My second-hand shopping adventures have always been with a girlfriend and this time I took my husband’s cousin, Madison, for a girls day. We found the Sunshine Shoppe in downtown Chesterfield, a thrift store that raises money for the local Chesterfield County hospice.

I was genuinely surprised by what I found in Chesterfield and just wowed by the size of the store – it was huge and actually had departments, ladies, mens, childrens, juniors, shoes, etc.

This was probably the most fun and exciting store I had been in, so far. The atmosphere was lively with shoppers and the ladies at the front counter were “hollering” across the store for phone calls, screwdrivers, and coupons – yes, seriously! Everybody seemed to know everybody, but I even ran into my husband’s grandmother in there, so I snapped a photo. It was definitely not quiet.

The store offered adequate dressing rooms as well as some new clothing items and accessories. There seemed to be something for everyone, I don’t mean that to sounds cheesy.

The Sunshine Shoppe was running an amazing coupon deal, get 11 gently used clothing items for 20 cents each. No joke! First, I was thrilled that a second-hand store had coupons and second, 20 cents each? My girlfriend and I scoured the store for 2 hours to make sure we had 11 items. It was a lot harder then it seemed, maybe because I was famished or maybe because I didn’t feel like trying on things again. I managed to get a skirt, 2 button-down shirts, a tank top, pants, kid’s clothes for my daughter, and some sweaters. Anyhow, when they rang up my purchases, I was waiting for the “catch” – but there was none!

My lunch, a Whopper meal at Burger King cost $6.20, and my clothing purchase at the Sunshine Shoppe only cost $2.20! It doesn’t get any better than that!

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Originally from Virginia, Jennifer C. Sellers is passionate about sustainability and conservation in South Carolina and throughout the world. She earned her BA in English from Coastal Carolina University and her MAS in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver. She is a university sustainability coordinator that implements programs and teaches people about going green and being sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @MyGreenGlasses

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