Happy last Friday in February! Today, I want to share with you 4 Tips for Successful Thrift Shopping.
I am so thrilled to be back thrift shopping and representing Goodwill San Antonio as an ambassador!
I love our local Goodwills and their mission to help train and assist veterans and those in need our community.
Thrift shopping is seriously one of my favorite activities, and I am surrounded by so many great locations….all of the stores are well managed and the local community is very generous with donations.
TIP #1 FOR SUCCESSFUL THRIFT SHOPPING
TIP #1: GO WHEN YOU HAVE TIME TO SHOP
It takes time to thrift shop and look items over for damage and to go through the entire store…so you don’t miss out on a real treasure.
I never just “stop by” to quickly scan shelves. I only go when I have time to really look items over with care.
The olive/orange/pink blouse I am wearing today caught my eye at the end of a rack. It is my size, but it was at the end of sizes that I would have not spent time with.
In a quick in-out situation, I would probably have missed this and I really love the little top. It is a fun addition to my wardrobe and speaks to my creative side.
Goodwill San Antonio also has one entire location dedicated to accessories (it is easy to go nuts in there), and that is where the tortoiseshell bracelet I am wearing is from.
The necklace is mine, but ties in the cream jacket and top together nicely.
TIP #2 FOR SUCCESSFUL THRIFT SHOPPING
TIP #2: PRIORITIZE THRIFT SHOPS WITH DRESSING ROOMS
Goodwill San Antonio has excellent, clean dressing rooms with full length mirrors and that is one of the reasons I prefer it over other thrift stores in our area.
We all know it makes a huge difference if we can try the garments on.
TIP #3 FOR SUCCESSFUL THRIFT SHOPPING
TIP #3: HAVE A LIST OF WANTS IN MIND WHEN YOU GO
My thrift shopping is always more successful if I have in mind items I am looking for….like books or activities for grandchildren.
Recently, I saw a cute vase in a store and it was pricey, but I went thrifting for something similar and discovered exactly what I was looking for at less than half the cost.
This happens to me often with home decor and party planning. Mr. B would probably not want me to admit how much is done around here with Goodwill San Antonio treasurers.
But the truth is…I have decorating fun every time I am in the store…including brand new unopened theme napkins and cups…again for kids.
Also, if I am looking for particular types of garments then it helps as well with the clothing.
TIP #4 FOR SUCCESSFUL THRIFT SHOPPING
TIP #4: KNOW THE SAVINGS DAYS
I know that Wednesdays at Goodwill San Antonio are additional savings days for senior citizens…so I am often seen shopping on a Wednesday.
Also, different colors of tags mean savings. Sometimes, a $4 garment becomes a $2 garment on certain days.
Make sure to know the days you can receive additional savings.
A NOTE ABOUT THRIFT SHOPPING FOR CLOTHING
I think somewhere deep inside of me is a frustrated fashion designer and thrift stores allow me to have affordable fun and play with it.
Here are my wardrobe shopping tips:
- Keep an eye out for expensive details…like buttons. Buttons are expensive and sometimes you can add a fabulous button at the top of a blouse or jacket and completely turn the item around. This button is on a designer dress along with five more and I plan to use them for something. I think it is fun and beautiful.
- I always clean the clothing…either in my laundry room or at the dry cleaners. Never wear it right out of the store.
- Have fun…usually thrift store shoppers are the ones who enjoy playing fashion designer…and this is one way to really enjoy it.
My last tip is to take your hand sanitizer and use it in store and right after…depending on the condition of your location. Look your items over carefully and there is just no telling what treasure you will find.
Would anyone like to share a story about a treasure you discovered in a thrift shop? I love those stories. And I want to say thank you to Goodwill San Antonio for doing thrift right.
Perhaps this weekend is a good time to stop by…I would guess that most of them have heating!
Enjoy your Friday…I will see you tomorrow with Would You Wear It...and always, always…..
By Pamela Lutrell
Disclaimer: I am provided Goodwill gift cards for shopping, but the words are my own.