Meredith made an appearance on Frugal Hacks and blogged about Goodwill Outlets. There isn’t one of those near me, and I’m not sure if I have the guts to ever dive into one. I know that some deals can be had by the pound, but I prefer to take my time when thrift shopping. I don’t know that I’d want to fight over any item.
Her post got me to thinking about some of my own thrifting.
I’ve been making the rounds to my area’s thrift stores lately, and wow, do I love it. For awhile, I had gotten away from thrifting, since I hadn’t really needed anything. When I don’t need to buy anything, I find that it’s best for me to just stay out of stores — first and second-hand.
I want to check out all the thrift and consignment stores in my vicinity just to know what types of things they have and at what price. Some stores won’t be worth a second visit, but one thrift store (the St. Vincent de Paul on Rt. 88 in Castle Shannon, if you’re a local) will keep me coming back. I don’t know how many Pittsburgh readers I have (so you’d better comment or e-mail me!) and if there’s enough interest, I’ll blog about my favorite stores (Sue, I already know you’d like a post on this!).
St. Vincents has a special discount each day. Thursdays are half-off ladies’ clothing and Saturdays are $0.99 tag days. They pick a tag color, and the garment is less than a buck. What a deal!
Some of my favorite recent finds:
- A brown corduroy jacket that had been on my wish-list. It was marked $9.99 but I picked it up on a dollar day. It was in like-new condition and fit well. I did have to get it dry-cleaned, which set me back about $4.50. It hasn’t been cool enough to wear yet, but those days are a-comin’.
- Gap dark wash straight-legged jeans — a slim cut jean has been on my list so I can wear them tucked inside my boots. They were size 6L — I need that L! And they were $7. I didn’t want to wait for half-off day, so I snapped them up at full price. A little on the expensive side for thrift store denim, but that’s because this one differentiates between “upscale” and not. Lol!
- A new-with-tags maternity skirt. It was originally $20, and I got it for $1. No, I’m not pregnant. But my friend is! And I’m about to take her a big ol’ box of maternity clothes for her to borrow. And honestly, the way the skirt is cut, I think a non-preggo can wear it without looking ridiculous.
When you find the right thrift or consignment store for your wardrobe needs, it’s easy to go bananas and buy a lot more than you need. Prices are usually low enough that you can take a risk and buy something you might not buy were it in a department store at regular price.
Remember, it’s not a deal if the item doesn’t fit you (or if you vow to have it tailored, and can do so easily and cheaply). It’s not a deal if you’ll never wear it. Be sure you have at least two to three things you can wear with any particular shirt, pant, skirt, etc. And if it languishes in your closet, unworn all season, send it back to the thrift store. You won’t get your money back, but at least it won’t be taking up valuable space in your closet.
If there’s anything in your closet that you wouldn’t buy (again) at a thrift store, purge it already!
Keep to your budget, your list and overall mission.
I won’t buy secondhand shoes unless they’re new and fit perfectly — and that hasn’t happened yet. It’s rare when I find pants that fit me well (isn’t that the case for everyone?) so when I find some that fit and I like, I get ’em. Mostly, I find skirts, jackets and cardigans at thrift stores. Other things are harder for me to find in the tall size I need, so I head to a regular retailer or go online for those.
If you don’t shop at secondhand stores, tell me why! And if you do, what are some of your favorite finds?