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Old 11-05-2007, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Orlando
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The thrill of the hunt is what describes my shopping!!!
Thrift stores, flea markets and garage sales....

Get out of my way about a week and a half after a holiday too.......
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Old 11-06-2007, 06:36 PM
 
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I've known people who've had houses full of free antiques, expensive wooden furniture, Oriental rugs, chandeliers, framed paintings, etc... all in perfect condition... all pulled from the curbside trash in upscale neighborhoods. Great if you're strong, have lots of nearby friends/cousins from whom to pull favors and/or know a guy with a truck, spare time & an appetite for pizza/beer. Not sure I could wrangle a 7-ft mahogany armoir alone into my little 2-seater car with all my body weight even after calling down the assistance of the Nordic gods. I have driven by some things on curbs, such as that armoir, but couldn't take them because I had no assistance and/or it wouldn't fit in my car. It broke my heart to leave perfect, gorgeous belongings behind.

Certain things I'll use 2nd hand - handbags, leather jackets, house fixtures, baskets (I can hose them down with shampoo), jeans (they're already broken in), occasionally a designer jacket or bureaus/tables/chairs (they can be easily sanded/refinished/painted/stenciled). But, like someone else said, I have a problem with certain articles, like eating from used dishes/pots/pans or wearing clothing like a dress/shirt. No matter how many times I clean these things, they don't feel clean. I know, why a leather jacket but not a shirt? I have no good answer, but I can use leather cleaners for cars on the jacket, air it out for a month, both getting it to smell like new & feel like it's now mine. Clothing, especially if it looks/feels worn, save for the occasional aforementioned jeans or blazer, make me feel like I'm in someone else's clothes & they just never feel "wholesome" to me. Also, I feel if someone gave her wedding dress to the Salvation Army (& it's newer), it probably wasn't a good marriage, so I don't want that energy attached to me. A dressy gown however, might be too small or not often used, so that differs in the reason it ends up in a $10 bin, but certain things have too much of a story. I know, I'm a weirdo...

I, too love the thrill of the hunt in flea markets, thrift stores, Job Lot/Bldg 19's & church rumage sales & am not too proud to say that if I drove by a perfectly good wooden end table being tossed out in the garbage, I would pull over, take it & refinish it either for myself or a gift. And, ya never know, you might be lucky & find a velvet Elvis with sequined frame... oh la la...

Happy treasure hunting... VV
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Old 11-09-2007, 10:12 AM
 
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My dogs love their beds made out of comforters and sheets from the thrift store, lol. I use sheets for a lot of things (not just on the bed) and getting them at the thrift store doesn't bother me a bit. Stains on them? Not a problem--you should see what they will look like after my muddy dog rolls all over them, lol.

I have found some cool curbside finds over the years. For some reason I have a fascination with tea carts. Love them! I found an awesome white one that someone had left outside and let get rusty, and now they were moving and left everything at the curb. I brought it home and....wait a minute! My h was supposed to be getting the rust off of it and I haven't seen it in a long time. I'm going to have to find out where it is, he owes me a freshly painted white tea cart!

I also found an old military footlocker that was so cool. I brought it home but ended up not being able to fix it up, the wood was too far gone. Hated that.

I don't know why, but I seem to really like pre-loved treasures. We've gutted our kitchen and, in the process, found someone's saint medal. I'm not Catholic, but for some reason I think it's cool and haven't gotten rid of the medal.
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Old 01-12-2008, 12:28 AM
 
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I do the bulk of my shopping at resales or yard sales. If I have to buy new I go to Wal Mart but for things like clothes I will most definitly buy used if possible especially for children considering they outgrow things so quickly.
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Old 01-12-2008, 12:38 AM
 
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thrift stores rock!!!

quick story, a friend of mine bought some pants at a thrift store and he never washed the pants before he wore them. guess what happened? he developed somekind of gential rash (it might have been herpes) and he had to go the doctor for medication . note to everyone: always wash "any" clothes you buy from a thrift store even though they look new
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Old 01-12-2008, 12:55 PM
 
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Goodwill usually has amazing stuff, especially books. There is one here that gets all of Target's stuff when it doesn't sell in the store- they are new and still have tags.
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Old 01-16-2008, 05:47 AM
 
Location: 77441
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I buy alot of clothes at second hand/thrift stores. you can get some very expensive clothes, showing little wear for 10% of new costs.
plus they are broke in correctly ;-)

I always wash, dry than driclean them prior to wearing...
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Old 01-16-2008, 08:56 AM
 
Location: friendswood texas
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When my older boys were little I got a lot of their clothes from a Once Upon A child (children's resale). I would go to the store that was in the affluent area of town. You could find clothes that hadn't even been worn with the tags still on them. It was great. I would trade in the stuff they had outgrown and get all new stuff. Where I live now that doesn't really seem to be the thing here. I am a little bit bummed about that. I guess I will have to start hitting the garage sales.
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Old 01-16-2008, 09:42 AM
 
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When my older boys were little I got a lot of their clothes from a Once Upon A child (children's resale). Where I live now that doesn't really seem to be the thing here. I am a little bit bummed about that. I guess I will have to start hitting the garage sales.
Hi Moving -

Do you know about craigslist & freecycle? I'm amazed at how much children's clothing/toys/books are available online, either free or for a little amount.

Have fun... VV
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Old 01-21-2008, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Bike to Surf!
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My wife found a still-attached tag hidden in the sleeve of her $1.75 thrift-store coat. The coat is pretty much brand-new with no damages or visible stains.

It originally had a list price of $168 marked down to $111.
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