Sunday Favorites

Hi Everyone and welcome to Sunday Favorites hosted by the ever generous Chari at Happy to Design. Chari invites us to revisit a past post each week. I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday!

This post is from June 1, 2009

Everybody that knows me knows that I am a major thrift store shopper! It is so rare that I go to a "regular" store for some item before I check out my local thrift stores first.

I have purchased so many things that were brand spanking new with tags still on. My wardrobe is made up of probably 75% clothes that were bought at a thrift store. Not only is this a HUGE saving of money but, it also is recycling at it's finest!

Some things to keep in mind:

Not all thrift stores are created equal! Depending on the area the store is located in, the price of items will reflect that area. So, if a thrift store is in a higher tax bracket area, the prices are higher. We have two Salvation Army stores within my desired driving distances. One is in a bit of a better part of the area and that stores prices are consistently at least 30% higher than the other store located in a lower tax area. So, generally I go to the lower priced store first.

Also, for most of the large thrift store chains (Salvation Army, St. Vincent De Paul, Goodwill) when items are donated a lot of the time those items go first to a central warehouse and then are sorted and delivered to the different stores. It's just something to keep in mind.

Our area Salvation Army stores have "colored sticker days". They use 5 different colored stickers (the color on Friday stays the same throughout the weekend) and each day one of the colors are marked down 50% for that day. I follow those colored stickers like most people follow their TV show schedules! LOL I ONLY purchase items that are 50% off that day. If I see something I want that is a different color sticker, I take my chances and return on that sticker day.

I told you I am a SERIOUS bargain shopper! I know the color sticker days for both my Salvation Army stores better than I know the birth dates of my family! LOL

We don't have a Goodwill in my area which totally bums me out. so, when we are traveling, hubby knows if we see one, he has to stop immediately! LOL

This weekend I went out to make my rounds at the thrift stores I frequent only to discover one of my absolute favorite thrift stores was shutting down! I though I would cry! Everything in the store was half off so, I took advantage of that.

What I was mainly looking for this past weekend was to build up the Little Princess' summer wardrobe. I did pretty good too.

For her I got:
7 pairs of shorts
10 shirts
4 summer dresses
4 pairs of summer pj's
a swimsuit cover up
3 beautiful blankets
a Winnie the Pooh and Friends light up/musical play treehouse toy thing.
a LeapFrog Alphabet Pal® Caterpillar (see pic below)

My total cost was $11.73
(most of the clothes were either Tommy Hilfiger, Old Navy or Carters)

I also got myself 4 pairs of jean shorts,4 brand new with tags, purses (my Big weaknesses are accessories! LOL), 2 tote bags, and electric tea kettle (wanted that for the trailer) and 2 shirts.

All of my stuff came up to $9.25. So, I went over my planned $20.00 budget by a little bit but, I was very happy with my purchases!

So, don't disregard thrift stores as great money saving places and check with your local thrift stores first to see if the item(s) you need can be purchased there instead of automatically going to a "regular" store.

And make sure you donate to the stores you shop at as well. My thrift stores know me from coming in the front door and pulling up around to the back door! LOL

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  1. My you are a shopping whizz, I am amazed at what you got for just over $20.

  2. All you thrifty gals and your thrift/yard sale shopping amaze me. I have NEVER been into that.

  3. Great finds and prices. This is great to see since the holidays are coming up.

  4. I share your love of thrift stores!
    You can find all manner of goodies there!
    As a matter of fact, when I went to Australia in July (their winter,) I simply went to the SA store down under for mittens, scarves, and sweaters. I wore them in the cold weather then before I returned to my California July, I re-donated!

  5. Hi Diann...

    My friend, so happy to have you join in with the fun of Sunday Favorites again this week...yet another great "frugalicious" post!!!

    Of course, I love thrift store shopping! It just tickles me pink to find something that I really like for such an incredible low price! My only problem...I live way out in the "boonies" and the nearest thrift store is a couple of hours away! Hehe...just thought about this and the fact that I don't get to go that often probably helps me to be REALLY thrifty! Hehe!

    Ohhh my goodness...loved reading your list of treasure finds for your daughter and yourself! Girl, you did GOOD!!! All that...for just a little over $20! Awe-inspiring!!! Thank you for sharing your interesting and good to know!!!

    Also wanted to thank you for your sweet note and compliments on my Autumn dining room! I sure do appreciate that, my friend!!!

    Have a super Sunday!
    Warmest wishes,

  6. Okay, I'm officially impressed. You are one AMAZING thrift shopper. I stop in to the Goodwill every week or so, but the bargians are not that great there. Still, I'm happy to find things for less that $20. (I've posted a few of my favorite finds in the past months.) I will have to start doing a better job, and learn to prowl for bargains like you do!
    Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend. Thanks for stoping by, hope you'll be a frequent visitor.
    Heidi - Heart and Home


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