Save Even More on Your Thrift Store Purchases

Don’t you just love it when you go to your favorite thrift store and a certain color tag is 50% off?

Or those times when then whole store is 50% off?

Some thrift stores even offer a certain color tag at .99.

My local Value Village has 2 colors on Mondays that are 50% off.

Saving on your eBay and Etsy inventory items at the thrift store means less money spent, more items you get to take home and more profit in your pocket.

It’s a good idea to get familiar with the sales and promotions your local thrift store runs.

For example, in South Eastern Wisconsin where my brother lives, their local Goodwill has a “Club Goodwill” card that you can sign up for.  You get a discount on your purchases when you spend a minimum amount on your transaction.  You can bet that I signed up for that!  I can’t use it at my local Goodwill, but I visit him every summer, so it will come in handy.  They also offer this in some parts of Illinois.

Value Village (which is also known as SAVERS in some parts of the country) has for sale right now their annual coupon calendars.  The calendar is $2.99 and has a page of coupons in the back.  This is the third year I’ve purchased the calendars.  You can buy as many of them as  you’d like, but once they run out of them, they’re gone.  Last year, I bought 6 of them.  I had intended to purchase 5 of them so that I’d have a coupon every time I go to VV in a month, but I’d lost track of how many I had, so I sent the 6th calendar to Lizzie :)

VV is my FAVORITE thrift store and the coupons can be used at SAVERS too and can be used anywhere across the country where there’s a VV or SAVERS.

Here are the coupons for 2011: (There’s no January 2011 coupon because they put a January 2011 coupon in the calendar for 2010.)

February: Buy any 4 Regular price items and get a 5th item of equal or lesser value free!

March: Buy one item at regular price and get a second item of equal or lesser value (up to $10) free!

April: Save 20% on your purchase of used merchandise when you donate two bags or boxes full of reusable clothing or household items.

May: Save $5 on your purchase of $25 or more.

June: Save $10 on your purchase of $30 or more.

July: Buy any 4 Regular price items and get a 5th item of equal or lesser value free!

August: Buy any 2 regular price summer wear items and get a 3rd summer wear item of equal or lesser value free.

September: Save 30% on your purchase of used merchandise when you buy $50 or more of new Halloween merchandise.

October: Save 20% on your purchase of used merchandise when you donate two bags or boxes full of reusable clothing or household items.

November: Save 30% on your purchase of used merchandise when you buy $30 or more of new merchandise.

December: Save 30% on your purchase of used holiday merchandise.

January 2012: Save $3 on your purchase of $10 or more.

Rachel

We have a thrift store here that offers 3 for 1 on Wednesdays! I love 3 for 1 Wednesdays.

They sell 3 of the 50% items (by colored tag) for the price of 1. I love finding a 1.99 item and then 2 more 1.99 items and getting all 3 for $1!

Definitely pays to know what the sales are at your favorite shops.

Lizzie

What in the world is “Upcycling”

The word “upcycling” appears in many Etsy listings. I use it myself to describe  items.

I think it’s a fun term that better describes what many artisans do than “recycling” does.

Recycling is taking items and breaking them down in a mechanical process to manufacture for another purpose. Melting down aluminum cans is one example.

Upcycling is repurposing an item to give it a new life as something different. Almost everyone with a child has heard of a famous “upcycling” project–melting broken crayons in a muffin tin and making new chunky crayons. This bit of “upcycling” has been used since I was a kid!

Rachel and I do a bit of “upcycling”.You saw her washcloths made from vintage chenille bedspreads.

I find wool sweaters at the thrift store and take them apart for. I also recently made a journal cover from a marquis letter.

Some other fun upcycling ideas are as follows:

*Old papers inserted in homemade journals

*Making tags or envelopes from magazines and brown paper bags

*Using old flatware as plant markers

*Necklace pendants from game pieces– for example

*Felting sweaters to make mittens, purses, etc

I think the best part of “upcycling” is looking at items creatively and finding a new beautiful purpose for them. It surely beats tossing them in the landfill!

What “upcycling” ideas have you seen?

Lizzie

How to Save Money on your eBay Listings

An awesome way to save money on your eBay listing cost is to host your photos on photobucket and upload the html into your item description. You don’t have to pay an additional fee for extra photos.

Here’s how it works:

1.Go to

Sign up for a free account.

Upload your additional photos there.

2. Copy and paste the html code by the photo you want. (It will be on the side of the photo–several options–you want the html one)

*I have 2 windows open when I do this.

3. Go to your eBay listing, on the top it says Standard (or normal I can’t remember) and html–this is right above where you are writing in the description.

4. Click on the html tab.

Find where in the text you want to insert the photo.

Paste the html link you copied from photo bucket.

When you click back to the standard view–there is your photo

Then you don’t have to pay eBay extra for each photo–it’s completely legal

To summarize:
*Upload the free photo to eBay for the gallery. This is what people see in the search.

*Upload additional photos to photobucket.

This probably sounds like Chinese, but if you print it out and read it step by step when you do a listing it will make sense.

This tip saves a lot of money!Lizzie