Thrift stores are not just for clothing – they’re also great places to find all kinds of items you can use for entertaining. Whether you’re just starting out and need some basics like furniture for the house, want to replace a few dishes, or are looking for a unique serving piece, check your local thrift store for the best prices. The selection changes frequently, so if they don’t have what you’re looking for, try again in a week or so (be sure to ask what days they restock their shelves).
It’s also a great place to find vintage items, like this Campbell’s Soup mug. This little number was found at the Salvation Army store and is perfect for a nice warm cup of tomato soup on a cool fall day. Also watch for specials and sales at thrift stores – many have certain days of the week where items tagged a designated color are 50% off.
Tip: TheThriftShopper is a national directory of over 7,000 charity-driven thrift stores, searchable by zip code or city and state. Yahoo even includes the site in their shopping directory under the antiques and collectibles category.