I have a confession to make. I went into a thrift store today to find a cape to make my oldest son’s Harry Potter Costume. Harry Potter is one of those easy costumes that even a craft-challenged mom like myself can create using some second-hand clothing.
And yet……..it wasn’t long ago that I wrote a post about on-line stores selling Halloween Costumes and accessories. I posted that information based on Consumer Reports finding that those online stores have good products and customer service. Although the customer service was questionable, it turns out that thrift stores can have some good products too.
If you’ve ever set foot in a thrift store, and you are like me, you spend more time looking at the clientele to make sure you don’t know anybody. But the truth is we are all just smart moms trying to save a few dollars on items that will be used once, in the case of a Halloween costume, or outgrown, in the case of a pair of sneakers. Why not save that $50 for the trip to Disney World that you promised the kids you would take…someday.
I stopped looking at my fellow shoppers long enough to set my eyes on these Keen’s boy’s size 5- which is just the right size for my oldest. Now for reference, I have included a pair of Keen’s being sold online for $59.95 (and at that price shipping BETTER be free.) The very similar in style in vg+ condition Keen’s I spotted there on the shelf were $1.99, but wait, it gets better! It is Wed., 50% off, and those darn Keen’s were mine for a “dolla.”
I did find a nice new black graduation gown that should work okay for the costume. ($3.50).
I know some folks would never be caught dead in a thrift store, (I’m talking about you Mom) but sometimes it’s fun to see what bargains lurk on the shelves and between the racks.
What was your best thrift-store find?
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