Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Purposeful thrifting

Here are the deals I scored yesterday at our local thrift store--all of these things are specific items on my list to watch for:

*I had just written "bristle blocks" on my son's gift idea list a week ago when we played with some at a friend's house. This bag was just $1, quite a savings from the set I would have requested.

*My husband decided to purchase a video camera with his earnings from several seasons of reffing basketball games, but we needed a case for the camera, charger and cords. I found this padded like-new shoulder bag for just $1.

*I'm always keeping my eyes open for items that can go in a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child. This new Slinky was 25 cents!

*Monica's recent post has made me more aware of my clothing choices, and I'm on the lookout for some nice pieces to add to my wardrobe. This shirt fit the bill, though you can't really see how cute it is. Originally priced at $3, I snagged it from the half-price rack for a whopping $1.50--gotta love thrift stores!

If you enjoy shopping secondhand, do you find it helps to have a "plan," or are you mainly on the lookout for fun surprises? (Or both?!)


thehomespunheart said...

Great deals, Carrie! That shirt is very cute!

Love the enamelware bowl! :)

Ok, I usually have a couple of things in mind I'd hope to find - but often, just have fun finding the surprise goodies that I can never predict will be waiting!

Glad you had success!

Frances said...

Sometimes I go in with an awareness of a gap in my wardrobe (e.g., I need a white blouse or a pair of jeans) but I usually look at everything just in case. Great finds, Carrie - and great prices!!

Mary Ann said...

I usually have a list, either written or mental. But I always look through most everything just in case!

We had an awesome yard sale day on Saturday. We found a lot of things that were on my "list" for the kids, plus a $5 armchair for our living room and lots of little fun extras for us!

You found some really nice things!

Katie said...

Wow! I love posts like this! I'm all about bargains!! :-)

We also have participated in Operation Christmas Child. Such a wonderful program. Thanks for the neat reminder to be on the look out for items for those shoeboxes.

As far as thrift shopping, I really wish I did more of that, but most consignment stores in my area are in neighboring towns that I don't always get to. I've seen too many inspiring posts though for me not to put more effort into it! I think for my next thrift shopping spree ~ I'll *make a plan* for it, and let you know how I did. I usually like to stick to a list while shopping (thrift or not)...otherwise I tend to bring home *too many surprises*. :-)

Great post! Thanks Carrie!

Linds said...

Those bristle blocks are great, I had never seen those before. We keep a gift idea list too :)

Thanks for the idea to be on the look out for Operation Christmas Child items. I stay on the look out for other Christmas gifts through out the year but hadn't thought about looking for those as well.

Great finds!

mer said...

I like to be surprised. It always seems that if I'm looking for something specific, I can't find it, but when I'm not looking I find so much stuff!

Great deal on the bristle blocks...my kids loved playing with those when they were younger.

Amy said...

I usually have a mental list in mind, but sometimes when I am open to possibilities, I am able to find more. It is a hit or miss thing and I am content leaving if there is nothing that I really need. In the beginning, I had a hard time with that.

That shirt looks cute!

MyHeartIsAlwaysHome said...

Great finds! I usually have a list of things that I am looking for, but I am always on the look out for surprises.

I can't wait for gargage sale season to start here!

Deeapaulitan said...

I do both as well, but can rarely find things when I go with a specific list. I just try to go regularly and keep in mind what we need. The kids are a great help with this now that they are older. They also buy for themselves now. I Love It!
When I signed up last year for the compact I didn't realize how much it would change my mindset toward buying new and buying for need only. Our family has always thrifted because of necessity, but we now do it out of conviction as well.

Jamie said...

Oh I'm definitely a list person! Otherwise I would just spend too much even if it is at the thrift store!! :-) Sometimes I let myself get one little treasure that wasn't on my list but I have to limit myself!

Sarah B. B. said...

I usually just wander & see what strikes me. Every once in a great while, I'll go looking for a particular item of clothing, but most of the time, there's no list involved. When we have kids, though, I expect that will change, as I'll be looking for things of a certain size, season, etc.

jennwa said...

I love thrift stores. I love getting a good deal.

Hayley said...

I have always had good intentions about shopping at thrift stores, but have never really had the opportunity....or perhaps I've never MADE the opportunity. You've challenged me, Carrie. The next time I go shopping, I will start by going to the Thrift store first, just to see what I can find that is on my list. I'll let you know how it works out! :)

A, B & C said...

I always have something in mind, since I don't get to shop at thrift shops that often. They're not very popular in Italy.

I love Strasbourg Childrens clothes, but at $150 a dress, forget it! I use them for special occasions only and have found a few (some with tags) all in pristine condition in the $20 to $30 range at the shop near my Mom's. I also look for toys and books, but I'm really picky about how easy they'd be to clean (in the case of toys or books for Love Bug) and they have to be in good condition.

Steve & Molly said...

Great deals! I do both...I make a list and also keep on the look out for fun surprises! We don't have those kinds of stores here, but I used to go with a clothing list for each person in our family itemized by size, color, and what item is needed. That way, if I needed a certain item I made sure I had it for the right person in the right size and I didn't go crazy getting things I didn't need. But, I was always keeping an eye open for that special something, too! I am looking forward to going to the thrift stores and garage sales while we are home on furlough this year!

Anonymous said...

You did good, Carrie: I had never heard of bristle blocks before.
Something new under the sun, I guess!

The camera bag looks great and so does your blouse!

Love, Grandma

Anonymous said...

What great finds -- I love it! :) Didn't you and Monica have some bristle blocks when you were little?

It seems when I am looking for something specific in a thrift store, I'm nearly always frustrated. But if I go with general ideas, I am often pleasantly surprised!

Love you, Mom

kelseylynae said...

I appreciated your comment about finding things at the thrift store "that were on your list"... this is the problem I have- I end up finding lots of "great deals" that I don't really need! Next time I think I'll try your tactic.

Home has been great...I'm actually subbing for fourth graders today :) Hope you're getting some of this nice weather.

Do you happen to know when city-wide garage sales are?

Stephanie said...

Wow fantastic deals! NOthing like a good trip to the thrift store!

I like to keep a list, but mostly I still look through everything. The list helps keep my focus though, and everyones sizes and needs. :)

Just Jenny said...

I am a thrifty shopper. I love to keep my eyes out for good deals at our local thrift store and now with spring here. There are a few bigger items that we could use, like a desk for my son's room. I will be hitting the yard sales. Books are another thing I buy second hand. We have a nice collection of books.