Friday, May 8, 2015

How I shop at the Thrift Store

Thrift stores are pretty popular right now. 
It's the trendy thing to shop second hand.  Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and all that. 
But do you walk into the thrift store and turn right around because you're grossed out?  
I understand!

But before you give up, let me show you how I shop thrift stores.

My local thrift store is Goodwill.

I drop in about once a week or every other week.
I keep a running list, either written down (in the notes section of my iPhone) 
or in my head of the things I'm looking for.  

Don't let the scary porcelain dolls run you off.  Overlook them and 
turn your attention to the good stuff.

Look through all of the shelves.  
Bend down and look in the back of the bottom shelves- 
sometimes the good stuff gets hidden back there.

I've found some awesome milk glass, Pyrex and silver plated bowls hidden there.  

You probably will see some crazy things, but again, don't let it scare you off.

Because if you keep looking, you're bound to find treasures.
Old crates, vintage office supplies, and silver platters are there for dirt cheap prices. 
The most expensive thing in this picture was the silver footed platter for $4.  

Of course you won't find treasures every time you go.  
Sometimes all you see are ratty stuffed animals, broken toys and empty spaghetti sauce jars.  
But don't give up- try again the next week!

For the longest time, I was afraid to look at clothes at the thrift store. 
The thought of not knowing where the clothing came from was too much for me. 

Lucky for me I got over it.  Now, I love the hunt!!
When searching for jeans, I look at the washes I like first.  Then my trick is to touch them.  
The nicer quality ones, feel softer.

I found these Citizens of Humanity jeans for $4 (regularly $150)

I've also found J.Crew, Gap, Old Navy, American Eagle, Ann Taylor, 
Banana Republic, and The Limited for pennies on the dollar.  
Totally worth searching through the racks.  

Now to clean:  
 I put everything that will go, in the dishwasher.  
For items that can't go in the dishwasher, I wipe very thoroughly with antibacterial wipes.

When I get the clothes home, I wash everything on an extended wash cycle.  
Sometime I put it through another wash cycle if I feel it didn't get clean the first time.  

In summary, my tips for thrift store shopping are:  
1.  Go often
2.  Keep a list of what you're looking for
3.  Overlook the things you aren't interested in
4.  Don't be afraid to dig a little, you can wash your hands.
5. Be patient
6.  learn when the sales are
(the first Saturday of the month everything at my local goodwill is 1/2 price)
7.  Clean everything well!


  1. It opens a whole new world of possibilities to go thrifting!

    1. Amen! You just never know what you'll find. So much fun!!

  2. O, thrifting has been a way of life with me for years and years. Some of my most loved pieces, including furniture, has come from thrifting. And, it's so much fun......

    1. Thrifting is the best, isn't it? The thrill of the hunt just makes my heart pound!!

  3. Goodwills are different all over the country. Some have 99c clothing days. Mine has 50% off a certain colored tag each week. My Goodwill also has a pretty generous return policy. You have 2 weeks to return an item for store credit, as long as it still has the tag on it. Our family uses it all the time. We call it "Goodwill Catch and Release." Because sometimes you have to try stuff out before you know for sure if it's a good buy for your family. They give you 30 days to use the credit, which is no problem if you visit the Goodwill often. And if you really can't find anything to buy before the time is up, you can buy something just to return it, and have another 30 days.

    1. Oooo, thank you for sharing! Those are awesome things to know!!!

  4. Works for me! It is close to what I do. I have one more for you...go around at least twice if not three times! I always find something I missed the first time.

    1. Thank you AnnMarie! That is definitely a great idea. Going around more than once helps you to catch items you missed the first few times!

  5. Great tips and those jeans were a great find!! I think your GW is better than ours ;) Thanks for linking to Something To Talk About Link Party! Hope to see you at another Nashville Influencers get-together!!

    1. Sometimes my Goodwill is no good. For every 2 trips I make, I make another one that I leave disgusted, discouraged and empty handed. But I have the thrifting bug, and always go back!! :)

  6. Wonderful tips! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the fan favorites at the Sunday Showcase from the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link so you can check out your feature! Hope to see you again at the bash! Have a happy week! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  7. I love my thrift store I find my alot of my craft supplies there thanks for sharing have a great day

  8. I recommend that if you buy things with pockets be sure to check them all before washing. My friend found $250 in a pair of capris with extra pockets.


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