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LELERS's Photo LELERS Posts: 713
2/18/14 11:33 A

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I live in an a apartment building and you wouldn't believe the kinds of things I find down there a lot of the time! It's just ridiculous the kinds of things that people will throw away!

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1/5/14 12:55 A

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I repurposed an old suitcase into a storage stand by adding some legs to it and decorating the top of it. Love it! I live in an apartment where every space must be utilized.

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11/12/12 11:49 A

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I bought an old" Glass inside" thermos at a flea market for a dollar and cleaned it up good for work. Looks great!

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8/27/12 11:37 A

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I'm newbie, becoming environmentally aware. After reading these posts, I plan to clean out closets this weekend and make a trip to the local Goodwill. Thanks for the inspiration !

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LELERS's Photo LELERS Posts: 713
2/7/12 2:44 P

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I love having clothing swaps! I'm going to have one next week with my sister and friends!

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8/20/11 12:59 A

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I am quite pleased with my most recent thrift store transaction. All summer I have been wanting to get a reel mower. Last year I obtained an electric mower and was happy, but still wanted to have the satisfaction of having a real reel mower for zero energy consumption (except my own of course-lol). On Tuesday I picked my daughter up from the airport and we then made the most of our journey by doing some thrift store shopping. While we were looking around I spotted a reel mower by the front entrance. It was a little old and rusty, but definitely serviceable, so I grabbed it. The tag said it was only$14.99. That was too good to be true I thought, but turns out that tag was on sale that particular day for 50% off. That's right only $7.50. What a happy day that was for me. Double happy because I haven't seen my dd in two years.

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6/13/11 9:55 A

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My university has a sale every year of all the stuff that the undergrads leave behind when they move out of the dorms plus anything that community members want to donate. All the proceeds go to United Way. This year, I picked up a desk for $3. It needs to be refinished, but that'll be a fun task. My boyfriend got a great Oster blender for $5 that had been used maybe once, and a paper shredder for $3. It was so much fun to go and buy used things for great prices and in the process help out the United Way. I think they raise around $50,000-60,000 each year.

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LESSISMORE2010's Photo LESSISMORE2010 Posts: 1,356
6/9/11 11:57 P

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Cute skirt that is MUCH to small is being turned into an apron. :) Love learning how to repurpose clothing.

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6/9/11 10:13 A

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my house is full of used furniture and house hold items where i live there is Yard Sales almost everyday and then every so often towns around us will have street sales which my family loves and I say family cause i have 4 boys ( 18,16, 9, and 5 ) and we all go looking for treasures . Yesterday i picked up a nice claw footed chair that my hubby is going to redo for me cant wait . I also buy most of our clothing second hand and we also do hand me downs with family and friends .

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5/31/11 7:11 P

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I just picked up a cabinet from a garage sale for $3.00, it was white with a yellow counter top on it. I painted it a beautiful blue, put new hardware on it, and it now resides in my kitchen, my coffee pot sits ontop, all needs are in it's drawer, it has a door with 2 shelves, and there is a towel hanger on the side. Definately one of my favorite finds.

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12/14/09 7:09 P

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When we moved across to the midwest, we decided to sell everything and downsize. So we literally had two chairs and some rubbermaid totes when we arrived. One of our incredible finds was a FREE table and 4 chairs. When we got it home, it turns out that it was a teak table and chairs from Restoration Hardware - worth about $3000!

All of the other furniture was gifted and from garage sales. I love that I can get an old piece of furniture that is built well, and with a coat of fresh paint and some new hardware, it's better than any catalog or department store piece at a fraction of the cost.

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10/22/09 4:42 A

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oh me too jasi27! I LOVE THRIFT SHOPS!! goodwill, salvation army, consignment stores, whatever. yard sales... oh they make me giddy! LOL ... isn't the saying "one man's junk is another man's treasure"? almost every furniture item i own is a handme down or used store find. to be honest, i can't afford anything else! BUT i love to strip stuff down and re-do it and make it my own. paint, stain, fabric, whatever. its fun! my house is "eclectic" lol...
not to mention, i'm way to cheap to pay for designer clothes or whatever brand new!

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10/19/09 8:40 P

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Oh man, I am a thrift store addict!! My mom and I hit the city about every other week about and hit all the thrift stores for awesome deals! I also pack the back of my car with things to recycle (like clothing, shoes, coats, dishes, etc.) and take them along to donate as well! Love Love LOVE the thrift stores and save a ton of money! Just this weekend I bought a practically brand new, super large crock pot for $7.00! What a steal!

