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using thrift stores to buy things

Updated on September 21, 2012

Salvation Army thrift stores are awesome

Bargain Shopping

This hub is designed to educate people that you can find quality name brand items both new and used at thrift stores.

The Salvation Army have thrift stores all over the USA and they stock items both brand new and used that are donated from people or retails stores etc, you can do a google search and find out where the nearest store is to you.

I love saving money and to be honest I never thought about shopping at a thrift store until I tried going to one and now that is where I do the majority of my shopping, and it is simply because they have the same things that you would buy from a retail store for literally pennies on the dollar.

If the thought of shopping at a thrift store repulses you, like it used to me, just look at it this way, many of the thrift stores items are brand new - name brand clothes etc. that are donated to the store and are no different than buying them from the store retail.

Another thing is for example, right now at the thrift store they have around 30 nice coats, some used and some brand new priced anywhere from 2 dollars to 10 dollars, my point is this, if you can buy a nice new coat now in the summertime for 2 dollars DO IT, save that money, because when winter gets here, those same coats will be 15 to 30 dollars.

Thrift stores have a huge variety of merchandise, they literally have everything a retail store has except groceries.

They have clothes, books, furniture,bed & bath,movies,toys,shoes,jewelry,heath & beauty aids

dishes, everything you can imagine and more.

I never thought I would say it but I am a bargain shopper and I am proud of it.

I hope this hub helps you find a deal ;0)

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  • billybuc profile image

    Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

    I've been doing this for years. We have a mantra in our house..."don't buy new." :)

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    Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

    Great advice here. We live in such a throw away society that this is a great way to recycle and as you said to purchase clothes and save money. Saving money is definately on most people's agenda nowadays.

    It is also putting money into the charities funds and helping their causes. So everyone benefits.

    Good hub.

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    Mark 4 years ago from Alabama,USA

    @ Whatilearned - That is awesome, yes most thrift stores in the USA do get donations and you can find brand name clothing for cheap, Thanks for reading this and good luck in the "charity shops"

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    whatilearned 4 years ago from England

    Great hub. I recently got a nifty jacket for £2 and a shirt for £1 here in the UK at a thrift store-like shop. All you have to do is dig deep enough to find that epic bargain. Here in the UK we call them 'charity shops', I'm not sure whether money made at thrift stores in America are donated to charity but I know how they obtain the clothes are the same thing. I find some real authentic, classic items of clothing at charity shops nearby. Better than retail shops.

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    Nancy McClintock 5 years ago from Southeast USA

    You have put some great ideas in this hub.

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    idigwebsites 5 years ago from United States

    I love thrift stores. Bargain hunting is one of my favorite past times, and it's quite an adventure; you'll find varied treasures for an affordable price. Voted up. :)

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    b. Malin 5 years ago

    I LOVE a Bargain...and a lot of these places like Salvation Army have them. I also donate Clothing, etc., to them as well. Enjoyed your Hub, Manthy, and now look forward to Following your Hubs.

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    Kate McBride 5 years ago from Donegal Ireland

    I love shopping at thrift stores and this hub gives good reasons for doing so. Voted it up and useful:-)

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    Robert Erich 5 years ago from California

    I LOVE shopping at thrift stores. It's amazing how many great deals you can find and how much you can save. I didn't do it much until purchasing a house. Now, with so many things that are needed to fill it, thrift stores are fantastic. Thanks for sharing your article here.

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    Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

    I am hearing you on this hub post, Manthy. I shop consignments shops and especially the boutique ones near my home. Always find bargains and values when I do go. Great advice.

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    Mark 5 years ago from Alabama,USA

    @ Deborah - Thanks for the share I will return the favor & share some of your hubs on facebook today.

    @Dee - I know I buy most all my clothes from thrift stores and I dress nice, I love saving the money, that way I can spend it on other things

    Ya'll have a great day

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    Dee aka Nonna 5 years ago

    The Salvation Army is one of my favorite thrity store. It is like an never really know what you will fine but can be assured you will find something. I love shopping the books in particular. When I was a young professional I would often shop for clothing and a friend taught me how to make the item look new and different. We could go in buy a suit for $5.00 and when finished everyone thought we'd spent a couple hundrend dollars. Good hub.

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    Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

    Actually I love salvation army and consignments shops and dollar nice to meet you and I love this hub..

    sharing on Facebook


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    Mark 6 years ago from Alabama,USA

    @Gus - It is funny that you say that because that is exactly what y son is doing now, he fixes washers & dryers and stuff , he gets them fro people who want scrap hauled off and even buys broke ones from the local thrifts, so I guess somethings never change.

    Thanks for stopping by - I will return the favor soon.


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    Gustave Kilthau 6 years ago from USA

    Howdy Manthy - Way back when, like around 1954-55 or thereabouts, I used to buy old appliances from a local Salvation Army store and refurbish and sell them. At the time I was being paid very little as "wages", and so the sales helped a whole lot. One nice thing about shopping those thrift stores today is that you can often find things that are no longer available elsewhere - for example, an old video tape recorder/player. I found one for 10 bucks the other day that works nicely with my "old" TV set to record new football games and to play my many "old" tapes, too.

    Thanks for the nice article. I enjoyed reading it.

    Gus :-)))

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    Mark 6 years ago from Alabama,USA

    Hi Eiddwen - I wish I could come ove and shop your charity shops I bet you have some real nice things, Thanks for the comment

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    Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

    I am also a great fan of 'charity shops' as they are known over here.

    I love scouring through them and have picked bargains too many to menntion.

    Take care


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    Mark 6 years ago from Alabama,USA

    Thanks for all the gr8 feedback - you are all awesome

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    Brinafr3sh 6 years ago from West Coast, United States

    Thanks, I have shopped at a thrift store, and your right on, the jackets and coats are better to buy there at a very low discount. "I am a bargain shopper and I am happy about it too." Voted up and useful.

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    daisyjae 6 years ago from Canada

    Its nice to have a thrift shop for clothes, especially if you are raising a family. My boys tear through their clothes so fast it is a waste to buy them brand new clothes. And the money the store makes goes to charity so its win-win. Rated up/useful.

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    Fluffy77 6 years ago from Enterprise, OR

    Great advise, you will save over many other stores. I believe in thrift store shopping so much great hub here! Check out my economy money saver idea for traveling here in the U.S.A more often then going abroad. Voted up and useful here.

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    valeriebelew 7 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

    I have shopped at Salvation army with two friends who do that sort of thing a lot. I seldom shop for clothes these days as my sister and boss seem to keep me supplied in clothes that are in pretty good shape, and new to me. I did buy a pair os sandals used at Salvation army, and they are still holding up after two years. LOL. (: v

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    Apostle Jack 7 years ago from Atlanta Ga

    That's one of my stores.It's a lot more to choose from.

    I catch them all.