thrift store http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/11376/all en-US Best Money Tips: 15 Best Thrift Store Items to Resell http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-15-best-thrift-store-items-to-resell <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-15-best-thrift-store-items-to-resell" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/women_shopping_sunglasses_170148575.jpg" alt="Women finding best thrift store items to resell" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on the best thrift store items to resell for a profit, self-care tactics to get you through the holidays, and tips for traveling alone.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://moneypantry.com/thrift-store-flipping/">Thrift Store Flipping: 15 Best Items to Resell for a Profit</a> &mdash; You'll often find paintings and other framed artwork at thrift stores, but what you really want to pay attention to is the frame. Ornate or antique-looking frames are highly sought after, online and offline. [Money Pantry]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2016/1117/Five-self-care-tactics-to-help-get-through-the-holidays">Five self-care tactics to help get through the holidays</a> &mdash; Will the holidays keep you hustling with all the meal prep, shopping, and travel? A small, cheap foot massager can do wonders for sore or aching feet. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Tips-Traveling-Alone-42031218">14 Tips For Traveling Alone</a> &mdash; Take a walking tour of the city you're in when you first arrive so you get a better idea of your surroundings. This will make getting around a lot easier for the rest of your trip. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2016/11/all-natural-cleaners.html">The Six Best All-Natural Cleaners for Your House</a> &mdash; Salt kills germs and lifts tough stains, which makes it ideal for cleaning cast iron pots and pans. You can also use it to soak up grease and oil spills. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://www.experian.com/blogs/news/about/gratitude-giving/">Gratitude &amp; Giving: Ways to Start Giving Back</a> &mdash; There are many ways to give back to our communities. Join Experian's #CreditChat tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET for a discussion on ways to support the local organizations that make a difference in our communities. [Experian]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.cheapism.com/blog/stores-closed-on-thanksgiving-2016/">25 Stores That Won't Be Open on Thanksgiving Day</a> &mdash; Don't expect to do any shopping at these big retailers on Thanksgiving Day. They'll be closed so workers can stay home and enjoy the holiday too! [Cheapism]</p> <p><a href="http://www.adventuresinfrugalland.com/rest-just-cant-afford/">How To Rest When You Just Can&rsquo;t Afford It</a> &mdash; When your body needs the physical and mental reest, allow yourself some time to binge watch a TV show, guilt-free. [Adventures in Frugal Land]</p> <p><a href="https://christianpf.com/cell-phone-use/">10 Ways to Keep your Cell Phone from Running Your Life</a> &mdash; Organize your apps so that the ones you need to be productive are on the home page, and the time-waster apps are on a different page or in a folder. [Seed Time]</p> <p><a href="https://blog.allstate.com/6-questions-to-ask-your-mechanic-when-getting-your-car-serviced-video/">6 Questions to Ask Your Mechanic When Getting Your Car Serviced</a> &mdash; These simple questions can help you save money on service and avoid having unnecessary repairs done. [The Allstate Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/5-ways-to-show-kids-how-to-combat-racism">5 Ways to Show Kids How to Combat Racism</a> &mdash; If your child has had run-ins with a particular bully before, then they'll know the kinds of racist things the bully will say. Teach your child to recognize the racism, call it out, and refuse to let it be normalized. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-15-best-thrift-store-items-to-resell">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/reselling-antiques-the-five-principles-of-power-picking">Reselling Antiques: The Five Principles of Power Picking</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/extra-income-online-5-websites-that-can-seriously-pad-your-pockets">Extra Income Online: 5 Websites That Can Seriously Pad Your Pockets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-money-on-etsy-no-craft-required">How to Earn Money on Etsy — No Craft Required</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-from-thrift-stores">11 Ways to Earn Extra Cash From Thrift Stores</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buy-sell-make-a-profit-thanks-office-depot">Buy. Sell. Make a Profit. Thanks Office Depot.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income best money tips resell thrift store Tue, 22 Nov 2016 10:30:30 +0000 Amy Lu 1837736 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Never Buy These Things at a Thrift Store http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-never-buy-these-things-at-a-thrift-store <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-never-buy-these-things-at-a-thrift-store" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_thrift_jacket_22077764.jpg" alt="Woman buying vintage jacket at thrift store" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on items you should never buy at thrift stores, free ways to make your skin more beautiful, and how to host a kid-friendly dinner party.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://bargainbabe.com/bargain-pitfalls-avoid-thrifting/">7 Items You Should NEVER Buy at Thrift Stores</a> &mdash; Take a sniff of anything you are going to buy, especially if there are people in your home with asthma and allergies. If you something smells even faintly smoky, put it down. Stores often use Febreze to hide unpleasant odors. [Bargain Babe]</p> <p><a href="http://www.shebudgets.com/lifestyle/bath-beauty/six-free-ways-beautiful-skin/71105">Six Free Ways to Have More Beautiful Skin</a> &mdash; Your hands are covered in germs, so keep them off your face as much as possible. [SheBudgets]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Set-Up-Kids-Table-42025187">Here's How to Host a Kid-Friendly Dinner Party</a> &mdash; Get the kids involved in making their own dinner. You can set up a pizza-making station that will keep them busy while you prepare the meal for the adults. