got this one for $20.  It was the last one on the shelf.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: happygrrl on June 21, 2015, 07:16:49 PM
I got 2 pairs of Not Your Daughters Jean ( wonderful fit, but reatails for $120+), a pair of black Lafayette 148 pants, Capri s, Nike yoga pants and Nike Cami with built in bra (with tags) for $50. Whoot!!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Julian on July 02, 2015, 01:11:08 AM
Our local craft group (well, three of us anyway) had a day of thrift shopping yesterday.

I managed to get several large pieces of fabric, enough fleece to make a dozen doggy coats, two pairs of jeans, four white cotton table cloths for my eco dying, and a small, single use electrical appliance.  Costs varied but were all very low.

The score of the day was a beautiful blackwood planter stand, very solid and heavy, around a meter high.  It is gorgeous!  And the price?  $20.  Seriously, I expected an extra zero on that one.

https://www.google.com.au/search?q=blackwood+wood&sa=X&biw=1680&bih=965&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&ei=0NWUVZiJMdXh8AXpgo3IAg&ved=0CCMQsAQ  (https://www.google.com.au/search?q=blackwood+wood&sa=X&biw=1680&bih=965&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&ei=0NWUVZiJMdXh8AXpgo3IAg&ved=0CCMQsAQ)
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Venus193 on July 02, 2015, 08:11:34 AM
My latest scores are mostly games for $1 or $2 (the original Cranium at $1 with nothing missing), a full roll of florists' paper for $2 and this for $10:

(http://i756.photobucket.com/albums/xx204/Venus193/Collectibles/Shark%20Tooth%201_zpscfrb2yb8.jpg) (http://i756.photobucket.com/albums/xx204/Venus193/Collectibles/Shark%20Tooth%202_zpsre4dxodg.jpg)

And Shark Week is coming up!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: kymom3 on July 02, 2015, 09:39:45 AM
I think I posted about this last fall, but I bought a box lot of assorted china pieces at an auction last fall, I paid about $8-9 for the whole box.  I bought it because this really pretty painted bowl, thathad the Meissen mark on it.

This past Saturday, the town where my dad and sister live, had a fund raiser for their local historical society.  People could bring in 2 pieces to get appraised for a $5 donation.  I took my bowl and the guy appraised it for $75-100!  My sister asked if I was going to sell it, but I have it on a shelf in my bathroom and I told her I enjoy looking at it when I'm getting ready in the morning.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: gmatoy on July 04, 2015, 01:34:21 AM
I bought two packages of fabric last week. $10.99 each and there are 11 yards of fabric in each one. So $1.00 a yard for good quality calico. Score!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Thipu1 on July 04, 2015, 10:54:30 AM
The hunter (Mr. Thipu) is home from the hill today with a good bag. 

I've mentioned before how people in the neighborhood put out boxes of free stuff for the taking.  Today, we caught four pristine CDs of archival jazz.  Jelly Roll Morton, John Lee Hooker, Leadbelly and Lightnin' Hopkins.  We will have fun on the 4th of July weekend!


Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: gmatoy on July 04, 2015, 08:38:55 PM
More fabric: First batch worked out to about $0.63 per yard and the next batch worked out to less than a dollar a yard. So I'm a happy camper! I am determined to learn to quilt this year. I truly want to make each person in the family a quilt before I can no longer sew.  Most of what I bought is calico, so that will make up beautifully into quilts.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: gmatoy on July 05, 2015, 01:39:24 AM
The hunter (Mr. Thipu) is home from the hill today with a good bag. 

I've mentioned before how people in the neighborhood put out boxes of free stuff for the taking.  Today, we caught four pristine CDs of archival jazz.  Jelly Roll Morton, John Lee Hooker, Leadbelly and Lightnin' Hopkins.  We will have fun on the 4th of July weekend!

Ohh! My SIL loves jazz, so I buy it for his gifts. He has been impressed with what I have bought, but you gave me a new "look for it"! I am not familiar with Lightnin' Hopkins. Thank you!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Venus193 on July 05, 2015, 05:18:13 AM
I missed out on a new-looking scratching post the other day, but found a British Monopoly set for $4.  It even had extra houses, hotels, and tokens.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Cutenoob on July 05, 2015, 05:35:04 AM
Quote
I've mentioned before how people in the neighborhood put out boxes of free stuff for the taking.  Today, we caught four pristine CDs of archival jazz.  Jelly Roll Morton, John Lee Hooker, Leadbelly and Lightnin' Hopkins.  We will have fun on the 4th of July weekend!

Sorry, those are bluesmen. John Lee Hooker is guitar and blues, iirc Leadbelly's a piano guy...those aren't jazz people!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: iridaceae on July 05, 2015, 05:52:11 AM
Quote
I've mentioned before how people in the neighborhood put out boxes of free stuff for the taking.  Today, we caught four pristine CDs of archival jazz.  Jelly Roll Morton, John Lee Hooker, Leadbelly and Lightnin' Hopkins.  We will have fun on the 4th of July weekend!

Sorry, those are bluesmen. John Lee Hooker is guitar and blues, iirc Leadbelly's a piano guy...those aren't jazz people!

Lead Belly was blues and folk- I have a CD with him and Woody Guthrie. He was a guitar player.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Thipu1 on July 05, 2015, 05:53:57 AM
Jazz, blues, we love 'em all. 
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Redwing on July 06, 2015, 02:47:36 PM
My daughter scored a like-new mini-Keurig for $1.  Even the booklet was there.  The woman said it would just have to go to Goodwill, so she wanted to get rid of it.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Venus193 on July 11, 2015, 09:55:16 AM
Yesterday's $5 find:

(http://i756.photobucket.com/albums/xx204/Venus193/IMG_1592_zpsvu2tvmrb.jpg)

(http://i756.photobucket.com/albums/xx204/Venus193/IMG_1594_zpsskcgeba8.jpg)
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: siamesecat2965 on July 21, 2015, 09:57:48 AM
Not really thrift, but Twice.com is closing; they've sold some of their technology assets to ebay, and are selling off their own remaining inventory. 30% off. Even though I placed 2 orders, and paid shipping on each one, I got 4 Sak crocheted purses for just under $7 each, plus a Furla rubber cosmetic bag in bright blue, for the same price.

Looked again today and they have almost no bags left. I won't order clothes since i have no clue if it will fit, and its final sale.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: JustCallMePat on August 02, 2015, 11:11:23 AM
DH stopped by a yard sale a few weeks ago and in looking through a box of metal items under a table full of tools, he found an interesting little statue and two small metal bowls. He spoke to the husband manning that table and negotiated to $25 for the three pieces.  At home he showed me and I asked why?  The bowls would be good as soap dishes in the basement utility sink and his shed, he reasoned.  The statue, well, that was just kinda cool and even as beat up as it was, he thought it might be made of bronze.  It turns out that it's an old inkwell, but the ink jar is long gone.

Cleaning the bowls, under the crud he finds the bottoms stamped with a silver company name.  The whole pile heads off to the metal refinisher who did the incense burner I told of in another thread.  The guy at the shop finds the inkwell very interesting and points out some of the construction details to DH which caught his attention.  The bowls he describes as being made of nickel-silver and proceeds to buff a small spot to show DH how they might look when cleaned up. He describes them as typical of pieces one might find in a nice hotel or cruise ship in the very early 1900s.  After discussing options on cleaning up the inkwell, he told DH that he works with an appraiser and if he might have the gentleman take a look at the pieces.  It turns out the bowls are worth about $200 each.  The real surprise came with the inkwell.  It's a mid-19th century French piece and if sold at auction should bring in excess of $3,000!  But for now, once restored, it'll look good on our office desk.  And the bowls will not be holding soap in the shed!

Not too bad for a $25 investment (although the refinishing will run a few hundred more).
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: mechtilde on August 02, 2015, 11:28:03 AM
(although the refinishing will run a few hundred more).

Worth. Every. Penny.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Crochet Addict on August 02, 2015, 04:12:19 PM
I hit a yard sale recently and scored 2 square pillows with painted cats and stars on them, and 2 star-shaped pillows. For a quarter each! :-) And I also scored 6 botanical rose prints for $10. The Goodwill has been really fruitful lately, too. I picked up an awesome painting of a tallship for  $12, an Indiana Grapes and Leaves covered candy dish for $3, and various clothes for my little man. And a local consignment shop yielded a shoe bottle. Yes, a shoe bottle. It looks like a proper Victorian lady's shoe and even has a cap. I fantasize about filling it with rum for some reason.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Moralia on August 03, 2015, 12:07:44 AM
Last weekend, I was about to head out from the Goodwill, when one of the workers came around the corner trundling along a cart loaded with bins of things to put on the shelves...my thiftshop sense started tingling. Peeking over the edge of the topmost box was a vintage Hamilton Beach stand mixer! Alas, the bowl wasn't original but I wasn't gonna pass it by for $12.99! 
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: kymom3 on August 03, 2015, 09:24:03 AM
A couple of weeks ago I stopped in at a Goodwill I pass on my way home from work.  This is a small store, and pretty hit or miss.  As someone recently posted, I think my thrift senses were tingling.   ;D

I spotted a beat up vintage bicycle.  The whitewall tires were flat, but it had what looked like the original black paint and seat. DS3 collects vintage bikes, so I figured for $9.50, it would be a nice buy for him--can't go wrong with that price! I got it up to the counter, when I noticed it was a Schwinn---well that's a good brand, and from what I could tell it was mostly original, plus it was a boys' bike, which DS3 says are harder to find, since boys are generally harder on their toys.  I texted DS3 about the bike and told him I would send him a picture.

Wheeled it out to my car and took a picture, and when I got it in the car, I could read on the chain guard that it's a Schwinn Corvette, so I sent that info and the picture to DS3.  He about blew up my phone!   :D  He sent a link back, that the Schwinn Corvettes are worth $300-400, and after he did more research, the one he has now was made in the early 1960's.  We still giggle about it.

And a little cherry on the sundae, a co-worker was at the Corvette (car) Museum in Bowling Green, KY earlier this summer and said they have several of the bikes on display there.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: wordgirl on August 03, 2015, 01:59:39 PM
JustCallMePat, I'd love to see pictures!

I had a bit of a Nostalgia!Score! this weekend. I used to work in Cinderella Castle and wore a truly hideous costume. But the coats that went with the costumes were absolutely beautiful: Beautifully soft black cashmere lined in slipper satin, fitted tightly through the waist then flaring out to a moderately full skirt that went all the way to my ankles,with a deep, satin-lined hood. (Why they thought we needed that much coat in Florida is beyond me, but they were gorgeous. I have never been so tempted to steal something as I was with those coats.)

What I found this weekend isn't exactly that ... it's long and fitted with a hood, but it's of decidedly cheaper wool, the hood's comparatively skimpy and it's missing several buttons, which means replacing the whole set. But it's still beautiful, and for the princely sum of $3.50 it came home with me. No idea where I will wear it, but this is one thing where the having's enough.

In the more practical realm, I also scored a black full-length London Fog with the zip-out Thinsulate lining. Still had the store tags on it, $7.99.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Black Delphinium on August 03, 2015, 03:30:50 PM
JustCallMePat, I'd love to see pictures!

I had a bit of a Nostalgia!Score! this weekend. I used to work in Cinderella Castle and wore a truly hideous costume. But the coats that went with the costumes were absolutely beautiful: Beautifully soft black cashmere lined in slipper satin, fitted tightly through the waist then flaring out to a moderately full skirt that went all the way to my ankles,with a deep, satin-lined hood. (Why they thought we needed that much coat in Florida is beyond me, but they were gorgeous. I have never been so tempted to steal something as I was with those coats.)

What I found this weekend isn't exactly that ... it's long and fitted with a hood, but it's of decidedly cheaper wool, the hood's comparatively skimpy and it's missing several buttons, which means replacing the whole set. But it's still beautiful, and for the princely sum of $3.50 it came home with me. No idea where I will wear it, but this is one thing where the having's enough.

In the more practical realm, I also scored a black full-length London Fog with the zip-out Thinsulate lining. Still had the store tags on it, $7.99.
There is always Halloween.  Or, if you are crafty, taking it apart to use as a pattern for a nicer one.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: wordgirl on August 03, 2015, 03:40:12 PM
I will probably just swan around with it in the house, maybe wear it out to nice dinners and stuff (once it's rehabbed). There is an old-fashioned, very good, very expensive drycleaner in my hometown who rehabbed another cashmere coat for me and did a beautiful job; I might turn him loose on this one and see what he can do.

Ten years later, I'm still kicking myself, but when WDW redid Fantasyland there was a big employees-only sale in which some of the not-so-costumey costume bits were sold off. I will never know for sure, but I suspect these coats may have been included in that sale. I had an eBay alert set for a long time to see if one of them popped up, but it never dinged so I eventually just shut it down.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: JustCallMePat on August 03, 2015, 07:26:15 PM
JustCallMePat, I'd love to see pictures!

It'll be awhile, maybe as late as the end of September, before we get the pieces back from the refinishing shop.  I can post then.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: VorFemme on August 03, 2015, 10:46:54 PM
I found out how to search the serial number (last part of the two part sequence) on my favorite (large) $25 Coach purse (spent another $5 getting the metal grommets replaced with rolled ones after I sliced my thumb open - good thing it hit a callous, no bleeding was involved).

In the condition it's in - $100 to $150 and it originally sold for more than $250.  Which was more than I was expecting it to have been!

I forgot to get the codes off the two that Ambrosia Hino has and I didn't copy the numbers off the other two (smaller ones) that I stashed in the closet. 

I also looked at some new Coach purses while shopping on vacation.  I could not bring myself to spend $100 to $125 on a wallet - not even the one marked down to $80 on the Clearance shelf.  And the purses were all too small for the amount of stuff that I carry around...

VorGuy is now somewhat impressed with my thrift shopping - even if he hasn't used the leather tablet travel case for guys that I got for $8 and found on eBay (used) for $200 to $250.  That impressed him because it was for him!

Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Nikko-chan on August 04, 2015, 04:44:10 PM
Got three textbooks for 20 dollars. If I would have gone through my school it would have been seventy!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: afbluebelle on August 04, 2015, 09:24:23 PM
It isn't so much on the thrifty side, but I found a mint condition discontinued PUG dress in the size and print I was looking for (Anna Black Cherry) I had to get rid of the old one because it was far too big, and it was my husband's favorite dress of mine. It was $50 with shipping, so about 50% off of the tag price, but I know he will be thrilled to see it in rotation again, so I call it a score ;D

http://www.diekleider.de/kleider/pinup-couture-anna-black-cherry-dress-200913
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: ladyknight1 on August 05, 2015, 07:47:37 AM
A belted trench coat in charcoal for $25!

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/22869910583510351/ (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/22869910583510351/)
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: kymom3 on August 05, 2015, 08:53:25 AM
This weekend is my favorite weekend of the year--the 127 Yard Sales!  We usually go for two days, but this year I have something going on Saturday, so I took off work for Friday so I can go.  I think my friends and I are going to drive about an hour south and then work our way back.

I hope I find some deals.  It is always fun, and a holiday atmosphere everywhere we stop.  One fun place is in Junction City, Kentucky, even if we don't find anything at the sales, the whole area is covered with geodes, so we usually pick up a couple while we are there. ;D
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: wordgirl on August 05, 2015, 09:59:28 AM
afbluebelle, that is certainly and indisputably a score :)
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: VorFemme on August 05, 2015, 04:40:24 PM
Purple "slinky" dress (an acetate & Lycra knit that does not wrinkle when packed - great for travel clothes) for $7 plus tax.  Red Hat party in three weeks, now I'll have a "new dress"!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Dazi on August 05, 2015, 06:36:29 PM
I scored a sleeved AA Studios dress, a 2 piece Studio 1 dress, a 3/4 sleeve Chico shirt, a 3/4 sleeve shirt (I dont remember if that one is Cato or another AA Studios),  and a cute purse for under $30.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Venus193 on August 06, 2015, 08:11:12 AM
(http://i756.photobucket.com/albums/xx204/Venus193/Bow%20Clip_zpsg0oexrmo.jpg)

For $1 and I only have to replace one crystal.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: ladyknight1 on August 06, 2015, 08:57:14 AM
Love that!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: daen on August 06, 2015, 04:42:38 PM
I don't know if it's a "score", precisely, but we just bought an early-70's good-quality reproduction dropleaf dining table for just under $200. Closed and with the dropleaves down, it's bout 2x3'; fully extended, it's about 10'. Needs a bit of work (and don't get me started about the second round of disassembly in the parking lot to get it into the vehicle), but it's a lovely find.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Dazi on August 06, 2015, 04:48:37 PM
I don't know if it's a "score", precisely, but we just bought an early-70's good-quality reproduction dropleaf dining table for just under $200. Closed and with the dropleaves down, it's bout 2x3'; fully extended, it's about 10'. Needs a bit of work (and don't get me started about the second round of disassembly in the parking lot to get it into the vehicle), but it's a lovely find.

That is totally a score!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Venus193 on August 07, 2015, 03:47:56 PM
(http://i756.photobucket.com/albums/xx204/Venus193/Miriam%20Haskell%20Necklace_zpsfegh12tg.jpg)

It's a Miriam Haskell, late 50s-early 60s.  Found yesterday for $1.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: wordgirl on August 07, 2015, 04:48:48 PM
OOoh, I love the clasp!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: otterwoman on August 07, 2015, 05:40:20 PM
(http://i756.photobucket.com/albums/xx204/Venus193/Miriam%20Haskell%20Necklace_zpsfegh12tg.jpg)

It's a Miriam Haskell, late 50s-early 60s.  Found yesterday for $1.

I need a like button for this!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: MissRose on August 08, 2015, 06:21:16 AM
I found a few name brand purses for under $5 each recent at some yard sales.  I'll resell them (asking around $10 to $15 each) on this facebook yard sale site I am part of to make some extra spending money for my upcoming pilgrimage. 
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: dawnfire on August 08, 2015, 06:44:33 AM
$2 for a toddler's sized ski suit
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Venus193 on August 08, 2015, 06:58:14 AM
For anyone who hunts for jewelry don't dismiss the box with major balls of tangle.  That's where I found that necklace.  It just takes a little patience to go through it and untangle chains and you might find something awesome.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: mechtilde on September 11, 2015, 03:03:19 PM
Now that my boys are getting big enough to wear small size men's clothes I've started looking in the menswear section. I just found two very well made shirts, both from shirt makers on Jermyn Street- where some of the best quality shirts in England come from. Lovely well sewn quality cotton, although it seems I may need to buy my boys cuff links...
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Black Delphinium on September 11, 2015, 08:43:21 PM
Now that my boys are getting big enough to wear small size men's clothes I've started looking in the menswear section. I just found two very well made shirts, both from shirt makers on Jermyn Street- where some of the best quality shirts in England come from. Lovely well sewn quality cotton, although it seems I may need to buy my boys cuff links...
Etsy has some lovely geeky ones for cheap.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: mechtilde on September 12, 2015, 07:54:37 AM
Now that my boys are getting big enough to wear small size men's clothes I've started looking in the menswear section. I just found two very well made shirts, both from shirt makers on Jermyn Street- where some of the best quality shirts in England come from. Lovely well sewn quality cotton, although it seems I may need to buy my boys cuff links...
Etsy has some lovely geeky ones for cheap.

Thanks for the tip!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Lady Snowdon on September 12, 2015, 03:05:34 PM
Yarn store near me had a sale going this weekend - I got three skeins of a beautiful cashmere/angora/wool mix yarn for $9!  My receipt said they were normally $7.56 each, which made it a good deal.  Get home, look it up, and the cheapest I can find it online is $16 per skein, with some places going up to $30 per skein!  Instead of saving about $11, I may have saved $30+.  Yeah!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: ladyknight1 on September 12, 2015, 06:24:24 PM
I didn't buy them, but I found two pair of shoes I had in storage and they are perfect for late summer, going into fall!

