Thrift Store Shopping — Sock It In Your Pocket!!

I have trouble sleeping in a too quiet room. I need what they call “white noise” to dose off. During the summer I used an electric fan with just enough soft hum to lull me off to sleep. But with the cold weather a fan just creates more cold air. And so I went on line looking for a “sound machine,” the kind where you can select from a variety of sounds, such as rainfall, heartbeat, thunder, a waterfall, or bird chirping. I checked several websites and the reviews but I didn’t want to pay $17 plus $8 in shipping charges. My “little voice” told me go to the Blind Council Thrift Store on Western. Lo and behold there was a brand new sound machine on the shelf, with the words, “Tested, works” and a date. The price was $5.95. But wait, when I walked in the store I was greeted by a store employee who gave me a $5 off coupon so in effect I paid .95 for what I would otherwise have paid over $25—and the things works like a charm. I am not too proud to shop at thrift stores.

Amarillo has plenty of thrift stores and it’s worth a trip to any of them to shop for just about everything. The Mission Thrift store on 5th and Harrison has closed but you could really save money shopping there. I have shopped there and found name brand kids and women’s clothes for pennies. (I understand that a new owner may reopen soon in the same location.) I know good clothes and I have bought Jones of New York tops and jackets for a fraction of what I would pay retail. The same goes for the thrift store in the old Hamlet Shopping Center on River Road. I have found bargains galore there, especially on the one-half off senior citizen day on Wednesday and the “pack a sack” for $9 on Saturdays. If you vacuum a lot you already know that vacuum cleaner bags have become pricey. I have found the type for my vacuum for .50 with three in a bag. Compare that to almost $4 at Wal-Mart.

If you have kids and are on a budget of any sort you know the cost of kids’ clothes and shoes. Thrift stores can save you big bucks on just about everything. Why spend $75 for a pair of kids’ sneakers when their feet grow an inch every few months? The same goes for clothes. Kids don’t take care of anything anyway, they just want, want, and want some more. Especially socks. Kids don’t keep up with their socks. When I was a kid we kept a needle and thread handy to sew up torn socks. Not anymore, kids lose socks under the bed and are too sorry to bend over and look for them. The good news is that mix-matched socks are in so any old mixed-up colors and patterns work. Still, these mix-matched socks cost big bucks. Shop at thrift store and you can get a whole bag of socks for $2.

Some folks say never buy electronics at a thrift store. Well, I say it’s a judgment call. A lot of thrift store items are donations from garage and estate sales. Items left over are usually donated in bulk to thrift stores just to get rid of it. I bought a brand new grilling machine for $3 at a garage sale—the $69 price tag was still in the box. This item was headed to a thrift store had it not sold. You can find all sorts of electric curlers and blow dryers at thrift stores that are working perfectly fine from estate and garage sale donations. Either way you go, it pays to shop at local thrift stores. Looking for a Christmas tree, ornaments, wrapping paper—an ugly Christmas sweater? Try your thrift stores. And, while you shop you can listen to some of the nicest Christmas songs. Shop locally, shop Thrift Stores!!!

Copyright 2013 – L. Arthalia Cravin. All rights Reserved. No part of this commentary may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without written permission from the author.

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