Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Fashion Cents Series: Thrifting



So, I posted Friday about possibly doing some tips about how to save money shopping. I think it would be easiest to do a series focusing on different areas. Otherwise it's way too much info and lots of typing! These are just tips I've learned and my opinions. Take it for what it's worth.

skirt: Ralph Lauren via Goodwill (similar, similar)

Today I'll focus on thrifting. I'm lucky because I live in a large city (that would be Milwaukee) with many thrift stores to choose from. After visiting many of them, I think it is easiest to pick one or two you think you would have the most luck with. There were a lot of the stores where 95% of the clothes were not my style and the other 5% were not my size or in poor condition. One Goodwill store near me has consistently nicer clothes, brand names, and I've almost always had some great luck with finding clothes there. This way, you are narrowing your selection, but increasing your chance of finding some decent things. 
top: JCrew via Goodwill (similar, similar)

Many thrift stores (Goodwill) have sale days where a certain colored tag is 50% off. I try to plan my visits for Sunday afternoons because Sunday and Mondays are 50% off days. 

Don't live near any decent thrift stores? I actually just found a site through Kimmie's blog, Blue Paper Lanterns, that is an online thrifting site. It's called Thredup and is slightly more expensive than your average Goodwill, but you can search by size, color, and brand. That takes a lot of the time and searching out of thrifting. I used the referral code from her blog for $10 off my first order. Here is a referral code you can use for $10 off your first order (disclosure: I will get $10 on the site if you place an order). I've found a couple decent shirts through them and was really pleased. I'm planning on selling some of my clothes that I don't wear anymore through them as well. 

gingham shirt: American Eagle via Goodwill (similar, similar)

(I wasn't paid or compensated in anyway by any websites or companies mentioned.)

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14 comments:

  1. I really need to give thrifting a try! Something about it completely intimidates me, but I'm always impressed by the great luck other people have!

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  2. I've tried thrifting and I'm just bad at it. I guess I'm better at hunting for deals in regular stores, but every so often I decide to try again. You are making me want to try again, so maybe I'll have some luck!

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  3. Oh, thrifting. I had some great luck at the thrift stores in Omaha, but the ones out here just, well... kinda suck haha. Can't wait to get back to Omaha so that I can go back to my favorite thrift stores!

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  4. I didn't really thrift much until recently. I'd go maybe once a year, but never have any luck. Now that I've found a decent Goodwill I find a couple nice pieces almost every time I go. Hope you have good luck if you decide to give it a try!

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  5. You should try again! I just like thrifting because I wouldn't be able to afford as many things and brand name things if I didn't (and I love a good deal!). I've had some nice luck at a Goodwill near me and with ThredUp.

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  6. Yeah, I definitely think you have to find a good store. There is a suburb near me with a Goodwill and higher income families nearby. That's where I have the best luck. But you could always try ThredUp! If you use the link and find something less than $10, all you are paying for is shipping! That's what I did and got 2 plaid shirts for $7 total. :) (Then I send a referral link to my hubby's email to get another $10 referral bonus!)

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  7. I reach toy heard about Thredup to, I really need to check I to it. Some great thrifted finds here, Laura!

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  8. Wow!! Incredible finds! You really have an eye for thrifting.

    I've only tried it a couple of times and never left with any winners. Maybe it's a skill that needs to be developed?

    xoxo Jackie

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  9. Thanks Ginny! I was pleasantly surprised by the selection and quality through the site.

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  10. I'm not sure. I tried for a couple years off and on and never found anything spectacular, but once I found a decent place to look my luck changed. You do have to keep an eye for good stuff while thrifting though, or you will miss it!

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  11. These are great tips. I rarely thrift shop but I have to do it more often. There are hidden gems at places like Goodwill or Plato's Closet. A new Goodwill opened up by my mom's job and it's supposed to be a great one. Thank you for letting me know about thred-up, too.

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  12. I've been thrifting more often lately because I'm trying to be better at shopping ethically. I feel better about buying brand-name things and items from big-box stores when they're secondhand...and I'm actually having a ton of fun sorting through the racks! I have little patience right now for sorting through the racks of pants and jeans, but I'd love to carve out some time to do so one of these days!

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  13. There definitely are some great hidden gems at thrift and consignment stores! Hope you find some great things at the new Goodwill! ThredUp even has children's clothes 12month size and up.

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  14. And the nice thing about buying second hand brand-names is at least you know they won't shrink, they wash and wear well! I've never really had much luck with jeans, but I do occasionally look through the dress pants and color pants sections and have found a few nice pairs.

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