In Tossed & Found...Where Frugal Is Chic, by Barb Tobias, the author starts out discussing how she was not the garage sale type. Basically too good, for them. However, after discreetly stopping by, at one, due to financial situation, and to her surprise, finding a beautiful butter tray, she stated, "Ah, I think I'll look around just a bit longer" to the garage sale lady. She then stated in the book, "So much for dignity...I was having a ball". There was only one thing running through her mind...she had, to find, the next sale!
Ms. Tobias is a big fan of thrift stores because products change daily, stores are open year round, they commonly operate seven days a week, their prices are low to moderate and much, of their proceeds go, to charity. She patronizes the half-off days that thrift stores are famous for. Did you know that there are some unwritten thrifting laws? 1. While the item is in your possession, make the decision to buy or not. 2. Once abandoned, fair game, for the next shopper 3. Practice patience. If a person has an item you want, walk away. Hovering can trigger impulse buying.
The author goes on, to say, that she buys secondhand clothes. If you can wash it, you can wear it. Divawear doesn't cost a fortune, but it looks fabulous. Thrift stores are more than collectors, of backyard trash, they are the plucky spirits that find the magic, in the mundane, inspire the less fortunate and use their creative genius, to build, their own castles.