Archive for October, 2009

Consignment Sale at Mendon High School

Anyone in the Rochester, NY area looking for bargains, head on over to Pittsford Mendon High School starting Thursday (10/21) morning. The annual PTSA Super Sale brings consigned and donated furniture, sporting goods, art work, toys, games, TVs, books, kitchen clutter, and stuff you didn’t even know existed, all to support the Pittsford School District.

The sale opens to the public at 9:00 on Thursday, staying open until 7:00 pm. The hours are the same on Friday (10/22), when prices go to 50% off. And on Saturday (10/23) there is a bag sale from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Some of my best finds from past years include two N.C. Wyeth poster prints, $1 each; a complete Hooked on Phonics set, $3; a junior guitar, $2; and an aquarium, $3. 

Of course, what I remember most vividly is the Roomba, priced at $5, that got away. It was nearly within reach when the couple in front of me in line picked it up. Darn! That was two years ago and I still haven’t fully recovered from the loss.


Tip: Buy Off-Season

With the weather turning considerably cooler in northern parts of the U.S., those of us being treated to the changing colors of the leaves are already eyeing sweaters and boots. As stores begin to put up Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations, we’re all assessing how we’re going to keep warm this winter. But the savviest shoppers already did that back in June, when air-conditioned stores were clearing out their cold weather gear at bargain prices.

To save even more at thrift stores – and any retailer, really – shop against the season, not with it. As cool weather returns, stores will be stocking heavier clothing and marking down spring and summer apparel. So now is the time to keep an eye out for great summer shorts, t-shirts, sandals, and sundresses. I just picked up some bright pink and blue Lilly Pulitzer pants for next summer at the low, low price of $.59.

Zero in on bargains

Lands End suede shoesI’ve discovered that I have a gift. No, I can’t turn everyday items into gold or come up with clever retorts to rude comments on-the-spot, but I have an uncanny ability to spot Lands End suede children’s shoes from a mile away. Even single shoes at the bottom of thrift store shoe bins yell to me, forcing me to seek out their wayward twin. It’s as if I have x-ray suede vision.

As a result, my children now have multiple pairs of said Lands End suede shoes, purchased for around $.99 each. I also found a pair of nearly new J. Crew suede ankle boots, also for less than $1.

What does this mean for you? If you find you have a knack for spotting a certain designer’s clothes, or picking out cashmere sweaters from 100 feet, consider buying those thrift store bargains and reselling them, to fund even more fabulous purchases at your favorite (thrift) stores.

Pay pennies for new-to-you clothing and housewares

Imagine being able to buy pricey, but gently used, name brand outfits for your kids from Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister or North Face for a small fraction of what they cost new. You'll even spot furniture, silver and glassware for your home for less than a meal out. Or find something for yourself from Chico’s, J. Jill or Lilly Pulitzer and pay for it with the change from the bottom of your purse. Those are the kinds of deals to be had at thrift shops.

If you get a thrill from finding fabulous deals at thrift shops, consignment stores, and resale outlets, I hope you’ll visit this site often. You’ll pick up proven tips for saving even more on your thrift shop purchases, find the latest thrift shop news and information, learn about items you might not have thought to search for in thrift stores and get a look at photos of my best thrifty bargains.