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I Love Shopping At Thrift Stores

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    Just An Idea?

    Let's face it - never in history of mankind has there been more clothes in the world and it was never cheaper than now. Unfortunately, a lot of clothing is manufactured by cheap labor who get paid only a fraction of the items cost and only the big companies profit. Why not get a...
    VertigoRed VertigoRed 26-30 1 Response Dec 1, 2013

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    Shopping At The Thrift Store

    I have so much fun shopping at thrift stores. When I stop in to browse at the thrift store I never know what I'll find. Some trips I won't find anything. But on other occasions I've found women's tops, unopened packages of stockings and sweaters. I've found some nice costume...
    jml2000 jml2000 56-60, M 1 Response May 24, 2012

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    Where Are Everyone Else'S Stories?? I Got More Stuff....

    Geesh, but this group seems like zombie dead so not sure if I should post any stories...are all groups like this?? So, I got a Yamaha home theater receiver for $30. It's an HTR-5640 and is worth a few hundred dollars. No dust inside at all and the thing looks brand new. I had a...
    SirSeedsAlot SirSeedsAlot 46-50, M 1 Response May 27, 2013

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    Need Japanese Translator Please :)~

    What does the Kanji say on this medal??  Picked this up and it appears to be very old like form the 19th century.  The building is a church so this doesn't appear to be a military medal but a religious medallion.  With the "strong God" holding up that funny shaped object...
    SirSeedsAlot SirSeedsAlot 46-50, M 1 Response Aug 12, 2013

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    Admittedly, as a straight guy

    who likes to crossdress a lil bit on the side, I've really been wanting to get some girls clothes, though I'm tired of paying retail for clothes that I'm just going to wear every once in awhile, especially just in my house. So after reading some stories on here from other...
    need4speed28 need4speed28 18-21, M Jul 19

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    A Few Of My Favorite Things

    I like the variety and unpredictability.  I wonder what the story is behind each item.  I like how it sometimes bothers women who compliment my clothes to tell them where they came from.  I like how the holes in the jeans came naturally.  I like how there are no classes at...
    jimmyblue jimmyblue 41-45, M 1 Response Jul 22, 2012

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    I'm gonna pop some tags,

    only got $20 in my pocket...
    ChristaEvonne ChristaEvonne 22-25, F Jan 8

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    Thrift Store Mystery - Turned Wood Lamps, 2 Heads And SF Trolley

    Okay, so today's mystery contain 3 items. The 2 heads (6.5 " tall) seem Eastern European and they lack any sort of markings. There is an older sale sticker that says there are 3 heads in the set but I only have two. I guess one must have broke. ($7 for both) The wooden "lamps" (9...
    SirSeedsAlot SirSeedsAlot 46-50, M Apr 21, 2013

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    Friday Spoils - An Old Bench And Other Things

    Hit the thrift store today right after work for some therapy. I don't recall all the prices but the bench was the most at $9.99 The other things were like $3 each. No sale today so no disocunt, blaaargh Does it go without saying that if you know about thie history pr value then...
    SirSeedsAlot SirSeedsAlot 46-50, M May 3, 2013

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    Happy Joy

    There is nothing better! I can go in there and get an entire wardrobe for under $100, which is why I need an entire third room of my house to contain my clothes. And it just works perfectly with my sense of style - I hate malls and commercial clothing stores where everyone walks...
    toexist toexist 21-25, F 14 Responses Mar 21, 2008

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    Needs Your Help.....

    please help a fellow EP member SassyOne1 Her 9 year old boy was hit by a car and she need some help. http://www.gofundme.com/3scd24
    SirSeedsAlot SirSeedsAlot 46-50, M Jul 31, 2013

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    Why Do People Hate Thrift Stores?

    Hello:) I really do enjoy going to a nice thrift store and finding some really nice clothes for very cheap. Once i went to a secondhand store and got 11 shirts and a pair of shoes for 33 dollars! I made sure all of them had no rips or stains and most of them come from some of my...
    HornsToHoldUpMyHalo HornsToHoldUpMyHalo 13-15, F 3 Responses Jun 16, 2011

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    Ah... Nice and cheap.

