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All This… and Rye Bread, Too.

ttownHoly Smokes! Wow!

I found myself in a mood yesterday and i accidentally cured it with a shopping spree!!

Confession time, this is what i bought:

✿  Two books for me (my fave genre: tween fiction)!
✿  Two books for friends.  I haven’t even decided who to give them to (they’re old faves that just had to be boughten).
✿  Three golden picture frames (well, gold-colored anyway) for an art project i’ve decided to attempt.
✿  A new dress!  It’s just a super cute plaid number that goes great with the tights i got for my b-day.
✿  A sweater for my sister.  It looked like something she’d like.

I know what you’re thinking… good gracious, get a grip lady!  Also, what’s the damage?

Drumroll, Ya’ll!… $13.74!

No, seriously!  The dress was $1.50.

That’s right.  Just the longest intro/brag-fest ever to tell you about a magical land called Thrift Town!

Now, this in not a blanket endorsement of all thrift stores… Unfortunately, for those of you who don’t live in NorCal/some parts of Texas I’m talking strictly Thrift Town.

Thrift Town is a Town of Thrift that is above and beyond your typical goodwill/salvation army set-up for two big ol’ reasons: Organization and Pricing.

“…let me break it down for you, again. You know I only say it cause i’m truly genuine…” -lauryn hill

Organization:  World-class organization = less work digging around for me.  At thrift town clothes are organized by gender, then style (long sleeve blouse, pant suits, etc.), then by size! (this is great.  none of that, “oooh! cute!… ugh! size 2!” just “cute! my size!”), and at the sf location (and here’s the kicker) by color!  Seriously, organized!

Pricing:  Real value, folks!  The prices are crazy low.  And i don’t mean compared to shopping at Bergdorf’s, I mean compared to other so called “thrift” situations.  At the Goodwill near my parent’s house they recently set up this across-the-board pricing scheme, where all of one type of clothes are one price: dresses are $7.99 (not a deal).  At Thrift Town, dresses start at around $2.99 and the one I bought had a blue tag so it was 50% off!  (Goodwill has stopped doing that colored-tag extra-savings thing…lame).  I could go on all day… the books were 69¢ and 99¢.  The sweater i bought for Ani cost 69¢ (don’t worry, i already told her…).

Now, I didn’t take any photos at T-Town, but check out someone elses’s haul i found on flickr!  Not bad!


thanks for the photos tgifreytag and Steven_Morris!

psst! hey you! Thrift town has several locations, but they aren’t everywhere.  Know any good thrift shops in your neck of the woods? Comment!


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My Ninety-Nine Cents

Today’s tip: Don’t be afraid of the 99¢ store.

99centsstoreWhile there certainly is a lot of junk to be found in a 99¢ store.  There are also terrific deals.  For me, the trick is remembering that the 99¢ store is even around.  When you think of some item you need to purchase, before you run out the door to target (and trust me, i’ll take any excuse for a trip to target), just PFT and ask yourself really quickly, could i get this at the 99¢ store?

I once found myself in need of a bucket, for an art project.  Now, at homedepot i’d expect to pay around five bucks for a bucket, but lo and behold they have them at the 99¢ store, for… 99¢!

So, you might not need a new bucket too often, but what about batteries?  I’m not kidding, packs of batteries for 99¢!  Other household items that you can get for cheap include foil, cleaning products, trash bags, sandwich bags.

Another great use of the 99¢ store is for silly gifts.  Some people aren’t down with getting their friends cheap-o gifts, but i most certainly am!  (Especially if you take the time to make them a nice birthday card, that shows you really care).  Once I gave my friend some wine that came in juice boxes for her birthday.  Yes, 3 juice-boxes of wine for 99¢!  It was disgusting wine, but so hilarious!

Also, some kitchen items can be quite a steal at 99¢.  An ice-cream scooper.  A colander.  Those corn-shaped corncob holders.   Juice glasses (3 for 99¢! can you believe it)?

Allow me to offer a quick word of warning about the 99¢ store.  Sometimes 99¢ is just not enough to get you the quality that you need.  In other words: yes, they sell pregnancy tests, but really?!

speaksWell, i don’t want to leave you with sketchy feelings toward the 99¢ store.  The point of this post was to make you more comf with the idea of shopping there.  So let me leave you with my ever so impressive all-time fave 99¢ store purchase:  speakers that plug into the headphone jack of my ipod!  The quality isn’t super, but does it play my favorite tunes to lull me to sleep without having to fall asleep tangled up in my headphone cord?  You bet your bottom dollar it does!  and it’s a good thing it does too, cause now you can keep your bottom dollar and take it down to the 99¢ store and find a 99¢ gem of your very own!

Thanks to Ian Broyles for sharing his 99¢ store photo via a creative commons license.


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