Goodwill Hunting: Bargains galore at secondhand shops

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PEORIA, Ariz. -- We're all looking to save a buck. so now more than ever, secondhand shopping is becoming a popular way to save money.

On Friday's Good Morning Arizona, Tess Rafols showed us how a single mom furnished nearly every room in her house with gently-used items.

Peoria resident Amy Flanagan says 90 percent of what's in her home was bought at secondhand shops. Bargains include a $5 wall hanging, a $20 clock and two Robb & Stucky couches she bought on Craigslist for just $150 each. 

"Every once in awhile, you just go, oh really? I can't believe that!" says Flanagan. "I'm a single mom with a large family, so we buy anything we can secondhand."

Flanagan not only haunts secondhand stores; she also loves to browse Craigslist and online yard sales.

"I just don't have time to out and look every Saturday morning," she says. "But every community has one."

"Keep an eye out," she advises other bargain hunters. "Almost every day you have to look, even if it's just five or ten minutes Find your favorite site. And don't be afraid to ask for a little bit cheaper."

One of her favorite finds? A hallway table that was once used as a prop in Disneyland's Haunted Mansion. She paid just $25 for it.

Her main goal is simply to save money. "With a big family, you don't have a choice," she says.

Among the secondhand shops Flanagan likes are J&K Furniture and Savers.