Thrift stores, a true love/hate relationship for me! The Big charity stores (Salvation Army & Goodwill) have their items marked so high that I never buy items from these stores unless they are the colored tags that are 50% off. Sadly their 50% price is generally the price they should be marked at in the first place. So, I still rarely buy the items. Once in awhile I will find a decent deal but, rarely. Generally I only shop at these two stores on the weekend for clothing when whatever color sticker they have been for the week goes 5/$5.00. Sometimes I purchase the clothes to actually wear or sometimes I am buying the clothing items for their fabric.
That’s why I search out small independent thrift stores. Some are good and some are bad. Fortunately I have found a couple near me that are good decently priced stores that really are doing some wonderful charitable work.
I Buy Out Of Season at Thrift Stores like these all the time. You get the best choices of the best items when you are willing to shop for out of season things. People are generally looking for items that represent the upcoming holiday or season.
I think there are 2 main reasons why people don’t shop for out of season items at thrift stores. 1.) They just don’t think ahead. 2.) They don’t know where do put these out of items. I can’t blame them for that last one. All of those holiday/seasonal items are put away and who wants to deal with that! I wrote a blog post about how I deal with that last issue. You can read it here: Organizing out of season thrift store finds
Here are a couple of items I purchased half off there sticker price is July
This wall hanging with dried preserved leaves in it isn’t necessarily a seasonal item, but I thought it would be pretty for Fall when it rolled around. And for $4.50 (the original sticker price on the back was $49.99) it was a good deal. It was in perfect condition.
Once I hung it, Troy and I both liked it for everyday. So, it is staying right where it is.
I showed you these flowers I bought on this post: 10 Things to Look For When You Go Thrifting
I also picked up this package of preserved real leaves at the Christmas Tree Shops back in the summer.
I think it might have been last year stock so it was marked down.
I decided that just those 2 items would make a pretty Autumn arrangement.
First thing to do was snip all the flower steams out of the pot.
I added a Dollar Tree block of styrofoam (I cut it up first) into a vintage ironstone tureen.
I just arranged the Fall flowers and leaves together and it turned out lovely! Total cost less that $3.00. And they can be reused for years.
Do you Buy Out of Season at Thrift Stores?
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