And on a much more positive topic, Second Hand Shopping!

Centralia, Missouri
January 25, 2017 7:31am CST
I totally love second hand clothing shopping. I like the deals. I had bought a pair of pants, single because they were 26 bucks at WALMART (needed khaki or black, and not many options). I was pondering taking them back and making do with the single pair I had, but was afraid of things like, what if I rip them? Need to have more than one pair of work pants! J called as I was about to head home, asked if I wanted to stay in town and then meet her for dinner (was in town because I subbed yesterday in that town), so I did. I had an hour to kill, so I went used clothing shopping, only had time for one store, but that's ok! Get this! I found three pairs of work pants (good for either of the 2 part time jobs I have, or the FT stuff I have been applying for), at a price of 3.50 each! I also got a blanket and J a sweater (that has a tiny hole I missed, going to see if gram can fix, which I am really hoping she can), for a couple dollars more than that single pair of pants from walmart, which I promptly returned. I am now set for work pants, unless I have more time to go used shopping, and can find another couple pairs at that kind of a price. I still need shirts, but I couldnt find ANY green with a collar at walmart or the goodwill store. I can order online, but hate doing that, because it's hard to know size that way. Making do for now with the single one I have. Anyone else used shop?
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@just4him (110274)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
25 Jan 17
I haven't done it in a while, but I used to a lot. I have enough clothes now, so don't need to.
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• Centralia, Missouri
27 Jan 17
hopefully you will keep losing weight and need some more!
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@just4him (110274)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
27 Jan 17
@Jessicalynnt If I stick to this diet, which isn't a diet, but a list of foods, I should lose weight.
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• Centralia, Missouri
28 Jan 17
@just4him I hope it works well for you, with enough you can eat and not struggle, and yeah not a diet but dietary restrictions
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• United States
25 Jan 17
Never. I have purchased some decorative items at a thrift store a few times, but not clothing. I donate to them.
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• Centralia, Missouri
25 Jan 17
I do that too, I cant always find clothes, but really cannot afford much atm, I now have enough pants to be fine. 4 pairs means some can be in the wash, or a pair could get ripped, and I would still have something to wear
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• United States
25 Jan 17
@Jessicalynnt You are in a far different position and you need to do just what you are doing....
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• Centralia, Missouri
27 Jan 17
@AbbyGreenhill pretty much, just find what little I can when I can. I told my aunt about my need for a certain type of shirt in a certain color, she and gram go used shopping and garage sales (when it's the season) for their outings (gram is in her 90s), maybe they can find what I cant
• United States
25 Jan 17
i do-but our store seems to be good for everything except pants.they seem to go from "is this a live person,or a skeleton" size to absolutely huge with no inbetween.which is great i suppose if you're one of those 2 sizes. they're good for shirts and non clothing items tho.
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• Centralia, Missouri
25 Jan 17
I went in for shirts and found pants, I find that having a list of random things you are looking for works better than a list of "I need exactly this one thing", because that they wont have. lol
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• United States
26 Jan 17
Awesome buys Jessica! I love shopping second hand stores for bargains. Have found some great buys myself. Last shopping trip I didn't find anything, but hoping that I find something good soon.
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• Centralia, Missouri
27 Jan 17
yeah, that sort of thing is a hit or miss, you never know
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• United States
28 Jan 17
@Jessicalynnt I was going to the Goodwill this weekend, but can't venture out until I am better.
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• Centralia, Missouri
28 Jan 17
@ElusiveButterfly well I hope you start feeling better
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@LadyDuck (147987)
• Switzerland
25 Jan 17
I never did, I usually buy when clothes are in sold. My very small size is most of the time for sale, same for the shoes.
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• Centralia, Missouri
25 Jan 17
sometimes i get other stuff used, like random art for the walls, or blankets
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@LadyDuck (147987)
• Switzerland
26 Jan 17
@Jessicalynnt For blankets, bedsheets, towels, table clothes and so on I check the cabinets and trunks in my Mom's home. She has so many things that she could open a shop. Now I want to check her dresses too, I am thinner, but I can adjust them. She had beautiful dresses tailor made when she was younger.
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• Centralia, Missouri
27 Jan 17
@LadyDuck gram has already offloaded most of that to me, mom too, but that's cool that you can find really nice stuff!
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@fishtiger58 (30369)
• Momence, Illinois
25 Jan 17
It's amazing what kind of deals you can find in thrift stores and the like.
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• Centralia, Missouri
25 Jan 17
if I had had more time, I would have hit a few others, I think I shall just shop there now for all non underthings related clothing
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@fishtiger58 (30369)
• Momence, Illinois
26 Jan 17
@Jessicalynnt lol I hear you I will buy the underthings brand new
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• Centralia, Missouri
27 Jan 17
@fishtiger58 bras I might, but not bottoms.
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@TheSojourner (17479)
• United States
25 Jan 17
I enjoy going to second-hand shops, but I don't always find what I'm looking for. I probably should try again because I wear a smaller size than I used to. I'm in a 14/16 now depending on the clothes. But I find that in the larger sizes they are too Worn and don't look as good. I just have not had a lot of luck at thrift stores
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@paigea (21755)
• Canada
25 Jan 17
True, there are often a lot of smaller clothes in better shape. But a couple of times I have found plenty in a 14/16 and got a few items I really loved.
