Monday, May 16, 2016

ONLINE or IN STORE THRIFTING?

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My frenzied thrifting mode has transcended the realm of for profit stores like Value World and Savers. Also local church, neighborhood and hospital charity shops. Not to mention the major players… Goodwill, Vincent St. De Paul, Salvation Army. And… fashionable resale BOUTIQUES that are out and about in every community. Instead of traipsing through the litany of those stores… I started armchair traveling to the hotspots. The internet became my new playground for thrifting. While I’ve hit upon the ONLINE thrifters like ThredUp , eBay, Nifty Thrifty, Gone-Tomorrow, The Attic, and Shopgoodwill.com… an ugly truth has emerged. The shipping charges to get the product home to you… makes the thrifting purchases online far more costly. And it negates the bargain basement deals, you'd find in person, shopping up close and personal. Just for an example… I was charged a $9 almost $10, shipping and handling charge… for a store to mail me the sterling silver necklace I purchased. And they did not include insurance. Seriously how much does a necklace weigh? Another sale cost almost $20 to ship me a couple coffee mugs. I found that ridiculous. In both cases the item price was far LESS than the shipping. Truth is… it is highway robbery…. Pure and simple. Shipping costs these days are beyond outrageous. USPS is more expensive than it should be with their PRIORITY MAIL BOXES. And so is Fed Ex and UPS. Then if you add in the handling charges, the price skyrockets even more. And it makes thrifting online, less desirable to someone hunting for a deal, in my humble opinion. In the long run… buying local makes more sense. So... I’m curtailing my online fun, and heading back down the real road, instead of the virtual one, looking for some better THRIFTY FINDS.




Thursday, May 5, 2016

HIDDEN TREASURE and THRIFTY FINDS


This is my 
THRIFTY
find of the week
COFFEE POD CAROUSEL
price $1.29 at GOODWILL, locally.
Selling on eBay for anywhere
between $5 to $25.
My husband's reaction
to finding an AFFORDABLE one 
PRICELESS

When my hubby got his Keurig Coffee Maker 
way back when they first came out...
he came up with a makeshift idea
to store the pods because nothing was on the
market quite yet to do it.
These BINS did the job 
but were kind of utilitarian
and ugly.


So...
 when the coffee pod carousels 
eventually became 
available in our area... 


they were too expensive 
for our tastes...
leaving us to make do 
with what we had. 
NOW
all these years later 
THANKS 
to 
THRIFTING
one finally 
adorns our countertop.


IMAGINE THAT


MEANWHILE...
The treasure hunt for 
more THRIFTY finds
continues.