    I wish I can wear motet shirts
    Izzzooka Izzzooka 13-15, F Dec 23, 2013

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    Appleby Westward Group Limited Paris

    Distribution: Winford Road Garage markerer 45 år Personale og kunder sluttede i festlighederne når en sjov dag blev afholdt for at markere 45th årsdagen for Winford Road Garage, i nærheden af Bristol, som har en SPAR forplads butik. Der var sjove arrangementer for børn...
    lyrahurley lyrahurley 18-21, F Jul 23

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    Call Me What You Will.

    I'm a penny pincher. I hate to spend money. I can't stand walmart's "super low" prices. I truly want nothing to do with them. The only time I care for clothing shopping is when it's done at thrift stores. I can spend twenty five dollars at the Salvation army and get four pairs of...
    AmericanLeanings AmericanLeanings 31-35, F 3 Responses Sep 4, 2011

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    I work at a Goodwill store

    and normally, employees aren't allowed to shop at the Goodwill stores where they work. But recently, we had an Employee Shopping Day where we could buy whatever we wanted or needed! To earn a shopping day at my store, we have to meet our monthly budget. For example, we made...
    Mags2588 Mags2588 26-30, F 1 Response Sep 4

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    This Is Kind Of Creepy

    Surprise surprise I went to the thrift store today! Was searching for a monitor cable but wasn't able to find one that works, blaaargh. What I did find was this older electric wall-hanging of the New York City cityscape. I thought it was cool and even though this thing appears...
    SirSeedsAlot SirSeedsAlot 46-50, M 3 Responses Jul 20, 2013

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    Thrift Stores and Yard Sales

     i can spend all day in a thrift store just sorting and picking through everything same thing with yard sales .. you really have to pick through things but its so fun and most of the time you can find really nice stuff if you dig and the trinkets and things have so much...
    starstruck2xtrme starstruck2xtrme 26-30, F 4 Responses May 26, 2007

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    Dress Chic Keep It Cheap

    I am Sharron Miles Gilty and I was born and raised in Chicago....And I am a thriftaholic! I have been Thrifting for 20+ years. I find the most amazing pieces to add to my current wardrobe for pennies on the dollar. I love Thrifting so much that I launched my very own fashion blog...
    Dresschiccheap101 Dresschiccheap101 41-45, F 1 Response Jul 29, 2013

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    You find the BEST treasures there,

    where you know that there's nothing like them anywhere else.
    RadicallyGreen RadicallyGreen 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 14

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    niko031 niko031 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 2

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    Though I find I have to pace myself

    and even stay away for a while because whenever I go inside of one, I almost always come out with something. You can go broke saving money. :-)
    utahwriter utahwriter 36-40, M Apr 11

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    So the other day I went to a thrift store by my

    work and hit the jackpot!!! The racks were overflowing with an overwhelming selection of womens clothes, anything and everything someone like me had ever wanted. The only problem though is I didn't have all that much cash on me to blow lol. Ultimately, I ended up finding and...
    need4speed28 need4speed28 18-21, M 3 Responses Jul 24

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    Latest Adventure At Thrift Center

    So I have this rule: Only buy things I need.....what a stupid rule I got rid of that rule hee hee Been doing more thrifting lately. Got more albums; maybe 20 more today that were mostly classic rock with a coupe of vintage Italian jobbers. The store won't bring out more albums...
    SirSeedsAlot SirSeedsAlot 46-50, M Aug 1, 2013

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    Hurry Up, Before The Greedy Poor People Show Up!

    Get your goods - they're coming! Hurry! Hell, just cram as much as you can into your buggy and sort it out at the register!
    fascad3 fascad3 36-40, M 2 Responses Oct 6, 2009

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    A Good Day At Goodwill.

