I’m sure you’ve heard the saying ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ before. I truly believe in this saying, especially when it comes to the thrift shop. You can find anything and everything under the sun at the used thrift shop like Value Village. Completely niche items, rare finds, discontinued products, replacements for something you broke, designer clothes, all at very reasonable prices. And sometimes, you even come across something extra special that you would never expect to find there…
There’s a lot of stuff that you can buy used that functions just as well as a new item, and very likely costs a lot less. When we hit up the thrift shop, we usually take a careful stroll through the kitchen appliances and electronics aisles. Sometimes you can find some pretty neat appliances or something that needs a minor repair, but that is a good quality product and worth $10 and some time to fix compared to over $50+ new. My fiancé found a broken Henckles spinning knife block (now discontinued) – it was priced at $3.99 and retailed for over $200.00 new! It took some time and tools to fix, but a real steal on the price! He also found two of his favourite gaming keyboards (another product that has been discontinued) for a fraction of the retail price. I have purchased kitchen wares, purses, clothing, pet accessories, you name it, and have been happy with all my purchases. And problem solve where you can - use your head and get creative with ‘handy man’ fix-its and finding supplemental parts. One of our most popular board games ‘Treasure Quest’ was purchased at Value Village, and we had to buy a pack of poker chips to use as coins for the game, but for what do you expect for $2.99?
Buying from the thrift shop is also a good way to try something new without breaking the bank. Want to try your ice cream making skills? Advance your at-home bartending skills with a mixology set? Pick up a new hobby like weight training or hockey? I bet you can find some of the items (if not all) at your local thrift store. Yes, it is often easier to go to a department store and just buy what you need off the shelf (hopefully it’s in stock), but sometimes you’ll find great product at a great price if you check the thrift shop first.
Time is often the biggest investment for a successful trip, especially when looking for new outfits. I’ve spent hours trying on pants, dresses, jackets, professional tops, etc. And you really have to skim through everything, but the stores are usually well organized and offer plenty of change rooms. So, if you’ve got the time to look and want to save some hard-earned cash, shop used! And most stores even have a 7-day return/exchange policy in case something you bought doesn’t work or fit as you expected. I’m a big fan of donating what you don’t/no longer use too; so once a season, I do a full house clean and bag up all the items and clothes we don’t want and donate it. It helps clear out unused items and is also gives back to the community for someone else to use (a better alternative to tossing it out in the trash).
I'm a 20-something woman working my way through life in Canada, traveling when I can afford it and seeking out my passions one day at a time.