I went shopping this Black Friday but I only spent a fraction of what you might expect.
That is because I went thrift shopping on the Southwest Side of Chicago. Some of my favorite thrift stores are part of the Village Discount chain, especially the one at 4020 W. 26th St. in Little Village.
Some people might recoil at the idea of buying something used. But it is good for your budget and also the environment. Think of it as recycling and treasure hunting at the same time.
And if you are patient you can find many things that are barely used or even some items of value.
Here are 12 bargains I found thrifting on this Black Friday.
1) A Peanuts Christmas ornament with Snoopy - 20 cents
2) Red holly holiday apron - 30 cents
3) A nativity scene ornament originally from the World's Largest Christmas Store, Bronners Christmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth, Mich. - 45 cents
4) A mini Santa snowglobe - 45 cents
5) Hallmark Keepsake Angel "Glad Tidings" ornament - 45 cents
6) A Snowman Christmas stocking - 95 cents
7) A string of 100 Christmas lights - 95 cents
8) Four strings of red Christmas garland - 95 cents
9) Old Navy Christmas tree pajama bottoms - 95 cents
10) Two margarita glasses - 90 cents
11) A timeless classic, Cardinal's Deluxe Wood Shut the Box dice game - $1.45
12) Tabasco tureen - $2.90
For these 12 items, I spent less than $12. That was including the half price discount on everything in the store that continues through Sunday.