1. The hunt. Okay, maybe I’ve read too many self-help books, or watched too many Lifetime movies in my life, but it is a little spooky how I can find things I’m shopping for at thrift stores so randomly. The merchandise in a thrift store is so varied and random itself. For example, just the other day I was talking to my children about when they used to watch “The Little Einsteins” on Disney. After our discussion, I looked up the prices of Little Einstein toys on Ebay out of curiosity, and was shocked to see what some of them were selling for. Fast forward a few days and I was back out thrift shopping and what do I find but none other than one of the character dolls from the show. I was thrilled! I don’t find everything I’m looking for, but I do like to think I’ve been a little bit lucky.
2. The fun. I usually go shopping with someone. Actually, I prefer it. It is always fun to compare and laugh about what type of odd things you can find for sale in a thrift store. I have found used, disposable, “one time use” ziploc type bowls overpriced for $3.00 each. I have found mugs with couples personal pictures on them. I could go on and on. Its crazy sometimes what I find – and fun.
3. The adventure. I love to travel. I mean Love It. So my natural adventuress in me loves to punch in a new address in my trusty GPS and set a course to a new destination. Who knows what bargains I might find. Unfortunately, I’ve found some real stinkers and places I’ll never venture to again. Generally though, I’ve found some great spots to find some hidden treasures. Every where we happen to go, whether it be a baseball game, or to visit relatives out of town, I love to scour google looking for thrift shops that are near our destination and plan time to check them out.
4. The re-use. I’m not quite to the point of being a tree hugger but I do recycle my plastic bottles and my new puppy helps me recycle my newspapers while he gets house trained. I have bought quite a few items from the thrift store and repainted them and made them my own. I love getting on pinterest and seeing how everyone reuses different items by painting it or even turning it sideways and making it into something completely different.
5. The flips. One of my favorite flips was one of my very first flips. I purchased several craft and scrapbooking magazines from the library book sale for only $.10 each. I resold one of the magazines for $31.00 and another for $24.00. Apparently there were collector items. I just thought they looked interesting. I use my smartphone a lot in making decisions whether to buy something for re-sell or not. There are several apps out there such as Terapeak and even the advanced search engine of Ebay is helpful. I also like to use coupons and sales event to get an even better deal on top of my bargain. Yes, I get questions from my family if I am becoming a hoarder with all my shopping. I always tell them its borderline. ;)