I was looking over my introduction to the 2015 post about my Favorite Thrift Store Finds and I liked it well enough so I decided to recycle it here :) So here we go:
A big part of saving money AND helping the planet a little bit is by reusing, recycling, repurposing, or buying used.
When my kids were growing up, I bought them clothes at garage sales and thrift stores as much as I could, as well as toys, baby furnishings, etc.
These days I don't buy many things (well, compared to other people) and I make a conscious effort to shop the thrift stores first. I don't always remember it, but when I do, I'm usually rewarded. I also keep a "thrift store wish list" on my phone for those items that I don't need right away (and honestly, most things aren't needed right this minute so my list should be longer!) and I consult it every time I enter a thrift store.
As much as I dislike Goodwill for not being as organized as my favorite thrift store (the South Lake Animal League Thrift Store in downtown Clermont, where I donate 99% of my stuff), I have purchased great items there this year. I also have found several items at the SLAL thrift store. Here is a little trip down memory lane for this past year, mostly to continue motivating me for trying to shop the thrift stores first. After all, it also helps (
So here are my favorite thrift store finds in 2016:
|This awesome dining room/kitchen table with 2 chairs that I found at the same HFH ReStore a couple of days later, which|
had been marked down to $45 but that ended up being on sale for 20% off so I paid $38.52 for it!
|August 10: 4 small periwinkles at $0.25 each, from South Lake Animal League Thrift Store.|
Update on 12/23/16: I never did replant them, and 1 died, 1 was broken by the kittens and the other 2 are still alive on my countertop but are very leggy.
|September 8, South Lake Animal League Thrift Store:|
|October 22: Habitat For Humanity ReStore.|
A brand new (tags still on it!) pair of navy blue shorts for yours truly, on 50% off sale, at 93 cents!
|November 2: six large bins at $5.00 each from the South Lake Animal League thrift store. I will turn them into self-watering bins for my vegetable garden next Spring.|
|November 2: yet another litter box from the South Lake Animal League thrift store, $3.50 because it|
was missing its lid. I'm using it for the kittens in the Cat Room.
|November 2: a pair of capris for myself from the New Beginnings thrift store at $0.99!|
|November 2: a red skirt ($2.50), pair of pajamas ($3.00), and 2 pairs of capris ($2.50) from the South Lake Animal League thrift store, for myself.|
|11/9: 5 baggies of cat toys for $1.00 each, from the South Lake Animal League Thrift Store.|
Update on 12/23: cat toys are expensive for what they are, those were great deals and our kittens love them!