Garage sales and thrift stores always have an abundance of certain items. No matter where I go, there's always tons of these particulars gathering dust, and sold on the CHEAP! Such is the surplus of these at garage sales, rummage sales and thrifts - I've concluded one should NEVER NEVER NEVER buy them new. Here they are:
10. T-shirts. Why pay $20 for a t-shirt made in China, when you can go to the Goodwill and pick one up for 1.99?
9. Picture Frames. I've found many an oil painting without a frame, but my local thrifts always have piles of frames to chose from for a couple of bucks. A cheap frame from Aaron Brothers will put you back anywhere from $20 - $200.
8. Wine Glasses. What's the difference between a 65 cent goblet and a $40 one? If you buy the 65 cent one, you can spend $39.35 on a really good bottle of wine.
7. Kid Videos. Yeah, yeah, no one sells new video tapes. But why spend $15 on a Little Mermaid CD - do you really think a 4 year old cares about Hi Def?
6. Glass Vases. If I had a dollar for every vase I've seen at a thrift store, I'd be able to buy real estate in Manhattan. Because a dollar is pretty much what most of them go for, vs what you'll spend at Target.
5. Kid Books. I've found every conceivable popular paperback for young readers and I've never paid more than 50 cents.
4. Candy Dishes. Also known as nut dishes, condiment dishes, pickle dishes. Unless you're 80 years old and put doilies on your sofa you don't use these things, and certainly do NOT need to buy a new one. Or an old one, for that matter.
3. Coffee Mugs. I don't need all my mugs to match. Frankly, when I have guests, it's good for everyone to have a different mug, so everyone knows which is theirs.
2. Christmas decorations. People throw these out by the TRUCKLOADS. You name it - glass balls, ornaments, lights, serving dishes, wreaths, trees, candles, cards, jewelry. You can deck out an entire home for less money than 5 new ornaments.
...and the number one thing you should never buy new...
1. Microwave cookbooks. For every one regular cookbook, there are five of these. Why? Who the $#%^@ does anything other than reheat leftovers, boil water or heat up a TV dinner in a microwave?