Thrift store shopping rocks, but there is one major danger: BEDBUGS! Since I'd rather punch myself in the face than deal with them, here are two things I do for protection. 1) Check all pockets for brown stains and 2) Put all clothes in the dryer first. DRYER. Then washer. BUT FIRST DRYER! The heat will kill those little suckers and make you hate life less. If it won't fit into the dryer or isn't meant for a dryer, don't buy it.
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There are so many like new or new items you can find at the thrift store. I have several friends who collect vintage items like cameras, jewelry, records, comic books and just stuff. Whenever they have birthdays coming up, I shop for them at the thrift store. Now while not everyone appreciates a used item, some people do. In November, one of my close friends had a birthday party and I know how much he loves photography, so I got him a used camera at a thrift store.
Thinking that he would use the old camera as a decorative item, I didn't bother to check if it worked. Turned out that my gift was not only vintage and in working condition it was worth far more than the $3.00 I paid for it. Needless to say my gift was a hit at the party.
I buy all of the clothes I can at the thrift store. I just had a baby, so I buy my jeans at the thrift store for 6 dollars. I also breastfeed, so I buy shirts used as well. I have found all of the baby clothes there, and last week found six baby outfits for 15 dollars. With three kids and a limited budget, the thrift store has been a true lifesaver.
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