Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less: 5 Tips for Successful Thrift Store Shopping

Monday, September 16, 2013

5 Tips for Successful Thrift Store Shopping

Hello lovelies! I'm Ashpants and I'm so excited to be guest posting here at Blissful and Domestic. I'm passionate about clothing and I believe it is absolutely possible for everyone to have a fabulous wardrobe, without breaking the bank. I especially love finding one-of-a-kind pieces at thrift stores for cheap. I know a lot of people avoid thrift stores like the plague, mostly because they think they're a pain. Today I'm hoping to change your mind if you aren't a believer.


1. Go often- Just like any other store thrift stores get new shipments in often. If you want to find the good stuff you're going to have to go pretty frequently. I try and go about once a month. I have a Savers and Goodwill fairly close to each other, so I try to hit both at once.

2. Make sure you have time- Thrifting is not a quick in and out kind of thing. I would say not to waste your time unless you have at least 30 minutes to kill. An hour is ideal though. This gives you plenty of time to pick through the racks, which is exactly what you have to do to find the good stuff. Get in there!-- I know it smells weird but that cute vintage blouse isn't going to just jump into your arms.

3. Be objective- Just because something is $2 doesn't mean you should buy it. Ask yourself if you can really see yourself wearing it. A trick I like to use is that I ask myself if it were in a regular store would I pay the amount they probably would ask for it?... chances are if you say yes to that you will end up wearing that piece enough for it to be worth it. Just be honest with yourself about how much you love a piece before you spend money on it. I also love taking one of my sisters or a friend with me when I can, I feel like they help me stay objective about the pieces I like and if they're worth buying.

4. Sign up for emails- I get regular emails from Savers, nothing too annoying but they just let me know when they have sales going on. Once in while they have everything in their store 50% off and those are the times I have found the best stuff for a steal. It's good to be in the loop and get inexpensive clothing for even cheaper.

5. Don't get discouraged- I'm not going to lie to you, not every time you go to a thrift store will be rewarding. I've had times where I found nothing at all, or just a scarf or something small. Other times I end up having to narrow it down because I find a lot of stuff I like. That's just how it goes.

So, if you've had a bad experience before, I urge you to give it another try! Some of my favorite pieces in my closet I've found in thrift stores. So, be brave... And let me know how it goes!

You can find more of my outfits and other goodies here on my blog. Feel free to also follow me on Instagram @_ashpants!

Thanks Ash! You are as stellar as ever! Be sure to follow Ashley over at her blog or on Instagram (she always posts fun outfits).

XO Danielle

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