We went to the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store in Waterford Ireland. I found a beautiful etched vase that needed a little cleaning for 5 euros. Many former Waterford glass cutters got to keep their machines after they retire. You can find some one of a kind pieces that would cost a lot of money at the Waterford factory. This was a steal.
In Croatia I asked the proprietor of our B&B did she know of any good second-hand shops? She gave me directions to 3 of them. I bought a purple winter rain coat with double zippers that I wear when I travel. I love it but if I lose it or leave it behind I have very little money in it. It is perfect for on the water in a boat. It protects me against wind and rain. My husband got a beautiful leather vest.
In Colorado after my hiking boots fell apart on the way though security I needed a pair quick, yet I did not want to spend $250 at a fancy Telluride store. So I went to a second-hand shop in Telluride and bought a pair of hiking boots for eight dollars that got me through the trip until I got home. Also a great place to get souvenir t-shirts.
In HHI there is a second-hand shop called Bargain Box that people wait in line to get into almost daily. They even had an airplane for sale one time. I have bought furniture and chandelier and many designer outfits.
Now you won’t find any thing you want in a second-hand store in Africa or Cuba but most countries and definitely in the United States make sure to hit second-hand stores or even Good Wills to help if you left something at home. Also a great place to get a used suitcase if yours breaks or a back pack.
We love the cultural treasure hunt. It is always interesting to look through other people’s clothes and things. This is great for cheap entertainment.