Thrifty shopping took another form today, as I followed up on a clue from another knit blogger’s mention of a find she made. (Sorry, I can’t remember which of the 170+ bloggers that I read made the discovery.) She posted about visiting her local T. J. Maxx store, and finding several knitting books for around half of list price.
Gryphon and I went out to do errands today, which took us to the plaza that houses both Target and T. J. Maxx. So naturally, we had to stop in and check for ourselves.
T. J. Maxx isn’t really known for books, but you can find a small section of them back in the area where they shelve the home decor items. Most of the rack is filled with blank books and planners, but there are a few coffee-table type books as well. You aren’t likely to find more than one copy of any title, but if you can find something you like, you’ll get a good bargain on it – usually about 50% of cover price.
I found something I like.
Vogue Knitting Stitchionary, Volume One. List price, $29.99 – T. J. Maxx price, $16.99. Works for me! I finally have the start of the stitch dictionary collection I want to build.
I scoured the rack carefully, and this was the only knitting book that they had at this particular store. Still, it suggests that I should be going back to check now and then, since I’m sure they will get in more completely random selections of books. You never know when there will be more knitting books – or other crafts, even.
As we left the store, Gryphon and I talked a bit about the thrill of thrifting that we’ve been feeling. There’s an actual adrenaline rush that I feel when I find these incredible bargains, whether at a yard sale, thrift store, or a surplus goods store like T. J. Maxx, Marshall’s, or Home Goods.
It’s the sort of thing that could, with carelessness, become an addictive problem. The trick is not to fall into the trap of buying something just because it’s a bargain – I have to really know that we have a use for the item in question before we spend the money and bring it into our already crowded house.
We’re handling it carefully, and not buying things just because they happen to be cheap. And we’re pleased that we have been able to improve some areas of our life for very little cash outlay, because of our thrifty shopping.
We plan to keep watching the weather forecasts every weekend during yard sale season. And visiting the thrift stores makes a good back-up plan for rainy days – as well as a thrifting option that can last all year ’round.