Dark coral wedge Mary Janes and metallic rose gold wedges.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Black Delphinium on September 13, 2015, 02:30:22 PM
I bag of baby clothing, another of books, and a retro Sesame Street board game for $44!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: veryfluffy on September 13, 2015, 02:54:06 PM
A set of 20 little hardcover Dr Seuss books for £3.00 at the car boot sale today. The publisher's price on it is £99.99!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: gmatoy on September 13, 2015, 03:58:27 PM
I didn't buy them, but I found two pair of shoes I had in storage and they are perfect for late summer, going into fall!

Dark coral wedge Mary Janes and metallic rose gold wedges.
Even better!

My friend, who is a great connector of people and stuff, wanted to thank me for giving her a lot of stuff and some coupons to a local thrift store. Result? I have 3 new pairs of shoes! (Really new, not just new to me!)
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: MissRose on September 14, 2015, 06:00:00 AM
I found a pair of Michael Kors flats at a consignment shop for $10 (marked down), and I know they are worth far more.  I was so happy they were my size!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: wordgirl on September 14, 2015, 08:53:17 AM
Nifty find this weekend - a floaty silk top in a beautiful pastel paisley print, obviously handmade. I'm guessing someone bought it in India and brought it home. And it was at Goodwill so $3.69. I also found a skirt in a bright tropical print that I'm probably going to use to upstyle a t-shirt.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: twiggy on September 18, 2015, 11:07:49 PM
I was at Goodwill yesterday and I found a Viking sewing machine. It came with the case, foot pedal, power cord, original manual, and all the little hidden treasure accessories. 5 special feet, extra bobbins, extra needles, it even has the seam ripper. The manual says 2003, so not the newest, but not ancient by any stretch of the imagination.

With my 20% off coupon, I ended up paying $40. And I am a VERY happy camper  ;D
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: gmatoy on September 19, 2015, 01:33:37 AM
I went to a thrift store that is going out of business and had everything 75% off! Got a Santa hat pin for $2.00, a lot of quilting magazines for 2 for 25 cents, some cookbooks, a puzzle which was still sealed and will be a Christmas present, a pair of Build a Bear shoes for my granddaughter, and a Halloween shirt that I'm going to cut up and make a pillow, 8 small original paintings for 25 cents each, plus more! All for $15.00! I'm a happy camper!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Coralreef on September 20, 2015, 07:47:45 PM
Just yesterday I found a snowsuit for my granddaughter at a garage sale for $5.00 and they gave me the cutest Batman onesie along with it. I've found a pail of Duplos for a couple of dollars, wood puzzles for the baby and large puzzles for me.  I still have change on my $20.00  ;D
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: wordgirl on September 21, 2015, 09:56:46 AM
I was at Goodwill yesterday and I found a Viking sewing machine. It came with the case, foot pedal, power cord, original manual, and all the little hidden treasure accessories. 5 special feet, extra bobbins, extra needles, it even has the seam ripper. The manual says 2003, so not the newest, but not ancient by any stretch of the imagination.

With my 20% off coupon, I ended up paying $40. And I am a VERY happy camper  ;D

WHOA.

What a snag!

Mom and I hit the good local one this weekend and I snagged a snazzy pair of lime-green jeans and a cool print maxi dress I'm wearing today.

Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: CheapandCheerful on September 25, 2015, 04:28:52 PM
Today was an awesome thrift day at my favorite store.
Not only was it 50% day but I scored 2 pairs of 7 for Mankind jeans at $5.99 each, a 3.99 Vera Wang jacket and a 2.99 Cynthia Rowley skirt! I ended up spending about $70 but got about 20 different outfits for myself and my two DD's!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: magicdomino on September 26, 2015, 06:26:13 PM
Not a thrift store, but a very good clearance sale. 

One of the local nurseries has free lectures on Saturday mornings. Today's lecture was on low-maintenance gardening, a subject near and dear to my heart.  Attendees get a 10% percent coupon (as well as coffee/tea and pastries  :) ).  Three weeks ago, I bought some purple and orange pansies, and thought a few more would be nice.  Also, I wanted to get a bale of straw, and look at bushes.

After a very interesting talk, I walked past the clearance area.  Of course, I had to look around.  First I found a couple of bushes that were mentioned during the lecture. I already have an abelia that has survived 50 years of benign neglect.  While it isn't the prettiest bush in the world, the many butterflies attracted by its small white flowers are lovely.  They had two of a low-growing variety, perfect to replace a couple of small bushes that were dying.  Original price:  $54.99.  Pink tag price:  $15.00.

But wait, there's more.  The Halloween Mix pansies had been moved to the clearance area.  They were a little pot-bound, but still healthy enough.  Original price: $30 for a flat of 36 plants.  Clearance price:  $7 a flat.  I had to firmly remind myself that there isn't room for two flats worth. 

I was so excited, I totally forgot the bale of straw.    :D
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: gmatoy on September 26, 2015, 07:15:20 PM
I went to a estate sale that was less than 3 blocks from my house. Spent $2.75  and got: 2 rectangular baskets, a small skillet, a large (8quart) dutch oven (both Farberware) and a book.

The Farberware pans are going to go to my DD who is a Social worker and works with homeless Veterans. Once she can help get them into housing, they often do not have anything to furnish it with. I love to help with that (DH and I are both Veterans) and getting it at such a great price, wow!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: daen on September 28, 2015, 10:05:43 PM
Black leather Danier jacket with a zip-in lining. On a "50% off blue-tagged outerwear" day.
$12.50, and it looks... not new, but just broken in.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: alkira6 on October 05, 2015, 12:07:18 PM
1950's singer featherweight sewing maching in the table stand. Talked the guy down to $50 as it was begining to rain.  Has all the pieces and accessories but no manual.  This sewing machine looks like someone bought it, opened it up and played with it a couple of times, then let the sewing maching down and used it as an end table.  It looks brand new.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: VorFemme on October 05, 2015, 04:12:20 PM
I'm mentally standing here & drooling at your Singer Featherweight.  Those things are too pretty and too pricey to risk getting drool on them, though, so I'm standing well back.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: dawnfire on October 06, 2015, 01:58:40 AM
3 boys shorts and a pair of 3/4 jeans for myself total $6 . I nearly picked up a water and sand play table for $8. I love my op shop.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: VorFemme on October 06, 2015, 02:46:18 PM
I was at the Goodwill store today (nothing at the Salvation Army) and walked by the Halloween decorations.

A metal plaque of The Wicked Witch of the West and Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz with "Don't Make Me Get The Flying Monkeys!" on it. 

So there's a little rust or roughness at the top of the plaque - it was 89 cents USA.

I told Ambrosia Hino that I'd found it & bought it, since she is also an Etiquette Hellion.  She hinted that it would be a great present for her, since she has also used that sentence a few times.  I'm trying to figure out where to hang it in the sewing room.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: StarDrifter on October 06, 2015, 11:41:17 PM
$12 for two large boxes of genuine Duplo - filled up our big tub to the brim!

$5 bag sale at another op shop netted me 3 pairs of leggings, two pairs of shorts, a half a dozen t-shirts, two jackets and a pair of shoes for the 2yo, plus two dresses and some onesies for the 9mo.

Extremely happy with my day and I didn't even spend $20~!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: otterwoman on November 03, 2015, 12:55:12 PM
I have friends who are getting married on New Year's Eve. I am either a guest or the officiant, I don't know which yet. I don't have fancy clothes, I wear jeans and t shirts most days. I started looking at dresses and outfits and nearly died from sticker shock.

Today, I went into a thrift shop and wandered about. I saw a lot of nice special occasion wear, new with tags still on, marked very cheap! It seems a bridal shop had donated their out of season stock. I lucked out and found a black satin skirt and top set (the top doesn't fit, but the skirt just needs to be shortened) for $7.99! I have a sewing machine, I can shorten the skirt. The fabric to make my own would cost more than the set did.

The cashier was dismayed at the price, I think the person who tagged all the formal wear priced everything too low.

Now to find a top!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: CrabbyAppleton on November 09, 2015, 07:39:03 PM
Today I snagged a 1950's aluminum cookie press with 15 disks, disk stand and the original instruction/recipe book for $3.  I've been wanting one of these for a loooooooong time.  I also found 2 books from my "want to read" list for $2 each.  I'm a happy camper!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Emmy on November 13, 2015, 08:19:26 AM
A thrift store near me was having a $6 a bag sale for clothing yesterday.  I got 17 items for $12.  Included was a new looking Talbots 100% cashmere sweater, a beautiful vintage leather jacket that looks sharp and feels like butter, a pair of Express brown cords, an Ann Taylor cardigan in fall colors, and 2 very nice blazers.  Yay, it was a fun day :).
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: MissRose on November 14, 2015, 06:36:16 AM
I found 4 very good condition pairs of jeans for my uncle and nephew who are in sizes that are hard to find.  Both of them like my dad wear them out fast due to frequent wear so it is better to buy them at thrift stores and buy only a few new ones at stores for not doing things at work or around the house.  All 4 pairs I paid $15.

I also found at the same store some salon brand hair care items.  One of the items in a large size I paid $10, and the same size normally retails for around $35 so I got it.

Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Venus193 on November 14, 2015, 06:49:40 AM
I've scored some items of jewelry lately, some of which need minor repairs.  I'll post photos when I have time.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: daen on November 15, 2015, 08:35:13 AM
Found some nice silverware - not all the place settings are complete, but there are some serving pieces as well, and there are more than enough place settings for day to day. So we'll put our current flatware away until we're hosting a larger group, and we'll use the (very pretty, if slightly "experienced") silverware.

I think it was less than $20 for nine complete place settings, two serving spoons and a serving fork, and extra knives and spoons. Oddly, the lady at the till looked at the total and went "That's too much, isn't it?" I said "Are you kidding? Not in the least!" ... but I didn't offer to pay more, either.  ;D
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Elfmama on November 15, 2015, 12:10:14 PM
Very good score, Daen!  I've never found large sets of any flatware at the local thrift shops, or anything other than the really cheap Walmart specials.  I think someone goes through the bins, takes out the good stuff as soon as it comes in, and Ebays it.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Moralia on November 15, 2015, 02:52:01 PM
A geniune Featherweight for $50? Nice!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: daen on November 15, 2015, 03:53:27 PM
Very good score, Daen!  I've never found large sets of any flatware at the local thrift shops, or anything other than the really cheap Walmart specials.  I think someone goes through the bins, takes out the good stuff as soon as it comes in, and Ebays it.

The odd thing is  that they were bundled in types- all the forks, all the teaspoons, all the knives, all the tablespoons - each in their own band of tape and no relation to the rest. Maybe that saved them from being snaffled as soon as they hit the shelf? I've no idea.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: gingerzing on November 16, 2015, 01:09:00 PM
Finally checked out a thrift shop near our neighborhood. 
The majority of items had a fixed price.  Adult clothes $2 each, Shoes $1, Purses $1, Books 50 cents.  (I am sure there was other stuff listed)
I got a very sweet cloth Fossil purse for $1.  And DH got a name brand sweater ($2) with still the tags still on it. 

Nice


Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Venus193 on November 22, 2015, 11:58:23 AM
A $3 find.  I think it's meant to hold potpourri:

(http://i756.photobucket.com/albums/xx204/Venus193/Cameo%20Box%20closed_zpskk6qwpw9.jpg) (http://i756.photobucket.com/albums/xx204/Venus193/Cameo%20box%20opened_zpsacllddzc.jpg)
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Moralia on November 25, 2015, 01:33:56 PM
I managed to score a copy of "Spinning Wheel Building and Restoration" on ebay recently.  They usually sell for $40-60, but I bought it in a bundle with a bunch of other spinning how-tos for $30 total. 
Also included in the bundle were two copies of "Warp and weft from Tibet: A guide to Tibetan rug weaving as taught by Edith B. King".  I only need one, so I may be able to recoup some of the expenditure by listing it.  Yaaas!  (Now I just need to make the time to actually spin and weave.)
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: gmatoy on November 25, 2015, 10:44:41 PM
I managed to score a copy of "Spinning Wheel Building and Restoration" on ebay recently.  They usually sell for $40-60, but I bought it in a bundle with a bunch of other spinning how-tos for $30 total. 
Also included in the bundle were two copies of "Warp and weft from Tibet: A guide to Tibetan rug weaving as taught by Edith B. King".  I only need one, so I may be able to recoup some of the expenditure by listing it.  Yaaas!  (Now I just need to make the time to actually spin and weave.)

"Time", what is this thing you speak of? Says the woman who has spent the entire day doing food prep and baking pies. I hate Thanksgiving.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: daen on November 25, 2015, 10:45:32 PM
Found some nice silverware - not all the place settings are complete, but there are some serving pieces as well, and there are more than enough place settings for day to day. So we'll put our current flatware away until we're hosting a larger group, and we'll use the (very pretty, if slightly "experienced") silverware.

I think it was less than $20 for nine complete place settings, two serving spoons and a serving fork, and extra knives and spoons. Oddly, the lady at the till looked at the total and went "That's too much, isn't it?" I said "Are you kidding? Not in the least!" ... but I didn't offer to pay more, either.  ;D

I cleaned the cutlery today. I discovered, when one of the forks snapped just below the head as I was drying it, that our find was silver-plated cast pot metal. The knives and spoons seem to be more durable, but there's a reason why there were fewer forks than any other type of flatware...

Ah, well. Not like we spent a lot on it.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Moralia on December 03, 2015, 12:48:04 PM
"Time", what is this thing you speak of? Says the woman who has spent the entire day doing food prep and baking pies. I hate Thanksgiving.
I have my stuff in the living room, so if I think of it, I can work on projects during TV time.  :)

Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: 2littlemonkeys on December 03, 2015, 01:07:32 PM
I have been keeping an eye out for a decent purse at my local thrift store for a while now, as all I can really afford are the ones made of PLU and the straps eventually break down.  I would love a new leather purse but can't afford the leather price tag.

The other day, I had some time so I went in to poke around.  I stumbled upon a gorgeous leather bag in just the right color and style I've been looking for, all for the grand price of $8.  It's like it was fate, LOL
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: tinkytinky on December 03, 2015, 03:26:28 PM
About 5 years ago, I gutted and remodeled my kitchen (old farm house - old old old kitchen cabinets that were falling off of the wall....). I have been looking for a rolling island/cart to keep my baking supplies in. I walked into a houseware store looking for unusual gifts for my sister and sis-in-law. I get to the discount/as-is section and found the perfect cart - perfect size, perfect color, perfect options. Normal price is multi-hundreds of dollars. I got it for the grand price of $74.99 - because the box had water damage. (the pieces inside were fine as they had been wrapped). I can now put my stand mixer underneath and get it off my cabinet, I can clean all of the bakeware out and store in this cart, and I can keep special utensils (spatulas, rolling pins, etc) with the rest of my supplies!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: VorFemme on December 03, 2015, 03:31:58 PM
I have several  leather purses.

One of them was red leather and was bought with an eye to taking to a Red Hat Christmas party this year.

It was stolen the maximum number of times that our Queen allows - one of three gifts that were distinguished by being popular.   

I think that a red leather purse (unless I can find one in purple) is going to become my "signature" at the Christmas parties.  So far, they've all been too small to tempt me to keep them...I do have a large brown leather Coach tote that is my go-to bag most of the time.  But I need to grab the saddle soap and do a little cleaning...I've been using my leather purses and they need a touch of TLC (tender loving care) to stay in good shape.

I did go to the local Goodwill earlier this week...bought a purple leather "WalletBe" woman's wallet with an accordian fold credit card holder built into it for $5 - less my senior discount.  I did *not* put that in the gift bag with the red leather purse.  It did get shown off to those at my table - with a comment about how much fun shopping that location has been over the last six or seven years (since they opened)!  I have "red & purple radar"!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: gmatoy on December 03, 2015, 09:28:17 PM
About 5 years ago, I gutted and remodeled my kitchen (old farm house - old old old kitchen cabinets that were falling off of the wall....). I have been looking for a rolling island/cart to keep my baking supplies in. I walked into a houseware store looking for unusual gifts for my sister and sis-in-law. I get to the discount/as-is section and found the perfect cart - perfect size, perfect color, perfect options. Normal price is multi-hundreds of dollars. I got it for the grand price of $74.99 - because the box had water damage. (the pieces inside were fine as they had been wrapped). I can now put my stand mixer underneath and get it off my cabinet, I can clean all of the bakeware out and store in this cart, and I can keep special utensils (spatulas, rolling pins, etc) with the rest of my supplies!

Wow! How nice and I'm green with envy! (But there is no place to put something like that in my tiny kitchen.)
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Outdoor Girl on December 04, 2015, 08:09:15 AM
About 5 years ago, I gutted and remodeled my kitchen (old farm house - old old old kitchen cabinets that were falling off of the wall....). I have been looking for a rolling island/cart to keep my baking supplies in. I walked into a houseware store looking for unusual gifts for my sister and sis-in-law. I get to the discount/as-is section and found the perfect cart - perfect size, perfect color, perfect options. Normal price is multi-hundreds of dollars. I got it for the grand price of $74.99 - because the box had water damage. (the pieces inside were fine as they had been wrapped). I can now put my stand mixer underneath and get it off my cabinet, I can clean all of the bakeware out and store in this cart, and I can keep special utensils (spatulas, rolling pins, etc) with the rest of my supplies!

Wow! How nice and I'm green with envy! (But there is no place to put something like that in my tiny kitchen.)

Me, too!  Exactly what I'll be looking for when I move to my new place at the end of April.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: siamesecat2965 on December 04, 2015, 08:23:04 AM
Not really thrift, but just a good bargain. On Black Friday, i bought some things from Macys. One was a cashmere sweater at at decent price, the other were 2 peasant style tees and a cute cotton hoodie. Since i couldn't use my coupon on the cashmere, it was applied to the other 3 items, bringing them down to $4.32 each.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Venus193 on December 04, 2015, 10:44:54 AM
As promised earlier:

(http://i756.photobucket.com/albums/xx204/Venus193/Thrift%20Shop%20Finds/Thrift%209-2015-1_zpsgerhxdm8.jpg)

(http://i756.photobucket.com/albums/xx204/Venus193/Thrift%20Shop%20Finds/Thrift%209-2015-2_zpskuyovdji.jpg)

(http://i756.photobucket.com/albums/xx204/Venus193/Thrift%20Shop%20Finds/Thrift%2011-2015-1_zpsfsx8x9ke.jpg)

(http://i756.photobucket.com/albums/xx204/Venus193/Thrift%20Shop%20Finds/Thrift%2011-2015-2_zpswaqn0a2c.jpg)

(http://i756.photobucket.com/albums/xx204/Venus193/Thrift%20Shop%20Finds/Thrift%2011-2015-3_zpshku8r8qn.jpg)

Most items were only $1, except for the shell pendant, the grey crystal 70s necklace, and the multiple chain necklace (or belt) in the same photo with that, which were $3.  A few items needed minor repairs.

The chain on the CZ pendant might actually be silver, but can't find the 925 mark.  I've never seen a box chain made of anything else.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Moralia on December 04, 2015, 10:50:30 AM
We do a White Elephant gift exchange at the company Christmas party and people mostly go for novelties or gag gifts.  Last year someone brought a rather nice covered porcelain chamber pot they'd found when they moved into their house. (I still regret not stealing it...I ended up with the nicely wrapped box of urinal cakes.)
This year, I've amassed a small stack of records bought for about $1 each at the Goodwill. I think whoever picks my package will be THRILLED with Herb Albret and the Tijuana Brass, Don Ho, Les Baxter, Marty Robbins Goes Hawaiian, the Broadway Cast of Camelot, etc.   >:D  I keep hoping for some of the old self-improvement records, but haven't found any yet.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: alkira6 on December 04, 2015, 10:50:43 AM
Like the PP it wasn't really a thrift score but a really, really good deal.  I kill shoes by virtue of being me, so I but shoes constantly.  Doesn't matter if they are cheap or expensive, they are worn out in 4-6 moths, so I shop at pay less online constantly.

