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I hit the local thrift shop today and found a cool block of knives made by toledo and these are very nice, has a bread knife, scissors, paring knife, chef knife, carving knife and a rounded end cleaver, and built in sharpener nicest set I have ever had and for a bargain price of 8.00....

I just thought I would share a great find.

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My girlfriend and I do shopping field trips to Uncle Willy's (Goodwill) and Cousin Sal's (Salvation ARmy) stores around here.....We have awesome Second time around stores. It is amazing the compliments we get on our clothing (If some of them only knew, lol)..we then look at each other and laugh........We have found so many things brand new with tags, some with dry cleaning tags still on and alot that are name brands...nothing a little washing maching action can't take care of...........They even have Dollar Days.......With these organizations, purchasing in their stores also helps a good cause.......

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I do the same thing all year.....Sometimes I have the Disabled Veteran's Organization pick up.......I hate throwing away perfectly good stuff when I know someone less fortunate could use it. Even though I'm concerned with the environment, I try to stay clear of Planet Aid and those donation boxes only because most of the stuff is shreded and recycled then sold to companies. I'd rather see some people warm and clothed for a fraction on the cost.

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I was s single mom with no financial help so thrift stores were a way of life for my daughter and me. To get her started, I would give her $20 and say she could get anything she wanted as long as they were clothes she could wear to school. At first she hated the idea until her friends thought her clothers were soooo kewl. After that we looked forward to going on our thrift store trips and her friends would beg to come along. For some reason - can't remember why or when, we affectionately called our jaunts "Junking".

She is now in her 30's and when we do have the rare occasion to get together we go "Junking". One of us will flash the twenty and we are well on our way. We have found some of the best stores for clothes are what we call the "Church Lady" stores. Those are the ones operated by a local church to raise funds for charity. Not only do our dollars go for a good cause, but we have found the best clothes cheap. When I visited her last November I found a great skirt for $2. Had tons of compliments from my co-workers.

Long live "Junking"! Here! Here!

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Joanneb I here ya.......Like I said my girlfriend and I chuckle because we can't believe the compliments we get.....and if I say to her, Oh Cath, I love that sweater" she says, "Willys"......It's friends of ours who shop, in all the high end stores, pay out the A$$, that we chuckle the most at when they compliment us! If they only knew they are the type that would be horrified!........then they'll say...you girls find the best clothes, I have to go shopping with you!.......It drives me crazy to pay 100 bucks for a sweater just because it has BEBE printed across the chest!

There are alot of people out there "Junking"...I try to hit the ones that the proceeds go to a good cause, too!

you can even shop on line with Goodwill!

Let me know what bragains you find! I just bought a pair of brand new Steve Madden Boots for $2.50...it was 1/2 off the blue ticket day! LOL

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dw is an avid goodwiller. one day she spied an oak dining table with 6 chairs in perfect condition for $100. she paid for it, called me and when i went by after work to haul it home in my truck, i looked under the table top and discovered it was made in the amana colonies (amish type community) in iowa and handcrafted.

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the best thrift stores are found on the "ritzy" part of town. back in the navy days when we lived in va beach we would go to the veterans thrift..can't remember the name..but we nick named it "the honey hole". you could find stuff from gucci, prada, ck, guess and the lower high end names...i miss that store. :cool:

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the amanas would be a nice weekend trip for you. just off I-80 west of iowa city. lots of "crafty" stuff. the holiday inn there on I-80 has an indoor water park for the kids.

Thanks Bumpie. I'll be sure to put that on our list. We frequent Shipshewana, IN. Amish town and huge fleamarket. We were there when they were auctioning horses, over 100 horses were auctioned that day. :p

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the best thrift stores are found on the "ritzy" part of town. back in the navy days when we lived in va beach we would go to the veterans thrift..can't remember the name..but we nick named it "the honey hole". you could find stuff from gucci, prada, ck, guess and the lower high end names...i miss that store. :cool:

If you go to certain thrift stores in the Chicagoland area, it's the same thing. Certain neighborhoods that are in the gentrification process have thrift stores where half of the racks are all designer labels. You can't beat buying a pair of Citizens or Seven jeans for under $10. :)

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My daughter finds all kinds of stuff. Both her and her hubby are big Ren Faire folks (He performs professionally) and they find clothes suitable for their costumes and pay pennies. Another one of my other favorite finds are things for the kitchen/dining room. One of my best scores was a beautiful crystal vase for two bucks. Found out the retail was $95 new. Dont 'cha love it? Like stefdr I have found furniture, pic frames and stripped them, and had some really nice stuff. We also can't forget garage saleing. OMG - some great finds there too.

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hmmmm.....inspiring....can remember the days when my daughter had to have abercrombie and fitch, bebe, ...and then she turned 16 and her rich punk friends started going to the goodwill....she has never turned back. She is a frugal one just like her grandparents so maybe that's proof that ingrain behaviors skip generations. I went to a new goodwill in an upscale nieghborhood with her-not much there but I did buy a suit I never have worn. She agreed there wasn't much there. Hats off to you guys though-wish I had the patience, eye, and focus to find that bargain! Know your bargains pay off in other areas.

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There are times you go out and don't find a thing. There are other times you go out and can really make some great finds. Remember that and you will get a "feel" for when and where a good place to go is. Also remember that if you're handy, you can replace a button, mend a hem, etc. for clothing. Sometimes objects just need a little care and they are as good as new. Be creative thinkers when you go out on your adventures, and hang in there. For many of us just the opportunity to go out and spend time with friends and loved ones is better that spending the money. Have fun!

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Who, are you pissed off at someone and trying to send us a message? LOL

I was always told that you and only you can buy knives for yourself, because you shouldn't get them as a gift, because the superstition is that Knives, sever friendships.......I once gave a friend knives at her bridal shower and strangely enough, I never saw her again........

My house calls the "thrift stores" the Sh*t Shops! Now you got me thinking that I could use some new knives, well I know where I'm going tomorrow.......xdancex

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I was always told that you and only you can buy knives for yourself, because you shouldn't get them as a gift, because the superstition is that Knives, sever friendships.......I once gave a friend knives at her bridal shower and strangely enough, I never saw her again......

I was always told the same thing. So you gotta give whoever gave you the knife a penny. :)

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Henkels are fine quality=try buying those one piece at a time.....geez, and when I go to those speciality kitchen stores or Macy's, I do look at Henkels and wish I could afford them.....I could never justify even buying one of them at a time!!!! Who's.......:)% want to sell me those for twenty bucks plus postage???

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