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Thrifting Fun – Looking to Set up Your Apartment, Update Your Wardrobe or Stock Your Kitchen with Dishware - Check out this $20 Kitchen Haul!

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Chantal VanLeeuwen

Nov 15th

Thrifting offers an opportunity to treasure hunt while saving money. You can find furniture for any room of your home or for updating your wardrobe.   

The image below showcases a mini-thrift haul for kitchen items – dishware – for under $20.00 (the total was under budget at $17.00) and offers a number of items on could purchase to get started in setting up one’s kitchen.  

Image of thrifted dishware in a shopping cart.

2 mugs with saucers ($2.00 each x 2 = $4.00) 

2 glasses ($1.00 each x 2 = $2.00) 

2 large plates ($1.00 each x 2 = $2.00) 

2 pasta bowls ($2.00 each x 2 = $4.00) 

2 large cereal bowls ($1.00 each x 2 = $2.00) 

4 sets of cutlery ($3.00 for the bag) 

Total = $17.00 

As an avid thrifter I have found the following helpful when starting out if you are new to thrifting:  

  1. Be prepared to dig – make it an adventure, like a treasure hunt to see what you can find – stores can feel overwhelming at first but if you go prepared – I like to wear a fanny pack or cross body bag to keep my wallet and keys in so my hands are free to shop and also while I may have a few things in mind of what I am looking for I also go in open minded to what treasures could be waiting! 
  2. Carry baby wipes – I do this in case I find an item with stains that I am not sure would come out – a simple wet wipe or baby wipe often helps me bring new life to something and for clothing to see if a stain will start lifting or will be impossible to get out.  
  3. Go early and go often – new stock is added daily and often throughout the day – going early allows for you to see more new stock and often provides the opportunity to find more treasures as new items are added. 
  4. Check in with your local Goodwill for their monthly half price days – these are 1-2 days a month that Goodwill stores across Canada have either the entire store or certain colored tags half price! They often share about these on social media but can also be found here on their website: https://goodwillindustries.ca/tag-sale/
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