Local Thrifting- A Guide

Saving money is a priority for a majority of Americans.

Many U.S consumers choose to shop at thrift stores for used clothing, furniture, and household accessories as an alternative to purchasing brand-new items from big retailers. 

Thrift shops offer nearly anything you can imagine: clothes, furniture, jewelry, books, and board games.

It’s always good to save money when you can and there’s a thrift store for nearly every budget.

Check out the list below if you’re looking for local places to thrift but need a place to start!

Ruby D’s-Anacoco, LA

Located at 47799 Main Street, in Anacoco, and open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 A.M to 5 p.m.; Ruby D’s is a fun place to shop.

They have everything from furniture to vintage photographs and they seem to have hundreds of new items each time I visit. It’s very easy to find jewelry, dishes, tools, collectibles, and decor here. The staff at Ruby’s is helpful and kind and the items are fairly organized.

However, this may not be a safe place to visit with children, as they have breakable items within arm’s reach at virtually every turn.

Finley’s Flea Market- Leesville, LA

Located at 13960 Lake Charles Hwy in Leesville, Finley’s is open Thursday- Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., it can be easy to miss if you aren’t sure what to look for.

From Entrance road turn left onto HWY 171 South and merge into the right lane. Follow 171S for about 2.5 miles and look for a white and yellow sign that reads “Finley’s Pickering Flea Market and Army Surplus” just off the road on the right.

This is a flea market so rather than a set shop, it’s more like a line of old buildings run by different people selling and flipping thrifted items for fairly decent prices. There’s something to see in literally every single building, but if you’re looking for the best items there you should go all the way to the end and look for Theresa Wilson in building 6B.

She takes very good care of her items and she is always willing to haggle for prices. 

Theresa deals mostly with furniture and toys, but she also has a number of other items available and she often posts the best items on Facebook Marketplace.

Helping Hands- Leesville, LA

Helping Hands is located at 603 S 3rd St in Leesville. Open Wednesday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Helping Hands has a few items but generally deals with toys and clothes.

It is a local charity and a good place to find clothing in and out of season and for all ages.

Donations received by Helping Hands go to help those in need of food and to provide basic school supplies and Christmas gifts for children of less fortunate families.

Goodwill – Leesville, La

This Goodwill is located at 1166-1372 Boone St in Leesville and is a great place to shop for flip items, decor, and electronics.

The Leesville Goodwill is open Monday – Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This Goodwill isn’t very big, they mostly carry clothing, decor, and kitchen items but they also have toys and occasionally pull in some really decent furniture at very cheap prices.

Goodwill- Deridder, LA

Located at 1015 N. Pine St in DeRidder, this Goodwill is one of the best places to look for decor. 

The DeRidder Goodwill is open Monday- Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Like the Leesville location, they sell clothing and other items and feature a large selection of kitchenware. 

This Goodwill almost always seems to have a large selection of furniture and is a very great place to find books and movies.

Other Thrift Shops in The Area: 

The Lord’s Closet- Leesville, La

The Lord’s Closet is located at 382 Entrance Road in Leesville.

The Fort Polk Thrift Shop- Fort Polk, La
Located at 830 Colorado Ave. in Fort Polk and open Tuesday- Thursday from 9:30 a.m.to 4:30 p.m.

This thrift shop is said to have not only a variety of items but also great prices and a friendly staff.

The Fort Polk Thrift Shop is a private organization that uses its revenue for charity and education in the local area.

November 15th

Pantry

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  • Cheez-it Puffed Scorchin – 24100000210
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  • Good & Smart E0659-Soup Tomato – 71541993458
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  • Twizzler Tropical Laydown Bag – 34000503155

Fourth of July

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  • Patriotic Fabric Gnomes – 430001684488
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Lawn & Garden

  • Excludes – Citronella fuel, Charcoal. Coolers, Fans, Grills, Hoses, and Potting Soil

Swim & Summer Toys

  • Excludes – Bubbles and Chalk

The Legend of Zelda, MY Link to The Past

The first time I ever remember picking up a controller, I was about four or five. I remember my dad showing me how it worked, and walking me through the controls.

I was sitting at his feet, staring at a tiny flickering screen, and the opening music for the game burned its way into my soul.

The game was Legend of Zelda Link to The Past and I wasn’t very good at it.

