My philosophy on life is that we are placed on this planet to learn from and help all living things. If I can do this and have fun and save money all at the same time, then I reach my summit of self-actualization!
This is the reason that I donate to many local charity stores and it is the same reason that I buy new-to-me treasures in most of the same stores. I am going to let in you on my best kept secret. When our weather is less than perfect you can usually find me at one of these three locations:
The SPCA Thrift store in Titusville Florida. This is a fun place to stop on the way out to the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Center. From Highway 50 turn North onto US 1. This shop that helps care for homeless pets is located on the left (West corner of Knox McRae and US1).
Habitat for Humanity Thrift store in Kissimmee Florida. If you enjoy buying old books, they have a buy one get one free sale going on right now. Recently, I bought two soft cover cookbooks for one dollar! From Highway 192 in Kissimmee turn North (towards the Florida Mall) on Orange Blossom Trail. The store will be on your left and there is not much parking available.
The Salvation Army in Orlando on West Colonial Drive. Highway 50 and Colonial Drive are the same road. From I-4 East Bound, take the left exit on to Kirkman. You will pass right in front of Universal Studios. Proceed on Kirkman until you reach Highway 50. Turn right on to Highway 50 and the Salvation Army will be on your left side of the street.
HGTV designers listen up. These shops are great places to find interesting vases and most of these stores even sort them by color. They have so many available.
Realize that you are buying used items as-is with a no return policy. So, inspect your items carefully. All three store will accept most major credit cards.
Some store hours and donation hours vary. So if you are dropping off goods, it’s best to do this first, before you shop at the store.
Plan on a day helping people, pets, your pocketbook, and the planet. Remember to reuse and recycle to help the environment.