I caught a clearance sale with $5 shoes that had an automatic 25% off, other clearance shoes that were $7, and a coupon for 20% off my final total. With free shipping I wound up paying between $3-$5 per pair. I bought multiples of all the flats that they had so that I have a stockpile to pull from.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Outdoor Girl on December 04, 2015, 12:40:00 PM
BF and I hit the Thrift Store to see if we could find him dress pants for my work Christmas dinner and a winter coat, since he can't afford to buy new right now.

Success on both fronts for under $30 total.

We then went looking at the fancier dresses to see if we could find something for me to wear to the same dinner.  Found a cute dress, original tags still on it.  Thrift store tag?  1/2 the original tag price.  Ummmm, guys?  No one is going to pay that price for that dress.  You need to make it affordable and less than what that dress would have sold for on clearance at the end of the season.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Lillybet on December 06, 2015, 12:43:40 AM
Black garbage bag in the toy section at the local thrift shop. No-one was touching it because it didn't look inviting. Out of curiosity I opened it and discovered it was full of Duplo ;D 8). Took it to the front counter as there was no price. Girl gave it a look over and asked for $3.

Couple of weeks later I picked up some little tikes  nesting farm toys for only $1.

Score!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: cicero on December 06, 2015, 07:56:12 AM
BF and I hit the Thrift Store to see if we could find him dress pants for my work Christmas dinner and a winter coat, since he can't afford to buy new right now.

Success on both fronts for under $30 total.

We then went looking at the fancier dresses to see if we could find something for me to wear to the same dinner.  Found a cute dress, original tags still on it.  Thrift store tag?  1/2 the original tag price.  Ummmm, guys?  No one is going to pay that price for that dress.  You need to make it affordable and less than what that dress would have sold for on clearance at the end of the season.

Want to suggest you also try Burlington coat factory.  You do need patience and time bit I found some great buys- two warm jackets (one light but warm and one heavier and warmer with a hood) -  $30each. Dresses suitable for a work event at 20-40$. Plus they have great prices on stocking,  tights,  handbags...
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Outdoor Girl on December 06, 2015, 08:00:03 PM
Canadian and far enough from the border that a trip to Burlington Coat Factory isn't worth it.  Not to mention the current exchange rate...
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: daen on December 06, 2015, 08:05:41 PM
Canadian and far enough from the border that a trip to Burlington Coat Factory isn't worth it.  Not to mention the current exchange rate...

Ouch, yes.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Valentines Mommy on December 06, 2015, 08:23:38 PM
I hate Black Friday. Ever since I worked retail in college. But, I needed bras so I braved the crowds:

I was pleased with my haul to say the least:
2 bras normally priced at $40.00 each: on clearance (a rarity at my common size) 1 @$20, the 2nd at $5 (buy 1 get a 2nd 75% off)
2 black camisoles: same deal so 1 for $16, the 2nd for $4. Both normally $32 each.
1 strapless bra: 60% off so $20
1 pair of Spanx (the only item not on sale) $36
1 pair of designer jeans, normally $115, with coupon, $38.

After taxes, I paid $150 total. It was worth it.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: cicero on December 07, 2015, 05:54:28 AM
Canadian and far enough from the border that a trip to Burlington Coat Factory isn't worth it.  Not to mention the current exchange rate...
Oops,  of course...


My latest scores  -  not thrift but good deals.
Since moving to the US,  specifically living in NJ /working in NYC I've been dreading the winter and snow.  I bought a warm coat with a hood,  a pile of scarves,  hats,  and gloves but needed good snow boots.  I had planned to buy totes on black Friday but I was away and didn't.  I went to one brick and mortar store (which had sold the boots on black Friday at $40),and they were back to the usual 70-80$range. I went to the totes website and they were fufty-somethingandand right before I hit "byy" I checked on amazon and they were 45and free shipping.

Then I had been looking for a large handbag that will serve as a tote bag for my gym stuff without looking like a tote bag.  I have been using a backpack and wanted something nicer.  Everything I found was either in the $80 range or flimsy looking. I needed something sturdy,  roomy,  and with comfortable shoulder straps.  Well I found it! At a store,  on clearance and it's perfect.  In fact,  once I get a lock for my gym locker and can keep some stuff there,  I will be able to use thus bag on its own without having to use another pocketbook for my regular stuff.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: siamesecat2965 on December 07, 2015, 04:38:52 PM
Canadian and far enough from the border that a trip to Burlington Coat Factory isn't worth it.  Not to mention the current exchange rate...
Oops,  of course...


My latest scores  -  not thrift but good deals.
Since moving to the US,  specifically living in NJ /working in NYC I've been dreading the winter and snow.  I bought a warm coat with a hood,  a pile of scarves,  hats,  and gloves but needed good snow boots.  I had planned to buy totes on black Friday but I was away and didn't.  I went to one brick and mortar store (which had sold the boots on black Friday at $40),and they were back to the usual 70-80$range. I went to the totes website and they were fufty-somethingandand right before I hit "byy" I checked on amazon and they were 45and free shipping.

Then I had been looking for a large handbag that will serve as a tote bag for my gym stuff without looking like a tote bag.  I have been using a backpack and wanted something nicer.  Everything I found was either in the $80 range or flimsy looking. I needed something sturdy,  roomy,  and with comfortable shoulder straps.  Well I found it! At a store,  on clearance and it's perfect.  In fact,  once I get a lock for my gym locker and can keep some stuff there,  I will be able to use thus bag on its own without having to use another pocketbook for my regular stuff.

I've also done really well with Amazon as well. I wanted a new pair of black leather boots. Got some last year, at a great price, and a different pair this year, in a pretty cognac color. Liked those better so started looking for some like them in black. I'm also cheap! Found the same ones online, but for way more than I wanted to spend. Found not the same, but very similar, on Amazon, for a lot less. I like that they also offer free shipping and returns on some items.

I've also gotten some good deals on 6pm.com free shipping but not returns but fabulous deals, if you don't mind hunting.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: MissRose on December 13, 2015, 01:06:08 PM
I have found some nice clothing items including jeans for my dad, uncle and nephew.  I have paid under $5 a pair, and some of them have tags/stickers still on them, and some of them are brand names that retail for $30+. 
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: dawbs on December 19, 2015, 10:58:56 AM
4 pairs of kid pants, size 5-6/6x (some slim, some not).
I have no idea what they cost, but the IMPORTANT part is that some OTHER beleaguered parent had already put tucks in and taken them in at the waist.

Because anything that saves me from doing my unprofessional nips and tucks :)
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: snowfire on December 19, 2015, 03:37:17 PM
A pair of excellent condition, barely worn NYDJ jeans for my Mom.  That style would retail ~$100...my cost $15.00.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: GreenEyedHawk on December 19, 2015, 06:02:40 PM
My feet are oddly shaped.  I think they started out naturally narrow, then my love of going barefoot caused them to become splayed at the front.  So any shoe that fits on the front is flopping off the heel, and if it fits in the heel it's crushing the front.

One of the only brands of shoes that consistently fit me properly is Airwalk.  I even own Airwalk slippers.

The first really snowy, sloppy, wet day this winter I discovered the hard way that my winter boots had holes in them.  I didn't have a whole lot of money to spare, particularly with Christmas coming up, but I decided to see if I could find something on the cheap or maybe an early Black Friday sale... Then I saw a huge sign in the window of Payless Shoes...50% off boots.  Specifically, Airwalk boots.  Between the sale price and an SUTP coupon I realised hadn't expired yet, I got a pair of $80 (fake) fur-lined, dark brown leather,  calf-length Airwalk winter boots for about $30.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: cicero on December 20, 2015, 07:02:21 PM
Not so much a score,  but I did some exploring this weekend.  Yesterday I walked to the other side of town and found the local goodwill (about 50minute walk each way.  I could take the train for one stop which would cut down the walk to about ten minutes or so but what's the fun in that)

Today I walked to the next city (about 50minute in the other direction) where they have a thrift store (got two cookbooks for four dollars)  and the most amazing second hand store.  I had so much fun there.  Bought two cute trays (one fits perfectly over the toilet,  the second will be hung on the kitchen wall). They also sell furniture and have a delivery service so when I will have a few spare $$ I will go back and do some more hunting.  I think it's my new favorite place
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Post by: gmatoy on December 21, 2015, 02:48:23 AM
I got a brand-new children's picture book, retail $19.99 for $1.29. It is going to be a Christmas present for a friend's child.
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Post by: ladyknight1 on December 22, 2015, 01:01:18 PM
Aldi stores have butter for $2.39/lb. My local grocery store brand is $4.69/lb. I will make a special trip for butter at half the price!
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Post by: bridalviolet on December 23, 2015, 11:28:22 AM
Fabric store score: my local is having a sale of 50% off quilting cottons, plus a coupon that gives you 25% off any fabric, regular or sale price. So I got some gorgeous yardage, normally $8 per yard, for only $2 per yard. Yay!
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Post by: ladyknight1 on January 25, 2016, 10:47:14 AM
This is more a question than a score. DH and I will be putting in an offer on a house that is nearly a century old. It has all hardwood floors except for the kitchen and bathrooms, which are tile.

If we get the house, we would like to put rugs in each bedroom and some of the living areas. Where would you buy large area rugs? Is that something thrift stores carry?
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Post by: VorFemme on January 25, 2016, 10:54:12 AM
Sometimes...what a thrift store carries can vary by who donates or consigns items that week or month.  There may be nothing one day and four a week later.
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Post by: Venus193 on January 25, 2016, 11:02:40 AM
Found this for $5:

(https://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/release_boxshots/1448-c29075679ff79d06f3463ffb9a36c486/10011_box_348x490_w128.jpg)

Currently out of print.
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Post by: CrabbyAppleton on January 25, 2016, 11:56:02 AM
This is more a question than a score. DH and I will be putting in an offer on a house that is nearly a century old. It has all hardwood floors except for the kitchen and bathrooms, which are tile.

If we get the house, we would like to put rugs in each bedroom and some of the living areas. Where would you buy large area rugs? Is that something thrift stores carry?

Is there a Habitat for Humanity store near you?  I've seen some really nice ones at my local place.
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on January 25, 2016, 12:13:52 PM
This is more a question than a score. DH and I will be putting in an offer on a house that is nearly a century old. It has all hardwood floors except for the kitchen and bathrooms, which are tile.

If we get the house, we would like to put rugs in each bedroom and some of the living areas. Where would you buy large area rugs? Is that something thrift stores carry?

Is there a Habitat for Humamity store near you?  I've seen some really nice ones at my local place.

Also, if you're on social media, a lot of towns have virtual garage or yard sale groups, where people buy and sell. I got a great mirror to hang over my sofa for way less than I would have paid in any store. So maybe try and check those out.

It also depends on the quality you want. I have friends who have gotten pricy ones at places like Pottery Barn, but they weren't that great, and replaced with some from Target. I've also seen rugs at Home Depot and Lowes.

Also, check out carpet stores, sometimes you can get a remnant, in the right size, and have it bound, for not that much money. That's how i got my first carpet for my first apt.
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Post by: Harriet Jones on January 25, 2016, 12:18:59 PM
 Places that sell wall-to-wall carpet often have bound remnants for sale.

When we moved into our current house, we needed area rugs for the main floor.  We ended up buying some from Home Depot, some from a carpet store.
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Post by: Black Delphinium on January 25, 2016, 03:06:07 PM
If you have a local Ollie's, they have area rugs.
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Post by: gmatoy on January 25, 2016, 03:51:05 PM
Fabric store score: my local is having a sale of 50% off quilting cottons, plus a coupon that gives you 25% off any fabric, regular or sale price. So I got some gorgeous yardage, normally $8 per yard, for only $2 per yard. Yay!

Color me jealous!
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Post by: ladyknight1 on January 25, 2016, 03:52:45 PM
Thanks for all the answers! I have a few Habitat Restores here, I'll check them, then Goodwill, then the carpet stores.

I want good quality rugs that don't shed too much.
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Post by: Alicia on January 25, 2016, 04:01:16 PM
Does your local old folks home do a yard sale ? That's the best because people are downsizing to move into  the old folks home and often have lots of lovely rugs and other home goods
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on January 26, 2016, 09:14:53 AM
Does your local old folks home do a yard sale ? That's the best because people are downsizing to move into  the old folks home and often have lots of lovely rugs and other home goods

Or some of them, like the one my mom moved to, have a store, where they take donations to sell, for the fund they use to help residents who need financial assistance. My mom, who recently moved there, and downsized, has given them a TON of stuff. What's nice is the store is "on campus" and they will come to her apt and pick it up! I got rid of a lot of my stuff that way too/ shhh. and mom get's the tax writeoff benefit, to the extent allowed.
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Post by: Outdoor Girl on January 26, 2016, 09:16:38 AM
Does your local old folks home do a yard sale ? That's the best because people are downsizing to move into  the old folks home and often have lots of lovely rugs and other home goods

Or some of them, like the one my mom moved to, have a store, where they take donations to sell, for the fund they use to help residents who need financial assistance. My mom, who recently moved there, and downsized, has given them a TON of stuff. What's nice is the store is "on campus" and they will come to her apt and pick it up! I got rid of a lot of my stuff that way too/ shhh. and mom get's the tax writeoff benefit, to the extent allowed.

This is awesome!  And a great community service, both for the residents and the community at large.
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on January 26, 2016, 01:57:43 PM
Does your local old folks home do a yard sale ? That's the best because people are downsizing to move into  the old folks home and often have lots of lovely rugs and other home goods

Or some of them, like the one my mom moved to, have a store, where they take donations to sell, for the fund they use to help residents who need financial assistance. My mom, who recently moved there, and downsized, has given them a TON of stuff. What's nice is the store is "on campus" and they will come to her apt and pick it up! I got rid of a lot of my stuff that way too/ shhh. and mom get's the tax writeoff benefit, to the extent allowed.

This is awesome!  And a great community service, both for the residents and the community at large.

it really is!  She and I are both quite impressed with her new home! then again, she did a LOT of research before she picked it!
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Post by: ladyknight1 on January 27, 2016, 07:21:27 AM
I bought this great cardigan for $7! http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=89219&vid=1&pid=752242012 (http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=89219&vid=1&pid=752242012)
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Post by: Miss Misha on February 21, 2016, 05:14:09 PM
Found a great store yesterday in Salinas, CA called Crush Consignment. Run by two very nice ladies and a really well organized, easy to shop store. I wasn't even looking to buy but purchased a cool shirt/jacket and some Cole Haan driving loafers that were worn maybe once - both for under $50 USD. My friend got a beautiful cashmere sweater for about $20.
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Post by: ladyknight1 on February 21, 2016, 05:23:29 PM
DS had gift certificates to spend at Men's Wearhouse yesterday. For $107, he got: 3 short sleeve shirts, 1 dress shirt, a shoe tree, a tie rack, a shoe cleaning kit.

DH was there, so I noticed two nice shirts in his size, so he has a new navy linen short sleeve shirt and an ivory silk. Both for $20 total.
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Post by: Venus193 on February 21, 2016, 05:57:37 PM
$2 for a mint-condition copy:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51ANdB7c4hL._SX394_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg)
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Post by: alkira6 on February 21, 2016, 09:16:46 PM
A coach crossbody bag in mint condition for $5. It was mixed in with a lot of cheaper bags at a garage sale.
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Post by: Moralia on February 21, 2016, 10:18:45 PM
A nice little ukelele for $30. I'd looked at getting the same one at the music store and they run about $50. I don't really play, but it's a lot of fun.
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Post by: greencat on February 22, 2016, 12:36:47 AM
$5 for a lovely peach colored satin dress with a beaded corset-style top, in exactly my size.
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Post by: workerbee on February 22, 2016, 08:38:47 AM
Keen brand water shoes in my son's size and favorite color, for $3.50.
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Post by: gmatoy on February 22, 2016, 09:12:53 PM
Okay, not a thrift store at all, but my DM is refusing to shop at Joann's fabric stores because she feels that they are rude. So, when I see a fabric that I know she would like for the quilts she is making, I buy her a yard. (She puts at least one block with pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness fabric into every quilt.)

Yesterday, she gifted me with a ton of patriotic fabric, so I can make a Quilt of Valor for my DH. He isn't a joiner, so he might not get one if I don't make it. (As he says, "Look what happened the one time I joined...still paying for that decision.")

So nice of my Mama, as she certainly didn't have to try to repay me. But she loves DH and wanted to help his quilt become a reality.
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Post by: Mikayla on February 23, 2016, 10:21:13 AM
Amasi - I think your dishes just might be a grocery store promotion item

they look familiar - try Kroger's or IGA

I agree.  I think it's Kroger's (King Soopers in my part of the world)
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Post by: Mikayla on February 23, 2016, 10:23:48 AM
Oops, I forgot mine.  One of my housemates and I love going early to the Salvation Army.  This past weekend, we went and I found a brand new Denver Broncos Super Bowl t-shirt.   I'm in Denver so this was really whacked.  It wasn't an NFL logo one, but a really cool tie dyed thing.  I got it for $4 and it was a matter of nanoseconds that I got there first. 
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Post by: Mad Goat Woman on March 05, 2016, 04:59:45 AM
I bought a Brother 1034D overlocker (serger) today for $60 AUD from the village markets. It's in working order and can do the job, I just have to learn how to thread it and everything.
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Post by: Bandu on March 05, 2016, 08:09:35 PM
A real Coach leather bag, vintage, for $5 US at a yard sale today. WOO!
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Post by: Nikko-chan on March 05, 2016, 10:28:04 PM
Not a thrift store find but... a nightgown for under six bucks with tax at walmart.
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Post by: Crochet Addict on March 08, 2016, 10:17:55 AM
Yesterday I spent a bit less than $14 at Goodwill. I got: 3 pairs of jeans for myself (Limited, DKNY, and Jones), a pair of yoga pants for myself, a pair of shorts for Little Man, a VHS copy of the first Batman movie, a Little People police car (with a black night instead of a police officer in it, but Little Man doesn't care), and a Hot Wheels car.

A few weeks back, I donated a bunch of my old dress shoes (my knees don't get along with heels anymore) and scored a pair of Doc Martens oxfords for $3! I almost fainted because I've wanted a pair since grunge was in style. I was joking with DH as we walked in that maybe the thrift karma fairy would smile on me and boom- there they were! :-D
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Post by: gmatoy on March 10, 2016, 11:08:18 PM
I went to a local "Friends of the library" members only sale and spent $25 and change.  I got 14 Jazz CDs($1.00 each) for my son-in-law, over 30 quilting magazines, several children's books, and a bunch of quilting books and several fun to read books for my upcoming vacation. This was their limited to 25 items sale; however, magazines didn't count toward the limit, just had to pay for them.

They have another members only sale next week before the one open to the public starts.  That one doesn't have any limits.

Here is what always surprises me: all the years that I went only to the public sale, I always bought a ton of stuff and so did everyone else I saw! They must have a special back room that just magically refills!
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Post by: Venus193 on March 11, 2016, 06:55:40 AM
Found this yesterday for $2:

(http://giochinscatola.it/catalog/images/FDX04810_box.gif)

Also found a Murder Mystery Party kit for the same price.
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Post by: Lindenharp on March 11, 2016, 09:00:32 PM
At a local consignment shop, I found a perfectly-fitting pair of Talbot's slacks. It would have been a steal at the marked price of $15, but it was half off. $7.50 for slacks that would cost $80-100 new!
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Post by: Nikko-chan on March 11, 2016, 09:21:11 PM
22 dollars for three books, one on local hauntings, one just a general read, and the other a sign langauge book. Yay.
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Post by: TheWeirdOne on March 19, 2016, 04:15:19 AM
Two dresses, $5 and $6 respectively, and a genuine (slightly worn) leather coat for $20. The coat is long, and I'll probably only be able to wear it for the two weeks of the year it isn't disgustingly hot, but it's so beautiful (and such good value) that I don't care. ;D
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Post by: Luci on March 19, 2016, 09:37:54 AM
This is more a question than a score. DH and I will be putting in an offer on a house that is nearly a century old. It has all hardwood floors except for the kitchen and bathrooms, which are tile.

