Alysa and I desperately needed a break from work, and since it was such a gorgeous day out we decided to check out a new thrift shop a few blocks away. I love thrift shops, and many of my favorite clothes and accesories come from the treasure trove that is second-hand stores.
When we arrived at the door, however, the we found that it would not be open until 11:00am. What is a couple of girls to do with 45 minutes to spare? Go to another store, or course! I suggested heading to Payless Shoesource down the street.
I found this great pair of navy blue flats for just $24.99. I really have been wanting another pair of flats for the spring season, and I really liked the style of these.
The cashier asked me if I wanted to buy anything else, since everything in the store was BOGO (Buy One Get One Half Off). Behind the counter I saw a stack of wallets and I remembered that I have been needing a replacement for my aging leather money holder.
The tag said $12.99 but I knew it would at most half of that. Lo and behold - it was already on sale. I only had to pay $4.00 for it!
Woot woot! I love saving money!
Finally, we got to the thrift shop. There were some very interesting displays, which didn't necessarily tempt either of us to purchase the articles of clothing, but certainly made us stop and stare.
There was a pretty good selection of books there, which is usually a great source of temptation for me. However, I knew that anything I bought I would have to carry with me through the city.
(Tip #1 to save money when shopping: don't bring a car! You'll buy a whole lot less.)
There was not an awesome selection of clothes, but I was very much liking the cassette tapes stacked neatly in the corner. I have a cassette player in my car, and since I like older music anyway, it is just so much cheaper to buy cassettes than the new CD or MP3 version.
I did find a cassette I wanted, and it was only $1.00 - Billy Joel for $1.00? Yes please!
I was fully prepared to make my measly purchase, however I had only brought my credit card with me to the store - and the nice girl at the register informed me that their credit card machine was down for a few hours :(
Tip #2 to save money while shopping: soley bring a credit card to a store that only accepts cash.
In the end, I spent $30.00 on a pair of shoes and a wallet. I also saved #4.00, bringing my Impulsesave goal towards repaying my student loan up past $750.00!!!
Been to any thrift stores lately? Did you find some major scores, or not so much?