Wednesday, October 19, 2011

What do you get for a smile, a little patience and 53 cents?

My favorite Thrift Store opens at 10 am so by 11:30 or so, the line starts forming. I’ve mentioned before that this is a BIG Thrift store and it is CHEAP!

The clothes are 5 cents each and I think the shoes are, too!

So there was a family in line with several baskets FULL of clothes and shoes!

Their total was $4.25...so when you do the math...

they had 80 items! OH MY!

One person in front of me left!

So that meant, one lady and a couple in line in front of me!

I’m a pretty happy person and I have learned to be patient ‘in line’ anywhere! And yes...I smile a lot!

So when I put my little stack of treasures on the counter, the lady at the register said, “53 cents.”

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The ziplock bag with the 3 cookie cutters was on top of the stack and it had $1 on it...she said it was half price.

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I said, what about everything else?

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She said...it’s yours for 53 cents.

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I started to give her the correct change but pulled out a dollar bill and told her to put it all in the register.

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Then I smiled and said Thank you!

I’m linking to these fun parties!

I’m joining....Vintage Thingie Thursday

and Time Travel Thursday

and Club G.W. No. 15

and Thrifty Things Friday!

and Treasure Hunt Thursday!

I’m linking to Honey’s Potpourri Party, too!

I have some crazy experiences at Thrift Stores!

Has anything like this happened to you?

You never know so...

Keep SMILING!

 

 

44 comments:

Vee said...

A smile goes a long way and, apparently, so does .53! The nearly 100% tip sounds so like you! Yes, let's keep smiling.

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

That is unbelievable Diane, so dirt cheap...you almost want to pay more. Cute stuff.

KAT said...

wow unbelievable ...Love those big Cookie cutters and the book is a treasure

- KAT -

silvia said...

Wow!!! Fabulous finds!! I LOVE the book!!
I need to come out to Florida and shop with you.

Have a great day!!
Silvia

68sesentera said...

WHAT BEAUTIFUL BOOK! I HAVE A SAME GINGER COOKIE CUTTER

Kim K. said...

I can't believe the prices. You did so well. I have same Asian doll for Miss Josie and we get her out every Chinese New Year.

laurie said...

I do the very same thing at the thrift store,, you discovered some great buys,, love the hankie,

Daffycat said...

I love karma! Love your thrifty finds too!

DearHelenHartman said...

How amazing! I absolutely adore the Kokeshi doll.

Ido said...

That is a cool thrift store. Our thrift stores here in the state have gone sky rocketing due to the "trend" of painted furniture and re purposed items. You want to buy an old chair and is $50.00 pretty expensive. Your finds are lovely!
XXX Ido

Marydon said...

A gal of my heart! Love your treasures.

Have a beautiful week.
TTFN ~
Hugs,
Marydon

Donna said...

What a steal! They don't have thrift stores like that around here, sad to say. Shirts are more like $5-8 a piece here, and pants are even more! It is better to just buy new and on sale here. And little goodies? They are nonexistent. Our thrift stores are very junky. Yard sales are the way to go for any good deals!

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Wow...you weren't kidding when you said cheap, were you? Love the cookie cutters and the book!!! Keep smiling!

Betsy said...

That's even better than my church parking lot sale! Wow, I'm sure they appreciated the tip too. Great stuff.

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

My goodness what a great place to shop.
Hard to believe that you got all of that for 53 cents. lol
Hope your having a great week
Love
Maggie

Flora said...

Wow Vintage and Thrifty!!

Kasia said...

Now thats a deal! LOL great buys girl! :)

Hugs,

Happy@Home said...

When I began reading I couldn't imagine a long line at a thrift shop... that is until I heard about the prices. Unbelievable ... even better than a garage sale. You certainly got a lot for that dollar. How fun!

Sweet Tea said...

I envy you having a great Thrift Store close at hand. We have several in our area but I've only found one to be priced "thrifty", but not nearly as thrifty as yours. I love your new treasures!

Lynn at Cottage and Creek said...

Wow! I've never heard of prices that cheap. Even garage sales cost more! What a fun time you must have visiting that thrift store. Nice finds, too.
Lynn

Vintage Gal said...

Wow ! gotta love cheap and you sound juse like me at the thrift store ~ ours goes to a good cause ~ hungry children. I always tell them ~ keep the change. ;-)

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Great finds and what a blessing to get it all for that price!! It is so neat to see how the Lord will bless us in unexpected ways!

KarenHarveyCox said...

Oh your treasures would make me smile too. I would have gone home had a cup of tea and admired my finds. Such a little bit of money for a smile.

Karen

helen tilston said...

That does sound almost too reasonable, even if you paid $1.
I volunteer at a thrift store and one day a young man came in to purchase some socks, as climate was getting cold, his 3 pair of socks came to 30 cents. He had only 20cents. I told him that I was having a good day and would pay his 10c additional. He said he would not accept this but would borrow from me and repay. He went to great lengths to explain that he lived in the mobile park down the way and he was a good guy and always paid his bills. Later that afternoon he returned to the store and gave me my 10cents. Needless to say we all had a little tear in our eye.

Helenxx

Ginger Zuck said...

Wow, wow, wow!!! You are the bargin queen..

cynthia lee designs said...

Wow...great goodies for a great price!! Love the cookie cutters.
Hope you are having a great week.
hugs,
Cindy

Coloradolady said...

Hard to imagine the prices at that store. How fantastic!! We have one goodwill store here that has all clothes for 1.00 and kids .50. It is a great little place to find stuff in, sometimes name brands still with tags. Now, all the other GW stores must make up the difference, as they are rather pricey!! That is a fun little book you found! Have a great VTT!

Ann said...

Well none of our thrift stores can match those prices!! We have some good ones though and I am a regular customer. All of your treasures are certainly price worthy.
Ann

LV said...

Money well spent.

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Wow, you found some great things! I wish we had a store like that around here!

Debbie

missing moments said...

Cool! So love thrift stores.

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Honey at 2805 said...

I would say you most definately got your 53-cents worth!

Thank you for linking this fun post to Potpourri Friday. You are appreciated, my friend!

Joy said...

Don't you love places like that, seems like you have really found some treasures!

My Little Home and Garden said...

My goodness. The cashier practically paid you to take the items!

pat said...

I had to look at your profile to see where this great store is.
Our cheap store in TX is 1.49 per pound. The best thing I bought was what I thought was a table cloth. I wanted the lace around the bottom. It turned out to be a very nice king size dust ruffle; just what I needed! Now I need to find some lace.

Diane Writes said...

WOW name mate! I would love to see and visit your place someday. You really have a lot of great finds.

NauticalCottageBlog.com said...

What a beautiful story - love it! Your .53 cents + tip purchased some wonderful little treasures.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Hugs,
Marie

S said...

What bargain hunter treasures - so cute. I need to look for some old storybooks to use the pages as accents for my scrapbooking. At that price, I wouldn't feel bad about taking them apart.

Sheila said...

It sure would be fun to shop in that Thrift store. Your book is a treasure!

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Pamela said...

Loving the story behind your treasure hunting just as much as your treasures!! Thanx for coming to party! Have a fabulous weekend!

C. Joy said...

Great story. I especially like your cookie cutters. You got an amazing deal - even for a dollar.

Chris said...

Wow Diane, you did fantastically - see what a warm smile brings?? I think that clerk was also in a good mood that day. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris