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Bargain like the Grannies: A Guide

I travel all over the world and I am known as one of the greatest shoppers ever! No flea market, neighborhood store or thrift shop in any part of the world, is missed by me. I have bargained in Europe, Africa, South America, Asia and well ….all over the United States.

When you think about it, bargaining has been the way all cultures have been set up for thousands of years. It’s only in modern times with big box stores and chains that paying a fixed price has become the norm. In most developing countries it’s considered rude not to bargain or haggle, or do a give and take, walk away and come back dance. Most cases it’s not the amount but the ritual that’s more important – it’s considered honorable interaction and the way to communicate.

My mother got me started visiting and shopping at what was called in the 50’s “second-hand” stores. Some of the antique furniture, quality dishes and stemware that I have in my house came from these shops. She would buy a sofa for its ‘bones” and get it reupholstered over and over again. Chairs, tables – it didn’t matter as long as the items were quality. And as her daughter, I gladly carry-on her tradition to look for value and quality in thrift stores, and my daughter is my best shopping companion.

Granny Regina’s bargain and thrift tips:

Until next time! Please, share your bargaining and thrifting tips in the comments.

Granny Regina

(Previously: Granny Pat’s tips on shopping light while you’re traveling.)

Photo: Community Thrift Store, Valencia, San Francisco.