If we get the house, we would like to put rugs in each bedroom and some of the living areas. Where would you buy large area rugs? Is that something thrift stores carry?

Are you talking about 10 x 12 rugs and the like? We get ours from large home improvement stores. There are usually the same patterns in different sizes. They are pretty reasonably priced.

We bought one at a thrift store, but it was the only one there. It depends on what is brought in. We donated one to a charity shop, too.
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Post by: ladyknight1 on March 19, 2016, 03:10:28 PM
I got a pair of knee length shorts for $20, a cute sign for my desk for $6 and ordered two DSLR Nikkor lenses for the price of one.
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on March 20, 2016, 08:33:12 AM
Finally something from a thrift store! A local church has a teeny shop in their basement, open on Saturdays for a few hours. A friend has been a few times and I really wanted to go. 4 small rooms with some nice things, and some junky. So after looking, I went back to the first room, since my friend takes forever and I was just waiting for her to finish. Glad I did as I spotted a large cast aluminum pot on the floor,  a wear ever  12 qt stockpot. Priced at $2!!!! Mine!

And while not cheap cheap, not too bad. On Etsy, also by wearever, a colander in the shape of a pot, with handle and hook, and perforated bottom, you can hook over a pot to drain. I have a smaller one and my mom a larger one. Found the bigger one my mom has for $20, with shipping. I seriously use mine all the time so having a second one is a bonus!
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Post by: Emmy on March 20, 2016, 09:45:28 PM
At a local consignment shop, I found a perfectly-fitting pair of Talbot's slacks. It would have been a steal at the marked price of $15, but it was half off. $7.50 for slacks that would cost $80-100 new!

I've found quite a few nice Talbots things in thrift stores and they seem to be good quality.  I wasn't familiar with that brand prior to thrifting.  My latest Talbots find was a pristine emerald green (one of my favorite colors) corduroy blazer with gold details for $3.
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on March 21, 2016, 08:09:36 AM
At a local consignment shop, I found a perfectly-fitting pair of Talbot's slacks. It would have been a steal at the marked price of $15, but it was half off. $7.50 for slacks that would cost $80-100 new!

I've found quite a few nice Talbots things in thrift stores and they seem to be good quality.  I wasn't familiar with that brand prior to thrifting.  My latest Talbots find was a pristine emerald green (one of my favorite colors) corduroy blazer with gold details for $3.

They most definitely are! I worked for them for almost 10 years. If you find anything from Talbots in good shape, and cheap, snap it up! That blazer probably retailed for about $130 originally.
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Post by: atirial on March 22, 2016, 05:08:59 AM
I find buying shoes a nightmare. I've been wearing my old ones despite going through the soles because I couldn't find anything that didn't make my feet bleed. Yesterday, just ambling round town, I saw a local superstore with a sale on for end-of-line shoes: the weird ones that fitted nobody. I now have two pairs of wearable shoes because while they were there, I picked up spares! (The thrift kicks in at the 80% off. They still cost £20 a pair, which is why I don't normally shop there.)
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on March 22, 2016, 09:40:43 AM
And my latest vintage kitchen score, from my mom. hahaha. I convinced her that since she doens't use it, that I can have her vintage Ecko eggbeater.
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Post by: Moralia on March 22, 2016, 11:48:13 AM
I was thinking of this thread last week in Goodwill when I found two pair of Dr. Martens leather clog-type shoes in my daughter's size.  They were still in the bin on the stock cart when I intercepted them.  They don't look like they've been worn much, if at all...and a bit of oil makes the $8 and $10 shoes look brand new!

I didn't score this one, but my sister brought it to me as an early birthday present.  (She got it at an estate sale.)
A shiny chrome "Beautyware" wall-mounted kitchen dispenser.  It has slots for a roll of paper towels, wax paper and foil!  I'm such a kitchenware geek!
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on March 22, 2016, 11:52:08 AM


I didn't score this one, but my sister brought it to me as an early birthday present.  (She got it at an estate sale.)
A shiny chrome "Beautyware" wall-mounted kitchen dispenser.  It has slots for a roll of paper towels, wax paper and foil!  I'm such a kitchenware geek!

Oooh. this sounds cool! I love vintage kitchen stuff. so much bettetr than what you can buy today
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Post by: afbluebelle on March 22, 2016, 02:46:44 PM
Today was free day for all ranks at the Airman's Attic on base. I picked up 2 pairs of like new uniform pants, 1 like new blouse, 1 blues jacket, 1 blues skirt, a blues blouse, a few pairs of jeans/jean shorts, and a brand new pair of Dickies shorts for my boy (8). At least $350 in clothing for nothing. Next free day is Thursday... Will probably hunt for another blues skirt, pants, and some clothes for the beast child. The husband unit needs new clothes as well, but the women's selection is great compared to everything else... Women seem to donate thier clothes, but pick stuff up for their kids and spouses.
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Post by: Moralia on March 24, 2016, 12:14:36 PM
Not a thrift score, but dumpster diving...sorta...I was out taking a walk around the neighborhood when I spied a bentwood Singer case in some rubbish on the curb.  I figured if it was in restore-able shape, I'd put one of my orphan machine heads in it.  Buuuut!  There was a Singer 128K electrified head already in it.

I took the poor grimy thing home and it's mechanically sound but the electrics are shot. I've pulled the motor and ordered a hand crank.  A bit of cleaning and adjustment and it'll work good as new.  The decals are very worn and the paint on the bed shows quite a bit of wear, but that just gives it wabi-sabi. ;)

I'm trying to decide whether to or rehome it.  But at the very least I saved it from the scrap-heap! *heroic music plays in the background*


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Post by: Mustard on March 24, 2016, 12:28:40 PM
Not a thrift score, but dumpster diving...sorta...I was out taking a walk around the neighborhood when I spied a bentwood Singer case in some rubbish on the curb.  I figured if it was in restore-able shape, I'd put one of my orphan machine heads in it.  Buuuut!  There was a Singer 128K electrified head already in it.

I took the poor grimy thing home and it's mechanically sound but the electrics are shot. I've pulled the motor and ordered a hand crank.  A bit of cleaning and adjustment and it'll work good as new.  The decals are very worn and the paint on the bed shows quite a bit of wear, but that just gives it wabi-sabi. ;)

I'm trying to decide whether to or rehome it.  But at the very least I saved it from the scrap-heap! *heroic music plays in the background*


You did better than I did today... I saw a little chest of drawers in the skip (U.K. for dumpster) at the local waste management centre.  Made of oak, it was about 18ins long, 12ins high and 10ins deep, with 3 shallow drawers at the bottom and 2 sets of 2 drawers above with a space in between.  It had a brass makers plate on it, green baize- lined drawers and all the little knobs on the drawers were present.  I sent my husband off to see the man while I daydreamed about stripping it down, maybe waxing it, or decoupage... But nope.  What comes into the tip stays in the tip.  So I had to put it back.  :'(  :'(  :'(
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Post by: Moralia on March 24, 2016, 12:40:33 PM
Ouch.  I figure it's not stealing if it's in the garbage and never ask.   >:D

Of course the laws vary, but I figure "Oh gosh, it was in the trash. I figured that it would be OK!" is a viable defense.  ;)
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Post by: Outdoor Girl on March 24, 2016, 02:10:10 PM
Back in the summer when my BF first started bringing his dogs when he stayed with me, we'd walk them around my neighbourhood.  Four Dachshund/Shih Tzu crosses (Sweenies).  We've been quite the sight - we get a lot of looks from passersby.

We are walking our usually route and out by the curb is this dog dish with a large reservoir so it automatically feeds more food, with a 'Free to a good home' sign on it.  I think they'd tried it, didn't like it, had seen us walking by with the herd and figured we might be interested.

We were; took it home and we're still using it.  It's great for us; they are free fed because none of them overeat and this way, we can make sure they have lots of food all the time.  I think we going to have to look into getting the same thing for a water reservoir, though I'm less keen about having water in plastic.
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Post by: VorFemme on March 24, 2016, 02:26:01 PM
Three pairs of Capris (weather is warming up) and three knit tops (mostly cotton top in shades of indigo blues to wear with denim, black & gray & teal textured knit to wear for "dress up", and a turquoise cotton sweater - aka jumper for when I'm going to be indoors in the summer - because A/C can be cranked too low).  The colors on all three tops make my eyes pop.  Six pieces for under $32 (senior discount). 

VorGuy was impressed - as we'd just been looking through a catalog to see what I might need...and the total for six pieces was at least three to four times that - although there was an offer for "free shipping".
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Post by: gmatoy on March 24, 2016, 06:35:37 PM
Not a thrift score, but dumpster diving...sorta...I was out taking a walk around the neighborhood when I spied a bentwood Singer case in some rubbish on the curb.  I figured if it was in restore-able shape, I'd put one of my orphan machine heads in it.  Buuuut!  There was a Singer 128K electrified head already in it.

I took the poor grimy thing home and it's mechanically sound but the electrics are shot. I've pulled the motor and ordered a hand crank.  A bit of cleaning and adjustment and it'll work good as new.  The decals are very worn and the paint on the bed shows quite a bit of wear, but that just gives it wabi-sabi. ;)

I'm trying to decide whether to or rehome it.  But at the very least I saved it from the scrap-heap! *heroic music plays in the background*

I'm so proud of you! Here's your cape!
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Post by: Moralia on March 25, 2016, 10:59:16 AM
Thanks!  I'll sew it into a handy bag on my new machine since Edna very strictly forbids capes.  :D
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Post by: gmatoy on March 25, 2016, 08:04:46 PM
Who is Edna and why does she forbid capes?
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Post by: ladyknight1 on March 25, 2016, 08:39:45 PM
Edna Mode is the designer of superhero costumes in The Incredibles.
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Post by: Harriet Jones on March 25, 2016, 09:49:54 PM
The Incredibles is a really good movie - it's not just for kids. 

There's been a "free" table at our community center recently - I scored some unopened jigsaw puzzles and some books, including a like-new book on vintage/historical fashion.
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Post by: gmatoy on March 26, 2016, 02:27:49 PM
Edna Mode is the designer of superhero costumes in The Incredibles.

Ah, thanks for the answer!
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Post by: dawnfire on March 29, 2016, 10:23:01 PM
computer bag for hubby, 2 jeans for and a T shirt ds 16

total $33
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Post by: crella on March 30, 2016, 04:51:08 AM
Thanks for all the answers! I have a few Habitat Restores here, I'll check them, then Goodwill, then the carpet stores.

I want good quality rugs that don't shed too much.

I second the Home Depot suggestion. We got a really nice one there 8 years ago and it still looks great.
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Post by: Venus193 on April 01, 2016, 04:09:09 PM
$7 find in the Salvation Army last week.  I'll have to restore a few stones.:

(http://i756.photobucket.com/albums/xx204/Venus193/KJL%20Belt%201_zpsiczwiamm.jpg) (http://i756.photobucket.com/albums/xx204/Venus193/KJL%20Belt%202_zpsiqpcdebo.jpg)

It's a Kenneth Jay Lane, probably from the 60s. 
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Post by: CrabbyAppleton on April 01, 2016, 04:41:42 PM
5 shirts and 1 pair of Capri pants, all brand new for $6.
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Post by: gmatoy on April 01, 2016, 07:17:30 PM
I went a St. Vincent de Paul's today and got a bag of books for $8.00. They encourage you to fit in as many books as you can. So I got 19 books in my bag. I also bought 3 children's books for 49 cents each. Also bought a 12 quilting magazines.  And I got the senior discount, so my complete purchase was only $9.00!

Then I went to the public library and bought 3 more quilting magazines and 2 paperbacks for 50 cents! Had to have my husband meet the bus, because the bags were too heavy to walk the 7 blocks.
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Post by: Vall on April 09, 2016, 02:43:45 AM
We like going to flea markets but usually don't think about thrift shops.  Last month at a flea market we picked out 57 DVDs of movies we liked for $75.  All have played good.

Due to this thread (I've read the whole thread with envy), we went thrift store shopping a couple of weeks ago.  We went to five stores and it was fun!  For DH we bought four pairs of dress pants, four casual shirts, and a broiler pan (he loves to cook).  I bought a flannel shirt, and like-new leather purse and sandals.  For us, we bought a DVD of a 1930's movie that we had been wanting and four Trivial Pursuit versions that we didn't have (we already had about 6 versions).  We spent less than $40 for everything.

Wandering around and looking at everything with DH was fun.  It was worth the money just for the entertainment value.  I would have spent that much on the sandals so the rest was a bonus.

The DVD was the 1936 movie Libeled Lady starring Jean Harlow, William Powell, Myrna Loy, and Spencer Tracy.  Ms Harlow passed away the following year--she was only in her 20's.  I am so excited to add this movie to my collection.
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Post by: AliciaLynette on April 11, 2016, 03:41:16 AM
Just hit the local charity shop, and picked up a glass pyrex casserole dish with lid, a summer dress for DD and a smart tee for me for work, all for £9.50.
A little more than I would wish to pay, but DD's dress will fit her for a couple of years (she's small for her age, and I suspect she'll be short like me when she's grown), and the casserole dish should last years.
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Post by: GreenHall on April 18, 2016, 09:39:13 AM
At the local Goodwill this weekend, went in looking for one thing (no luck), decided to skim the pants rack for linen pants.  No luck, but I did find a pair of Talbots wool pants (my size, no hemming needed - unheard of!). 

$4.99. 

Two strikes and still a very productive visit.
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Post by: Emmy on April 20, 2016, 07:37:33 PM
I had a lot of fun thrifting last week.  I got in the store and they were having an unadvertised 50% off everything sale, yay!

For $35 I got a toy for the kids 9 kid items and 15 adult clothing items.  There were several gymboree tops I got for my girls and a denim baby gap dress.  For DH I got 2 Brooks Brothers dress shirts.  In my stuff was a Nike jacket, a banana republic silk shirt, a pair of white house black market jeans and top, a Talbots top.  Since we got so much this time and in previous thrifting trips, I also did a closet purge and donated about 3 large boxes of clothes and toys. 

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Post by: Nikko-chan on April 20, 2016, 10:40:14 PM
Guys! Exciting news! There is a thrift store on campus that I never knew about!
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Post by: snowfire on April 21, 2016, 06:36:08 PM
Picked up a new, never used power cord for our new dryer, normally ~$20 - 25 for $4.
An armband holder for my MP3 player for $2.
Four nearly new, no visible wear extra tall polo shirts for DH in the heavyweight fabric he likes for $4 each.
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Post by: Venus193 on April 22, 2016, 05:43:37 AM
A brand-new, unopened copy of this for $5:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/616O9LEKYSL._SY355_.jpg)
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Post by: gmatoy on April 22, 2016, 01:27:50 PM
Venus193, That looks like fun...wandering off to add to my list of things for which I'm looking.
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Post by: EveLGenius on May 01, 2016, 03:58:48 PM
I was at the Goodwill yesterday, looking for nothing in particular.  I wandered past the selection of wineglasses, and there on the shelf was a single glass with a very unusual stem pattern- exactly like the pattern of DH's favorite set.  The cat broke one two weeks after he got the set, and this is the first time I've seen anything similar.  It's an exact match, for only $2!
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Post by: guihong on May 01, 2016, 10:47:01 PM
I found a blue and white plate with a peacock in the middle, a pretty border, and a thin line of gold along the edge at a garage sale for $2.00.  I was just searching around on Ebay and saw an identical plate for $120.00 :D.  Turns out it's Imari porcelain from Japan.
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Post by: #borecore on May 02, 2016, 07:04:48 AM
I was tasked with finding 2-inch binders and 30 dividers each for my husband and I for our bar exam notes.

I went to my campus bookstore, and school-branded binders were $8 apiece, and they were out of dividers. I went to the drugstore (on campus, so a big school supply section) and they were $9-$22 apiece depending on features, and dividers were $1.75-$4 for a 5-pack.

Feeling resigned to spending about $42 for this frivolous project (on top of $2,400 for 2 bar review courses!!), I had a lightbulb moment and went to the Goodwill across the street, where about 100 undergrads had recently dumped their gently used class binders (many of which had dividers inside).

I got 2 excellent binders with nice safety releases on the rings (any school supply fiend of yore knows about binder rings that snap unpleasantly and misalign!) full of about 30 mismatched, yet perfectly usable, dividers, for just $1.99 a pop! That's $4.22 with tax, or 90% less!

Now, back to my regularly scheduled, self-imposed eHell break while I prepare to become a lawyer ...
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Post by: Moralia on May 09, 2016, 08:31:08 AM
About 6-8 months ago, I found a mid-to-late-50's Hamilton Beach stand mixer at the Goodwill. It is in very good shape, but didn't have the bowls with it.  I had some old mixer bowls that kina worked, but they weren't quite right.

This past weekend I was at the same location and looking through the kitchenware when I came across a large, ribbed milk glass bowl.  When I turned it over I found it marked.  "PYREX - Hamilton Beach - Racine, Wisconsin - Made in the USA".  I felt like it was sort of pricey at $9.99, but when I got to the checkout I found out that the blue tags were half off that day!   I am very pleased with how nice my stand mixer looks with its proper bowl now.   :D ;D :D
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on May 09, 2016, 08:32:16 AM
About 6-8 months ago, I found a mid-to-late-50's Hamilton Beach stand mixer at the Goodwill. It is in very good shape, but didn't have the bowls with it.  I had some old mixer bowls that kina worked, but they weren't quite right.

This past weekend I was at the same location and looking through the kitchenware when I came across a large, ribbed milk glass bowl.  When I turned it over I found it marked.  "PYREX - Hamilton Beach - Racine, Wisconsin - Made in the USA".  I felt like it was sort of pricey at $9.99, but when I got to the checkout I found out that the blue tags were half off that day!   I am very pleased with how nice my stand mixer looks with its proper bowl now.   :D ;D :D

Is that the one that looks like a rocket ship? hahahahahaha. My mom had one of those and I miss it!
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Post by: Moralia on May 09, 2016, 10:01:38 AM
I found a picture of one online.  Mine is just like the one on the right. I don't know the exact manufacture date since the stamp was partially rubbed off. All that's left if 0-5...so October sometime in the 50s!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/alexsgigi/2704937188/in/faves-133225567@N04/
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Post by: VorFemme on May 09, 2016, 11:11:42 AM
I was out looking for "things" that could be turned into supplemental Renn Faire garb.

I didn't find anything, but since my "bargain bump" was tingling, I kept looking.  I found a computer desk in the corner that matched the photo from an ad DD printed out as her ideal computer table...for half the price of a new one!  It has a file drawer for papers, a compartment with a door for a desktop, and an extra shelf or two over the file drawer for supplies or whatever.  The "printer shelf" was missing but she has a hutch the width of the entire desk to replace it...

DD & I went to look for it, turned out that #1 the hutch next to it came with it (more storage) and #2 the yellow tags were half off that day, so - for $49.50 she got her preferred desk, the hutch (that had been too much extra to get new), and I set it up for her...she did  have to get a friend of her husband's to bring his full sized pickup over, theirs was too small (DSIL was out of town). 

I had to go to the hardware store to pick up extra screws for $2 - and two shelves are "missing" (may be able to get from manufacturer - but since it has gone out of production - she may live without them).  She's happy.

