If it weren’t for garage sales, thrift stores and flea markets I would own about 5 things, almost all them, besides my clothes and personal items, electronic; my computer, printer and monitor, my TV and VCR. Almost everything else in this house came from garage sales or flea markets. But no one would know it. I have a very nice couch and chair that I paid $100 for–oh wait, my bed is new, I won’t sleep on a mattress that someone else has slept on–my dining room suite is beautiful and cost $75. I have two antique end tables and a coffee table that I paid $50 for.
The pictures on the walls, some really nice ones, came from garage sales or flea markets. And BOOKS! I have a ton of books, many of them classics and valuable, that I found at a thrift store and probably spent a total of $20 on, if that much. Many of my outfits came from thrift stores. (I will only wear new shoes, don’t want nobody else’s stinky feet remainders) But I would much rather buy jeans at a thrift store than brand new. They are already broken in!
This just goes to show that living large on a budget is all just a matter of being smart, observant and patient.