Yesterday afternoon my dear hubby and I ventured off to Value Village for a dose of thrift store shopping. As usual, there were a couple of specific items we were searching for; we always do a general browse around the store, too, to see what other great finds we might stumble upon!
The two items on our "really need this" list were a pair of running shoes for hubby and a new toaster oven. Hubby's current running shoes were quite a wreck and so was our toaster oven. Since we don't have a microwave, we use this appliance daily (often several times per day). Our current toaster oven, bought second hand five years ago, was literally falling apart at the seams, and it was definitely time for a new one!
As you can see from the photo, we were successful on both counts. I am very pleased with the toaster oven I found. It is clearly a good quality one, obviously not used much by its previous owner (the inside was very clean) and it's also white, which matches our other kitchen appliances. The price was also right ($12.99). I noticed that ALL the toaster ovens were priced the same, no matter what their condition or quality. So in this case it definitely paid to check out each one in detail and find the best quality one, since I'd be paying the same price no matter which one I chose!
We paid $14.99 for the runners, which is more than I would have liked, but still a good deal for a pair of almost-new good quality running shoes.
Our other purchases for the day:
-a short sleeve dress shirt for hubby (he really needed another one of these), like-new condition, $5.99
-a board book (brand new condition) that will be part of my niece's birthday gift, 99 cents
-black Esprit T-shirt for me, new condition, $5.99
-cute paisley print skirt (obviously for me, lol) $4.99
While thrift store prices are not what they used to be, they're still a great bargain compared to shopping at the mall! The toaster oven alone would have been at least $60 or so if purchased new, which is more than we spent for all the items we bought on this trip.
Have you found any great buys at a thrift store lately?