Thrift Stores

@ZoeJoy (1395)
United States
December 30, 2012 4:42pm CST
My oldest son wanted to buy her sister (my daughter) some clothes. He told her what he was willing to spend on her clothes for a Christmas present. My daughter told him that she would rather buy more clothes (because she needed them) at thrift stores, then buy a few clothes at department stores. My son agreed to take her to thrift stores so she could pick out clothes. She found some really nice clothes, of course at good prices. She is happy with her selection and he is happy he was able to stay within his budget and yet, get her all that she wanted. I think she showed maturity and wisdom. What would you do if you only had a certain amount to spend on someone, and they were happy to buy more at thrift stores?
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@Lovegreen (376)
• Philippines
31 Dec 12
I'll be very happy to give gifts to someone like that, I like simple and practical people
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@ZoeJoy (1395)
• United States
10 Jan 13
My daughter wasn't always so thrifty. For several years, she turned her nose up to thrift stores. Now that she has to pay for her own expenses, she is a lot wiser in the way she spends her money. She lives near a very nice and clean thrift store. I think that helped changed her mind about thrift stores. I appreciate it when thrift stores are neat and clean.
@hereandthere (17173)
• Philippines
31 Dec 12
my sister is a pro at buying second hand at bargain prices (called ukay-ukay). she also doesn't mind going to faraway places (called quiapo and divisoria). i admit i don't have the patience for hot and crowded places, and i'm not good at negotiating either. so i just go to the nearest popular mall and even buy from the sidewalk vendors on the way home if i see something i like. however, i don't buy branded stuff and i also tend to buy those that can be used every day. that's what makes me different from the rest of my family. i also would like to say i'm glad your son cares about his sister and that your daughter is considerate to her brother. i hope they will always look out for each other.
@ZoeJoy (1395)
• United States
9 Jan 13
Thanks, I do hope that when my kids get older, they do stay bonded with each other. I guess that is the hope for most parents.
31 Dec 12
I really honestly do not think there is anything wrong with going to thrift store. Most people think it is only for the poor and homeless which is completely untrue. Most thrift stores have brand name cloths for cheap cheap prices. I rather take 20 and buy 3 pairs of jeans than buy 1 pair at a department store. I do agree that your daughter showed maturity in wanting to go to the thrift store so she could get more for his money. Most kids are just about go to buy the most expensive clothes so to be cool. If I wanted to take someone shopping and they were happy going to the thrift store I would want that for them.
@ZoeJoy (1395)
• United States
10 Jan 13
I appreciate your comment. She bought a name brand winter vest in good condition for a very reasonable price at a thrift store. So she now knows how to shop for what she likes and is in her style at thrift stores. I have found some clothes that are brand new with the price tags still on the clothes at thrift stores. I bought a very expensive hand bag that was brand new at a thrift store. So, there are some very good quality and brand new or almost brand new clothes at thrift stores. You just have to be willing to look around.
@NailTech (6895)
• United States
31 Dec 12
That is so mature I agree. I don't mind getting clothes from thrift stores either these days cause of the expense of the dept stores. You can't always find something you might want, but there is a huge one around town and there is always some kinds of shoes and shirts and pants to find in your size. You just have to look. They have some household and other things in it as well. I used to go there more but they did slightly raise their prices and this past year I have been so bombarded with huge medical bills. Next year I will have to save $ for the whole year to make up for what I have had to spend this year and more. Especially since I want to be able to move out and don't find a good job.
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@ZoeJoy (1395)
• United States
10 Jan 13
I was so proud of my daughter for wanting to help her brother save money. She could have pressured him to buy her expensive clothes because he earns more than she does. But she didn't. She didn't always think of saving money but now, she is a lot more careful with spending money. Wish you all the best and good health. It is not easy to move out but I hope you find a nice place.
@ctryhnny (3463)
• United States
31 Dec 12
I love shopping at thrift stores and have bought some really nice things for very little money. I don't see anything wrong with thrift stores.
@ZoeJoy (1395)
• United States
10 Jan 13
I agree. Most thrift stores are neat and many are clean. They may not be as clean as a department store but they are not bad. So, I don't see anything wrong with thrift stores either.
@peavey (14939)
• United States
30 Dec 12
I think that's awesome on the part of both your kids. You're raising them right! My daughter buys almost all her clothes at the thrift store, but my son won't. His wife won't let him. She would be horrified to know that almost every piece of clothing I own came from there. Your daughter was very wise in choosing to spend the money at a thrift store and your son was kind in providing the money so she could shop where she wanted.
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@ZoeJoy (1395)
• United States
9 Jan 13
Thanks. I appreciate your comments about my children.
@ARIES1973 (8746)
• Legaspi, Philippines
30 Dec 12
Hi ZoeJoy! I also prefer to go to thrift stores because of the quality products which you can buy at a much lower price. In fact my office mates and I would usually go to these stores whenever we have time. You can already buy several pieces of items at a minimal amount. A wise way of spending. Have a nice day!