    Went to browse around the Goodwill store today. Found a pair of Carhart jeans, a Croft and Barrow heather blue zip front cardigan , a pair of K-Swiss shoes, a winter hat,gloves and scarf and 4 hardback books. Half price day, spent a grand total of $16:32. Love, love, love...
    WildflowerWoman WildflowerWoman 56-60, F 2 Responses Oct 7, 2012

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    Who says that you can't be trendy

    if you don't have a lot of money? My idea is that you can still look fabulous even if you're on tight budget and going to thrift stores is what I'm doing. You will surely find amazing things. However, I can't regularly visit thrift stores so I just browse over the internet. I...
    janem3 janem3 26-30, F 3 Responses Mar 25

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    I am addicted to thrifting & going into antique

    malls. It's gotten to the point that I should probably open up an etsy or an eBay account. I'm obsessed with jadeite fireking dishware & antique avon things.
    alrightsprite alrightsprite 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 16

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    Dagnabbit!!

    So yeah, I like those Spanish records but I know older rock is what people want. Today the Thtrift Center had a small stack of 70's and 80's rock so figured what the heck. Placed them in the basket and under those 12" albums was a healthy column of older 45's. Most 45's were...
    SirSeedsAlot SirSeedsAlot 46-50, M Aug 4, 2013

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    niko031 niko031 16-17, F 2 Responses Sep 13

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    Creative Alternative To Tp-ing Someone

    In high school I was in love (or so I thought) with a bastard. It happens. After about 18mo of his bullshit I wised up and gave up. But not without a little fun ;) Over the summer I had become good friends with another girl Brian had burned. One day we were shopping at The 'Will...
    MommyGoneMad MommyGoneMad 26-30, F 2 Responses Oct 6, 2011

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    Hooked

    i been hooked on thrift stores since 1997.i am also lucky to have a drop box near my home!!! i go there every other day and get free shoes and clothes..i have not bough clothes in years.i have so many clothes,games,books all free from that box..and its amazing what you can find...
    irongrenadier irongrenadier 26-30, M Feb 9, 2012

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    My favorite experience was

    when I had a yard sale recently when I saw an old woman wearing the exact same thrifter sweater I was wearing. The chances were 1 in a million.
    Soozkat Soozkat 22-25, F Aug 30

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    Lets Face It I Am Cheap.

    I am sure just about every single thing in my closet is from a thrift shop. There are exceptions of course.  But I have this absolute horror of going to the store and paying $100 for a pair of jeans.  I have never paid money like that for clothes and I never will.  Just feels...
    TKD1 TKD1 46-50, F 1 Response Nov 22, 2013

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    Its So Much Fun

    on days i don't have much to do i love to just go to a big thrift shop and slowly look at the clothes n things sometimes i find some really cute stuff for amazing prices. plus its just fun to look at all the wacky clothes
    justjoni justjoni 22-25, F 2 Responses Aug 12, 2012

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    Do Any Of You Sell Online Your Thrift Store Finds

    Ive just started doing this. I know people have been doing this for a while now. I just wondered how many of you actually do this and if its successful. I dont know if Ive missed the boat. I got thrifting a couple of times a week, generally update my shop on etsy with approx 5...
    GrandmarUnasAttic GrandmarUnasAttic 26-30, F 1 Response Sep 9, 2013

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    Thrift Store Booty

    I wish I could get some booty from the thrift store hee hee but I settled for a different kind of booty. More like pirate booty but instead of stealing it I purchased it. Got a handful of 45 records the most popular being a nearly brand new Elvis and a nice Booby Darin singing...
    SirSeedsAlot SirSeedsAlot 46-50, M 1 Response Jul 26, 2013

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    Anyone Know About Antique Glass Made In Syria???

