Now, our little town just got word that we'll get our first major thrift store this summer. I can't wait and am sure I'll be there at least once a week. The other stores are about 30 minutes away which isn't easy to pull off with two toddlers. So, I have to take trips when I can and most often without the gaggle of kids.
Quick aside----My love of thrifting expanded tenfold once I had kids. I found with twins it was necessary for us to use thrifting to get what we needed for them cheap. You can find amazing deals on barely worn clothes at ridiculously cheap prices. When I found out we were having fraternal boy/girl twins I was able to pick up outfits for them for often less than a dollar by paying attention to discounts and sales the stores were having. Even now, I am able to dress all three kids in Gap, Children's Place, Gymboree, and Boden without having spent a ton of money. Also, when I was teaching the majority of my classroom books came from the thrift stores. It felt a lot better to have books "disappear" into the hands of my students when you only paid 25-50 cents for them.
Last week we discovered that despite it being middle of winter our eldest daughter had outgrown her snow pants, boots, and lost another pair of gloves. Well, Target has already begun stocking for summer and so their kid's dept. had hardly anything in the way of winter gear (I did score 50 cent gloves and an expensive pair of snow boots). I decided to hit up one of the thrift stores in search of snow pants. The other night, I happened to be out near my favorite thrift store after dinner out with a friend. I had half an hour (not nearly enough time in my book) and just one item that I HAD to find---anything else would be bonus. I headed to the kids section first and found right away a whole rack of snow pants. They had the same style she has now but in the next size up. SOLD! Then I made my way to the home goods for a quick scan. I was hoping to find some wire letter holders for a fabric storage idea that I saw on Pinterest. No luck, but I did find an amazing duo of small glass mugs. They aren't fancy, but I saw them and thought of cold root beer for me and my girl. I also found a dish that at first glance seemed like a Pyrex, but had no label on the bottom. I wavered on that one and even put it back on the shelf. But, when the speaker announced it was closing time, I went back to get it. For some reason it spoke to me. I didn't get nearly enough time, I didn't get to look at books or search through clothes for the twins, but in a short time I got the one thing I really needed for cheap.
|The small haul|