Did I spend 5 bucks or save 300?

One of the benefits of always being on the lookout for cool stuff to sell, is that I’m always out and about in thrifty places and have the side benefit of finding cool things for myself.

So when I saw these brand-new-never-been-worn shoes  for $2.00, I thought to myself, “self, that’s a good brand, your out-and-about-casual-shoes have just about had it, and it’s probably a good deal….


When I got home I looked up the website for FEETFIRST, and discovered that at full retail, these would have been around $100 new…. score 1!

Then I found this handbag.


I’m always on the lookout for nice handbags because a girl can never have too many y’know….

It was made by Danier Leather, and again, I don’t think it’s seen a day of use.  For 3 bucks I figured “sure!”..

When I got home, I looked up the website and again…a similar one with same number of pockets / detailing on their website was regular retail priced at $199.99!

Pretty good day I’d say, getting top quality goods that sold for 300 bucks at retail, and it only put me back a five-er.

So….does anyone else struggle with this?…….I got a great deal sure, but if I didn’t need those items and wasn’t really LOOKING for them, did I save money or spend 5 bucks I didn’t need to spend?

The life of a scrounger…


4 Responses to “Did I spend 5 bucks or save 300?”

  1. Sheri Says:

    where the heck did you find these things?

  2. repurposed Says:

    Hi Sheri,

    …then I’d be giving away my secrets…! Suffice it to say it’s a little volunteer run thrift shop in a seedy part of town!


  3. Mom Says:

    I think you did good. Shoes always come in handy and like you say you can never have too many purses. I just can’t get myself to pay that much money for these items retail… Just can’t do it..

  4. Rita Says:

    One of the toughest things I have to do is walk away from a great bargain when it’s something I can’t use. I’ll stand there and hold the item, turning it over and over in my hands trying to justify taking it home. I’ve learned to say to self, “This is a great deal for some lucky person!” and walk away.
    Finding a pair of never-worn shoes in your size — I’d never turn that one down! Some shopping trips are just more fun than others and you had yourself a super fun one.

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