Over the years I’ve enjoyed walking into a thrift store and searching through the racks in an attempt to find really good deals. I like to pile the cart up and then walk into the dressing room with all sorts of pieces. As I try each on, I realize that some look good, some are a definite no, and some are a downright steal. Those pieces you best believe I take home!
Although, I always felt embarrassed to tell my class mates or even my friends where I was shopping or where a cute shirt came from when they asked. But, why?
Did it matter that I bought a shirt second hand? Of course not, and I think everyone should do it!
I shop online and at retail stores, and I love doing so, but I also love the thrill of the search when I walk into a thrift store.
Recently, I wanted to go shopping. Sometimes I just feel like spending some money! Now that I’m a newlywed, I don’t think my hubby would be too happy if I came home with bags full of clothing from the mall with price tags that added up to more than we spend on groceries. So, instead of the mall. My mama and I headed to Salvation Army.
There are a couple things you need to do to prepare yourself when you’re headed to a thrift store. Keep these three things in mind and you will master the art of thrift shopping.
1. Don’t have any expectations.
You might not find anything and other times you might hit the jackpot. You really never know what you will find but hey, thats part of the fun!
2. Don’t go if you are in a hurry.
If you’re in a hurry you’re going to feel rushed. When you go into the store you need to allow yourself time to sift through the racks. When you allow yourself to look through the pieces of clothing, you will find some good stuff. I guarantee it!
3. Think outside the box.
Now this sounds kinda crazy, but bear with me! Don’t limit yourself to only looking through your size section. Things get mixed up. They have so much to go through and it’s impossible for it to always stay organized, so I recommend branching out. If you’re a medium like me, look through the mediums but look through both the small and the larges. You’ll find pieces that you can alter to fit!
Below are the items I found during my recent trip to Salvation Army.
During this trip I was focused on finding tops for fall.
Check out how I altered pieces to fit that aren’t my typical size and how layering can change the look of a piece.
Grey Old Navy Sweater XS
Ike Behar One Size Plaid Cape
Old Navy Plaid Tunic XXL
Win Win Tunic L/XL
Black Eddie Bauer Sweater Poncho M/L
I got all my tops featured for less than a total of $35! I could have only bought one thing for that price had I gone to the mall or into a department store!
You might not currently be a thrift store fan but don’t knock it till you try it!