Stopped at the thrift store today after Katie asked if we would look for a dress for her for church. Our first place to look for clothes is always the hand-me-down bins in the basement. But being the oldest girl in the family and on the upper end of the girls we usually get hand-me-downs from, finding dresses for her in the hand-me-downs rarely happens. But one of our favorite stores was having a 30% sale today so we stopped in.
We found a dress for her, 2 sweaters for me (the thing about losing 30+ pounds is that you find a significant amount of your clothes no longer fit and when you don't have the budget to replace them, you start to like thrift stores as opposed to always wearing clothes that just kind of hang on you funny), a matching set of 4 serving bowls, and a matching set of 4 soup bowls all for $17. Yes, it can take longer to find what you are looking for this way and you can't be too picky (the soup bowls don't match our existing ones perfectly but are the same brand, color, and size, just with an extra decoration on them). But we save a ton this way. It truly makes me regret not shopping this for everything in the first few years of our marriage. We were stupid then and got caught up in the need to impress everyone trap including a few years we put Christmas gifts for extended family members on credit. Like I said,we were idiots. I'm just hoping that our own kids learn from our mistakes and always think to look at the thrift stores first.
So, yes, today I am thankful for the abundance of decent thrift stores in our area and not at all ashamed to say so.