What you are about to read is NOT a sponsored post! It gives me great pleasure to share with you about a place that I go to on a regular basis, not because I’ve been paid to share about it, but because I think you’ll love it as much as I do!
Since I was a small child, I’ve had a soft spot for thrift stores. They were treasure troves of bagged toys (nevermind that Barbie may or may not have a head), books for $.25, and tchotchkes that you never knew you needed until you laid eyes on it. Where else could you get a wedding dress for $20 and someone’s used bra for $1?
(For the record, I never bought a bra at a thrift store.)
The thrift stores of yore were often staffed by LOLs (Little Old Ladies) wearing some sort of apron, and smelled of rancid perfume and dust. The inventory always seemed picked over, though you may be the lucky one to find the Sound of Music on vinyl that had just been dropped off that morning (I was), or a random dog figurine to add to your inexplicable collection of weird looking canines because you are supposed to collect something (I did).
Then the thrift store drought hit. I wanted to dress with the current trends. I had a job, and I could afford to buy *gasp* NEW clothes. I just wasn’t diggin’ the knick-knacks the way I used to. Sure, I’d go poke around every once in a while, but I rarely bought anything. Even thrift stores were starting to be overpriced!
I’d all but given up hope.
And then a ray of hope came in the form of Savers. Savers is a big, bright, well-organized *swoon*, magnificently priced thrift store that beats every thrift store I’ve ever been to. EVER.
What’s better? Savers has a donation door that you drive right up to and these helpful folks unload your crap for you, give you a donation receipt, and a coupon for 20% off your next purchase! Any unsold merchandise is donated to developing countries.
Every time I go to Savers (which is about once a season), I am able to fill my cart with dozens of articles of clothing that are like new. When I was getting ready for my Turks & Caicos trip, a stop at Savers and I had a whole new tropical wardrobe for less than $50!
So, when the weather turned chilly, I turned to Savers. I loaded my car up with donations I was more than ready to get out of my garage, picked up my mom (my Thrift Shop mentor), and spent an hour shopping. I wanted quality, not necessarily quantity, but as it turns out, you CAN have your cake and eat it too at Savers!