Thrift stores are becoming so delusional these days. They seem to have decided that since thrifting has become cool again they can jack up the prices to insane levels. EIGHT dollars for a 3″ ornament? The fast route to losing customers. I’ve seen a $25 tablecloth, a $250 fridge that was older than me and the smell when I opened the door….wowza. Thrifting is cool for a reason – it’s cheap. You can dress your kid for a whole season on $25 or furnish your living room for less than $100, asometimes because you have to. A kitchen table for $40? Perfect. I’d consider it if we had the space for it. But in March I nearly fainted when I saw in a thrift store a secondhand table and 4 chairs for $1200!! $800 just for the rather small table.
I have several $10 bookshelves. They are exactly what I would buy even if I could afford brand new ones. Our couches, queen size bed, glass topped coffee table, clothes rack, reclining embroidery chair and 29 inch TV were all FREE from friends or family. Not just because we’re tight with our money but because we don’t have any. We’re not getting our food from a food bank or anything and God willing, we never will but we choose to live consciously within a set income. No credit cards, no $3,000 fridge with an icemaker (although I love those so much!), no clothes dryer even. My child, when I have one, will be the most loved and cherished child ever born. And she/he will never go without the essentials plus extra. But he or she will also know that we don’t like buying a $2 toy because a person in China earned 2 cents making it. And that we buy things second hand because there are people so rich they throw out new and nearly new clothes and toys and that’s just crazy. And they’ll know that we don’t have cable TV because it means that we can afford to buy the more natural food without chemicals in it that cause early puberty and other problems. We’re looking at buying into a cow share scheme and getting raw milk each week. Because we’re not really into drinking cow hormones thank you very much. To be able to make this choice we have had to make the choice to do without a flat screen TV or a $800 dining table. So I get really pissed off when I go to the thrift store only to find insane prices. $25 for a small, ratty rocking horse. I can’t think why it hasn’t sold after 2 months.
If you’re still reading after my big long rant thank you!! It’s been annoying me for so long. I feel like these shops who sell donated goods for alarmingly inflated prices are losing sight of why some of us shop there – either because we have to or because it means that we can spend more in other parts of our lifestyle.
But I did find the unfinished sampler in the pictures for only $2.50 right next to that $25 tablecloth so it’s not all bad yet. I feel in love with it hard and was halfway through listing it in my etsy when I decided that even if I don’t cross stitch I can’t part with it after all and will just have to try harder at cross stitch to finish it. Because my Home Sweet Home would be even sweeter with a much loved second hand sampler that someone didn’t love enough to keep themselves.