Best Use of 10 Minutes

If you’re like me, whenever you have a few extra minutes and are in the vicinity of a thrift store, you go in to snoop around. Well, today I happened to have 10 minutes to spare in between appointments and was passing by one of our local Volunteers of America thrift stores. Somehow I knew it would be worth my while.

I always make note of the 50% off color-of-the-week, which this week is pink. Everything with a red tag is $.99. I hoped I might stumble on some hidden gems with red tags.

I found a white Dolce & Gabbana button down shirt with a red tag and a wool multicolored Gap sweater, also with a red tag, total cost for those – $1.98 – but the shoes really caught my eye. I found a couple pair – one for $3.99, one for $6.99 and a pair of Pradas for $15.99. That’s usually more than I spend on previously owned shoes, but, heck, they were Prada.

My score of the week, and it's only Monday!

So imagine my surprise when the cashier charged me just $.99 for them. I gave her a questioning look and she explained that they had last week’s $.99 color tag (orange), so she gave them to me for $.99 “to be nice.” Remind me to shop there on Monday afternoon again.

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