"When a soul recognises the will of God and shows a readiness to submit to it entirely, then God gives Himself to such a soul and renders it most powerful succour under all circumstances." - Rev. Jean-Pierre de Caussade

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Thrifting ain't so bad

Alternatively titled: Thrift store and used book sale finds

I used to think that person that thought thrift stores were kind of gross, but in the last couple of years, Logan and I realized that we can get some goooood stuff there. Much of our wardrobe is from thrift stores now! 

We're grateful to get a lot of hand-me-downs too (both kid and adult), so it's not very often we pay for clothes other than thrift stores. And since thrift stores are pretty cheap - and even cheaper when you go on a sale day - we save a heck of a lot of money on clothing. Dresses are $6, shirts are usually $2, and jeans run around $3-5. And sometimes you get half off that! Winning.

So here is where I bomb you with a bunch of pictures and tell you what is from a thrift store. (All of these pictures are from Instagram, sorry not sorry.)
 My dress. Logan always finds the best things for me!

 Logan's jeans, my shirt. Most of the boys' jeans are actually from thrift stores too!

Logan's shirt

 My dress

My jean jacket. Another find by Logan.

 Landon and Chase's shirts (and I caught them on sale so only paid a dollar each!!), probably Landon's pants (I seriously get at least half of his school clothes at thrift stores and most of his clothes lately!)

My shirt. LSU and Saints stuff is ridiculously expensive so I was pumped.

There's a lot more but those are the just the pictures I found quickly. Cool, right? Often times, I'll check thrift stores before I buy something (i.e. school uniforms, jeans for a kid) because there's a chance I will find it there for muuuuuch cheaper. You do have to wade through a lot of lesser quality items, and a few times we've tried on something we love just to realize there's a hole in it, which is frustrating. But the pros to thrift store shopping still outweigh the cons.

And now for books!! 

I've had some great finds at used book sales lately which is obviously exciting for a book lover. I actually read a lot from the library, but unfortunately they don't always have good Catholic books and I'm often denied when I request they buy one. So used book sales are the next best place! (Although if it's a book I know I will read often, I prefer the kindle edition because I "highlight" the heck out of it!)
$15 for all these! And there are some gems: Interior Freedom by Fr. Philippe, The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis, The Life of Christ by Fulton J. Sheen, and The Book of Virtues. BOV has been on my Amazon wish list for years but I just couldn't stomach paying $15. Well, I'm so glad I waited because I got that sucker for $2! And it's in great condition.

I also recently found Immaculee's Left to Tell at another sale even though I've already read it. I told Logan he needs to read it now! (I also bought The Everyday Catholic's Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours in the above photo even though I have the kindle version because I couldn't pass it up for 50 cents! So if you want it, it's all yours. :))

So, what's your best tips for thrifting and shopping book sales??

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