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• Centralia, Missouri
25 Jan 17
sometimes I have luck sometimes I dont,it really depends, I went in for shirts and found pants, but I needed pants too, so whatever works! (these pants were all 16s)
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• United States
25 Jan 17
@Jessicalynnt so glad you're able to find some. Usually when I find 16s they are either too short or too to worn in the thighs
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@Brittnyrose (1457)
• Aberdeen, North Carolina
25 Jan 17
I totally agree because I can find great products for great prices.
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• Centralia, Missouri
25 Jan 17
really does help stretch a tight budget
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• Aberdeen, North Carolina
27 Jan 17
@Jessicalynnt yes it does, I like going to garage sales too! You see some unique things. Do you ever go to Garage sales?
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• Centralia, Missouri
28 Jan 17
@Brittnyrose I worked weekends last summer, if I don't thus summer I totally will
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@katsmeow1213 (29029)
• United States
28 Jan 17
With 5 kids that's almost the only way I shop! My daughter was whining last week that she wanted some joggers.. they're sweatpants with a tight cuff around the ankle. I also need new pants as I've lost some more weight and all my stuff is too big! So we went to the Thrifty Shopper, she got 2 pair of joggers and a few sweaters, and I got a pair of jeans, a pair of black pants, and a sweater. We spent $60 total, but that's far better than what I would have paid for the stuff brand new.
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• Centralia, Missouri
28 Jan 17
Plus seeing how fast kids can outgrow things there is no real point putting too much money in brand new full price stuff
• United States
28 Jan 17
@Jessicalynnt My kids are at the age where they're not growing as fast anymore so their clothes can last them a few years. I probably buy a mixture of brand new and used clothes... but when shopping for brand new I almost always go with clearance items. Also I shop at places that have perks.. like Kohl's where you can earn Kohl's cash. I had earned so much Kohl's cash over the summer I was able to buy myself a $50 straightener and didn't pay a dime for it!
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• Centralia, Missouri
28 Jan 17
@katsmeow1213 that's a smart way to do it
@sallypup (26355)
• Moses Lake, Washington
25 Jan 17
Good for you on getting such good buys on things you need. Love me some thrift shops.
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• Centralia, Missouri
25 Jan 17
exactly! I got so much more for my money there
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@sallypup (26355)
• Moses Lake, Washington
25 Jan 17
@Jessicalynnt Come Spring I will really need to get some more pants or go bare.
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• Centralia, Missouri
27 Jan 17
@sallypup that might be a bit.... native for you, lol
@paigea (21755)
• Canada
25 Jan 17
I do. A few of my favourite clothing items came from thrift shops. I bought a pair of slip on boots at one thrift shop, just to keep by the door when I run into the yard. Then I ended up wearing them all the time. They have good grips for the snow. I can kick them off when I walk into the school, and slip them on quickly when I have recess supervision. Not good for deep snow though.
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• Centralia, Missouri
25 Jan 17
I didnt have time to really look through the shoes sadly. Grats on your awesome find!
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@paigea (21755)
• Canada
25 Jan 17
@Jessicalynnt It seems it is always worth a look, even if I don't find anything.
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• Centralia, Missouri
25 Jan 17
@paigea Pretty much, I almost always find something or other
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@shshiju (10318)
• Cochin, India
28 Jan 17
Here there are no demand for used cloths. But there are some shops selling the minor defective cloths with a margin of discount.
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• Centralia, Missouri
30 Jan 17
sometimes that is ok too, it just depends on the defect
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@shshiju (10318)
• Cochin, India
31 Jan 17
@Jessicalynnt Yes that is correct.
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@celticeagle (117268)
• Boise, Idaho
26 Jan 17
I come from a long line of second hand store shoppers. I remember when I was probably five or six and going with my grandmother into a second hand store down town. Isn't even there anymore. We have two just down the street. One down town and just all over. My daughter is learning to check the thrift stores before spending big $s on my grandson's clothes. He is big boy so buying for him can be expensive. I think that the older clothes and furnishings are better made than what we could buy first hand now days. So, we are actually getting a very good deal.
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• Centralia, Missouri
27 Jan 17
very good for kids clothes, and I agree esp on the furnishings
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@celticeagle (117268)
• Boise, Idaho
27 Jan 17
@Jessicalynnt .....Yes. Big difference on what materials are used.
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• New Delhi, India
25 Jan 17
It is good if you get good product at good price
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• Centralia, Missouri
25 Jan 17
it kinda feels like winning, lol!
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• New Delhi, India
26 Jan 17
@Jessicalynnt haha...I can understand very well
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@Tampa_girl7 (24970)
• United States
3 Feb 17
Yes, I love a bargain.
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• Centralia, Missouri
3 Feb 17
it's like winning something, kinda lol
@JESSY3236 (6095)
• United States
25 Jan 17
Have you tried the salvation army? They may have green shirts.
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• Centralia, Missouri
25 Jan 17
not that run, I ran outta time sadly
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@JudyEv (119170)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Jan 17
We have a Red Cross thrift shop in town and I often pop in to see what's there. I rarely need clothes but some I have are pretty grungy even for 'work' clothes - work as in doing DIY stuff round the house.
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• Centralia, Missouri
25 Jan 17
might be time to turn those to rags and get some new things! well newer anyways hehee
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