I can remember dying over and over, and using the dash to escape from the soldiers.

I remember how my dad let me play and encouraged me to fight the bosses a few times before asking for help.

I also remember watching him play, thoroughly entranced by how easily he flew through the game.

Recently I acquired a copy of the game for Nintendo Switch and I eagerly picked up the controller again.

It’s a strange feeling, the game seemed so difficult when I was small, and it isn’t exactly easy as an adult, but there’s an odd patience and nostalgia to it now.

I find myself feeling closer to my dad as I play through the game.

Seeing the puzzles and boss battles I watched my dad play through so long ago feels like home; it feels like I’m right there at his feet again watching him play.

At the same time, the controller is in my hands now, I’m the one in control of Link this time.

Each part of the story feels new and familiar at the same time.

Pat is the one watching me play now; he comments on my strange ability to not lose my patience with the game and I realize, that’s something I learned from my dad.

Dad probably never intended for something so small to become a life lesson, but I wish that I could have the peace and patience in day-to-day life that I have when working through a puzzle.

I’m realizing more and more these days, exactly how much like my father I am.

I often wish I felt closer to him as an adult, but despite my love of words, I never seem to be able to find the right ones to say around him.

I never know what to say or how to say it, so conversations are awkward and hesitant and I really wish they weren’t.

It seems like it was so easy to talk to each other before all the chaos.

Our lives are so very different than they were when I first touched a controller, and a lot has changed between my dad and myself over the years.

Things are getting better, don’t get me wrong, but I’m impatient, I always want to rush to the finished product.

I want things to be comfortable again like they were when I was small, and little by little we’re getting there, but it’s never fast enough for me.

Just like the game, patience, persistence and inner peace are the keys to getting through.

For now, I can only do my best to work towards understanding and being understood; until then though it’s nice to have the nostalgia of the game to fall back on.

It’s nice to have a little link to my past in my living room, where I can reach out at any time I want to and be right there at my dad’s feet again.

Leesville Walmart Deals

This list was gathered from Brickseek.

Be sure to check upcs!

Mainstays 15 Piece Shower Tote Set

UPC: 784857970371 $3.00

Mainstays 15 Piece Shower Tote Set

UPC: 784857970401  $7.00

Mainstays Oversized Plush Throw with Poms, Soft Silver, 50″x70″

UPC: 766686939637 $3.00

Mainstays Plush Throw Blanket, 50″ x 60″, Color: Breton Stripe

UPC: 784857970470 $1.00

Mainstays Plush Throw Blanket, 50″ x 60″, Grey and White Check

UPC: 784857970425 $1.00

Mainstays Beach Towel, Pink Weft Stripe, 28×60

UPC: 665721158401 $2.50

Dawn Wipes Fresh – 75ct

UPC: 037000662778 $5.94

Clorox Disinfecting Mopping Cloth – Rain Clean – 12ct

UPC: 044600323510 $0.25

Cheer Color Guard Liquid Laundry Detergent 96 Loads 138 oz

UPC: 037000724179 $5.00

Gain Liquid Laundry Detergent, Lavender Scent, 96 Loads, 138 fl oz

UPC: 037000779537 $7.00

Gain Liquid Laundry Detergent, Blissful Breeze, 96 Loads, 138 fl oz

UPC: 037000762584  $7.00

Gain Liquid Laundry Detergent, Island Fresh Scent, 96 Loads, 138 fl oz

UPC: 037000769736 $7.00

Gain Liquid Laundry Detergent, Original, 96 Loads, 138 fl oz

UPC: 037000772729 $7.00

Gain Liquid Laundry Detergent, Moonlight Breeze, 96 Loads, 138 fl oz

UPC: 037000771814 $7.00

Tide Clean Breeze Scent High-Efficiency Liquid Laundry Detergent – 138 fl oz

UPC: 037000407447 $9.00 (50% off)

Tide Plus Ultra Oxi Liquid Laundry Detergent – 138 fl oz

UPC: 037000752653 $9.00

Tide Plus Febreze Freshness Botanical Rain HE Turbo Clean Liquid Laundry Detergent – 92 fl oz

UPC: 037000985112 $5.00

Tide Hygienic Clean Unscented Heavy Duty Power PODS Laundry Detergent – 21ct/35oz

