Almost every Monday for the past couple months I have been visiting Value Village. I’m not sure how widespread Value Villages are, but they are similar to Goodwill. I actually like Value Village a lot better. Mondays are the days that they switch the color of the discount tags. In the past they have had one 50% off color and one 99 cent color on Mondays. Until today. This was their first day of their new Monday sales strategy – there is still the 50% off color tag (today’s was purple), and all other used merchandise is 25% off. But no more 99 cent tags. When I first heard this last week I was really bummed. I love searching for the 99 cent tags! And I’m not really sure how getting rid of the 99 cent tags benefits them, because I always assumed it was their last ditch effort to move stuff that wouldn’t sell otherwise. And, I wondered, how much would I use the 25% off sale anyway? (Because I’m so cheap that I still shop the sale/clearance racks, even at thrift shops!) Well, it turns out today I used the 25% off on everything I bought!
I rarely see Thomas items there – not sure if that’s because they don’t come around much or if they just get bought right away. Six of the above bags were $2.99/ea, one was $3.99 (before the discount). It was a mix of the metal and wooden trains. Whoever bagged them up knows nothing about Thomas or just doesn’t care because without exception the trains and their tenders were in different bags. Many of them are kind of dirty – some really dirty. Yuck.
I also bought this vintage Fisher Price Activity Center. It’s in pretty good shape. I may keep it for my little one and then sell it when we’re done with it. Looks like I can make a small profit on it. (My discounted price was $3.75.)
And books! Picture books are normally 59 cents each, buy four and get the fifth free. I bought 15. I’ve been working on some Barbie and Disney Princess book lots, so these should round them out nicely.