I think we all know by now that thrift stores are a great place to donate our unwanted stuff. If you have one nearby it sure makes it easy to get the stuff out of your home quickly. But Thrift stores aren’t only handy for getting rid of stuff they are also handy for acquiring stuff inexpensively.
Now I know you are all thinking ~ Has Colleen gone mad. Now she is suggesting we acquire stuff instead of forever telling us to get rid of it. Well never fear folks, I haven’t suddenly lost the plot, actually I am not sure I ever followed the plot but that is another story. What I am suggesting here is that trying your local thrift store first when you “need” something is a good idea. Below is a list of circumstances in which the thrift store may be able to help you out in your time of need.
- When you need something for a short period of time on a rare occasion but don’t want to stock it in your home 365 days of the year.
Perhaps you are about to receive more visitors than you can cater for and need an extra mattress, linen, cutlery and crockery. Your friends and family may not always be able to lend you these items but you could pick them up cheaply from the thrift store. Then donate them back when you are done with them.
- When something breaks and although it seems like it would be inexpensive to replace you find out otherwise when you start shopping around for that replacement.
Have you ever broken the glass plate in your microwave or had to replace a power cord for a cell phone or item that needs a voltage converter. Well these things can be more expensive to replace than you would think. I know my local thrift shop has lots of unusual items like these in the store. They may not have just the right one I need but I would check there first before buying new.
- When you move interstate or overseas and transporting everything you own just isn’t viable.
When we moved to America our removal was paid for by my husbands work. However one of the stipulations was, if an item didn’t fit into a packing case we weren’t allowed to take it. The only things that I left behind that I knew I would need at the other end was an airer and an ironing board. Luckily for me, one of the first things we discovered when we arrived in Seattle was a big thrift store. So I replaced my ironing board and my airer at a very affordable price then donated it back when we left.
- When you need an item of clothing for a special occasion or for short periods of time and it seems like a waste of money to buy new.
You might be surprised to know how many formal gowns and men’s suits arrive at the thrift store in as new condition because they have only been worn once or twice to a wedding or similar function. Now think about how many such outfits are in you closet or have past through it at one time or another. Why not check the thrift store first when you need one of these outfits chances are you will find something suitable. And once again donate it back if you have no further need for it.
Perhaps you live in a warmer climate but are going to visit another country in the winter. Why buy a new expensive jacket that you only need for a couple of weeks when you could buy secondhand.
Also why buy new for all your baby clothing. For all the time they actually fit into a certain size you may as well save your money and purchase at least some of them from the thrift store.
These are but a few reasons to shop at your local thrift store but I am sure there are plenty more. Why pay new prices and waste resources when secondhand will do. And when you are done with them you can always donate them back.
Today’s Declutter Item
You can tell from these items that we are travellers. And even though we make a habit of traveling light we have gotten better at it over time. Plus we no long travel with teenagers either that “need” all their electronic bits and bobs with them to stop them from getting bored or to make themselves beautiful. Now the only item that requires power that we usually travel with is the battery charger for the camera so one for Europe, one for Britain and one for America is all we are likely to need. All these extras are off to the thrift store. See, didn’t I tell you they sell all sorts of stuff at the thrift store.
Something I Am Grateful For Today
Well like I said yesterday my boy is home and yes he is up to his usual tricks. While trying to get my housework done he must have called me to his room to tell or show me something “important” about six time. He shut me in the pantry and held the door closed and he used my pony tail like reins and tried to make me gallop through the house. I could wish that he would be like a normal person and give me a hug or a kiss but instead I will just be grateful for the strange forms of affection he is willing to share with me.
“In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.” Brother David Steindl-Rast