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Scored At a Thrift Store & The Grocery Store

Friday, May 04, 2012

I was too tired to post a blog yesterday and after awhile my blogs probably all sound the same anyway, so nothing lost, LOL.

I did a whirlwind shopping expedition yesterday which included going to all of the following stores to get the best deals on sale, use my coupons (doubled at 3 grocery stores) and electronic coupons that I saved:

Bi-Lo, Harris Teeter, Lowe's Foods, Aldi's (no coupons are allowed there as it is a discount store), and Mighty Dollar (ditto with Aldi's).

Aldi's had some awesome deals as I got a package of Roma tomatoes for 69 cents, avocados for 49 cents each, mangoes for 49 cents each (my son loves them), a bag of Vidalia onions for 69 cents, etc.

My best buy this week though had to be when I stopped by a thrift store to see if they had any gems in the "junk" on hand. I spotted a basket that looked very nice from the side (it was high on the top of a shelf) but I couldn't get to it as it was crowded around that area. I finally managed to pull it down and sure enough my "eye" was spot on as it said "Longaberger" on the bottom! Woo Hoo!!! emoticon

There was no price on it or the other baskets on the shelf so I took it up to the front figuring they would tell me that they couldn't sell it without a tag. The lady at the check-out looked at it on the bottom (for the price) and recognized right away what it was.


I figured I would be in for either an inflated price or they wouldn't sell it to me. She didn't even tell me what the price was and just punched in 99 cents! emoticon emoticon

I was stoked because I actually paid more for some very nice magazine holders ($1.99 each) that looked like they were made of leather or a leather substitute than I did the Longaberger basket.

It was in great condition and I just floated out of the store so happy! I just love finding well made items for dirt cheap like that. I am shocked that I actually like going to thrift stores more than I do yard sales, which I used to love beyond all things.

I think the cost of gas and well as the lack of finding any useful or good items in yard sales around my area for the last few years (actually since the economy went downhill) , has caused that change in my thinking.

I'm the first to admit that I run into tons of junk at thrift stores, but once in a while I find some gems and am thrilled with what little I have found so far. I have quite a few thrift stores around me, so I don't have to drive super far away to get to them and usually stop if I'm driving by or near them, so no extra gas spent in the process.

When I was pregnant with my first child and years after that, I scored great deals in yard sales. I don't know if it was because people were more willing to get rid of nice things for a song back then (which I tend to notice is the opposite now) or if it was that they were young and I could find a lot of useful things for their ages that helped me to do very well for years at yard sales. I know now that even when I try to be adventurous and think of "repurposing" items I find at a yard sale, I still come up empty-handed and disappointed.

I have noticed a trend in my area that has shown me that people seem to be donating their "stuff" at thrift stores vs. having yard sales (not near as many as there used to be) and that most people having yard sales (again in my area, as your area may be different) are only getting rid of "junk" vs. the good stuff since so many have lost jobs or have less money in their paycheck and therefore they hold on to things longer instead of treating them as disposable items like they used to before the economy soured.

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    KDMAMA2 - You're welcome. I don't get to Aldi's all the time but try to go there when I'm low on veggies/fruit and the farmer's markets aren't open. They have some great sales there.

    2177 days ago
    Susan - Thanks for the update. If I'm not mistaken (I'm not originally from NC, so don't laugh) Sanford is eastern NC isn't it?

    2177 days ago
    I love thrift stores too..I mean why buy new when you can buy vintage and save money.....
    2178 days ago
    Seagrove is down near Sanford - there are LOTS pottery shops down there! I used to go every year and buy a few pieces. They have a big pottery show in November that's lots of fun to go to! It might be a good day trip for you if you just want to get out and look around - most of it is pretty expensive though (more than I can afford now anyway!)..
    2178 days ago
  • CANDOK1260
    great find and i love thifts store but maybe i dont drive
    2178 days ago
    Sal - Thank you for your sweet comment. I know my blogs sound the same after awhile, LOL! You've got a smart daughter there, you obviously taught her very well! emoticon
    2178 days ago
    Honeymuffin - That's cool that you have great yard sales in your area. I keep going every blue moon to yard sales but keep getting disappointed, so I don't really hit them much anymore like I used to. I used to be obsessed by them and hated when it got closer to noon and people packed up and took everything back into their house, LOL.

    I was so excited by the Longaberger basket I could barely remain calm at the check-out, LOL. I played it cool though and acted like I had no idea what I had when the cashier mentioned that it was an expensive basket! emoticon I'm not sure why someone donated it to a thrift store as I know someone paid lots of money for it originally.

    Hope you find the items you're looking for at an awesome price!
    2178 days ago
    Susan - Thanks! I'm going to have to look up those items online that you mentioned you collect as I have never heard of either one of them. I got lucky years ago at a yard sale (when they used to be good in my area, LOL) and bought two Longaberger baskets for $1 each and sold them on Ebay for $40 plus each.

    I plan to keep this one though as it is round and has no handle (which I prefer in a basket) and will be great to use for organizing something. Good luck on your yard sale tomorrow, I hope you sell lots of stuff so you can make money for those future yard sales you attend, LOL!

    2178 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon on the Longaberger! WOW!!!

    I too love thrift stores. Now that yard sale season has started I'm doing better there. Yes, people are giving more to the thrift stores for the tax write offs. But some are wanting $$$ in their pockets so they are doing yard sales. I'm finding so many treasures right now. I believe it is because people have gotten their taxes back or have to pay in--they either have the mind set of I have money in the bank "I'll let you have it for a song." or "I need money and ANYTHING is better than nothing." Either way I'm scoring HUGE here in Middle TN.

    There are two neighbor sales on my way out and coming home today. I'm trying to resist stopping because we are planning a trip I'm trying to save for. But the deals are calling.

    I'm looking for my boy another trampoline, container pots for my girl's garden, misc stuff.

    You did VERY WELL.
    2178 days ago
    That was a GREAT find!!!!

    I love thrift store shopping too!!! And yard sales! We're having a BIG yardsale tomorrow - I'm kind of dreading it really - I saw several yard sale signs yesterday and thought - that's in a nice neighborhood, I'd like to check that out...only to remember that WE'RE gonna be having one too! LOL!!!

    I recently found some Seagrove pottery (which I collect) at a Goodwill store in Charlotte - one piece was Owens and I think one is Nell Cole - the 'signature' on the bottom isn't really all that clear but I compared it to one of her pieces that I bought years ago right before she died...and it's close!!!

    And, we found a Tom Clark gnome at a yard sale for 50 cents!!!! That has to be the all time BEST find we've had!

    And...I always enjoy your blogs!!!
    2178 days ago
    Thrift stores are the best! Thanks for the Aldie's reminder. I haven't been there in a long time, and obviously I'm over-paying! emoticon
    2178 days ago
  • CAM2438
    I love shopping at Thrift Stores. emoticon
    2178 days ago
  • SAL2525
    Your blogs are wonderful. I am amazed by all the energy you have! My daughter lives in the NC region and she only shops at thrift stores. Very interesting insight into the economy in your area! Thanks for sharing!
    2178 days ago
    love shopping at thrift stores!!!
    2178 days ago
    Yay for treasure hunting!
    emoticon emoticon
    2178 days ago
    way to go on the bag what a great find.

    have a great day
    2178 days ago
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