Okay, by now I think you’ve seen the two commonalities between shopping and saving money for me. If you haven’t well it is quite my thing. I am a firm believer that you don’t have to break the bank to look good. The dresses above were both purchased on clearance with 70% off the already low price. With all the sales, deals, dupes, and creativity running wild amidst us, there really is no need to go above what’s in your pockets. Thrifting gives us the chance to explore multiple decades under one roof in the current decade. How cool is that!
What’s neat is by thrifting, saving money is not the best part. Finding unique items that you have yet to see anyone else in, or how about that cute little dress you can find for more than half off, my favorite … acquiring name brand pieces to your wardrobe for way less than retail value, all great reasons that make thrifting fun.
Now, I don’t go thrifting often but, when I do, I dedicate quite a portion of my time to find the best pieces possible. To do this, I have to find thrift stores in the best areas. Location matters! Location matters! Location matters! I cannot stress that enough. One of the tops reasons I hear people don’t like thrifting is because they fail to find anything “good”. It’s not because thrifting is bad, maybe, just maybe it’s the location. Try a different location before giving it another go.
The thrift store I go to the most is Goodwill. Think of Goodwill as a one-stop-shop. There, you can find the most random Knick knacks while finding some of the best vintage clothing. Depending on which one I go to determines the success of my shopping trip. Even though it’s the same company, the locations are different, which translates to the people in the surrounding areas being different. The ending result being different items.
Up next is Plato’s closet. This is one that I don’t tend to shop at often but now and then I take a peek inside to see if anything tickles my fancy. Sometimes I end up scoring big while other times not so much but that’s to be expected. Plato’s closet is a teen to young adult store that is more on the trendy side of fashion.
Once Upon A Child
Can’t forget about the babies and mommies! Once upon a child is great for mothers and expecting mothers. Offering gently used to new items for both babies and moms, the prices are some of the best. A bonus = they offer many unique sales throughout the year.
Location, pricing, and niche. Keep these 3 in mind when trying to find a thrift store to best fit your needs.
Quick Announcement: If you have clothes in decent condition you can always donate them to Goodwill, sell them to Plato’s Closet or Once upon a child.