Cheap Thrift Shop Tips

Cheap (Thrift Shop) Thrills

I’m gonna pop some tags,

only got $20 in my pocket…

Macklemore on the brain last night as I rolled up to my first statewide kids’ consignment sale. Moms go nuts for this shit. I always pictured one of those deep discount bridal sales where betrothed bitches trample all over each other. Hai, no thanks.

That’s why I usually decline when my in-laws ask if I want to tag along twice a year. I give an enthusiastic “Nooope,” just like I do for Black Friday shopping. I’d rather pay triple and not deal with the lunatics who have to have the last [insert forgettable item here], and will absolutely cut a bitch to get it.

Anyway, guys, I was wrong. It was like going into a store and shopping like a normal person, only with ridiculously discounted prices. Who wouldn’t be bout dat?

(Disclaimer: their glaring photos, not mine. Was much less scary and acid-trippy in person.)

Thrifting - The Friendly Fig

My skeptical ass walked out with a shit-eating grin and 16 items for $73 – average $4.50 an item! And it was all stuff I (my kid) really needed, including sets of summer pjs, sweatshirts, a spring jacket, brand new shoes, and- of course- a peace sign sunhat. ✌ Lest I forget the kids’ song CDs for our car, to forever replace the one I hear on repeat in my nightmares.

But dudes, there were also books, puzzles, indoor and outdoor toys, electronics, high chairs, cribs, you name it. I had no idea. Major props to whoever throws this highly organized recycling shindig of more than 70k items. (And thank you, lord savior, that that job is not mine.)

Consignment - The Friendly Fig

Now, let’s get real. It wasn’t all roses. The sleeping bags looked way too well-worn for comfort, and since sellers price their own items, some were stupidly high. But used sleeping bags are not my thing, and I just avoided any outrageous price tags, because duh.

The moral of this mostly cynical story is, seek out consignment events and shops in your area! Buy used stuff. Sell your used stuff. Recycle. Make money. Keep good products going instead of tossing them away or letting them take up space in storage.

Here’s another hot tip: Look for Moms Sell & Trade or Moms Reuse & Recycle groups on Facebook. (Try adding your state in front of it, like, RI Moms yadda yadda). If they’re closed groups, ask mom pals to hook you up with an invite to join.

These are essentially much less sketchy versions of Craigslist postings from real moms in your area. They post photos and info about nice shit they need to get rid of for the good of their sanity.

And who knows, maybe they’re getting rid of that turtle sandbox you’ve been wanting for your little one. Or they might be on the market for the mini trampoline that has been collecting dust in your living room for 2 years. #worthatry

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to wash my old-new items, and breathe new life into them.



3 thoughts on “Cheap (Thrift Shop) Thrills

  1. This sounds fantastic!

    This weekend I hosted a book swap at my house, and had a great time and got a lot of new reads. There are also a lot of clothing swaps in my area and I know some of them are specific as to what they take and offer (only kids’ clothes, or only women’s sizes over size 12, or whatever). Maybe there are some in your area too, though it sounds like you won’t need any more for a while!

    I love that this kind of event is an alternative to the capitalist mythos that we are supposed to buy a bunch of new crap, use it for six months, throw it out, and then buy more.

    • I love this! So many books I am willing to part with…and the sales and swaps for different sizes and age groups make sense! Thanks for keeping these things going. :)

      • Thanks for your nice comment, kbrierley. :)

        One of the awesome things about hosting this kind of stuff is that there’s always a lot left over after everyone has what they want, and you get to decide yourself where you want to donate it. I’ve found a couple of really awesome book charities in my area. One provides programs for underprivileged teens – they get to work in a bookstore (selling the book donations!), publish work in a zine, perform at open mic night, host their radio show, etc. Another gives books to inmates for their education and entertainment. It’s really awesome to get to support them with leftover books that I know they can make go a long, long way!

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