1/20/08

Thrift score: More Goodwill finds and my tips for thrift store shopping

Yesterday, I found myself at the new Goodwill again. I can't help it. Ever since this Goodwill store opened up in my town, I have been hooked. They have the most awesome stuff there- better than all of the local Goodwills I have ever visited. This time, I went there in search of work clothes again, mainly bottoms. Last week, I found a pair of brand new Alice Temperley dress pants for $4 and a pair of loafers. This time, I walked out with a top and a brand new Mossimo swing jacket, both $3.49 apiece, and a brand new pair of Mossimo plaid pants for $3.99. Sweet!



I enjoy thrift shopping. I find really cool things when I go. You got to have time and patience, and that's what count when hunting for that bargain. Here are some thrift store shopping tips that I abide by:

Before you go...
  1. Eat before you go or take a small bag of chips or something. You're going to need the energy.
  2. Dress comfortably. If you're going to be there for a while, you might as well be comfortable while digging through those racks. When I go, I wear a tank, sometimes a long pull on skirt, and some flip flops just in case the store doesn't have fitting rooms or if they're all full.
  3. Take some kind of allergy medication. If you're like me, the dust and musty smell of the store really gets to me, so I pop a couple of Benedryl or Claritin before I go. Last week, I didn't take any and plus I still had a nasty cough from my illness, so I was about to die in there.

While you're there...

  1. Check your items for stains, ripped seams, missing buttons, etc. Some stuff can easily be repaired- snatch it up and fix it when you get home. If it looks unrepairable, leave it. So not worth it even though it's cheap. As for shoes, I make sure they are in like new condition. Sure, you might find some shoes with minor wear to them, and that's okay, just as long as they're not completed busted. Please don't buy busted ass shoes. Why would you want to?
  2. Scour. Every. Single. Area. You might find your "gem" hidden in a place it doesn't belong.
  3. Don't expect fitting rooms to be there. Some thrift stores have them, some don't. If you happen to be in a store where there's no fitting rooms, see line #2 above in "before you go".

After the hunt is over...

  1. Wash and repair your items. The first thing I do before I wear my items is launder them and fix that missing button or sew that seam up if needed. Always, always, always (I can't stress this enough) wash the garments before you wear them. You don't know where those clothes have been, so wash them to be on the safe side. As for shoes, spray the insides with a disinfectant spray or wipe down with an antibacterial cloth. Clean scuff marks if you have some (I heard nail polish remover works well).
  2. Rock it and rock it well. A few gals who know how to rock the hell out of their thrift store finds- Thrifty Fashionisa, Vintage Bunny, and I Spy Thrift Eye. Check em' out. Oh, and check out Soul Tanggg. That girl finds some awesome stuff for super cheap.

7 comments:

TiraMisu said...
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Callie said...

One thing I love about Thrift Store shopping- The Pins! You can decorate all kinds of clothing and apparel by using gaudy-flashy pendants and pins!

Lurve thrift stores.

~c

The Cheap Chica said...

hey tiramisu, if you do go thrifting, please share your finds.

The Budget Babe said...

great tips, thrifting is such a rush!

elle said...

well, my name is Danielle and I am a thriftoholic! Well, not really.. I know when to slow down. But I truly love spending very little for mediocre-big time lables... I get such a rush! I tried starting a thread about great goodwill finds on facebook, but I'm the only one who responds. So, its so cool you have this website. I would love to exchange my cool finds with others who do the same, my friends tend to roll their eyes now and say, "yeah, yeah.. of course, another good find for Danielle" :) But for today... I bought a 9west jacket orginally $159 (tags still intact/never worn) 3.50. A mossimo jacket 3.50. and a Paul Smith button up blouse same... :)

The Cheap Chica said...

^^^sounds like you made out like a bandit! you should post them on the cheap chica social network

laura said...

Take some kind of allergy medication = hahhahahah best tip ever

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