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laura163's Avatar laura163 07:55 AM 05-02-2013

What kind of scrubs do you like to wear? I just bought some yesterday after trying on every brand in the store.  I am short and found the NRG to be the kind that fit the best. I would love to find some at a thrift store!



ocelotmom's Avatar ocelotmom 09:42 AM 05-02-2013

Honestly? Walmart. bag.gif Their typical pocket configuration works really well for me. I'm tall, though. Shorter people apparently walk on the hems. (On me, they're borderline too short. I think they're designed for people in the 5'8" range).

 

I don't know if they're truly my favorites, because I can't bring myself to spend huge amounts of money on the nicer brands, and I've yet to find a better brand with pockets I can tolerate at a thrift store. But I find I like them better than other options in a similar price range.


laura163's Avatar laura163 07:39 AM 05-03-2013

I looked at Walmart but didn't see any. I didn't stop at Fleet Farm to see their choices because I knew I would walk out of there with candy. Hopefully they have cheap and nice (not the rough fabric that exfoliates while you work) ones.


ocelotmom's Avatar ocelotmom 10:10 AM 05-03-2013
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I looked at Walmart but didn't see any. I didn't stop at Fleet Farm to see their choices because I knew I would walk out of there with candy. Hopefully they have cheap and nice (not the rough fabric that exfoliates while you work) ones.

I've always found them near the pajamas and underwear at WM (two different stores). I only buy them once they go on clearance, though. Some people complain that the fabric, particularly for the tops, is too rough/stiff. To me it just feels sturdy. My main complaint is that most of the patterns are on the cutesey side (and the ones that aren't tend to not have the pocket configuration I like).


kitchensqueen's Avatar kitchensqueen 01:25 PM 05-05-2013

I don't think I can leave the house without stopping at Goodwill anymore... the location by our house isn't as great as the one by my in laws (pretty much all designer stuff - if you can go to a Goodwill in/next to an affluent community, you will hit a gold mine!) but I usually find at least one or two things every time I stop in. 

 

We went in with the intention of looking for shorts for my husband, which of course we didn't find. But I did find a couple of pieces for myself - a wool knee-length A-line skirt in a black/tan/red plaid for only $4.00. It will be perfect for early fall. And I got a total steal from the bargain bin for $1.50 - a beautiful open-knit grey sweater by Ann Taylor Loft. Perfect for cooler summer days layered over a tank top. And we found a book for my son - Curious George Goes Camping - for $0.60. Perfect since we're taking him on his first camping trip this summer. 

 

Of course now I wish I could spend the afternoon thrifting...


kitchensqueen's Avatar kitchensqueen 11:59 AM 05-10-2013

Not from the thrift store, but such a good deal I have to share. I've been despairing about the cost of plant starts this year since our budget is tight and the scale of our garden is relatively big. At $4 per plant for large starts (the only kind I could seem to find), things were going to get wildly out of control. But husband discovered four-packs of young veggie starts for $1 each at Meijer today! He bought me a flat of a dozen packs as part of my mother's day present. Got a few varieties of tomato, cherry tomatoes, sweet peppers and hot peppers. Tomorrow we're going to go back and see what else they've got. :-) 48 plants for about $12.00! If we bought the larger starts, that would close to $200.00... I feel very happy indeed. 


kitchensqueen's Avatar kitchensqueen 12:00 PM 05-11-2013

Got some winners at Goodwill today - 

 

- 2 white ceramic side plates for $1.00, which I'm going to use as plant coasters. 

- Small wire basket for $1.00 (the ones they had in the Target One Spot that I've been eyeing for a month but didn't get because they were $3.00). It will be perfect to take to the garden when we pick our veggies.

- Two pairs of pants for Little Man for $3.00.

- Old Navy long sleeved t-shirt for Little Man for $1.50

- Blackhawks hooded sweatshirt for Little Man for $1.50. This was the major score - it retails for $45.00! For a toddler! It's a little too big, but he'll grow into it - it should fit perfect by next fall when the next hockey season starts. I was super excited about finding it - now we all have gear for our favorite team. :-)

 

I really don't see any reason to by new clothes anymore. We pretty much get everything second hand, except for underwear. I don't think I could ever buy used underwear... I know we're really lucky to live in an area where we can get really nice stuff second hand - so much of my wardrobe is brand-name stuff now, and I pay pennies for it. Love it. 

