The challenge on the blog this year is to Choose Thrift First, where we’re rethinking our purchases to find more cost effective solutions.
To be successful, I’ve been keeping a list of things that we need as they come up. And the first item on the list was a new dresser for our younger daughter. Two drawers of her dresser pretty much disintegrated over the holidays and the poor girl was living out of plastic tubs until we found a replacement.
I checked some local furniture stores to check the prices of new dressers. At $500-700–we’ll pass.
So for the first time I checked out Craigslist. While I LOVE to shop at thrift stores, the thought of going to a stranger’s home was a bit scary to me–a former 24/7 news junkie. Too many stories of Craigslist gone wrong.
But when I found a pretty good solution on Craigslist, I sent my husband to pick it up the dresser. haha. He has no qualms about much.
My daughter is pretty pleased with her new dresser. It’s a Broyhill and the set is from the early 90’s. I know, because we have the entertainment armoire and bookshelves from the same group. It’s a solid piece and she loves the mirror, as most little girls do.
My plan is to paint it white in the spring. A matching twin headboard was included, but she doesn’t need it, so I might try to sell it at our next yard sale, or Craigslist.
Next stop was my favorite thrift store where everything is 50% off on Wednesdays. 50% off second hand goods makes me happy, happy.
My daughters are in elementary school and it is a big deal to wear red on Valentine’s day and green on St. Patrick’s Day, an that was the main reason for my shopping trip. I want to get a head start in case I have difficulty finding something that they’ll like.
As luck would have it, I found some perfect t-shirts for both girls. The shirts were $1.50 each after 50% off.
I just don’t understand why my oldest didn’t like this t-shirt, because I TOTALLY rock as a mom!
What thrifty finds did you find this week? Let us know in the comments.