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Old 01-07-2009, 02:59 PM   #21
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My family didn't appreciate the fine leather luggage I bought them!

They just looked at me as if I was nuts.

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Old 01-07-2009, 03:02 PM   #22
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My family didn't appreciate the fine leather luggage I bought them!

They just looked at me as if I was nuts.
That's so funny because neither did mine, initially. But after a couple of trips, they were thanking me sincerely. But they are like that about lots of the stuff I find - laughing hard until the right occasion comes along. Then I'm brilliant!

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Old 01-07-2009, 03:11 PM   #23
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I love shopping at thrift stores. They have lots of great bargins.
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Old 01-07-2009, 08:53 PM   #24
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shopped at good will today. found two sweaters. this is the first time i have bought clothing there. i have several family members that shop there all the time. will wash em and wear em
i also found a lovely bread box for 8 bucks. has inlaid tiles in a blue pattern i like. will paint the wood part white to match in my kitchen.
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Old 01-07-2009, 09:06 PM   #25
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I don't have a problem with thrift store clothes. Heck, I have found brand new items that still had their price tags. I bought a pair of shoes that lasted me forever. My grandma got me in to that when she would make a day of going to area garage sales (usually on Saturday).

I simply don't feel there is anything wrong with it. People pay too much money for a brand name, which sometimes turns out not to be worth the money you paid for it.
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Old 01-07-2009, 09:09 PM   #26
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I'm on a fixed income, so it makes sense for me.
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Old 01-07-2009, 09:19 PM   #27
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We shop the Goodwill and Salvation Army stores all the time. I almost never find my size there, but there is usually plenty of selection for the wife and kids. Everything from everyday clothes to some really nice dresses and even some school uniforms.
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Old 01-07-2009, 09:22 PM   #28
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I don't get to shop, so I order most of my stuff online, but my cleaning lady gets some really good buys at the thrift store. My daughter also finds a lot of great bargains at rummage sales, just as I used to.
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Old 01-07-2009, 09:22 PM   #29
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Fixed income or not, I am always looking for a way to stretch my dollar.

We have a tradition of giving each of our newly-married children a set of Christmas dishes. It's fun and something they wouldn't be moved to buy themselves. And, certainly something they wouldn't purchase after having children...for several reasons.

This last Christmas, I was able to give one of our sons and his wife a beautiful service for 4 of a lovely Christmas dinnerware that came from Linens 'n' Things. The box still had the original sticker ($50). I snagged the box for $5.

As for clothes, I have purchased some of the most beautiful, and expensive, clothing for pennies on the dollar and, as others have already mentioned, some of these clothes still had the original store tags on them.

I don't particularly care to shop, so shopping at thrift stores and consignment stores makes it a little more bearable for me.
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Old 01-07-2009, 09:24 PM   #30
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One time we even found a bunch of wedding dresses at the Goodwill... LOL.

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