It's not a secret that I love thrift stores, yard sales, estate sales, etc... The old adage "one man's trash is another man's treasure" is so very true.
I like nothing better than coming across a box, bag, whatever of sewing stuff just thrown in it and buying the entire 'lot'. Then I get to bring it home and go through the bounty/treasure. There have been times when once I've gone through it, I have half of it or more being re-donated or trashed. But I have to say, I've always gotten my money's worth! I can not think of one time I've said, "well, that was a waste". I've had friends and family ask, "what are you going to do with all that cr*p?" But who do they come to for just the right clasp, snap, zipper, button, etc... ?
Recently I had a project to make for a gift exchange and the monetary limit was set at $20. The organizer told me I had gone over the limit and I told her no I did not! The fabric used cost me less than $5 and everything else was constructed from what I had on hand and bought at estate/yard sales at pennies.. I was told that was cheating... WHAT?! Because I'm thrifty, I'm a cheat??? Oh well, call it what you want, someone will get a very nice exchange gift because I had cr*p on hand to make it... Photos forthcoming...