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2016/09/07/5-popular-myths-about-success-that-need-to-be-ignored/">5 Popular Myths About Success that Need to Be Ignored</a> &mdash; You don't have to sacrifice everything to be successful. Just spend less time and energy on things that matter less. [Marc &amp; Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.everybodylovesyourmoney.com/2016/09/07/getting-out-of-debt.html">Don&rsquo;t Forget These 7 Important Steps When Getting Out of Debt</a> &mdash; Double check your credit report when you pay off an account to make sure the right info is listed. [Everybody Loves Your Money]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.adebtfreestressfreelife.com/not-enough-money-to-pay-bills/">How To Manage Your Bills When There&rsquo;s Not Enough Money To Go Around</a> &mdash; When you don't have enough money to go around, always prioritize food, clothing, and shelter. [A Debt Free Mess Free Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/three-reasons-you-shouldnt-pick-your-career-off-a-hot-jobs-list/">Three Reasons You Shouldn&rsquo;t Pick Your Career Off a &lsquo;Hot Jobs&rsquo; List</a> &mdash; A hot job isn't so hot if it doesn't match your personal attributes and interests. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyqanda.com/travel-insurance/">Should You Buy Travel Insurance for Your Next Trip Abroad?</a> &mdash; If you plan to travel internationally more than once in the same year, you can save money on travel insurance by getting a multi-trip plan. [Money Q&amp;A]</p> <p><a href="https://unclutterer.com/2016/09/08/strategies-creating-good-new-habit/">Strategies for creating a good new habit</a> &mdash; Find a tool or system that will help you track your progress easily. [Unclutterer]</p> <p><a href="http://www.lifed.com/8-mind-blowing-tactical-products-every-person-needs">8 Mind-Blowing Tactical Products Every Person Needs</a> &mdash; Be ready for any emergency by arming yourself with these cool gadgets. [Life'd]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-never-buy-these-things-at-a-thrift-store">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/to-buy-or-not-to-buy-criteria-for-thrift-store-clothes-shopping">To Buy or Not to Buy? Criteria for Thrift-Store Clothes Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-ultimate-thrift-store-how-far-will-you-go-for-a-bargain">The Ultimate Thrift Store: How Far Will You Go for a Bargain?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-credit-cards-to-wipe-out-holiday-debt">The Best Credit Cards to Wipe Out Holiday Debt</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Groceries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-nail-clippers">The 5 Best Pet Nail Clippers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best money tips thrift store Fri, 09 Sep 2016 09:30:30 +0000 Amy Lu 1788930 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Earn Money on Etsy — No Craft Required http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-money-on-etsy-no-craft-required <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-earn-money-on-etsy-no-craft-required" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_selling_clothes_75889247.jpg" alt="Woman learning how to earn money on etsy " title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Etsy is a wonderful marketplace to sell crafts and other handmade goods. However, you do not have to be crafty to make a profit on Etsy. There are several individuals who make their living off of selling a wide range of art supplies (that do not need to be handmade or customized), as well as vintage items.</p> <h2>Selling Supplies on Etsy</h2> <p>For individuals selling art and craft supplies directly to consumers, there are not many online markets. Both eBay and Amazon can prove profitable, but the reach that Etsy has as a crafting platform and community is beyond compare.</p> <p>Generally, people who buy or browse Etsy are individuals who love handmade goods and are interested in crafting at some level. The benefit of selling supplies is that all crafters need it, both beginning hobbyists, as well as experienced craft makers who sell their work for a living.</p> <p>See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-places-besides-etsy-to-sell-your-handmade-goods?ref=seealso">20 Places Besides Etsy to Sell Your Handmade Goods</a></p> <h2>How to Sell Supplies on Etsy</h2> <p>In order to be successful selling supplies on Etsy, you have to know the field. For example, if you want to sell yarn, you will need to know a thing or two about knitting. This doesn't mean that you have to be an expert knitter, but you do need to be willing to put in the research about yarns and yarn related crafts.</p> <p>Is important that you also have the ability to find quality products for inexpensive costs. When considering what to list, think of Etsy's fees. Having an Etsy shop is free, but listing a product costs $0.20, and Etsy then takes 3.5% from the selling price. Therefore, if you list a skein of yarn for $9, then you will pay $0.52 in fees. Calculating fees beforehand can ensure that you make the most possible profit for your item.</p> <p>Depending on the supplies you want to sell, you will be able to get inventory through local craft stores with coupons and a wholesale license, which allows you to buy the item tax-free. You might also need to purchase supplies in bulk, overseas, like through&nbsp;<a href="https://www.alibaba.com/">Alibaba</a>.</p> <h2>Selling Vintage Items on Etsy</h2> <p>eBay is a popular selling platform for selling used items, but many times the kitschy and fashionable items do not get the respect or views they deserve. Etsy allows individuals to sell vintage items in the same way as a boutique owner would sell their wares.</p> <p>Veronica Staudt, owner of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.etsy.com/shop/VintageMeetModern?ref=hdr_shop_menu">Vintage Meet Modern</a>, used to sell her vintage jewelry finds on eBay before Etsy was popular. However, she has seen more success using Etsy, because it is a more personable platform. &quot;I did a lot of homework about where I could sell vintage goods and have them respected, understood, appreciated, and desired,&quot; she says. &quot;At the time there were not very many selling platforms that allowed for that. Etsy is one of the few that appreciates what makes vintage special and unique.&quot; She is more than just a username and seller ID, unlike on eBay. She was able to create a brand through Etsy, which just would not have been possible to do through eBay or Amazon.