Thrift Stores: Secret Gold Mines of Savings!

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I admit it – I love a good garage sale. However, there is something even better about a good thrift store. I have been amazed at the things I have found there. I have found clothes with tags on them and end up paying less than 90% of the marked price! No kidding!

What I think I love most about thrift stores is the thought that my frugal finds actually benefit someone. Whether it be the Salvation Army, Girls & Boys Club or even Council of the Blind — my money isn’t lining the pockets of the big dogs. That always makes me feel good!

Another plus is that I am, in essence, recycling! I am not having to buy all new stuff and am giving things that are gently used a second chance at life. It is amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do to a headboard that you pay $3.00 for! If that cute shirt has some smudges on it, you’ll find that a little soaking in some Oxy Clean or tossing some Tide Stain Release in the washer and it’s as good as new. Oh – and the toys — as long as they don’t have batteries, just throw them on the top shelf of your dishwasher and they’ll clean up good as new!

Did you know that when you donate to some thrift stores you can get cash, discounts or both? And, you can even get tax receipts for your donations through many of them — just be sure to keep a VERY accurate list of every item you donate so you can calculate the correct deductions come tax time!

If you love your thrift store, be sure to sign up for any newsletters that they might have. You never know when you’ll catch a sale. Yes – even thrift stores have sales!!! In fact, there is a good one going on this February 15th at Savers. You will get 50% off of all clothing. If you think about it, if you find a shirt that is $3.00 — then you are going to pay only $1.50!

So, if you’re a “closet” thrift store shopper — come on out! You’re no longer alone!

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