Are you a Thrift Store Junkie?!
There are so many deals to be had in thrift stores that many people don’t take advantage of. You would be surprised at the great treasures you can find in thrift stores! Items that you can’t tell are used, even brand new items all at great prices! If you’re trying to be more frugal this is a great way to do it and still get the items you want from clothing to kitchen stuff to even furniture. Don’t discount the thrift stores as their prices may be at a discount but you could find some amazing items!
Unlike a yard sale, they’re under cover and all in one place. There’s no driving from address to address, they have some great bargains and sometimes even a few treasures may be found like antiques or clothes with tags. Find your local thrift and ask questions. When are the sales each month? When are newly acquired items places on the shelves (every day or maybe just once a week)? Is there a return policy? Is there a wanted board where I can post a specialty item that I’m looking for like a pack n play or high chair?
So maybe you’re thinking well I shop consignments….. No! The prices some people are paying on a sale at a thrift store are half price of what you’d find in a local consignment shop. Yes you may need to pick through the clothes a bit more but hey thats ok. Over the years I know I have realized that I’m only willing to shop thrift on a sale day and that about 20% of the clothes I find still have the tags on them. Really! Plus, about 50% of the shoes that you can find are only ever worn a few times judging by the condition of the shoe and tread on the bottom.
Below are some tips below for you 1st timers. If you’re planning to hit a thrift shop on a sale day be sure to be there when the doors open to get the best selection so you aren’t disappointed.
1) Be prepared to change out buttons to update a look if you find designer wear that is a little outdated. You may even wish to remove a pocket to update an 80′s blazer to a new chic fashion so invest a couple of bucks in a seam ripper.
2) Check zippers, buttons & seems. Unless you find designer wear or a really awesome coat, zippers usually are NOT worth the cost to have replaced.
3) Shop on sale days… Even thrift stores have sales! Sign up for their newsletter and “like” their Facebook pages so you can stay informed of the sale dates and promotional events. Value Village stores offer 50% off sales on holidays (Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day etc)
4) Wash the clothes really well and avoid buying intimates. After I make a thrift store purchase I was the clothes on my super cycle that washes them for 59 minutes. If you’re a person that is borderline germ phobic but need the savings of a thrift store us a germicidal wash.
5) Invest in no sew hem tape. Hem tape is so easy to use and its a really quick fix to hem trousers, jeans, skirts etc so you can customize to your height. You just apply the tape and iron! You can even add a cuff liner to update a blazer all using hem tape. Below is a quick You tube video on how to use hem tape. (Thanks, Familyfrugalfun!)
Are you a Thrift Store Shopper??