Joys Of Shopping In Thrift Stores
By Sharon Stajda
Thrift stores (or charity shops as they are known in the UK) are a treasure trove of old and new; well-worn and pristine; cherished and discarded. Regular stores are so predictable – you know exactly what goods will be on display day in and day out. Thrift stores change their stock each day, so you can guarantee that you will see something different on every visit. And you will be sure as a rule to find many wonderful items that you will pay a fraction of the price you would pay at a department store. You will have the satisfaction of gaining something lovely or unusual at a bargain price. Items that are slightly used still have good life in them. Plus most thrift stores are affiliated with a charity organization. So you walk away with the knowledge that your purchase has helped someone. This is a much better feeling, and will last longer than the temporary high that you feel after buying goods from a department store. You can find designer clothes at rock-bottom prices. Clothing you might not be otherwise able to afford. The hunt for just the perfect item to purchase is half the fun. The thrift store offers a large inventory of articles. This includes cloths, furniture, electronic items of all kinds. Not to mention jewelry, you name it; you will be able to find it at a well stocked Thrift store.
Looking for the old video game you never got for Christmas when you were a kid? Or maybe that book that you always wanted to read but never got around to buying. Your child needs a new backpack for school? You will all of these at your local thrift store. It's also a great place to supplement your child’s wardrobe with labels that all their peers are sporting. These styles might be beyond your budget and you would not even think of buying new from a department store.
If you know what to look for, you may even find antique or collectable items for a fraction of their true value. Many antique dealers frequent Thrift stores. A well educated antique dealer makes it their business to be able to locate "a diamond in the ruff". Knowing antiques as they do, the dealers are able to spot and purchase antique’s at Thrift store prices. In turn they sell that thrift store antique at a large profit. So next time you pass a Thrift store, pull in, and take time to peruse the store, from top to bottom. Take time to scan the shelves for interesting items, hidden treasure. You are more than likely going to find some wonderful bargains.
Keep in mind; you can also donate your unwanted items to the thrift store, so that they in turn can be recycled into someone else’s valuables. The charities, their worthy causes and the environment will all benefit from your generosity.
For more information about thrift and money saving tips, visit Habits Of Thrift or Happiness Through The Pursuit And Use Of Money.