So. There’s this little hole in the wall thrift store in town called SAVE Thrift Store. I say it’s a hole in the wall because unless you were a local, you’d never know it existed. The store does have a paid manager and assistant manager but other than that, the store is staffed by volunteers and high school students. The profits from the store go to the local high school scholarship fund and the store relies 100% on donations from the community.
In the 11 years we’ve lived in Gig Harbor, I’ve dropped off donations more times than I’ve actually gone into the store. I’ve known about their “bag sales” for years now, but for some reason I had never gone to one until last Saturday. They have a bag sale every couple of weeks and for $8 you get to stuff a brown paper bag full of clothing.
Yada yada yada, The Girl being the penny pinching college student that she is, wanted to go and take a look. So we did. And I was pleasantly surprised at what we came home with.
Gap Chino Floral Skirt… with pockets!!! Cute to wear in the summertime but I bet it would be pretty delicious pared with Smartwool tights in the fall and winter! Did I mention the skirt has POCKETS?!!!! I loooooove pockets.
Puma golf shorts. I don’t golf, but hey, they’re kind of fun in a retro, my grandma wears polyester plaid pants to bingo and has a curio cabinet stuffed with pink poodle figurines sort of way.
$0.33 for a pair of 7 For all Mankind Jeans in my size! These cost big bucks new.
Pink girly tank top $0.33, black maxi skirt $0.33.
2 nice sweaters… $0.33 each.
All 24 pieces for $8! What a freakin’ bargain!
- 1 Dress
- 2 shawls/swimsuit cover ups
- 2 pairs of jeans
- 4 skirts
- 2 men’s shirts
- 1 pair of shorts
- 5 tank tops
- 2 sweaters
- 4 t-shirts
- 1 lightweight blazer/jacket
If I would have purchased everything on a regular day at the thrift store my total would have been $149.50. But because I went on a “bag sale” day I only paid $8!!!!! Sweet diggity dog! Now that is what I call a bargain.
My favorite find of the day….
This little black dress. For $0.33! Wahoooo! I don’t know about you, but I despise spending big bucks for formal clothing that I’ll only wear a handful of times… So the fact that I was able to find a second hand dress in my size and for $0.33? Best deal ever!!!!
It just goes to show you… Those big box thrift stores, you know, the ones that sell used baby pajamas for $4.99 are totally overrated. If you really want a deal, shop local. Shop the little charity, church and re-use stores because that’s where you’re going to find your bargains at. And chances are, the money the smaller stores make, will be going back directly into your local community.
Keep Calm and Save On,
SAVE Thrift Store
14201 Purdy Dr NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98332
Frustrated with the prices at thrift stores lately? Well you’re not the only one… Check out the post Am I The Only One Who Thinks Thrift Store Prices Are Getting Ridiculous? There’s a lively debate still going on over there.