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post #41 of 254

This was on Craigslist instead of in a B&M "thrift store", but I got my daughter's entire spring wardrobe - 48 pieces of clothing - for $60 total!

And one of the mamas I bought from was also happy to take two outgrown slings off our hands (our local Goodwill doesn't allow us to donate baby carriers of any type).

 

I guess I had to spend some $ in gas driving to these two mama's houses, but I didn't notice anyone in the posts above figuring in the gas money, so I didn't, either...

 

post #42 of 254
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Originally Posted by glassesgirlnj View Post

I guess I had to spend some $ in gas driving to these two mama's houses, but I didn't notice anyone in the posts above figuring in the gas money, so I didn't, either...

 

I don't offset my purchases by gas money because we usually stop on the way to and fro, or while we're out doing other errands, like grocery shopping. Some great deals to be had!

post #43 of 254
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I don't offset my purchases by gas money because we usually stop on the way to and fro, or while we're out doing other errands, like grocery shopping. Some great deals to be had!

 

 

That's a good point! I actually did get some grocery shopping done on my way home from one mama's house.

 

I met the other mama on my way home from work, but I had to drive in the opposite direction for a little ways. So I guess that's why I was thinking about the gas $. But if I had purchased new clothes, I would've had to drive to a store... or order online and pay shipping... so I think it all zeroes out in the end. :)

post #44 of 254

We recently got a brand new (Ikea tags still on) down comforter, in a pretty floral duvet, for 7.99! I shop at all the area thrift stores when I have a few minutes between clients in my workday. I find lots of good deals, but really buy way too many books. Sigh. No self-discipline when it comes to books.

 

I have pretty much quit going to the Goodwill outlet. It is always crowded, and the people (customers) are so rude. It seems the majority are professionals, pickers - they amass towering shopping carts of stuff, elbow anyone out of their way, and generally are very serious and sour. It also smells bad in there. It used to feel fun; like a treasure hunt. Now that I think of it, ithas been a year or more since I have been there. Maybe I should try again.
 

post #45 of 254

So excited.  I was so hoping there was a thread to share my score, and behold!   The universe is being so good to me tonight...

 

Tonight at Goodwill I found a Mikasa china set I had been oogling online for over a year-  10 dinner plates and 10 dessert plates for only $24 total!  (retail I think would have been around $300- hard to tell for sure since it has been discontinued)

 

My daughter found a super cute dress for her spring formal dance-  $12.  

 

And to think, my daughter had to drag me there tonight, practically kicking and screaming lol

post #46 of 254

I'm hopelessly addicted to HalfPriceBooks.   Not only for the books but for the Journals and art supplies and homeschool materials.  Games, puzzles, activities.  We are there almost weekly.

post #47 of 254
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Major score today at Goodwill - I got a red wool J.Crew pea coat for $20.00! It's practically new; doesn't look like it was ever worn. I need a spring/fall jacket so it's perfect. They retail for several hundred bucks, so it was a serious score. 

 

We also got a few new books - a Sesame Street Golden book and two Dr. Suess hardcovers, for less than $2.00. Pretty good stop. 

post #48 of 254

A Le Creuset pan with lid for $35! Seems they run nearly $200 new.
 

 

Edited to add: And now, DD is using the new pan to cook some amazing French braised chicken. She won't let me in the kitchen, but it smells fabulous!


Edited by mamarhu - 4/21/13 at 7:22pm
post #49 of 254
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A Le Creuset pan with lid for $35! Seems they run nearly $200 new.
 

 

 

 

DROOL!!!!!! Nice find!

post #50 of 254
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Some of my recent finds:

A 100% wool blanket for $4 ($100 new)

Keens for me, great condition, $8 ($80 new)

I kind of live at the thrift store. bag.gif I go several times a week (different stores in the area). Just reading this thread makes me want to go again NOW!!!


Me too!  This thread is giving me the itch!

post #51 of 254

Tons of stuff. DH and I tend to go thrift-storing for our dates.

On our most recent trip, we found this physics kit for $2.99, this coverall for DS for $2.50 (we'd planned to buy something similar for him next winter), an antique meat grinder for $10 that we should be able to sell for $75, and a set of phonics books for $3.00.

They had a $5/basket sale at one recently, and we got pretty much an entire wardrobe for the toddler (plus a few shirts for me) for $5 - you can fit an awful lot of todder clothing in a basket if you fold it carefully :)

The kids have a huge library because kids books are $0.10-$0.25 each. Even limiting myself to no more than $1.00 a trip, we end up with more than we have shelf space for.

One store regularly has natural parenting stuff at prices way lower than typical used online prices - fitted cloth diapers for $2.50 and things like that. I got a EUC Hotsling for $4.00. Unfortunately, not my size, but I love the color and pattern. I think I'm saving it for a present (I suspect it would fit my sister-in-law if they decide to have kids soon).
 

DH just picked up a computer at an estate sale for $10. Not the most recent model, but perfectly functional for what the kids need (flash games and so forth).

