Q: I am AMAZED at the deals you find, and I know it's because you are always on the lookout and seem to have a good game plan in mind; you seem to know what your needs/wants are, so when you see something that fits the bill you know you ought to buy it.
I usually do the scatter-shot method which is not nearly as efficient; I buy things that appeal to me and later realize I have no need or use for them, and then give the Good Will an extra bonus by donating my purchase back to them. So, reading your latest find made me wonder, how often do you shop at garage sales & thrift stores?
A: I shop once a week on average--even if it's only a five minute walk through the neighborhood thrift store.
In the summers I like to yard sale with my mom on Saturday morning. Occasionally, when I'm on the other side of town, I pop in a thrift store that's close to the errand.
Most of our thrifts charge $3-$4 for a woman's shirt and $1.99 for children's clothing, just as a point of reference, with 1.99 being the starting point for most housewares and linens. There are smaller, church-run shops in some areas which still price the odd item at a quarter and may hold "everything you can put into a bag for $1" sales.
Otherwise, my best deals come from thrift stores' sale days or clearance tag colors. I rarely look at items which are not on sale.
Sad day when the thrift store is too expensive to shop full price, isn't it? Lucky for us, even things like that Armetale platter go half-price eventually...and other shoppers had 3 full days to buy it half price before me.
It's all a matter of eyes!