June 13, 2007 6:52am CST
This is a great way to save money. If you have kids than you know how fast they grow and how expensive their clothes can be. I shop at thrift stores for most of my kids clothing. I can get name-brand clothing at next to nothing prices. They have more clothes to wear because of this!! For the price of 1 pair of jeans I can go to a thrift store and get my kids a few outfits and the accessories. You will have to hunt in the store for the good stuff and make sure you look the items over really good. Check the zippers and buttons. Although I did buy my hubby a Christian Dior dress shirt for a $1.00 that had a button missing because I knew I could go home and sew one on!!!! Now I have a new baby and if it was not for thrift stores he would be naked right now! Also when I was pregnant I got all of my maternity clothes at thrift stores and then resold it on ebay and made 3 times more than what I bought it for! Some people even make a business out of thrift stores - go to them and buy high end items for next to nothing and resell it on ebay! You can even get others items at thrift stores that can save you money. I got some awesome shelves last year. They are very old and I got them for $5.00 each. They are worth a lot more than that. If you really look you can get some great antiques at thrift stores. Thrift Stores also came in handy when I was homeschooling my kids. You can always find textbooks ,workbooks, and more at thrift stores that you might need for teaching. I bought a chemistry kit one year for only $2.00!! A lot less than if I had bought it new and it did not have anything missing. Go out there and hunt for bargains!!
• United States
7 Feb 08
I love thrift stores, I have never had small children, my only daughter was adopted when she was 16 years of age, but I shop at thrift store frequently. I don't see any reason to buy brand new clothes when you can buy them for so cheap at thrift stores and here in the Denver metro area there are a number of consignment stores that sell very stylish 2nd hand clothing and accessories if I need anything special. I have purchased furniture and other items from thrift stores. I tend not to buy new sheets and towels. I have found very nice towels and washcloths at these stores. I have even been able to find matching towels occasionally, although usually not at the same time. I have to search for them. The same with the sheets. The only thing I've had problems with is finding fitted queen size sheets. But I don't have to by them very often. I love to sew and I can sometimes find fabric and notions there although they no longer sell the jars of 50 cent buttons they had when I was a kid. Those old buttons have become collector items and the thrift stores have their employees sort through them for valuable items, the same with antique furniture, it is much harder to find it than it used to be, although you can find some neat vintage, depending on which era you are looking for.