I’ve hit some thrift stores pretty hard lately as I’m reworking my wardrobe. I’ve found some incredible deals! Thrift store prices are usually really cheap ($2-4 for a top, $4 for a skirt, $6-7 for ‘brand name’ jeans, etc.).
To really save money, go when certain items are on sale. For example, one of my frequented thrift shops offers 50 percent off “upscale” brands on Thursdays. I spotted a lined blazer from JCrew for $5, so it would have been $2.50 on the sale day. Too bad it didn’t fit me!
Some thrift stores have junk for clothes, but if you go to the right ones, you’ll see that many offer quality items for extremely cheap.
It’s so cheap, and such a good deal that I’ve discovered one of the downsides (if you could even call it that) of thrifting:
Paying retail is so much harder to do once you’re accustomed to thrift store prices!
Some things you just can’t thrift. For example: socks, underthings, shoes for people with weird foot sizes, etc. I maintain that if you can find an item in a retail store, you can probably find it in a thrift store if you look long enough and hard enough. But darn it, I just haven’t been able to find some dress pants or khaki pants that fit right.
So, I’ll probably have to go retail for it.
It won’t be easy. I’ll likely have to go to multiple stores and look for sales and coupons.
But you know what? When many of your clothes come second-hand, you have more money left over to pay retail prices on other things.