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]

Collectible Starbucks City mugs
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

on February 18, 2022

There may be cash in your coffee cup. These mug designs can be worth hundreds of dollars.

Woman decluttering
7 Simple Ways to Cut Clutter in 2022

on February 2, 2022

Make this the year you start living clutter-free.

Upset woman with broken washing machine
9 Mistakes People Make When Cleaning With Vinegar

on January 28, 2022

Cleaning with vinegar can save you a lot of money, but using it like this can cost you.

Vintage furniture
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

on January 22, 2022

With sleek lines, solid wood and a value that just keeps going up, this vintage furniture line is enjoying a renaissance.

Man with canning jar
Organize Your Home With These 10 Thrift Store Finds

on January 3, 2022

Resolve to be clutter-free in 2022 with these secondhand purchases.

Older woman in a wide doorway of her home
8 Essential Home Features for Aging in Place

on December 30, 2021

A survey finds that buyers focused on accessibility want these features.

Chemex pour-over coffee maker
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

on December 18, 2021

It has no moving parts, but makes an amazing cup of coffee. And vintage pieces can be worth hundreds of dollars.

Cast iron pans
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

on November 20, 2021

This brand of cast iron epitomizes practicality and durability — and pieces have resold for as much as $2,700.

Man cleaning with bleach
10 Things You Should Never Do With Bleach

on October 27, 2021

Does the pandemic have you reaching for bleach more than ever before? Learn the ins and outs of using this powerful disinfectant.

Vintage Vera Neumann napkins
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

on October 16, 2021

Vintage textiles from this designer resell for big bucks — and make unique home decor.

Woman shopping for secondhand furniture at a thrift store
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

on September 18, 2021

This vintage furniture line has been rediscovered — and buyers are willing to pay up for it.

Man sleeping peacefully
9 Ways to Turn Your Bedroom Into a Sanctuary for $100 or Less

on September 13, 2021

In these stressful times, who couldn’t use a better night’s sleep?

Vintage Levi's "Big E" denim jeans
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

on August 21, 2021

One detail can make this type of vintage denim worth hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

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.

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.

Estate sale sign
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.

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.

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.

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.

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