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TOP TIPS FOR THRIFT STORE SHOPPING

Thrifting For Clothes Like a Pro: The Ultimate Guide
TOP TIPS FOR THRIFT STORE SHOPPING

I am a huge fan of thrift shop shopping as a brilliant way to find what you need/want without contributing to the demand for cheap consumer goods. It has the added benefits of saving stuff from landfill, and raising money for good causes, so basically it’s a win-win.
I wasn’t always such a fan though.

I have no doubt that there are some people reading this who were bought up in a family of thrifters, and for whom scouring charity shops or thrift stores is second nature.

There might however be a few, who are like I was a few of years ago: I would occasionally wander into the odd charity shop, maybe browse the bric-a-brac, and have a vague flick through a clothes rail or two, before leaving empty-handed. I was always slightly jealous of people when they told me they had found their ‘new’ jumper/jeans/skirt in a charity shop. I could never really find anything I liked, but it turns out I just wasn’t really looking properly.

Fast forward a few years, and our year of buying nothing new has turned me into a huge charity shop fan! All my clothes are now sourced there, as well as lots of the kid’s toys and clothes, and bits for the house too. I have never sat down and added it all up, but we must have saved a small fortune over three years, and so much of the stuff is in great condition.

MY TOP TIPS FOR THE BEST OF THRIFT SHOP SHOPPING:

1. GET TO KNOW YOUR LOCAL THRIFT SHOPS

If you’re not used to frequenting thrift shops then you might be vaguely aware that there are ‘some’ in your local town, but you probably don’t know all of them.
Go for a wander, and really start to look for them. Or if you are new to a town, use Charity Retail Associations website to search for all the charity shops/thrift shops near you.

2. NOT ALL THRIFT SHOPS ARE CREATED EQUAL!

You will find that the quality and type of goods will vary from shop to shop.
Some thrift shops almost look like ‘new’ shops now-clothes are sorted by colour; everything is laid out very neatly, the lighting is bright, and it all looks very lovely.
There are however still ‘old fashioned’ thrift shops out there where everything is a bit of a jumble, but I love these-things tend to be a bit cheaper, and you get to have a good old rummage!
And you will also find that some shops specialise in just one thing, e.g. clothes, or electrical items. Get to know your local ones, and which one’s suit your style.

You can explore some of the thrift shops in Santa Rosa Beach, FL and checkout the amazing things they have to offer.

3. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

I have never actually tested this out, but there is a theory out there, that thrift shops in more upmarket places, will have better quality stuff, and are more likely to have high fashion brands in them.
Be aware though that thrift shops are now pretty clued up as to what brands are worth what, and the prices will reflect that.

4. MAKE A LIST, CHECK IT TWICE

During My Make Do and Mend Year, we made a list of the things that we needed, and I carried this around with me to consult when I did my little charity shop rounds. It helped me to remember that I was on the look out for size 5 wellies, or a whisk for the kitchen, and helped me be more targeted when I was browsing.

5. GO FREQUENTLY

Don’t just go once! Keep visiting regularly as the stock turns over pretty quickly, and if they don’t have what you need one week, they might in a week or two’s time.

6. TIME YOUR VISITS

Again, this is an untested theory, but some people recommend going on a Monday or Tuesday, as lots of people will have been clearing out their wardrobes/cupboards over the weekend, so there will be lots of new stock at the beginning of the week.

7. HAVE AN OPEN MIND

I once nearly walked away from a coat because I didn’t like the buttons. It took longer than it should have done for me to register that I could actually change the buttons really easily! I bought it, and rummaged in my button collection for some suitable ones, and now I LOVE it, and everyone always comments on it.
If something fits well, but you don’t like the colour, it can be dyed. And if you can sew, then many things can be altered or re-fashioned to suit.

8. THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX

Cast your eye over the menswear section for snuggly jumpers and cardis. Men’s shirts are a great source of quite a lot of fabric for sewing projects, as are sheets and duvets. Jeans are super versatile and even ties can be upcycled in all kinds of imaginative ways.
Look at things with your upcycler’s specs on: all kinds of things can be repurposed into something you need-check out all these ideas for old tennis rackets!

