Here are mine:
GOODWILL (yesterday)--8 juice glasses and one 10 ounce tumbler in the green glasses I have at the cabin; one clear apple dish. Spent: about $6. Truthfully, I did not need 8 more juice glasses, but when you have looked for this pattern as long as I have, you don't turn ANYTHING down, especially when it is only .50!
ST. VINCENT de PAUL--Today was half price day at St. Vinnie's! I got a brand new Irish linen tea towel printed with Scotties and Westies for $1.25! It's big, and I'm going to try to make an apron from it. Also bought two cups in the moose dishes for my friend Suzanne (owns motel) for .25 for both!
HUMANE SOCIETY--Didn't see a thing.
NEW THRIFT STORE IN TOWN benefiting local schools--kind of high priced, but nice merchandise, very clean and well organized. I got a beautiful clear glass gravy boat for $4, plus 4 Fire King bowls and a plate for Suzanne (she sells on eBay) for $2.75. Plus I found out they have two sets of Fire King dishes in the pricing room--she is going to drop by tomorrow when she is in town and take a look.
BTW, if any of you sell on eBay, Fire King is a hot item! Go look it up--you'll be amazed. You wouldn't believe what she got for a Fire King mug with a safety slogan and Cashmere Lumber Co. printed on it. It had been in her mom's basement for 40 years.
Sandy in NJ (Login SandyinMI) The Frugalista Files
not much lately
May 10 2012, 5:00 AM
This week I bought a microplane at the really large, non-charity thrift nearby for $2. It's very sharp and has a rigid plastic slipcover. This organization buys donations from charities that don't have their own stores like Purple Heart, Vietnam Vets of America, etc, then resells them at this store. The merchandise is priced pretty high and I almost never find anything there and go rather infrequently. They have two discount days where some stuff is 30% off and some is 50% off and some colors are a percentage off and, frankly, I've never been able to figure it out. A few weeks ago I bought 8 panels of matching Pottery Barn tab top curtains there all for $24.
I haven't bought much else, but we're enjoying the Cuisinart electric ice cream maker I bought a couple of months ago at Goodwill for $7. I've made yummy chocolate sorbet a few times and just made strawberry sorbet from the 2 quarts ($2!) of Italian Market berries that had to be used immediately. It's just berries, sugar and lemon juice and it's amazing. The maker was a floor model and the original tag was marked $65. You can't return anything to the Goodwills here so I knew it was a gamble but plugged it in at the store and it seemed to work so I risked it. Dh and ds were so excited to see it until I told them that ice cream is one of those things that is more expensive to make than buy. So we've been keeping an eye out for cheap fruit for sorbet.
I also got a new lunch box size lock & lock container for $1 this week.
More often than not I walk around the store and leave empty-handed, but I still enjoy it. I do see good stuff at good prices, but for things I don't need.
I hit several thrift stores this past weekend (see my blog for photos).
Church thrift shop: 2, 8 oz jam jars and new lids
Sal army and Goodwill:sweatshirt hoodie, knit men's pj's (bday gift), champion T, nike shorts, there was more, I can't remember
We went to a garage sale and found 4 top of the line life vests for 5 dollars each... he said If we took them all he would make us a deal...so for 15 dollars we picked them all up... My Dad and Mom always need life vests in their boat....
They also had a very dirty but barely used coleman stove..... I cleans it up when we got home and it looks pretty much brand new... for 10 dollars... new 140.00 we were pleased.
" life isnt about waiting for the storms to pass, its about learning to dance in the rain."
Today I stopped by a garage sale (1st this year) because we were going by it and it looked interesting. They had a TON of older clothes, but in were some newer Kathy Ireland items. I got 3 shirts, 2 cotton blankets (kind used in hospitals/hospital beds), 2 carol burnett dvds (son LOVES Lucille Ball, so was seeing if he'd like this) and a beautiful white with blue embroidered (sp?) tablecloth that I plan on using at work.
The man came up with a total of $9 but they said since it was so late in the day everything was half price. So I happily paid $4.50 for all of it. I was very happy. The blankets can be put iwht my son's stuff for scouts and not worry if it got ruined because of the price. The shirts are for work and very nice for the price!
Faith, Hope and Love, the greatest of these is LOVE.
I stopped in on my way home from a meeting and ran into my friend, Suzanne (motel in Harrison). I found some interesting Fire King for her for $2.99--I'm sure it will sell for her on eBay. From the looks of her basket, she was doing pretty well herself.
I found two glasses that are the same as the ones I use at home. Also, I found a brand new walnut and brass Springfield weather station with thermometer, barometer and humidity. It's kind of campaign-style with brass corners. The corners still had the protective plastic over the brass. It was $3.99. Don't know which house will get it because the barometer is broken on the one I have here. I've always liked those weather stations and have a DS who will probably try to talk me out of it. He likes them, too.
Longaberger oval kiddie purse with liner, great condition, $1.99. Whoever was pricing items that day obviously made a mistake, because the Goodwills around here typically save Longaberger baskets for the weekly silent auction.
Maxine or whoever else knows these things....does "Fire King" stamp or otherwise mark its items? I need to start watching for that stuff at thrift stores & yard sales.....
