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Thrift/Consignment Stores

The Second Hand post category on the blog will show you the latest info I’ve shared about thrift stores, consignment shops, and consignment sales.


Free rocks! Here are some sources for finding free items around Richmond:

    Richmond Freecycle – A Yahoo user group to which you can subscribe. Users post items they have to give away, as well as items they are searching for.
    Free Stuff on Craigslist – Richmonders posting stuff they have to give away. Sometimes they put it at the curb and it’s first come, first served.
    RVA Free Market – Held in Monroe Park on the last Saturday of each month. Bring whatever you’d like to get rid of, and take anything anyone else has brought


Richmond Craigslist is your friend. Whatever you’re looking for, someone in the city probably has it. Some of my favorite pages are the Free Stuff forum and the Garage Sale postings.

Book Sales

tuckahoe book sale
I love a good book sale! The biggest locally is the Friends of the Richmond Public Library sale, which takes place in spring and fall. You can check the “book sale” tag on the blog to see if there are any sales coming up soon, and also is a resource that lists sales all over the state (and country).

Yard Sales

Always a fun way to spend a Saturday morning! Instead of driving aimlessly looking for signs, plot your plan of attack using the Garage Sale list on Craigslist and on the Times-Dispatch. (Of course you can detour if you find something else!). I find that May is the peak season for my very favorite kind of sale, the neighborhood sale.
Sierra Club Yard Sale at University of Richmond in May, with unwanted student items

County Surplus Sales

Henrico County Surplus Sales – See my review
Chesterfield County vehicles
Hanover County auctions

ring around the rosy

Children’s Consignment Sales

A great way to outfit your little ones with clothes for the upcoming season, as well as find cheap toys, books, and baby equipment. There are about 15 sales scattered around Richmond; the spring ones run late February through early April, while the fall sale season starts in August and goes til early October. I post a list of upcoming sales twice a year, which you’ll find under the Consignment Sales tag on the blog.

(For more kid-friendly tips, check out the Kid Stuff page)

Design Blogs

If home decor on a dime is right up your alley, check out a couple of local bloggers who specialize in it:

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    March 3rd, 2011 by RichmondBargains