Save Money and Make Money Shopping at Thrift Stores
The Thrill of Thrift Store Shopping
Perhaps the reason my mom is so thrifty is that she was brought up in New England and was always proud to be a "Frugal Yankee." I am so thankful she was, though, because she taught me so much about saving money. She clipped coupons, sent for refunds, shopped sales, visited yard sales and thrift stores and watched her pennies in every area. And I was her star pupil!
I became so good at saving money that I taught classes in my community about how to save money with coupons. When my children were little, I shopped at yard sales every Saturday, and when I ran a home daycare, I bought most of the toys and equipment I needed at yard sales and thrift stores for great prices.
And when Goodwill came to town I was a regular shopper there. In 2014 I moved to Georgia and discovered the amazing thrift stores here in the South and am even more hooked for life. Not only does shopping at thrift stores save money, but it can bring a lot of enjoyment as well save money. And I have turned my passion for shopping at thrift stores into a business by selling my treasures on eBay.
I will share many of the items I have found in thrift stores not only for my home but personal items such as clothing, shoes, and accessories. Aside from saving money, part of the attraction for shopping in thrift stores is the thrill of the hunt and then finding a treasure that you never thought you would find in a thrift store.
The first and largest two groups of items I will share with you is clothing for women and men because I do best in those areas for myself and to sell on eBay. The prices I can purchase the items for are amazing and I think you will agree once you see what I have found over the past few years.
Here are a few of the women's items I have purchased at thrift stores and Goodwill in Georgia:
Clothing Treasures for Her
Irish Cape Made in Ireland
Pendelton Plaid Skirt
From sweaters to dresses to jeans and jackets, there are plenty of wonderful items for sale at reasonable prices in the area of women's clothing. I was never one to purchase brand name clothing before shopping at thrift stores. I thought it was a waste of money to pay exorbitant prices for clothing just because it had a certain label. But now that I have gotten the knack of it, I have found a lot of beautiful brand name clothing at just a fraction of the price I would have had to pay had I purchased it brand new. Even my husband has commented on what nice clothes I am bringing home from the thrift stores now. Below are some more examples of items I have found both for myself and to sell on eBay.
LL Bean Sweater
Orvis Linen Dress
Vigo Barefoot Shoes
Clothing Treasures for Him
My husband is not the type to wear clothing from thrift stores, but my grown son is fine with it, especially if I can find him some Carhartt shirts which is one of his favorite brands. I sell most of the men's clothing, shoes, belts, and ties that I find. Below are a few examples of those.
Eddie Bauer Shirt
LL Bean Jacket
Allen Edmonds Shoes
Clothing for Kids
My children are grown, and I don't have any grandchildren yet, but I do know a few young women with children and will often pick up items for their kids if the price is right. Here are some examples of what I have found.
Arts and Crafts Supplies
If you enjoy crafting, you will want to watch for craft supplies at thrift stores. You will have to do some searching because many of these items are small and are hidden under piles of other items but it's worth the time to go through them to find items that would cost much more in thrift stores. I don't purchase craft supplies for children because as I said, I don't have any children, but I often find kids crafting kids.
I am a scrap book enthusiast, and I am always amazed at the items I find for scrapbooking. I also find stamps for people who make cards, and I sell those on eBay. Below are a few of these crafting items that I have found in my searches.
Debbie Hron Scrapbook
Items for the Home
From furniture to bedding to dishes and holiday decorations, items for the home are probably the best buys at thrift stores. Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures of furniture from thrift stores because I haven't needed any, but I am sharing items below that I have bought for my home and to sell on eBay. If you have bought any furniture at thrift stores, please feel free to leave your deals on furniture in the comments below.
Dept. 56 Church
If you are a book lover, you owe it to yourself and your pocketbook to check out thrift stores for good prices on books. One of the stores I go to sells all children's books and adult paperback books for 25 cents each and 50 cents each for adult hardcover books. At all of the Goodwill stores in my area, books run from 77 cents to $1.77 regular price, and if you happen to go to the thrift store in a senior day, student discount day or service person's discount can reduce the regular price by 25%.
American Girl Books
Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks
Elf on the Shelf Books
One of my favorite activities to do in life is to shop in thrift stores. It's so much fun, and when I am all done and get my treasures home, I always look forward to the next trip. If you have found some treasures at thrift stores, please leave a comment below. I love to hear about other people's deals as well.
Whether you shop at thrift stores to save money on items for your family, or to resell on eBay, there are plenty of treasures to be had. I have even started a blog about how I find items at thrift stores and resell them on eBay because I am so excited about the many beautiful items I have found and resold. If I see something by Pendleton, Orvis, Woolrich, and a few other high-end companies, I just can't leave it behind. And my customers always seem happy with what they buy from me on eBay. I am not allowed to add links to this article, but to check out my blog, you can find it on blogger under the title of Thrift Shopping for eBay.
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