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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  1. I am a huge thrift store fan. Goodwill and Deseret Industries are my favs. Around here, Savers tends to be on the expensive side for a thrift store, I think, but their 50% off sales are good. I totally agree with your tips. Most of my wardrobe is vintage Goodwill (except for the the rockin' skirts I made from Danielle's awesome tutorials). I love this post and give it a resounding Amen!

  2. My wife is the worst at shopping. She ALWAYS puts herself last. Always has. So we started a little new game for her. At a thrift store she has to set her cell phone alarm for 20 minutes (I know small steps for her, but truly she is bad at investing in herself). The first trip was horrible for her. By the second trip she did get outfits and cute ones too. Now if we were shopping for me, she'd be in a store for hours. We can say with NO shame this is the way to change our closet all the time without killing the budget. Love this article

  3. In the UK I use charity shops from time to time (I think the UK equivalent). They're pretty small but there tend to be a few on a high street. I've occasionally bought things I wouldn't buy from a regular store and one dress I'm annoyed with doesn't look right on me and won't until I lose a good 8lbs. That said though, I bought a dress before my holiday this year and it was a bit too short but on holiday it looked fab and now it's autumn it's going to look great with opaque tights so I'm really glad I spent £4 on it. I think the thing is unless you're really good at it you probably waste 30% of your purchases if you're not careful.

    One thing I'm best at though is buying kitchen stuff in charity shops. Let's face it, baking dishes can be made completely sanitary with a run through a dishwasher irrespective of what they've had in before. I found a great, if slightly twee cut glass dish just before my son's 2nd birthday and made my sugar free no junk jelly in it and it looked fantastic. I will get out of my "food on a white plate, take a photo" rut at some point and I think charity shop goodies will help!

  4. You can also take advantage of what's in all the Goodwill stores nationwide by going to

  5. Thrift stores and Goodwill are the only stores I shop at for my family's clothes. I have found name brand dresses for $6 with the tags still on them. I won't ever pay full price for name brand clothes again.

  6. Love these tips! I've just gotten into thrifting. I went for pieces for my step daughter's Halloween costume and began looking at some of the blazers - I've been wanting one forever, but I'm not sure how much wear I'll get out of it and they're so expensive! I went a little overboard and got 6 jackets! But, at $1.50 each, I couldn't go wrong! I'll have to start scaling back now that I'm hooked - I do have my eye on a new with $179 tags DKNY skirt that will be $1.50 if it's still there in the morning!

  7. I do also say, if you don't love it, don't buy it. If it fits a little funny at the store, it will fit a little funny at home and you won't wear it no matter how good of a deal you can get.

  8. These are great tips. I always give myself about an hour (give or take) when thrifting, in each store.

    I also never take my son, because he HATEEEEEEES it and then I get annoyed and end up missing deals OR buying something I dont truly love because I am in a hurry!! So I usually thrift alone! :)

    Mariposa Medley Jewelry

  9. Great tips! I could totally use them... time is that one thing that I really need. I could go hours and hours looking for thrift finds! It's a lot of fun :)

    Visiting from the linkup. I'd love for you to come over by blog too and leave your thoughts on my latest post:

  10. Hay, They are nice tips for effective shopping. The one of the most important thing is do not get discouraged. If today it is out of stock, then try tomorrow. They’ll be the chance.

  11. Yes, Another best way to get better shopping experience.


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