Thrifting Tips (and a recent haul)


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Currently, the girls are at horse camp and Little Man is peacefully napping.

…I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble, thou hast known my adversaries…

Miracle of miracles, he’s actually spent the entirety of the last three nights in his own bed– it seems the incentive chart Husband crafted is proving effectively motivating.

I’m caught up on laundry for the first time since 2005, and even had some time to leisurely press a few of Husband’s work shirts.

Basically, I’m killing it this week– yesterday I even killed it at the thrift store!

the haul

Calvin Klein dress: $3; denim shorts: $1.50; cowgirl boots: $12.50; loafers: $2.99; swim-trunks: $1; basketball: $1.50; lunar night-light: .99c; jeans: $2.50; ice skates: $4; raspberry dress: $1.99. Would I like to round up and donate the .03c? Yes, yes I would.

The girls required the next size up in denim & boots for aforementioned horse camp, and I’m forever on the hunt for modest shorts that actually cover their booties. I’ve long coveted one of those moon night-lights (which retail for around $20) for Little Man’s room, and now each of our three children has their own basketball for impromptu pickup games on the driveway. Last winter Firstborn appropriated my ice-skates, having grown out of her own, so this bigger size might allow me to get back on the ice with them once again. The dresses, trunks, and loafers were simply too darling to pass up.

Total: $32 and a high-five from the checker.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I love me some thrift shopping. Here are some tips to consider for your next thrift-hunt:

See all those yellow tags? Each of those articles were 50% off. Most thrift stores have either a weekly “half-off everything” day, or color-coded tags that rotate discounts. Ask the employees 1) when they mark down items, and 2) when they restock the shelves. Plan your trips accordingly.

Go early, right after they open and be aggressive, B-E aggressive. You might recall the encounter I once had with a thrift-shop bully wherein things got a tad dicey. People are SERIOUS about their bargain hunting… either leave the kiddos at home or plop them in a cart with a lolli so you can keep your eyes on the prize.

Visit neighboring stores. I hate to say it, but not all donation sites are alike. Bozeman is a fairly prosperous town, it’s thrift stores veritable gold mines. I also notice folks tend to donate nicer items when there’s a convenient drive-thru drop off. Take heed and diversify the locales you frequent so as to secure your own gold mine.

Happy thrifting!

Stuck in my head… don’t fret, I found a clean version.

Related: My Thrifted Wardrobe, Thrift Shop Bullies