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How soon would you bench Thrift Stores & Wal-Marts if you won the lottery?

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Posted: June 13, 2013, 7:33 pm - IP Logged

That is" if" you visit those stores occasionally? With your new earned wealth: would they be a thing of the past or would you troll the aisles of such establishments to not arouse suspicion as to your true worth?

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    That is" if" you visit those stores occasionally? With your new earned wealth: would they be a thing of the past or would you troll the aisles of such establishments to not arouse suspicion as to your true worth?

    I am always looking for a hidden treasure at these stores. There is this kind of high end Salvation army in my area and they have a special room of ceramics and glass and old books and collectibles. Amazing stuff. And I always check out the paintings looking for that Picasso.  I would never give up my 2-3 visits a year here. It is an adventure. And most of the people visiting this store are at least middle class and well employed (most of the cars are not cheap). A bargain is a bargain.

    J'aime La France.

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      Like Artist77, I would definitely continue to shop at the high end thrift stores.  I get pure satisfaction knowing I'm not paying retail for some things, makes my day.

      Remember to flip 6's 9's, mirror front and end #'s, and do front/back3 for a hit!

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        Like Artist77, I would definitely continue to shop at the high end thrift stores.  I get pure satisfaction knowing I'm not paying retail for some things, makes my day.

        I Agree!  Just bought some automotive equipment on eBay for even less then I seen it for on amazon,

        not talkin chumpin change either, difference was $70.

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          I Agree!  Just bought some automotive equipment on eBay for even less then I seen it for on amazon,

          not talkin chumpin change either, difference was $70.

          Haymaker I love, love, love eBay.  If the shipping price is not astronomical you can't go wrong with eBay. I would never let that habit go. lol

          Remember to flip 6's 9's, mirror front and end #'s, and do front/back3 for a hit!

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            Haymaker I love, love, love eBay.  If the shipping price is not astronomical you can't go wrong with eBay. I would never let that habit go. lol

            Ebay is where its at, but one has to check the " shipping" charges first- those puppies can put a hurt on the total price.

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              Posted: June 14, 2013, 11:31 am - IP Logged

              I love thrift store shopping, flea markets, eBay... Wal-Mart not so much.

              I don't know about other Wal-Marts since it isn't usually on my places to visit when I'm traveling but the ones here are unkept, dirty, and have cheaply made products that rarely last.  I've also noticed quite a few expired products in the grocery section left on the shelf.

               

              Sometimes you can find some really neat antiques at certain thrift stores though.

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                I am always looking for a hidden treasure at these stores. There is this kind of high end Salvation army in my area and they have a special room of ceramics and glass and old books and collectibles. Amazing stuff. And I always check out the paintings looking for that Picasso.  I would never give up my 2-3 visits a year here. It is an adventure. And most of the people visiting this store are at least middle class and well employed (most of the cars are not cheap). A bargain is a bargain.

                I've never been to a thrift store, but I imagine I doubt I can find stuff there I can't find on eBay, Etsy, Artfire or Ruby Lane. All without ever having to leave the house.

                However, if price was no option, then it will always boil down to convenience. I am almost always more willing to pay more for convenience than pay less and be inconvenienced. Which store is closest, which is less trafficky, can I get the item delivered instead.

                And besides, Walmart isn't always cheapest. With Amazon Prime, many times Amazon will have something on sale which comes in at far below Walmart prices, and in 1 click, the next day or the day after it's at my door. Can't beat that. Not to mention Costco, between the quality of their items, no questions asked returns, and bargain basement prices on prescriptions, I'd rather be inconvenienced at Costco than inconveniencd at Walmart. I would definitely still shop at Costco if I won the lottery.

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                  I've never been to a thrift store, but I imagine I doubt I can find stuff there I can't find on eBay, Etsy, Artfire or Ruby Lane. All without ever having to leave the house.

                  However, if price was no option, then it will always boil down to convenience. I am almost always more willing to pay more for convenience than pay less and be inconvenienced. Which store is closest, which is less trafficky, can I get the item delivered instead.

                  And besides, Walmart isn't always cheapest. With Amazon Prime, many times Amazon will have something on sale which comes in at far below Walmart prices, and in 1 click, the next day or the day after it's at my door. Can't beat that. Not to mention Costco, between the quality of their items, no questions asked returns, and bargain basement prices on prescriptions, I'd rather be inconvenienced at Costco than inconveniencd at Walmart. I would definitely still shop at Costco if I won the lottery.

                  I Agree! I never been to a thrift store, Walmart yesSmash but not for food

                  i like to order off line alsoBanana

                  #1. Convenience

                  because i am never home always working no time to shop at the stores

                  i know my stuff will be waiting on me Dance@ my door

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                    Posted: June 14, 2013, 3:05 pm - IP Logged

                    I love thrift store shopping, flea markets, eBay... Wal-Mart not so much.

                    I don't know about other Wal-Marts since it isn't usually on my places to visit when I'm traveling but the ones here are unkept, dirty, and have cheaply made products that rarely last.  I've also noticed quite a few expired products in the grocery section left on the shelf.

                     

                    Sometimes you can find some really neat antiques at certain thrift stores though.

                    It depends on the Walmart. In the same city a few miles apart you can have a huge, very brightly lit, very clean, very tidy, very orderly Walmart and a few miles down the road you can have the dark, dingy, dirty Walmart. 

                    I found the same to be true with Kroger and Winn Dixie. Some chains are just like that. 

                    But yeah, some things you need to go up a notch and get from Target or Burlington instead. Costs are lower but so is material and workmanship.

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                      Posted: June 14, 2013, 4:03 pm - IP Logged

                      I Love Target (Tarjee)Wink

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                        I Love Target (Tarjee)Wink

                        Me too. I have so many bedspreads and comforters from there that I could open a B&B. All of their products are so well designed. I have an orange handbag from there and I swear that more than 10 people this week told me how much they like it. When my first book came out, all I cared was that Target carried it  and they picked it up after a couple of months (I did not care about all the other places that sell it...lol). To me that was the biggest thrill. Still is!

                        J'aime La France.

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                          Posted: June 14, 2013, 6:51 pm - IP Logged

                          I wouldn't stop shopping anywhere I shop at now.

                           

                          I would actually likely start shopping at thrift stores as sort of a hobby, going around the state sort of as a road trip, fishing trip and to also see what cool things I could find in smaller town shops.


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                            That is" if" you visit those stores occasionally? With your new earned wealth: would they be a thing of the past or would you troll the aisles of such establishments to not arouse suspicion as to your true worth?

                            Nah Im a Walmart junkie...can't give it up LOL

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                              I actually stopped in at the Wal-Mart by my father's house last night which is in a different City (he really lives in  the burbs but they're incorporated so they get the city title) and it actually was pretty clean. I hadn't ever stopped in the store close to his house, and was impressed with how nice it was.

                              I've noticed that with Winn Dixie.  All of the ones in the city I live in are pretty dingy, but once you get to the suburbs they’re not so bad.