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Post by: rose red on May 23, 2016, 08:25:56 AM
Stores are getting rid of their winter clothing now. I found a cute cardigan that retails for $69, marked down to $13. I thought that was a bargain and then it rang up for $6!
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on May 23, 2016, 08:33:37 AM
Not a thrift score, but sale and coupons. I know a lot of people have posted about ordering online from Kohls, but I've only ever had one issue, which was fairly easily resolved. While going through my closet, i realized I needed some more solid tank tops, and decided the ones I've gotten in the past from Kohls I like better than some of my others. they are bit fuller coverage and cotton/modal, so a bit softer. Wash well, and last.

that being said, they were on sale for 6.99, and I had 30% off. Add free shipping into the mix, i got 7 of them for $34, so 4.85 each.

And while not a thrift score, i needed to look for a coat for an upcoming trip, and found one onlkine. didn't get around to ordering it over the weekend, and now its 30% off!
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Post by: singingserpent on May 23, 2016, 08:46:58 AM
A like new pair of Lululemon crop tights for 5.99. They are almost $90 new. My daughter was so excited when I brought them home for her.
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Post by: ladyknight1 on May 23, 2016, 09:03:50 AM
Not a thrift score, but sale and coupons. I know a lot of people have posted about ordering online from Kohls, but I've only ever had one issue, which was fairly easily resolved. While going through my closet, i realized I needed some more solid tank tops, and decided the ones I've gotten in the past from Kohls I like better than some of my others. they are bit fuller coverage and cotton/modal, so a bit softer. Wash well, and last.

that being said, they were on sale for 6.99, and I had 30% off. Add free shipping into the mix, i got 7 of them for $34, so 4.85 each.

And while not a thrift score, i needed to look for a coat for an upcoming trip, and found one onlkine. didn't get around to ordering it over the weekend, and now its 30% off!

That's all I do. I don't frequent our thrift stores, because they never have anything in my size or that fits my style. I get good deals at retail stores or online.
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Post by: tinkytinky on May 23, 2016, 09:18:52 AM
Not a thrift store, but I got my son's winter coat for next winter for $1.99 brand new (regular price was $94.99). Also got a for my 2 daughters a t-shirt and sweatshirt (each) with their college names for $9.99 (sweatshirt) and $9.59 (t-shirt). The college stuff is expensive, so they don't have much in college apparel, so they were thrilled. (normal price for the sweatshirts was $49.99 and $52.99).
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Post by: ladyknight1 on May 23, 2016, 09:36:55 AM
^Where? We always need more jackets.
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Post by: tinkytinky on May 23, 2016, 10:27:54 AM
sorry, this one was at Kmart! It was a great snowboarding jacket just about 1/2 a size too big (perfect for this winter).
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Post by: Moralia on May 23, 2016, 03:54:16 PM
I just scooped up a pair of Craftsman Co. handmade copper bud vases for $2 each.  According to the internet, they have to have been made between 1929 and 1959 and are ebaying for about $15-20 each. (Selling finds on ebay is how I make my Christmas and mad money.)
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Post by: kudeebee on May 25, 2016, 12:27:51 AM
Four brand new mini bread pans for $2.25 total.  That price includes the discount of the day.
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on May 25, 2016, 09:18:48 AM
Four brand new mini bread pans for $2.25 total.  That price includes the discount of the day.

I bought some loaf pans a few years back; at the dollar store. I had been looking for some foil ones, as I wanted to bake bread for Christmas gifts for my co-workers. Found these, and figured they would work too. Well, despite being cheap, they are the best loaf pans I have ever used. Nothing fancy at all, but they work well, and clean easily. I also have two very heavy, Le Cruseut stoneware loaf pans which I never use anymore. I think they are going to go in the "try and sell online" pile.
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Post by: Black Delphinium on May 25, 2016, 10:07:27 PM
5 pair of shorts, 2 tank tops and a t-shirt for $21 with tax at the children's consignment shop.
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Post by: alkira6 on June 02, 2016, 05:03:35 PM
3 pairs of Hugo Boss khaki pants for my husband, a solid wood wine rack, and 3 pairs of shorts for me for $41 at goodwill in Nashville.  I looked up the pants out of curiosity and blanched.  Goodwill is the only way he would get these expensive pants. They retail for $185 a pair, and these had the original tags still on them.
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Post by: #borecore on June 02, 2016, 06:11:55 PM
My husband got a nice gray summer-weight suit for $15. He also got a mug that he is in love with to finally replace the one our cat broke the week we got her 4 years ago. I guess that mug was really special because he hasn't shut up about it (for four years -- it was one of his only possessions during a lengthy ascetic period) and could never find the perfect replacement. So this one is priceless! (or $2, in layman's terms)
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Post by: gmatoy on June 03, 2016, 02:23:48 AM
I went to a local church yard sale today. Patterns were 10 cents each, I dug through and got 12. Found a Lefton month angel (August) for $1. Bought books, a CD, two DVDs, a tablecloth, napkins, hankies, a dressy shirt for me, some plastic Easter eggs, half a dozen tiny coin purses which I will repurpose into doll purses and...drumroll please... A stackable tea set for one: saucer, teacup, and teapot. All of this for under $7.00!!

It was a good day!
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Post by: Black Delphinium on June 03, 2016, 08:54:13 AM
From the local kids consignment place- 5 pair of shorts, 2 tank tops and a t-shirt for $21 with tax.

From the church bazaar -the 1992 Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Board game, $1.

And from a yard sale, a dollhouse/bookshelf, missing a door but otherwise good, $5.

I'm going to sand and repaint the dollhouse,  and I put a custom iron on design on the t-shirt.
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Post by: Venus193 on June 03, 2016, 09:59:01 AM
$3 for this:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41ZWMFCQWRL.jpg)
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Post by: Nikko-chan on June 03, 2016, 10:35:54 AM
$3 for this:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41ZWMFCQWRL.jpg)

I am jealous!
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Post by: cicero on June 04, 2016, 03:58:20 PM
I'm starting to interview for new jobs and decided it's high time for a suit  >:D (I work at a non profit and our dress code is "business casual"). I went to burlington coat factory today and got a really nice tan suit for 34$. I wanted black or grey but they didn't have anything nice in my size. i decided that or 34$ it was worth it. i'm very excited. I have shirts and accesories to match so i'm good to go. now just need someone to call me for an intervew
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Post by: gingerzing on June 15, 2016, 12:32:35 PM
My trade show was last week.  We were given permission to wear "appropriate length" shorts since it would be very hot the last two days.   Most of my shorts and capris from last summer don't fit well.  I told DH that I really wanted to get a couple pair of shorts for this summer.  We ended up going to one of the nearby thrift shops that raises money for a women's safe house in town. 
As most everyone who does thrift shops know, some times you can find your size and sometimes it just isn't going to happen.
I found 2 pair of Bermuda length shorts (including a really cute plaid pair of white, khaki, and turquoise) and 2 capri pants including a fun jean capris that look quite a bit like "Gauchos-style" when I was a kid.  Also a fun button down short sleeve shirt. 
DH found a couple pair of shorts he liked. And while waiting for him,  I found in their bargain area 2 summer shirts that worked perfectly with the plaid shorts.
All of that was ended up being about $28. 
Even when I am bargain shopping online, I can't get that good of a deal usually.
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Post by: alkira6 on June 17, 2016, 01:54:06 PM
Recently I went to an estate sale given by a woman at my gym. She cut me a deal on all of the clothes that I bought, so I wound up paying three dollars per piece. A lot of these are designer labels and quite a few still have the original price tag on them, as her mother did a lot of shopping to cure her boredom and never wore things. I managed to scoop up enough things to fill out my wardrobe for now , plus getting things for the next two sizes down as I'm in the middle of losing weight. $60 for 20 pieces of clothing, and she also threw in about 10 shells and tanks and camisoles for free . So I guess this makes it about 30 pieces of clothing for $60 .
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Post by: Venus193 on June 17, 2016, 08:29:39 PM
Cool deal! 

Her mother and my mother must have been related.  My mother did quite a bit of "retail therapy" back in the day and I still found tags on unworn vintage items.  I sold those to a vintage shop for a nice amount.
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Post by: mamakinz on June 17, 2016, 10:45:27 PM
I just scored a brand new pair of Doc Martens -- shoes not boots. Price tag was $7.99 with 25% off because it was a red tag and on Flag Day (June 14) my goodwill had every thing that was red, white or blue or had a red or blue tag was 25% off.  My 20 year old was very happy!!! They were her size!!
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Post by: ladyknight1 on June 18, 2016, 02:36:03 PM
We stopped at a rural grocery store, just to check things out. Found a ghost pepper salsa for DH and they had their shopping baskets, the old design, with a "free" sign out front. We took three. One for our garage, one for my in-laws garage and one for DH' work.
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Post by: MaryR on June 18, 2016, 03:11:34 PM
I went to the St Vincent's thrift store yesterday and found a linen table cloth for 50 cents. It had what looked like a wine stain in the middle, but seeing as I'm going to use the fabric for stitching I'll just toss that piece. That much fabric at a craft store would have been well over a hundred dollars.

I also got 5 bags of used plastic grocery store bags for free, but they save them for me. Long and funny to me story: In my attempt to help the environment, I bought a bunch of reusable bags and started using them. After months of trying, I got my DH in the habit of using them as well. One day I was happy and proud to learn that we had NO plastic shopping bags in our home. Then I realized that I use 4 bags a day while scooping the litter boxes. (Don't look at me like that! I don't have that many cats, I scoop the boxes twice a day and use double bags because I don't want to learn that a bag had a hole after leaking cat litter all over the house.)

I didn't want to buy small trash bags, that would defeat the purpose of using reusable bags so I asked my friends for their spares. One day I was at St Vincents and noticed that they had a lot of bags in the trash pile. I asked for them and was told that they would happily save them for me because they always had too many to use.
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Post by: kudeebee on June 18, 2016, 07:25:48 PM
At Walmart today and they have various food items on clearance and then another 50% off that.  We were able to score pumpkin for our dog and thanksgiving pies, broth and onion topping for thanksgiving, and condensed soup for baking.  All with a long time until expiration. Final cost was at least 80%-85% of normal price. :)
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Post by: MaryR on June 19, 2016, 12:49:43 AM
Hurray for cheap pumpkin. I certainly know why you use it, we have cats.

Do you know that if you have a crock pot, you can make stock for free? Wash your veggies well and then put the peels and ends in a baggie in the freezer. When you cook a chicken or turkey, throw the stuff you don't eat (bones, skin, tails, etc.) into the crockpot, add the baggie of veggies and cover everything with water. Let it crock for 8 or 10 or 12 hours, whatever works for you.

Strain the lovely stock into a bowl, let it sit long enough to cool and then measure a cup or 2 into flat containers and freeze it. After its frozen, put it in baggies and back into the freezer. Flat containers make stacking your lovely stock easier to store in the freezer. It lasts at least 6 months.

Do NOT forget about the bowl when straining the stock. You will be left looking at a strainer full of very clean bones, useless skin parts and wishing you had a hand free to slap yourself upside the head. "Holy cow, how did I forget that I wasn't cooking noodles!!!"
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Post by: Venus193 on June 19, 2016, 04:41:09 AM
I haven't made chicken or beef stock in a while, but there's one more step.  Remove the fat on Day 2 before freezing. 

I do love making soup from scratch in the winter.
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Post by: esteban on June 19, 2016, 07:28:16 PM
spent part of fathers day in a thrift shop and half price books store, ended up with 9 great new-to-me cd's, Replacements, Reel Big Fish, Dead Milkmen etc..  very happy finds at about $4 each.  Gonna have a few long drives this summer, and new music to toss in the player is a great thing
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Post by: glacio on June 20, 2016, 04:06:38 PM
Over the past 9 months I've lost 35 pounds and now have very few clothes that don't make me look ridiculous. But I planned for this and have been saving up gift cards and money for awhile now so that I have about a thousand dollars to spend on a new wardrobe. Sounds great, right?

This weekend I went out to spend money on new fitted, button down shirts for work. I went to Nordstroms, Zara, Uniglo, TJ Maxx, Banana Republic, and a few others and could not find a single fitted shirt. I'm willing and expecting to pay $60 on a nice shirt that I could wear for years, and couldn't even find anything to try on.

I went to Goodwill and walked out with 3 very well fitting ones for $20 total. Looks like my budget is going to stretch a bit further than I expected.
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Post by: #borecore on June 20, 2016, 05:37:05 PM
Three great dresses for $30 total, which isn't the greatest total in the world, until you realize they were:
Nanette Lepore silk floral wrap dress, original retail $500-ish
Elie Tahari colorblock dress, original retail $300-ish
Laundry by Shelli Segal button-front shirt dress, original retail $200-ish

I needed clothes for a new job with lots of colleagues who make a lot more than me, and these are perfect (well, except for the last one, which was missing its waist tie, but i'd rather wear a belt anyway).
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Post by: Shishimai on June 21, 2016, 03:26:17 PM
Two 10" wooden coasters in reasonable shape for $3.
I promptly turned them into a craft-room-appropriate turntable.
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Post by: Emmy on June 28, 2016, 04:24:08 PM
Three great dresses for $30 total, which isn't the greatest total in the world, until you realize they were:
Nanette Lepore silk floral wrap dress, original retail $500-ish
Elie Tahari colorblock dress, original retail $300-ish
Laundry by Shelli Segal button-front shirt dress, original retail $200-ish

I needed clothes for a new job with lots of colleagues who make a lot more than me, and these are perfect (well, except for the last one, which was missing its waist tie, but i'd rather wear a belt anyway).

Those are great deals.  I like keeping an eye open for high end stuff at thrift stores.  It is pretty rare to find something that high end that fits, looks nice, stylish, and in good condition. 
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Post by: #borecore on June 28, 2016, 05:11:56 PM
Three great dresses for $30 total, which isn't the greatest total in the world, until you realize they were:
Nanette Lepore silk floral wrap dress, original retail $500-ish
Elie Tahari colorblock dress, original retail $300-ish
Laundry by Shelli Segal button-front shirt dress, original retail $200-ish

I needed clothes for a new job with lots of colleagues who make a lot more than me, and these are perfect (well, except for the last one, which was missing its waist tie, but i'd rather wear a belt anyway).

Those are great deals.  I like keeping an eye open for high end stuff at thrift stores.  It is pretty rare to find something that high end that fits, looks nice, stylish, and in good condition.

Yeah, I was shocked. This was a very suburban Savers, with lots and lots of junk, as usual. I think I hit the jackpot, aka the drop-off day for a woman my size with my taste (and a quirky size, too, as 2 of 3 dresses were a small size with just the right cut, and the third was 3-4 sizes bigger but cut slim for the size everywhere but where I need a little more space). There were 2-3 more great fitting, pretty new dresses from slightly less nice brands that I would have got but for my strict budget.
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Post by: snowfire on June 28, 2016, 11:28:12 PM
Sort of a thrift score.  When my Mom & I came home from shopping for flooring for her rental house I noticed  that the across the street neighbors were replacing a LOT of sod in their front yard.  The crew was cutting out the old grass neatly with a sod cutter.  They were just putting the old grass in their truck to dispose of.  I asked if I could grab some to fill in some bare spots in my side yard.  They told me to help myself & that when they were done laying the new sod that I could have the leftover scraps of that!  DH & I grabbed our wheelbarrow & I hopped up in the truck & started going through the cut off chunks...About 4 1/2 wheelbarrows later, 1/2 wheelbarrow of cut pieces of new sod & 4 full rolls that they didn't use & would have tossed out anyway...We have the bare spots on our side yard covered, a dead spot in the front yard & a big piece under one of the pear trees!!!  Now to water like crazy until it takes hold.

Probably $100 - $150 worth of grass just for hauling it away. 

We gave the guys some $ as a thank you.
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Post by: gmatoy on June 28, 2016, 11:49:54 PM
Our St. Vincent De Paul had a 90 cents for clothes sale today. My friend and I came home with huge bags of clothing! I have been buying 100% cotton jeans to make a denim quilt for my DGD for when she goes to college. I plan to have a bunch of pockets on the quilt (which I plan to tuck pizza $$ in) and so I was buying a bunch of jeans for that. I also bought some t-shirts to make into shopping bags.

Bonus: a bag of books for $6.00! As many as you could fit. I got 10 books and my friend got 15...all in the same bag! We spit the cost.

The best thing? I had a filled card worth $10.00, So my clothing total came to $11.82 and I only paid $1.81! (Gave my friend my half of the bag of books in cash, so that was another $3.30.) A day of shopping for $5.12 = a month or two of sewing therapy! A double win!
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on June 29, 2016, 09:50:34 AM
Not me, and it was a garage sale, but I belong to a FB group for Poshmark users. One of the members had been out running, and happened upon a garage sale. It was apparently about 90 degrees out, and the woman said "$1 each, i want to go inside" so this member got about $55-60 worth of clothes for a dollar each. She said about 1/3 or more were brand new, with tags, labels like Loft, Banana Republic etc. We were all suitably jealous, including myself who doesn't thrift and resell, only sells my own stuff.
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Post by: ladyknight1 on July 22, 2016, 11:32:02 AM
I am not a business suit wearing person. However, I do love a smart jacket with shirt and skirt/pants.

I just got two jackets and a cardigan for $42! New! One jacket is blue, with pintucks, one is purple linen and the cardigan is bright aqua. Perfect for my transitioning wardrobe.
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on July 22, 2016, 11:55:04 AM
Most of the thrift stores near me have mostly junk, so I rarely go in, but I did score $60 dressy capris from Macys for 7.99. Bought 2 sizes since i wasn't sure; one fits, the other is a smidge snug, so since they were so cheap, I'll hang onto them for next summer and hope they fit me then!
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Post by: Lindenharp on July 24, 2016, 10:52:44 AM
Not the typical thrift score, but I got a men's XXL t-shirt for $3. (I'm female and wear a size L.) Why is this such a great deal? It's tie-dyed in vivid rainbow colors, and once I cut it into strips and pull the strips into cords, it will make a glorious necklace/scarf. I've done this with solid-colored tees, but haven't found anything multi-colored in a big enough size before.
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Post by: snowfire on July 24, 2016, 12:47:14 PM
Went to a favorite used bookstore yesterday.  They are closing  :'( :'( :'( . Got to pet the store kitties a last time, the big orange & white fluffy one put his paws around my neck and purred like crazy!

I also got two FULL grocery sacks of books for $11.  Hardbacks were 50 cents and paperbacks were 25 cents. 
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Post by: gmatoy on July 24, 2016, 06:48:31 PM
The Goodwill stores in our area have racks where the items are each 99 cents.  I have been buying 100% cotton denim jeans/jackets to cut up for projects. I'm trying to get as many different shades of denim as possible to make a quilt for DGD for when she goes to college in 2 years. The extra will get used in other projects...eventually. So yesterday, I bought a cram pair of shorts and 2 pair of jeans for just over 3 dollars, including tax.
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Post by: Moralia on July 27, 2016, 11:00:03 AM
Would have been a score if I'd had the cash.  There was a very beautiful waterfall front vanity at the local St. Vinnies for $75.  The veneer has some worn areas, but I'm very good at restoring that sort of thing.
*sigh*
I take solace in picturing the joy of the person who finds it.
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Post by: gmatoy on July 27, 2016, 07:44:09 PM
Would have been a score if I'd had the cash.  There was a very beautiful waterfall front vanity at the local St. Vinnies for $75.  The veneer has some worn areas, but I'm very good at restoring that sort of thing.
*sigh*
I take solace in picturing the joy of the person who finds it.

Please check back to see if the price goes down. Ours often has % off of a variety of things, ranging from 25-75% off and will drop prices or give a discount if you point out damage.