</p> <p>Heidi Ferguson, owner of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.etsy.com/shop/princessntheflea">Princessntheflea</a>, is another successful vintage shop on Etsy. She originally started selling her vintage finds on eBay in the late 90s, but took a five year break when eBay changed its business model and made selling vintage items harder. &quot;I started my Etsy shop in August of 2015 with about 10 items to get a feel for how the site worked and quickly sold out of items,&quot; she says. &quot;I started making goals of 20, then 30, then 40 items in the shop until I finally reached 100.&quot;</p> <p>Lauren Arkin, owner of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.etsy.com/shop/LABoudoirMiami?ref=search_shop_redirect">LABoudoirMiami</a>, says, &quot;My vintage business LA Boudoir started off as a brick and mortar shop and after five years of my clientele being mainly locals and tourists, I wanted to reach out to more potential clientele nationally and internationally. Through some research, I thought Etsy had a great platform to reach that goal. Now I have clients all over the world including those in Europe and Asia. It took about six to eight months to get my Etsy shop to where I am happy with it.&quot;</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-etsy-can-help-start-your-small-business?ref=seealso">5 Ways Etsy Can Help Start Your Small Business</a></p> <h2>How to Sell Vintage Items on Etsy</h2> <p>The three women above are proof that selling vintage items on Etsy can be a successful side business, but how do you get started? First things first, find a niche that works for you. If you don't know anything about jewelry or designers, then those should not be your first choice of items to buy and sell, unless you are willing to put in many hours of research.</p> <p>Once you find your niche, research the best selling items in your area of interest. It is important to know how much certain items go for, so that you will know what buying price you need to stick to. You can find inventory at thrift stores, yard sales, and estate sales. It can be tempting to want to buy a lot of inventory when you first start, but it is better to start off slow and buy items of the highest quality.</p> <p>If you are looking to explore a side business, don't overlook Etsy. Both crafters and non-crafters alike can benefit from Etsy's personable and tight-knit selling platform.</p> <p><em>Do you sell on Etsy? Share your experience below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-eneriz">Ashley Eneriz</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-money-on-etsy-no-craft-required">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-places-besides-etsy-to-sell-your-handmade-goods">20 Places Besides Etsy to Sell Your Handmade Goods</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-totally-free-things-you-can-sell-on-ebay">8 Totally Free Things You Can Sell on eBay</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-sites-to-sell-your-arts-and-crafts">The 5 Best Sites to Sell Your Arts and Crafts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-best-objects-to-pawn">The 7 Best Objects to Pawn</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-55-brilliant-ways-to-turn-your-junk-into-cash">Flashback Friday: 55 Brilliant Ways to Turn Your Junk Into Cash</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Extra Income arts crafts etsy online selling secondhand selling supplies thrift store vintage Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:00:16 +0000 Ashley Eneriz 1777831 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: What Are Your Favorite Thrift Store Finds? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-are-your-favorite-thrift-store-finds <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-what-are-your-favorite-thrift-store-finds" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/women_thrift_store_000019866939.jpg" alt="Women sharing their favorite thrift store finds" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-are-your-favorite-thrift-store-finds#comment-790420">Mami2jcn</a>, Gina, and Alan for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>One of the best ways to save on purchases is to buy them second-hand at a thrift store. Depending on the area, you might even find designer clothes, sturdy furniture, and vintage goods at rock-bottom prices! Of course, the best part is scoring a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-5-best-thrift-store-finds-of-all-time">thrift store treasure</a> when you least expect it.</p> <p><strong>What are your favorite thrift store finds?</strong> What criteria do you have for the goods you buy at a thrift store? If you don't shop at thrift stores, what other money saving strategies do you use when you go shopping?</p> <p>Tell us about your favorite thrift store finds and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. 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Winners will also be contacted via email.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong>&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us about your favorite thrift store finds and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-are-your-favorite-thrift-store-finds">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-200-giveaway-what-is-your-top-question-about-personal-finance">Ask the Readers $200 Giveaway: What is Your Top Question About Personal Finance?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-winter-savings-tip-do-you-swear-by">Ask the Readers: What Winter Savings Tip Do You Swear By?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-name-your-favorite-moment-of-2010">Ask the Readers: Name Your Favorite Moment of 2010</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-whats-your-favorite-discovery-of-2010">Ask the Readers: What&#039;s Your Favorite Discovery of 2010</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-did-you-spend-your-first-paycheck">Ask the Readers: How Did You Spend Your First Paycheck?