 

We also picked up some more plants at Meijer - spent another $13ish and got four packs of Roma tomatoes, a pack of cucumbers, a pack of butternut squash, a pack of red cabbage and a pack of Brussels sprouts. Plus the larger starts were buy one get one half off, so we picked up basil and thyme in those. Now things just have to dry out and warm up so we can get everything planted next weekend!


kitchensqueen's Avatar kitchensqueen 02:02 PM 05-19-2013

Got a few clothes for Little Man at a new place I checked out yesterday - it's okay, but not great. A little pricey since I'm used to Goodwill prices (especially the $1.50 children's bin for clothes). But I did find two cute tshirts for him for $2.00 a piece, and a pair of leather Stride Rite sandals for him for $4.00. So not bad. We did also stop at Goodwill, where I found a milk glass baking pan for $4.00 that I was considering, but I passed on it. I have a huge collection at it is, and no proper way to display what I've got, let alone new stuff. 


bohemianmama21's Avatar bohemianmama21 12:27 PM 05-20-2013
Anyone from DFW area here? I have yet to find a great thrift store greensad.gif
mamarhu's Avatar mamarhu 09:04 AM 05-22-2013

I am trying to stay out of Goodwills, but it is a losing battle. I spend my workday driving around a spread-out, 3 county area. I hate using the public restrooms at fast food restaurants - especially without buying something, and neither my waistline nor my wallet can take too much of that. But every Goodwill has dependably clean bathrooms, and no one looks funny at you if you wander in, use it, and stroll back out. I know every Goodwill in a 50 mile radius of my home (I live in a large, spread out metropolitan area). But if I have 10 minutes to kill, as often happens, I browse. There is nothing I need. My kids are old enough to do their own clothing shopping. My kitchen is fully equipped. Has been for years. My size or style hasn't changed in years, and I rarely wear out clothing. I have at least 5 or 6 pairs of Birkenstocks, all purchased used. I have enough yarn in my stash to hold me for the next several decades of compulsive sock knitting. I have a huge pile of unread books. THERE IS NOTHING I NEED!!

 

All that was a build up to my latest score:

 

I found a huge beautiful crystal vase for my mother, and gave it to her with rhodedendrons from my garden for Mother's Day. $3.99. Last night, I looked it up, and found the identical vase for $200 on Ebay. Whoa! I had no idea - I just thought it was pretty.


justmama's Avatar justmama 11:12 AM 05-22-2013

Last Saturday at a yard sale I got a box full of legos for $10.  The box was one of the ones that cases of wine come in at the liquor store.  TONS of legos.  I was so excited.  They are being saved for my 12 year old's birthday in July.  I also found an adidas tech shirt(workout clothing) in that same daughter's size for $2.  It's a pretty pale green that she's going to love for gym class.


sarafi's Avatar sarafi 02:47 AM 05-29-2013

Holy Cow did I just score at the flea market:

 

$19 bought me:

 

3 cordless 220V phones ($150 at least in stores) and they all had AA rechargeable batteries inside $10

Small Bag-less Vacuum 220V also, which works and was sorely needed as our other vacuum doesn't have a wand and we have stairs and couches to clean on a regular basis $5

3 sled for next winter (market price $15) I got them for $2

A super cute and sturdy outside baby swing for $2--I was planning on getting one so the small girl could hang out while I garden and I would not have to spend the entire time chasing her down. Amazon has them listed from $20-$30 right now.

 

I don't often go to these things, but we REALLY needed the phones and I was hopeful I could get some for $50-ish. This was a very nice surprise.


justmama's Avatar justmama 04:21 AM 05-30-2013

That's a great haul from the flea market!  You must be thrilled!


kitchensqueen's Avatar kitchensqueen 11:55 AM 06-02-2013

Yesterday I happened upon a garage sale selling garden equipment, and I scored two stirrup hoes for $4.00! Just need to clean them up and sharpen them, and we'll be all set to weed the garden. If it ever stops raining, that is. 


sarafi's Avatar sarafi 01:05 PM 06-02-2013
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That's a great haul from the flea market!  You must be thrilled!

Every time I can hear the new phones actually ring, I am reminded of the great deal! Can't wait for next years market


happyhats's Avatar happyhats 01:26 PM 06-02-2013

I haven't been hitting the thrift stores a lot as of late because its yard sale season and that's what I end up spending any free cash on.  I've had a lot of luck this year.  I've gotten most of my gift shopping done thanks to finding things nip and finding a few Christmas tins for 10 cents each that will be filled with goodies for people I end up giving gcs to.  I've also found some clothes for myself and a brand new platform bed frame for myself for only fifteen dollars. 


kitchensqueen's Avatar kitchensqueen 02:20 PM 06-02-2013

I'm so spoiled on second hand now. I really see no reason to buy new clothes, toys, books, furniture, or household goods anymore. Very rarely do I find the need to buy new items. Love it. Saves so much money and is so much better for the environment. 


