Thursday, October 6, 2011

D.I. Diva

I love thrift stores! It's become a bit of an addiction for me. Finding great deals,the thrill of the hunt. Love. It.  Whenever I get a new purse, my sister's response is, "Did you get that at DI?" (Too bad I can't type in sarcasm.)  I will admit that I have a problem with purses. They attract me like a drug. I can rationalize it because I do buy them at DI (Deseret Industries) and they never cost more than $5.  
Since I spend so much time at DI and Savers, I thought I'd share a few tips.
  • DI tends to have better prices, but Savers has more inventory. Also, DI doesn't have sales.
  • Every Monday, one of the price tag colors at Savers is 99 cents.  All week, one other color is 1/2 off.
  • Always go with an open mind. You might find exactly what you're looking for, but more often, you'll find something else you just can't live without.
  • When buying purses, check the inside to see how clean it is. And smell it. Nothing worse than buying a purse that smells like smoke. 
  • Whether it's clothes or purses, check all zippers and snaps to make sure they work.
  • They only wash undies and swimwear (neither of which I would buy there), so wash everything before you wear it. Also, anything else, I clean with disinfectant cleaner/wipes.
  • If it's for you, try it on. You never know if things have been shrunk and your size may not fit.
  • Stuffed animals can be washed in the washing machine. Put them in a pillow case, close it with a rubber band, then wash and dry with a normal load.  
Here's a few of my favorite finds over the past couple months. 

Dockers $3.   Jeans $7.  Bass loafers $3.

Jones New York Jacket $8.

Computer Tote Bag $5

This has lots of pockets, including a padded one for my
laptop. A real steal since they sell retail for around $30.

Adorable yellow purse $3.

Again, lots of pockets- a must for me.

This cute boy cannot be purchased
at a thrift store, but he loves going there!
Set of 8 Coke glasses $5.

Happy Shopping!


  1. I miss the DI!!! We have Salvation Army here and Good Will....both fun to go to, but I really miss DI!!

  2. I wish I was a good DI shopper. I think my mind isn't open enough, and I don't have the time or patience to just go look. Maybe I'll follow your tips and try again.

  3. I was just at the DI yesterday! I got some candlesticks and spray painted them black and am using them on my mantle with my fall "display". I also love to buy books there!


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