UPC: 037000807377  $5.00

Parent’s Choice Boys Training Pants, 4T – 5T, 17 Count

UPC: 681131222624 $5.82

Parent’s Choice Girls Training Pants, 4T – 5T, 17 Count

UPC: 681131222617 $5.82

Luvs Pro Level Leak Protection Diapers, Size 2, 31 Count

UPC: 037000790174 $1.00

Luvs Triple Leakguards Extra Absorbent Diapers, Size 3, 26 Ct

UPC: 037000790198 $7.27

Parent’s Choice 2 pack Stainless Steel 9oz Standard Neck Baby Bottle, Ages 0+ Months

UPC: 681131001014 $0.50

Your Zone, Super Soft, Just a Phase Moon, Body Pillow

UPC: 784857970289 $3.00

We R Storage Cart -Off White

UPC: 633356613152 $15.00

Sterilite Wide 3 Drawer Cart Red Currant

UPC: 073149097859 $9.00

Home Logic 2 Bushel Lamper Laundry Basket with Silver Handles, Teal

UPC: 025947213801 $6.77

Rubbermaid Takealongs Food Storage 6.2C/1.4L Round 6pk, Orchid

UPC: 071691536918 $1.50

Rubbermaid Takealongs Food Storage 6.2C/1.4L Round 6pk, Greenery

UPC: 071691536925 $1.50

Play-Day Sidewalk Chalk, 20 Pieces, Assorted Colors.

UPC: 840237100179 $0.50

CoComelon Bath Time Sing Along Play Center

UPC: 810009204121 $15.00

Adventure Force Tactical Strike Sentry X2 Spring Action Ball Blaster

UPC: 729747552817 $5.00

Nerf N-Strike Elite Jolt Blaster, Includes 2 Official Nerf Darts

UPC: 630509359271 $2.50

Find Your Happy Place Festivals & Fireworks Scented Candle Peach and Summer Lily 7 oz

UPC: 011111037175 $0.03

Find Your Happy Place Just Wanna Have Sun! Scented Candle Citrus and Mango 7 oz

UPC: 011111037151 $0.03

Find your happy place foaming hand wash sparkling peach and summer lily

UPC: 011111037250 $0.03

Find Your Happy Place Just Wanna Have Sun! Liquid Gel Hand Wash Citrus and Mango Hand Soap 9.5 fl oz

UPC: 011111037199 $0.03

Find your happy place just Wanna Have Sun Bath Bomb

UPC: 011111037519 $0.03

Find your happy place festival & fireworks whipped body scrub

UPC: 011111037595 $0.03

Find Your Happy Place Just wanna have sun whipped body scrub

UPC: 011111037601 $0.03

Find Your Happy Place Hand Sanitizer Lazy Weekends Sweet Almond And Vanilla Bean 2 fl oz

UPC: 011111026711 $0.74

Find Your Happy Place Just Wanna Have Sun! Bubble Bath And Shower Gel Citrus and Mango 12 fl oz

UPC: 011111037120 $0.03

Find Your Happy Place Festivals & Fireworks Bubble Bath And Shower Gel Peach and Summer Lily 12 fl oz

UPC: 011111037137  $0.03

Find Your Happy Place Festivals & Fireworks Body Mist Peach and Summer Lily 8 fl oz

UPC: 011111037298 $0.03

Febreze Air Effects Odor-Eliminating Air Freshener Lilac, 8.8 oz Aerosol Can, 2 Pk

UPC: 030772000434 $3.00

Mickey & Friends Women’s No Show Socks, 3-Pack, Size 4-10

UPC: 086694582190 $1.00

Melissa & Doug Blues Clues & You! Blues Birthday Celebration Play Set

UPC: 000772330183 $9.00

Blue’s Clues & You! Check-Up Time Blue

UPC: 886144495632 $13.00

Firefly! Outdoor Gear Youth Camping Chair – Blue/Green Color

UPC: 810007485447 $5.00

WET N WILD LILO & STITCH CAREFREE WATERPROOF EYELINER SET

UPC: 077802147844 $0.03

HP 14″ FHD, AMD Ryzen 3-3250U, 4GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Silver, Windows 10, 14-dk1035wm

UPC: 195697727122 $154.00

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