Monday, February 18, 2013

I wonder what my best thrifty find was...

In honor of my new favorite song "Thrift Shop," I thought it would be fun to brag about some of our best thrifty finds.

But, before we start, you need to acquaint yourself with the song.  You can find the official video here on Youtube.  ***WARNING: DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS SONG IN FRONT OF YOUR CHILDREN OR YOUR BOSS.***

Love it?  Yes, I thought so.

I'm sure I've admitted before that I'm super cheap frugal.  I hate spending money, so when I'm ready to actually purchase something, I want a bargain.  I've had a bit of luck with the usual spots - Goodwill, Salvation Army, Craigslist, ebay, and even Amazon.  My mother-in-law who is super lucky when it comes to Goodwill (and I thoroughly believe that Goodwill finds do involve a bit of luck) once snatched up a gorgeous entertainment center for us.  Jason and I had just moved into our first apartment and needed a nice piece to hold our tv and stereo.  While perusing Goodwill one day, she found this incredibly beautiful, solid cherry wood entertainment center.  It's only blemish was a missing glass panel.  For $20, she bought it without hesitation.  The next weekend, Jason, his dad, and 2 brothers hauled all 8 bazillion pounds of entertainment center up 3 flights of stairs.  At the top of the stairs, Brother #2 promptly threw up.  We've moved 4 times since then and this piece has moved right along with us (much to The Brothers dismay).  It's a perfect piece and exactly what I would've purchased at a furniture store, but for a fraction of the cost.

$20 entertainment center (solid cherry, I might add) + $10 glass panel = a heckuva find

Just recently, Jason called me with another find.  He works for a local home improvement type store.  A customer had returned a barely used deep freeze.  Because the manual was missing (or something miniscule like that), the store couldn't resell it.  They decided to sell it for...get this...$9.  We already have a deep freeze, but I told him to buy this one anyway.  Seriously, how could we pass it up?  He bought it.  We plugged it in.  It works great.  And now we're selling it to his brother for $100.  Oh yeah.

-$9 deep freeze + $100 sale = $91 profit

So what about you?  What great deals have made you downright giddy?

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