Give thrift stores a try

In times past, shopping at a thrift store was seen as cheap. Chintzy even. Many wouldn’t give thrift stores a thought as they drove past them on their way to the mall.

Thrift stores, such as Goodwill and Salvation Army, are a great way to stretch your dollar when you’re looking to supplement your wardrobe or add to your home decor. I like to think of them as organized garage sales. Their advantage over garage sales, though, is twofold: they’re open all day (not just 8am until noon) and you don’t have to drive all over town to find a deal. People often donate lightly used kitchen items or barely worn clothing before they move or after a spring cleaning. New items are constantly up for sale, so even from one week to the next the selection will vary widely.

Buying at a thrift store supports your local economy and helps provide jobs for those who live in your community. You’re also finding a second (or third or fifth) use for an unloved item, thereby keeping it out of the landfill.

Some treasures I’ve recently discovered while shopping at my local thrift store include: a name-brand sweater for $5, a glass vase for $2, a small bag for $3, ties for $2 each, a set of Christmas ornaments for $3, and a pair of dress pants for $5. Had I bought these things new, the cost would have easily been over $100 total.

Not to give yard sales a bad name, but I’m just not a morning person. Nor do I enjoy driving all over town wasting gas.

I want to challenge you to reconsider any negative feelings you have for thrift stores and ask you to give them a try. Compared to buying new, thrift stores can be a major source of savings. Good for the environment, your local economy and your wallet, thrift stores are a win all the way around.

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