AK Secondhand Store Blog and Announcements

AK Secondhand Store Blog and Announcements keeps you up to date on what's happening in the store and on the website. Watch for special sales, thrifting tips, announcements, and website updates.



May 15, 2020

Thrifting Thought of the Day

Love what you have. Have what you love. Take what you don’t love to a resale shop. Find what you love – for an affordable price – while you are there.

May 14, 2020

Thrifting Tip of the Day

Check to see if the store has a website or newsletter. If so, check it for coupons, announcements of new merchandise, announcements of sales, and other special things that may be happening there.

May 13, 2020

Thrifting Tip of the Day

Buy to resell. Resell what you find at resale shops. Gather enough to have a garage sale. Sell bigger items on Craigslist or similar buy-and-sell groups. Post them on eBay. Add them to your Etsy shop inventory. Set up a booth at an antiques fair. You can often find things at second hand shops priced so inexpensively that you can resell them for a handsome profit.

May 12, 2020

Thrifting Tip of the Day

Be a considerate shopper. Leave your food and drinks in your car. Shop keepers cringe at the site of you bringing in beverages that get spilled and snacks that get dropped or set down while you look at something.

May 11, 2020

Thrifting Tip of the Day

Are you loyal to brand names? But don't like paying for them? Shopping second hand allows you to have that coveted name brand, at a greatly reduced priced. If you buy your brand name items used, they may cost less than off-brands.

May 10, 2020

Thrifting Tip of the Day

An antique is an object that is at least 100 years old. Just because someone calls something an antique, it doesn't necessarily mean that it is. Some folks don't know the difference themselves; others count on you not knowing the difference.

May 08, 2020

Thrifting Thought of the Day

“I love paying full retail price!” said no frugal, secondhand shopper, ever.

May 07, 2020

Thrifting Tip of the Day

Insider Tip: Check the Christmas section for red, white, and blue items to use for summer décor. Stars, too!

May 06, 2020

Thrifting Tip of the Day

While you are waiting for thrift shops to open back up, clean out your closet. Chances are good that you’ll find some pieces to start wearing, again. And, that you’ll find some items to donate, making room for your next shopping spree.

May 05, 2020

Thrifting Thought of the Day

What’s even more thrifty than shopping second hand? Shop your own closet. You probably have all sorts of good stuff in there that you’ve forgotten about.

May 04, 2020

Thrifting Quote of the Day

It's an addiction. I love clothes. I like to go down Melrose and look in all the windows and I go to different flea markets. I have lots of costumes. You never know when you're going to have to dress up like a milkmaid from the 1600s. ~ Zooey Deschanel

May 03, 2020

Thrifting Quote of the Day

I'm pretty much a thrift shop gal. Flea markets on Sundays. ~ Zoe Kravitz

May 02, 2020

Thrifting Quote of the Day

I love vintage shopping in flea markets, vintage stores and even Ebay. ~ Chelsea Leyland

May 01, 2020

Thrifting Quote of the Day

I love going to flea markets especially when I am traveling, because I love seeing the stuff of other cultures, handicrafts and things with historical content. ~ Anna Sui

Apr 30, 2020

Thrifting Quote of the Day

I literally in the New York flea market - just when I was despairing of ever having a great serendipitous find - found a 1926 Chanel. ~ Hamish Bowles

Apr 29, 2020

Thrifting Quote of the Day

I have an unusual hobby: I collect pictures of people I don't know. It started when I was a kid growing up in South Florida, the land of junk stores, garage sales, and flea markets, as a kind of coping mechanism. ~ Ransom Riggs

Apr 28, 2020

Thrifting Quote of the Day

I have an unusual hobby: I collect pictures of people I don't know. It started when I was a kid growing up in South Florida, the land of junk stores, garage sales, and flea markets, as a kind of coping mechanism. ~ Ransom Riggs

Apr 27, 2020

Thrifting Quote of the Day

Frugality may be termed the daughter of Prudence, the sister of Temperance, and the parent of Liberty. ~ Samuel Johnson

Apr 26, 2020

Great Second Hand Finds: Used Mountain Bikes

We scored used mountain bikes from the Pecan Park Flea Market. Not one, but two! I found a few other things the first time I went there, but the mountain

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Apr 25, 2020

Great Second Hand Find: Penn Formula 15KG Fishing Reel

A Penn Formula 15KG fishing reel, with line on it, is my best find. I found this nearly new, two-speed, deep water reel with a full spool of 130# test

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Apr 24, 2020

Great Second Hand Finds: Turquoise Ring and Bracelet

A turquoise ring and bracelet set -- exactly what my husband had been searching for. Aaron had been looking for just the right piece of

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Apr 23, 2020

Great Second Hand Find: Table from Salvation Army

One of my best second hand deals was a dining room table. I finally found it at a Salvation Army Thrift Store. It was perfect for our needs and the dark finish matched our other

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Apr 22, 2020

It's National Earth Day!

