Thrift Stores

Framed Korean wedding scene found at a thrift store (by Mom2One)

You must be thinking what an odd thing to post for a Korean resource. Thrift stores, really? Yep, really.

Most of the Korean items we have in our home have been found at our local thrift stores. While we did travel to Korea in 2006, most of our shopping on that trip was for our son. We bought gifts that we could give him for the first five to six years he was home. But we didn’t get much for ourselves, which I regretted later since we want our home to reflect the heritage of all of the people who live in it.

Then a couple of years ago, during a conversation about bargain shopping, a friend suggested I check out the local thrift shops. And I have not been disappointed. We’ve found a Korean table, a football jersey in my son’s current size, 15 or so children’s books written in hangul, coffee mugs with traditional scenes, and wall hangings. And all of them at bargain prices.

We live in a community with a decent-sized Korean population. But in addition to that, we also have four military bases in our area. Since many military personnel spend time stationed in Korea, that population might also account for some of the Korean items showing up in thrift stores. So if you live in a community with a Korean population, or if you live near a military base, I’d suggest you check out your local thrift stores to see what you can find.


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