9. THE SNIFF TEST…!

Some thrift shops will have a particular smell to them, and this can pervade the clothes.
Check the labels to see if things can be chucked in the washing machine, and if they can then this should get rid of most whiffs.
 Bicarb is a great de-odoriser (soak items in bicarb and water overnight), and a top tip from a theater wardrobe mistress is that neat vodka sprayed onto smelly areas will remove the smell.

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Top 5 Thrifting Tips.. As Told By a Thrift Store Legend

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Top 5 Thrifting Tips.. As Told By a Thrift Store Legend

How has it taken me this long to write a decent blog post with thrifting tips? I figure there is already a lot of that out in the blogsophere, but today I would give it a go with my thoughts on thrifting!

Know yourself to thrift, thrift to know yourself

Excuse me while I get all deep and philosophical for a second. It can be both overwhelming and exciting to walk into a thrift store and fall in love with everything you see. It’s better to go in with an idea of who you are and what your style is so you don’t make purchases that you’ll later regret. On the other hand, you may do enough thrifting that you begin to shape and understand yourself better. So know yourself to thrift and thrift to know yourself.

Thrift with others who are just like you

This is important for a few reasons. If you are with a like-minded individual, then you can help each other out by picking up items the other one might want. Thus making shopping go faster! Another person is also great to help justify a purchase and give you a second opinion on things. Plus, everything is more fun with another person, right?

Set expectations but expect to have them broken

I’ll be the first to say that I want to go into a thrift store with a list and be able to find everything before I check out. But that’s not how second hand stores work! It’s ok to have a list, but set your expectations of what you’ll find really low, that way you’ll be more than pleased with your findings.

Visit multiple stores. One is not enough!

Thrift stores are like candy bars in that after having one, you immediately want another. At first it feels really selfish, but after a few, you become satisfied. My point is that one thrift store is never enough! They’re all so different, so you should make a day of going to multiple facilities. Make a day of it!

Save a lot of money

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m cheap. I like to save a buck! Thrift stores already save you money, but there are more ways to save. Examples of that are to sign up for newsletters with info about upcoming sales, shop for colored tags, take a stroll through the clearance rack, ask for student/senior/anyone discount. Don’t be disappointed if you end up spending more than expected seeing as these stores donate to good causes and support people in need. Your money is always going somewhere good! Thrift stores in Lebanon, TN are some of the stores to try your hands on thrift shopping.

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Tips and Tricks to Scoring That Perfect Vintage Gem at Thrift Stores

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The thrill of finding an amazing deal at a thrift store can be exhilarating—and it’s easy, if you shop like these thrift shopper pros. Here are a few secrets they’re letting out of the bag.

1.Location, location, location:

Which neighborhoods have the best thrift and consignment store finds? According to Bethany Beldner, a thrift store shopper, whose Instagram account is followed by more than 36,000 people, wealthy neighborhoods near her definitely have a lot to offer, but prices are higher. “Depending on which thrift store you go to though, the store may increase the prices of nice items. Some thrift store employees are very knowledge when it comes to brands,” says Beldner.  Nikki Mateo of Los Angeles California, has a different thrifting experience in her area. “I’ve had better luck finding pieces in shoddy parts of a big city than in affluent suburbs. Probably because the former is more diverse, so you’ll get a lot of eclectic designer and costume pieces and unique furniture and decor over second-hand t-shirts from the Gap,” says Mateo.

2.Size matters:

Many thrift and consignment stores, including thrift shop in Panama City Beach, FL are well-established non-profit stores, . For-profit thrift stores usually have stricter guidelines for the merchandise they accept and the price tag is generally higher because the store and consignor need to be paid. “In my experience, privately-owned thrift stores tend to be smaller and don’t offer as great of a selection because they’re not getting as constant of donations,” says Beldner. Fabulous finds can still be had, especially on higher-end clothes, handbags, and accessories.

