You have all seen the current trend of thrift shopping, buying old fashioned clothes or re-making them into something fun. It’s not so fun for the people who have no other choice. But on the bright side, I have been hip for a long time! I was all about thrift shopping and capsule wardrobes before it was even a thing. Out of necessity I learned to buy items that can be mixed and matched so I could get away with very little. It saves on space and cost.
Don’t be discouraged if you are this point! If all you can afford is the thrift store clothes, you can still look like a million bucks without spending a million bucks. These are a few of the best deals to look for while thrift shopping:
- Jeans, there is nothing more satisfying than finding a pair of jeans that flatter you… unless you can find them for under $10. I know people who swear by certain brands and will shell out $100 for a pair of jeans (choke), I used to care what my label said until I found my first pair of nice fitting jeans for $3. I don’t even know what brand my jeans are, and I like it that way.
- Tank tops, this depends on the tank top. I will not pay more than $2 for a tank top, and that is if it’s in good condition. I like layers so I have a variety of tank tops in different colors. (I only buy the high quality, long tanks. If I wanted a cheap short one, I could just go to the local Wal-Mart and buy a cheap $2 one, but they don’t hold up well.)
- Shoes, I love shoes! I would fill my closet with shoes alone if I could afford to. Sadly, I only have a small closet so I am limited to buying what I need. It does help that when I find a pair that I “need” they only cost $4 or $5 for the pair. It justifies me spending my monthly clothes budget on shoes alone sometimes. (A nice perk is that sometimes you can find a pair of Keens’, or Earthshoes for this price. It’s not common, but I have had it happen.)
- Dresses, I wear skirts and dresses almost exclusively year round. Since I like modest clothes it can be hard to find something that looks good, and doesn’t make me worry about bending over or sitting down. Our local Goodwill is flooded with Coldwater Creek clothes, which I personally love. It makes my day when I can get a new dress for $4 or $5.
- Bags/Purses, I go through purses like tissue. I enjoy complimenting an outfit with a fabulous bag. When you can buy a clutch or handbag for $2, you deserve to have every color in the rainbow.
- Knit tops, everything from long tunics to cut offs are available in every style and color (and a lot you wouldn’t want). If you are into embroidery or fringe, you can even find something to tickle your fancy.
You can find anything from shorts to long sweaters if you invest the time and energy to look. For any season or any weather, you can create a wardrobe with a little effort. Thrift store shopping is one of the best things that I know for finding good clothes inexpensively. Make some time and browse through the racks, you might find a new dress, or a whole new wardrobe. The most important thing is to have fun!
What are some of you best thrift store finds? What are your favorite?