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Thrift Store Shopping

1 Jul

Recently I was sucked into a local thrift store by the bright signs in the window advertising that all clothes were $1.  I could not just pass by without taking a peek inside.  I ventured inside that store with my toddler twin daughters, my nephew and niece.  It was a blistering hot day, and the store was just slightly cooler than outside.

This particular thrift store always catches my eye as I drive pass because of the color themed window displays.

I immediately found several things that I liked and figured I would be able to fit.  I purchased 13 items of clothes for myself, 3 for the twins and 4 for my son.  I ended up spending around $28, $1 for each article of clothing and very cute United Colors of Benetton bag that was under $10.  Among my finds were several Ann Taylor and Calvin Klein pieces which were very nice. 

Shopping in the thrift stores are great!  You can feed your need to shop, spend a limited amount of money and add to your wardrobe.  I suggest you look into thrift and consignment shops in your area.  If you live in the Hampton Roads area, there are quite a few that are nice.  Some specifically carry children’s clothing and others have a wide range of items that vary from clothing, housewares, furniture to home decor.  I do believe in the phrase that someone else’s junk can be another’s treasure.

Thrift Store Shopping…

9 Nov

Do you shop at your local thrift or second hand stores?  Well, if you don’t, maybe you should consider it.  I recently visited a thrift store in my local area and found a basket full of great stuff.  I was really excited about my purchases when I left and had I given myself a higher spending limit, I would have left with even more great stuff.

So, what did I find?  Well, I am a die hard shopper and budgeting has affected my shopping habit.  Since we are an one income family of six, I cannot hit the malls and shop like I once did.  I totally miss the adrenaline rush of finding something cute on the rack and taking it home with me.  I had to find something to give me a shopping fix every now and then.  So recently I decided I would check out this local thrift store for a “fix”.  This particular store is as large as a department store and set up very nice.  (When I lived in Williamsburg, VA I frequented two thrift stores and would find wonderful new or gently used name brand and designer clothing; a benefit of getting used clothes donated by people living in ritzy neighborhoods.)

The store didn’t have a funny smell and I didn’t feel like I was at a bad rummage sale. So I strolled around with an open mind. I started in the pants/jeans aisle…yes, they have it sectioned off by items and sizes, just like Marshalls or something like that. I came across cute jeans from H&M, GAP, Calvin Klein, Aerie, Banana Republic…and the jeans were like $2.49-$6.00. I picked up two pairs of jeans and went on into other sections. In the sweater section I racked up. I filled my cart with about 15 sweaters. All cute! The same style and color sweaters that I would pick up in the department stores. I headed to the dressing rooms…yes, they have dressing rooms with an attendant- I am sure she is there just to make sure folks aren’t stealing. She didn’t offer to go pick up another size for you! LOL

I tried everything on, apprehensively because I am really funny about trying things on, but I said a prayer and went ahead. Long story short… I am sure some of you are saying that I have already passed the short story point… I ended up heading to the register with 10 very cute sweaters for under $20!  Come on now!!

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Here is a breakdown of some of the brands and prices:

  • Old Navy (tan v-neck) $1.49
  • Xhilaration (darkest green) $0.75
  • JCrew (Pink Cashmere, yes CASHMERE) $1.49
  • GAP (hot pink cable knit) $3.99
  • Aeropostale (light green) $1.49

If you know me personally and have seen me recently, you have probably seen me wearing the GAP hot pink cable knit sweater.  I have fallen in love with that sweater and wear it all of the time! 🙂

The other 5 are very nice sweaters, but I wasn’t familiar with the brand name.  Ten sweaters for under $20…it is worth a trip to your local thrift store!  Shop for clothes, housewares, books, art, furniture and more. If you watch shows like Design on a Dime, you will notice they always go to the thrift stores and find wonderful items.  Don’t miss out on great items because you are too proud to shop in the thrift store!

If you live in the Norfolk area, check out Thrift Store USA on Little Creek Road.

De-Clutter your space!

16 Jul

Do you have more stuff than you have space?  Do you have items stuffed and stacked in all of your closets, the attic and the basement?  Is every available space in your home filled with “stuff”?  If you answered “yes” to any of these questions then you need to de-clutter your space!

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I, myself suffer from the disease called “cluttered home”.  I find that on a daily basis I can hardly think straight due to the clutter that is taking up every possible space in my home.  I attribute my clutter to the fact that my family went from 3 people to 6 people in two years.  Walking in my front door, you are liable to trip over jumperoos, car seats and diaper bags…and we have double for your trouble.  With twins, a toddler and a pre-teen, you end up with a house that resembles a mix between romper room and Hannah Montana’s bedroom ALL DAY LONG!

Here are a few suggestions for de-cluttering your space.  Free your mind, and the rest will follow…in the words of EnVogue.  Or from Barney himself, “Clean up clean up everybody everywhere. Clean up clean up everybody do your
share.”  We sing the Barney clean up song a lot around here.barney

Purge: Most of us are pack-rats by nature and keep things because they are “good”.  My DH is famous for saying, “this is good…someone can use it!”  Then he sticks it in the basement or garage where it sits and stays.  Well, if it is good for someone to use, let them use it.  Rather, let them have it!  Purge of things you are no longer using.  This goes for home decor, dishes, appliances, clothes, shoes, jewlery, furniture, artwork and the list goes on and on and on.

  • Donate it! There are many charities, agencies and thrift stores that would gladly appreciate your donations of gently used items.  I try to give directly to shelters or charities because I feel that they will be used directly by someone in need instead of sold, but that is just my personal preference.  Many places will schedule a pick-up from your home.  There is a shelter that ties bags on our front door periodically and on a given date they will come by and pick it up.  I love that.  I can bag up some things that we are no longer using, set it on the steps and they will pick it up.  These donations are tax deductible by the way.
  • Give it away! Freecycle is a great network for giving your things away.  Join your local Freecycle group and start giving things to people in your area.  Here’s how it works; people post items they have for free or need.  People in the group see the posting and respond.  You set up a pick-up method or location and pay nothing!  The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 4,773 groups with 7,001,000 members across the globe. It’s a grassFreecycleroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns.
  • Sell it! There are so many ways to profit from your clutter.  Get paid to clean up and clear out!
  1. Hold a Yard Sale- Put up some signs and set items on the front lawn.  People love yard sales and will drop by just to see what bargains they can find.  You make a profit and get rid of your stuff.  One man’s junk is another man’s treasure!  Check your city’s regulations on yard sales.  We have to get a permit in my city.
  2. Flea Markets- This is a great way to sell your stuff, and use mass marketing.  Most flea markets are advertised and have a nominal fee to set up a table.
  3. Post Items on Craigslist:  I absolutely love Craigslist!  Post items for sale and wait for people craigslistto contact you to make a purchase.  This is a great way to sell anything!  I have found it to be an excellent place to sell baby items!!  Selling on Craigslist generally yields greater profits than yardsales-fyi.
  4. Take it to a consignment shop– Let someone else do the work for you.  Take your clean, gently used items to a local consignment shop.  They will sell it for you and at the end of the month, you collect a check for items sold.  Most consignment shops will give 50%-60% of the sales price to the consigner.  You can’t beat that!

A rule of thumb for getting rid of your stuff is if you haven’t used it or worn it in more than 1 year, then get rid of it!  Don’t save clothes for when you LOSE weight!  Don’t keep things just because they are in good condition!  I am working on following my own advice.  I know what I need to do, but I have to be like Nike and “Just Do It!”

I hope you enjoyed this Sip of Savings…Saving your Space!!  De-clutter today!!

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