day 13: scooping up the bargains {31 days of thrifting}

Here’s one of my more unique thrifting finds:

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It’s a 24 inch decorative ladle in a perfect blue-gray shade of teal!

Tell me, how often do you find those?

That’s what I asked myself after the manager rejected my attempt at bargaining. The small town Goodwill we’d visited liked to price their items a little higher than I was willing to pay.

They had this little pretty priced at $5. Not really that bad, especially considering that it’s the biggest spoon I’ve.ever.seen. Photos just don’t do it justice, but here it is beside an 8x10 picture so you can get an idea:

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I was hoping she’d go down on the price to $3 or $4, but when I asked she gave me that lifted eyebrow that said “you’re not from around here, are you?” and said no, they’d just brought it out that day.

I shook my head and stared at it long and hard. Did I really need a $5 ladle for my kitchen?

I thought about it, and figured I might never have the chance to own another spoon that size… so I went for it!

I was really happy I did, because I have the perfect spot to hang it in my kitchen.

So what exactly do you do with a giant ladle until you remodel your kitchen and can hang it somewhere cool?

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You keep it wherever it will fit… ;)

thrifting tip #9:

ask for a discount, especially on big ticket items.

What do you have to lose? Though the lady manager I mentioned was surprised, most managers in the thrifting world are used to cheap thrifters like us who want a discount.

Always politely ask a manager if they can go lower on the price of an item, keeping the number you’d be willing to pay in mind without saying it. If they go down, but not to what you wanted to pay, ask them if they could do your specific dollar amount. If they say yes- hey, you’ve got it! If they say they can’t go any lower, decide if you are willing to pay their asking price. Sweetly thank them and either take or leave the item.

If they won’t give you a discount at all, it’s not any different than if you never asked, right? You pay the sticker price that you were expecting.

See- nothing to lose. :D

So do you like to haggle at thrift stores too? Have you ever saved money that way- in thrift store or a retail one?

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6 comments

Mwimp1 said...

i asked the checkout lady if they ever have the "end-of-season-75%-off" sales that i've read on several other blogs. she just looked at me like i was crazy! i mean true its not like we have actual seasons here in south texas, but technically we could go by the calender and get an even better deal! lol, but woo hoo for cooler temps we are gonna hit the high 40's at night next week and low 70's for highs - i'm so excited.

mandyBH said...

Wow, I think ours is heading that way! Shirts are $4, and pants are $6 or so, jeans are up to $8 now!

mandyBH said...

wow! Target!? That's amazing! I'm so excited for you to haggle! :D

DeAnna said...

I never haggle. Not even in places where they expect you to (e.g., Freeport). I saw a special where a woman said she haggled at Target. Target! I will try haggling the next time I see a great piece of furniture or something at GW ...

Mwimp1 said...

omw! that IS huge! i would have paid $5 for it too. our GW's around here are much more pricier than others around the blog world that i read about. our shirts (ladies) are $6 and pants are $8.

Jen said...

I do try to haggle but our thrift stores pretty much always say no - they absolutely refuse to haggle. It's sad really, I consider thrift stores for people who really can't afford to pay full price but we have one store that prices things more than if they were new!

I enjoy shopping yard sales more where things are priced at used prices &people are willing to haggle.