I often play a game of “wait and see” when I’m thrift shopping.
See something you like
Ask yourself, ” what are you willing to pay for this item?”, if it is marked higher than that
Note the color of said item’s tag
Put item back on the shelf
Return for the item when it is at its lowest possible price point.
If its still there at a price that is acceptable MAKE A PURCHASE
If the item sold previously, say to yourself “KEEP LOOKING IT WILL EVENTUALLY TURN UP” (or, “YOU CAN LIVE WITHOUT IT!”)
I volunteer at my neighborhood Elementary School. after studying the westward expansion forth graders play The Oregon Trail Big Day Game where they re-enact the pioneers’ migration at a local park. (more on this in future posts-I have close to 300 photos to sort through first).
Part of the game is to dress the part. I found this pet toy at SVdP marked 99 cents and thought it could be used to make a coonskin cap.
Knowing a 50% OFF ALL MERCHANDISE Sale was scheduled for the following weekend I left the toy and came back on Saturday and purchased it for 50 cents. Since that time I have been on the lookout for fake fur fabric to make the cap. I saw some two weeks ago at Goodwill marked $5.99. It wasn’t the perfect solution but it would do, but, I wasn’t willing to pay $5.99. I marked my calendar, reminding me to see if it was still available when red tags went on sale for $1.79 (the cheapest price GW gives). On sale day I was at the store bright and early but the fabric was gone. I did pick up a couple of things and made my way to the check out.
RIGHT in front of me a lady had the fake fur I had come for. I engaged her in conversation hoping to find out if she planned to use all of the fabric (I only needed a piece around 10×20 inches). She told me she planned to make a throw blanket. I congratulated her on her great FIND.
I’m still looking for a remnant of brown, tan or black fake fur preferably for less than a dollar.
All was not loss though, I did find a penny on the floor.
Do you play “Wait & See” when you go thrifting?
What are your rules?
Have you ever had another customer beat you to your target item RIGHT BEFORE YOUR VERY EYES?