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Where I discuss ways to save money, get good deals, and how to be financially wise.

Thirft Stores: Cheap or Smart?

Most people know I frequent thrift stores.  In high school, they were a great place for my friends and I to find random shirts and decorations for our bedrooms.  In college, it was perfect for finding all the Disney VHS tapes to get me through finals.  Now, as a married mom and homeowner, I peruse thrift stores for baby stuff, household items, and to sell unique things on ebay.

At least where I live, the Goodwill and Salvation Army stores boast good brands, sometimes new with tags.  I recently purchased a brand new adidas golf shirt for my husband, for 50 dollars less than retail.  I also have found numerous Nike or Adidas shoes in brand new condition.  Now some people would claim that I am just being cheap, that shopping at thrift stores are for those less fortunate or are for pack rats.  I’m here to refute that outright.

My husband works for one of the most successful companies in the world.  Yes, I could purchase my Nike things full price.  But is this financially wise?  Why should I buy shoes for 90 bucks when I can find them for 10 bucks?  It is very possible that I would rather use the money for other things, such as vacations with my family or paying extra on the home mortgage.

Not only can you find epic deals at thrift stores, but you can also find things to sell on ebay (if you are in to that sort of thing).  It’s extremely satisfying to buy an item at a great deal, and be able to double your money on it.  Another exciting thing shopping at thrift stores is finding the unique items that are impossible to find in a normal store (other than ebay for premium prices).  These can be European soccer jerseys, artwork, a vintage french press, and much more.

One thing I want to emphasize: shopping at thrift stores does not make oneself cheap.  It’s actually a very smart thing to do whether you are low on funds or just like a good deal.  As I have mentioned, you can find name brand things for like new or even new condition, so you can still dress cool (not that it really matters in the grand scheme of things…blog post on that later), and save money to do more relational things with your money.

Thrift stores are a smart thing to do.  Period.