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Offline Lavender

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have you ever thrift shopped?
« on: December 04, 2018, 03:17:40 PM »
I am very inspired by some finds people are able to get and I've learned not all vintage are cheap. I got a cute 80's style black sequin top for $25 at the cancer society. going to wear it to a party. the cut is very similar to this one except it's black with blue flowers on it.

at least it's going to a good cause I suppose.


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Re: have you ever thrift shopped?
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2018, 03:31:25 PM »
That looks flashy.  Something like Qu would wear.

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Re: have you ever thrift shopped?
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2018, 06:35:07 PM »
What would you wear with that, Lavender?

I once found an 80s sport jacket that normally sells for $100 or much more -- depending on condition -- for just $20.  Unfortunately, it isn't my favorite team so I sold it to a lucky fan for $80.

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Re: have you ever thrift shopped?
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2018, 08:55:15 AM »
Ebay is my thrift shop but the prices have really gone up for stuff full of holes.

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Re: have you ever thrift shopped?
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2018, 10:29:12 AM »
What would you wear with that, Lavender?

I once found an 80s sport jacket that normally sells for $100 or much more -- depending on condition -- for just $20.  Unfortunately, it isn't my favorite team so I sold it to a lucky fan for $80.

I wore it last night with black pants to an office party.

just this wken I was able to score a bunch of beautiful coffee table books, brand new at a garage sale for 50 cent a piece. right after a lady came over and offered me $5 for one of the book bc her daughter collects this type of book. I told her no because I was buying it for the poor children of guatamala.

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Re: have you ever thrift shopped?
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2018, 12:42:44 PM »
lol you´re so clever.

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Re: have you ever thrift shopped?
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2018, 02:09:51 PM »
I dunno, I always pick up beaded things at thrift shops. right now I have a two dresses. One is really nice, heavily beaded. The other just sequin and some of them have fallen off. that was quite a few years ago. Now, I'm more discerning, I wouldn't buy anything with beads falling off.

bought a beige sequin jacket a few weeks ago. In good condition fro $17.

the beaded dress is in good condition, it's white and form fitting, I plan to wear a pullover sweater over it. Another good party option.

No more beaded stuff for a while. Actually no more shopping for a while.

I also bought a Chinese porcelain bowl (new) but the color turned out wrong. too lazy to pack up the damn thing to return so I'm going to keep it.

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Re: have you ever thrift shopped?
« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2018, 12:02:11 AM »
thrifting is fun and green but it depends on the quality.  The only thing I find thrifting good for is glass crystal and odd ceramic products.  Everything else is not even worth it even with the discount.

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Re: have you ever thrift shopped?
« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2018, 04:38:11 AM »
Yeah if you know your collectAbles they can be a good investment.

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Re: have you ever thrift shopped?
« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2018, 05:00:08 AM »
Went to goodwill to donate a bag of clothes and bought a brand new hard cover fang shui book for $3.

 coffee table books are good buys second hand. Most books I buy look brand new. I bought a bunch of art books for 50 cents a piece at a garage sale.

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Re: have you ever thrift shopped?
« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2018, 08:03:31 AM »
There was one time I bought a big pillow case to use for a Halloween project.  There was $240 of cash hidden inside when I cut up the fabric.  I don´t think that will ever happen again. 

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Re: have you ever thrift shopped?
« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2018, 08:16:25 AM »
All I ever got was $21 inside a decorating book, lol.

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Re: have you ever thrift shopped?
« Reply #12 on: December 06, 2018, 08:20:25 AM »
I find $2-$10 of spare change every now and then inside a handbag or a suitcase.  I sometimes wonder if I should dish out $20 for something worth $10 and $10 in found cash just to break even.  There´s ethical concerns here but it´s best to pretend like you´ve never seen it.  Once you move the cash from one object to another it´s bordering theft.  However, if you alert the workers they will pocket it.  I usually just leave it be if it´s only a few dollars to the next lucky finder.  Imagine the face of someone who actually likes the computer case or handbag and finds cash inside lol.  Thrifting is fun but it can elicit strong religious tendency in the infidel soul.

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Re: have you ever thrift shopped?
« Reply #13 on: December 06, 2018, 06:17:23 PM »
One time I bought a bicycle for $50 from the cancer society. Didn’t work. It would cost more to buy new wheel for a crappy brand. So I’m going to donate it back to them. I tell them to make sure to let the buyer know it’s a broken bicycle.
Oh well, consider it charity donation.

In the past I donate a few hundre per year to salv army but now since I shop there, I don’t donate money. They have surplus new furniture sometimes so I easily spend a couple of hundred to buy a chair here and there.

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Re: have you ever thrift shopped?
« Reply #14 on: December 06, 2018, 07:07:23 PM »
It used to be mainly old white people who work at thrift stores, mainly as volunteers.  Now, all these charity shops are run by Hispanics, who in turn hire other Hispanics when they become managers.  They then list the better donations on ebay while keep the craps around to flood the store.  A lot of these people even want me to do live bids on Saturday like seriously wtf are they thinking.  I sometimes get lazy and just throw away old clothes in the trash rather than wasting my time to take them to the donation bin.  Hispanics do not see far and the temporary gains they make eventually drive these thrift stores out of business since people stop donating. 

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Re: have you ever thrift shopped?
« Reply #15 on: December 10, 2018, 09:49:48 PM »
Wasn’t going to buy anything but found a Prada bag for $12 and a bust of who I thought was Beethoven bit turned out to be Mozart. Same price.

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Re: have you ever thrift shopped?
« Reply #16 on: December 10, 2018, 10:12:21 PM »
It was Beethoven. They got the wrong name printed.

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Re: have you ever thrift shopped?
« Reply #17 on: December 11, 2018, 05:13:24 PM »
comical presentation but her facts are right.


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Re: have you ever thrift shopped?
« Reply #18 on: December 12, 2018, 07:47:38 AM »
Goodwill has a bad rep but their stores are everywhere. Easy donation and pickup.

Salvation Army has much better accounting. I go there instead but they don’t have as many stores.

I used to live near Chinatown, they hired a bunch of old chines ladies. They gave good deals if you asked. Now, they operate so much more like a for profit business. They have specialized corporate people pricing the items, not cheap. But I like thrifting. If things don’t work out I donate them back. I consider it my charity donations for the year.

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« Reply #19 on: December 13, 2018, 03:37:21 AM »
Their prices are stupid for the low quality merchandise.  They used to stock housewares but recently the focus has been on clothings. 

 

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