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Old 12-16-2018, 07:27 AM   #1
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Merry Thriftsmas!

Each Christmas we round out out gift list for each member of our family with a unique low cost thrift store find tailored to their specific interests. Often these are the most looked forward to as they range from the hilarious to the highly desired.
Last year I received slightly used Little Red Kettle ($12.00) and this year while shopping for others I spotted these unused Milenco’s for $9.00!
I must have been a very good boy this year!
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Old 12-16-2018, 07:47 AM   #2
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We are committed thrifters ourselves. I call it being green. Its recycling at its best. Few in the US ever wear anything out. Instead, it is discarded for something newer/better or whatever. As a result, thrift stores are flooded with lightly used high quality items (and low quality too, but as always it pays to know the difference).

Once you get into thrifting, prices even at Walmart seem high. Lets see, lightly used Patagonia shirt for $2.99 (bought two days ago), or a new POS Faded Glory shirt for $12.....

If you want to be green, embrace thrifting! It will also save you A LOT of green too!

We find great stuff for ourselves, family, friends, and resale too.

Yes to below, found a 100% cashmere, made in USA, Brooks Bros blazer for $5.99. Retail on that blazer is $1300.
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When I wore sport coats every day I used to pick them up at thrift stores. Suits are something that people buy to wear once ie. grandmas funeral, graduation, etc. and are like brand new or they wore them out for work. I found many nice suits including a Versace for between $10 and $20.
I'm also a habitual yard sale fanatic lol.
A few schools that I worked at had funny "white elephant" gift exchanges and those always went over well.
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Old 12-16-2018, 06:43 PM   #4
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Wife and I go and make the "Rounds" every few weeks, that bring us in a loop that will hit 5 Thrift type store. Once in a while we make a big find and other times we wont find a thing all day.
Big trouble in always shopping at thrift stores, is when you need to go out and pay full price for something it is real sticker shock.
I haven't bought a pair of pants in a real store in about 12 years and when I do go into a real store I look at the prices and my jaw drops to the floor.
"Who in their right mind would spend $29 on a pair of Jeans?"
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Old 12-16-2018, 06:57 PM   #5
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"Who in their right mind would spend $29 on a pair of Jeans?"
The person who bought them for that price and donated them to the thrift store for you to buy? Its a dirty rotten job but someone has to do it.
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Old 12-17-2018, 06:40 AM   #6
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We also thrift store shop

I love to find Pendleton wool shirts, near new for less than $5.00, List for near $100.00.
Makes my day
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For clothing, the difference between new and used is one washing...
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Old 12-17-2018, 08:16 AM   #8
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"Who in their right mind would spend $29 on a pair of Jeans?"
I do, at LL Bean, in your home state of Maine. Now whether I'm in my right mind is certainly questionable but we like their merchandise. Right now I'm going outside wearing my jeans, flannel shirt, and boots, all from LL Bean, to sweep the snow that fell last night, off our campers.
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I do, at LL Bean, in your home state of Maine. Now whether I'm in my right mind is certainly questionable but we like their merchandise. Right now I'm going outside wearing my jeans, flannel shirt, and boots, all from LL Bean, to sweep the snow that fell last night, off our campers.
Their "Wicked Good" flannel shirts were nice (way better than the scotch plaid ones and well worth $5 extra), but they seem to have done away with them. That's about all I wear of their stuff... wow, the prices.
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Their "Wicked Good" flannel shirts were nice (way better than the scotch plaid ones and well worth $5 extra), but they seem to have done away with them. That's about all I wear of their stuff... wow, the prices.
As seems to be everywhere, you buy something that you eventually find you really like, go back to get another one, and it's no longer available. I have a nice LL Bean fuzzy kind of shirt that is really warm, and a pair of their sneakers that I like. Last time in our local LL Bean store (Albany NY) they didn't have either. Poor young man at checkout had no answer when he asked "did you find everything you wanted" and I replied "NO, I wanted another of these shirts I'm wearing and a pair of these sneakers". They always ask that. Recently they cut the lifetime warranty to one year because people were abusing it, returning stuff that was just worn out from use, no defects. I've seen people returning a shirt with the cuffs worn and frayed. Someone else got banned from returning items because she was buying LL Bean clothing at the thrift stores and then returning it to LL for refund or replacement.
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Since we relocated to the Midwest, my wife has gotten me into estate sales (in addition to thrift shops and consignment stores). It's interesting to see what's important to people, and seeing such clutter up close has helped us detach ourselves from our things. My wife focuses on vintage clothes and designer bargains. I'm usually on the hunt for good quality tools, barely used outdoors stuff, and office items. From big ticket items like cars and appliances to day-to-day items like glassware and kitchen gadgets, the list of things I won't buy new grows with every trip. Maybe one day we can plop down all that saving on a brand new trailer

One thing I am a stickler for is jeans. My wife calls me out for being so cheap elsewhere but a brand snob when it comes to jeans. I've worn Levi 559's for the last decade--almost in the same size, too! We've all got flaws, but at least I buy them on sale and keep them until I've worn holes in them!

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As seems to be everywhere, you buy something that you eventually find you really like, go back to get another one, and it's no longer available. I have a nice LL Bean fuzzy kind of shirt that is really warm, and a pair of their sneakers that I like. Last time in our local LL Bean store (Albany NY) they didn't have either. Poor young man at checkout had no answer when he asked "did you find everything you wanted" and I replied "NO, I wanted another of these shirts I'm wearing and a pair of these sneakers". They always ask that. Recently they cut the lifetime warranty to one year because people were abusing it, returning stuff that was just worn out from use, no defects. I've seen people returning a shirt with the cuffs worn and frayed. Someone else got banned from returning items because she was buying LL Bean clothing at the thrift stores and then returning it to LL for refund or replacement.
My father-in-law was a Sears manager years ago. He said guys would abuse the Craftsman lifetime warranty to no end. Bring in a pile of rusty tools, obviously picked up from a flea market or similar, walk out with brand new tools. Not the only problem Sears had, but it probably hasn't helped them. I know REI stopped supporting their lifetime return policy as well due to this reason. I suspect Costco can't be far behind.
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I was in the customer service line at Costco one autumn when a guy in front of me returned a commercial grade lawnmower that had obviously been used for the whole season. The lawn mower had a one-pull-start guarantee. He claimed that one time, a few months ago, it had taken 2 pulls to start it so he wanted to return it. They gave him a full refund.

Some people think it is really sharp to to this sort of thing. It just ruins it for the rest of us. Just because you can doesn't mean it is moral or in any way right.

One thing about shopping at thrift stores is that when you do so it usually benefits some charity. Not only are you getting a bargain but you are helping out some handicapped person or some such.
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One thing about shopping at thrift stores is that when you do so it usually benefits some charity. Not only are you getting a bargain but you are helping out some handicapped person or some such.
This is true of the Salvation Army stores but Goodwill is a for profit business from what I've been told. We found Goodwill Industries doing grounds maintenance at the COE campgrounds in Florida, and they did a real good job.
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This is true of the Salvation Army stores but Goodwill is a for profit business from what I've been told.

Salvation Army is for prophet.
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