|Colorful Crochet Bag|
|Close-up of Shell stitch|
I'm sure most of you have heard of Clark Howard, the well known consumer guru. He has a talk radio show on the air every evening. I listen to him a lot and he said when he comes to Dayton he goes to our thrift stores and that we have the best ones he's ever been to.
Our thrift stores are big, clean and carry only the best of items - never anything junky, torn or dingy. Most everything looks new. They are also known for the way things are organized to look like a regular store. I constantly find new items with the price tags still attached. For instance, I may find a sweater that has an original price tag of $78, and I'm buying it for $5 or less. Everything is color coordinated, with sizes separated, making it easy to find the size you're looking for.
One of my favorite stores has 2 half price tags 1/2 off every single day. Each price tag has a color, and when you come in the front door, you'll see a sign that shows 2 colors, like green and blue, as half price. Then the next week, the sign may show orange and yellow tags as 1/2 off. The beautiful and unique purses are organized and color coordinated along a huge wall, and you will find brands such as Vera Bradley, Dooney and Burke, Liz Claiborn, Burberry, etc. The shoes all look mostly new.
Another reason I know we have the best thrift stores is because my niece in Texas told me that a Dallas newspaper had a write up on thrift stores and how more and more people are taking advantage of saving money this way. The article stated, "Dayton, Ohio has the best thrift stores in America." That was exciting for me to hear.
So why don't you hop in a car (or plane) to come visit me and I'll take you around to all my favorite thrift stores! You'll see men in 3 piece suits, women who look like movie stars with huge diamond rings, and lots of expensive sports cars in the parking lot. Maybe we could even get a little crocheting done, and visit my local yarns shops :) If you are a thrift store enthusiast, let me know what you think of my thrift store finds! I have several more items to post.