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Giveaways Ask the Readers thrift store Tue, 05 Apr 2016 10:00:09 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1683569 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Ways to Earn Extra Cash From Thrift Stores http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-from-thrift-stores <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-from-thrift-stores" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000049968860_Large.jpg" alt="woman taking photo store" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As a single parent, I'm always looking for ways to save money. I've always loved thrift stores, and have found some great clothing, DVDs, books, collectibles, and pieces of furniture at my local shops. But things got really interesting six months ago when I came across an item that I didn't really want, but knew was valuable. It was a Coogi sweater; the kind worn by Bill Cosby in the 80s. Definitely not my style, but highly collectible and worth at least 10 times the $5.99 asking price. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-can-resell-on-ebay-that-make-the-most-money?ref=seealso">5 Things You Can Sell on eBay That Make the Most Money</a>)</p> <p>I bought it, sold it on eBay, and since then I have turned my thrift store runs into a way of not just saving money &mdash; but making money. It's not a new concept. Many people make a good living from thrift stores, but I have a full time job and cannot dedicate all of my time to it. If you're selective, and follow these guidelines, I guarantee you will make an extra $200-$300 every month on eBay and Craigslist just by visiting a few thrift stores several times a week.</p> <h2>1. Always Have Your Smartphone on You</h2> <p>When I first started out, I had absolutely no clue what was valuable, and what was junk. I got lucky with the Coogi sweater, but I knew there were valuable items in the stores just hiding on the shelves. So, I took advantage of my smartphone. What you need to do is use eBay as a research tool. Here's how.</p> <p>When you see an item you think may be valuable, grab your phone.</p> <p>Go to eBay, do a search for it, and then refine it to look for SOLD ITEMS. (Never look at current listing prices; someone could be asking $800 for an old watch, but it doesn't mean they'll ever get that.)</p> <p>Next, look at the sort order of prices from highest to lowest, including shipping. You now know what someone is willing to pay for that item. Also, do it in reverse order, from lowest to highest. This shows you what you may actually get, and if it's worth your time and money.</p> <p>By using your smartphone in this way, you take almost 90% of the guesswork out of thrifting for profit.</p> <h2>2. Be Prepared to Take Your Time</h2> <p>My best finds have come from taking my time, and looking in each section carefully. To date, my most successful purchase was a beauty product that I bought for $6 and sold for $141. I found it nestled at the back of a shelf filled with old plastic cups and plates. You can sometimes do a quick 30-minute tour on your lunch break, if you have a store close to you, but you will almost certainly miss things.</p> <p>If you want to make this a successful venture, get to know your local thrift stores well, and learn the layout. I always start in the electronics aisle, then go to toys, followed by sweaters, shirts, knick-knacks, and then books and media. That's just my routine, and it works for me. Have a plan, and scan the shelves and racks of clothes more than once. You will miss things if you just walk through in a hurry.</p> <h2>3. Know Your Best Bets</h2> <p>Over time, you will know what sells well, and what doesn't. For me, vintage sweaters, classic video games, Disney snow globes, and blank media (especially cassette tapes and computer disks) always sell quickly. You will probably have different best sellers, depending on your own level of expertise, and passion for selling the item. If you are in a rush, hunt for those items first.</p> <h2>4. Think About the Profit/Time/Work Scenario</h2> <p>If you see a product that costs $10 and will likely make $20, it's more of a risk than a product that will make the same but costs only $1. It's only a difference of $9, but the initial outlay is much smaller.</p> <p>Similarly, if you see something that costs $40 but will easily sell for $100, your outlay is greater but your return is excellent. Sometimes, as I have so much to list, I will pass on items like the first one I mentioned. It takes time to photograph and list things, and it's often not worth the effort when you could be listing something that could make you a lot more money. But once again, if the initial spend was almost nothing, that changes the game a little.</p> <h2>5. Use the Color Coded System to Your Advantage</h2> <p>Every major thrift store, from Goodwill and Savers to ARC and The Salvation Army, has a color coded system. Every item has a price tag of a specific color, and each week, one color will be 50% off (the exception is Goodwill). If you shop wisely, you can pick up some valuable items for half-price &mdash; or even one dollar. Today, I picked up four beautiful framed posters for 99 cents each. They're big, and they would cost at least $20 each in the store. I have found video gaming systems, VHS, DVD and Blu-Ray players, speakers, suits, keyboards, and even wedding dresses for just 99 cents. These are no brainers. You can easily turn a profit from them.</p> <h2>6. Keep Track of Your Expenses and Profits</h2> <p>It's easy to think you're making money when you see the sales start rolling in from eBay or Craigslist. But if you buy 10 items and only sell one of them, are you losing money? Sometimes it's not the case. Buy 10 items for $25, sell only one of them for $50, and you're in profit whether you sell the others or not.</p> <p>A simple spreadsheet (you can find free templates online) will help you. Just write down the item, what you paid, when you bought it, what it sold for, and how much it cost to ship (sometimes you may have to offer free shipping to get someone to bite). If you're always making money, you're good to go. If you buy too much, and aren't making your money back, you need to rethink your strategy.</p> <h2>7. Don't Forget Yourself and the Kids</h2> <p>Many times, you will get so focused on making money that you will forget the real reason you went to the thrift store in the first place. I have found a lot of awesome items for the home, the kids, and even myself. If you know you need something, keep a list and remember to check it before you go into the thrift store. You can even find new name-brand laundry detergents, socks, light bulbs, and gloves for a lot less than you'd pay in stores like Target or Walmart.</p> <h2>8. Examine and Test Everything</h2> <p>Thrift stores actually have a very generous return policy, usually 10 days for most items. If you don't have the chance to test something in store, do it as soon as you get home. It's not a great deal if it doesn't work (with a few notable exceptions), and you won't be able to turn a profit on a broken, torn, or stained item.