I just bought this Kate Spade handbag at a thrift shop for $6.99!!! I went in looking for something else, never expecting to find a treasure, and I found this out in the open without any takers. In the process I did my part in recycling. The store even had a Prada handbag locked up under the counter for $39.99, but that was above my cheapskate price range.
In my much poorer past I used to haunt yard sales, consignment stores and thrift shops. Most of my purchases have not been treasures, but once in awhile I've struck gold. Years ago I bought the cocktail ring pictured below at a yard sale for 25 cents! While it is just costume jewelry and the setting is cheap, these types of rhinestones are no longer made. I get compliments whenever I wear the ring.
Given the state of the economy and the truth in the saying that "what's old is new again", in the future I think I will make more of an effort to visit my local thrift shops before I make my way to the regular retail stores.