3.Best seasons to shop:

Back-to-school sales in July, white sales in January… there is always a better season to shop deals at retail stores. But what about thrift stores? “Thrift stores seem to be overflowing with donations, especially during the spring and summer months. Not only do garage sale leftovers usually get donated to Goodwill, but there is something about the warm weather that causes people to clean out their garages and declutter their homes. “During the winter months, I see less new inventory come in,” notes Beldner. And make sure you know these 40 shopping tricks that bargain shoppers swear by to save money during the holiday season!

4.Get the inside scoop:

Seasoned thrifters know the discounts are even better when you have the inside skinny. Sales and special promotions via store apps, newsletters, and text alerts give notice to deeper discounts. If you’re visiting a store for the first time, ask about the specials or look for signage. “Often thrift stores will have fliers posted in the store informing shoppers of upcoming sale days,” says Beldner. “Some stores will run sales daily and others are weekly.” For example, the Goodwill stores in the Chesapeake region in Maryland offer a 30 percent discount to all college students, teachers, and senior citizens every Wednesday. These are the other 13 things thrift stores and consignment shops won’t tell you!

5.Opposites attract:

Most women wouldn’t browse the men’s rack for clothes, but Maria TenHave-Chapman always looks it over when she hits up her local Goodwill or Salvation Army store. “Clearly, the fit is a little different so you’ll have to know what works for you, but looking through all departments is definitely worth it. I’ve found some really good finds in the men’s department,” says TenHave-Chapman.

6.Vintage goods:

If you like to rock an expensive look in your vintage threads, try antique stores. While not a typical thrift store, some carry vintage clothes alongside antiques. TenHave-Chapman loves to stroll the antique warehouse near her home for vintage clothes. “My best finds have been heavy winter coats from the 1950s with fur collars and silk linings.” If you’re looking for designer labels, but not sure the Chanel suit you just found is legit, try searching The Vintage Fashion Guild’s resource library for designer labels, furs, and fabrics.

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How to Thrift – Secrets to Score the Best Deals

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There’s no secret that I love thrifting! But how did I get here? Why do I know so many tips to scoring the best deals at the thrift store? In this post, I’m going to share with you my best secrets and tips on how to thrift so YOU can shop like a pro!

Find thrift stores in different parts of town

Most areas of town will have thrift stores – either consignment shops, Goodwill, or independently run thrift stores. But not all thrift stores are created equal! That’s because they run on donations. The likelihood that I return to a particular thrift store depends on the quality of items inside.

To learn how to thrift well, you may need to venture out into different neighborhoods. Once you’ve visited and seen the quality of items, you can make the decision to return for regular shopping or not.

A great example is the Goodwill by our home vs. the Goodwill by my sister-in-law. The one in our neighborhood is small and has reduced hours. Goodwill by my sister-in-law is huge and has full operating hours. You would think, bigger is better! But that isn’t the case! The suburb that we live in is known for being “fancy” and this Goodwill is one of only a few donation spots in town. The Goodwill by my SIL is just one of many thrift stores in the area.
To find different thrift stores, do a quick Google search of “thrift stores” and it will pull up a map. Make a list in your phone of different thrift stores you’ve been to and your thoughts or what you found.

Make friends with the employees (or at least be nice)

The employees of these stores don’t just work there, they thrift there too! And when you’re starting out learning how to thrift, these employees can hold a wealth of knowledge.

BE NICE! I’ve gotten discounts and items free for being friendly with the employees of my local thrift store. We chit chat about new fundraisers the store has, what’s happening locally, and most importantly I ask these specific questions:

  • When were new items put out last?
  • What time will new items be put on the sales floor next?
  • Are there any specials you’re running today?
  • Is there anything here you’re looking to get rid of fast? (that means extra savings if it’s something you need!!!)
  • Has anything interesting/special come in recently that I can take a look at?

Thrift with a list

What happens when you go to the grocery store without a list? You either over-buy or you forget items. It can be the same when you shop at a thrift store without a list.

