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!

November 28, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — crandol @ 4:40 pm

So recently I went to a Church Sale.  This was a bit more exciting than most yard sales because there is so much in one area.  And usually, the deals are pretty good.  We arrived early so they weren’t completely set up but there was still a great deal of stuff out.  My friend Liz just moved and needed some necessary things for her new living space so we were on a mission to equip her with a toaster and a microwave and any other furnishings that she needed to make her feel at home in her new home.  It has become my room mate Lessie and my desire to find all the things she needs at yard sales we go to.  Lessie is the yard sale queen so she probably won’t have any problem getting it all for Liz and or probably a very good deal too.

Liz definitely scored at the Church sale.  A toaster and a Microwave in very nice condition each for $10.  She also got a little cabinet thing for her bathroom for $15.  I bought a leather purse from Paraguay for $2 and space shaped ice cube trays for $1.

Unfortunately I don’t have a good camera with me at the moment but I will take pictures and post our finds!  Liz and I tried to other yard sales but we either couldn’t find them or they had nothing.  Signage for these yard sales is so important!  If people can’t follow your signs then no one will come.  It is a pretty basic fact but some I believe need to be reminded because the terrible signage continues!  Well anyway, a pretty  successful trip for Liz and this purse is pretty cool.

pictures to come…


November 1, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — crandol @ 7:37 pm

This weekend I went to some excellent yard sales.  There was a neighborhood sale going on at Legacy Parks off of Jiles rd.  And Legacy Parks is much like a little city of neighborhoods.  Neighborhood sales are excellent for there are so many sales going on in one location!  The only problem that I have found with them is that they tend to have a lot of brightly colored plastic…kids’ stuff.  If that is exactly what you are looking for then these sales would be perfect places to check out for inexpensive kids stuff.

The things I found at some of these sales were…A girl scout uniform for 5 dollars! And it is from the 1950’s! I also got a bowl, an ice cream maker ball (very cool. Instead of an electric one that you just flip a switch and the thing turns itself, this one you can roll and kick around! And only a dollar! I needed it…) and finally a bed (30 dollars and I got the above bowl for free!).

DSC_0894 – my frame

DSC_0896 – ice cream maker ball thing.

DSC_0899 – free bowl!

DSC_0902 – the bed

girlscout uniform – the girl scout uniform (sorry it is hard to really make out, i ran into some picture posting challenges.

One of my favorite things to do now at yard sales is bargain.  At first I wasn’t really up for it.  I had so many fears.  I didn’t want them to get mad at me.  Though why they would get mad at me I am not really sure.  It’s an issue I have that I really need to work on.  But this is not set up for a discussion of things I should work on, except for yard sale bargaining maybe… Well anyway, I didn’t like it.  One day I decided to finally try it out.  I was with a friend of mine and she told me that I should ask for 2 dollars of this flower pot I wanted.  She said that the worst thing that they could say was no.  So I tentatively went up to the man and asked him if I could get the flower pot for 3 dollars instead of 5.  I felt like backing down, but I didn’t.  I held my ground and waited for his response.  Which, after a brief pause, was yes!  And now I am a changed woman.  I haven’t perfected my bargaining style yet and I still get a little squeamish when someone mentions a larger price cut proposal, but I am learning; I am growing.  I think I should suggest yardsaling (One word.  The verb “to yardsale”) as a type of therapy.  Everyone should try it.  And you save so much money! A 30 dollar bed…honestly.

The bed I am very excited about.  I have big plans for it.  The design is quite simple with square edges and no intricate wood patterns.  It is made out of pine I believe and stained some darkish color.  I have decided I am going to paint it!  But not just paint it, I am also going to make it look kind of distressed and old.  I also have some pressed flowers that I think I am going to try and attach in some way.  Not sure about the color and everything yet, but we shall see.  It should be good.  I think my next blog might actually cover the bed and the progress and success I hopefully make on it.

Ok so tip for the day….BARGAIN.  You can make cheap things become even cheaper.  No harm in asking.  It’s good for you.  You’ll grow as a human being.  Trust me.