|Got twenny dollaz in my pocket.|
Cue Macklemore – wait, this is a friendly, safe blog. Cue these folks.
All right, the soundtrack is set. Let’s head to four destinations where you can find everything you need for a cool pad. All it takes is a little elbow grease and twenty dollars or so in your pocket.
*Note – For this exercise, I recommend the following: water, sweatband, clothes you don’t mind getting dirty in, a pickup truck, allergy medications (if you need them), an open mind. Also – most of these places aren’t air conditioned.
The challenge: like the song says, I got $20 in my pocket. This is freaking awesome.
Open only on Wednesdays, this is the place where agencies around the state of Arkansas send their used stuff when they’re done using it. Items vary regularly. What you can always count on – there will be desks and chairs and file cabinets. Whatever else is fair game.
|Five dollar six-foot-long.|
What the heck is this chair for? No, don’t tell me.
Also, creepy CPR dummies.
|I'm not so bothered by his weird grin as I am the fact that his lip has|
apparently been stitched.
|CPR dummy makers: BABIES NEVER LOOK LIKE THIS.|
|Vehicles, boats, tanker trucks - State Surplus has 'em.|
6620 Young Rd, Little Rock, AR 72209 * (501) 565-8645 * arstatesurplus.com
Bargain den #2: Goodwill Clearance Center
Forget buying by the item. At Goodwill’s Clearance Center, items are purchased BY THE POUND. For $1.39 a pound, you can take all the clothing, books, toys, home items and linens you can carry. Mind you, these haven’t been washed or cleaned in any way, just sorted. The “good stuff” goes to Goodwill Retail Stores. However, if you’re willing to put your purchases through the dishwasher or laundry when you get home, you’re probably going to do fine.
Real steal: The six Martha Stewart matching napkins weighed a grand total of six ounces, which puts their sale price at Goodwill Clearance Center at a whopping 52 cents.
I must admit, I don’t keep up with fashion, but lingerie made from upholstery fabric seems counterintuitive.
|Pinocchio was nosey? Damn straight he was!|
7400 Scott Hamilton Road Little Rock, AR 72209 * (501)372-5100 * goodwillar.org
Located in the former Cliff Peck Chevrolet dealership on South University, this place goes on and on and on. I’ve
Real steal: 2450 ceramic tiles for $400. That’s about 17 cents apiece. Three pallets. DAAAANG.
Want some wool? This big box of wool, fur and leather scraps is in the carpet room for $4 a piece. All my re-enactor friends are now looking for their car keys.
|Look at all that stuff!|
6700 S University Ave, Little Rock, AR 72209 * (501) 771-9494 * habitatpulaski.org
Unlike our other stops, Carrie’s is an old fashioned flea market/consignment shop. Opened in 1991, it’s become my favorite Little
This kitchen set… I don’t even.
8717 Geyer Springs Rd, Little Rock, AR 72209 * (501) 562-8088
Check out more photos from my August thrift shopping expedition in this album on Facebook.
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