At the tail end of February, I decided to do a last minute thrifting trip. Very last minute, like less than 24hrs before I actually left. It was a combination of a few things: I had a few days off from the day job and this winter has been very mild. I decided to take advantage of it and hit the road. This whirlwind tour would be eight stores in four days in three different states!
Connecticut has been good to us in the past, so we decided focus on some of our favorite locations and explore some new areas.
Monday – Connecticut
Red White Blue – Waterbury, CT – All of their locations run independently of each other, so each store has it’s own sale going on. I really lucked out, two colors were 75% off and a third was 50% off. The 75% items go very quick, so get there early!
Red White & Blue’s are CASH only!
Here we are again, making new years promises. We will review last years and make some new ones.
1) Write a blog entry once a week – FAILED – I got caught up writing extremely lengthy entries that I never posted. I posted three entries. Wrote another seven that aren’t quite done.
2) List more items: goal eight items per day; four for Ebay, four for Etsy – Failed – If I had hit my goal, I would have listed 2,920 items. I roughly listed 600. It was a lofty goal, it would have been nice to hit.
Everyone writes about their super incredible, awesome thrifting trips.
Today I’m gonna write about a bad one, cause it happens.
I realized that I’ve never done a proper thrifting trip in Binghamton, NY. There several major thrift stores and few smaller independent ones. I’ve previously visited only two thrift stores in the area.
Sounded like a fun day trip.
#1) Salvation Army Endicott, NY
First up was this cute, smaller, older Salvation Army. I was kinda of hoping this out-of-the-way location might hold some gems. First thing I see when I walked in was the “Brand Name” rack. I rolled my eyes. Nothing like paying top dollar for what one perceives as high-end. “American Eagle” is not high-end folks. I walked around and found $5 t-shirts….
There was no gold here. There wasn’t tin either. There wasn’t much of anything actually. Nothing in the way of furniture. The changing rooms were boxes with curtains on them. I asked where the restrooms were and was informed that they did not have one. I was about to leave when I spot a staircase. It leads to a small room full of vinyl records. I’m excited, I haven’t seen this volume of records in a thrift store ever. Easily over a thousand LPs. They were haphazardly piled everywhere. I flipped through them and sorted as I went. After 35 mins, I give up. I only made it through a third of them. It was too big of an unorganized mess and nothing of interest to me.
Every year, we all make promises we can’t keep to ourselves. Call it part of the fun or laziness of New Years Resolutions.
For myself, this year I want to make some definite changes and set solid goals. Making a list online will help me keep focus. Once the end of the year hits, I can check to see if I completed my goals. So here we go:
1) Write blog entry once a week. – Sounds like a lofty goal seeing as my last update was in September, but it’s not because of lack of material. I’ve been sitting on several entries for months now. Here’s what happens: I start writing but want the best information possible so I sit on it and continuously tweak it. So posts like the history of Syroco/Homco/Burwood etc are as complete and accurate as I can get them. I have to get better about posting and updating on a regular basis. Also I want to write more posts about shopping and buying. Take more pictures for posts as well. Everyone likes pictures.
As it is, this entry took a week to write. =/
2) List more items: goal eight items per day; four for Ebay, four for Etsy – Since my personal schedule is never the same everyday, I find myself sometimes not listing any items at all. The saying goes, “If it’s not out, you can’t sell it.” If it’s not online, it’s just sitting in my basement, taking up space. I’m probably sitting on over 300 items to list at the moment. If I list eight items a day, I should be able to get though that pile in about a month and a half. So if I can at least do eight (why stop there?), I should be in good standing.
This is just a small portion of what I have to list. I have at least three totes and a few boxes.
After putting it off for 10+ years, I finally made it out to the The Fisher-Price Collectors Club sale in East Aurora, NY on July 26th, which is specifically for Fisher Price toys.
The back story of me putting this off for so long is quite pathetic. I first read about it in 2002. For years, I didn’t have the money to make the trip. In 2007, I lost all of my playsets I had been collecting; in this building I use to live in (long story). I lost the castle, the McDonalds restaurant, both Sesame St houses, a western set, a garage, farm and many many others. A year or so later, I read they closed the toy museum in East Aurora and the Toyfest was done (2008 -2009). Or so I thought. Early this year (2014) I was searching something else on the web and came across the Fisher Price Club website and read the toy show had been resurrected.
Before I left, I forgot to write down WHAT I NEEDED! I wasn’t trying to complete any little people sets because I don’t have any playsets… yet. I think I was just so excited about just going, I didn’t cross my mind to make a list. After the long anticipated wait, I can say it was definitely worth making the trip. There were 10 or so vendors and they had so many great items. I needed specific magnet letters for a few school days desks I’m trying to complete. I was able to get a complete set and some random ones. I guessed on some and managed to get a few I needed.
The Fisher Price Collectors Club sends out a paper newsletter for members a couple times a year. They also have a group on facebook.
Two weeks ago, I took a little vacation with the family and thrifted our way across western and central Connecticut.
Savers Brookfield – “Sticker shock” immediately comes to mind. I’ve been thrifting around upstate New York for over a decade now. The prices in CT by comparison are on the high end of things. For example they had some higher end used jeans in the $19.99 and $24.99 range. I’m used to paying $7.99 tops. After I came to terms with their prices, things went well. It’s a pretty large location. Well organized and super clean. Got several items and was able to find a few good deals.
Goodwill Brookfield – Similar to Savers in Brookfield, a bit on the pricey side. Much smaller location, but jammed to the gills with merchandise. They had lots of housewares and womens clothing. Not much for mens or childrens clothing. One of the only locations we visited all week that had any musical instruments.
Salvation Army Danbury – My favorite location of the day. They didn’t have as much high end merchandise as Brookfield stores, but what they lacked; they made up for it in volume. Two stories of thrifting gold. First floor packed full of mens, womens and childrens clothing. Variety of newer and vintage items. Upstairs had tons of furniture. I like how they had several living space setups; coffee table, end table, lamps and couch with decorated with other accessories. Similar as if you walked into Raymour and Flanigan. The entire store was very reasonably priced. I will definitely visit again next time I’m in the area.
Goodwill Danbury – I wouldn’t call this location a thrift store, maybe a re-seller of unsold Target merchandise. Very small location, little to no furniture. I got the kids some Target blowouts and that was about it. If I was in the area again, I would probably skip it over.