Modified to add: I like/admire your positive spin on this. I should have started with that!
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Post by: otterwoman on July 28, 2016, 11:54:47 AM
Not quite a thrift store, but I found an elliptical machine on the side of the road with a sign saying FREE. Yes, it could fit in my car. No, I can't use it; the stride is too off for me, I tried. But, my stepson's GF was thrilled to take it!
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Post by: gmatoy on July 28, 2016, 11:41:35 PM
Two denim shirts, with great embroidery, to cut up and use in a denim quilt, 99 cents each! Hurray!
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Post by: Venus193 on July 29, 2016, 07:55:45 AM
I paid $2 for this (in near-perfect condition):

(http://poormansrarebooks.com/21016.jpg)

Of course, now I have to go to Italy!
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Post by: gmatoy on July 29, 2016, 06:50:11 PM
I paid $2 for this (in near-perfect condition):

(http://poormansrarebooks.com/21016.jpg)

Of course, now I have to go to Italy!

I hate to be the one to break it you; however, that is not a savings in the long run! ;)
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Post by: Luci on July 30, 2016, 09:12:48 AM
Matching oak desk, 3 drawer chest, 4 drawer dresser, very solid with clean drawers and good rails, for our granddaughter's first unfurnished apartment. $80, down from $150 because antique mall is going out of business.  :'( I bought a silver tray that matches one we received as a wedding gift for $8.
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Post by: vintagegal on July 30, 2016, 01:52:05 PM
do yard sales count? A Scandia Sterling brooch with opal chips, for $1.
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Post by: #borecore on July 30, 2016, 03:40:58 PM
This is sort of the opposite. My husband and I donated a trunk-full to a nonprofit thrift shop that helps people with HIV/AIDS. A full shelf of books, 2 bags of clothes, several pairs of shoes, costume jewelry, 5 actual bags, and a bunch of kitchen stuff and odds and ends.

We're clearing out the house, and while it's nice to have less stuff to move, it's even nicer that it's going toward a good cause.

We walked through the shop afterward, and didn't buy a thing.  ;)
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Post by: Emmy on July 30, 2016, 06:03:01 PM
This is sort of the opposite. My husband and I donated a trunk-full to a nonprofit thrift shop that helps people with HIV/AIDS. A full shelf of books, 2 bags of clothes, several pairs of shoes, costume jewelry, 5 actual bags, and a bunch of kitchen stuff and odds and ends.

We're clearing out the house, and while it's nice to have less stuff to move, it's even nicer that it's going toward a good cause.

We walked through the shop afterward, and didn't buy a thing.  ;)

I like thrift scores, but I like donating too.  Once in a while I've donated high end brands that just don't work for me and I'm sure somebody would love to find them as much as I do.  It's so easy to accumulate stuff so it is refreshing to clear it out and help a good cause in the process.

2 weeks ago I stopped by the thrift store when they were having a surprise half off day on everything.  I got a Vince Camuto dress, an Antonio Melani top, and a Cold Water creek shrug, a kids' book, and 5 kids items including a birthday party dress for a 3 year old (this was just a few days before DD turned 3) so it was perfect.  All this for a whopping $12.75.
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Post by: ladyknight1 on July 31, 2016, 03:35:48 PM
I found chalkboard tape at Michael's for $0.50 and picked up some bandana print duct tape also! I got replacement glass for my gallery frame at Lowe's for $6. Now to get them ready to be hung up and transported.
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Post by: Venus193 on July 31, 2016, 06:32:41 PM
They would have charged 10% of the cover price for this:

(https://guideimg.alibaba.com/images/shop/72/08/19/9/taste-of-home-best-loved-recipes-1485-favorites-from-the-worlds-1-food-and-entertaining-magazine_3049239.jpg)

I found it outside the Salvation Army store (It's closed on Sundays) this morning en route to the subway.  I rescued this mint-condition book from a thunderstorm in the making.  It became an addition to Brunhilde's birthday present.  Tomorrow I will drop a few dollars in the donation container in the store.
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Post by: otterwoman on July 31, 2016, 07:44:45 PM
I recently saw an ad on Craigslist for a non-working vintage Singer 401A sewing machine in a desk; no foot control. No mention of any accessories. Why not? I go look at it. I immediately find the foot pedal inside the desk, the desk had a knee bar to run the machine. The knee bar pressed against the foot control. In the drawers were all the original accessories, including the oil can and screwdrivers. We plugged it in and tried it, it ran. It still needs to be cleaned and oiled up after sitting unused for 25 years. Total price: $5.

I gave the desk away to a friends mother.
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Post by: sidi-ji on August 01, 2016, 04:43:55 AM
^ Sweet!
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Post by: Venus193 on August 01, 2016, 06:15:53 AM
Otterwoman, I think you have won this thread.
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Post by: Mustard on August 01, 2016, 06:27:30 AM
Oohhhh... Jealous!
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on August 15, 2016, 08:13:26 AM
Definitely a thrift score, but I will have to wait for the end result to see if it really was a good one.

A blog I follow mentioned an online consignment site, which I had never heard of, so I decided to check it out. I sell on Poshmark, mainly my stuff I don't want anymore, along with stuff for select family and friends.

So I go on, and the site sells new with tags, good condition, and ok condition clothing, mens, women's, kids, babies, etc. So I'm checking out the women's stuff and wow. Found some fabulous NWT bargains. Like really cheap, on some higher end brands. So the wheels began to turn, and I thought hmmm, i bet if i bought these, I could sell and make some $$.

So i bought a bunch of stuff, and will try and sell and make a profit. Then because I was bored, I placed a second order. All in all, I spent about $200 on about 1K worth of NWT clothing, and can probably double my money.

Its an experiment, but one that will hopefully pay off. Worst case? I sell it all for what I bought it for, and that's that.

But one item I got was a NWT Talbots wool blend suit jacket. which retails for $209, paid 13.50.
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Post by: GreenHall on August 15, 2016, 08:23:49 AM
Definitely a thrift score, but I will have to wait for the end result to see if it really was a good one.

A blog I follow mentioned an online consignment site, which I had never heard of, so I decided to check it out. I sell on Poshmark, mainly my stuff I don't want anymore, along with stuff for select family and friends.

So I go on, and the site sells new with tags, good condition, and ok condition clothing, mens, women's, kids, babies, etc. So I'm checking out the women's stuff and wow. Found some fabulous NWT bargains. Like really cheap, on some higher end brands. So the wheels began to turn, and I thought hmmm, i bet if i bought these, I could sell and make some $$.

So i bought a bunch of stuff, and will try and sell and make a profit. Then because I was bored, I placed a second order. All in all, I spent about $200 on about 1K worth of NWT clothing, and can probably double my money.

Its an experiment, but one that will hopefully pay off. Worst case? I sell it all for what I bought it for, and that's that.

But one item I got was a NWT Talbots wool blend suit jacket. which retails for $209, paid 13.50.

ANy chance you'll share the site name with us?
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Post by: #borecore on August 15, 2016, 08:40:56 AM
My bedroom storage previously consisted of two of these: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S19876454/ (note that they're $20 each).

Now, it's this!

(https://scontent-iad3-1.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/e35/13687107_1177864562260194_1527150963_n.jpg)

A guy on Craigslist was selling it for $20 to the first person to come by and carry it out of his grandma's third-floor attic. We snagged it right away. The grandma was 70 and said she had distinct memories of playing around it at age 4 in the same attic when her grandparents lived in the house.

There's no maker's mark on any of the furniture, though the back of the mirror says "Y.M.G. 1937 York, PA." Any guesses as to how to approximate its value? The only YMG I found via Google was Youngstown Mirror & Glass out of Ohio, but I don't think they made the whole piece.

My BIL does furniture restoration across the country and showed us a similar '30s waterfall-style chest he recently restored for someone for $700, so I don't think we'll be getting it fixed up just yet. Both pieces need minimal work (namely, one drawer pull's brass plating is basically gone, and there are a few scratches no more than an inch or two long), but it's perfectly usable right now. Another friend said (and I don't know her basis for this, but I do know she has some antiques) that it would sell for "at least $1,500.
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Post by: #borecore on August 15, 2016, 08:57:14 AM
Other scores since moving to our new town (and needing to outfit a large 2-bedroom apartment with 2 patios):


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Post by: Outdoor Girl on August 15, 2016, 09:01:09 AM
Hit the local Value Village, looking for work jeans for BF.  He got two pairs of jeans, I got a cute dress, 4 Kathy Reichs Bones books, The Green Mile and 10 assorted cookbooks and home improvement books for about $70.  The books were buy 4, get one free.  Hence the multiples of 5.  It was a hardship, I tell you.  ;)
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on August 15, 2016, 10:54:46 AM
Definitely a thrift score, but I will have to wait for the end result to see if it really was a good one.

A blog I follow mentioned an online consignment site, which I had never heard of, so I decided to check it out. I sell on Poshmark, mainly my stuff I don't want anymore, along with stuff for select family and friends.

So I go on, and the site sells new with tags, good condition, and ok condition clothing, mens, women's, kids, babies, etc. So I'm checking out the women's stuff and wow. Found some fabulous NWT bargains. Like really cheap, on some higher end brands. So the wheels began to turn, and I thought hmmm, i bet if i bought these, I could sell and make some $$.

So i bought a bunch of stuff, and will try and sell and make a profit. Then because I was bored, I placed a second order. All in all, I spent about $200 on about 1K worth of NWT clothing, and can probably double my money.

Its an experiment, but one that will hopefully pay off. Worst case? I sell it all for what I bought it for, and that's that.

But one item I got was a NWT Talbots wool blend suit jacket. which retails for $209, paid 13.50.

ANy chance you'll share the site name with us?

Absolutely! swap.com

they apparently buy too, but reviews say they don't give much, and refuse a lot

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Post by: Tierrainney on August 15, 2016, 05:17:55 PM
Went to the local Goodwill, all green tag children's books were 10 for $1. then at the register, I found out that all green tags were50% off. So 10 children's books were 50 cents!

and #borecore, I'm jealous.  those are gorgeous. I have a similar set that I inherited from my Grandmother, but yours look to be in much better condition than mine.
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Post by: GreenHall on August 16, 2016, 08:14:21 AM
Definitely a thrift score, but I will have to wait for the end result to see if it really was a good one.

A blog I follow mentioned an online consignment site, which I had never heard of, so I decided to check it out. I sell on Poshmark, mainly my stuff I don't want anymore, along with stuff for select family and friends.

So I go on, and the site sells new with tags, good condition, and ok condition clothing, mens, women's, kids, babies, etc. So I'm checking out the women's stuff and wow. Found some fabulous NWT bargains. Like really cheap, on some higher end brands. So the wheels began to turn, and I thought hmmm, i bet if i bought these, I could sell and make some $$.

So i bought a bunch of stuff, and will try and sell and make a profit. Then because I was bored, I placed a second order. All in all, I spent about $200 on about 1K worth of NWT clothing, and can probably double my money.

Its an experiment, but one that will hopefully pay off. Worst case? I sell it all for what I bought it for, and that's that.

But one item I got was a NWT Talbots wool blend suit jacket. which retails for $209, paid 13.50.

ANy chance you'll share the site name with us?

Absolutely! swap.com

they apparently buy too, but reviews say they don't give much, and refuse a lot

Well that was a productive morning for someone.  They do make it easy to limit things, mostly.  And checkout with Amazon is awesome :)

I miss Twice but these prices were very nice.
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on August 16, 2016, 08:29:42 AM


 

Well that was a productive morning for someone.  They do make it easy to limit things, mostly.  And checkout with Amazon is awesome :)

I miss Twice but these prices were very nice.

I miss twice too! Although I think about how much stuff I sent them, and while overall I made a decent amount, had I been aware of Poshmark, I could have sold a lot more, and made a lot more.

My first order comes tomorrow; I was doing some resaerch to see if i could figure out the original price of stuff i bought. I have no idea how old any of it is; i do know by the tag i can see, the talbots jeans I got for $7 are a good 10 years old, so they sold for $59.

But one dress; a gorgeous strapless Ann Taylor red/black rose pattern strapless, i bought for $9, and orig. cost was $228!

i won't get anywhere near that, but i can list at about 50, maybe get 40, and profit (after their % on sales) $23.
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Post by: Chibikoky on August 16, 2016, 03:39:19 PM
Re: Swap.com

Agreed on the great to buy from (especially if you are looking for lower end clothes) but bad to sell to. I tried- sent a whole box of which only three dresses were accepted. After their cut, I got $2.35. So a bit miffed about that, but I've yet to find another secondhand site with a wide selection in plus sizes. My wardrobe looks far better since finding them!
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on August 17, 2016, 10:13:49 AM
Re: Swap.com

Agreed on the great to buy from (especially if you are looking for lower end clothes) but bad to sell to. I tried- sent a whole box of which only three dresses were accepted. After their cut, I got $2.35. So a bit miffed about that, but I've yet to find another secondhand site with a wide selection in plus sizes. My wardrobe looks far better since finding them!

If you're willing to put some time and effort into it, i sell on Poshmark; you set the prices, and keep the items until they sell, then pack and ship out to the buyer. which is good. You do have to work at it, sharing and following, but I've done pretty well. In a year, and most was my own stuff, just a few items for friends, I've made over 2K.

Cons: millions of users, hundreds of thousands of users, and they take 2.95 on items under $15 and 20% on items that sell over that. But, for that, they take care of shipping, all you do is print out a label.
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Post by: Black Delphinium on August 17, 2016, 10:17:07 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/JU0UdLQ.jpg)
5 shirts, 2 skirts, 4 pair of pants, a pair of pajamas, a pair of sunglasses, a bag of blocks and a gorgeous winter coat for $74 at consignment! With the things I had already squirreled away, all my daughter really needs for winter now is a pair of snowpants and some bigger socks.
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on August 18, 2016, 08:13:05 AM
So my first box from swap.com arrived; I probably should have figured out that new with tags, does not mean current season! Some of the stuff is from past seasons, which I can tell by labels, tags, etc. But, since i stuck with basics and classiscs, i should be able to do well, aside from one.

A very pretty, long, wrap paisley skirt from Ann Taylor. I can tell by the style, craftsmanship, tag and label its older, much older. I figured sometime in the 90's. Add to that the label says "made in USA" it was a given. and digging around online, i found a site that has a listing of clothing labels, from different stores, makers, and timeframe, and my label was in the 90s!

I only paid $9 for it, so i think i can probably sell it and make that back. It is a bit dated, but not too much. Could be worn with a cute sweater and boots to look current.
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Post by: Dazi on September 15, 2016, 08:59:00 PM
Today I scored a nearly new pair of Ralph Lauren 650 women's jeans for $4.98 at a thrift store.
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Post by: gmatoy on September 15, 2016, 10:52:57 PM
Friend and I went to a Value Village today. We bought nothing. Went to a St. Vincent de Paul, where I bought a bag of 7 pieces of clothing for $6.00, a bag of clothing for $8.00, some quilting magazines for 25 cents each, two pieces of fabric, 3 yards for $3.00. Color me happy. She put some clothes into my bag and a book into my bag. Which, since she does the driving, works for me.

Happy ;D
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Post by: guihong on September 21, 2016, 12:36:04 PM
A heavy silver vase marked "International Silver Co.", so it's plated, but I thought it was really pretty.  It has a ring of swirls around the neck.  It was $6.00, and I just found an identical one on Ebay for $140.00.

A silver cake stand marked "Godinger" with a grapevine pattern all around the edge.  It was $4.00; similar ones online were $75-$100 and up.

Both need a lot of untarnishing and polishing, but as I love silver things for my table, it was a good buy!
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Post by: VorFemme on September 21, 2016, 03:42:36 PM
VorSon took me out to run errands (tendinitis in one wrist & thumb make driving uncomfortable & he needs the practice driving - win/win situation - plus I bought lunch).

First stop was Goodwill.  I was looking for a purse with a smartphone sized pocket for air travel (found a Multi-Sac for $4 that will easily fit into my laptop bag when it comes time to board) and then we walked to the back (looking for odds & ends of kitchen gear & such to replace not-working stuff that was trashed).  On the way to the front, he saw a leather jacket that he liked...but it wouldn't fit him, perfect for his dad though...VorGuy's leather jacket is over 30 years old (may be a decade older, I don't remember when he got it). 

His current jacket's lining is shredding out and the leather shows more wear than even "distressed leather" looks good showing.  The one at the Goodwill - cleaning tag stapled to interior & lining in good shape, no tears or holes.  Called him to see what my price limit was - as we couldn't find a price tag or even a "rack price list".  Several jackets down the rack, I spotted another leather jacket...the correct size for VorSon.   Got a price check at the register...

Both jackets and my purse, minus my 30% Senior discount today, under $18.  VorSon likes his jacket, but VorGuy was swanning around the bedroom in his even though it's 92 degrees Fahrenheit outside.  He likes the style better than the older jacket's. 

VorSon did an online search - leather jackets of similar quality *started* at $130 for new - $17.xx for two & a small microfiber purse compared to the $260 plus and whatever tax would have been on the higher prices of new...big savings.  Since VorGuy was an accountant for the military for much, if not all of his career, he really likes it when the savings is 90% plus!  He might even think that was the best part of getting a new jacket!
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Post by: ladyknight1 on October 20, 2016, 07:45:17 AM
I wear a size 12 wide shoe, and recently lost a few pairs to age. I have been rebuilding my shoe wardrobe.

My secret? Amazon! I buy brands that I know fit me, and I check for certain styles and colors to be at a low or reasonable price.

So far this week, for $100 total. All of these are leather and name brands
- Black Mary Jane flat
- Dark red low pump
- Pale blue metallic peep toe mid heel
- Grey low pump

It's my favorite way to thrift! In late summer, I bought 5 pair of sandals for $120, all leather, all Naturalizer and Clarks.
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on October 20, 2016, 07:50:26 AM
I wear a size 12 wide shoe, and recently lost a few pairs to age. I have been rebuilding my shoe wardrobe.

My secret? Amazon! I buy brands that I know fit me, and I check for certain styles and colors to be at a low or reasonable price.

So far this week, for $100 total. All of these are leather and name brands
- Black Mary Jane flat
- Dark red low pump
- Pale blue metallic peep toe mid heel
- Grey low pump

It's my favorite way to thrift! In late summer, I bought 5 pair of sandals for $120, all leather, all Naturalizer and Clarks.

I do that as well! I've gotten a ton of shoes I've seen elsewhere for more, at decent prices.  You just have to have the time and patience to hunt them down!
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Post by: Outdoor Girl on October 20, 2016, 08:00:11 AM
Thrift score not so much for myself but for BF's niece.  When she was over at Thanksgiving, she mentioned that she needed a cheesecake pan so I crooked my finger and said, 'Come with me!' and took her downstairs to where I'm starting to unpack the last of my boxes to sort out what is keep and what is donate.  So she got a couple of pans.

Now, with my Dad moving in, we're going to have extras of a lot of things so I've messaged her to see what she needs and I might save myself a whole lot of aggravation trying to sell stuff on kijiji.
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Post by: greencat on October 20, 2016, 10:38:55 AM
I went shoe shopping this week.  I got a pair of shiny black oxfords for work, a pair of red flats, a pair of REALLY RIDICULOUS heels, and a pair of awesome open-fronted boots for $50 at the local cheap shoe emporium.
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Post by: AliciaLynette on October 21, 2016, 12:48:06 AM
Charity shop haul over the last two weeks: total of around £25

large navy with white dots barrel handbag - ideal for work
black bootcut jeans with silver embroidery on back and front pockets - ideal for work Christmas lunch
white vintage-style trainers (similar to what Rose Tyler wears in Dr Who) - perfect for the school run
heeled black boots - for going out
wedge-heel black boots - perfect for work
beautiful patchwork/sari-pattern printed scarf for me
bright blue scarf/snood for child
chocolate suede (treated I think) men's jacket - loads of large pockets so perfect for the school run when I don't want to cart a handbag around
witch's Halloween dress, and evening bag for child to wear to her school disco
doll for child - not Barbie but a similar type
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Post by: rose red on October 21, 2016, 10:01:30 AM
A toaster oven labeled $20 on clearance. Rang up for $8!
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Post by: gingerzing on October 21, 2016, 01:29:04 PM
Earlier this week, I stopped at one of my favorite thrift shops that basically only does name brands. 

