Hey guys! The past few years, thrift shopping has become a serious hobby of mine. Here’s a list of my personal DOS and DON’TS when it comes to thrift shopping.
- Flannel takes up a significant portion of my closet and none of it was bought new. Thrift stores ALWAYS have plenty of flannel (especially in the men’s section).
- I have found the strangest mugs at thrift stores (and yes, I bought them). Goodwill sells all their mugs for 49 cents, which is a steal if you ask me. My philosophy is “a girl can never have too many mugs.” They make great decorations and cheap gifts!
- Crewneck Sweatshirts
- Thrifted crewneck sweatshirts are what I live in during the winter. Also, for all those sorority girls out there, thrift stores are a great place to find plain sweatshirts to sew letters onto. (I’ve had my fair share of thrift shopping with college friends who are in sororities. They go crazy. It’s great.)
- Baseball Caps
- There’s always a good selection. Just make sure you wash it before you wear it!
- Rain Jackets
- Thrift stores always seem to have a pretty good selection of rain jackets, and a lot of times they’re good quality too. Don’t buy one expecting it to last for years, but if you’re in need of a cheap rain jacket to last you a season or two, thrift stores are good places to look.
- Don’t expect to find anything current, but if you’re looking for a good movie or throwback CD to jam out to in the car, you’ll likely find it.
- Whether you’re looking for an ugly set of PJs or some comfy PJ pants, thrift stores most likely have you covered.
- Salvation Army
- What a beautiful place. Definitely my favorite place to thrift shop at. The one in Overland Park is my favorite (11421 Metcalf Avenue) because it’s HUGE. Also, Salvation Army gives a 10% discount to students who have their Student I.D.
- Great and cheap, two of my favorite things. It will never let you down.
- Blessings Abound
- My mom and I found this place one day while we were driving around. It’s cute and cool. They are SO nice in there. Definitely worth checking out! (9622 Nall Avenue, Overland Park)
- It’s good and fun.
- Garage Sales
- My Saturday mornings in the spring are mostly spent at garage sales. I don’t buy a lot, because there’s a lot of junk, but it’s fun and occasionally I’ll find a steal.
- I own a lot of scarves, and sadly none of them were thrifted. Every time I go to a thrift store, I check out the scarves and leave disappointed. Either they’re all ugly or I just have bad taste in scarves.
- Okay, listen up. Thrift stores ALWAYS have so much stationary stuff. Cards, craft supplies, whatever you need… but don’t buy it. 99% of the time, it can be found at Dollar Tree or Wal-Mart for cheaper. I write letters all the time, and thrift stores are not the places to buy cards. It’s not any cheaper.
- Exercise Clothes
- Nope. Just nope. Don’t do it.
- Please don’t buy shoes that don’t require socks, unless you want to try and pull off the socks-with-sandals look, which often doesn’t end well. (And don’t buy the socks from thrift stores either).
- Everyone loves Savers… and I do too, but only on their 50% off days which happen around holidays usually. Don’t go there to buy clothes if there’s not a sale. The shirts average around $5-10, which isn’t that cheap compared to other thrift stores. But, on the sale days, go crazy! (I do!)
So… there you have it. Feel free to comment with your own personal advice or opinions! I’d love to hear it!