” Where did you get that?”
” Why can’t I ever find anything nice in the thrift store?”
” Can you take me the next time you go?”
“ Can you give me a list of the thrift stores you frequently go to?
Well thrift-ers and thrift-ers in training, I can do one better! I’ll give you insight into the mind of a true thrift-er.
If you remember my first post EVER (R.I.P to my first born blog site), I stated that in order to become a thrift-er, it will take some time to develop the EYE for discovering treasures buried deep in the racks and racks of clothes. However, once you get the hang of it… you got IT (IT being the gift of thrift-ing). I can think of 3 steps to develop the eye:
1. Know your personal style. Once you know your style, you will be able to narrow your search to what truly reflect YOU.
2. Have an idea of pieces you are looking for before you go into the store. I know you heard this phrase once or twice but honestly “Thoughts are Things“. Look through magazines or browse fashion sites online to see what is going on in today’s fashion trends. I believe that some of the pieces I have, I thought about them before I went into the store and, POW, it manifested itself on a rack.
3. Practice. The more thrift-ing you do, the quicker and easier it becomes to find what you are looking for.
Another trick to becoming a Guru Thrift-er is knowing which DAY to go. Almost every thrift store has a tag color(s) on display at the front of the store which indicates which items are discounted. (Visit Thrift Store Directory for more details). These colors change every Sunday. The moral of the story… Get Your Best Shopping Done on Sunday. The day they change the color(s) has the most of that tag color available. The more quantity on the floor the better chances finding quality pieces for less which means.... You Save More! As the days go by, less and less are available and the quality of the pieces are slowly but surely declining.
The two popular thrift stores are Value Village and Goodwill. Personally, I like both of them.Well, to be honest, I like any and every store that has “thrift” attached to it, but some of you may not. While these two are similar, they have different pricing methods. Value Village prices the pieces individually. Goodwill has block pricing.
For Example: I found the same BCBG dress at Value Village and Goodwill. At Goodwill, since they block price, the dress cost $5.50. At Value Village, the same dress cost $12.00.
Of course, each pricing method has pro’s and con’s.
- Block pricing guarantees that everything is a standard price. That means that name brand clothes will not be marked up.
- Sometimes you may find a piece that could have been priced lower if it had been in Value Village.
- Goodwill shopping can sometimes be expensive. If you find 5 dresses, you have already spent at least $25.
- You can find items for as cheap as .01 cent. This means that you could possible get more things for less than what you would pay at Goodwill.
- Brand name clothes are typically marked up in price.
With your newly developed “eye”, the proper day, and knowing where you want to go, you will never run into a thrift-ing disaster. With these 3 simply secrets, you are granted thrift-ing success. That’s the Nifty Thrifty Promise!