A lot of you tell me on a regular basis that you would like to go thrifting with me. Well, I would love it if any of you gals lived near me! But, since most of you don't, I thought I would take you on a visual thrifting adventure to my local Salvation Army.
Now, this store is the one that I get all those bargains on dish sets. You know the ones I am always showing you. The whole set of dishes for $1.00. Well, let's see if they have any good deals today!
Here is the store.
Okay, it is blue sticker day! Now, that means that all week long, blue sticker items have been half off. Then on Friday and Saturday, all blue sticker items go to "5 for $5.00". A new color sticker starts on Sunday. But, you must have 5 items in order to qualify for the 5 for $5.00 price. So, we need to keep track of how many items we have.
I check out the store window displays first. No one thinks about checking the little odds and ends that decorate the bedroom sets in the front windows. I do and immediately see these two pillows.
Oh, I love the colors and the textures. And let's face it, you can't even buy the tassel trim for $1.00. Original price is $4.99 each. But, they are blue stickers so, into my cart they go!
Now, straight to the dish aisle we go!
Time to get a little dirty and plop myself onto the floor and start digging.
Oh, these are cute! A set of 16 for $5.99. First off, the plates (one half of the set are gone) but, I still like the little cups and they are all different floral patterns. They are blue sticker. Into the cart they go. I can live with 8 cups for $1.00.
Hum, this is kind of a fun retro-y looking blue and orange set. I could see these as nice mix and match dishes.
A set of 22 for $9.99...wrongo...blue sticker! The 22 pieces are $1.00 and mine!
Oh no! The shelf/basket/candlestick aisle! I so do not need to be in this aisle!
Hey! How did that white shelf jump into my cart?! Oh, okay, for $1.00 I guess you can come home with me.
Okay, I had to take a picture of these two cute white and gold birds. They are blue sticker and marked $1.99 each. So, either way (5 for $5.00 or half off) they are going to be a buck. But, here is my problem with this. First of all, I already have two of these exact same cute birds. And I bought them last Fall at THE DOLLAR STORE for $1.00 each!!! This is ticking me off big time at Salvation Army! They are pricing things full RETAIL price!
I love this gold filigree design. I have two other pieces of this same design. Regular price $3.99..blue sticker...into the cart!
That's right. This store was sent a ton of Christmas decor from Corporate to create a Christmas shop. The other SA I visit didn't get sent all the stuff.
Last week I showed you a few Christmas items I got and this is where I got them. Let's browse shall we?
As you can see, lots and lots of Christmas items. Now it's time to search a little closer and keep an eye out for those blue stickers.
Lots of pretty Christmas pillows. I picked up two Martha Stewart tapestry Christmas pillows that rode around in my cart for quite awhilebut, later got culled out of my cart.
I love the big Santa's. And that large one marked $6.99 was a blue sticker. Into my cart it went.
Let's look at the Christmas dishes!
Ooh, I really like the bright pretty poinsetta's. Set of 4 plates and one bowl and a blue sticker. I got these!
I was trying to remember what I picked up for Christmas at the after-Christmas sales last year and I know I got a blue tablecloth and matching napkins but,I don't think I have any blue Christmas dishes. I thought this set is cute. It came with 4 dinner plates, 4 salad plates and 2 coffee cups. Blue sticker, into the cart.
Two more larger piece sets . Both were blue stickers so, each would be only $1.00 for the sets. But, I liked the other two sets more and so I passed these by.
I had seen this large ceramic platter last week and wanted it but, it wasn't the right color sticker It was today! So, I got it.
This set I also had wanted last week but, I waited until this week when blue sticker were the featured sticker. I had thought the set would have been gone during the week when it was 50% off. But, people aren't looking at Christmas stuff right now. Mostly I noticed folks looking for back to school clothes.
Now, I really liked this set but, as you can see, it is a yellow sticker. So, since last week was yellow stickers that means this is a new arrival. And it will be about a month before yellow stickers are the featured sticker again. But, I will wait and see if they are still around then.
I saw this pretty box that said it had Victorian Ornaments inside. I figured there were probably a few in there.
Imagine my surprise when all 12 were in the box in perfect condition! Blue sticker, means $1.00. You got it, into my cart they went.
A large box with 3 silver Christmas tree candles and a tray. I checked inside and it was brand new. Nothing was even unwrapped. Blue sticker!
These were brand new packages of candy garland. They were blue sticker. But, I passed them up.
Okay, let's move out of the Christmas area and head over to the pictures.
Not a lot of blue sticker pictures. I did see these two. Remember, I generally look at pictures for the frames not the actual picture.
I ended up getting the smaller one.
Okay, now my cart is over flowing. It's time to head to the furniture department and sit down and cull out all my stuff so that I am within my budget.
Yup, I find a cozy couch and pull out most of my items and really look them over and decide which thing I really want to get. My thrifting budget had been $25.00 a week. But, due to recent events, I had to cut that to $15.00 a week. This week, I had my $15.00 plus $7.00 left from last week. So, I had $22.00 to play with.
This is my cart after I culled back some items!
Now, it's time to head to the register! My total before tax was $20.00!
So, that my friends is how I get those amazing "$1.00 sets of dishes" and other bargains for $1.00! I do not thrift any more during the week at thrift stores. On Friday I head to this SA to see what I can get for the "5 for $5.00" sale. I am at the point that I can't pay any more than $1.00 for an item at a SA.
Now, unfortunately, this store is starting to price their dish set as individual items! Troy said I have ticked them off because I have bought so many dish sets in the past for $1.00. Well guess what.
A.) these sets sat on their shelves at full price and nobody bought them
B.) they spent a week on sale for half off and nobody bought them
C.) They weren't even snatched up for only $1.00 until I arrived at the store (I am not a morning person. I rarely get to a thrift store before 3:00pm)
D.) these item were DONATED which means FREE to you and you have priced them so outrageously, nobody is buying them!
Now I see these individually priced items in a set and guess what? NOBODY IS BUYING THEM! Oh and some clever moron decided to look on Replacements LTD and print out the price of the different dish sets and post them on the shelf near the dishes! And they are pricing the individual items at $1.00 under Replacements LTD! Hello? Any active cells still in that brain?? Get real! Not going to happen! And yes, the dishes are stilll sitting there on the shelf!
Okay, sorry about that. Got a little worked up.
Don't forget to enter my giveaway for a $25.00 Sam's Gift Card! This giveaway ends Monday!
I am linking this big honkin' post to these great blog parties:
GaRage Salen (hoping garage sale prices will gain me entry in Debbies Garage sale party! LOL)
Today's Thrifty Treasures
Thrifty Share Monday