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05 Jan 2013, 5:53 pm

I've gotten some real gems at thrift stores, consignment and resale shops. We actually have quite a few of them around here. Some are used book stores, used clothing, furniture, household items, etc. I've bought items like this recipe card box for $3 usd and it's worth about $20 usd or so. I could make some money doing that. Buying the stuff cheap and re-selling it on eBay or whatever. But I don't have the space, interest, time and patience for it.


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06 Jan 2013, 9:39 am

khaos wrote:
I've gotten some real gems at thrift stores, consignment and resale shops. We actually have quite a few of them around here. Some are used book stores, used clothing, furniture, household items, etc. I've bought items like this recipe card box for $3 usd and it's worth about $20 usd or so. I could make some money doing that. Buying the stuff cheap and re-selling it on eBay or whatever. But I don't have the space, interest, time and patience for it.


Finding and reselling thrift store finds would use most of your time if you were to make a living off of it—know someone who does so, mainly reselling on Etsy and Ebay. Estate sales are also fantastic for bargains. I managed to find some really interesting stuff over time (from tin boxes to my bedroom furniture set.) The auction bit is a little stressful though—it's loud and fast!



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07 Jan 2013, 1:11 pm

Well, my first big find @ Value Village in 2013 generated two 1980s era BC Lions jerseys for a combined $7.50! :D


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07 Jan 2013, 1:15 pm

Found a nice leather jacket at Goodwill for $12.48. :D


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08 Jan 2013, 9:31 pm

Goodwill is OK, IMO. But I've had a preference for Value Village/Savers. :D


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08 Jan 2013, 10:55 pm

Value Village is eight miles away, but Goodwill is in walking distance. :shrug:


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08 Jan 2013, 11:40 pm

MakaylaTheAspie wrote:
Value Village is eight miles away, but Goodwill is in walking distance. :shrug:


¿El bus?



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09 Jan 2013, 12:06 am

Tequila wrote:
MakaylaTheAspie wrote:
Value Village is eight miles away, but Goodwill is in walking distance. :shrug:


¿El bus?


I usually have to drive. I'd rather not waste all of my money on gas, thank you very much. :lol:


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09 Jan 2013, 2:10 am

MakaylaTheAspie wrote:
Tequila wrote:
MakaylaTheAspie wrote:
Value Village is eight miles away, but Goodwill is in walking distance. :shrug:


¿El bus?


I usually have to drive. I'd rather not waste all of my money on gas, thank you very much. :lol:


Understandable......


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10 Jan 2013, 9:34 pm

Although, so far I have not had any use of my VV/Savers card...... that will change soon, I hope!


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15 Jan 2013, 6:10 pm

Goodwill I find OK as well........ they have some nice things, too. :D


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15 Jan 2013, 9:49 pm

^^^
i found some primo collectible vinyl there. :)



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15 Jan 2013, 10:48 pm

auntblabby wrote:
i found some primo collectible vinyl there. :)


You'll occasionally find my foreign-language DVD castoffs in my local charity shop.



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16 Jan 2013, 1:39 am

i gave goodwill an extremely uncomfortable couch i inherited from my parents, i hope somebody else was able to find some comfort therein.



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16 Jan 2013, 4:03 pm

I haven't donated anything to any thrift store yet........ but you never know, though.


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17 Jan 2013, 3:18 am

There are a lot of reasons I like them:

No pushy sales assistants bugging me to buy
Can browse as long as I like, no one minds
I collect vintage lingerie and occasionally make a major find
No nauseating muzak
Sometimes I find objects to 'rescue' - neglected things that with repair and tlc are restored to beautiful objects.
Never knowing what I might find - the element of surprise.
Don't have to dress up to shop there - no-one judges you on your clothes
Someone else benefits from the profits they make
It's a place to take things when I'm in declutter mode
Sales assistants are generally user friendly
If I'm feeling blue, a couple of hours in "op shops" can be a huge mood lifter
Looking at some older objects recalls old family memories I had forgotten
I can buy a lot for relatively little
Found 3 beautiful original watercolours by an international artist of some repute and bought all 3 for measly sum of $45 and they give me endless please hanging in my sitting room.
The objects dont have masses of paper, cellophane and cardboard wrapping - rubbish clutter that adds to the carbon footprint.
If I make a wrong choice the cost is relatively minimal and I don't stress about it.
I am strongly committed to the philosophy of recycling
Some things are unused in original wrapping and occasionally suitable for presents for someone's special hobby

Yep - you know where to find me!