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post #41 of 67
I love to dumpster dive, I've been doing it 2x a week for a few months now. I've found:

a brand new, in the box unassembled and complete adirondack chair with price tag - 69.99
a brand new office chair
a complete dog grooming kit, works and was priced at 57 bucks
pedipaws
a bedazzler
lots of yankee candles, most had a crack in them
lots of frames, most I donated
a pinata in perfect condition
a case of unopened davinci syrups, and bags of crushed peppermints
3 big jugs of white chocolate syrup for ice cream and coffee
a million magazines
a brand new pair of nikes, in my husband's size
tons and tons of flowers every week (at a flower wholesaler, the day after mother's day we got *80* dozen long stemmed red roses, right now I have a 4 bouquets in my house and I gave one to MIL. most of the flowers this week were irises, snapdragons, roses, stargazer lilies and carnations)
a case of spaghettios (not my first choice to eat, but it will do in a pinch)
one of those tubes of animals, it was pets
13 closed packs of skewers, 100 per pack (I let dd build with them)
bags of closed snack food, tortilla chips and potato chips mostly
2 shopping bags worth of closed bottles of coke and aquafina
a bunch of decorative, pretty mugs that i will use as gifts
a cracked aquarium (that we used to put hermit crabs in)
a complete "anole kit" for a small lizard, in the box
tons and tons of bags of eukanuba and Nutro cat and dog food (enough that I never buy animal food anymore and neither do my friends)
same with cat litter
and dog treats and toys
and dog shampoo
a case of industrial dishwasher detergent (huge cakes but we took it outside and pounded it into powder for our dishwasher - works great!)
a 5' tall decorative uncle sam, just in time for 4th of july!
many, many houseplants that just needed some water and a replanting
many, many closed bags of plastic plates, dishes, cups, cutlery
an adding machine with paper
an unopened first aid kit
lots of aprons from one particular coffee shop (I kept 2, gave away the rest or donated)

and, there's more but you get the idea!

When I dumpster dive I don't get right in the dumpster, just root around what is on the top or obvious, and I still found all that. It's turned into a great hobby, I either go with 2 friends or my dh. Most of that list is just stuff we kept, we get so much more than that but if I don't have a use for it I donate it to goodwill.
post #42 of 67
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That's awesome!
post #43 of 67

Best Thrift Store Day Ever!

(cross posted from my DDC)

Wahoo!

Fairbanks is really a pretty small town, so we have 1 Salvation Army and 1 Value Village. After living in Denver for a few years (with a LOT more thrift stores) I was a little disappointed in the thrift store selection here. . . until today.

My Treasures:
And we even found a sewing machine REALLY on sale at JoAnn. Then, the "dollar-fifty" store was having a half off sale! So we got laundry hampers and some cleaning stuff for $2.25. PLUS, the baby/kids consignment store has a used carseat for $30! It has a recall on it (though nothing to do with the restraint system, and there have been no deaths associated with the problem) so we're going to research it before we buy. THEN, Sears (where my DH just got hired - and an employee discount) had a great stroller and great bouncy seat on sale for GREAT prices.

The sun is shining, I've got new books from the library, we just put a frozen pizza in the oven, and I have a new remedy for heartburn that is working out pretty well. I don't know what I did to get on God's good side, but I'm sending y'all all the good vibes I can! Good luck on your own adventures!!!
post #44 of 67
Thread Starter 
That's awesome! I'm going to move this to our thrift store brag thread.
post #45 of 67
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Originally Posted by annettemarie View Post
That's awesome! I'm going to move this to our thrift store brag thread.
thanks! I didn't even know there was one!
post #46 of 67
Atilla: You are a goddess!

Last month, I found an antique 1950s table for $5 and a mini-armchair $5, both for DD. In fact, DD racked up quite a bit over a few days of yard saling. She got a rug for her bathroom, some complete outfits for this fall... totally racked up.
post #47 of 67
LOL!

Thanks, but no way - it's all out there for all of us to take. I hope more and more ppl will dumpster dive and save this perfectly good stuff from the landfill.