EmsMom's Avatar EmsMom 02:43 PM 06-02-2013
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I'm so spoiled on second hand now. I really see no reason to buy new clothes, toys, books, furniture, or household goods anymore. Very rarely do I find the need to buy new items. Love it. Saves so much money and is so much better for the environment. 


This is so true for me as well.  I have been buying things used for at least 13 years.  Every once in a while I really need something new and I can't believe how much things cost new.  I generally do all of my shopping during the yard sale months; rarely go to a thrift store because I feel as if I live in yard sale heaven.  Lots of big spenders around here.  And, you know, 13 years ago when I started, high quality used clothes cost about $1 a piece -- today, they still run the same price.  No inflation; no sales tax; no big box store; and usually a higher quality product then I could afford: as in Gap instead of Old Navy.  This weekend I scored some bowls that match my kitchen set (free), some higher end muffin tins because mine is pretty beat up, a large Buddha for the garden and a brand new shower curtain to spruce up my bathroom, and a multi-tool for when I am out in the woods.   Spent $8 and maybe $2 in gas.  And I had more fun than just sitting around drinking $10 worth of lattes or something like that.  All of my household furnishings are from yard sales, much of my camping gear, lots of clothes including my nicest stuff. 


kitchensqueen's Avatar kitchensqueen 06:11 PM 06-02-2013
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This is so true for me as well.  I have been buying things used for at least 13 years.  Every once in a while I really need something new and I can't believe how much things cost new.  I generally do all of my shopping during the yard sale months; rarely go to a thrift store because I feel as if I live in yard sale heaven.  Lots of big spenders around here.  And, you know, 13 years ago when I started, high quality used clothes cost about $1 a piece -- today, they still run the same price.  No inflation; no sales tax; no big box store; and usually a higher quality product then I could afford: as in Gap instead of Old Navy.  This weekend I scored some bowls that match my kitchen set (free), some higher end muffin tins because mine is pretty beat up, a large Buddha for the garden and a brand new shower curtain to spruce up my bathroom, and a multi-tool for when I am out in the woods.   Spent $8 and maybe $2 in gas.  And I had more fun than just sitting around drinking $10 worth of lattes or something like that.  All of my household furnishings are from yard sales, much of my camping gear, lots of clothes including my nicest stuff. 

 

Yep, exactly! Most of my clothes are fairly high end because I snag them second hand - I love paying a few bucks for a great, classic piece that's well-made that once went for upwards of sixty bucks a pop. It's such a thrill to find a killer deal! My MIL is completely shocked that I've gotten the wardrobe I have for probably under $100. If I just threw out a guess, I'd say the retail value is around $2k easy. Why do people pay those prices!? 

 

The only things I won't buy second hand are undergarments and bathroom/hygiene products. I'm sure they could be adequately sanitized, but I can't wrap my mind around those things being used...


Poddi's Avatar Poddi 06:03 AM 06-03-2013

I just got 11 pieces of clothes and a calculus book for $12 at Salvation Army store's sale.  I was rather stunned about the deal.  I usually go to Value Village, they're not as cheap but have huge selections.  We only have one Salvation Army store here that's the size of a house.   Amazingly they have lots of good stuff, too.  And because the store is so small it took me only one hour to go through most stuff.  I guess I shouldn't dismiss stores just because they're small.

 

I agree that I'm spoiled not only about the price of clothing, but also the quality.  Thrift stores usually still have things made in US or Canada, shirts that are not see through or for "layering".  (I hate those tissue thin clothes.) I once bought a made in Canada cotton night gown.  The quality is so good I have successfully altered it into a decent dress.  It's one of my favorite now.


justmama's Avatar justmama 01:03 PM 06-03-2013

I LOATHE those "layering" shirts.  What a waste!


happyhats's Avatar happyhats 09:58 PM 06-03-2013
Unfortunately the brands of clothing are hit and miss, but I suppose I've become a bit disenchanted with clothing quality as well. I don't think I'm hard on clothes but apparently I am, lol. It's so nice, however, to spend fifty cents on something and it doesn't last more than a year than to spend 20 dollars or more. Sure, there are a few things that don't work out but it really all evens out in the end for me.
kitchensqueen's Avatar kitchensqueen 07:00 AM 06-07-2013

