Thrift Score

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Shopping is America's No. 1 pastime, but nothing beats the thrill of thrift shopping, The lowest prices! One-of-a-kind items! Oddities from the past!

Let All Hoff, a 20-year veteran of the thrift-store wars, tell you why you must always check the toy section (thrifts stick the best weird stuff there) or how to try on clothes in the aisle without showing your underwear!

Thrift Score is packed with fun information: Learn the origins of thrift-store perennials like plastic dinnerware, polyester shirts and paint-by-number masterpieces. Get smart about buying used clothes. Discover new uses for previously overlooked items like bowling balls and Herb Alpert records. See how easy it is to gather up common thrift items and throw fabulous theme parties -- Tiki Party tonight! New Wave Party tomorrow! Marvel at the folly of dead fads like designer jeans, CB radio and fondue.

Thrift Score is a funny, useful book no serious thrifter or thrifter wannabe should be without.

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Al Hoff is the creator and publisher of the zine ThriftSCORE. She lives in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, with her husband in a house full of junk.

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These inexpensive guides represent both sides of the secondhand market craze. For those who like their haute couture on the cheap, Schneider lists hundreds of consignment stores nationwide, as well as in Australia, Ireland, France, Canada, and England. The listings include name, address, phone number, hours of operation, and specialties. From Alabama's Birmingham Antique Mall to St. Alban's Born Again Clothing in Worland, Wyoming, this has just what the converted consignment store shopper will need. Hoff, creator of the zine ThriftSCORE, offers not so much the where but the why and why not of thrift stores. Her philosophy is simple: life is a never-ending treasure hunt, and if you like what you dig up and it's cheap enough, buy it. She offers tips on finding the best collectibles, how to browse shops, and even how to analyze the cars in the parking lot for obvious yuppie interlopers. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, Hoff makes thrift-shop hunting seem like the only way to go. Her book is funny and might convince those who think of thrift-shops as just this side of the town dump that the value of anything is in the eye?and pocketbook?of the beholder. Both books are recommended for public libraries.?Bette-Lee Fox, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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