I don't wander through thrift stores, I only go when I want a specific item. I do not do impulse shopping and only purchase what I have a need for.
My first stop is always Manatee Memorial Hospital Thrift. I can say that I have never gone there looking for something that they did not have it... The item I wanted was a tote to carry my TOPS Club books, papers and one I could drop a small purse that has phone and wallet in with the books. Here in Bradenton, we have thrifts stores on every corner..
This black leather TOTE is Saks Fifth Ave and is perfect at 19 inches wide and 12 deep. The colorful bag, Kirna Zabete has my papers and booklets in it. The one closest to the black bag on line is 173.00 . I paid $4.00 for the black and $2.00 for the colored one.. They had many totes that would have worked and some were only 1.00 but the leather one grabbed me...AS YOU READ THIS I AM AT MY TOPS MEETING WITH THE TWO BAGS, BUT ONLY BETWEEN 8:30 AND 10:30 AM. other than those times who knows where I am.
See the map, the yellow around blue is my house, the one the yellow point to is where I got these, the other 5 in a line, all of them are only six tenths of a mile from me. All the red shops are under 3 miles, if I widen to five miles it doubles the amount of stores and Linda Chapman, bloggers Thrift Queen would have to move here,