Thrifting & Browsing

I had mentioned a recipe post coming up.  I lied.   Not intentionally though.

One of the casualties of my failing memory being super busy and not writing things down is confusing my dates and times and what photos I have edited and what posts I written in my drafts and ready to be published.  Whoops.

If you’re hard up for a recipe, may I suggest something like Apple Glazed Vegetable & Edamame Stir Fry if you’re feeling the need for a meal.

And if you’re feeling the need for dessert (which would be always for me) then may I suggest Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough & Marshmallow Stuffed Rice Krispie Bars (No Bake)

And if you’re feeling the need to shop, I’ve got you covered there, too.

I went into Buffalo Exchange over the weekend.

I love a good thrifting sesh.

It’s always so much fun to see what other people turn in and sell.  What their castoffs are.

Some things I think, yep, that’s heinous and I can see why she wanted to sell it.

Other things I think, why would anyone part with this?  And I covet it!

One woman’s trash is another woman’s impulse buy treasure.

I didn’t actually buy anything.  Miracles do exist.

It was random that I even walked into Buffalo Exchange in the first place because I was really just out experiencing Cityfest but what can I say, I couldn’t resist poking through the racks.

However, I had my big camera around my neck, my iPhone in one hand (and was also fully occupied Instagramming from the store)…

And had this tshirt in the other hand…

…And even I had a hard time concentrating on shopping.

So it was more of a browsing session than a buying session.

Good thing that I am no stranger to shopping trips.

Girly mall trip anyone?

Sometimes it is just fun to poke around and browse.  Not usually, but sometimes.


1. Are you a browser or a buyer?

All kidding aside, the older I get, the pickier I have become about buying things.

I don’t impulse buy very much anymore.

And before I buy something, I think to myself:

Do I really need this?


Will I use this?

If I feel it will just collect dust on a shelf, hang in the closet unworn, or be something else cluttering and crowding my already tight kitchen, I don’t buy it.   Plus I hate having to return things.

I will think about an item and if it’s still on my mind and I really want it a few days later, I may go back for it.

2. Do you like thrift, antique, or vintage shopping?  Craigslist or EbayWhat have you bought this way?

I used to think that:

Antiques were just old.

That vintage clothing stunk.

And that thrift shopping was unhygienic.

I guess all of the above are theoretically or possibly still true but I do love it all now!

I have bought so many things from blogging dishes to tshirts to using Craiglist to score some deals, too! 

Even my Macbook was a CL find.  Not technically thrifting but similar.

And for my thoughts on price paid vs. quality, see this post.

P.S. Thanks for your entries on the Say NO to Auto Giveaway and I’ve really enjoyed reading what it is with your camera, photography, or with shooting manually that you enjoy and also what has you stumped.  Keep your giveaway entries and thoughts coming.

40 comments on “Thrifting & Browsing”

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  2. I’m always a browser, it’s much more conducive to my financial situation! Actually I’m not even really a browser as it feels mean to myself to look at things I know I can’t afford. It’s like standing in front of a giant display of foods I’m intolerant of and salivating over them. It’s pointless, so why bother?

    Shopping has always been one of my least favorite things to do in the first place. I’d much rather be laying on the beach or getting lost in a good book. You know, lazy things ;)

  3. Love thrift shopping!!! As a student it’s definitely the best way to go. I’ve become a bargain hunter, but I usually don’t let myself shop too much because I only have so much money in the weekly budget for spending! It usually goes to taking the boyfriend to dinner, he seems to think I’m his sugar mama :)

  4. I have definitely become more of a planning buyer, less impulse. I try to shop with a plan so that I’m not buying yet another black sweater (or something of the sort!)

  5. That store looks like it was super busy! I’m not a very good shopper. For clothes especially. I’m just not good at putting an outfit together and get discouraged very easily! And there are no good thrift stores in my area….IMO. The only time I ever really venture in one is for Halloween costume *stuff* and I always feel like I need a shower when I leave. Icky!

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  7. I LOVE Buffalo! It’s one of the things I’m missing from the west coast right now!! we don’t have it over here. :(

  8. Oh I am most certainly a buyer. I do not browse. I don’t know how. It’s something I’m working on, but it’s so challenging when you know your credit card number off by heart! Looks like you went to some great places… we have awesome thrift stores here. I haven’t been in ages!

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