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Old 06-14-2015, 10:15 AM   #15
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We're cleaning out the house and have provided our local Salvation Army with all kinds of clothes that are now too big for us... we should have done this when we started RVing but who knew we'd shrink?

Last night we were at our nephew's baseball game with Ginny's sister. She commented that she had stopped at the Salvation Army store and bought a wonderful Appleseed dress for $5. Of course Ginny wanted to go today.

Ginny didn't buy a thing, I bought two pairs of shorts and a wonderful dress-up red turtle neck, total price $7. Honestly the turtle neck alone would have probably cost me $40-50 new.

I said to Ginny, give me a Salvation Army store and I could live like Jack Reacher.

Since we've become minimalists (forced by space if not choice), we have very little in the way of clothing and as a result spend little. That is another area where full time RVing reduces your living costs.

We're going to a renewal of vows for a cousin's 50th, Ginny's wearing one of the 2 dress outfits she carries even though this couple has seen it twice before. Definitely a different mindset from decades ago.

Too bad wisdom comes with age, better than it not coming at all.
You soooo right everyone trying to keep up with the Jones as folks say. I don't go by style and I am always at the thrift stores. I LOVE shopping there and hate paying full price in the stores now. I have bought I don't know how many tension rods for our camper for a dollar or under at the thrift stores. I even found some of those yellow things you put by the tire to chock them I think it's called, at the thrift store and paid a buck for them. What kills me though are the folks that throw away things in their trash and won't donate it to the stores like this. I mean all kinds of nice kids toys etc. One mans trash is another mans treasure and it's just such a waste and look what all goes to the landfills that doesn't have to be there.
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Old 06-14-2015, 11:21 AM   #16
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Just retiring made me realize that I have way too many clothes now, even though my work place was 'business casual' and I'm not much of a clothes horse.

Sometimes I think it would be great to hold a National Potlatch Day and get everything over with at once. On one designated day a year, every citizen drags everything that needs to go onto the drive way. Feasting. Dancing. Redistribution.
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Old 06-14-2015, 11:29 AM   #17
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What's become common in our town is advertised neighborhood tag sales. Our Florida Home park has two a year with food. A big fund raiser for the park and a chance to get rid of stuff in a fun, useful way.
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Old 06-14-2015, 12:10 PM   #18
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At the Vintage Trailer Rallies I attend in the PNW most/many of the trailer owners searching through thrift shops to find items to match the age or theme of their trailers. Items such as old coolers, picnic baskets, webbed chairs, luggage are popular - as are old fiestawear dishes & vintage coffee pots etc.

Not uncommon on the Friday morning of a vintage trailer rally for many of those in attendance to head off to local tag/garage sales & thrift shops looking for stuff! Some of what they return with is pretty amazing. Then on Saturday morning of the meet they will hold a meet garage sale where they sell off their finds - some even arrive with the back of trucks full of stuff they have found over the year that they think someone else with a vintage trailer might want. People at the meet start to line up as early as 6:30Am for the trailer swap meet.

I camp with a group of Tin Can Tourists (TCT) a few times a year - even though I don't have a technically vintage trailer the meet managers say its ok as none of them can tell a 40 year old Boler or Scamp from a new one. LOL

One night when I opened the door on my trailer while attending a TCT rally, I found someone had set up an old set of bowling pins and a ball from the 50's/60's? down the trailers hallway & an old bowling shirt hanging on the outside of the bathroom door. Was told the next morning they felt my trailers decorating lacked a theme & they were just trying to help me out. :-)
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Old 06-14-2015, 12:42 PM   #19
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Thats a hilarious story Carol!
Love that people pick up appropriate stuff and sell it off, great idea.
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Old 06-14-2015, 03:02 PM   #20
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Thats a hilarious story Carol!
Oh they are a creative bunch!

What was funnier & shows how creative & detailed they can be in their decorating, i was on my own that trip and they had put a bowling score card on the pillow of my bed and had changed at the top the Ends to the nights/dates we had been there and it showed I had no score!

The next morning they were all sitting around by my trailer having their coffee when I pocked my head out and asked why the barn we were camped beside smelled bad when it had never done so in the past! They all burst out laughing and suggested I look under my bed. Found an old pair of very stinky bowling shoes!! Which the party who I suspected was responsible for the decorating, found sailing by their head shortly there after
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Old 06-14-2015, 03:37 PM   #21
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Old 06-14-2015, 04:51 PM   #22
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Norm,
Here I thought you were going to tell us that when Ginny's sister went the next day to purchase some items, she picked up Ginny's hand me downs from the prior day's visit, sort of like minds think alike....
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Old 07-27-2015, 05:59 AM   #23
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Do you know of a good adhesive that will withstand the high temps of SC? Our ensolite is coming loose in places. We have a 77 13 Trillium and are having fun with it. Someone or ones have taken very good care of it. After two days in Charleston ,we are working on a plan for A/C for the back window. I love reading you comments and your practical advice. Bonnie the other half of Dennis77.


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Old 07-27-2015, 06:44 AM   #24
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A few years back I rented a motor home in Alberta ,pretty good deal except for the extras they wanted such as $20.00 a day for TV ,$10 a day for toaster,10 a day for coffee maker. Went to closest goodwill and bought al the items for 15 bucks and just gave them back at the end of the trip,couple hundred bucks saved
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Old 08-04-2015, 10:38 PM   #25
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During our trip to the west coast of Vancouver Island, the weather turned quite cold. We had planned for hot weather, so we were not prepared. A quick trip to the Sally Ann, (Salvation Army) and we had all the cold weather gear our family of seven needed. Also not too expensive. I still use the Polar Fleece from that trip.

My family has shopped at second hand stores since before we had kids. My kids don't brag about how much their stuff costs, but how little. Smart kids.
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Old 08-05-2015, 12:28 AM   #26
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Do you know of a good adhesive that will withstand the high temps of SC? Our ensolite is coming loose in places. We have a 77 13 Trillium and are having fun with it. Someone or ones have taken very good care of it. After two days in Charleston ,we are working on a plan for A/C for the back window. I love reading you comments and your practical advice. Bonnie the other half of Dennis77.


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Call an auto body/upholstery shop in your area and ask what they use when installing a headliner.
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Old 08-05-2015, 08:35 AM   #27
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You can also locate a supplier for automotive upholstery materials and ask what they recommend to their customers.


An excellent place, not close but ships, is J&J Autofabrics in Rialto, CA. Automotive-Marine Vinyl and Upholstery Supplies They are super helpful to the pros and DIYer's as well. Give them a call for a recommendation.
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Old 08-05-2015, 09:53 AM   #28
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Glad to see that so many others love the thrift stores as much as we do. We always think about shopping second hand first before we go buy something new. Our trailer's kitchen is pretty much outfittted with second hand dishes, utensils, cookware, etc. Like others, sometimes we pick up clothing that we need while on a trip if the weather turns out to be hotter or colder than we expected. Last fall in Moab, AZ we found a really cool used outdoor gear store where I bought several high tech fabric tops and pants for about half the price of new. Our house would have about half the furnishings it has if we'd purchased everything new too. All these savings add up to more money for traveling!
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