 

We got something like 16 wool blankets for $1.00 each a few years ago. VERY basic - grey and scratchy - but they're servicable as an extra layer, and I've been making nicer blankets by sandwiching them between two pieces of flannel.

 

I do find the clothing sections overwhelming. While a large percentage of our clothing is from thrift stores, I really only look at the clothing when I know specifically what I need.

post #52 of 254

Not thrift store, but oh, so thrifty!

 

DD and I just got a 30 pound bag of mixed onions at the produce market, for $3!! We are chopping them to freeze in recipe size portions, and will have onions for the next year! White, yellow, and red. Some, not all, are a little bruised on the outside, but peel down a layer and they're fine. I am so excited!

post #53 of 254
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Not thrift store, but oh, so thrifty!

 

DD and I just got a 30 pound bag of mixed onions at the produce market, for $3!! We are chopping them to freeze in recipe size portions, and will have onions for the next year! White, yellow, and red. Some, not all, are a little bruised on the outside, but peel down a layer and they're fine. I am so excited!

 

That is a really good deal. I'm always on the look out for opportunities to buy bulk at a good price too - having the chest freezer full is almost better than money in the bank. You can't eat interest!

 

We popped into Goodwill this morning on the way to the grocery store and scored a few things -

 

- Brand new Rubbermaid BPA-free water bottle for $3.00

- Shorts for Little Man $1.50

- Brand new 6 pack of jumbo Easter eggs for the basket stash - $0.50

- 2 brand-new packages of Easter basket grass $1.00

 

I'm on the troll for new summer sandals for myself, but no luck. There were a few pairs that I looked at but the heels were all too chunky for my taste. I like a narrow kitten heel and of course I can't find any like that... We're also in need of some more pants for Little Man - he's getting taller but his waist is tiny, so everything that fits his waist is too short at the ankles. Pants are going to be my nemesis of his childhood I fear. 

post #54 of 254
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Found my sandals today at another Goodwill - they're black kitten heels, they're brand new (don't look like they've ever been worn) and they only cost $7.00. Found some items for Little Man in the children's bin too - four pieces for $6.00 - a polo shirt with screenprinted motorcycles on it, a pair of red Old Navy cargo shorts, a pair of blue madras plaid shorts and a pair of Old Navy jeans. 

post #55 of 254

Thrift stores here are priced rather high, so I don't go very often.  Although I try to go to their 50% off sales.  Yesterday was Salvation Army's and I got some nice clothes for about $20.  Two L/S shirts for DS1, 3 blouses for myself, a t-shirt, a vintage dress and a vintage skirt.  That's pretty good haul for this place.  When I was clueless I once bought a used dress at Value Village for $20 plus tax!  Later I found out that particular one price their things really high, now I would only go there if they have 50% off. 

post #56 of 254
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I'm annoyed with myself - I have a 25% off total purchase coupon for Goodwill that I keep forgetting to use. You get them on your birthday if you get their reward card. Yes, Goodwill has a reward card. So far it's the only benefit I've gotten - I never notice any other discounts, but even still. One coupon is better than no coupons. 

 

Actually maybe it's good I keep forgetting about it - later in the summer when I start doing another round of clothes shopping for fall/winter maybe I'll use it then and get some serious bang for my buck. 

post #57 of 254

Today I did really good at the thrift shop - a brand new pair of crocs sandals in my favorite style for $5, a brand new pair of Sketchers Shape-Ups for $6, and a lovely extra large scarf to wear as a hijab for $4!

 

I can't believe I found shoes - I almost never find shoes for me, and when I do they are normally worn out. 

post #58 of 254
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Originally Posted by frugalmama View Post

Today I did really good at the thrift shop - a brand new pair of crocs sandals in my favorite style for $5, a brand new pair of Sketchers Shape-Ups for $6, and a lovely extra large scarf to wear as a hijab for $4!

I can't believe I found shoes - I almost never find shoes for me, and when I do they are normally worn out. 

Same here. I'm size 11, and rarely find much useful in shoes, but a year ago I found a pair of new running shoes that i have been wearing for work since, and one time we stopped at a thrift store right before a wedding because I had nothing to wear and i managed to find some nice sandals that got.
post #59 of 254
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Same here. I'm size 11, and rarely find much useful in shoes, but a year ago I found a pair of new running shoes that i have been wearing for work since, and one time we stopped at a thrift store right before a wedding because I had nothing to wear and i managed to find some nice sandals that got.

You should come to my thrift shop - size 11's are EASY to find here. They have an entire aisle of women's size 10, 11, and 12 :) I have a friend who wears an 11 & she almost always finds shoes when we go shopping together. 

 

I wear an 8.5 or a 9 and don't wear heels - which makes it nearly impossible to find stuff. 

post #60 of 254

5 pairs of my favorite scrub pants for $0.25 each. Then at another store I got a top that was normally $2.00, but it was 50% day, but they only charged $0.50.

 

This turned out to be not quite so amazing when I discovered, after getting them home, that the previous owner apparently liked to walk on the hems. But they're still usable. So basically, $70ish worth of work clothing for $1.75.

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