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Take a small flashlight with you when you go thrifting. Use it to look inside things, such as vases and Thermos bottles. It's also handy if you are hitting the flea market before it's fully light, or if you are searching dark corners of outbuildings at estate sales.
Reuse something for a completely different purpose -- without doing anything extra to it. Buy a watering can -- use it as a planter. Buy a solid oak kitchen chair -- use it as a bedside table. Buy a gravy boat -- use it as a flower vase. Buy a plastic shower curtain -- use it as a waterproof cover for your lawn mower.
Know your prices! Many things at thrift shops are priced well below full retail price. Depending on the store, most of them may be bargains. But, there are very few (I’m tempted to say there aren’t any) stores that have bargain prices on everything.
If you do denim crafts, you do get your denim at second hand shops, right? Because second hand stores are great places to get denim skirts and jeans, perhaps bags or boxes of them, for very little money.
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.
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.
Enter to win $100 worth of Watkins products! You don't need to buy anything. But, to win, you do need to enter.
Thrift store shopping tip: Be aware of things taped together into a package or set. It could be a way to hide defects. We recently shopped at a thrift store associated with one of the big, so-called charitable organizations. I bought a casserole dish with the lid taped to it with packing tape. I thought that was done to keep the lid and dish together, so they wouldn't get separated. Turns out there were several large chips in the lid that I wasn't able to see because of the way it was taped to the dish. Do not take sets a part yourself. Take packaged items to the checkout counter and ask a clerk to unwrap them, so you can inspect the merchandise before buying it.
Thrift store policies and procedures vary from store to store. Even within the same brand, such as Value Village, Goodwill, or Salvation Army. They may have corporate policies they are supposed to follow and may follow to some extent, but each store does things somewhat differently.
The item you saw today, and want to think about overnight, will be sold later today, to the person who saw it yesterday and thought about it last night!
National Secondhand Wardrobe Day is coming up soon. It's time to embrace those vintage and second hand duds!
Back to school shopping doesn't have to break the bank. Shop resale -- second hand stores, thrift shops, and consignment boutiques.
National Garage Sale Day is August 10th! Celebrate it by going to some -- or by having one!
Looking for the best selection of treasures at garage sales and flea markets? Shop early on the first day.
Looking for the best deals -- cheapest prices -- at garage sales and flea markets? Shop the last day, especially right before they are starting to pack things away.
Look for furniture with quality construction. You can refinish it into spectacular looking pieces that will last for years. If you aren't up to stripping, sanding, and varnishing furniture, just giving it a good scrubbing and a quick coat of paint does wonders for many pieces.
Kids consignment stores have stuff for adults, too. A kid's table is the right height for a coffee table. A colorful rug for a kid's room can look stunning in an office or kitchen. A pint-sized chair makes a super plant stand.
If you need picture frames, check the artwork at second hand shops. You may find some great frames with not-so-great art. Ditch the art. Reuse the frame.
If you are interested in something grab it. If you don't someone else will, and you'll be disappointed.
If the store offers senior discounts, go shopping with a senior and you can probably get the discount, also.
Forget the rules, if you like it, buy, and wear it. Especially if you find it at a second hand store at an excellent price!
Fill your entire closet with great looking secondhand clothes from thrift stores for less than the cost of just couple full price retail pieces.
Clear clutter from your closet. Consign your cast-off clothing for cash. (This is great advice, even though AK Secondhand store does NOT do consignments.)
Hot things to collect this summer: Chili Peppers! Salt and pepper shakers. Figurines. Towels and tablecloths. Ristras. Posters. Light strings. Advertising pieces. Most anything with chili pepper designs.
Create your own style -- for clothing and home decor. Search our classics. Highlight the unusual. Mix and match trending and traditional. Embrace the pieces that are you!
Costumes. Whatever the theme of the costume party or event, your chances of finding it at a secondhand shop are good. Halloween, of course. But, 50's dances. Hippie Olympics. Renaissance fairs. Storybook characters.
Coat racks.... For the beach house, add wooden coat hanging pegs to a surfboard. For a north woods cabin, use an old snowshoe. For the lake cottage, transform a boat oar.
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
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
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
Incorporate second hand store t-shirts into your other collections. Do you collect John Deere tractors? Add that John Deere logo t-shirt as a backdrop. Do you collect everything Coca-Cola? This includes t-shirts, too, right? Are the one who collects butterfly ornaments? Pick up a used t-shirt with a beautiful butterfly on the front, hang it on the wall, and pin your ornaments to it.
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
Buy what you like. Clothing. Knick-knacks. Pottery. Furniture. Art work. Whatever it is, buy what you like. Labels, brands, and markings can increase the resale value. But if you are buying pieces for yourself, buy what you like.
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
Frugality may be termed the daughter of Prudence, the sister of Temperance, and the parent of Liberty. ~ Samuel Johnson
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.
An antique is an object that is at least 100 years old. However, 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.
“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.
“I love paying full retail price!” said no frugal, secondhand shopper, ever.
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.
Borrow the look of not just one person, but an entire community. Someone else once bought these items new. They loved them. Now, you can, too -- at a fraction of the price.
Search resale shops for vintage wedding gifts. Perhaps a crystal vase. Or, some beautiful handiwork, such as embroidered pillow cases. Artwork from a second hand shop can be another great gift—if you know the couple well enough to know their tastes.
If you have a graduate heading out on his/her own this summer, help set up that first apartment with second hand finds. Dishes and cookware for the kitchen; chairs and an end table for the living room; towels and soap dishes for the bathroom; comforters and an alarm clock for the bedroom, and all sorts of other household needs—you can save a bundle shopping second hand.
Take your 4th of July picnic up a notch! Skip the flimsy paper plates. Pick up a stack of inexpensive thrift store plates to use instead.
More wedding gift ideas from second hand shops: Colorful Pyrex mixing bowls and casseroles (they are highly collectible and sought after). Large roasters. Vintage salt and pepper shakers.
Celebrate Independence Day in style! Head to a resale shop for a smart red, white, and blue outfit that doesn’t cost a fortune.
Used Conex containers offer waterproof, weatherproof storage. Steel storage boxes work for portable offices and out buildings. Used cargo containers find a new life as oversize building blocks.
These tips for buying used cameras will help you capture memories and still save money. Buying your camera second hand lets you have quality for a fraction of the price of a new one.
We sell JR Watkins products. AK Secondhand store is registered with JR Watkins to sell their products in our store. We stock salves and ointments, cinnamon and black pepper, hand lotions, and other products.