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,, Kiplinger, and in US Airways Magazine. Reach me at [email protected].

Flea market yard sale garage sale
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

on June 17, 2023

Sometimes souvenirs are worth more than just memories. Made for the tourist trade, these pots and vases can resell for hundreds of dollars.

Man pressure washing the patio steps
8 Ways a Pressure Washer Can Save You Money

on June 5, 2023

Get a grip! Pressure washers pack a lot of power — and a lot of savings — behind every spray.

yard sale
15 Thrift Shopping Terms You Need to Know

on June 2, 2023

Want to thrift shop like a pro? Learn the lingo! These terms will get you started.

Online shopping for clothing clothes
The 8 Best Sites for Thrift Shopping Online

on May 29, 2023

Log in and load up. These are the best sites for secondhand bargain hunters.

vintage cameras
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

on May 17, 2023

Low-tech by today’s standards, these vintage cameras can resell for hundreds of dollars.

woman shopping online
9 Pro Tips for Online Thrift Shopping

on April 28, 2023

Global selection, 24-hour shopping and doorstep delivery — what’s not to love about online secondhand shopping?

Woman eating Chinese food from takeout container
10 Ways to Reuse Takeout Containers

on April 24, 2023

Single-use takeout containers don’t have to be single-use. With a little ingenuity, they can be reused in surprising ways.

Shopper buying clothes at a thrift store
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

on April 20, 2023

No matter what time of year, this outerwear is in — and can resell for big money.

Woman happily saving money in a piggy bank
9 Tips for Starting an Emergency Fund Today

on April 17, 2023

These steps will help you sleep a little better — even if a recession is looming.

Couple looking for furniture in second hand shop
10 Secrets to Finding Quality Secondhand Furniture

on April 6, 2023

Here’s how an expert identifies the best pieces of furniture at thrift stores.

Vintage Curtis Jere wall sculpture
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

on March 18, 2023

Dramatic in form and scale, Curtis Jeré sculptures are hot sellers in the secondhand market. Here’s how to find them in the wild.

Man shaking his finger. No don't do it
12 Things You Should Never Donate to Thrift Stores

on March 7, 2023

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

woman standing by kitchen counter
10 Things You Shouldn’t Store on the Kitchen Counter

on February 27, 2023

From food safety concerns to fire hazards, there are good reasons these items shouldn’t live on your kitchen counters.

women shopping at second hand store
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

on February 18, 2023

Not many souvenirs appreciate in value. But these simple shirts can be worth hundreds of dollars.

Thrift store sign
The 10 Best Thrift Store Chains

on January 27, 2023

Not all secondhand stores are created equal. According to a thrift shopping pro, these chains are doing things right.

Man shopping for secondhand clothing
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

on January 21, 2023

A symbol of all things cool, these iconic jackets can resell for hundreds of dollars.

Secondhand shoes at a thrift store
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

on December 17, 2022

Dapper dressers across the country are rediscovering these wonderful wingtips.

Happy woman drinking coffee
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.

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.

Vintage jackets at a thrift store
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.

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