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]

Housewares at a garage sale
12 Things I Always Buy at Estate Sales

on July 22, 2021

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

Woman shopping for clothes
8 Secrets of an Expert Thrift Store Shopper

on July 21, 2021

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

Vintage mug and bowl
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

on July 17, 2021

You can resell some coffee mugs from this humble line of dishware for hundreds of dollars — or keep them for yourself.

Woman in thrift store
11 Secrets to Finding Quality Clothing at Thrift Shops

on July 12, 2021

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

Woman with wind chimes
11 Ways to Upgrade Your Yard for $100 or Less

on June 26, 2021

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

Vintage Texas Ware bowl
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

on June 19, 2021

Texas Ware bowls are the epitome of midcentury optimism, and they fetch a nice price for resellers.

11 Estate Sale Shopping Tips From an Expert
11 Estate Sale Shopping Tips From an Expert

on June 3, 2021

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

Goodwill thrift store
How to Buy Bargains by the Pound at Thrift Stores

on May 28, 2021

Here’s how to locate and shop at a new breed of thrift store.

Man shopping secondhand
9 Common Thrift Store Shopping Mistakes

on May 25, 2021

Improve your thrift shopping game with these tips from a pro.

Cutco cooking utensils
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

on May 15, 2021

This brand of cooking utensil is American-made and built to last. Even better, they can resell for big bucks.

Lego Taj Mahal
These 10 Lego Sets Resell for Thousands of Dollars

on May 4, 2021

Lego is as popular as ever, with some rare sets reselling for big bucks.

Woman shopping at a thrift store
8 Things You Should Be Buying at Thrift Stores

on April 21, 2021

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

Man canning foods
9 Forgotten Frugal Strategies — and How to Resurrect Them

on April 19, 2021

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

Vintage mugs designed by Massimo Vignelli and manufactured by Heller Inc.
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

on April 17, 2021

This iconic dinnerware is prized for everyday use as well as reselling for profit.

Selling Your Stuff? Don’t Fall for These 5 Negotiating Tricks
Selling Your Stuff? Don’t Fall for These 5 Negotiating Tricks

on April 12, 2021

Don’t let buyers fleece you — whether you’re selling via a yard sale or Facebook Marketplace.

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

on March 30, 2021

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

Kirby vacuum
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

on March 20, 2021

Vacuums from this brand can last a half-century, if not longer — and they’re hot on the resale market.

Surprised senior holding dentures
17 Surprising Things You Can Sell for Extra Money

on March 10, 2021

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

Woman using a laptop at home
8 Tips for Decorating Your Home With Thrift Store Finds

on March 8, 2021

From contemporary to midcentury to one-of-a-kind vintage pieces, today’s secondhand markets have the goods.

If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

on February 20, 2021

They don’t make coffee makers like this anymore.

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