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When this is all over, there will be a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow (or two) for thrifters. — May 1, 2020

When this is all over, there will be a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow (or two) for thrifters.

I hope that this finds everyone safe and well during this unprecedented time in our lives.

I think there is a pot of gold (or two or three or more) waiting for us thrifters when the thrift shops start opening up again. But caution and patience will be the key.

Everyone has been home for weeks now and most of us have been cleaning out our drawers, closets, attics, storage and more. The trunk of my car has at least eight shopping bags waiting to be dropped off plus lots of home decor. I think the abundance of donations is going to be amazing and there will some outstanding scores for all of us thrifters. But you must exercise caution and patience when you do start thrift shopping again.

Depending on your level of comfort will decide when you start visiting thrift shops after they reopen your area to businesses. I personally will wait a couple of weeks before I start shopping. But I will arm myself with large plastic bags to put the clothes in before they go in my car. It would also be a good idea to spray with disinfectant before you put the items in your car (depending on the fabrics of course). You must also make sure that everything is washed as soon as possible. Better to be safe than sorry.

Let’s be positive, there will be deals to be had so make sure you have your comfortable thrift shopping clothes on! It will be the best thrifting that we have seen in years. Depending on the amounts of donations, this windfall could last a few months.

I think that thrifting is going to surge as the economy may be rough for a while. People have lost their jobs and have to clothes themselves, their partners and children. I believe that people will be more open to thrifting than in the past. And we all know, once you step in the thrift shop, it can be love at first sight —- and you just keep going back. The thrill of the exceptional find.

People are also more earth conscious as well and I hope that that makes a difference. As it stands, 84 percent of all unwanted clothes end up in landfills, according to Newsweek.

Pricing may be different when the stores open depending on the thrift store or charity and the amount of donations they have in stock.

I am finding that some thrift stores use comparable pricing to EBay while other shops price to empty the shelves/racks. Either way; you are helping some GREAT charities and small business owners not to mention helping the planet by not having clothes end up in landfills. It is a win-win.

I wish you happy and exciting thrift shop adventures when the stores reopen. Stay well and healthy and make sure you practice social distancing.

Look for the rainbows and the pots of gold, I promise, they will be there waiting for you.

Toni from TonionThrifting

P.S. Thanks Alice for the great pictures of the double rainbow! xoxo

Nothing Be Lost Thrift and Antique Store. A great morning in Garrison, New York — September 2, 2019

Nothing Be Lost Thrift and Antique Store. A great morning in Garrison, New York

Sometimes you just walk through the door of a thrift shop and you know it is just going to a wonderful and memorable visit. The Nothing Be Lost Thrift and Antique store is just that and one not to be missed. It is magical just browsing around.  Located in one of the oldest buildings (built in 1916) on the grounds of Graymoor in Garrison, New York. It across from St. Christopher’s Inn which is a temporary homeless shelter dedicated to the rehabilitation of men in crisis.  The proceeds from the store are used to help support St. Christopher’s Inn and its residents. The residents also work at the thrift shop in many different capacities and are clearly a big part of the success of the thrift shop. Exceptionally helpful and polite, it was a joy to be there.

The shop is just fascinating with its wood beams, stone walls and hanging lights all over. You can spend a couple of hours browsing the merchandise on all four floors. They have an eclectic mix of new and antique merchandise. Clothing, shoes, furniture, household, you name it, they have it and plenty of it. I found a beautiful sundress for $8.00 and a few other pieces of summer clothing that were in pristine condition and worth every penny. The prices were more than reasonable and I was quite thrilled with my haul.

And even though I went in warm weather, I couldn’t help but be mesmerized by the Christmas shop in the basement. It just transported you to December (which isn’t such a bad thing given this rather hot summer).

It is very hard to describe my visit there – I had an instant connection . It is more than the merchandise – it is the vibe you get while shopping. This shop is a place where pheneomenal things are being done to help others and you get to help by shopping or donating. A lot of this has to do with Dorothy Killen, the coordinator.  I spoke to Dorothy briefly and she is as humble as she is sweet. She told me that she absolutely loves getting up every morning to come to the shop. It is quite obvious that she loves what she does and it shows throughout the shop and how she treats everyone she comes in contact with, myself included.  She is one special lady.  And this is one thrift shop that catapulted to the top of my list of favorite thrift shopping adventures.

Need I say more, go experience it yourself …..

That Nothing Be Lost Thrift & Antique Shop

16 Franciscan Way

Garrison, NY 10524

(845) 424-3635

Website: stchristophersinn-graymoor.org

The shop is open Tuesday through Sunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Donations for the Thrift & Antique Shop are accepted Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 until 3:00 PM ONLY. To make your donation process go smoothly, here are some tips for checking the items you plan to donate:

  • Check your items before donating to make sure all are items you want to give to the Thrift Shop.
  • Check pockets of clothing for jewelry, money and any other items, and remove them before donating.
  • Separate clothing into separate bags/boxes from the household items.
  • Check to ensure that items you are donating are not soiled, stained or ripped.
  • Test electrical equipment and battery-operated items to make sure they work.
  • Include all pieces and parts to games, toys and household appliances.

Until next time, HAPPY SHOPPING!!!

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