Ralph Lauren black jeans that work as dress slacks - $5
Ralph Lauren black sweater long sleeve - $5
Long (almost to my ankles) black leather skirt - $5

Apparently. I was channeling my inner Johnny Cash that day.


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Post by: Lindenharp on October 21, 2016, 10:03:17 PM
Scored an Anne Klein suit for $5. I need to hem the slacks, but otherwise, it fits perfectly.
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Post by: Nikko-chan on October 21, 2016, 10:11:55 PM
Few days ago i bought a skirt and shoes for my costume... less than 8 bucks for both! :)
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Post by: Moralia on October 27, 2016, 10:40:26 AM
Solid copper mixing bowl at a garage sale for $5!
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Post by: Marga on October 27, 2016, 05:25:09 PM
Solid copper mixing bowl at a garage sale for $5!

I am feeling envious! What a great find, congratulations.
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Post by: Moralia on November 07, 2016, 03:40:57 PM
Thanks!   I have a copper saucepan from a thrift shop that I got for $5 as well, a $2 copper colander and an absolutely HUGE copper pot that I bought for $20 at a different garage sale.

I can't use the huge pot yet because the people who'd owned it before me trashed the tinning by using it as a planter.  There's a dent on the bottom where they broke a chisel trying poke drainage holes.  :o  Getting copper re-tinned costs a pretty penny, but the more pieces you have, the lower the cost per item. (e.g. $100+ for a single pot, but only an extra $20 for each additional one.)  For now, it sits by my fireplace and holds logs until my sister (2 nice pots) and I can amass a large enough collection to justify taking them in.
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Post by: gmatoy on November 19, 2016, 09:49:08 PM
Today I went to two thrift stores. At one I found nothing. :(

But the other one totally made up for it! Two black cardigans, two pair of shorts, 1 Mariner baseball shirt, 1 Seahawk shirt, 1 Washington Huskies shirt (I'm an alum) 10 more dressy enough to wear to work shirts, 1 Snoopy shirt (DH and I are huge fans) and 1 pair of 100% cotton jeans to cut up for sewing and crafts projects and... ta da!!!  A step with four risers for exercising!! ( I used one at my physical therapy appointments after back surgery and bought one without risers to do it at home. I'm happy to be able to use the risers to make it more challenging. And the other one will go to a friend who wished she had one. Wish granted!)

Grand total: Just under $34.00! And almost everything is a good brand, so quality stuff!
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Post by: MissRose on November 21, 2016, 08:08:43 AM
My mom asked me to find some inexpensive track suit bottoms for my dad to wear instead of his jeans when he has his out patient knee procedure (which will be easier for him to put on and off for a few days after the procedure).  I found 2 pairs in my dad's size on the racks at the Salvation Army.  Bonus = both were the color tag of the day for half off.  I got both pairs for $6 plus tax.

I then found a few pairs of jeans for my uncle in his size as he tends to get them full of paint and other things that may not wash out, and its cheaper to get used jeans compared to new ones for working in his shop.  Two pairs for $8.
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Post by: Outdoor Girl on November 21, 2016, 08:24:00 AM
My mom asked me to find some inexpensive track suit bottoms for my dad to wear instead of his jeans when he has his out patient knee procedure (which will be easier for him to put on and off for a few days after the procedure).  I found 2 pairs in my dad's size on the racks at the Salvation Army.  Bonus = both were the color tag of the day for half off.  I got both pairs for $6 plus tax.

Track pants are also really good if you have to get X-rays done because you don't have to take them off - no metal.  No wearing the hospital gown.  My Dad did that when he was having his hip replacement done.

BF got a couple pair of jeans at Value Village for less than $30.  One pair was new with tags and the other were almost new.  He'll probably keep these ones for 'good' and start wearing his older 'good' ones for work.  There was one other pair that fit but once he got them on, he realized they were skinny jeans and figured they wouldn't be so good for work.  Not because of the fit but because the other guys would be making comments.   ;D
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Post by: Black Delphinium on November 21, 2016, 08:37:23 AM
Not truly a Thrift Store find, but a little bit of Googling and looking on Amazon found a retailer who had an unopened McDonald's Blue Fairy toy from 2002 for under $5.

The local comic shop we get our subscriptions from has a beat up old one in their children's play area that Princess Powerful(my toddler) always goes straight for, so I got this new one for her for Christmas.
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Post by: glacio on November 21, 2016, 01:17:22 PM
My friend sent a picture of her in a gorgeous one sleeve silk emerald green cocktail dress that she couldn't zip up, in case I was interested. I went three days later hoping it was still there. It fits me like a glove: tiny waist, hits right above the knee, the sleeve isn't too long. And it's a Trina Turk dress (in all honesty I didn't know her before this) that retails for over $300 that I got for $18.75. The next day I got a call that one of my very good friends is getting married in 4 months. It was fate I tell you.
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Post by: vintagegal on November 23, 2016, 08:56:59 AM
Got a real Pashmina shawl for $1 at the local S.A. Light blue, it is perfect for when I am sitting on the sofa and get a little cold.
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Post by: Kimberami on November 23, 2016, 10:05:04 AM
Went to a nice 2nd hand shop with DD last weekend.  I was able to find her a great selection of sweaters with high end labels with very small price tags.  Our favorite was a black sweater dress that was marked down to $5.  She's going to pair it with a really cute pair of leggings that we found for $4.  The leggings look like they've never been worn.  They have a huge sun & moon pattern on them.  They suit her to a T.
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Post by: tinkytinky on November 23, 2016, 02:15:24 PM
I am always on the lookout for winter/work boots for my teenagersas they are growing like crazy. I found a great pair of name brand steel toe work boots with a great warm lining and memory foam that I thought would be just he right size for my youngest son. They were in like-new condition with only a couple of small scuffs on the leather around the toes. I picked them up for $9 (just looked them up and they retail new for $90). Got them home and son tries them on and....uh-oh his toe hits the end. So DH calls up best friend that has a son about 2 years younger than our son and asks what size he wears. Half size smaller than these boots. I deliver them to his wife and she said the timing couldn't have been more perfect, their son is starting a welding class that requires steel-toe boots.  :D
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Post by: phase3 on November 24, 2016, 07:53:39 PM
Wow, some amazing finds on this thread! :)

A couple weeks ago I went to a thrift shop and got:
4 wine glasses
4 juice glasses
2 regular drinking glasses
small tempered glass vinegar decanter

Total: $8.00
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Post by: vintagegal on November 24, 2016, 09:12:30 PM
I am always on the lookout for winter/work boots for my teenagersas they are growing like crazy. I found a great pair of name brand steel toe work boots with a great warm lining and memory foam that I thought would be just he right size for my youngest son. They were in like-new condition with only a couple of small scuffs on the leather around the toes. I picked them up for $9 (just looked them up and they retail new for $90). Got them home and son tries them on and....uh-oh his toe hits the end. So DH calls up best friend that has a son about 2 years younger than our son and asks what size he wears. Half size smaller than these boots. I deliver them to his wife and she said the timing couldn't have been more perfect, their son is starting a welding class that requires steel-toe boots.  :D

Sorry, can't help it....
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKWvk4eoMH4 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKWvk4eoMH4)
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Post by: VorFemme on November 24, 2016, 10:47:31 PM
Baby Brother's wife found a lovely faux fur jacket in my mother's size (parents live with them)...for $4 USA.   

She had the best story on thrift shopping today and Mom had something warm to wear in a climate colder than she is used to.
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Post by: Emmy on November 25, 2016, 10:10:05 PM
I saw a Black Friday ad for 25% off Joe's Jeans which retail for $200. I like my thrift deal better, a pair of Joe's Jeans in perfect condition for $6.
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Post by: NutellaNut on November 26, 2016, 08:04:07 AM
We are adding on to our house - a bedroom and bath on the first floor, among other things.  Even though we're paying a contractor to do the work, we're finding the budget is running away from us and so we went down yesterday to the local Habitat for Humanity re-sale store.  One especial item we need is a vanity top, because the 48" vanity cabinet is costing more than we or the contractor thought.  We found one that will look brand new after a little trimming of some caulk. Standard price at this store is $6 per foot, so it should have cost $24.  The manager noticed that it had been priced more cheaply at a previous sale, even though the marking had faded and wasn't necessarily active.  So she gave it to us for a dollar!  One dollar!
 
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Post by: gmatoy on November 26, 2016, 10:22:02 PM
I saw a Black Friday ad for 25% off Joe's Jeans which retail for $200. I like my thrift deal better, a pair of Joe's Jeans in perfect condition for $6.

Wow!! Good find!
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Post by: gmatoy on November 26, 2016, 10:22:58 PM
We are adding on to our house - a bedroom and bath on the first floor, among other things.  Even though we're paying a contractor to do the work, we're finding the budget is running away from us and so we went down yesterday to the local Habitat for Humanity re-sale store.  One especial item we need is a vanity top, because the 48" vanity cabinet is costing more than we or the contractor thought.  We found one that will look brand new after a little trimming of some caulk. Standard price at this store is $6 per foot, so it should have cost $24.  The manager noticed that it had been priced more cheaply at a previous sale, even though the marking had faded and wasn't necessarily active.  So she gave it to us for a dollar!  One dollar!

And all of a sudden, the budget is looking better! Hurrah!
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Post by: Emmy on November 27, 2016, 09:57:38 PM
I saw a Black Friday ad for 25% off Joe's Jeans which retail for $200. I like my thrift deal better, a pair of Joe's Jeans in perfect condition for $6.

Wow!! Good find!

Thanks :), there is nothing like the woohoo of a thrift score!
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Post by: ladyknight1 on November 28, 2016, 10:39:06 AM
I found a stocking for myself at World Market for $10!
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Post by: StarDrifter on November 28, 2016, 10:29:37 PM
Mum and I were hunting for handbags to use for our Share The Dignity bags (pads, tampons, shampoo, conditioner etc for women escaping domestic violence or who are homeless, in handbags, as Christmas gifts).

So far I've found genuine leather Milleni bags for $2 each (big totes! - retail $200+), JAG bags for the same price (again, big tote bags that retail for $250-$300 apiece) and some other, not as pricey but still very nice bags, for 50c-$4 each.

When the bags are so cheap, I'm happy to put nice shampoo, hair products and some other nice things in there for the ladies who will be receiving them.
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Post by: Outdoor Girl on November 29, 2016, 08:40:29 AM
Mum and I were hunting for handbags to use for our Share The Dignity bags (pads, tampons, shampoo, conditioner etc for women escaping domestic violence or who are homeless, in handbags, as Christmas gifts).

So far I've found genuine leather Milleni bags for $2 each (big totes! - retail $200+), JAG bags for the same price (again, big tote bags that retail for $250-$300 apiece) and some other, not as pricey but still very nice bags, for 50c-$4 each.

When the bags are so cheap, I'm happy to put nice shampoo, hair products and some other nice things in there for the ladies who will be receiving them.

This is an awesome idea!  Even without the handbag to put the stuff in.

I end up getting all sorts of reusable shopping bags for free.  I have 5 that fold up small enough to put in my purse and now have a plethora of other ones that I don't really use for anything.  We're going to the Christmas train today and they have asked for food donations of heart healthy food.  Rather than use a plastic bag, I'm donating one of my freebie reusables.  Plus I don't have to worry about the bag breaking!
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Post by: lilfox on November 29, 2016, 05:29:05 PM
The kids both needed snow boots but as we don't get a lot of snow locally (we travel to it for about a week), we didn't want to invest much for boots they'll outgrow by next year.  So we went to the local thrift store that my neighbor swears by.  I'd never been in before and it is just huge, it looks like they have everything and lots of it.

Found boots for DD in her size and that she actually likes - $7.  Found boots for DS that just fit and he likes them - $5.  They also have boots two sizes up for him if the first ones don't fit by Christmas.

There was a couple checking out at the next register and they were buying at least 20 winter coats in various styles and sizes, I'm guessing to bring to a shelter or homeless project.
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Post by: cicero on November 30, 2016, 07:31:06 PM
Nor thrift,  exactly,  but do cyber Monday (on Wednesday)  sales  count?  I'm currently dealing with a broken arm. And winter is upon us.  I needed a poncho or two as well as some tops that have wide sleeves (I think they're called Batwing).  Ordered online from Macy's,  six items   $100,including shipping. Now hopefully one of my job interviews will finally pan out
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Post by: Nikko-chan on November 30, 2016, 09:07:11 PM
So it hasn't been bought yet. But at my work place a women's carhartt jacket ordered off of our site and shipped to store is 89.99 plus tax.

Well with the discount I get, that's 60 something. Then There's the 50 dollar gift card I got from the workplace for winning a contest. So all in all it would be 12.99 plus tax.

But wait! There's more! The whole store got a 50 dollar card to split between us. So I am guessing with the money i am getting from that this coat will basically be free. I will update when I get the cards and order the coat. :)
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Post by: vintagegal on December 02, 2016, 09:01:06 PM
great pair of scrub pants for lounging, lots of pockets and comfortable adjustable waistband. Perfect length too. $.50
Like new pocket tee - $.75
Tommy Hilfiger sleepshirt - $.75
2 CD set steel drum music - $.50

Found a new thrift store too! Love those markdown sales.
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Post by: utkvolfan on December 07, 2016, 05:25:20 PM
I found a leather LL Bean purse in a thrift store for $5. I've wanted this style for several years but refused to pay full price.
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Post by: VorFemme on December 07, 2016, 07:49:51 PM
Leather purse for $9 and a "pewter" mug with a "glass" bottom for the Renaissance Festival for $1 (more likely aluminum & acrylic - it's very light) - on senior discount day, so I got 30% off.  Now to move everything into the "new" purse - I wanted to keep what I'm carrying down to a minimum due to leaving on a trip (vacation and then drive two days to my Dad's memorial service).  I don't want to have a lot of extra stuff to keep track of.
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Post by: MissRose on December 10, 2016, 07:35:59 AM
I got a nice dressy black blazer good for both church and the days at work we are asked to dress up.  The tag said $4.99 but it was a white tag day at the Salvation Army - white tags, half off.  I got it for $2.50. 
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Post by: vintagegal on December 10, 2016, 07:37:57 AM
Love those S.A. tag sales!! I have several thrifts in my area that NEVER have a sale or mark anything down.  I can't understand that.

My S.A. yesterday was blue tags for 50 cents!!
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Post by: Venus193 on December 10, 2016, 07:57:42 AM
Mine didn't have any good winter coats that fit me.  This time I'll have to get a brand new one so I'll go to TJ Maxx on Monday or Tuesday.

I'm so glad now that Pearl River Mart has reopened!  I'll be going there on Monday.
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Post by: MissRose on December 10, 2016, 11:07:34 AM
Love those S.A. tag sales!! I have several thrifts in my area that NEVER have a sale or mark anything down.  I can't understand that.

My S.A. yesterday was blue tags for 50 cents!!

The S.A. closest to me sometimes has really nice stuff, but the S.A. in a different town has even better stuff as its a town with many high income people with often better cast offs.  All of the S.A's in my area have the tag sales and each day typically has a different color tag for half off.
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Post by: cicero on December 10, 2016, 01:45:32 PM
Goodwill  today,  Found a really nice (and hopefully warm)lands end jacket two sizes too big,  so it was will fit over my broken arm.  More than I wanted to spend, $10,  but our Goodwill is expensive.  Anyway it was a lot less than the cheapest jacket at the cheapest store and I only need it for a few more weeks (I hope)
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Post by: Nikko-chan on December 11, 2016, 12:58:55 AM
So it hasn't been bought yet. But at my work place a women's carhartt jacket ordered off of our site and shipped to store is 89.99 plus tax.

Well with the discount I get, that's 60 something. Then There's the 50 dollar gift card I got from the workplace for winning a contest. So all in all it would be 12.99 plus tax.

But wait! There's more! The whole store got a 50 dollar card to split between us. So I am guessing with the money i am getting from that this coat will basically be free. I will update when I get the cards and order the coat. :)

Promised I would update. So between the cards and discount... I paid only 73 cents out of pocket for a nearly 90 dollar coat
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Post by: cicero on December 11, 2016, 02:40:57 AM
So it hasn't been bought yet. But at my work place a women's carhartt jacket ordered off of our site and shipped to store is 89.99 plus tax.

Well with the discount I get, that's 60 something. Then There's the 50 dollar gift card I got from the workplace for winning a contest. So all in all it would be 12.99 plus tax.

But wait! There's more! The whole store got a 50 dollar card to split between us. So I am guessing with the money i am getting from that this coat will basically be free. I will update when I get the cards and order the coat. :)

Promised I would update. So between the cards and discount... I paid only 73 cents out of pocket for a nearly 90 dollar coat

 Nice  ;D
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Post by: #borecore on December 11, 2016, 06:25:07 AM
$100 Wiltshire Ricardo Beverly Hills duffel for $6 (40% off luggage at Savers), plus three nice dress shirts for my husband for less than $10 each. He's been ripping the elbows in his shirts lately.  :o
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Post by: cicero on December 11, 2016, 08:06:49 AM
Question for frequent thrift shoppers : are bugs ever an issue?  I always wash *everything* I buy (even new) and  I've never had a problem.  The jacket I bought  at Goodwill  yesterday,  I ran through the washer and dryer immediately.  Is that enough?
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Post by: #borecore on December 11, 2016, 08:42:34 AM
I've never had an issue (and 75% of everything we have is secondhand, I think). I believe most thrift shops are very wary of bedbugs (hence most not accepting mattresses, period, and many not accepting stuffed animals) and they do a visual check and sanitize certain things.

They will still sell moderately damaged goods, but not usually harmful ones.
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Post by: dawbs on December 11, 2016, 02:59:38 PM
Question for frequent thrift shoppers : are bugs ever an issue?  I always wash *everything* I buy (even new) and  I've never had a problem.  The jacket I bought  at Goodwill  yesterday,  I ran through the washer and dryer immediately.  Is that enough?
Some stores treat everything that comes in; our local V of A store basically does some sort of fumigation on everything that enters their doors, before it's sold.
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Post by: jayhawk on December 11, 2016, 05:57:41 PM
Went to an estate sale Saturday. The lady had beautiful clothes in sizes Medium to 2X. One closet as everything $2 each. I got a whole large black trash bag full of gorgeous clothes for $34.
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Post by: Hillia on December 11, 2016, 11:14:28 PM
Not me, but someone is going to get a great deal at my local Goodwill.  Yesterday I saw a pair of leather riding boots (real riding boots, for equestrian events), made in England, in perfect condition, for $15.  Out of curiosity i looked them up, and they go for $200-300 at least.
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Post by: cicero on December 12, 2016, 05:53:11 AM
I've never had an issue (and 75% of everything we have is secondhand, I think). I believe most thrift shops are very wary of bedbugs (hence most not accepting mattresses, period, and many not accepting stuffed animals) and they do a visual check and sanitize certain things.

They will still sell moderately damaged goods, but not usually harmful ones.

I've never had an issue (and 75% of everything we have is secondhand, I think). I believe most thrift shops are very wary of bedbugs (hence most not accepting mattresses, period, and many not accepting stuffed animals) and they do a visual check and sanitize certain things.

They will still sell moderately damaged goods, but not usually harmful ones.

