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Save Money At The Thrift Store

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Last week, I bought a newspaper and started reviewing the “Real Money” section (as I always do). On the front page, there was a picture of aisleways and racks with random products everywhere. A sign caught my eye: “Computers $50-$75”. REALLY?!? These didn’t look like the kind of computers you throw in the garbage either; they were really nice! I intended on finding out more, but of course I got busy and kind of forgot about it.

A few days ago, my wife called me and was incredibly excited, “Jim and Lisa (not their real names) are at an auction and want to know if we’d like to put in an offer on a Jeep!” Her idea was to buy it cheap from the auction and sell it for a profit (I wouldn’t advise this unless you know what you’re doing, but just to inform you, I didn’t have a clue what I was doing either). It sounded like fun to me.

I told them to put a bid of $2,500 on it just to see what happens. Chances are, we wouldn’t win it, but if we did, I figured I could easily sell it at a profit. Sure enough, someone ended up bidding $5,100  and got themselves a pretty nice Jeep! I didn’t see it, but it was only 5 years old and I suspect that it would easily retail for over $10,000.

I’m going to keep an eye on the next auction items – who knows, there might be something I can resell and make a few bucks on(every little bit helps).

Take a look at the list of items and their prices – If you are in need of something similar, make sure to search out your local Thrift Store!

Computer Systems & Components

  1. Dell PC systems
    from $50
  2. Laptop Computers
    from $50
  3. Flat Screen Monitors
    from $35
  4. Sony VAIO Micro Laptops
    from $350

Office Equipment

  1. Electric typewriters
    from $10
  2. Scanners (various brands)
    from $10
  3. Laser and inkjet printers
    from $20
  4. Faxes
    from $10

Office Furniture

  1. Desks, Double Pedestal
    $20
  2. Desks, Single Pedestal
    $15
  3. Chairs, Manager
    $25
  4. Chairs, Secretarial
    $15
  5. Chairs, Side
    $10
  6. File Cabinets, 2-drawer
    $10
  7. File Cabinets, 3-drawer
    $15
  8. File Cabinets, 4-drawer
    $20
  9. Shelving & Bookcases
    $10
  10. Credenzas
    $15

Electronics

  1. Televisions
    from $10
  2. Cell Phones
    from $10

Jewelry

  • Watches
    Rings
    Bracelets
    Earrings
    Necklaces

Miscellaneous

  1. Bicycles
    from $5
  2. Refrigerator/Freezers
    from $25
  3. Hand Tools
    from $5
  4. Cameras
    from $5

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AUTHOR Derek

My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.

16 Comments

  1. Where are you finding these auctions?
    I read this post and still don’t quite understand what you are talking about.

    • Hey James! Sorry if I wasn’t clear. In our county, we have a local thrift store which receives products from many government sectors. Once a month, they hold an auction for their larger ticket items – these can be found on our local county website.

  2. Deflation in computers is a wonderful thing! I remember spending thousands to get what would be considered a piece of junk today. 😉

    • It sure is! My laptop only cost me $100 and it’s probably the best one I’ve ever had! 🙂

  3. I usually avoid thrift stores which is probably a huge mistake. But I have a friend who goes and shops at thrift stores and find amazing stuff. I went couple times and never could find anything decent. So I gave up. 🙂

    • I haven’t had that much experience, but when I heard about cheap cars for sale on auction, I was suddenly intrigued. Oh, and the computers sounded like a sweet deal too!

  4. Great price on those items! The Mrs. went to the thrift store for maternity cloths and it is working out pretty well. They are temporary anyway.

  5. Buying used at thrift store, yard sales and auctions are a great way to save.

    • I can’t wait for the next auction! I think it will be a great chance at getting a discounted price for a vehicle.

  6. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading.

  7. Not only do you find good stuff at great prices, sometimes you can snag old, hard-to-find items. (like old PC based video games!)

    • I really can’t wait to explore our local thrift store again next month! I have to make sure not to buy things that I don’t really need though – that’s always the tough part. 🙂

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