IS your trash really my treasure?!  Yes, indeed!

Thrift stores exist and thrive based on that premise.  Often run by volunteers, these retail stores accept donated goods (gently used being the guideline) and re-sell them at a drastically reduced cost.  When asked why they shop at thrift stores, these three reasons were most frequently cited:

    1.  Value-saving money!  More and more thrift stores devote a section of their space to designer duds and accessories-there is something sweet about owning a “label” dress, handbag or shoes and not having the price tag that accompanies it!
    2. Special purpose/event/holiday.  Goodwill’s sales increase during Halloween as Moms and teens search for costumes on the cheap.  I bought a pair of cowboy boots when I hosted a going away party for a family moving to Texas from Minnesota.
       
       

      Thrift store find-party decorations

      Thrift store find-party decorations

      Thrift store centerpiece-re-donated post party : )

      Thrift store centerpiece-re-donated post party : )

      3.  Offbeat, funky or unusual items.  Clothing, accessories, household items-all in demand if they are a little quirky and not the same as what you find at the mall.  My find in this category is an antique brass noodle vendor basket.

      brass basket
      I had to ask the shop owner what this was-I didn't really care, but it is cool that it has a purpose-noodle vendor basket. It was the 1920 Asian version of a food truck!

      I had to ask the shop owner what this was-I didn’t really care, but it is cool that it has a purpose-noodle vendor basket. It was the 1920 Asian version of a food truck!

      noodle basket 2