Yesterday I cleaned out our spare bedroom. I had been storing things that needed to be donated in there, and it was time to get rid of everything. I had a ton of toys and clothes that needed to go.

Since I had toys, I couldn’t drop everything off at the Goodwill, where I normally donate things. They stopped taking toys when the whole made in China lead scare happened. I decided to drive down the Old Highway, in search of a thrift store that would take toys. I knew the Salvation Army a couple of towns south of us would accept toys, but I was hoping not to drive that far.

A couple of miles out of town, I came across the St. Vincent De Paul thrift store. I had shopped there a couple of years ago, but since I’d last been there, they had built a whole new store…and it was HUGE!

They happily took my donation, toys and all. I had a few extra minutes, so I decided to go in and browse. I have to tell you, I have found my new thrift store utopia!

They had everything! Kids clothes, women’s clothes, men’s clothes, shoes, furniture, glassware, cooking utensils, books, small kitchen appliances, fabrics, craft supplies, artwork. You name it, they had it, and compared to other thrift stores in the area, the prices were very reasonable!

I ended up buying practically new denim capris for $3, a Gap blouse for $2, and a sleeveless blouse for my daughter for $2. Considering Goodwill would have asked $4-$7 for each piece, I got a great deal!

I could have spent all day at this thrift store, but I was limited by both time and money. I will definitely be back, though. Our house needs some furniture yet, and we could use some artwork for the walls, too. And now I know where I’ll buy it!

If you’ve ever turned up your nose at thrift store shopping (I know I used to), give it a try. Yes, there is a lot of junk. But think of it as a treasure hunt. You never know when you’re going to find your diamond amongst the coal.

Do you shop at thrift stores? Why or why not?