June 7, 2012

Thrift store Thursday

My daughter asked me yesterday if we could go to the thrift store, so I know I'm doing something right with my parenting. All parents have different scales of success when it comes to parenting, but mine definitely includes whether or not my kids snub thrift stores. I want my kids to appreciate reusing stuff and getting good deals, and lately I want them to learn that just because we go into a store, we don't have to spend money. They sometimes ask how much they have to spend at the store that day, and I am trying to slowly teach them that you don't need to go into the store with a goal to spend money. You can instead go in with the idea that if you find something that you love and need, you will buy it. In teaching this to them, I'm simultaneously trying to teach it to myself. Only buy it if you love and need it!

So today's purchases don't necessarily fall into both categories, but they meet at least one of the two.



It's kind of impossible to say that I need this as the water bottle bin currently floweth over at my house, but I definitely loved it. This is from the Goodwill in Gadsden, AL, where they have merchandise castoffs from Target. They water bottle was brand new, made by Thermos with Threadless artwork. After this purchase, I'll be weeding out some crappy (read: from swag bags and have crooked lids) water bottles because this one is awesome. I love the flip lid that protects the spout from gym germs, and I love that it's metal and doesn't taste like plastic after being in the car all day. Supposedly it is dishwasher safe, but I'm nervous about rubbing off the design in the dishwasher. $5

Next, I found some new Speedo swim shirts for the boys. Also, new-with-tag Target castoffs. I wasn't in love with these, but they hopefully will protect their little toddler skin. $3/each


These next two items aren't from the thrift store, but they were pretty decent deals that had me all up in runner heaven.

I found these CW-X expert running tights at a store called Essex, which is kind of like an outlet store with lots of items from random stores. It has several southeast (TN, KY, AL, GA) locations. This is the same store where I found my favorite Zoot winter running shirt for $14.99.


I had to immediately try them on in the car, only up to the knee so as not to scare neighboring cars. Very super hero, but they are supposed to compress and give your knees extra support. So now I can wear my legs out this winter and blame it on the tights if my knees hurt. Good gear makes up for stupid training, right? I think it said that on the package. 



Academy Sports had this Nike Fast Pace shirt on clearance for $9.99. The colors are purple and orange (even though that looks kind of hot pinkish in this picture) and will help me bring summer into winter with the bright colors. I hope some of my winter races actually have cold weather. Do you buy your clothes a season ahead like me? I usually do this with clearance racks for kid clothes, but now I'm moving that trend over to running gear.


What's your best recent (or not) running deal?


Do you have more winter or summer running gear? Definitely summer because the season lasts longer here, and even in winter I can wear shorts at the gym.

Do your kids wear swim shirts?


If you haven't entered the Lady Speed Stick half marathon or 5K race entry giveaway, go here to enter. 

17 comments:

  1. You got some impressive deals. I picked up a pair of running pants the other day for like $7 at Kohl's. I was stoked.

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    1. It's so hard to find cheap running pants! Awesome deal!!

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  2. I've been wanting to hit up the thrift store looking for athletic gear, but I don't know where to look when I go there. Do you find it mixed among the other things (shorts/tees, etc)? I love going to the thrift store to see what deals I can find, but sometimes all of the stuff just seems so overwhelming.

    P.S. I LOVE that water bottle. It is hilarious in so many ways.

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    1. I agree about it being overwhelming. If I didn't love to sift through things, I would hate it! Our store has a tank top and shorts section, so I usually have the most luck in those. My friend found a brand new Nike running skirt in the little girls' skirt section one time. Sweet!

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  3. Love that top. Very cute. Sweet finds!

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  4. Those CWX pants are pretty fab and high-tech, that's a great price for them too.

    LOVE the water bottle :)

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  5. We have a great thrift shop here in town too. It helps that we are in a college town. Very cool that your daughter asked to go thrifting.

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    1. Yes, I loved the thrift stores in our old town (Gainesville -- UF/Gator town). They were smaller, but they always seemed to have great stuff!

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  6. Awesome deals! I have more winter gear right now, so I need to run out and get some new workout clothes. !

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  7. I LOVE thrifting! I ususally find more stuff for the house/DIY projects though, but when I do find clothes it's an extra special day! I have more winter running gear. My fav is this sleek hoodie i found on the clearance rack at Target for $7.99 can't.beat.it.

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    1. They're the best for house projects! All you need is a can of spray paint, and anything from the thrift store can match your house. Great deal on the hoodie!

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  8. Wayyy more summer stuff. But I'm kind of a treadmill baby in the winter. Lol. I love to hit up TJ Maxx for Nike stuff, but you only strike GOLD occasionally. I also go to the Nike Factory Store pretty regularly. No shock there. Lol.

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    1. TJ Maxx is so addictive! I don't even look at their regular clothes anymore -- just head straight for the workout clothes.

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  9. yes my kids wear swim shirt
    we live in SoCal and they are both blond blue eyes with light skin so it is a must!!!

    best place for deals for me Sports authority clearance racks
    tempo nike shorts for 7.99!

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  10. Those are great deals! I really like those tights. I've never heard of Essex before but it sounds like it will be worth a trip.

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  11. Sweet deals! I hate paying full price for anything. My best running gear purchase: Nike LunarGlides for $29.00. Found them in the discount room at a running store. I have huge feet so finding those sweet shoes in my size was awesome!

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  12. I swear, your thrift stores are way better than ours. I never see cool stuff like that water bottle! Total score!

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