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    I got a Waterford crystal bowl for $5 6 years ago...
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    We have VV, SA, Goodwill and St. Vincent de Paul in our town. These are always the places I look first when I want to buy something from furniture to crafting things to ceramics to clothing to outdoor decor.
    Garage Sales - Church Yard or "Rumble" or "Rummage" sales - great!
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    I'm really amazed at the finds people make at their local thrift stores. Wish i could get so lucky.
    The few times i've been into them to look for crafty/sewy things for dd have been fruitless
    (Anyone find REALLY cheap men'S ties please let me know!) .
    Went to VV once with dd and not only was it expensive but extremely depressing.Never been back since.
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    Glad to see this thread. I was just thinking yesterday (after my great score) that Smartcanucks needed a thread on thrifting. I much prefer to shop consignment/thrift than new, and not just because of the prices.
    Yesterday I got a great pair of satin sandals, 2.5 inch heel, a bag, a top from Bebe and a top from Banana Republic for $27, including tax. The tops were $3.50 each, after their 50% off tag promotion.
    I was thrilled to find the style of shoe I wanted with a lower heel height, since everything I see new in the stores is 4 inches or more and I can't wear them.

    If you're in Vancouver, I'd like to recommend the store - "Still Fabulous". It is the tidiest, best organized, highest end thrift shop I've been in and the staff were lovely. It presents more nicely than most of the for-profit consignment stores here. It's in Dunbar, around 10th-16th ave off Dunbar Street. Boyfriend found a $60 video game that even second hand you would pay $20-30 for, for $2 - so he was happy.

    I've just about given up on the Sally Ann here. They've begun to charge prices on brand name stuff to match the for profit consignment prices, but offer for the extra money, the same unpleasant, crowded, odorous experience they always have. However, the smaller stores that sell for one particular organization tend to be pretty good.

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    I went on a hunt for stuff today and didn't find anything All the plates and things were being sold as sets and I don't want a set! I did find cute sandwich plates I kind of wanted but there were 7 of them for $6 which wouldn't be bad if you needed 7 of them but I only need like 2 LOL!

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    I stopped in at our "Bibles for Missions" Thrift store today. They tend to have higher end products but usually at higher end prices. I was looking for a pair of earrings that I had spotted there the other day marked "gold" - for $6.99. They were gone, of course, but I zipped down to the "Easter stuff" display. I've managed to misplace my bin of Easter decoration stuff - and they had it marked 50% off or 2 for $1.00. I managed to get two cake tins which I'm using just for display and a decorative yellow garland as well as a great pair of jersey knit capris that fit very comfortably all for $3.88.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mommymonika View Post
    You should subscribe to Salvation Army Thrift Store on Facebook and they also put out a newsletter. They often have deals and coupons. I get an email from them about every other week with some special going on.

    Also, if you bring in a donation when you go, they will give you a save $5 WUS $25 coupon!

    Here is their facebook page. Although the link says Ontario, it is actually for all of Canada.

    https://www.facebook.com/OntarioThriftStores

    Here is their website. You can subscribe to their "front of the sale" newsletter and click on coupon corner for coupons for their store!

    www.thriftstore.ca
    I didn't even know this program existed, thanks a bunch for the info!

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    Thanks so much for starting this thread. It's amazing the things that you can find in second hand stores. I have been in the daycare business for many years and always find amazing deals on educational toys and books. I am in the process of opening a daycare center and I will definately be searching the local second hand stores, kijiji, craigslist, etc. for some of the items needed. Once I start purchasing them, I will post pics. I've always told my children "One persons trash is another persons treasure"-a statement I truly believe in.

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    I *love* thrifting! So glad we have this thread now!

    I buy all my kitchenware (casseroles, mixing bowls etc.) at the thrift. I have a great collection of vintage pyrex, milk glass (I'm a sucker for milk glass), corningware etc. Picked up an enamel cast iron pan a few months ago for 3$. Baskets, holiday stuff (lots easter goodies for DD this year), kid's books, I could go on!

    I have the Grimsby GBF nearby, and a couple VVs not too far. I find VV quality and price really varies. The one in Stoney Creek if pretty crummy, but the one in St.Catharines is very well-kept, and pleasant.

    If anyone is ever heading down to pennsylvania, there is the BEST thrift store in a tiny town called Cambridge Springs, just south of Erie. It's called Button and Bows. 3 floors of goodness. Amazing prices. They only take in good quality clothing. Every year we spend 50-60$ there and get lots- we're going back in June, can't wait!
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    Louis Vuitton tote : VV@ $5.99
    Fendi bag :VV@ $4.99
    Yves Saint Laurent tie: thrift store @0.99
    Lululemon tank:thrift store@ $2.99
    Tna tank: SA@ 0.99
    Silver Jeans:SA @0.50
    just to name a few...
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    Quote Originally Posted by lyssia510 View Post
    my best finds ever are
    authentic louis vuitton wallet-3.99
    authentic gucci mans wallet-4.99
    authentic gucci boston bag-14.99
    marni top-4.99
    3 juicy couture velour suits, 3.98, 7.99, and 9.99
    prada bag-6.99
    louis vuitton wool scarf-2.99
    nwt anne klein wool winter coat-12.99
    authentic louis vuitton bag-9.99
    celine bag-9.99
    thakoon top-4.99
    a.b.s maxi dress-9.99
    miu miu flats-9.99
    ysl vintage kitten heels-6.99
    my wedding dress-4.50
    i take all the bags/wallets i find to the actual designer stores for authentication and if they aren't real i return them.
    amazing finds!!! :0

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glmr5 View Post
    Louis Vuitton tote : VV@ $5.99
    Fendi bag :VV@ $4.99
    Yves Saint Laurent tie: thrift store @0.99
    Lululemon tank:thrift store@ $2.99
    Tna tank: SA@ 0.99
    Silver Jeans:SA @0.50
    just to name a few...
    Awesome finds!! I have to ask are you in a larger city?? I need to go try my luck in a bigger city I think if I ever want a chance to find some better brand names.

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    I bought them in many shopping trips to various larger cities.

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    I hate to buy new... most things anyway. I love secondhand stores and garage sales.
    My best finds:
    vintage dishes, mostly fire king/anchor hocking with peach passion glaze
    Royal Albert serving plater $10
    70 cloth diapers for $30 (I had enough to diaper 7 kids... but only had 2)
    4 100 year old dressers (each from a different store/yard sale, had a date stamped on the back of the mirror or had old newspaper between the mirror and backing), didn't pay more than $30 each.
    West 49 hoodie (brand new, at Frenchie's in NS, for $2.50)
    pearls at VV, 6 single strings of imperfect small white for $3.99 or less; 1 string of huge dark purple pearls for $49.99 (would have been over $100); 1 set of 5 strands twisted together, pink small imperfect $19.99 (would have been over $100)
    3 vintage pieces with petit point, matching rose pattern (bracelet, ring and hat pin) paid around $20 for all

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