Bargain hunting at the age of 9

5 years ago

We are blessed to have several thrift stores in our town.  They include Amvets, The Salvation Army and others.  I started introducing the idea of thift shopping to my daughter at a young age.  She quickly learned that she could get more clothes for my dollar than if we went to the mall.  

Now her style is changing and she wants to pick out her own clothes.  This clearly means more clothes to buy.  She's hooked on the long peasent skirts and wanted me to look for one while she was at her dance class (how convenient, one thrift store is across from her studio).  I was lucky that day and found one for her along with a surprise.  The first Little House book was sitting there for 49 cents.  As soon as I came home with that, the bug bit her.  Thrifting was GOOD.  Nay.. Thrifting was AWESOME!

She sent me on another mission.  "Mom, you don't have to stay and wait for me today at dance.  Can you please go see if you can find me another skirt and maybe more Little  House books?"  The thought of sitting in a dance studio while ALL the kids rehearsed the finale hurt my head.  Off to the Thrift store it was. 

I didn't find her the skirt she was looking for but I did find a skirt and 2 tee-shirt dresses.  I managed to get a skirt for me and a linen skirt I will upcycle.  I handed her the bag and she squeeled with delight.  Then.. "Mom, how much did you spend?"  

I calmly said "$14.50 give or take a few cents".  She responded with pride "That's a good deal."  I could hear the wheels turning in her head figuring out how much each item was.  But this response shouldn't have surprised me at all.  We were at another shop during one of our walks.  They have  houseware items for 25 cents and up.  She proudly stated after looking at a plate "one dollar is too much. If was 50 cents, I'd get it".  WHAT??!!!   Everything she bought was 10 cents, a quarter and 2 items were 50 cents.  A dollar was too much!!  




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