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#220316 - 07/26/14 03:12 AM Who's Into Thrift Shopping?
Anne Holmes Administrator Offline
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Earlier today I posted an article on the NABBW site by Barb Tobias, our Thrift Shopping Associate.

Barb has made a lifestyle of thrifting -- something she originally did because she needed to. Now she does it because she knows it's a fantastic way to furnish her home and her wardrobe, without spending a lot of money.

Plus, she knows how to sell any of her "mistakes" at her amazing annual "Diva Sales."

I've never been to good at garage saling or shopping at thrift stores, although one of my sister-in-law does well at this, too.

After reading Barb's latest post, in which she details what she bought -- many items totally new with tags on them -- and shows list price vs. the price she paid (it was half off day) I just had to share her post here.

Anyone else into this type of amazing savings?
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#220317 - 07/26/14 02:27 PM Re: Who's Into Thrift Shopping? [Re: Anne Holmes]
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Most of our furniture came from Thrift Stores and when I was working, I regularly made the rounds of Thrift and Consignment Stores to replenish my wardrobe. I usually had a closet full of designer labels for which I paid hardly anything. I could buy a whole new closet full of clothes, including shoes, purses, and jewelry, and spend less than $100. Of course, I don't go much now that I'm retired as I don't need as many clothes.
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#220318 - 07/27/14 12:55 AM Re: Who's Into Thrift Shopping? [Re: yonuh]
Di Offline
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Me, me!! LOVE thrift shopping.

Funny though. Before moving to NM from NJ in 1987, you'd NEVER find me in a thrift store. A friend, in a town called Truth or Consequences, introduced me to the Pilot Club, the Hospital Auxiliary etc.

I'm hooked now!

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#220319 - 07/30/14 03:02 AM Re: Who's Into Thrift Shopping? [Re: Di]
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That is so cool! It sounds like many of us are or have learned to appreciate the values to be found in a thrift store, but we learned to appreciate them as we became more mature.

Want to share a story of a favorite find?
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#220321 - 07/30/14 03:42 AM Re: Who's Into Thrift Shopping? [Re: Anne Holmes]
Di Offline
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Purses, purses, purses!

I only use a certain kind. Since I no longer use wallets (tend to leave them places) I only buy ones that have a compartment that can house my cards/cash/licenses etc.

Denim jumpers....LOVE THEM! I have a friend/fellow vendor who embellishes them with southwest designs.....

All of my summer outfits come from thrift stores. Saver's is my fav and family knows to get me GC's from there!

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#220322 - 07/31/14 12:44 AM Re: Who's Into Thrift Shopping? [Re: Di]
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A Prada wallet for $10. It's probably a knockoff, but it has the crest and name, and the interior material looks real, so who knows?
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#220323 - 07/31/14 03:07 AM Re: Who's Into Thrift Shopping? [Re: yonuh]
Di Offline
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I saw a Prada purse but did not like the color/style. Was about $6 but did not buy it...a brand name is not as important as the style!!

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#220325 - 08/01/14 01:49 AM Re: Who's Into Thrift Shopping? [Re: Di]
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Well, no I don't shop at consignment stores. That's just me. (I think it's because I was raised in a poor family. And people got hand-me-downs. We sewed alot of our own clothing. )However I buy a blend of tailored clothing plus clothing at lower prices.

I work full-time for govn't in an office with men and women. But I don't meet members of the public. Hence, it's business casual. How I dress now is far more casual than a decade ago. The older I get,I stick to solid colours, clean lines but spruce up with a scarf ...or just well cut pants or skirt.

Yea,sure I've worn solid coloured tshirts with pants to work. The thing is to make sure one is healthy and has a reasonable hair cut. Or go to a wedding, wearing a skirt discounted down to $40.00. It just depends how you wear the skirt with other stuff.

I actually avoid buying knick knacks and hope that no one gives me any! I really don't need the stuff.
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#220327 - 08/01/14 04:09 PM Re: Who's Into Thrift Shopping? [Re: orchid]
Di Offline
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Originally Posted By: orchid

I actually avoid buying knick knacks and hope that no one gives me any! I really don't need the stuff.


Agreed! That's a line I use in our business..."Get them something functional. Nobody wants more stuff"!

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#220328 - 08/01/14 06:33 PM Re: Who's Into Thrift Shopping? [Re: Di]
Anne Holmes Administrator Offline
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I totally agree, ladies. Once upon a time my mother and grandmother changed their household decor/knick knacks to coordinate with the season: Dining table centerpiece and placemats, living room fireplace mantle arrangements, front door decor, etc.

I have to confess there is a small wreath on my front door which contains a snowman with a sled. I put it up last winter when I took down the holiday wreath, but I haven't remembered to change it since then. And the dried flower arrangement in my living room has been there for at least 6 years.

So my thrift shopping is more related to common everyday stuff.

Though I confess, a few months ago I did spend $2 on a large serving platter that matches some lovely gold rimmed dessert plates I inherited from one of my grandmothers. These are fine Bavarian bone china, and I used to love eating dessert on them as a child.

I haven't served dessert on them in all the years I've had them, if memory serves. But hey, the price was right, and now the set feels more complete to me.

Guess I'll have to commit to using them at least once. Maybe I'll have a little dessert party some day, just to use my plates...
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