Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Happy Feet and Other Side Effects of My Last Trip to the Thrift Store

Some people just don't have the right "eyes" for thrifting. It's OK. They were born that way. The good news is, they can change. It just takes some practice.

Ralph Lauren and GAP Shoes for Hudson, $3.00 each.

I know a lot of people that love thrift stores and garage sales. And a lot of people that never go because they don't think of it, they don't want to, or they're just repulsed by it. This means that, by the way, 78% of what's in my house and 90% of the clothing on my children's backs is repulsive to them. That's nice. But I bet most of you out there have got The Look. You know just what I mean.

Bookshelf for New School Spot, $7.00

Thrifting with sharp eyes means finding really, really, really cool, neat, useful and beautiful things. Our love for owning only good literature is constantly burning bright with all the fantastic reads we see thrifting- school libraries and classrooms are always donating classics, as well as people who buy and never actually read them.
I waxed on the topic once here and that pretty much covers the basics, if you're wanting to get into it yourself and get to workin' out those eyes of yours.

2 brand new pairs of PLACE for Grace, $4 each- steep pricing for a thrift store, and still a steal.

You've got to know what you want, what you need, what you're lookin' for. You've got to know when to hold em', fold em', when to walk away, when to run.

Grace needed to move up a size, and I found these Sketchers that are practically new, they light up which of course she loves, and were nearly spotless inside, just a few scuffs outside. After washing and a magic eraser, all these shoes were lookin' spankin' new. I just didn't take the time to photograph them...

Once you get the hang of it, it's like shooting up bargain crack. All the ladies out there that know just what I mean say hey.


Andrea@Sgt and Mrs Hub said...


I love it. LOVE it. I am excited for this summer... my hometown has great yard sales and thrift stores. Plus, I have great friends there to shop with.

Awesome finds!


Amy said...

I love a good bargain! I have found some doozy's over the years.
Love those sketcher shoes! betcha she does too!

Kiki said...

You also have to have time and kid free time. Those are the hardest things for me.

Anne Elizabeth said...

What great finds! I grew up going to thrift stores. My entire high school wardrobe was from an awesome thrift store that had super cheap vintage clothing. I miss those days, because the thrift stores here have really gone up in their prices. I love the bookshelf you found.

Sarah said...

Fantastic bookshelf! I am becoming more and more addicted to thrifting. We went yard-saling this weekend and I came back with a trunkful of fantastic things, having spent only like $40. So happy.

anne said...


I can admit it, I'm SO not good at this.
I used to be, but we had AWESOME thrift stores back in Madison...the thrift stores here STINK...I mean seriously are SO bad.
The thing I have found though is that I am really good at finding steals at Old Navy, Gap, Target... because I NEVER pay full price for anything, I just wait until it goes on sale.
I DO however like neighborhood garage sales...those are fun! My hometown has a citywide garage sale day in August...that was always fun!

Shelby-Grace said...

I wish we had a couple good thrift stores around here. One is really overpriced, I think for a thrift store. The prices they charge are almost as much as buying the item on sale at a store. The other one pretty much never has anything in my little one's size.

I do wish I was better at this. So I'm still trying!! Love all you finds:)