I thought that was very clever, and that the drapes were beautiful, so I told her that even though I was very strict about Thrifty Threads being about clothing, I would do a post about her scores on another day of the week.
Elaine says that she used to only visit thrift stores occasionally, and would hardly ever buy anything. But now, after reading this blog and a few others dedicated to being thrifty, her first stop whenever she needs something is a thrift store or consignment shop.
So here’s what happened recently when she needed drapes: “My favorite consignment shop carried housewares, so I headed over there. I originally wanted drapes in the red color family, but I found a great deal on gold brocade Springmaid drapes, which are also lined. $4.95 for a pair of 24 inch wide, 80 inch long drapes. The consignment shop was having a going out of business sale, and they were 65% off their usual price. I got a pair for a naked window (the last one in my house). I hung them up and I loved them! I also needed drapes for the sidelights at the front door, so I went back and got a second pair. They looked great and will keep out the hot sun during the summer. Being winter, there was slight draft around the door, so I went back and got a third pair. There was also a bin with pillows, and I found a really cute one for 70 cents. That second pair over the door helped cut down on the drafts this winter. I’m so glad I got them.”
Good for you, Elaine! Both the drapes and the pillow are fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing your thrifty scores with us. I don’t know if I would have thought of trying a thrift store for home furnishings. I tend to visit just two different places that only have clothes, and our Goodwill doesn’t have a great selection of non-clothing items.
Readers, do you have any “Thrifty Threads-ish” deals you’d like to tell us about? Please share in the Comments section. Or send a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll post it to share with everyone. If I start getting enough submissions, maybe Thrifty Threads-ish will become a regular segment (in addition to Thrifty Threads, of course!)