Last night at Goodwill we picked up a Fisher Price Little People Fun Sounds Garage for $2! It's going for about $20 on Ebay/CL so I feel like I got a major score. And Little Man is so into his cars and such right now - he's super excited about it too! I'm raising another thrifter over here. :-) 


kitchensqueen's Avatar kitchensqueen 09:32 AM 06-21-2013

Some more good deals at the Goodwill yesterday. My husband stopped at one during the day yesterday and found a bulldozer toy for fifty cents. Then we stopped at another one on our way to grocery shopping last night and picked up a few things - 

 

- 5 books for Little Man for a few dollars - some Golden Books, a Richard Scarry Golden book (double score) and a few board books (Curious George and an Elmo book). 

- A clear plastic letter/desk organizer for $2 - I've been wanting one of these for the bookcase in the kitchen to corral bills and mail and such. And since it's clear, I'm going to do something crafty with scrapbook paper to spiff it up. 

- Richard Scarry airplane board game for $2 - still brand new in the box! Little Man is a bit young for it, but at that price it can sit in the closet for a year or two no problem. 

- A black bag big enough to fit my work laptop - $5. And it doesn't look ugly! No more giant messenger bag of back pain for me. 


kitchensqueen's Avatar kitchensqueen 06:40 PM 06-26-2013

My husband found two of the Little People mini trucks that match the mining/construction play set we have for $1.00. Goodwill is really working out lately! 


kitchensqueen's Avatar kitchensqueen 05:34 PM 07-07-2013

Got some awesome deals while on vacation. Of course I had to hit the thrift stores and antique shops while we were out of town!

 

At a Goodwill in Madison - 

- A grey Lufthansa flight bag $3

- A blue Green Toys tugboat $1

- Sandra Boynton song book with CD $1

- Two Golden Books and a Dr. Suess book $3

 

At antique shops - 

- Blue calico fabric $2

- Green calico fabric $3

- 1961 Betty Crocker Outdoor Cookbook $3

- Pair of electric hobnail milk glass lamps $25

 

And not thrift, but Target's One Spot stuff is 70% off right now, so I loaded up on some stuff - 

- Hello Kitty - 2 bowls, 2 tupperware boxes, 2 notepads, coloring book $1.80

- Dr. Suess - 1 learning clock, 2 diecut packs, 4 sticker packs, 1 paper hat pack, 1 package of pencils, 6 plastic plates $15 (not technically on clearance but at a buck a piece they're for Little Man's birthday part in September)

- 6 melamine "solo cups" (3 red, 3 blue) $1.80

- 2 beer cozies $0.60

- 3 ice cube trays (beer bottles, hotdogs and bacon $0.90

- 3 red gingham and 1 red, white, blue striped mini tin pails $1.20

- 2 sets of red and white plasic berry baskets $1.80

- 3 pack of American flags $0.30

- 4 packages of glow stick necklace/bracelet sets $4

- 4 packages of glow sticks $4

- dinosaur sand toys $0.30

- plastic horse shoe game set $0.30

 

I do love me some deals. 


JudiAU's Avatar JudiAU 10:26 PM 07-07-2013

Can someone give me pricing help for selling used clothing on ebay? I haven't had a lot of luck.

 

What should the following items sell for?

 

lot of 5 gymboree baby sleepers, like new condition

new janie and jack/gymboree/baby gap clothes, washed but not worn


kitchensqueen's Avatar kitchensqueen 08:08 PM 07-11-2013

I got a few good deals at Goodwill today - 

 

- 3 Golden Books for $1.75

- A grey Ann Taylor Loft top for myself for $4.00

- Dr. Suess matching game for $2.00 (which will be perfect for Little Man's birthday in September)


ocelotmom's Avatar ocelotmom 12:12 PM 07-12-2013

Adorable toddler ladybug converse shoes (like http://www.ebay.com/itm/390369738403?hlp=false&var=660047032516) for $3.00. Ok, maybe not such a fabulous deal - they're not in perfect shape and DD really doesn't need more shoes... but CUTE!


justmama's Avatar justmama 12:19 PM 07-12-2013

Got a Barbie thermos for my youngest daughter at Savers for $1.99 in perfect condition.  Gonna be great for starting kindergarten in the fall.  She doesn't particularly care for Barbie but she loved the pink lid.


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