When I go by a store now I never get the urge to shop, I think, "I wonder what's in their dumpster?"
post #48 of 67
I have wanted a pair of Crocs for awhile now and have kept checking the thrift stores. I found pairs for 3 of my kids for between .25 and $3.50 but not me! Today I took some bags of things to Goodwill to drop off and found a pair of Crocs in my size for $3.50 ::
post #49 of 67
Thread Starter 
Kelly, that's great! I went ahead and moved your post to the bargain brag thread since it (sadly!) wasn't a deal other members could take advantage of.
post #50 of 67
I'm so glad I found this thread! DD is trying to assemble a wardrobe for starting HS next year and we have been haunting the local thrift stores.

So far, our best finds have been:

3 pairs of "Lucky" brand jeans for $4 each (retail $80-110)
2 beautiful BCBG Max-Azria tops for $4 each
1 pair Hollister jeans for $6
DKNY jeans $6
and a bunch of tops and jackets, (Forever 21, etc) etc so she is really set for school next year. She's very lucky because she is so small (0/1) that the stuff we find is still in great shape. Hardly any wear on the jeans at all!

Now we are shopping "up" for dd (a size or two larger) and also shopping for a friend of dd's who isn't as fortunate w/ her thriftstore options as we seem to be.
post #51 of 67
Last night I got a 32 ounce bottle of organic pure maple syrup for less than the price of an 8 ounce bottle from the grocery store, 16 ounces of pure vanilla extract for the price of 2 ounces, and my dad got 10 pounds of organic raw sugar for $15! :
post #52 of 67
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Originally Posted by annettemarie View Post
Kelly, that's great! I went ahead and moved your post to the bargain brag thread since it (sadly!) wasn't a deal other members could take advantage of.
thank you for moving it!! I realized after I posted that I'd posted in the wrong thread
post #53 of 67
I found this rocking horse for $5! It's amish, handmade and retails for $289. It's still in great condition and my DD can use it for 3 or 4 more years.

http://i44.tinypic.com/s2uw6h.jpg
post #54 of 67
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Originally Posted by Amylcd View Post
I found this rocking horse for $5! It's amish, handmade and retails for $289. It's still in great condition and my DD can use it for 3 or 4 more years.

http://i44.tinypic.com/s2uw6h.jpg
Wow, that is a great find!

At a thrift store I just found some brand new, still in the wrapper Melissa and Doug wooden stacking rings for $0.50 and an all wooden dump truck $0.30. Lilly has had a ball with both toys.
post #55 of 67
4T boys pants for $.50/pair. They even still have the knees! I got 6 pair.
post #56 of 67
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They even still have the knees!
You can't beat that!

And that rocking horse is just lovely. :

I forgot to post last weekend's haul. 5 little girl dresses for 75 cents each-- Lands End and American Girl. Also a Bitty Baby wicker suitcase. Some books for a quarter each. My best buy was a washboard for $2. I've wanted one for felting. Oh, and some newborn baby onesies, including a couple that were organic, for a dime each.
post #57 of 67
I got what looks to be a 1930's vintage quilt, in need of minor repairs for $2 at a garage sale! (that was the asking price - I would never have asked for a price like that!)
post #58 of 67
Last weeks purchases-like new winter clothing from The Children's Place for my 7 year old. I got a pair of lined snow pants, a velour track outfit, a beautiful red sweater with a black skirt to match, a pair of jeans and a long sleeved shirt for around $5. I also found a couple of skirts and shirts for my other girls for winter. I spent $7 total for the day.
post #59 of 67
Atilla (love your name BTW)...I am new here, and am in total awe over your finds. I have always wanted to "dive", but am always afraid of people giving me a hard time (not my family, but the people that have thrown the things away). Have you ever been hassled? Do you have one of those "sticks" for pulling things out? Do you wear gloves? What precautions do you take to make sure that you don't get injured? Sorry for all of the questions :-), I love the idea of robbing the landfills and recycling usable items (whether for myself or for friends).

Anyway, thanks!!
post #60 of 67
: We just moved and really have been wanting some green things for our balcony. We have empty planters but no green stuff or dirt. And it's a little late to start from seed. So we were planning on saving our pennies and buying some flowers and etc when we could. JUST last night I said "I'd love to have some geraniums. they're so cheerful." And guess what I found?

A whole pallet of starved for water but still healthy GERANIUMS in front of the local grocery store, sign says $0.99. When I went in to ask if I could have these two big dead plants for free (for the dirt), the lady said "you can have all, for free, please take them." : :

So I have eight geraniums soaking in my tub. Silly me, I was walking and that's all I could carry. go figure.
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