More people should be using thrift stores! It means less goes to the landfill. It means meaningful employment for many local people. Sometimes it means money for charity, too.
For these reasons (and probably more?) I bring you my first mini-feature on area thrift stores.
The Kitchener Thrift Store benefits the Salvation Army . Located near Highland and Westmount in Kitchener, it's the closest thrift store to our house, so it gets most of our donations! This store always has a lot of furniture. I've been lucky a few times buying DVDs (including full seasons of TV shows) there, too. They organize their housewares and knick-knacks by colour, so I always have fun wandering those aisles looking for things by colour palette.
My last trip was a brief one. I needed an excuse to go out for a walk, so I set the Thrift Store as my destination. My finds this time were simple, but great finds nonetheless:
1. A white pitcher/vase for $1.99 (sells for $14.99 at IKEA)
2. A large piece of cotton muslin for $3.99 (great for a practice run of the skirt I want to sew)
$5.98 and no tax. (I love that thrift stores have no tax!)