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April 16, 2024 by Stacey Nguyen

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Give your wardrobe a breath of fresh air with this spring style edit full of thrifted treasures.

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Feb. 28, 2024 by Stacey Nguyen

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Love shopping for books? Be sure to check out your library's used book sales for affordable deals.

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Mar. 3, 2024 by Stacey Nguyen

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If you're looking to incorporate wicker styles into your home, be sure to check out your local thrift stores for the best deals.

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Feb. 26, 2024 by Stacey Nguyen

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Here are the best places to look for affordable planters.

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Feb. 24, 2024 by Stacey Nguyen

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Tips and tricks for buying CDs, DVDs, and cassette tapes secondhand.

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Feb. 20, 2024 by Stacey Nguyen

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Love to thrift for clothes, movies, books, and music? Check out Mad Monk Vintage the next time you're in Modesto.

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