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7/24/09 3:26 P

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I have a china cabinet that my first husband and I bought at a 2nd hand store,when we lived in Jensen Beach Florida back in 1987. We paid $110 back then for it. I has 2 pieces to it, the bottom piece is sooo heavy that it is hard for 2 men to pick it up and move it. I'd like to get it refinished one day. Our dinette set is used, as is our sectional sofa and our deep freeze.:-)..Oh! And both of my tvs came from a pawn shop.

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4/3/09 4:22 P

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I have to admit I have come along way. I come from a curious culture. While it is accepted and valorized that ones conserves things (A 50 yo furniture is not a shame, it is a reason for pride), getting second hand things is considered shameful. Before I came to the US I had only seen one (I mean ONE!) second hand stuff store. "we" do not do that. Of course, right after i got to the US i was fascinated by the "buy, buy, buy" philosophy. But I am glad I am over it and I think I am getting really into my new country culture of reuse things.

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BRIDIE5 Posts: 8,121
4/2/09 12:44 P

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The leather chair in my living room was my father's..more than 40 years ago. The china cabinet in my diningroom was my MIL's and is also over 40 years old. The handpainted spanish screen in my livingroom has belonged to my family since the 1920s. the jeans I am wearing are thrift store finds.the mirror in my bedroom ditto, the dresser was my DH's grandmother's, turn of the century, so was the secretary in our livingroom. Our home has much that's preowned, little that's new. We've always liked it that way.

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3/31/09 2:39 P

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I like to resource items if I can. When my husband and I were married we had contemplated registering for cookware but I couldn't get over the resource extraction issues when there is such great stuff already out there. So we were blessed with a lot of gift certificates and checks as opposed to new things from a list. We used some of the money to use the salvation army and local finder search on ebay to get a nice le creuset and descoware set. Cast iron and enamel, pre-owned, and in great condition.

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3/30/09 5:23 P

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When I sit at my new computer at the kitchen table I bought new I look around the room at everything else and I don't see another thing I didn't pick out of a dumpster, buy at a thriftshop, yardsale, find some kind of way or receive as a second life gift.

The best story I have is that my previously "too good for used things daughter" now appreciates the value of "family heirlooms" whether they have monetary value or not. When my grandmother died we took some of her old jewelry to a jeweler who could tell us about the items and it gave her a new appreciation of the history of those things. Now she looks at all used items with a different eye.

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3/30/09 9:08 A

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William it sounds like that table not only has nine lives, but an interesting passport!

I bought the affectionately known "yellow chairs", some really funky mini-throne looking chairs covered in yellow velvet at a garage sale 15 years ago for $20. In our reduce, reuse, remodel, we realized there was no place for the funky yellow chairs in our house, so we donated them to our friends' school auction. They fetched $100 for the school!

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3/30/09 8:37 A

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it is not exactly a shopping story, but in my family there is this small table (it is an old, old, TV table) that is already part of the family.

When I was a kid it hold our TV (naturally), when I went to high school (boarding school) i took it with me, it went back to my mother's, then i took to college and to my new home when I got married.

After I came to the US my sister used the table for a couple of years and then passed to her daughter who lives no in Sao Paulo.

The table is something like 50 yo and has had many, many useful lives. And it is still going.

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3/29/09 8:29 P

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I LOVE yard sales and have found a lot of great second life steals. :-) Mostly stuff for around the house and also tools. When we got our first house, we didn't have to buy anything new for the yard... all great yard sale finds!

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3/29/09 8:08 P

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I have a beautiful corner cabinet that a friend was selling. I bartered with her for it. She gave it to me in exchange for a drawing that I did for her. It was a great trade. I love my cabinet!

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3/29/09 12:18 P

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i bought a "broken" stand fan at a garage sale for $1 and it took my husband about 5 min to fix it when i got home....i love it.

If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.
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3/29/09 11:19 A

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I was in Goodwill yesterday and found a KILLER deal - four very nice fancy decorative pillows for our bed. Not only were they affordable (about 1/5 of what I would pay new) but I was buying something used. They look awesome and I feel good about giving something perfectly good a second life.

Anyone else have any great "used" shopping stories?

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