Confessions of a Thrift Store Junkie

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December 10, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — crandol @ 11:22 pm

Every Christmas season everyone seems to pull out the Christmas decorations and music too early!  Especially stores, but this is to capitalize on every consumer they can.  If you think about it that way then what would be the problem of setting out the Christmas decor before Halloween?  This is actually very awful and I do not approve.  But now I believe that we are almost 2 weeks into December it is ok to buy a tree, decorate, and put up the stockings.  Though I don’t know if I am ready for the music yet…  The only problem I find with the Chritmsas holiday is the amount of money that people feel you must spend.  This should not be the season of spending but of celebrating and rejoiceing!  There is a way to have a nicely decorated house with out the expense though.  The answer is in yard sales and thrift stores.  My room mates and I have almost completely decorated our living room with Christmasy things that only were bought at yard sales and thrift stores.  Our tree ornaments, lights, fun little santas, snowflake hanging things…etc.  It looks very homey and warm.  And we are definitely ready for the holidays!  I will put a picture up of what it all looks like.

…I know! I owe you guys a lot of pictures… from the church sale and now this.  You probably think I won’t come through.. but I will!  Very, Very soon!

 

Filed under: Uncategorized — crandol @ 10:43 pm

These last couple of blogs have been simply thrift stores you all should definitely check out.  Probably what you were expecting from the begining anyway.  This next thrift store I am going to tell you about is America’s Thrift Store on Canton rd. ( I think).  It is also quite big, about the same size as the Park ave. Thrift store.  In fact the only difference here is you can’t try anything on.  This might seem to be a big negative and would make their thrift store score be incredibly low, however, it really is not that difficult to simply put clothes over your clothes.  That is usually what I do.  And girls,  just wear skirts!  All problems solved.  They do allow you to take things back here which is something I have never heard of a thrift store doing.  So that is pretty cool.

So.. rather large, organized, returning allowed, but no ability to try clothes on

My score…. I give it an 8

 

Filed under: Uncategorized — crandol @ 6:36 pm

Ok. Another favorite of mine is on bells ferry and it is called Park ave. Thrift Store..or something like that. But it definitely has the words park ave. in there somewhere.  Well anyway, it is huge. Really quite a large place.  It is organized well – clothes are pretty easy to look through.  If you are again looking for tacky christmas sweaters, this isn’t the place.  I don’t know why but thrift stores seem to be short those this season.  Maybe it is just all the ones I have ben going to.  Or maybe the popularity of the tacky sweater christmas party has become so big that they just can’t keep those sweaters on the racks.  They just keep selling out.  But if you are looking for normal clothes, they got’em.  Also plenty of dressing rooms as well.

Probably an 8 on my thrift store scale.

 

Filed under: Uncategorized — crandol @ 5:08 am

I have to tell you all that I do have a favorite thrift store.  It is in Smyrna on south cobb drive.  Smyrna Thrift Store (really creative title).  And they score pretty much a  10 on my thrift store scale.  Most of my favorite t-shirts, strange jewelry, and fun books have been purchased here.  If you are ever in the area I would definitely recommend stopping by.  Also there is a chick-fil-a right next door!  How could you go wrong with any of this?!

So I had said that I was going to have a post up on the progress I had made on my bed that I bought at the yard sale.  But I must admit that I have done absolutely no work on it.  School and life have gotten in the way of my crafty plans.  It will happen eventually though.  And perhaps soon since the semester is coming to an end.  I talked briefly of what my plans were for it before, but I think they have changed some.  I think I just want to paint it brown.  Is that too boring?  Or maybe even leave it the way it is.  I am not sure.  I want to be creative however I don’t know if a blue or orange bed would really look right in my room.  Especially since the comforter I have is a harvesty orange (love that color).  I was thinking instead of painting that I would just get a huge canvas and paint a really big sun or sunflower on it and hang it above the bed.  I feel like that would be super cool.  When it all happens I will still put pictures up here.  I think I am going to keep the blog even after the semester ends so if anyone feels like checking back in you can check it out. (it being my final finished bed/canvas project.)

 

December 7, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — crandol @ 3:28 am

With the Christmas holiday nearly upon us everyone is trying to get their very important tacky sweater Christmas parties planned.  And what better place to go to find the best in tacky sweaters but Good Will!  Well anyway you would think that but when Lessie (roommate) and I went to the Good will on old 41, I found nothing.  It was a little disappointing except for the fact that I decided to buy footy pajamas at Target instead…  I did find a neat shirt and Lessie found a super cool dress that she is going to wear to a friends wedding.

It is a pretty decent Good Will.  Though the thing with Good Will is that it definitely tends to be more expensive than just normal Thrift Stores.  There is at least a 3 to 4 dollar difference.  This doesn’t seem like much but I get so used to one dollar shirts and then when I go to Good Will and they are five dollars I think a little more before buying things.  Jewelry tends to be more expensive as well.  Though, compared to buying stuff brand new, it is still pretty good.

This Good Will is also organized well.  This is always a point of concern for me because I don’t usually feel like spending more than 5 to 10 min. looking through clothing racks.  The sizes here are a little confusing but most of the time it isn’t too bad.  It is mainly divided by types of clothing.  Like all women’s pants on one rack, shirts or blouses on another, skirts, jackets…etc.  So if I was going to give this place a rating out of 10 I would give it about a 6.  Here is a check list that I use to see whether I will be a frequent comer to a particular thrift store…

  1. Size – the bigger the better.  Not always but it certainly makes it a little more fun when there is more stuff to look through.
  2. Organization – when the clothes are all over the place and in no particular order I get lazy and don’t want to deal with it all.  Flipping through each t-shirt or skirt to see if they have my size gets to be very tedious.  Especially when there is a lot to go through. – Pants are the hardest.
  3. Dressing rooms – I always like to try stuff on and 9 times out of 10 there will be a dressing room.  Sometimes there aren’t any and it is a gamble whether or not it is going to fit and you usually can’t take it back.  So then you just would have spent 5 hard earned dollars that you will probably just I give right back to another thrift store.
  4. Furniture – thrift stores are also great places to find furniture like old desks and bookcases, beds and dressers.  So I like to know that they have at least some furniture that I can periodically come and look through.
  5. Location – and of course where the store is in relation to where I live is a big one.  If it is close by then I can go all the time and see what new treasures they might have!