It's OK To Be Thrifty
I love the Goodwill. While I'm singing praises here, the Salvation Army store is pretty good, too.
Oh, I love new things, don't get me wrong. Ripping the shrinkwrap off CDs and PS2 games, the smell and look of brand-new clothes that you have to take all the tags and stickers off of, lacing up the new pair of shoes you just bought. There's nothing better.
But there's alot to be said for Thrift stores. Some queens I know would rather be caught dead than in the Goodwill, but not me. Where else can you find a Liz Claiborne silk necktie that looks like it's never been worn for under a dollar?
I have a passion for books and the Goodwill has paperbacks for 10 cents. Ten cents! You can't even buy a pack of gum for ten cents! And if you catch the 50% off sale, they're only five cents. That's twenty paperbacks for a dollar (not including tax).
The last time I was there (the day before yesterday) I picked up 5 books, an art-deco lamp (probably from the 70's, but you can never tell), a brand new (still in it's orginal packaging) pouch-with-a-strap hooji for carrying your portable CD player, two CDs (still shrink-wrapped), a stainless steel cocktail shaker with strainer cap (like they use in a bar), and a tin bowl with a picture by Toulouse Lutrec on it (that I'm using to toss my spare change and keys into when I empty my pockets after coming home).
Total cost: $4.84! You can't beat that with a stick.
It's guilt-free shopping. No "buyer's remorse"!