Thrift shopping with Mabel is an experience never to be forgotten. Mabel is, without question, one of the most experienced thrift shoppers in Columbia. She has a planned route, which she usually follows once a week, working her way up Two Notch Road from Sunshine Thrift Store to Good Samaritan Family Thrift Store.
A young grandmother, Mabel loves bowling, earns a little extra money selling clothing and accessories on eBay and at a Columbia consignment shop, and has an incredible sense of humor, finding humor in every situation.
Mabel thinks outside the box, picking up apparel for her children and grandchildren, saving treasures for Christmas, and estimating sizes for next fall. We accompanied Mabel as she moved quickly along her circuit, picking up the very best deals to be found. Her purchases can be seen in the slide show. Mabel spent a total of $5.50.
No purchases were made at Sunshine Thrift Store this week. A quick scan seemed to tell Mabel that she could probably beat the price somewhere else.
Mabel looked through Stepping Stones Ministry Thrift Store, considered several items, and purchased two. One was a Danskin raspberry V-neck tee for resale and the other a SONOMA Life + Style garnet and black floral geometric long sleeve babydoll for her daughter, a huge Gamecock fan.
Goodwill yielded a Ransom aqua V-neck tee with black, violet and metallic silver design for resale and an Old Navy soft peach embellished scoop neck tee which Mabel labeled “a keeper.”
A quick scan at Vietnam Veterans Thrift Store found no items Mabel was interested in this week, although the shop remains on her favorites list.
The final three finds were made at Good Samaritan Family Thrift Store, where Mabel selected a Banana Republic plum pleated top with diagonal detailing for resale, a Weaver fuchsia, turquoise, orange and white spatter print tee for resale, and a brand new Op yellow graphic ribbed tank for her granddaughter.
Following Mabel was a lesson in thrift shopping. Her experience makes it possible to shop quickly, choose items that are almost sure to be used, and earn a little money on the side. When asked what Mabel used her resale money for she replied, “That’s my cigarette money…Oops. Am I allowed to say that?”
Yes, Mabel, you can say whatever you please. We can only hope that we will all become the thrift shoppers that you are!
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