Goodwill Hunting: Black Friday At A Thrift Store

We’re college students– and money doesn’t grow on trees. This used to mean cutting down on your clothing purchases, but no more! There are tons of fun, stylish and cheap treasures waiting to be found at thrift stores. Each week, Daphne Weidner will take you on a thrifty journey to prove that being tight on money does not mean sacrificing style. Let’s get thrifty.

Black Friday has never interested me very much. Save for when I was 13 and my dad said he would buy my sister and I a Wii if we got up at 5 a.m. and went to Wal-mart with him. What I was expecting to be a dramatic adventure turned out to be around 30 people waiting in line, and then awkwardly speed walking and nudging past each other to get to the electronics section. We managed to snag a Wii in the midst of the pseudo-chaos, and took it home for a reasonable price, woo-hoo.

Some people absolutely love the thrill of Black Friday shopping, which I understand. It’s a fun challenge and sometimes worth taking on- there are some pretty good deals out there. I’m just not a huge fan of the usually crazy, and sometimes scary, atmosphere that comes along with the shopping day. But, despite my opinions and judgments, I couldn’t help getting excited when my mom informed me of Goodwill’s Black Friday sale.

The entire store was 60 percent off. How could I just let that incredible sale slip through my fingers? I was also just curious as to what a thrift store would be like on Black Friday. I mean, how many people (other than me) are going to put an already insanely cheap second-hand store on their list of Black Friday priorities?
So, I arrived at Goodwill when they opened and saw no lines, rushing, or screaming. The store was busier than usual, but it was by no means overwhelming. It felt like a normal shopping day. Plus, I scored some awesome record albums for practically pennies. Looks like I’ve found a new Black Friday tradition.

If you’re trying to avoid the crowds and chaos but still want to celebrate Black Friday, try a thrift shop. Get clothes, music, books and cool apartment decor for close to free. Now that is a deal.

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