I grew up going to yard sales with my family in Massachusetts, which eventually turned into shopping at thrift shops.
Back in the day, my younger sister and I would save up our allowance money and drive around with my parents on the weekends to find cool “treasures” that other people were selling. You might use the word “junk” to describe second-hand items sold by someone else. But over the years we have found beautiful wall art, vinyl records, leather jackets and more at yard sales. That’s why there’s the phrase, “Someone else’s trash is another person’s treasure.”
Sadly, yard sales have phased out. No one trusts anyone anymore! Now, instead of putting things out on your lawn, people drop their stuff at stores like Goodwill, Salvation Army and Savers and donate them. Sure, you don’t make any money donating that way, but at least you get the stuff out of your house and other people rummage through it. And you can always ask them for a receipt showing that you made a donation. Those donations can be applied to your tax write-offs at the end of the year.
I have done my fair share of thrifting over the years, and I’ve found the coolest things in the world! I’ve snagged an authentic cowgirl leather jacket at a flea market, a brand new air fryer at Savers in Hanover, designer purses and bags, a puree kit for my baby, and even a rocking chair for my son’s nursery. I’ve saved thousands of dollars, and I’ve donated hundreds.
I thought this was a great story about someone finding a heartwarming note inside of a book at Goodwill. It really is true, you NEVER know what you will find when you shop at thrift shops!