3/15/06

Thrifting...the Final Frontier


Saturday was the first time in a long time that I've stepped foot in a thrift store, and it re-ignited a fire that I thought I'd put out. Just knowing that you could take a $20 bill and possibly walk out of there with bags full of stuff makes you feel so good. Nowadays, you can't even buy a shirt with $20.00. Believe it or not, I just recently started thrifting about 3 years ago. Once I started, I was hooked. And me, being the crafty person that I am, found items and turned them into something all my own. I've even found things for my home that I've re-vamped. For those of you who have never been thrifting (you don't know what you're missing), here are a few tips that can get you started:

1. When shopping for clothing, make sure you check for holes, stains, etc. If it's something that it minor and you think you can repair it, go ahead and buy. If it's too much work to put into it, then forget about it. It really isn't a deal if you have to pretty much rebuild it.

2. If you're shopping for household items such as appliances, most thrift stores have power outlets where you can plug in the appliances to test them.

3. Tip #1 applies to shoes as well. Take a look at the heel. If it has minor wear to it, go ahead and buy, but if the heel is worn out, don't even bother.

4. When you get your items home, mainly clothing, make sure you throw them in the wash. You don't know where those clothes have been and you may get a rash or something if you don't wash them. As for shoes, I always soak a cloth in water and a little bit of bleach to wipe the shoes down to disinfect them. You can also use water and Pine-Sol if you like.

Well those are some of my tips for a thrift shopping tip. Above is one of my recent finds from the Goodwill. Have fun shopping and keep it cheap!

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