My exact words were “Let’s go to the thrift store, you never know if they have something we don’t know we need.”
I was right.
Here in Ann Arbor, we have a thrift shop called PTO. I have no idea what that stands for, but it’s a pretty nice thrift shop. It’s frequented by rich white people and hipsters, which is really weird, but whatever. They have some nice items, furniture especially, and it’s a pretty decent sized store. I particularly like it because we’ve found some great deals there like our soap crock pot, our dining room chairs and they have a whole drawer of knitting needles and crochet hooks. Heaven.
Anyway, we were out today (we had to stop by the bank) and we decided to pop in to the shop. You never know when they will have something we need. Well today was our lucky day!
I have been dying for one of these knife magnets for a long time.This one in particular was in an unopened box with the price tag still on it from Bed, Bath and Beyond. It was priced at $14.99 and judging by the design of the package, it’s close to 20 years old. It looks like someone bought it, left it in a drawer and just never used it. It would probably be about $30 now, at least, and I only paid $7. SCORE! Wish completed.
My next purchase for a whopping 50¢ was this beauty. I’ve been trying to grow our “homesteading library” and this was a great find. I’ve been looking for a book on tree pruning for a while because I wanted a reference. This book covers shrubs, flowers, trees, you name it! I swiped it off the shelf as fast as I could.
I’ve been trying to frequent the local thrift shops, but with school I’ve been a bit too busy to get to them. Hopefully I can continue to look through them in a more efficient manner. We don’t really have a “local” Goodwill (it’s down in Saline) but we do have PTO Thrift Shop and The Salvation Army. I’ve sort of sworn off Salvation Army for their stance on gay marriage, but I’ll save that rant for another day. The Salvation Army is mostly clothes anyway and most of them are nothing I would wear. Their other sections are pretty small and in poor condition.
When we move up to Grand Rapids, there should be a lot of Goodwill’s around, although we will probably lose all the other thrift stores. Goodwill is a good store, but they are more on the clothes side of the thrift market. I’m tempted to start buying things up and selling them on Ebay, but I have no working knowledge of what things are good and what they are worth. Oh well.
Anyway, that’s it for frugality this week. Hopefully we find more great things like this in the future! Also, if you’re looking for books, Thriftbooks.com is great! (no they didn’t pay me to say that). They have free shipping all the time and decently priced books on all subjects!
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