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  1. Secondhand Shopping
    Just wanted everyone's opinion on gifting second hand items purchased in the thrift store, consignment, or yard sale. My DH and I started buying each other gifts from the thrift store a couple of years ago and it's a blast trying to find stuff, but my kids have always received new items. What do...
  2. Secondhand Shopping
    ~Today's loot: 7 tops for me 24 months outfit for dd, gap jeans and top pair of vintage baby bloomers 1 top to make a bag out of 21 tees for diapers and a solid plastic drawer thing that cleaned up great! I paid $3!~
  3. Secondhand Shopping
    ~Who do you gift them to and why do they like them? What have you given or will give this year? I've always made it a point to give my kids a few secondhand things for their b-days. I don't want them to think that everything cool *must* be new in the box. Plus, many vintage toys are made so...
  4. Secondhand Shopping
    ~Have you bought anything secondhand that others might find weird or questionable? Here's mine: I bought DD's car seat at the thrift store in 2005. It looked brand new and was only $5. It's held up beautifully! I never see car seats in thrifts anymore. Is it illegal now or something?~
  5. Secondhand Shopping
    ~Clothes, books, gear(backpacks, lunch boxes), and school supplies(laptops, calculators, etc); how much of what you buy comes from yard sales, hand-me-down and thrift? How do your kids feel about it? What are you most interested in finding and buying used this year?~
  6. Secondhand Shopping
    ~I love Ebay for finding specific items I've been searching for that have proved nearly impossible to find in other secondhand locations! My most recent purchases: * A vintage disc golf putter for DH * a wall mounted, 1950's juicer with the bracket that fits my other thrift store finds of can...
  7. Secondhand Shopping
    ~I don't keep a literal price book but I do have limits to what I'll pay for certain things. Baby clothes and shoes :$1, Kids' clothes:$2(unless it's a coat), books:$1, stuffed toys:$.50, board games:$2 and vintage jewelry:$10 are just a few. Of course, I reserve the right to spend more when I...
  8. Secondhand Shopping
    ~I've been thinking about this all week because I actually have so much available to me that I don't take advantage of. In my county there is a Goodwill, a Salvation Army, two independent thrift stores(that I know of), a Flea Market, seasonal yard sales, a couple of antique/junk...
  9. Secondhand Shopping
    DH and I just acquired a new mattress and boxspring set today (I'm so happy!) and decided not to opt for a new bed. We used the old metal frame from our other bed, but we need a headboard badly. I'm looking primarly to get one that's in great condition, but allows us to put padding on it and...
  10. Frugal Living
    Have an upcoming shindig...needed some swanky looking clothing, something better than the usual Levis 501's & a nice shirt (we lived on a sailboat for about 4 years, good clothing is still at a minimum) Blue, pink, and yellow tags were 50% off @ thrift shop... So...the first sport coat (Haggar...
  11. Secondhand Shopping
    Short version of story: Quilt at Goodwill priced 6.99 - 10 % off using preferred customer card - "$5 off $5 or more" coupon that arrived in mail = Quilt $1.30 Long version of the story: A $5 off 5 copon comes in the mail from the Goodwill. I head over and can't find anything so I save the...
  12. Secondhand Shopping
    Last week, I decided to mosey through a local thrift store. There were lots of things that caught my interest and I had decided that I would treat myself and spend the change I had saved up in the last 2 months. I don't splurge very often and it has been a loooong time since I had a "shopping...
  13. Question and Answer
    OK, I'm pretty proud of the fact that my hubby's "man cave" has been furnished entirely with thrift store and hand-me-down furniture. It's comfortable, it's inviting (in a man cave sort of way, you understand). Turns out he's got more people coming to his bi-weekly RPG sessions than...
  14. Secondhand Shopping
    Have you ever bought anything secondhand that was a bad buy? Or didn't work out? What was it and what was wrong with it? I went thrift store shopping and bought a watch. It was brand new in the box, but an older watch. It didn't work and I forgot to check it to see if it did. I assumed because...
  15. Frugal Living
    The post about the stinky shoes made we wonder about what things you guys have purchased second-hand that just didn't work out. I said in that post that even though I occasionally get burned buying something used, I think that I still come out way ahead by shopping this way. I bought a toaster...
  16. Secondhand Shopping
    I read a lot and new paper back books are just way too expensive. I go to secondhand book stores and even the 3 local thrift stores to buy my books to read. After I have a stack of books I have finished reading I take the books to a consignment thrift store and sell them. At least I get some of...
  17. Question and Answer
    to your children? Over here, each holiday we give new and secondhand gifts to our kids. High on the list are used books, but we've also given all types of toys from dolls to trucks and even clothing.
  18. Leisure & Media Arts
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16259064/from/RS.4/
  19. Health and beauty
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20051018/hl_nm/smoke_asthma_dc;_ylt=AtR9F0fW4YAPDe6NyY2yWVvVJRIF;_ylu=X3oDMTA5aHJvMDdwBHNlYwN5bmNhdA-- Second-hand smoke tied to asthma severity NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke appears to increase asthma severity and might even...
  20. Frugal Living
    http://www.azcentral.com/home/design/articles/0408thriftstore08.html
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