    Please check out of the image. The Syrian vase/carafe is in between the crystal lamps. It is hand-blown glass and hand painted. The piece of paper on the neck read "Made in Syria"  The glass seem to have yellowed a bit but maybe it was always that way. Syria isn't exactly a...
    SirSeedsAlot SirSeedsAlot 46-50, M 1 Response May 29, 2013

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    Today I got some cool old band shirts (one of

    kurt cobain, one of nevermind cover, one eddy vedder one and a foo fighters logo one) and I got a cool sweatshirt with a tiger on it and some flannel shirts and some flats
    QuinnMac12 QuinnMac12 13-15, F Aug 7

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    I love the thrill of finding stylish designer

    clothes and shoes at next to nothing at thrift stores, eBay, and local yard sales!
    FunNewAddiction FunNewAddiction 41-45, F 2 Responses Jul 24

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    Some of my favorite outfits are from thrift

    stores. I miss florida for this reason. I lived on palm beach where the rich, old, and even famous discarded at the local good wills
    jenneruz jenneruz 26-30, F Jan 24

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    Went to the local goodwill today,

    spent $23 and got a new nightgown, 2 new bras, a white costume dress, and a new prom gown! so excited to try them on and get some pictures :)
    faellorien faellorien 26-30, M 1 Response Jul 24

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    I love thrift stores!

    I'm medically retired and live on a fixed income so I have to shop at thrift stores!
    teri912 teri912 36-40, F 2 Responses Mar 2

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    "I Love Shopping At Thrift Stores"

    There are many different thrift stores in the city where I live and in the surrounding cities. I love to spend a Saturday checking them out. You would not believe the stuff you can find! I have found amazing books, clothes and even nice furniture in some of them! I don't...
    cmost cmost 36-40, F 6 Responses May 18, 2007

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    They Were Thrift Stores, Now They're Charity Shops .. Nothing's Changed For Me!

    Been a second-hand clothes junkie since I was 13/14 years old back in the States. Now it's just second nature as I love being able to get decent, unusual clothes for next to nothing. There are some people in this town who are really weird about it and think it's disgusting - ...
    littledharmabum littledharmabum 26-30, F 20 Responses Mar 29, 2008

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    I love going to thrift shops buying what others

    have discarded. I even love the song Thrift Shop and enjoy listening to it as I pull up to the store.
    Didro56 Didro56 56-60, F Jul 27

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    Thrifting From The Other Side Of The Pond

    Ok so I live in england where we dont have proper thrift shops, we have charity shops, that are tiny in comparison to Goodwil. However Its still very good, Ive just gotta got to 5 or 6 to score some good stuff. Ive been thrifting properly now for about 6 months and I volunteer at...
    GrandmarUnasAttic GrandmarUnasAttic 26-30, F Aug 23, 2013

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    Related Experiences

    I love shopping! :) , I love to find just that perfect quality shirt or a pair of pants who sits just perfect. The problem is that I don't know when to stop, I have already bought...
    afreespirit afreespirit 18-21, M 1 Response Sep 14

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    It's that time of year again to free the shopaholic within me. I'm going shopping in New York next week!! (yes, that was me doing a little dance..but not a crazy one because it's...
    ThisIsMe83 ThisIsMe83 31-35, F 2 Responses Sep 20

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    I went shopping the other day, I was looking for a new shirt to go with a skirt I had. I was in my regular male clothing but I did have my bra on with my inserts but not to...
    mat2Robin43 mat2Robin43 51-55, M 1 Response a week ago

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    by MYSELF. It'll usually take me forever to choose what i like. Id make sure i will have to try it on. Then look at another shop maybe theres something better. If not go back again...
    Elleshore81 Elleshore81 31-35, F 2 days ago

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    Hey every so i haven't posted in a while so im going to share with you some of the things i ordered online last week. So everyone that reads my stories knows how much i love...
    justbeingme01 justbeingme01 31-35, M 1 Response Sep 16

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    Love Fridays early finish then hitting the shops with the girls from work. Credit card is going to hurt but it will be fun to have five girls to give an opinion on what something...
    girlynicole girlynicole 36-40, F 2 Responses