Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Frequenting the DI

I get asked the question all the time "How do you find such good deals at the DI?" (or thrift stores). Or I hear over and over " I NEVER find anything good at the DI!"
I think the common misconception is that I find good deals EVERY TIME. Although I secretly hope and dream this is the case, it just isn't!
The trick or key is you have to FREQUENT the DI. (or thrift stores)

It is true, and I will confess, I go atleast 2 times a week, if not more.( I know...CALL ME CRAZY!)
I have become a pro.  I can walk in and quickly  decide whether it is a good day or bad day! I can scour the racks of clothes without touching them and pick out clothes by the look of the thread or fabric etc.
YES, I need serious help!!
I don't deny it!

But that is the big secret!
You have to go a lot to get good deals, or find really great things.

I hate the DI here to be honest. The prices are outrageous (occasionally they aren't) and there is hardly anything good. But they are in the process of remodeling so hopefully that will help! I do score every now and then, but it is total hit and miss!

I also hear "But the germs!"
People don't think for one second that I am not a GERM-A-PHOBE!
Trust me, I am.
The rules, (if my kids are with me) They aren't aloud to use the bathrooms there! HA! TRUE FACT!
And trust me when I say I probably have given a customer or two a peep show. 'Cause when I get to my van I am literally scouring and drenching myself in hand sanny! I am sure it is quite comical!

Finding a good deal is a rush.
I am sure the same rush those crazy coupon ladies get when they run to ALBY's and get massive loads of groceries for meager amounts of money!
Or the same rush you get when you win the lottery! (Ok maybe I am slightly reaching)

My sisters and I are oooooways calling each other bragging about our finds for the day!
For example, yesterday my thrifty savvy sister called me to let me know she found a HEAVY DUTY (the big kind) KitchenAID..w/ three attatchments! Ok the best part is the price....$6.00!
YES...I am telling the truth! And heck yes I was green w/ envy!:)
We are so crazy we started our own DI blog !
It is soooo fun to share our finds, brag about our finds, tease about our finds, or help each other find good deals!

It makes you want to run out and find the same kind of deal!

So my challenge to you is to start going a little more often.
Take that hand sanny! (douse in it if you have to)
But find something that is great for less!
The weeks after Christmas are perfect chances to find great stuff!
People are re-organizing and making room for all their new goodies!
So donations are higher!

And if you find something great I would love to hear about it!


  1. hahahha TRUE TRUE TRUE! I agree with everything you said on this post. I've been at my local thrift shops every second day during my holidays. The staff look at me weird like I should be working there...

    Also thanks for your comment on my blog. Just starting out and I really appreciate feedback (makes me feel better knowing i'm not the only one reading it). Anyway, I'd love your ongoing support!

    Keep up the posts I'll be following :)

  2. I am a crazy couponer at Albies all the time. I get the rush.
    Still working on the DI love, but it is coming.

  3. I've just started going back to DI...have found some GREAT things! If you ever make it through the Wasatch Front, the American Fork DI is very well organized and has hand sani at the front door! The Sandy one had GREAT craft things although it was a little small and dirty!

  4. I LOVE your blog--I just read every post. I can identify with so much (I have 5 sisters and we LOVE to bargain shop!!) Keep up the great work--I'll keep you in my reader for sure. I love your ladies' style, taste, and bargain savviness =)


  5. thanks for the tips I am new to this & am loving it!!! :)


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