At this writing, “Weird Al” Yankovic has the number one album in the country. One of the songs he parodies, in a polka mix, is Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ Thrift Shop. Proof, in my opinion, that getting a great discount at a second-hand store never gets old. But it’s not all about your grandpa’s style – there are plenty of new, as well as retro, finds at your local thrift store. So in honor of National Thrift Shop Day, August 17th…
Here are three outstanding thrift store finds I stumbled upon:
1. When my daughter was an infant, I read in a mom’s daily e-mail newsletter about a children’s clothing designer selling high-end boutique baby clothing and accessories out of her home. The items were considerably below the hefty boutique store prices where her items sold, but still a little pricey for me. I bought an adorable blue bunny hooded towel and a soft cotton onesie with a cow print, dropping about twenty dollars total.
About a week later, I popped into my local Out of the Closet thrift store and what did I see but all of this woman’s items left over from her sale! Each and every cotton onesie was new and packaged. Undoubtedly, they had sold in the boutiques for upwards of thirty dollars apiece. I had gotten a deal the week before, spending twenty for two items.
But here, they were all priced at one buck apiece! I bought everything. Now I have a gift drawer full of beautiful baby clothes, all new in the packaging, for any time I have to give a baby gift. And because I got such a great deal, I can afford to be generous and give more than one!
2. When my son wasn’t walking at eighteen months, we started him on physical therapy. His legs were turned in a bit and with the help of short-term braces, he made rapid improvements. One of the things the physical therapist worked on with him, after he could walk, was jumping.
When I was at the Salvation Army thrift store, I spotted a therapy-grade trampoline with a bar, in pristine condition. I knew from research that this particular, heavy-duty, high-quality piece of equipment sold for well over three hundred dollars in the therapy catalogs – not including shipping.
The thrift store price? Twenty bucks! My husband called a friend with a truck and we were set. A side note: now a “tweenager,” my son can walk, run and jump with the best of them.
3. Living in Los Angeles, it’s pretty common to come upon promotional items for television shows and movies. At the Goodwill in Hollywood, I found an interesting promo piece of some sort for I Dream of Jeannie. It looked like a large genie bottle and inside was dated 1997 and included all kinds of information on the history of the show and products with the Jeannie character on them. It was pretty cool and different.
For a dollar, it was totally worth the investment (my husband and I collect TV and film merchandise). An exhaustive search online has never turned up anything like it, so it seems pretty rare. At a Hollywood collector’s show, we got Jeannie star Barbara Eden to sign it, which will increase this item’s value. We estimate it is probably worth at least a hundred dollars, but to us it’s uniqueness is invaluable.