Thanks.  I'm a bit paranoid about bed bugs and other possible disgustingthings.
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Post by: Sirius on December 12, 2016, 02:26:19 PM
This is more of a marked-down score, but a big score nonetheless:

I paused at a basket full of marked-down items at an Albertson's, and came across eight boxes of the size of sifting litter pan liners I use for $1/box.  I bought all eight boxes of ten liners each.  The ones I usually buy are $11/15 liners since I get the sifting liners, so this will save me a fortune.  We've got three indoor cats, so we go through them at a merry rate.
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Post by: greencat on December 12, 2016, 04:00:39 PM
I lucked out on winter wear for myself while out Christmas shopping Saturday - Aeropostale is having a massive sale with everything 70% off in all stores and online.  I don't think their clothes are worth it at full price, but I was pretty happy to spend $90 on three pairs of pants, a heavy coat, a warm winter hat, a cardigan for work, and a long-sleeved shirt.
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Post by: Emmy on December 14, 2016, 03:38:34 PM
Bad news, one of my favorite thrift stores is closing next week.  :'(  They had 25% off the entire store.  Got a BCBG sweater, a new coldwater creek blazer, an all cashmere j. crew sweater, an INC t-shirt, and a kids Gap denim dress (not my DD's size, but will be in a few years) all for $12.75
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on December 15, 2016, 07:54:31 AM
Not me, but someone in my Poshmark FB group. She got a Brunello Cucinelli Cashmere sweater (i had no clue and had to look it up myself) which is a high end, Italian luxury brand and retails for a couple thousand or so, for $3.50. We were all in shock. and its a gorgeous sweater! She can sell it for quite a bit too!
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Post by: alkira6 on December 15, 2016, 06:45:19 PM
24 8foot long natural silk saris from the 60's &70's in almost perfect condition for $85. That's 152 yards of light to medium weight silk fabric, with 40 yards being heavy weight. The patterns are beautiful.
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Post by: Julian on December 16, 2016, 12:05:12 AM
At an auction today - six vintage suit cases full of fabric, a metal tray of patterns, a carton of glasses (nice and fancy ones) and a boxed set of Welsh wool fabric and yarn.  $65 the lot.

(I spent a lot more than that, but that was the best score of the day!)
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Post by: Chez Miriam on December 16, 2016, 08:19:44 AM
I was making my pumpkin gratin for a family gathering the other day, and got out my 'new' cast-iron hob/oven dish, which reminded me of this thread: 2 x enamelled cast-iron dishes [both about 11" x 8"], and a 24" salmon serving plate for €0.50 each - none of them looked as though they'd been used - and I still can't believe the charity had relegated these treasures to the clearance sale.
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on December 16, 2016, 08:33:02 AM
I bought a few more things online from swap.com; all NWT. Two Talbots dresses, a Talbots, Calvin Klein and Banana Republic sweater, a Talbots skirt, and a Banana Republic top. Full original retail probably in the area of $700-800, and I paid just over $60 for it all.
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on December 16, 2016, 12:02:13 PM
To anyone who thrifts online, or may want to try; ThredUp has 40% off currently, up to a max of $50 off. Free shipping doens't kick in until $79, but if you spend less, its only 5.99 and if you order a bumch of things, its not too bad.

Swap.com also has 40% off new with tags. So again, might be something to check out.
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Post by: jayhawk on December 30, 2016, 01:43:07 PM
Stopped at the local Goodwill today at lunchtime. Found a pair of Johnston & Murphy loafers for DH for $4.99.
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Post by: cicero on December 30, 2016, 05:58:56 PM
Not thrift shop but great deal. Bought two hats at kmart, one real winter hat, warm with eat flaps, the other a regular cute hat. 60% off listed prices plus I had points so ended up paying $2 out of pocket. I'm happy
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Post by: snowfire on December 30, 2016, 06:29:35 PM
Not a thrift shop, but a score. Fred Meyer had 3 bags of Rachel Ray cat food, normally 6.99 a bag, marked down to 2.99 and each one had a 2.00 off coupon attached, so I got them for 99 cents plus tax.  With 4 hungry kitties, I need all the deals I can find.
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Post by: gmatoy on December 30, 2016, 09:37:36 PM
2 and 1/2 yards of black cotton fabric for $1.99. Great stash addition!
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Post by: Emmy on January 01, 2017, 07:22:51 PM
I had my sisters in law in town over the holiday and we had a blast with thrift shopping.  I can't remember everything I got, but I got 3 grocery bags full of clothes for $23 - Chico's, Banana Republic, Silver Jeans, Lucky Brand top, Lacoste, Ralph Lauren, just to name some.  The next day we stopped back there with some of the guys in the family.  I found a beautiful Coldwater Creek blazer for 50 cents.  It wasn't my size, but I picked it up for SIL who wasn't there.  It fit her perfectly and she loved it.

Before Christmas I had a great jeans day - I found DKNY jeans, Not your Daughters Jeans, and Kut from the Kloth for $2.50 each - all in my size and perfect condition.
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Post by: jayhawk on January 03, 2017, 12:22:53 PM
Found a gently-used pair of Johnston & Murphy loafers for DH last week at our local Goodwill for $4.99. They fit him perfectly. New retail are approx. $100.
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Post by: Moralia on January 03, 2017, 01:27:02 PM
A couple of weeks back, the kid and I stopped by the Goodwill and she found a 1960's Swiss Army greatcoat for about $10.  It's nice blue-green-grey wool and just so happens to coordinate beautifully with her Slytherin hat and scarf.
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Post by: #borecore on January 03, 2017, 01:43:01 PM
Yesterday, I found an authentic Coach small satchel in black leather with brass hardware, in great condition and a nice size, with removable shoulder strap, exactly the kind of bag I have been looking for, for 5% of the retail price ($470). I felt quite opulent spending $25 on a bag, but when you think of it like that ...

I've gotten good at spotting fake Coach, and my local thrift store has 3-5 new fakes a week, or else the signature C print bags in terrible, ratty shape (and also usually not to my taste at all). Never authentic and in good condition! So I was quite excited about this find. I will carry it for years.
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on January 16, 2017, 02:06:25 PM
Yesterday, I found an authentic Coach small satchel in black leather with brass hardware, in great condition and a nice size, with removable shoulder strap, exactly the kind of bag I have been looking for, for 5% of the retail price ($470). I felt quite opulent spending $25 on a bag, but when you think of it like that ...

I've gotten good at spotting fake Coach, and my local thrift store has 3-5 new fakes a week, or else the signature C print bags in terrible, ratty shape (and also usually not to my taste at all). Never authentic and in good condition! So I was quite excited about this find. I will carry it for years.

Is it the heavy, unlined classic leather bag? If so, you got a steal! I have a couple and love them. One I bought on ebay, and just cleaned and conditioned it. I also saw online you can actually wash those, the unlined ones, but I'm too chicken to try.

I also have a gorgeous semi-vintage Coach wallet that I decided to take the leather cleaner too. Wow, what a difference! it was so much softer and smoother when I had finished with it. I have another vintage bag I'm trying to sell, but may take off and try and clean and condition first.
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Post by: kudeebee on January 16, 2017, 08:50:51 PM
Two new button down shirts for dh with tags--$4 and $2; hardly worn jeans for dh for $7; a worn once or twice Gear top for me--$4.  Six Ikea drinking glasses at 3/$1,  Pleased with all!

Always looking for designer purses, but have only found one in all my years for looking!
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Post by: atirial on January 17, 2017, 07:15:10 AM
I'd been looking at a coffee machine for £29.99, down from £50, but didn't get it because it had a small water tank although I was so tempted. Then at the weekend I found a Tassimo for £30 (down from £120) on the last day of the offer. It came with two drink packs and a warranty, which was not a bad buy! Our new coffee machine is already being used frequently, (mainly for tea and chocolate).

 
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: #borecore on January 17, 2017, 08:44:41 AM
Yesterday, I found an authentic Coach small satchel in black leather with brass hardware, in great condition and a nice size, with removable shoulder strap, exactly the kind of bag I have been looking for, for 5% of the retail price ($470). I felt quite opulent spending $25 on a bag, but when you think of it like that ...

I've gotten good at spotting fake Coach, and my local thrift store has 3-5 new fakes a week, or else the signature C print bags in terrible, ratty shape (and also usually not to my taste at all). Never authentic and in good condition! So I was quite excited about this find. I will carry it for years.

Is it the heavy, unlined classic leather bag? If so, you got a steal! I have a couple and love them. One I bought on ebay, and just cleaned and conditioned it. I also saw online you can actually wash those, the unlined ones, but I'm too chicken to try.

I also have a gorgeous semi-vintage Coach wallet that I decided to take the leather cleaner too. Wow, what a difference! it was so much softer and smoother when I had finished with it. I have another vintage bag I'm trying to sell, but may take off and try and clean and condition first.

I do have one of those that needs cleaning (father-in-law got it for me from a thrift store -- shockingly good deal, second Coach design ever), but this is a Campbell crossbody like the bottom right here: http://gdimg.gmarket.co.kr/goods_image2/middle_jpgimg/407/292/407292863.jpg

This weekend was half off everything at Savers, and I got a Garnet Hill merino wool sweater dress ($150 new), NY & Co. sweater dress, Liz Claiborne blouse ($50), Central Park West blouse ($120), and Zac and Rachel blouse, plus a Calvin Klein leather wallet ($80, replaces the wallet I ran over with my car -- doh!) for $22 total, and J. Crew and Banana Republic dress shirts for my husband for $5 total. I finally feel equipped for winter ... Too bad it's mid-January.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: siamesecat2965 on January 18, 2017, 09:53:37 AM
Technically not a thrift score, but Kohls. Shockingly, I have never really had issues with ordering online from them, except once. and that was a delivery issue.

I had a $5 reward that was expiring, and a 30% off coupon, plus free shipping for chargeholders. I need some sweaters to wear to work. Sadly, I tend to stick to the same styles; either open cardigans or vneck or crew neck pullovers alhtough I prefer vneck.

Bought two vneck cable sweaters; one of which I have one today. Its slightly longer, but not quite a tunic length, with a split hem. Exactly the style that flatters me the most. I got that plus another vneck for $14 for both.

And today i just ordered four more of the one I have on, with 30 off and free shipping, $36 for all, when the orig. price was $36 for one.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Emmy on January 19, 2017, 10:29:02 PM
Half price clothing day at the thrift store yesterday.  Yay!  I got 21 pieces (including a few to sell to keep up my thrift budget) for $39.  Included was a Christmas dress for DD5 for next year, a Gymboree velvet blazer for DD3 and a Gymboree velvet casual jacket for DD5, a Brooks Brothers cashmere/silk sweater, a Chico's button down shirt, and a Banana republic sweater.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: gmatoy on January 19, 2017, 10:54:53 PM
Four yards of fabric for $4.00! (Pretty print with roses, 100% cotton, so perfect for the wall hanging that I am going to make for my sister, who happens to have a flower name.  ;) )
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: vintagegal on January 20, 2017, 03:13:25 PM
2 large, sterling serving spoons, 10 cents each!! Still researching the marks, but one is pre-1850. Of course they were very tarnished but cleaned up nicely.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Moralia on January 23, 2017, 12:58:33 PM
Major score!  Congrats!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Venus193 on January 23, 2017, 05:16:59 PM
Great score!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Winterlight on January 23, 2017, 06:22:40 PM
Last month I bought a lovely simple glass bowl for $0.50 that would have cost ten or twelve dollars new. I'm using it to float candles in as a table decoration.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: MissRose on January 25, 2017, 06:04:34 AM
I found at the local good will  - one of those sets they sell at Xmas that contains perfume, lotion, and shower gel.  The set I found is Estee Lauder's Beautiful which is my sister's favorite scent.  I got it for her for $12 plus tax.  Normally sets like that with high priced brand names cost at least $50 or $60 depending on size, brand, and contents.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Vall on January 25, 2017, 07:45:39 AM
I found at the local good will  - one of those sets they sell at Xmas that contains perfume, lotion, and shower gel.  The set I found is Estee Lauder's Beautiful which is my sister's favorite scent.  I got it for her for $12 plus tax.  Normally sets like that with high priced brand names cost at least $50 or $60 depending on size, brand, and contents.
Wow.  I would've been over the moon if I found that.  Beautiful is the only perfume that I will wear and I've worn it every day for years.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: MissRose on January 25, 2017, 01:08:42 PM
I found at the local good will  - one of those sets they sell at Xmas that contains perfume, lotion, and shower gel.  The set I found is Estee Lauder's Beautiful which is my sister's favorite scent.  I got it for her for $12 plus tax.  Normally sets like that with high priced brand names cost at least $50 or $60 depending on size, brand, and contents.
Wow.  I would've been over the moon if I found that.  Beautiful is the only perfume that I will wear and I've worn it every day for years.

My sister will certainly be pleased with the set when I have the chance to see to give it to her.  She won't care that it was found in a Goodwill either.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: gmatoy on January 29, 2017, 02:33:19 PM
Went to the monthly 25cent sale that a children's resale store does... and found out that it was the last quarter sale! Wiping away tears. I told them, " I finally have a reason to come back to your store and you're going out of business?!!" They told me that they are trying to sell it, but either way, they are done.

I spent 20 dollars at the quarter sale and 20 dollars at the regular part of the store. Then my wonderful friend and I went to a thrift store, just around the corner, and I spent another $7.00.

I ended up with a ton of maternity clothes and another ton of baby clothes. (9 pairs of maternity pants, 1 pair of shorts, 13 tops and 4 dresses; 43 baby clothes in a quick count.) DD will be happy, I think. She will be here this afternoon.


Modified to add the count of clothes.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: cattlekid on January 29, 2017, 05:21:11 PM
A friend is hosting a "birthday prom" for her husband in February.  A lot of us are taking the "prom" theme seriously and getting outfitted with our finest prom visions.  I stopped at our local Goodwill last weekend and found a lavender David's Bridal strapless gown for the princely sum of $9.99.  Length is perfect.  I do have to have it taken in at the bust, but I found a small new local tailor shop that will do it for a reasonable price, plus steam and press the gown. 

We are splurging on a tux rental for DH since he's lost 110 lbs. since his heaviest and never even wore one to our wedding.  I figure he deserves it.   ;)
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: cicero on January 29, 2017, 07:30:09 PM
not a thrift store, but found a really lovely Calvin Klein black blazer on clearance for 24.99$. I'm really happy.
Eta: this looks like my jacket
http://slimages.macysassets.com/is/image/MCY/products/2/optimized/3197202_fpx.tif?$filterlrg$&wid=370

In addition, I got two short skeeve/sleeveless tops, one sheerish long sleeve top, stockings , and a cool thick hat with a pompom. Altogether with the aforementioned jacket, came to a bit under $100.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Venus193 on January 30, 2017, 07:34:57 AM
Not a thrift shop score, but an unexpected freebie due to loyalty points I hadn't realized I'd earned in my local chain pharmacy.  Two of these:

(http://www.russellstover.com/wcsstore/RussellStoverCatalogAssetStore//Images/1000x1000/4000/4242-1000.jpg)
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: cicero on January 30, 2017, 07:27:22 PM
Not a thrift shop score, but an unexpected freebie due to loyalty points I hadn't realized I'd earned in my local chain pharmacy.  Two of these:

(http://www.russellstover.com/wcsstore/RussellStoverCatalogAssetStore//Images/1000x1000/4000/4242-1000.jpg)
yum!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: littlelauraj on January 31, 2017, 08:54:53 AM
Last weekend a few of my friends and I went out of town to a place with a few thrift stores.  Everywhere we went there were fantastic half price sales!  I found a lot of clothing at the Goodwill for $2.00 per shirt.  These were all nicer things I can wear to work.  But my big score that I keep coming back to is the 9+ yards of lightweight, modern floral canvas that after discounts came to $15.00.  For the whole thing!  I keep getting it out to fondle.  ;)

A couple of weeks ago I found a glass bowl that matches two others I have picked up over the years.  They fit into a metal stand that I use and look beautiful.  I love thrifting!
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: vintagegal on February 01, 2017, 06:53:11 AM
2 large, sterling serving spoons, 10 cents each!! Still researching the marks, but one is pre-1850. Of course they were very tarnished but cleaned up nicely.

Another sterling spoon, this time smaller (I think it is a sugar shell), same store, for $1.00 this time. They are getting smarter. Or are they? It WAS marked "sterling" right on the back. smh.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Chez Miriam on February 01, 2017, 08:51:49 AM
2 large, sterling serving spoons, 10 cents each!! Still researching the marks, but one is pre-1850. Of course they were very tarnished but cleaned up nicely.

Another sterling spoon, this time smaller (I think it is a sugar shell), same store, for $1.00 this time. They are getting smarter. Or are they? It WAS marked "sterling" right on the back. smh.

I've bought really filthy saucepans for much less than shiny-like-new clean ones [half an hour's soak, some elbow grease, and no-one could tell the difference] - was the sugar shell shiny and clean?  I know the earlier purchases were tarnished - so maybe the workers didn't appreciate that they were silver (saw them as rubbed plate)...
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: vintagegal on February 01, 2017, 12:11:08 PM
nope, it was also tarnished. BTW, a green scrubby pad along with whatever you are using for silver polish (toothpaste here) hastens the removal of tarnish.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Chez Miriam on February 02, 2017, 07:23:04 AM
nope, it was also tarnished. BTW, a green scrubby pad along with whatever you are using for silver polish (toothpaste here) hastens the removal of tarnish.

I'm assuming that the green scrubby doesn't damage the surface?  I'm happy using them on steel, but never considered trying them on silverware.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: VorFemme on February 02, 2017, 09:35:59 AM
The green scrubby pads that I've seen are plastic and wouldn't hurt a non-stick coating...but the little bit of extra friction did speed the "cleaning" of the tarnish.

I've also had good luck using catsup or lemon juice & salt when cleaning bronze (rinse well, then rinse some more with really hot water from the tap - you don't want anything left on the bronze).  Toothpaste worked on both silver & bronze but seemed a little harder to rinse off.  I wondered if it was just that the water was not hot enough...
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Chez Miriam on February 02, 2017, 09:48:48 AM
The green scrubby pads that I've seen are plastic and wouldn't hurt a non-stick coating...but the little bit of extra friction did speed the "cleaning" of the tarnish.

I've also had good luck using catsup or lemon juice & salt when cleaning bronze (rinse well, then rinse some more with really hot water from the tap - you don't want anything left on the bronze).  Toothpaste worked on both silver & bronze but seemed a little harder to rinse off.  I wondered if it was just that the water was not hot enough...

I'm off to have a good look at the scrubbies!  I've tried lemon juice & salt on copper, but that scratched the surface, so I've been wary of it since.  I will give toothpaste a go, as it's one of the things I sometimes see in £ shops (i.e. cheap).
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: littlelauraj on February 02, 2017, 12:17:54 PM
When I worked in fine jewelry we always recommended against cleaning metal with toothpaste as it is an abrasive. Over time it will leave little scratches that dull the surface. I don't know about all metals, but we always cleaned gold and silver with a combination of the original Mr. Clean, dish soap, and water. I think the main ingredient of Mr. Clean is ammonia.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: VorFemme on February 02, 2017, 01:29:35 PM
The scrubby that I'm thinking of is a crocheted or knitted tube of plastic rolled up in to a ball.

The sponge backed with green plastic is a bit harsher when cleaning - I use them on stainless steel.
Title: Re: Thrift Score!
Post by: Chez Miriam on February 06, 2017, 04:47:39 AM
The scrubby that I'm thinking of is a crocheted or knitted tube of plastic rolled up in to a ball.

The sponge backed with green plastic is a bit harsher when cleaning - I use them on stainless steel.

Thanks for that clarification, VorFemme; my scrubbies are the larger, sponge-free, versions of the sponge backed ones, but I looked out for the other sort and found some in a "proper" hardware shop, along with a mystery one I was trying to replace [an ancient very thin orange/deeper orange borders one that I don&