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.



Dec 06, 2019

Secondhand Shopping Tip of the Day

Christmas shopping tip: Vintage! Shop second hand shops and antique stores for vintage jewelry and other cool gifts.

Dec 04, 2019

Secondhand Shopping Tip of the Day

The grungiest looking thrift stores can have the best deals. You may need to dig. And, you’ll likely need to spend time cleaning what you find. But, the finds can be fantastic!

Dec 03, 2019

Thrifty Tip of the Day

Get organized! Clean out your closets—and donate what you don’t like and won’t use to your local second hand store.

Dec 02, 2019

Secondhand Shopping Tip of the Day

Returns and refunds are unusual for thrift stores. Examine what you buy, before

Dec 01, 2019

Secondhand Shopping Tip of the Day

Tip for cleaning things with built up or baked on grease or heavy grime: Super solution. Our recipe for homemade cleaning solution that works wonders is mix half rubbing alcohol and half ammonia in a spray bottle. It is strong and may strip off paint and printing, and otherwise damage surfaces. Don't breath it. Use it in a well ventilated area.

Nov 30, 2019

Secondhand Shopping Tip of the Day

Tip for buying used power tools: Check the plastic housing. Is it cracked? Are there screws missing? Look at the air vent. Is it full of grime and crud? Do you see any signs of burn, such as smoke trails?

Nov 29, 2019

Secondhand Shopping Tip of the Day

Thrift shops are great places to get items you only need for special occasions or that you'll seldom use. If you are only going to use it once or twice, you don't need one good enough to last through a hundred uses.

Nov 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to our AK Secondhand store customers, neighbors, friends, and fellow thrifters. We hope that you have much to be thankful for this year. ~Coleen and Bob

Nov 27, 2019

Secondhand Shopping Tip of the Day

Support the community. Non-profit, charity run thrift shops, obviously, help the charity they sponsor. But, privately owned second hand stores also help the community, donating goods and services to local groups and community efforts.

Nov 26, 2019

Secondhand Shopping Tip of the Day

Stores that sell used merchandise go by a number of different names, of types of stores: second hand store, thrift store, resale store, consignment store, pawn shop, garage sale, tag sale, rummage sale, antique store, flea market, swap market, army-navy surplus store, liquidators, (many of these with shop instead of store), trading post, antique mall, auctions, junque shops.

Nov 25, 2019

Secondhand Shopping Tip of the Day

Stencils aren't just for kids! You can dress up storage trunks, chests of drawers, chairs, cubbies, file cabinets, desks, picture frames, and numerous other used household items with stencils. Using the same stencils on mismatched pieces is a good way to tie them together.

Nov 24, 2019

Secondhand Shopping Tip of the Day

Source things at resale shops that you can't find elsewhere -- out of print books, discontinued china patterns, the carafe for your coffee maker that they no longer make, 8-track tapes, one of a kind sculptures….

Nov 23, 2019

Secondhand Shopping Tip of the Day

Some stores sell by colored tags having certain colored tags on sale at certain times. Some rotate through a schedule you can plan on, for instance it may be full price this week, 25 percent off next week, and 50 percent off the week after that. Others do it randomly, depending on when they are overstocked and need to clear out merchandise.

Nov 22, 2019

Secondhand Shopping Tip of the Day

Some stores have volunteers or employees and they let them pick through things first, taking the best. If you are looking to do some volunteer work or need a job, it could be a great benefit.

Nov 21, 2019

Secondhand Shopping Tip of the Day

Second hand power tools shopping tip: Check used tools to make sure the guards and safety features are there and properly functioning.

Nov 20, 2019

Secondhand Shopping Tip of the Day

Reuse something for its original purpose. Buy a used t-shirt -- wear it. Buy a used fishing rod and reel -- go fishing. Buy a large soup kettle -- cook soup. Buy a book -- read it.