</p> <p>The major exceptions are vintage electronic items, and new high-end consoles. If someone has given them to a thrift store, they are most likely broken. Still, you can get a surprising amount of money for broken electronics. I recently paid $2.99 for an old Sony Walkman and sold it as-is for over $70. There are people willing to pay for them, and do the repairs themselves. I also found a PS3 for $10. Even broken, they sell for over $50 (usually they're stripped down for parts).</p> <h2>9. Old Doesn't Mean Expensive</h2> <p>It's easy to think that older item, especially something that looks antique, can be very valuable. This is when a smartphone is invaluable. Many times, you may see a 70s board game, or 50s kitchen gadget, and think it has to be collectible. Not so. They are often very common, and you could end up losing money.</p> <h2>10. Very Valuable Is Very Rare</h2> <p>You hear stories of people finding million dollar dishes, or long lost paintings that could set you up for life. The odds of finding these items like these are about the same as winning the lottery. Thrift stores have people who usually know what to look for. Obviously, things fall through the cracks, but don't depend on a big score. Solid silver or gold jewelry, utensils, or tea sets are almost impossible to find, too.</p> <h2>11. Don't Expect Miracles Immediately</h2> <p>It takes time to get to know your thrift stores, and how to navigate them. After a few months, you'll start getting a nose for valuable items, and also know what to avoid. Put the time and effort in, and you'll find that thrift stores are a lucrative way to save, <em>and earn</em>, money for you and your family. Good luck, and happy thrifting!</p> <p><em>Do you earn money from your thrift store finds? What are your secrets?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-from-thrift-stores">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-kids-stuff-at-a-consignment-sale">How to Sell Your Kid&#039;s Stuff at a Consignment Sale</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/single-parent-try-these-10-tricks-for-entertaining-kids-on-a-budget">Single Parent? Try These 10 Tricks for Entertaining Kids on a Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/earn-extra-income-with-your-smartphone-camera">Earn Extra Income With Your Smartphone Camera</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-you-can-earn-18-to-25-an-hour-with-amazon-flex">How You Can Earn $18 to $25 an Hour With Amazon Flex</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-part-time-jobs-to-do-while-your-kids-are-at-school">17 Part-Time Jobs to Do While Your Kids Are at School</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income Family Lifestyle side gig single parents thrift store Mon, 16 Feb 2015 18:00:08 +0000 Paul Michael 1289825 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Be a Good Thrift Store Shopper http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-be-a-good-thrift-store-shopper <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-be-a-good-thrift-store-shopper" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5230679402_677d2b9e82_z.jpg" alt="How to Be a Good Thrift Store Shopper" title="How to Be a Good Thrift Store Shopper" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on how to be a good thrift store shopper, stopping the cycle of debt, and holiday gifts that give back.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://genxfinance.com/how-to-be-a-good-thrift-store-shopper/">How to Be a Good Thrift Store Shopper</a> &mdash; To be a good thrift store shopper, examine everything in detail before purchasing it. [Generation X Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://ptmoney.com/stop-the-cycle-of-debt/">6 Steps to Help Stop the Cycle of Debt</a> &mdash; If you want to stop your cycle of debt, you must change your habits. [PT Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mydollarplan.com/holiday-gifts-that-give-back/">7 Holiday Gifts That Give Back</a> &mdash; Give a gift that gives back this holiday season by giving a bamboo dog collar. [My Dollar Plan]</p> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/do-freezer-chests-save-money/">Do Freezer Chests Save Money?</a> &mdash; When evaluating whether or not a freezer chest is a good idea for you, take into consideration the cost of buying and running the freezer. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2012/12/17/10-powerful-things-to-put-on-your-to-do-list-today/">10 Powerful Things to Put on Your To-Do List Today</a> &mdash; Today, put exercising positivity on your to-do list. [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneywisdom.com/thrifty-insurance-how-to-save-money-on-your-car-insurance/">Thrifty insurance: How to Save Money on your Car Insurance</a> &mdash; To save money on your car insurance, buy a low-risk automobile. [Free Money Wisdom]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneycrush.com/what-to-do-when-you-get-a-raise/">What to Do When You Get a Raise</a> &mdash; When you get a raise, use it to get rid of your debt. [MoneyCrush]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Christmas-Gifting-Etiquette-26314029">Tips For Holiday Gifting - Awkward Situations And All</a> &mdash; Remember to include a gift receipt with any gift you give this year. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://7minentrepreneur.com/careerladder-growthcorporate/use-less-energy-automate-yourself/">Use Less Energy to Automate Yourself to Success More Efficiently</a> &mdash; To automate yourself and be more efficient in interviews, do mock interviews to learn what parts of an interview you need to work on. [7Minute Entrepreneur]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/child-behaving-badly-it-could-be-what-she-s-eating">Child Behaving Badly? It Could Be What She's Eating</a> &mdash; If your child is behaving badly, it could be the added sugar in the foods he or she is eating. