Treasure hunting

As children, my sister and I enjoyed collecting sandy treasures. One December when bills overwhelmed my single-mother's budget, we decorated our Christmas tree with strings of shells, popcorn and cranberries. I was six and have seen many trees since, but it is still one of the most beautiful trees I've ever seen.

Recycling and price-careful shopping have become more popular during this recession. Concerns about employment, rising costs of everything from gas to food have combined with concern for the environment. So green thinking includes not only recycling newspapers, cans, bottles, and children's clothing, but also many other items now.

This week we've been shopping at the beach resorts on the East Coast in Delaware and Maryland. Outlet stores and grocery stores have been busy, but thrift stories have been busier.
Treasures abound for those who are willing to shift through decades of cast off items in various forms, styles and conditions.

For those planning on shopping along the Delmarva Coast, check out these shopping opportunities:

Popular shopping outlets:

Delaware tax-free Tangier outlets ... popular brand name shopping at discounts

Ocean City factory outlets ... popular brand name shopping at discounts


A selection of many thrifts in the area:

Beebe's Treasure Chest ... remarkable sales if you have time to dig. Twenty dollars can go a long way.
18675 Coastal Hwy.
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
(302)644-2878

Encore Thrift Shop ... a haven for jewelry lovers. Several necklaces and stained glass items were tempting.
17689 Coastal Hwy.
Lewes, DE 19958
(302)645-1676

All Saints Parish Thrift Store ... friendly, clean, well-stocked variety. We picked up planting pots.
20673 Coastal Hwy.
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
(302)226-3123

Depending on what you're looking for, treasures for your style and budget can be found along the Delmarva coast.

How has the recession changed your treasure hunting habits? Can you share any treasure hunting tips for others?

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