9 things to buy at the thrift store

One of my favorite things to do is to stroll into a local Goodwill store and just browse around for awhile. It’s like going on a treasure hunt every time – you never know what you might find! Most Goodwill stores offer thousands of items. Many of these items could take the place of what you are routinely purchasing at other stores (and for less money!). I’m here to set you straight. Here are some items that you could be purchasing at your local Goodwill, other than paying full-price elsewhere.

1. Kitchen utensils
When I bought my first home, I struggled with getting it furnished. If it weren’t for my girlfriend at the time (now wife), I’d never have a vegetable peeler! Peelers are just one of the many kitchen utensils that you can get at the thrift store. No sense in buying these things new. Just clean ‘em up and put em to use!

2. Seasonal decorations
I’ve never understood why so many people pay so much money for items they use only 1x a year! Goodwill stores carry many seasonal items that you can purchase for cheap!

3. Glassware
Another kitchen item that you can get at the thrift store are glassware items. From drinking glasses to vases – Goodwill is the place to get these items for less.

4. Tees
I’m not taking golf here – but your everyday t-shirt. A favorite item to browse at Goodwill is the selection of t-shirts. With so many different people donating items to the store – you just never know what tee might show up!

5. Tableware
From candles, to table pieces to salt-and-pepper shakers – the thrift store has these and more to complete your table centerpieces and dining room decor.

6. Reference books
From medical books to travel books, to dictionaries to thesauruses – you will likely find a reference book for your library that will come in handy some day.

7. Sporting goods
Another area I enjoy checking out is the sporting goods section. Since I love golf – I make sure to check out all the miscellaneous golf clubs for sale as well as any yard games that my nieces and nephews might enjoy playing. Many of these items you don’t need new (and often some wear is good: ie, baseball glove) and work great!

8. Board games
Speaking of entertainment – why not check out the selection of board games that many Goodwills carry. I recently picked up an almost brand new Apples to Apples board game that our family loved!

9. Pet toys
With all the miscellaneous items at the thrift stores, you’re likely to find an old tennis or rubber plan that your dog Fido could play with and enjoy for less than you’ll pay at your pet store.

These are just a few items that I came up with. Anything else I’m missing that you regularly purchase at your Goodwill store instead of buying new?

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