I headed out to the local thrift stores this weekend to see what I could score. I had a few specific things in mind but I ended up not finding anything on my “list”. I did end up finding a bunch of other stuff that I needed though and I paid only $13 for everything in the picture above! I was looking for some cute, light little dresses that I could wear this summer. Well I couldn’t find anything. But I did find a bunch of cheap fabric and I ended up with about 11 yards of different fabrics for only about $5. I also found all kinds of little sewing things, 10 pint jars to add to my jars for next summer pile, some random crafty stuff, Swiffer pads for .50, and more!
I like to shop at thrift stores to fill my used items shopping addiction in the winter. If you need clothing, it can be one of the cheapest places to grab a few things.
Something to think about when you walk into a thrift store is to think outside of the box. When I see coffee mugs at a thrift store I don’t think of them as “coffee mugs” I think of them as “potential candle holders”. Just like when I went to the thrift store this weekend, I couldn’t find the kind of clothing that I wanted but I could find fabric to make the type of clothing I wanted.
While you are browsing, keep in mind that not everything is a good deal. Unless I really need it, I’m not going to pay $3 for a t-shirt. I can easily pay less than that for the same thing on clearance at a retail store or I could even wait until summer and pay .25 for a t-shirt at a rummage sale. For example I found a pair of pinking sheers at the thrift store but they were 12.50! And they looked to be about 50 years old…
I’d love some hear some tips for my readers that shop at thrift stores….What’s your favorite thing to buy there? Any insider secrets you want to share?