Thursday, January 12, 2012

Why I Love Thrifting

Before Christmas, I made a last-minute shopping run that took me by my favorite thrift store and my least favorite store in the whole wide universe--


At the evil store, I bought:

1. aluminum foil

2. ziploc bags

3. plastic wrap

4. a ham

5. four boxes of sparkly ornaments ($2 each)

6. A basically unattractive but more or less functional couch COVER for the basement sofa. (It was neater when company came.)


Total cost: $ 120

At the thrift store, I bought:

1. Ann Taylor loft belted sweater (which doesn’t, in real life, look like something from Obi-wan Kenobi’s wardrobe from Star Wars; it’s actually quite cute with fun sleeves!): $ 6


2. Two summer skirts; the blue and white one is Eddie Bauer ($2 each):


3. A box of about 1000 paper clips: $1

4. T-shirts that eventually became scarves ($2 each)

5. A few little odds and ends (ornament hooks and such)

6. And. . .



Not just a chair COVER…an overstuffed, clean Broyhill chair-and-a half that currently resides in my basement but will soon be moving to its spot of honor in the living room.

Grand Total:

$ 60

And that, my friends, is why I love thrifting.

Be blessed,


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  1. Love the oversized chairs and thrifted clothes (darling sweater). Are you sure you don't wanna return the sofa cover to Hell*Mart and figure out how to sew even a very lightly fitted one yourself? Canvas drop cloths work GREAT.

    I hate Hell*Mart :(
    Visiting via: My Romantic Home linky party,
    Suzanne in NW IL

  2. Oh my gosh, I know right? I've bought countless Nine West shoes and purses, graceful ankle length sweaters, my whole 200 count collection of National Geographic mags. I'm not too sure about buying furniture with the cooty factor (bed bugs, lice, other micro-critters) but to purchase these items full price is ridiculous when you can get them in virtually the same condition used for a fraction of the cost. Hammers is an awesome great place to buy stuff if you have one in your town or nearby. They're like a Big Lots for Sears, JCPenney's, Macy's. Nice stuff...brand new...fraction of the cost.

  3. I want to thrift in your neck of the woods. I feel the exact same way about Walmart, and I love thrifting. The problem is that around here, I can't ever find a thing. What I do find is often overpriced. Example: Our GW sells used plastic chargers for 2.00. I can get them new for cheaper than that.

    I love that chair, and I really love that sweater.

  4. Like that chair. Really perfect for me and for my condo. :)

    real estate ph