Many of you (especially if you live in North America) have visited second hand stores like Value Village, Renaissance...etc, so you know more or less how it looks like. Rows and rows of worn clothing, shelves after shelves of used tableware, a cluster of furniture and many other junks with dirt cheap price.
My family rarely buys anything from secondhand stores because my mom is full of pride and we aren't financially struggling. On rare occasions, my dad bought a shoe rack for like $5 and a gorgeous atmospheric lamp for $10. My mom would throw a fit when she realized where the furniture came from. Anyhow, I love to go to secondhand store for one purpose (one that my mom allows me to have concerning secondhand stores)... Curious? Here's why.
I'm sure every one of us go there for a reason. Some buy secondhand goods because they want good bargain while others are collectors of antique. I'm going to tell you why I am always excited to go to secondhand stores. When I walk through their front door, my eyes scanned the place very quickly until I see a huge pile of books. You can see my eyes sparkle BLING! BLING! Yup! I am a book scavenger! I absolutely love book hunting. The secondhand stores satisfy that weird hobby of mine perfectly. Sometimes you find goodies, sometimes you don't. Your failures added up and turn into sweet happiness when you got what you like. To me, finding a good book at thrift stores is a fun challenge that I'm always ready for! So when I see a bookshelf, it has my 200% attention. I don't even bother to look at anything else. I'm going to show you one of my proudest collection of books I bought from thrift shops... behold and be jealous... well not really unless you are huge Harry Potter fans like me!
If I estimate correctly, I spent $21 on the whole series! OMG! Mother of sweet prices... Let's see how much this would have cost me if I had bought them at a retail store... (note: hardcover price)
Harry Potter and:
The Philosopher's Stone: $19.95 ($1.99)
The Chamber of Secrets: $19.95 ($1.99)
The Prisoner of Azkaban: $19.95 ($1.99)
The Goblet of Fire: $35 ($3.99)
The Order of Phoenix (Soft cover): $18.95 ($2.99)
The Half Blood Prince: $41 ($2.99)
The Deathly Hallows: $45 ($4.99)
That's a total of $199.80!!!! Holy Guacamole! I thought they would be expensive but I didn't know it would be that much! WOOHOOOO! I feel like a winner for buying $200 worth of books for $21! That's 10% of the original price!
I have never been that proud. The books are all in brand new conditions. If fact, I like them so much I bought a double for some (because of their cover). I'm that crazy for Harry Potter books. Let's see I have 3 Book 1, 2 Book 3, 2 Book 4, 2 Book 6 & 2 Book 7... crazy!
Of course I bought other books too! They are obviously cheap and worthy! LOVE BOOK HUNTING!
My advise (f you are buying books) is to scoop around your local thrift stores. If you can't find it then go ahead and buy it at retail/online stores. You just can't win at everything. I'm lucky enough that I found these books on my visits. Let's say if I had gone to the stores a day late, the book might not be there anymore. So yeah... it's like my calling to buy those books.
Hmmm for the other products, I'm not an expert. I do know you can find branded clothing if you are lucky. I would recommend you to buy non-branded clothing in retails unless you are in love with those you saw in the secondhand stores. I don't remember the exact price for a shirt... somewhere around the range of $3.99. I mean it's still cheap but it's not worthy when there's a retail clothing store next door that was selling fancy shirts on promotion for $5-$10. It's just $1 difference. Might as well get it new.
You should only buy things that you feel really happy on getting. Don't just buy it because it's cheap otherwise it will just end up as junk at your place. My motto for shopping is "You must be in love with the product. It's a 'If-I-don't-have-it-I-might-faint' disease." Trust me, it works like magic once you get a hang of it. You will be a happier and richer person.
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