Well, here we are beginning summer. There comes with summer, many options to do our 'shopping' in a rescue fashion, instead of a retail one!!!!! Yes indeedy - we have options! Just as a reminder for most, and new ideas for others - let us go over a few.
Not only do most of these ideas give us 'special' prices but they can be a great inexpensive day of entertainment as well!!!!!!
FLEA MARKETS - can be a fun day. You can find just about anything you can imagine and things you never knew existed. Prices are generally very good. There are lot's of different people offering their wares - so pricing options vary. I have purchased many an unusual gift from a flea market.
YARD SALES - ESTATE SALES - got to love a good yard sale! I have a friend out west that goes to lots of estate sales. I mentioned one day - there must be a lot of people dying there! It is kind of a retirement area!!! LOL
Anyway, yard sales - just people clearing out their houses and getting rid of stuff. You never know what you may find. I have found a few great deals over the years. I got a brand new Nuwave air fryer for $10! I got my soda stream with an air canister and lots of supplies (brand new) for $15. Both were worth tons more money than I paid. I would never have purchased these items, if it were not for the price.
Yard sales are great places to find small appliances, bake ware, dishes, glasses, toys, clothes, etc.
Laurie gets the best stuff at the estate sales. You figure most estate sales are elderly people, who have accumulated much over their years = good items! Estate sales have lots of quality goods.
AFTER YARD SALE - many put items at the curb for trash pick-up or take it - it's free! I know many have found great items on the side of the road!!!!!! I have! That is where my Mantis tiller came from! Side of the road find (for trash) and our friend grabbed it, did a little tweak on it and gave it to me! Still works.
BARTER - this a great deal, especially in the summer. Maybe your neighbor has a tiller you can use - then you can provide produce. Tree trimmer maybe for whatever skill you have. There are so many things we can do for each other.
THRIFT STORES - open all year round. Now these aren't going to be as cheap as say a yard sale - but it gives another option. These places are needing to charge enough to help to pay the help, utilities and rent & maybe make a profit - so things do cost a bit more. It is generally still better than paying retail.
DUMPSTER DIVING - yes, that is an option. Some people make this a lifestyle. There is so much GOOD stuff thrown away every single day all over the world. The U.S. is horrible for wasting. Now there can be a squeamish factor. Some people would never consider this, others make it a daily event and help others along the way.
You might check out the YouTube channel 'Freakin Frugal'. This is their life - they find the best stuff - much of it food. They help many others and give to the food pantries.
There is also dumpsters at college dorms - at the end of each semester, these people throw out tons of stuff that mommy and daddy bought for them!!!!!! You can find all kinds of stuff.
Apartment complexes - people move and just get rid of lots of stuff. Might have been a split-up and the others person's stuff is trashed. Some just want a new start. I remember getting several good items out of the dumpster area, when I lived in an apartment.
BUILDING SUPPLY STORES - yes, they are retail - but never underestimate what you might find. They often have broken bags of dirt, rock, bark, fertilizer for just pennies on the dollar. They toss a lot of plants they claim to be dead - you can get for free or little dollars. I have gotten many a plant that looked really bad - but I revived them. Really wasn't out a thing if it didn't live!
SPREAD THE WORD
Let people know you are looking for XYZ item. They may have one or may know a person who does. It doesn't hurt to ask.
Help someone move - they may be wanting to get rid of some decent items and you may be at the right place at the right time. This is kind of a barter as well.
MAKE THINGS from something else. Learn to get a little creative. Quilts from old clothes. Bird houses from 2-liter pop bottles. Purses or aprons from old jeans. You get the idea.
Use big old rocks found by the stream or river to trim a garden/flower bed. Old flower pots and saucers can become a bird feeder or bird bath - just need a little paint to pretty it up.
GROW food from scraps. Lettuce, celery, etc. can be regrown. Save seeds.
Look for some of the new apps that let you get great discounts on food deliveries. Think about joining a local food organization (fresh produce).
There you go - lots of ideas to get great stuff without paying retail. Do you have any other ideas or ways you have gotten great items?
Just be willing to look around, have an entertaining day and get some deals.
Have a good day!!!!!