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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

TS Bargain Hunting

Admittedly, I am a thrift store (TS) addict. (We all have some of those.). I not only donate to, but also frequent and shop in ones here in Nashua, NH. Several times, Grenville has said he didn't feel like going. That's when he's found something he could actually use. Not because, as we well know, there's anything we ever really need. It's just fun to look and shop without spending a lot of $.



My goal whenever I go to a local TS is to buy at least one item, because why leave empty-handed. It's not always something for us. And, that's the fun part. 

Often, I look for something to give/send. (The mailing is always more than the purchase cost, but no matter.) It's my belief (maybe yours) that everyone likes a surprise, especially when it's not their birthday or a holiday — it's a just because occasion. 

This little sign was just such a find. It's already been sent to a longtime friend who has battled various health issues in the past couple of years. 

She completed chemotherapy a couple of weeks ago and she is definitely braver, stronger and loved.

Wait. It wasn't my only TS find last week. Here's something else I bought for less than a dollar—99 cents (no sales tax here) and with a lifetime guarantee—but whose lifetime?

Maybe it was one of those "as seen on TV" deals, but the box didn't indicate that. Grenville checked online and found it offered on Amazon at $5.99. Score a deal !
The packaging indicated that this it's an easy-to-use kitchen tool, noting (several times) that no cords or electricity were required, thus making it "safe and convenient." When I tried this whisking wonder on eggs, Grenville laughed as I showed how pushing on the top could help me "cook like a pro."
Later, it was time to try it to whisk a mayo and yogurt dressing for a broccoli salad.
NOT only did it work very well, but was far easier than using a short hand-held whisk. (We own many lots of whisks in varying lengths, doesn't every chef? Even the at-first skeptical Grenville conceded it's a kitchen tool "keeper."

How about you —  do you shop at thrift stores, flea markets, yard or estate sales? 
If so, have you found any interesting, useful or just plain fun-to-have (or share) deals? 

10 comments:

Sandra said...

I was about to state I never find anything I want or need in a TS but then I saw the whisk and I would like to have that... when we first got married, even the first 20 years I loved TS shopping, because I was constantly needing something and decorating. now I buy nothing not needed so only visit when I am looking for something. and I usually find what I go for. it it the way to shop

Connie said...

I like thrift store shopping, but I don't go as often as I used to. We are at a point in our lives that we need to downsize and get rid of things instead of adding more. I need to do more donating rather than purchasing. :)

Emma Springfield said...

My favorite cutting boards I buy at the dollar store. They are made of plastic and come in sets of two. They are easier to clean than wooden ones.

Doris said...

I love thrift store shopping. We mostly look for clothes but I usually browse the "house" items too :)
Never saw a whisk like that....nice find!

gigihawaii said...

I donate to TS but don't shop there.

Denise inVA said...

I rarely go but donate items in our downsizing project that no one else wants or needs. You got some great finds there.

Valerie said...

I'm all for good causes although I'm not sure what a thrift shop actually is. Here in the UK we have charity shops, each one geared to a particular cause, usually care homes. I donate to one called St Giles because that's where my husband ended his life. Sometimes I buy something but mostly I donate.

Anvilcloud said...

I am sorta with Grenville, but to each their own. :)

Ginnie said...

I have one of those whisks and love it !

William Kendall said...

I would say I rarely go into such places.

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