Thrift Store Bargains

Corey —  February 5, 2010

       Before our trip to Haiti, my wife, Michelle, and I were shopping at Goodwill to buy some work clothes we could use and leave there. But while we were there, Michelle found a great bargain in the shoe section.

       She found a pair of Nike Air Zoom Elite Women’s running shoes for $6.97. Here are a couple pictures:

Michelle's Shoes

Michelle's Shoes - Price Tag

       These shoes are in great condition, very clean, and look like they’ve barely been used at all. The amazing thing is these shoes retail for $65.00 new at That’s a savings of $58.03! Granted, they’re not worth the brand new price since they’re used, but they’re definitely worth more than $6.97.

       These shoes wouldn’t be a great deal if Michelle didn’t actually need them and wouldn’t actually use them. But she does and will. I think this example can teach us two things:

  1. You need to keep your eyes open to spot deals.

  3. You shouldn’t ignore thrift stores because of stigmas or misconceptions.

       And believe me, there are more bargains to be found in thrift stores than just the shoes. I saw a suit from Nordstrom, jeans from Gap and Calvin Klein, shirts from Tommy Hilfiger, and nice leather jackets – all in great condition. I’m not saying you should focus on name brands only, but it just goes to show you that you can find quality items at low prices in thrift stores.

Your Best Thrift Store Bargains

       What’s your best thrift store bargain? Let me know in the comments!



Corey is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in religion. While he enjoys learning and writing about Christianity, another one of his new passions is writing about personal finances in order to help others make wise decisions with their money.

3 responses to Thrift Store Bargains

  1. We spent $80 on TONS of good new-to-us clothes at the Salvation Army the other week…a fun date after a great meal at Rice and Noodles!
    .-= Stu MetzlerĀ“s last blog ..Interviewing 101 is a Hit! =-.

  2. Thanks for sharing, Stu. Michelle and I enjoy going to thrift stores together on dates, too. It’s fun to see what you can find and then share it with each other.

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