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Old 11-16-2014, 08:00 PM   #1
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I love thrift stores, a lot. We have a couple of new ones that have opened up in the last few months nearby. They seem to be "for profit" businesses not run by charities. I still go by the ones run by the charities but to be honest these others seem to have better stuff. I suspect they are buying out estates but don't know anything for sure. Anyway, a couple of weeks back I bought a brand new Coleman propane stove at one of them for $20 + tax. Brand new as in I cut the factory applied tape and looked it over before I bought it.

Tonight at the other one I bought a nice induction ready stainless fry pan (they called it a chaffing dish, I don't know) with stainless handle and glass lid (I wanted one I could start on the stove and put in the oven), a railroad spike, a largish cold chisel, a hand skeet thrower, a single edge razor blade scraper, a MAC brand smallish band-type oil filter wrench, and a really nice 1 7/8" trailer ball (for my Scamp of course) all for $9.60 tax included. I did not really "need" any of it but it is always nice to get a bargain!
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Old 11-16-2014, 08:42 PM   #2
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nice! yep, I've been addicted to thrift store shopping all my life. fun and exciting what you might find!

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Old 11-16-2014, 11:06 PM   #3
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We love thrift stores too!
They are great when traveling you can get something you need while on the trip, then donate it back so you don't have to carry it home.
We were once on a trip and needed a bicycle, the campground rented them for $7 per hour. Instead we went to GoodWill and bought a really nice 24" girl's bike for $7. We used it and our Dahon for a week with the intention of donating it back when we left. Instead we found a nice 10 year old girl at the campground who needed a bike and gave it to her when we left.
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I thrift store a lot...amazing how often I buy new clothes with original tags on them for cheap... cast iron stuff, candles etc... and like new books off of amazon for reasonable amount less. lots of bargain's out there if you know how to look!
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Old 11-17-2014, 12:49 AM   #5
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Good move Floyd, paying it forward.
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Old 11-17-2014, 10:06 AM   #6
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I have mentioned before my five kids. Without thrift stores, we would have been hooped. My kids brag about how little they pay for something, not how much.
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Old 11-17-2014, 11:49 AM   #7
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One of the local ones to me sells rope by the pound I got 8 winch lines for my Jeeps and 4wheeler for about $25-35 instead of over 200. They even had factory fluids for my 4wheeler cheap.
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Old 11-17-2014, 12:52 PM   #8
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Cooking gear, small appliances, and lots of other good stuff at Goodwill. We don't have many thrift stores around here, a few consignment stores which tend to be higher end goods.

There is a tool store that sells used tools from estate sales. If you don't mind digging you can end up with a decent spare set of decent quality basic tools to leave in the trailer at less cost than cheap junk tools.

Classy move with the bike Floyd.
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Old 11-17-2014, 01:37 PM   #9
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I go to thrift stores for books & shirts. I got tired of purchasing new shirts that looked OK in the store, but after the first wash became so wrinkled that they were unwearable (I don't believe in ironing!). At the thrift store you can see how they will look after a number of washings.
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I have noticed that some Goodwill stores have modest prices, others seem to think if it is old it must be an antique. Seem to have a problem with the difference between worn silver plate and sterling silver or brass and gold plate. Used upper priced label clothing and just used clothing. I'm looking for a used work shirt I'm not gonna pay big bucks because of the brand.

Still do find a lot of good deals there. Just some stuff that I have no idea who would pay the asking price. But then there is senior discount day :-)
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I'm a fan of Harris Tweed jackets that would normally cost 300 to 400 bucks (or more) and I often get them for anywhere from $10-20 at Goodwill. I bought a beuatiful cashmere jacket a few months ago for $10 or $15. It is amazing to me.

About a month ago I stopped at a flea market by the side of the a major road near where we live. Mostly this woman had out women's cloths, but I asked her if she had any men's wool jackets. She pulls out a couple insulated wool jackets out of a cardboard box (perfect fit), one a dark gray, the other a brown herringbone, I'm wondering if I really need more jackets, and she offers them both to me for $15! Off I go to the dry cleaner and for less than 50 bucks, I now have two beautiful wool winter jackets.

Of course, now I am starting to wonder what I'm going to do with all these clothes I have when we take off traveling in our little trailer...

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Of course, now I am starting to wonder what I'm going to do with all these clothes I have when we take off traveling in our little trailer..
Ah there's the rub. My wife will go to the thrift store, only spend $100 and come back with a bunch of cloths for her, the kids, and me. The problem is, where do they all go? I gotta get better at throwing stuff out.
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Great place for camp kitchen stuff....

Most thrift shops are going to have electric griddles, electric tea kettles, electric frying pans, hot plates, cast iron frying pans.

I found a very nice dorm-size fridge last summer for about $25 that works great in my Compact Jr.
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I have a five dollar WallyWorld wok in my trailer. It's rim spans near 14 inches -we use it as our big all-purpose pot. Been searching for a few months but have not found a glass lid for the thing... oh sure, unless you are willing to spend $60+ for one.

Finally, at a Good Will store (the 5th one). There it was, no, not a glass lid, but a 14 inch heavy glass plate for a microwave oven, the kind that spins around after you set your dish upon it. $2bucks.

Have not yet gotten up the nerve to drill a hole for a knob, yet.
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