Over the past few years, I have realized that I absolutely love thrift stores. I started going to thrift stores looking for antiques and collectibles and things like that. I have found so many cool things, some of which I have sold, and some I have kept. But during my many trips to Goodwill and other thrift stores, I have noticed that there some things that they always have, and by buying them there you can save a ton of money.
Books – If you are like me and love to read, thrift stores are a great place to purchase books. I collect the hardbacks of my favorite authors, and I would say that 90% of the hardbacks that I have were purchased at thrift stores. If you purchase a hardback book at any retail store, it’s going to cost close to $30. However, hardbacks at thrift stores are usually $1 – $2. So for the price of one book, you can buy fifteen!
Name Brand Clothes – Okay, some people don’t like to wear second hand clothes, which is understandable. But a lot of times, especially at Goodwill, you can find brand new stuff, with some even having the price tags still on them. I bought a pair of DKNY jeans the other day, brand new, for $7. DKNY jeans can cost over $100 at department stores. Some Goodwill locations also have special sale days where all clothes are $2!
Boots – Just like clothes, I don’t really care for buying shoes that someone else has worn. But I have found brand new boots for less than $10. Enough said.
Photo Albums and Scrapbooks – Photo albums and scrapbooks especially can cost a lot of money. I always see photo albums and scrapbooks at thrift stores, and they sell them for a couple dollars, which is awesome. I never buy my photo albums anywhere else, because a lot of them are brand new and people just don’t use them and end up donating them.
Furniture – Bookshelves, night stands, picture frames, dining room sets etc. They are about 75% cheaper at thrift stores and a lot of time you find really cool, old pieces of furniture that you won’t find anywhere else. Of course, things like beds and couches should always be bought brand new.