I’m not one for too many gadgets, but I found that I loved my salad spinner. We eat lots of salads and I liked how it spun the greens dry and I found my salads stayed fresh longer.
So I was very disappointed a few weeks ago when my salad spinner fell to the floor and shattered. I have had it for some time and it wasn’t cheap. I paid about $30 for it when I bought it at a home party several years ago. I didn’t want to spend $30 again and I’m embarrassed to say that I even spent $30 in the first place.
Unfortunately, my first thought was, “I’ll pick one up the next time I’m at Target. I’m sure I can get one there for about $20, far cheaper than $30”.
But last Wednesday as I was heading towards the library for Toddler story time, I passed a thrift store. There was a big sign that read “50% off Today” in front of the store. Over the summer, I saw tons of salad spinners at yards sales, so I figured there was a good chance of finding one in the thrift store. I guess it is an item that people buy, but never use. Well I use it and I wanted another one.
I have shopped at this store before, but it has been awhile since I chose thrift over new.
As I was walking to my car, it occurred to me that the thrift store should have been my first thought, not Target. I need to re-train my brain that when I need something, I should check the thrift stores first.
Will I ever get over my Target compulsion? Hopefully, because .99 is a lot more better than $20.
What is your mindset? Is it one of a first use consumer or one of thrift?
This post is linked to Frugal Friday at Life as Mom.