The Crazy Suburban Mom: Thrifing is all that and a bag of rat doody

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Thrifing is all that and a bag of rat doody

Today I dropped Pandora off for service and while out I did a little thrifting.

I had to leave her there so I'm driving Lance in the interim.

Lately thrifting isn't all that thrifty so I combined car service with it so I won't waste gas finding nothing.   And I know I've made this claim before so this time I brought my camera.

 Bottom line, thrift shops, garage sales and Yes! even estates sales should charge under (way under) retail prices.  I know some of these places are charity-run but please, the prices you charge are for the people you serve.  And I didn't see a single  Bravo Housewife from Anyplace when I was there so besides the odd person buying to sell on eBay we all needed cheap.

This trip is just one example of gouge-worthy prices but I haven't been to a thrift shop, garage sale or estate sale in over a year that shouldn't be ashamed.

  Today is the perfect example of  why resale isn't retail. 

If I was a bettin' person no one noticed I took these pictures because they were all focused on the big rat brouhaha.  Major drama ensued as they fished it out of the drop down ceiling followed by tense moments locating enough bags for the unexpected (Unexpected, really?) doody.

And also there were big doings after because it sounded like there might have been a pool and most employees thought it was going to turn up a raccoon.  

Based on all that doody I think there's a bear still up there.

Back to my opinion on second hand places - If people are swearing to a deity and running past me two-fisting bags of rodents and doody, does this price tag make sense to you?

pyrex tag

I can get one cheaper at Walmart.  

Wait, make that Macy's AND Walmart.

And I can pretty much promise that an employee won't run past me with a rat and a bag of doody at either place.

If you were wondering what the ugliest mug in the world cost at a thrift shop near me.

ugly mug

It's a dollar more then it should be.

ugly mug price

They did have something a schooch less ugly...

ugly mug

But do you know how many two buck mugs there are in places where I don't have to see squirmy tails peeking outta grocery bags?

Well, do ya?

I find these little metal trays a tad appealing, truth be told...

little trays

If they didn't look like they'd been rattling around in the back of a '73 Gremlin for decades...

little trays tag

Well not for75 ¢  each.. But, Ha...Ha. Ha.  That's a good one...

This plate helped me figure out how they charge.


It $5.50 and really ugly.


I figure they charge by the ugly.

And if you were hankering for a bottle shaped like a fish...

fish glass 

  four bucks.

fish glass price

If you kicked yourself for throwing out that vase that came free from the florist.

blue vase 

Stop kicking yourself and rush here to get it for three.


And if you need a birthday present for a friend named Roy who smokes, and likes frying pan shaped stuff..

roy tag

That will set you back three dollars.

There was a fair amount of Pyrex today.

Another way to say it would be Holy crap! There was a crap ton of crappy Pyrex today. The common denominator being the word, crap.


Never saw this pattern before but...

eagle pyrex

$8.50. Try as I might I could not get the picture to reflect it's crappiness. Pass.

I know the Pyrex appears good, it's not.  The best pieces looked like they might have been used as spittoons.; the worst - Litter boxes.   

This creepy thing is perfect for one thing; a Secret Santa at work for that guy you can't stand.  You gotta spend less then ten bucks and it's $2.25. 

Now  that I think of it, that's probably how bathtub man ended up here....

There were more pictures from there, but I can't go on... 

The only thing I found worth buying today,  I didn't buy there.....


I've wanted one of these printer's trays forever and it was only $8.50 and I didn't get it from there.  Now that was a good buy (I thought).


Berryvox 6/29/11, 4:53 PM  

Ha! I often walk out of Goodwill and Savers because they have prices like that. Savers is worthwhile when they have half-price sales though.

The Crazy Suburban Mom 6/29/11, 5:00 PM  

I don't get it, I really don't. Those places are supposed to BE FOR people who can't afford to shop retail.... What gives?????

Storm, The Psychotic Housewife 6/29/11, 7:54 PM  

The thrifts have been going higher and higher here too - they are taking away all my fun! :(

Theres just life 6/29/11, 10:38 PM  

I have seen the fish bottle new at a craft store here in Texas. I think it was .75 to 2.00 depending on the size.

I still find good buys at shop at the senior citizen center. How good a espresso maker for 10.00. A full body massage mat for 2.00. Oh and a real leather jacket for 2.50.

But I either go there or the church thrift store, goodwill and others are getting just to expensive for second hand resale.

Pamela Jo

Catherine 6/30/11, 10:11 AM  

I can't believe the prices!! It would all be cheaper at Macy's and not even on the clearance!!! I sometimes think that people think it is better because it is expensive. Well, anyway have a good and safe July 4th. Take Care & Blessings, Catherine xo

Pearl 6/30/11, 5:12 PM  

I hear yah! That is so not thrift shopping... i enjoyed reading your posts:-)

Daisy 6/30/11, 7:07 PM  

That bathtub-like thing is creepy. Absolutely creepy. I'm like your first commenter; I really like the half price sales at Savers. I'm on their mailing list, and I just got a $10 coupon from Savers, too - no conditions! That's my kind of bargain.

Babes Mami 6/30/11, 7:07 PM  

I wish that thrifting was as fun as it used to be when prices were AWESOME and priced right. Now you could go to walmart and get brand new (yes cheaply made but new) clothes for same or less then the thrift store and same goes for most home goods. I want to reduce/reuse/recycle but I also want to save money!

Coloradolady 6/30/11, 10:25 PM  

Oh, my goodness... I have laughed till my side hurts now....I know what you mean...thrifty means you have to have a fat wallet these days! Happy VTT!! Thanks for a great post..It had me in stitches!

The Budget Diet 7/1/11, 7:07 PM  

I think that's the fun of thrift shopping...finding the treasures! The treasures do exist, but don't expect everything to be a deal! Last month my son found a pair of golf shoes at Goodwill for $7 that he sold on ebay for $75!

lee 7/1/11, 10:23 PM  

you could make that bathtub thing even creepier by filling it with cotton balls. my aunt had something just like it and it always gave me s gross shiver to have to put my hand in the thang's bathwater.

that pyrex design looks like it might be gerald ford's official seal or some 1776 america fad. might be rare, might just be fugly.

at the best yardsale ever last week-end, i bought a keurig coffee maker for $1 and it was new. i just need some k-cups and i can be all fancy.

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