Diana McCollum

My husband and I like to spend time going through thrift shops. We have found some spectacular deals, and have bought some things that turn out to be duds.

My husband likes to barter with the people, and in thrift shops you can sometimes get the cost down by quite a bit, especially if the item has sat in the store for a long period of time.

Here in Paradise there’s Snoop Sisters Thrift shop, Jeanie’s Thrift shop, and five more Antique and thrift shops. So as you can imagine we can spend a whole morning or afternoon just browsing!

This post is about Jeanie’s Thrift shop. Last weekend we browsed through the shop. There is a table with a local farmers produce already bagged up and ready to be bought. That was our first item. A bag of mixed fresh fruit, nectarines, peaches, plums (two kinds).

After looking through the store I found the item I wanted.

The Department 56 ornament box caught my eye. If you are a collector you know these items are very spendy brand new.
I excitedly opened the box.
There inside was the sweetest jeweled dashound Angel! The top opens up to a little jewel box with a silver colored heart.
And it was marked $12.50. I couldn’t believe the price for such a precious dashound.

When we got home I looked up on e-bay to see how collectable this little dashound was, and low and behold he is selling for $75.00!!
I won’t be selling him as he will be a Christmas present for someone.

So best shopping trip ever! I got quite the deal. And I know the person who is getting this dashound for Christmas will be thrilled!

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The worst thrift shop buy was on the same day at a different thrift shop. My husband bartered with the lady for a reel and old fishing pole. She knocked $10 off the price and he bought both. When we got home he realized the fishing pole was unfixable. Therefore, he never got a deal at all.

Now to address the title of my blog “What to do with this old jacket?”.

I never knew this till I read it in one of the newsletters I receive, there are thrift shops online. One called Thredup you can shop on that site, but you can also send a box of clothes, purses etc (no household goods) free of charge and they list the clothes and sell them. They keep a percentage and you are mailed a check when your items sell. It doesn’t cost you a thing except time to sort through your clothes. If they can’t sell the clothes you can pay to have them sent back to you or they will donate or recycle in some other way.

What a great way to keep clothing out of the landfills. The other ones you can sell on yourself are e-bay and Etsy . Donate those old clothes or recycle or get a little cash for them, it’s up to you. Please don’t throw in the garage as our landfills don’t need them!!

Have you ever sold anything online?