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-be-a-good-thrift-store-shopper">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-nail-clippers">The 5 Best Pet Nail Clippers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bluetooth-trackers">The 5 Best Bluetooth Trackers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-frugal-skills-you-must-have-to-survive-autumn">9 Frugal Skills You Must Have to Survive Autumn</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-paper-towels">The 5 Best Paper Towels</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-camping-sleeping-pads">The 5 Best Camping Sleeping Pads</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best money tips shopping thrift store Thu, 20 Dec 2012 11:00:30 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 959974 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Thrift Store Shopping Tips http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-thrift-store-shopping-tips <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-thrift-store-shopping-tips" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2110549754_83c986f826_z-1.jpg" alt="Thrift Store Shopping Tips" title="Thrift Store Shopping Tips" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Wecome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on thrift store shopping tips, recession proofing your career, and getting awesome free stuff.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://ptmoney.com/thrift-store-shopping-tips/">Thrift Store Shopping Tips</a> &mdash; Be sure to check out any thrift store items you might buy for holes or stains. [PT Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.carefulcents.com/recession-proof-your-career/">3 Ways to Get Ahead by Recession Proofing Your Career</a> &mdash; To recession proof your career, cultivate your network. [Careful Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://www.narrowbridge.net/get-free-awesome-stuff/">Get Awesome Free Stuff</a> &mdash; You can get awesome free stuff by checking in on Foursquare. [Narrow Bridge]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/life-style/is-the-cost-of-juicing-worth-the-benefits/">Is the Cost of Juicing Worth the Benefits?</a> &mdash; It takes a lot of fruits and veggies to make enough juice. This ends up costing not only money but time as well. [MoneyNing]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moolanomy.com/6258/money-problems-and-pitfalls-to-avoid-kmulligan/">21 Money Mistakes and Problems to Avoid</a> &mdash; Don't make the money mistake of buying a house you can't afford. [Moolanomy]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://beingfrugal.net/3-ideas-to-help-young-adults-improve-their-finances/">3 Ideas to Help Young Adults Improve Their Finances</a> &mdash; Improve your finances by actively saving each month. [BeingFrugal.net]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2012/09/how-much-the-average-couple-spends-on-a-wedding.html">How Much the Average Couple Spends on a Wedding</a> &mdash; Did you know the average couple spends around $27,000 on a wedding? [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freeshipping.org/blog/holiday-layaway-policies/">Holiday Layaway Policies for Major Retailers</a> &mdash; Best Buy will have a 5% layaway fee this year. [FreeShipping.org]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/When-Use-BCC-19895306">Email Etiquette: 3 Occasions to Use BCC</a> &mdash; It is a good idea to use BCC when you want someone to know you sent an email out. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/13-incentives-to-make-reading-fun">13 Incentives to Make Reading More Fun</a> &mdash; To make reading more fun for your kids, set goals and give them rewards for completing goals. [Parenting Squad]</p> <h2>News &amp; Events</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news/2012/08/wise-bread-tweetchat-wbchat">Wise Bread Tweetchat (#WBChat)</a> &mdash; Don't miss our #WBChat at 12pm PST! We will be giving away prizes!</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news/2012/09/so-you-think-you-can-finance-online-reality-show">So You Think You Can Finance: Reality Show</a> -- NerdWallet launched their first online reality show! Check out the first challenge, live now!</p> <p>Be sure to check out our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/calendar">News &amp; Events Calendar</a> to see all the awesome upcoming events in the personal finance world!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-thrift-store-shopping-tips">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-nail-clippers">The 5 Best Pet Nail Clippers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bluetooth-trackers">The 5 Best Bluetooth Trackers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-frugal-skills-you-must-have-to-survive-autumn">9 Frugal Skills You Must Have to Survive Autumn</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-paper-towels">The 5 Best Paper Towels</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-camping-sleeping-pads">The 5 Best Camping Sleeping Pads</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best money tips shopping thrift store Thu, 13 Sep 2012 10:00:42 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 954469 at http://www.wisebread.com To Buy or Not to Buy? Criteria for Thrift-Store Clothes Shopping http://www.wisebread.com/to-buy-or-not-to-buy-criteria-for-thrift-store-clothes-shopping <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/to-buy-or-not-to-buy-criteria-for-thrift-store-clothes-shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2723030157_977fe0c9e4_z.jpg" alt="thrift store" title="thrift store" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's a lot of fun to shop at a thrift store. There are a lot of clothes that are <em>almost</em> great. Here are my tips for separating the &quot;buy it&quot; from the &quot;leave it&quot; items. It doesn&rsquo;t matter if it is the bargain of the century, if it&rsquo;s just going to sit in your closet because it needs some type of mending that you'll never get to. Here are some of the frequent problems I&rsquo;ve encountered, along with my suggestions. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-look-for-every-time-you-visit-a-thrift-store">10 Things to Look for Every Time You Visit a Thrift Store</a>)</p> <h3>Zippers</h3> <p>If a zipper doesn&rsquo;t work, I&rsquo;d leave the item behind. I find zippers to be tricky to replace, and a new zipper runs about $7.</p> <h3>Buttons</h3> <p>Missing a button? Check the inside seams of the garment. Usually, you will find a spare. If not, see if you can rob a button from the bottom of the shirt, or from a cuff, and use that in the missing button&rsquo;s place. Do you have a button jar at home where you might find a match? Unless the buttons are extremely unusual, you can probably find a close replacement at a fabric store. I&rsquo;d take a chance on buying it. If you don&rsquo;t know how to sew on a button, here is a helpful link: <a href="http://www.wikihow.com/Sew-a-Button">How to Sew a Button</a></p> <h3>Collars</h3> <p>It is frustrating when the rest of the garment is in great shape, but the collar is frayed. I think these are a lot more trouble than they are worth. Leave it behind.