Nov 18, 2019

Watkins Gourmet Food Winners for October

The winners of the Watkins prize package for October were...Karen P. from Lore City, Ohio, and Ciara K. from Hopewell, Virginia! Each received an assortment of Watkins food products valued at about $100.00. If you'd like to be in the drawing this month, be sure to enter!

Continue reading "Watkins Gourmet Food Winners for October"

Nov 18, 2019

Secondhand Shopping Tip of the Day

Research items on your shopping list before heading to the resale shops. Get an idea of the price range. Study items in that range to see what makes some more expensive than others.

Nov 17, 2019

Thrifting Thought of the Day

Every time you spend money, you are casting a vote for the kind of world you want.

Nov 16, 2019

Your Best Secondhand Deals: Show Your Favorite Thrifty Finds, Bargains

What are your best secondhand deals? What favorite treasures did you unearth at a thrift store, garage sale, or flea market? Did you stumble upon a hidden treasure? Show off your thrifting finds!

Continue reading "Your Best Secondhand Deals: Show Your Favorite Thrifty Finds, Bargains"

Nov 12, 2019

Thrifting Tip

Thrift stores may or may not have clothing arranged by size. Even if they do, it is likely that some things will be out of place. So, if you see a piece of clothing that you like, look for a size tag.

Nov 10, 2019

Thrifting Tip of the Day

Ten places you can you buy second hand merchandise:+Thrift stores+Consignment stores+Flea markets+Garage sales+Estate sales+Auctions+Antique stores+Military surplus stores+Through newspaper classified ads+Through “shopper” or “advertiser” paper ads

Nov 09, 2019

Thrifting Tip of the Day

Resale stores are more than just places to shop. They give you a look back at history. They show you firsthand what was trendy last year, a decade ago, and a century ago. Venture into antique stores to go back and see what life was like before your time.

Nov 08, 2019

Thrifting Tip of the Day

Recycle your t-shirt collection into a quilt! That way, you can have them out where you can see and enjoy them. (Think all those Ts you have from your kid’s school, or those you’ve picked up on vacations, or those you got as gifts because everyone knows you collect anything with cats.) What? You don’t have extra t-shirts? Pick them up at thrift stores!

Nov 07, 2019

Thrifting Tip of the Day

Keep Clothing Out of Landfills: On average, each year, each American throws away approximately 68 pounds of clothing. This is according to the EPA Office of Solid Waste. You can keep much of that clothing out of the landfill by simply by donating it to secondhand stores.

Nov 06, 2019

Thrifting Tip 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.

Nov 05, 2019

Secondhand Shopping Tip of the Day

Celebrate the holidays without spending a lot of cash. Shop secondhand.

Nov 05, 2019

Secondhand Shopping Tip of the Day

Research items on your shopping list before heading to the resale shops. Get an idea of the price range. Study items in that range to see what makes some more expensive than others.

Nov 05, 2019

Thrifting Tip of the Day

Get status goods, without the status price. No one needs to know that you bought your designer duds at a secondhand shop instead of from a high-end retailer. Unless, of course, you are proud of your thriftiness, and choose to tell them.

Nov 04, 2019

Thrifting Tip of the Day

Get Those Amazing Gadgets! That great looking "as seen on TV item" that might be fun to have? Someone probably already tried it and didn't like it. Find one at a second hand store that’s one been used once or twice. Total cost will probably be less than what they original purchaser paid for shipping and handling.

Nov 03, 2019

Shopping Second Hand Helps the Earth

Four Environmental Reasons to Buy Secondhand Clothes:

~Recycling uses less energy than producing new garments~Cuts back on the amount of chemicals needed for manufacturing new clothing ~Reduces the need for pesticide use on cotton crops~Keeps clothing out of landfills

Nov 02, 2019

Donating Your Cast Offs Helps the Community

Donating Your Cast Offs Helps the Community: Cleaning and decluttering? Have some useable items you just don't use? Donating them can help your community. What first comes to mind is giving them to Salvation Army, Good Will, Bishops Attic, or some other charitable thrift shop -- and that may help. They may use the proceeds to provide jobs, training, or other services to needy in the community. However, giving usable merchandise to privately owned second hand stores near you also helps your community. Giving to the private shops can help keep another "mom and pop" business in business. These private resale shops pay taxes, contribute when called upon for fund raisers, they shop locally, and oftentimes have lower prices than the charity shops.