Creating a list either on your phone or written out of items you’d like to purchase. This is just like a 72 Hour List.

Have a positive mindset

Not every time you set out thrifting will be a success. Sometimes you’ll score big and others you’ll leave empty handed. It’s a good idea to to have a positive mindset – you never know when the best treasures will be in the store!

Shop early in the day

Just like regular retail stores, thrift stores are stocked early in the day or the night before. So shopping early in the day (especially on “deal days”, more on that below) is KEY. When you’re one of the first shoppers in the door you get the first pick out of everything there! When you’re learning how to thrift well, it can be really exciting to see all the wonderful things in the store – not end of the day leftovers.

Find “deal days”

Since today, August 17th, is National Thrift Shop Day, loads of thrift stores will have amazing deals. My local Goodwill has 25% off your entire purchase today.

Here are some regular deals I’ve seen at thrift stores:

  • % off your entire purchase
  • % off a single item
  • % off a certain color tag or category
  • All clothing and shoes half off or more
  • Stuff a bag sales

So check your local stores to find the sale dates. Don’t be afraid to ask for a detailed sales calendar!

Thrift often

The magic that is the thrift store is that there are new things every day. While thrifting everyday probably isn’t a viable option (for your schedule or your wallet!), it is a good practice to thrift often. This is particularly helpful if you’re on the hunt for a very specific item or stocking up on items (like baby clothes).

Again, be nice to employees and get the scoop on when new items are put out!

Price compare

Not all prices at the thrift store are worth it. Let me explain.

Say you found a nice Cole Hand purse at Goodwill priced at $13. Retail price at the department store is around $75. This is a good deal if you need a new purse!

Now let’s look at something that isn’t a good deal. A t-shirt at Goodwill costs anywhere from $2.99-$12.99. Say it’s an Old Navy t-shirt for $4.99. Pretty ordinary shirt, nothing special. Retail at Old Navy that same shirt brand new is $5-$15. Unless there was an extra discount on clothing that day at Goodwill, I personally would purchase that new shirt from Old Navy.

Make sure you’re getting the value out of the price you pay for something secondhand. If you aren’t sure what something costs new, you can do a quick Google search of the brand name and short item description (ex. “Cole Hand black cross body bag”).

Look at everything

Don’t limit yourself to just one category of items inside a thrift store. Look at everything! Sometimes shoppers will put things back on the shelf wherever they feel like, or maybe an employee got lazy and just set an item down wherever.

I often find women’s athletic shirts mixed in with the men’s shirts and women’s tennis shoes with kids shoes. So look across all sections of the store. Leave no shelf or rack unseen! This includes the fitting room go-back rack. Someone already did the hard work of picking out the cute stuff – why not have a look!

Size is just a suggestion

When looking for clothing in particular, you’ll find that sizing varies from brand to brand. I could wear a size 8 at J Crew but a size 14 at Old Navy. So when picking out clothing to try on, take a look at other size sections. You can do a quick “hold up” test against your body to see if the width and length of the item looks right. It doesn’t hurt to try things on!

Look for things out of your comfort zone

Thrifting my clothing has really given me the ability to experiment with my style (which I still haven’t found if you’re wondering). Picking things that are out of my comfort zone, whether it is a cut, color, or pattern is easier at that thrift store than in regular retail.

You’re able to see so many styles of items at once that experimentation can be really easy. One of my favorite thrift store finds is a light weight, brightly colored plaid shirt. Would I have picked that up at TJ Maxx? Nope! But I sure do love it.

Don’t bite off more DIY than you can chew!

I’ve had my fair share of “of sure, this will be an easy DIY!” fails.

Be real with yourself. If something is just a little shabby, it’s pretty easy to clean or slap some paint on. But if it needs repair or serious customization, be honest with yourself. Will you actually get around to finishing that project, or will this be money wasted?


So there you have it – my secrets on how to thrift like a pro! Now go out and score some amazing deals on items you love at thrift store in Panama City Beach, FL.