Kentin Waits

Raised by two extreme savers, I'm endlessly inspired by others who swim against the tide of easy credit and over-consumption. With my dog Scout by my side, I write articles on secondhand shopping, minimalism, and debt-free living. My work has been published on NYTimes.com, MotherJones.com, Kiplinger, and in US Airways Magazine. Reach me at [email protected]

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9 Reasons You Should Stop Buying Clothes New

on November 22, 2022

After 30 years of buying, selling and wearing secondhand fashion, I’ve compiled a long list of benefits.

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If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

on November 19, 2022

Let’s talk coffee — and cash. Brewers made by this iconic brand can resell for hundreds of dollars.

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25 Things You Should Never Buy — and What to Buy Instead

on November 4, 2022

If you really want to save money, become a more intentional shopper.

Woman in a thrift store or charity store
9 Tools Every Thrift Shopper Needs

on October 28, 2022

Thrift shopping for fun or looking for bargains to flip for a profit? These must-haves will make your life easier.

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If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

on October 15, 2022

Some vintage garments from this outdoor apparel company resell for several hundred dollars.

House clutter for a yard or estate sale
11 Tips to Manage a Successful Estate Auction

on October 14, 2022

From securing valuables to setting reserve prices, these tips will help your auction go smoothly.

Disappointed Man
8 Commonly Inherited Items Worth Almost Nothing

on October 13, 2022

Although they may carry a lot of emotional value, these items have little market value.

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9 Forgotten Frugal Strategies — and How to Resurrect Them

on October 13, 2022

These time-tested methods can help us live smarter today.

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8 Surprising Household Items You Can Sell for Fast Cash

on October 11, 2022

Sometimes, the humblest household items are worth the most money.

Don't do it say no look away
12 Things You Should Never Donate to Thrift Stores

on September 29, 2022

Not all of your unwanted items are welcome at donation centers.

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8 Secrets of an Expert Thrift Store Shopper

on September 19, 2022

Here’s how a veteran thrift shopper scores the best deals — and turns a profit from them.

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12 Things I Always Buy at Estate Sales

on September 19, 2022

Here’s what an expert estate sale shopper considers to be a great find — and why.

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If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

on September 16, 2022

Ready to be illuminated? Vintage lamps from this Indiana company can resell for thousands of dollars.

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17 Surprising Things You Can Sell for Extra Money

on September 16, 2022

You probably don’t realize these items are worth decent cash.

Happy couple in the front yard of their new house
11 Ways to Upgrade Your Yard for $100 or Less

on August 26, 2022

These inexpensive projects and purchases can turn any outdoor space into an oasis.

Secondhand housewares for sale
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

on August 19, 2022

These ceramics can resell for hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars.

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12 Things You Should Buy at Thrift Stores

on August 18, 2022

For one expert, these secondhand bargains stand out from the rest.

Woman browsing clothing racks at a thrift store
11 Secrets to Finding Quality Clothing at Thrift Shops

on August 12, 2022

Here’s what to look for — and avoid — to buy secondhand clothing without sacrificing quality.

Vintage clothing at a thrift shop
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

on July 16, 2022

Vintage wool pieces from this iconic American brand can resell for hundreds of dollars.

Estate sale or garage sale or yard sale
11 Estate Sale Shopping Tips From an Expert

on July 12, 2022

Curious about estate sales? A pro shares his favorite secrets for better buying.

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