By Tony Turner 10/21/10
When was the last time you set foot into a thrift shop or consignment shop? If you haven’t been recently you might be surprised at how thrift shopping has changed. “Thrifting” is a fun, exciting, and economical shopping pastime that is sweeping the nation!
Take a look at any home decorating magazine or coffee table book and you will find decorators, designers, and homeowners jazzing up their nests with refurbished, second hand finds from tag sales, flea markets, and thrift shops. Gently used home goods are finding fresh new life in fabulous new ways. Furniture, rugs, lamps, glassware, bric-a-brac, linens, and seasonal goods are in abundance at today’s thrift shops and consignment shops, all at deeply discounted prices. Suffice it to say, thrifting is a great way to stretch a dollar.
But it’s not just housewares that smart thrifters are searching for. Most shops also carry a nice selection of clothing for the entire family, kid’s goods, toys, books, sports equipment, collectibles, antiques, and more.
Shopping at thrift stores may be the closest thing you’ll ever have to a real life treasure hunt. You never know what you’ll find when you walk into a second hand shop – that’s part of the thrill of the hunt! As cliché as it might sound “one man’s trash is truly another man’s treasure!”
10 Easy Tips For Shopping Thrift and Consignment Shops:
1. Don’t be afraid of used. Just because something has been previously owned or used by someone else should not be a deterrent. Remember that you are saving a lot of money!
2. Look for seasonal items, holiday collectibles, and decorations “off-season” (You can often find great deals and better selection of Christmas ornaments in June for example.)
3. Be friendly and courteous to the staff. They will quickly remember you and what you might be looking for, often holding back prime items for you when you come in again to shop.
4. Take cash. Some stores are more willing to haggle or give discounts to shopper’s with cold hard cash.
5. Don’t go with children. You may want to spend hours browsing aisles of shelves or racks of clothing and this is no fun for kids – especially very little ones.
6. Shop with a friend. Split up the store with you taking one half and her the other. You can cover more ground and bounce ideas off each other, plus make a fun afternoon of it!
7. Shop on sale days. Some thrift stores offer special prices on different days or different times of the month. Most discounts are posted at the front of the stores, or even on their web sites. Sign up for e-mail lists so you can be made aware of special sales.
8. Be open-minded and think outside the box. Wise thrifters are always thinking of new ways to repurpose old castoffs. Often times all is needed to make something “new” again is a needle and thread or an inexpensive can of spray paint.
9. Shop often. Good shops’ inventory turns very quickly and you will always find many new items in a week or so.
10. Go with your gut. If something catches your eye and the price is right, put it into your cart. It’s guaranteed that if you don’t and you go back later for it, it will be gone!
The 10th Annual Filipino Festival will be held Aug. 7-8 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 8200 Woodman Rd., beginning with opening ceremonies at 5 p.m. Friday and continuing with live entertainment, food and exhibits until 10 p.m. On Saturday the festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with a full schedule of performances featuring traditional Filipino dance, music and song.
Filipino cuisine, including BBQ, pansit, lumpia, adobo, halo-halo, lechon, empanada and leche flan, will be available for purchase. The festival will also feature a children's area, church tours, exhibits, and health screenings. > Read more.
The Children’s Museum of Richmond last week opened its new Short Pump location at Short Pump Town Center, to the delight of children who attended a sneak preview of the location July 10. The new facility, located under the forthcoming LL Bean store (formerly the food court) is 8,500 square feet in size – much larger than CMoR’s former Short Pump location at West Broad Village, which opened in 2010. The new space includes The CarMax Foundation Service Station, the Silver Diner, a grocery store, a performance stage and an art studio, as well as a giant Light Bright Wall. > Read more.
The Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Henrico Police are both presenting community events tomorrow, Aug. 1. The Feria Community Resource Fair at Richmond International Raceway brings together community service providers, embassies/consulates from Latin American countries, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and corporations that impact the Latino community. The Division of Police’s Community Day will feature demonstrations and displays from police, fire, animal protection and sheriff’s office, as well as family activities, food, entertainment and more. Other events this weekend include wine, chess and theatre! For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
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