Fire King looks like Pyrex. It is stamped on the bottom. Look on eBay to get an idea of retail prices. Today I found an open sugar bowl in the Peach Lustre color with matching saucer. There is a fair amount of it on eBay--but she will make $$$ on it. Jade-ite is Fire King.
I read this post earlier and was thinking I didn't have anything to add. DUH!! I went to the thrift store yesterday. Honestly I rarely go, maybe once every 6 months or so. We have a pretty big thrift store in the area that has 50% off clothes every Monday. Me and my daughter went over there yesterday and we found a few things. I found a pair of Columbia shorts for hiking for 1.00, found my son an awesome Ralph Lauren long sleeve plaid button up shirt for 2.00.
We ended up with 2 pairs of shorts, 3 pair of workout pants, a dress, and the shirt for my son for 11.50 total. I'm surprised that so many people on here find good things at Good Will. I find it to be way overpriced. I'm not paying 5.00 for a shirt!
The thrift stores that have a lot of sales--like your Goodwill that sells clothing every Monday for 50% off--price their stuff higher than other stores, with the expectation that a lot of it is going to get sold for less. I don't think $5 for a shirt is too much--of course, it depends on the shirt. And, on 50% off day, it's only $2.50.
The Goodwill here uses different colored price tags every week. Every week, a price tag of yet another color is 50% off. The two cycles are opposite, meaning that the one that is 50% off was priced 5 weeks earlier. Once in a blue moon, I'll find something on sale, but most things don't last that long. Especially the good stuff.
Sandy in NJ (Login SandyinMI) The Frugalista Files
May 16 2012, 5:05 AM
Ours has two half off colors per week, with the 5 week pricing schedule. The prices for some clothing are fixed and others are variable. Women's tops and children's clothing is the most variable, up to $4.99. I'm willing to spend the high end only if it's pretty great. Most of ds's clothing was $2-3. The general merchandise seems to be priced pretty well, but it varies a lot even within one store depending on which person is doing it. They have guidelines to follow, like .49 for a mug and some will mark any mug .49 regardless of how awful or terrific it is. Others will change the price. There are two Goodwills I shop at frequently here and one has better pricing overall but is a smaller store. As Max said, the great stuff doesn't last 5 weeks for the sale because there's always someone willing to pay the higher price.
We have one gigantic non-charity thrift that has completely ridiculous prices on almost everything. They have one third to half off everything two days a week and the store is jammed with people then. I couldn't figure out how they sold a single item until I saw the parking lot on those days. I don't know why they don't make the pricing reasonable every day. The St. Vincent store I went to in Michigan was like that too, super high prices every day and dirt cheap bag sales pretty often. That business model doesn't make sense to me.
The small Goodwill near me has a tiny area for furniture, so they often have unadvertised half-off furniture days. The three of us went a few weeks ago when they had just set a nice couch in front of the store marked $30. We sold our beautiful-yet-uncomfortable craigslist family room couch before we moved and we'll need one again soon (fingers crossed) so we bought a pretty nice couch for $15 that day. And at the larger Goodwill I've seen ugly couches marked $100. The small one could have gotten more than $15 for the couch, but they risk having to make room for it somewhere inside and they'd rather just get it out of there.
Penny in FL (Login Bugpugmom) The Frugalista Files
That drives me crazy
May 16 2012, 1:56 PM
I think it's better to price stuff reasonably all the time, rather than have huge sales all at once. But I don't make the rules.
The Goodwill here is decently priced on most items and I've never seen a "sale" advertised. Last week I got a book for myself, a few shirts, a pair of shorts and a pair of overalls for Drake, and a stuffed Snoopy that played music, for $9. Technically I was overcharged for some of the clothing, up to 24 months is supposed to be 99 cents, over that is $1.49, but I was charged $1.49 for all of it. I didn't point it out, it was still a good deal IMO since some of the clothing was practically brand new.
There's another thrift store here that looks kind of messy and unorganized but the prices are fantastic so I like to go there when I have time to really dig for bargains. This is the store that, several years ago, gave me a ripped prom dress for a zombie costume for my daughter one Halloween. The prom dresses were all marked at $7-10 and I didn't want to pay that for one I was going to destroy anyway so I asked if they had one in the back that was unsellable. They did.
I hit St. Vinnie's today and found 3 of my apple dishes, although I only needed one. They were marked .50 each, and normally they're $1. But! But! But! Everything was 50% off today, so I only paid .25 apiece, or .75 for all three. I also found a big and nice plastic storage bin marked $3 = $1.50.
Hospice was a bust.
BTW, DH LOVES the weather station I got yesterday at Goodwill.
And it was mostly a disappointment! I did get three pair of sweatpants for sleepover nights. I had to LOOK to find things that fit and were less than $6. More than 75% of the sweat pants and pj pants were closer to ten. I can buy new for that.
I bought a couple brand name things from Costco - $7 each (marked down from $17)so why would I want to pay $5 or more for something that is at least half worn out?
Thrift store prices have gone up and up the last few years and I'm constantly amazed at what people will pay.