</p> <h3>Stains</h3> <p>Unfortunately, most of them are not going to come out. In all probability, the previous owner tried hard, already. I had a friend who would always say, &ldquo;I&rsquo;ll just put an appliqué&rsquo; over it.&rdquo; I think that works for jeans, but nothing else. In most cases, it&rsquo;s pretty obvious. I&rsquo;d leave it behind.</p> <h3>Rips</h3> <p>As a rule, if the threads of the fabric have been ripped, that&rsquo;s a tough repair. However, if the rip is in a seam, you can probably make this repair easily if you have a sewing machine. I&rsquo;d take a chance.</p> <h3>Holes</h3> <p>If the fabric has a pattern (for instance, a plaid) you can probably make this repair. For a solid fabric, it will be too obvious. Below are photos of a wool kilt, unfortunately discovered by moths. To make a similar repair, cut a piece of the fabric from the hem or a seam. Pin the &ldquo;patch&rdquo; piece to the inside of the garment and hand-stitch (of course using appropriate thread color).</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u11/KiltFront.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u11/KiltBack.jpg" /></p> <h3>Hems</h3> <p>Too long? Easy fix. Just turn up the edge and stitch. Too short? Check the existing hem. Can you let it out a little? Take a look at the line, though, that is revealed when you let down a hem. The old hemline may be too obvious. Sometimes, you can use the steam setting on your iron to get the old hemline out.</p> <h3>Odor</h3> <p>Go ahead, give it the sniff test. If there is odor, it is possible to get it out. It might take a lot of effort and multiple washings, though, so you will need to decide whether you think it will be worth your time, effort, and investment in additional laundering supplies. Because I discovered dormant body odor when I steam-ironed a cotton blouse I found, I turned my husband (a.k.a., Der Stain-meister, in our house) loose on it. He did plenty of Internet research, and tried most of the remedies sworn by online:</p> <ul> <li>paste of 20 Mule Team Borax</li> <li>soak in hydrogen peroxide</li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/254-uses-for-vinegar-and-counting">vinegar</a> soak and after-wash rinse</li> <li>baking soda paste</li> <li>ammonia in the wash water</li> </ul> <p>Many of these things seemed to help, incrementally (the 20 Mule Team Borax paste and the hydrogen peroxide soak, most notable among them). But what finally removed the last traces of body odor, even under the steam iron, was when he sprayed the armpits of the garment with a 50/50 dilution of rubbing alcohol and water, then let the blouse <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/line-drying-your-laundry-frugal-or-foolish">line-dry</a>. He says it helps to understand that body odor is caused by bacteria, so killing bacteria without damaging the garment is the trick. Since that episode, he has seen recommendations he would like to try on the next problem garment: Cascade in the wash water, a can of Coca-Cola in the wash water (not Diet Coke), and a spray of Antibacterial Febreeze. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-things-in-your-kitchen-that-get-rid-of-bad-smells-naturally">6 Things in Your Kitchen That Get Rid of Bad Smells Naturally</a>)</p> <h3>Linings</h3> <p>If a coat is in otherwise good shape, you can re-line it, although it is not easy. Home sewers know the challenges (slippery fabric, tricky fit). For a price, you may find a seamstress or tailor who will take on the challenge. Be aware, though, that you may pay as much or more for a lining as you did for the entire coat.</p> <h3>Fit</h3> <p>For pants, either they fit, or they don&rsquo;t. Leave them behind if they don&rsquo;t. It takes an extremely skilled tailor to make a pair of pants fit properly. A dress has more possibilities. You may be able to take it in if it&rsquo;s too big. Yesterday I found a sleeveless dress that is a size too big, but I could tell that taking in a half-inch on each armhole would be perfect. If something is too tight, do not play the &ldquo;if I just lose five pounds&rdquo; game. The odds are that the clothing will just languish your closet, taking up valuable space.</p> <p>My last tip: check the washing instructions. Be realistic. I personally no longer purchase clothing that has to be dry-cleaned. I never liked items that had to be hand-washed, or &ldquo;blocked,&rdquo; like sweaters. If you know you will put off cleaning, and therefore wearing this item, it&rsquo;s a waste of your money.</p> <p>Happy hunting.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/to-buy-or-not-to-buy-criteria-for-thrift-store-clothes-shopping">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-deals-in-every-thrift-store">The 5 Best Deals in Every Thrift Store</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-ultimate-thrift-store-how-far-will-you-go-for-a-bargain">The Ultimate Thrift Store: How Far Will You Go for a Bargain?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Groceries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-nail-clippers">The 5 Best Pet Nail Clippers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bluetooth-trackers">The 5 Best Bluetooth Trackers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping mending thrift store used clothing Thu, 28 Jan 2010 17:00:02 +0000 Marla Walters 4929 at http://www.wisebread.com The Ultimate Thrift Store: How Far Will You Go for a Bargain? http://www.wisebread.com/the-ultimate-thrift-store-how-far-will-you-go-for-a-bargain <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-ultimate-thrift-store-how-far-will-you-go-for-a-bargain" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/KeaauDump_0.jpg" alt="" title="Kea&#039;au Reuse &amp; Recycle Center" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="226" height="124" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>My neighbor, NJ, dropped by the house recently with a gift bag. &ldquo;Just a little something to brighten your day,&rdquo; she said. Inside the bag was a beautiful blouse bearing the label of Coldwater Creek. I was thrilled, and started to thank her profusely. &ldquo;No biggie,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;I got it at the dump.