Monday, July 18, 2016


I do not like to spend a lot of money when thrifting unless the FIND is good. Leather goods in the retail world come at a premium price. When I see them I usually walk away, settling instead for plethora. My old desk chair is threadbare. I have been in the market for a new one… so my derrière is more comfortable than it’s been… sitting non-stop… in front of the computer. However the cost for these kind of chairs has been prohibitive. And the fact you have to buy them and then put ‘em together is disheartening, to say the least. Who wants pieces and parts strewn all over the place? So the purchase had been delayed until the right deal came along. This week I found that deal. It is my THRIFTY FIND of the week. A LEATHER DESK CHAIR. $19.98. The price more than I usually spend, but worth every dime. Some days you get lucky and some days you do not.

Friday, July 1, 2016


Finding women’s pants when thrifting can be quite a challenge. I continually strike out. While hundreds of slacks and jeans are out there on the racks  in the stores… unlike shirts and tops… pants are typically not current when it comes to styles, fabrics and fit. It is the Thrift Store’s Achilles Heel. Today women want their pants to have  a modern fit with  spandex, shorter inseams, skinny legs and be more form fitting around the booty. What is available thrifting... by and large... are bell bottoms, wide hemmed , pleated fronts,  boot cut,  baggy, polyester, outdated trousers. It is frustrating to say the least. Especially if you are looking for bargain basement prices and something that fits the bill... or your booty... as the case may be. But it IS the reality that awaits you thrifting. Slim pickings, pants wise. So compromising becomes a necessity. I concede... I resort to retail store purchases to fill in this part of my wardrobe. But trousers are pricey and that higher price tag scores a direct hit on the checkbook. So I am always on the lookout for a sale.  Imagine my surprise when I found one… too good to be true. The pants were a well known brand associated with a major retailer. They list for $26.99. Too steep for me to bite, at first glance. But the sale marked them down to $18, then $13 according to the ticket. That made the pants… two for the price of one. A good deal. I picked up two pairs and headed to check out. As the clerk rang them up… an unexpected surprise… made my day. The scanner showed them costing only $7.00 a piece. Again… two for the price of one… but at an even lower price point. A fabulous THRIFTY FIND hiding out in a retail store, not a thrift one. While I’m SOLD on THRIFTING, repurposing and recycling… I am willing to forgo this guilty pleasure… every once in a while… if the PRICE IS RIGHT. Retail needs to pony up better deals for consumers. This time it did.