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Family Fun: Entertainment at the Thrift Store

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If you are like me, you are always looking for ways to have family fun without spending a lot of money. I recently took a trip to my sister's house in Boise, Idaho. We decided to go thrift store shopping. Our kids needed some entertainment, and they love to go to the thrift store, so we took them along to see if we could find any bargains. What started out as a simple trip to store, ended up being a really fun family activity. The best part, it didn't cost us anything.

How We Did It

1. Have a Challenge

We started out our trip by giving each of our kids the challenge to find something creative and funny in the store. We were in stitches as each of our kids came up with the funniest items.

Our family activity at the thrift store

2. Make It a Friendly Competition

Thrift stores have some of the craziest clothing items and we all had fun trying to outdo each other. Check out this Noah's Ark vest; it is screaming at you to take it home! Are you looking for a basketball? Boise State has you covered in this store. Maybe you need the perfect wind breaker and life vest.

Our family found clothes and funny things at the thrift store

You've got to love this bobble head toy. Do you like my surprised look? Don't try this trick with a hula hoop at home. Match maker, match maker find me a match.

Hockey equipment and wedding clothes at the thrift store

We found the perfect wedding vail with a classic fake floral arrangement. We even had a hockey playoff in aisle 5. And last but not least, a Frankenstein jacket for your next date; you have to practice the face to go with the jacket.

3. Take Pictures

As much fun as we had at the store, I think we had even more family fun once we got home and looked through the pictures. We laughed to the point we were almost crying. We relived each moment and found so many more things that were funny that we didn't see the first time.

A simple trip to the thrift store turned into an unforgettable afternoon with the cousins. And the best part is we didn't spend a dime!

What fun things do you like to do with your kids that doesn't cost a lot of money?

Jill Greenlaw has a banking background. She gave that up 17 years ago when she got married and started having kids. She loved being a stay-at-home mom while raising her four beautiful children. Jill is now working for the Mom It Forward team as their Community/Sales Manager. She loves her job. Her interests include camping, motorcycling, boating, photography, reading, cooking, and traveling. Put her in flip flops anywhere warm and she is happy.

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