We didn’t have a thrift store in Unalaska and I don’t really remember shopping in them in my past life in Abilene. I do recall going to the Army Surplus store as a teenager to look for bell bottoms and army jackets, though. Oh, those low slung jeans with the wide bells were the coolest!
I’ve been to a few thrift stores here in Dallas, just browsing, mostly, and they were a mess. I really could hardly stand to be there because there was no rhyme or reason to the set up and I basically had to dig through piles of stuff to find anything. And then didn’t find anything I wanted! So I figured that was it for me: no thanks! However, I drive past a large thrift store every Tuesday on my way home from volunteer work and thought I’d look around one day. Oh, my goodness! This store is amazing! It’s organized! It’s clean! No digging! Everything’s labeled! Clothes are hung on racks by size and color! There’s a big section in the back full of toys and games! It looks like a modest department store.
Now I am a regular. I have a loyalty card. I know I get a senior discount on Mondays and Wednesdays. I am thrilled when I walk back in and there are new and different items on the shelves. They are replenished constantly, thanks to the generosity of Dallas neighbors cleaning out their closets.
Although I have bought a few clothing items, notably some brand new capri pants with tags still on for $2, I mostly head for the kids’ section. I am stocking our second bedroom with toys, games and puzzles for the grandkids when they come to visit since we literally had nothing for them here.
Here’s what I got on my last trip for a total of $11! Yes, $11! One game was unopened. The books were 33 cents each! I’ve bought quite a few toys, picture frames, knick-knacks for our shelves, baby clothes for a teen mom that my daughter is mentoring, baskets and pots for plants, and more. Why would I ever buy this stuff at a regular store again?
Do you shop in thrift stores? If so, what’s your best find?