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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

5 cent Coffee And Entertainment!

That’s what I said – 5 cent coffee! And entertainment!!

I have only been to this store two times. But I am looking forward to returning. The first trip was on a weekday.

Upon entering I noticed a snack bar towards the back of the room. On the counter was a coffee urn with cups, sugar, creamer, etc. And then I spotted the sign “5 cent coffee”. It was a ‘help yourself’, ‘honor system’ kind of deal. I grappled with the idea of a cheap caffeine fix but elected to forgo the java and get to work combing the racks – you really need two hands to do a proper job. I figured I would get a cup later to give me a jolt of energy to work the back room.

Well, I never did get the coffee. I had been so absorbed in this new ‘happy hunting ground’ that it wasn’t until I heard the intercom – “we will be closing in 5 minutes” – that I realized I had been grazing for three hours! All of a sudden I was exhausted. My right arm was killing me from scooching hanger after hanger after hanger…….for THREE hours!!!!! Funny that I didn’t notice the pain until I had to stop shopping. I guess thrifting can be compared to a shot of morphine.

Anyhoo, I did go back on a Saturday and was pleasantly surprised by some live music. It was an odd attraction for a thrift store but it sure put me in a happy mood. In fact, I was so happy that I bought a 3-piece rattan set; couch, chair & ottoman. It was marked $250. But it was my lucky day- it was 50% off. Plus if you spend $50 or more, on any day, you get an extra $10 off. So I got this high quality furniture for $115.

Great store – gobs of stuff – unique atmosphere. But if you’re looking for knick-knacks, not a great choice. It was slim pickins’ in that department.

Now go forth and forage!

Heads Up:  Caution!  The act of 'Hanger Scooching' may cause Repetitive Stress Injury!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Make Money, You Say?

So, you love thrift store shopping?  So do I.  But what if you could make some money by digging through someone else’s discards?  Let me explain. 
I was obviously under the thrift-store-shopping spell as I not-so-methodically inched my way through three whole rooms filled with, with, with………………… STUFF!!  “Snap out of it, Roberta and get back to the point.”  Well, I spotted these darling, vintage, ladies gloves priced at $5.  And since this thrift store was having a  ‘½ Off Everything Day’ ( now you know why I was in a shoppers-paradise-stupor), I added them to my armful of goodies.  After four trips to the cashier and then to my car (no shopping carts or baskets) I was ready to go home and revel in my treasures. 
O.K., remember the gloves?  The gloves that I paid $2.50 for (1/2 off day)?  Well, even though I really liked them I had a feeling I would never wear them down here in sunny, south Florida so I decided to sell them on Ebay.  I was very happy when the winning bid brought me $12.50!!  Not a bad investment if I say so myself.    
I know there are lots of folks who have done the same thing and maybe even pocketed more of a profit but I was so tickled with myself I wanted to go right out and do it again.  So keep your eyes peeled for that vintage, name brand, or one-of-a-kind item and you too could make some cash – cash that you can invest in your thrift store addiction! 
Heads upThrift store shopping is better sans kids.  Kids can be distracting.  Or rather, shopping is distracting and you may forget you have kids!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Gee, that top looks familiar!

I was lazily browsing through the peach colored tops - American Thrift is so nice to color coordinate everything - when I spotted a blouse that looked very familiar.  Oh yeah!!  That's the one I donated last week after cleaning out my closet so I could make room for more stuff from my favorite thrift stores.  Phew - I think that was a run-on sentence.

Any way, along with all their clothes being color coordinated, the tags are also color coded.  On certain days certain colors are half off.  And they have special senior days as well - which start at age 50 I believe.  Seniors sure are getting younger these days.  But I don't mind if it means 50% off!

This is one of my favorite stores so far.  They have a huge selection of clothes, shoes, toys, knick-knacks, scarves, purses.....and the list goes on.

Never Used - What a Deal!

Never Used - What a Deal!
"Let's go camping!"