Yard Sales and Thrift Stores

Yard Sales and Thrift Stores

chicmichiw chicmichiw
Do you love shopping for 'new to me' items? Is there a reason why you do it, or wouldn't do it?

Do you have any good find stories? For me, the best two things I ever found while thrifting/yard sale-ing was a set of beautiful, walnut-trim couch and chair set; and a pair of gently used, gold and black leather Fendi heels. Woo!
04/15/2013
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Eloquence0 Eloquence0
I really love shopping though yard sales/thrift stores/flea markets. Sometimes you can find really unique items you wouldn't be able to find in a regular store and can get them for much cheaper too!

Usually, I tend to look for home decor items or books, but I occasionally go shopping for clothes items too, but I have to be very careful about looking for any defects in the clothes.
04/15/2013
jr2012 jr2012
It's not for me. The #1 reason is because I don't have a lot of patience when it comes to shopping! I have a hard time digging though piles of stuff for an unknown item that I might like. To each his own!
04/15/2013
ManicPixie ManicPixie
If you have a sewing machine and a little know-how, thrift stores are awesome for clothing projects. I shop by pattern (color, kitsch), then material, then size. It's a lot of material for cheap, and (sometimes) less sewing than making from scratch.

I don't usually wear jewelry, but that's a new thing I'm looking for when I go out. Brooches and buttons can be converted into pendants and beads, after all.
04/15/2013
annarchism annarchism
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Originally posted by chicmichiw
Do you love shopping for 'new to me' items? Is there a reason why you do it, or wouldn't do it?

Do you have any good find stories? For me, the best two things I ever found while thrifting/yard sale-ing was a set of beautiful, ...
Thift stores are my favorite sort of stores. My friend and I will make a game of trying to locate the oddest item. Usually it's inexplicable figurines or creepy clown paintings.

My favorite find this weekend though was a black and white photo from 1946 of a woman smiling. The back was in French, but said she had been in Bergen-Belson, the infamous camp. It was just so heartwarming to see her smiling and laughing after knowing what sort of things she faced.
04/15/2013
Kissy Kissy
I love thrift shopping! I've been doing it since college, before thrift shopping was cool.. lol. I get home stuff, stuff to re-do, clothing... and sometimes gifts!
04/15/2013
PropertyOfPotter PropertyOfPotter
I hardly ever get to go because my husband doesn't care for places like that, but I love looking for things I can repurpose or upcycle!
04/15/2013
Gdom Gdom
Thrift stores and flea markets are a lot of fun. I should try to go to them more often...
04/15/2013
Real or memorex Real or memorex
I love thrift stores. I spend less and can often find something special.
04/15/2013
dawnkye dawnkye
I love exploring thrift shops, but I rarely buy things from them.
04/16/2013
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