&rdquo;</p> <p>The next week, I saw my co-worker, Rosemary, in the hall. She was wearing a flattering denim skirt. I complimented her. &ldquo;I got it at the dump,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;It was a quarter.&rdquo; She proceeded to tell me about two other name-brand finds. I was hooked.</p> <p>I am not a clothes snob. I shop regularly at thrift stores and consignment stores. But the <i>dump?</i> Dumps, to me, conjure up visions of garbage mounds, broken glass, seagulls and the occasional dismembered body. However, I knew that shopping at the dump thrift store was a story I had to investigate for you, the refined readers of Wise Bread. Were there better bargains there than thrift stores or yard sales?</p> <p>Rosemary gave me instructions for this excursion. I&rsquo;d need a trash bag to hold my items &mdash; I&rsquo;d want to have it when I started shopping, so that I wouldn&rsquo;t have to hold all my finds while digging through the bins. (Digging?!?) She said they didn&rsquo;t have shopping carts. (I wouldn&rsquo;t have thought so.) I invited my husband, hard-core bargain lover, to go.</p> <p>My husband sang, &ldquo;To the Dump, to the Dump, to the DumpDumpDump&rdquo; (to the tune of the William Tell Overture) while gearing up to go. He&rsquo;s a hoot. We found the facility easily. It was not called The Dump, but rather, a Reuse&amp; Recycle Center. As it turned out, &ldquo;the dump&rdquo; was an unfortunate moniker.</p> <p>There were no mounds of garbage. Instead, there were dumpsters, recycling and composting areas, and my destination, the thrift store. The area was surrounded by leafy palms and tall canopies of trees.</p> <p>To be honest, we both noticed a little odor as we drove in, but that quickly dissipated. Inside the first, uh, &ldquo;building&rdquo; (which, in Hawaii, includes tents made of plastic tarps) we found clothes, bedding, books, and household goods. Here was some serious thrift store competition. Coffeemakers, in very decent condition, were $2. Dishes were from a dime to a quarter, and there were even matching ones. There were also toasters for $2. If I were a big Christmas decorations person, I would have snatched up the multitudes of lights ($1 per strand). There were also some of the name-brand clothes hanging up. $5 would have snagged a London Fog raincoat. I found their 48-hour return policy to be very fair.</p> <p>My husband pointed me toward the other room. Aha: the bins. It was a little overwhelming. For the first 1/2 pound up to 25 pounds, the cost was $1.00. Unable to fathom buying more than 25 pounds of clothing, I didn&rsquo;t even write down the price of the next increment.</p> <p>Digging through bins was hard. When you spy something at the bottom, you sort of have to pull it up. After the second bin, my back started to hurt. I was joined by an older lady who quickly put my technique to shame. She smashed all the clothes to the right of the bin and sorted them two at a time to her left, trash bag at the ready.</p> <p>After the third bin, I&rsquo;d had enough. My back hurt, and I kind of wanted to wash my hands. I did not buy anything &mdash; not because there weren&rsquo;t some good bargains, but they just weren&rsquo;t things I needed. But, you ask: would I recommend it? Yes. If you are a starving student, I think you could easily outfit your kitchen basics from a dump thrift-store for under $20. Seasonal decorations were plentiful and very inexpensive. For crafters, there were grab bags of fabric and supplies for about $2. And, in retrospect, I should have purchased some vases for my flower class.</p> <p>Paul, the site coordinator, kindly explained their thrift-store system to me. All of the clothing is donated. Staff members sort and grade it. Prices are kept low, so as to encourage re-use. But it wasn&rsquo;t just about clothing or household goods! Around the back of the store were pieces of lumber, windows, sinks and toilets, all perfectly useable. These, too, are bargain-priced to encourage re-use. The program was originally funded with a federal grant in 2003; the County has kept it going since, on a year-to-year basis. The goal is zero waste. There are even classes in composting. This year alone, 221 tons of waste have been diverted. Admirable!</p> <p>The great news for penny-pinching readers: there are other similar facilities out there.</p> <ul> <li>For those of you near Humboldt County, California, check out the <a href="http://www.arcatarecycling.org">Arcata Recycling Center</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>I&rsquo;d love to get to <a href="http://www.cartm.org/">Cart'm Recycling</a>, a &ldquo;dump&rdquo; thrift store located near Nehalem Bay State Park in Oregon, which gets glowing on-line reviews.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Colorado, predictably, had a spiffy website to showcase their <a href="http://belocalnc.org/">re-use options</a><span style="text-decoration: underline;">.</span><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>If you are looking to score on deals for recycled &ldquo;house-parts,&rdquo; <a href="http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/article/0,,1537576,00.html">This Old House</a> has is a listing of house-part thrift stores.</li> </ul> <p>You may have a recycling center thrift store near you. They are worth checking out, not only for the great deals, but the reward of buying &ldquo;green&rdquo; products.</p> <p>While it wasn&rsquo;t glamorous, it was a new dimension in thrift-store shopping. And there weren&rsquo;t any seagulls or bodies in sight.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-ultimate-thrift-store-how-far-will-you-go-for-a-bargain">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-cut-down-on-garbage-and-save-money-too">12 Ways to Cut Down on Garbage and Save Money Too!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-not-to-buy-at-a-farmers-market">What NOT to Buy at a Farmers Market</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-we-keep-buying-that-are-killing-the-planet">8 Things We Keep Buying That Are Killing the Planet</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/to-buy-or-not-to-buy-criteria-for-thrift-store-clothes-shopping">To Buy or Not to Buy? Criteria for Thrift-Store Clothes Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-spare-a-square-5-quick-tips-on-toilet-paper-usage">&quot;Can you spare a square?&quot; 5 quick tips on toilet paper usage.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Green Living Shopping dump store green thrift store Fri, 09 Oct 2009 15:00:03 +0000 Marla Walters 3696 at http://www.wisebread.com