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].

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.

Flea market
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.

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.

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.

Vintage American Modern dinnerware by Russel Wright
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

on June 18, 2022

Vintage dinnerware by this famous industrial designer can be worth hundreds of dollars.

Lego's Star Wars Millennium Falcon
10 Lego Sets That Can Resell for Thousands of Dollars

on May 31, 2022

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

woman thrift shopping
12 Surprising Benefits of Thrift Shopping

on May 24, 2022

It’s not all about saving money. Thrift shopping offers other important advantages that department stores could never match.

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

on May 20, 2022

Wildly popular in the 1980s, clothing from this iconic brand can resell for hundreds of dollars.

Goodwill Outlet
How to Buy Bargains by the Pound at Thrift Stores

on May 3, 2022

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

Baklite jewelry
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

on April 16, 2022

A precursor to contemporary plastic, this material is prized by collectors and designers.

Woman using a wood pepper mill
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

on March 18, 2022

A single pepper mill from this brand can be worth hundreds of dollars.

happy couple in stylish kitchen
10 Affordable Ways to Upgrade Your Kitchen

on February 28, 2022

Does your kitchen deserve some remodeling love? These projects will make the heart of your home the center of attention.

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.

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.

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
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.

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