What better way to show the earth some respect than to use "things" a second or third time?

Apr 21, 2020

Great Second Hand Finds: 1922 Gillette New Improved Razor

A 1922 Gillette New Improved Razor. WOW! "There's a pretty nice Gillette in this case over here," I called to my husband, Aaron. He made his way over and his mouth

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Apr 20, 2020

Secondhand Shopping Tip of the Day

Try before you buy…new. Not sure if you will actually use that waffle maker? Pick up a secondhand one and give it a try.

Apr 19, 2020

Thrifting Thought of the Day

Today, I will be happier than an antique dealer with trunk full of junk.

Apr 18, 2020

Thrifting Thought of the Day

Reuse. Recycle. Rejoice.

Apr 17, 2020

Thrifting Thought of the Day

Use some flowery, spring bowls, plates, and platters to brighten up your Easter table. Thrift stores often have them for less than a dollar each.

Apr 16, 2020

Thrifting Thought of the Day

Time to think spring planting! Get your planters and flower pots at thrift stores. You’ll find them dirt cheap.

Apr 15, 2020

Thrifting Thought of the Day

Buy used jeans. They are already broken in for you.

Apr 14, 2020

Thrifting Thought of the Day

Life without junk is like an unsharpened pencil...pointless.

Apr 13, 2020

Thrifting Thought of the Day

Second hand store: An entire shop of usable, recycled goods.

Apr 12, 2020

Secondhand Shopping Tip of the Day

Turn Mismatched Chairs into a Matching Set: Turn mismatched chairs into a cohesive look by painting all of them the same color. Or, by adding seat cushions all made out of the same fabric.

Apr 11, 2020

Secondhand Shopping Tip of the Day

If you feel like gambling, buy a bag full t-shirts at your local thrift store, and see what you get. It will probably cost you less than a lottery ticket. Chances are that you’ll score some to wear. Those that you won't wear make great shop rags. Or, turn them into craft projects.

Apr 10, 2020

Secondhand Shopping Tip of the Day

T-shirts! Why buy new and pay full price when you can pick and choose from the plethora of t-shirts that end up at thrift stores? Many of them have never been worn.

Apr 09, 2020

Secondhand Shopping Tip of the Day

Try before you buy…new. Not sure if you will actually use that waffle maker? Pick up a secondhand one and give it a try.

Apr 09, 2020

Thrifting Thought of the Day

“I shall go into the thrift store just to look,“ she said. Ha, ha, ha! You know she found a bargain she couldn’t resist.

Apr 08, 2020

Thrifting Thought of the Day

Today, I will be happier than an antique dealer with trunk full of junk.

Apr 07, 2020

Thrifting Thought of the Day

Today isn’t just another day. It’s Thriftday.

Apr 06, 2020

Thrifting Thought of the Day

Give used furniture a clean look with new upholstery or a slipcover. Chair seat covers are often just stapled on, so replacing them is super quick and easy with a fabric remnant. A neatly tucked in blanket or quilt works as a quick-fix slipcover. For quality pieces of furniture, consider a professional upholstery job that can look good for years.

Apr 05, 2020

Thrifting Thought of the Day

Good junk! Sifting through boxes and bins and piles of good junk can be a wonderful way to spend the day.

Apr 04, 2020

Thrifting Thought of the Day

Good things come to those who thrift!

Apr 03, 2020

Thrifting Thought of the Day

One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.

Apr 02, 2020

Thrifting Thought of the Day

Need some extra cash? Scout out thrift shops for super deals. List your finds on e-Bay or Craiglist, and sell them for a tidy profit.

Apr 01, 2020

Thrifting Thought of the Day

It doesn't have to be new to be awesome.

Mar 31, 2020

Thrifting Thought of the Day

Can’t choose just one? It’s okay. Buy several. After all, with second hand prices, buying several is probably still cheaper than buying one new.

Mar 30, 2020

Thrifting Thought of the Day

I was told years ago by my very wise and practical husband that you can never have too many tools or too much fishing equipment. Buying used tools can save you enough to have a bigger and better selection of power tools than if you always buy new.

Mar 29, 2020

Thrifting Thought of the Day

The joy of junking comes not only from a great find, but also from that moment you figure out how to breath new life into an old piece.

Mar 28, 2020

Thrifting Thought of the Day

Life is too short to wear boring clothes. Scour the thrift shops, and you’ll find a whole array of not-the-least-bit-boring.