|wrought iron candle sconce $3|
- It’s MUCH less expensive than shopping retail.
- The selection is varied. While mall shops are typically filled with what’s trendy and in season, thrift stores offer a wide range of styles in everything from summer tank tops to winter coats.
- The items are more unique. Buy that interesting knickknack at the thrift store, and you’re probably the only person within 500 miles who has one.
- Reusing is far better than throwing away. It’s amazing how much perfectly good stuff gets dumped into landfills.
- Many thrift stores are run by charities. I like knowing my money will be used to help a homeless pet or a disabled person, not to line a corporation's pocket.
- There’s no packaging. Retail items are absurdly over-packaged. It’s wasteful and really annoying. I’m convinced clamshell packaging was invented by demons… who no doubt dance the Gleeful Demonic Jig as we injure ourselves trying to extract our purchases.
I’ve found many great bargains while shopping secondhand.
|tall wrought iron candle holders $4|
|dresser (still to be painted) $40... and pretty much everything else in this photo except the jewelry|
Solid wood desk, FREE, found on craigslist
This desk was solid wood and very sturdy. It was missing the center drawer, but for me, this was good because it gave me more knee clearance for my long legs. The desk had only scratches and dings; no major defects on the wood. It was easy to beautify with some sanding and painting. I use it every day.
Vacuum cleaner, $3, purchased at thrift store
This vacuum cleaner didn’t work because it needed a belt... but the previous owner had taped an unopened package of two belts to the vacuum. After installing the belt, I noticed the vacuum didn't have good suction. I took out the dust bag, poked around a bit, and removed a marker that was stuck in the tube. With 30 minutes of minor maintenance, my $3 vacuum cleaner worked fine. I’ve been using it for more than three years.
|not glamorous, but a darn good deal for $3|
What great secondhand finds have you made?