@ZoeJoy (1395)
• United States
30 Dec 12
She used to want to always buy her expensive things. She has really matured and is now a wise shopper. Perhaps she gets that from me. Sometimes I find better quality clothes at thrift stores than in the department stores, which I can never really figure out that. Anyways, after shopping at thrift stores for many years, I now know what to look for and it is amazing what bargains there are at thrift stores. One of the ladies at church keeps asking me where I buy my clothes. She always compliments me on my clothes. I don't know what to tell her as she is quite rich and buys expensive, brand new clothes. So, I just tell her that I know a few boutiques where I shop.
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@ARIES1973 (8746)
• Legaspi, Philippines
30 Dec 12
You are lucky for having a daughter like her. As to the compliments you get, well, what should I say. It's how you project. Who would know that you bought those thing from thrift stores, he he.
@Pegasus72 (1904)
28 Jan 13
I think it would be a great idea, it is what they want and they are getting much more by being thrifty which would mean the money I was spending was going further. Good for your daughter.
• India
10 Jan 13
Zoe I don't know what you call a Thrift Store, but i make purchases from some shops in my city; who always charge the right price, no bargains, no discounts!!!!!!
• Philippines
4 Jan 13
Thrift stores are one great alternative shop to buy something for your loved ones and friends, it is also economical because the things sold at such shops are really cheap and you can get a good bargain for the price of one. In fact, aspiring stylist, fashion bloggers, and the fashion fanatics are fond of going to thrift stores to find a cheap fashion haul, also antique apparel stores have great garment find that can pull off a fashionable statement.
@khithi17 (763)
• Philippines
2 Jan 13
I love buying things on thrift stores. They sell nice things on a low low price. I love shopping for bags, clothes, shoes and even stuffed toys on thrift store and I can save a lot of money and get tons of things for less. Isn't that great. You just have to be really good at looking through all the things available for you to be able to find the nicest stuff.
@maximax8 (27055)
2 Jan 13
It was lovely that your oldest son wanted to buy your daughter a Christmas present. Due to his limited budget it was a great idea that she said they could buy the new clothes at the thrift shop. I am delighted that she managed to find a good selection to choose from. Yes, she was very sensible to do that. He got wiser from her doing that. Shopping at a thrift shop gives money to charity and the prices can be low enough for most poor people to afford them. It is a great idea for a Christmas shop on a very low low budget. I spent a lot on new toys for the children this Christmas in new shops. Thrift shops are called charity shops in my home country. Dozens of them are in my local High Street and in the center of the town.
@nezavisima (7420)
• Bulgaria
1 Jan 13
I personally would also shoppers in store with some discount store promotion and co but for me. if it's for someone else to tell him how much money I will tell him to choose where he wanted to go shopping as your son received. Yet everyone has a choice. but your daughter is very wise and reasonable that they should be happy always hope so. nice day!
• Philippines
31 Dec 12
I'd most definitely pick out the thrift stores. They have good quality clothes and you would never find someone with the same clothes as you. It's a bit hard to pick out something because there are a lot of varieties and there are also a lot that are not good or not suitable (too thick clothing, too colorful) for a certain area. If I had to spend on a gift, I'd usually do so at the department store, but if the person likes the thrift store, I'd be happy to oblige.
@Arieles (2474)
• United States
31 Dec 12
We've been buying our clothes at the thrift store, because we can get more clothes than what we can at the department stores. I'm really going to stick to my budget this year and shopping at the thrift store will allow me to keep the kids in clothes while they are still growing without blowing my budget. My daughter found some jeans and a shirt she really enjoyed. She is anxious to go back to the thrift store to get herself some more jeans. I would be "all for it" if my daughter wanted to buy her clothes at the thrift store rather than the Department store, because it would be a savings for us especially we could get the items at 50% off, which is what we buy anyways which means even more savings.
@Cutie18f (9565)
• Philippines
31 Dec 12
Your children are wise buyers. They know that they could buy more at thrift stores and besides, the quality of the clothes here are really good, if we are talking about the surplus clothes which come from the US.
• United States
30 Dec 12
I like to go to thrift stores to shop for clothing. I can get better brand-name clothing for very reasonable prices. I have pretty much quit shopping for clothing at WalMart except for socks and underthings. One place I like to go to is Goodwill. Consignment shops can be a bit pricey even for second-hand clothing. There is also another thrift shop here in town I have shopped at a few times.
• United States
30 Dec 12
I think they are very smart and are willing to save a buck. I go there all the time and I get good stuff.
@mariaperalta (19225)
• Mexico
30 Dec 12
good idea, many do that here in mexico. Also because most of the thrift store cloths here are american made. i go there many times, looking for sweaters and things. have a great sunday there.