Oct 06, 2019

Thrifting Tip of the Day

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.

Oct 05, 2019

Thrifting Tip of the Day

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.

Oct 04, 2019

Thrifting Tip of the Day

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.

Oct 03, 2019

Thrfting Tip of the Day

If you are interested in something grab it. If you don't someone else will, and you'll be disappointed.

Oct 02, 2019

Thrifting Tip of the Day

If the store offers senior discounts, go shopping with a senior and you can probably get the discount, also.

Oct 01, 2019

Thrifting Tip of the Day

Have a list. But, don't stick to it. Be open for the unexpected.

Sep 30, 2019

Thrifting Tip of the Day

Tip for shopping at garage sales, flea markets, and small second hand stores: Take cash. Not everyone is set up to take credit or debit cards. And, please, unless you are planning to buy items that cost hundreds of dollars each, don't take $100 bills.

Sep 29, 2019

Thrifting Tip of the Day

Tip for cleaning bottles, glasses, and vases: Denture cleaning tablets. Fill the bottle with water and drop in a tablet or two. Let sit, so it has plenty of time to work.

Sep 28, 2019

Thrifting Tip of the Day

Tip for buying used power tools: You may find some excellent deals on used specialty tools. Most do-it-your-selfers know what an electric drill is for and have a good idea of how to use it. Same goes for circular saws. But, when you get to the specialty tools, fewer people need them and know what to do with them. So, they can be harder to sell. That means if you can find one at a thrift store, you'll likely get a great price on it.

Sep 27, 2019

Thrifting Tip of the Day

Carry a small, lightweight tape measure with you, along with a list of relevant measurements. That combination can help you gauge if clothing will fit, without trying it on. It also helps with finding the right size cover to fit your casserole dish; to determine if the desk will fit in the corner you need it to fit into, and if the curtains are long enough to cover your windows.

Sep 26, 2019

Thrifting Tip of the Day

Make a list of what you need, and carry it with you. When you unexpectedly stop at a thrift store, you can check the list to see what they have that is on your list.

Sep 25, 2019

Thrifting Tip of the Day

Shop thrift stores because it's fun! You never know what you'll find. You never know who you'll meet. You never know how much money you will save.

Sep 24, 2019

Thrifting Tip of the Day

Secondhand stores don't all restock according to the same schedule. I've read tips that say to shop in the a.m. as that is when new merchandise is put out or to shop on Monday because that is the restocking day. It could be that some secondhand stores do it that way. But, those that I am familiar with restock throughout the day and throughout the week.

Sep 23, 2019

Thrifting Tip of the Day

Sales are sometimes according to location within the store. For example, everything in a particular room. Or, everything on a particular book shelf or table.

Sep 22, 2019

Thrifting Tip of the Day

Planning an "Over the Hill" birthday party? Check your local second hand shop for appropriate decorations and gag gifts.

Sep 21, 2019

Thrifting Tip of the Day

Pick up second hand serving bowls and platters to take to parties and potlucks. Look for pretty, one-of-a-kind, or those that will appeal to collectors. Use them to tote your food to the gatherings, then leave them behind for the hostess. Be sure to let the hostess know the dish is a gift for her. You won’t need to mess with taking a dirty container home, and your hostess won’t need to worry about getting it back to you.

Sep 20, 2019

Thrifting Tip of the Day

Outdoor shopping tip: Dress in layers. Mornings may start out chilly. But, a couple hours into your spree, the sun may be out making you wish you could shed a layer or two.