I love shopping and I love shopping more when I feel like I got a really good deal! So when a brand new Thrift Super store opened in town and I got my first high of getting that amazing deal I was hooked. I mean seriously hooked, I think that first month I was in the store a couple times a week so I wouldn’t miss out on anything new that came in. Then I started accumulating things that I didn’t really need because I didn’t want to miss out on the good deal.
That’s when I realized that sometimes its not such a good deal if you are spending money on something you don’t actually need.
So I managed to take a step back and re-evaluate, I basically stopped buying things just because they were cheap and instead started buying things because it was something we could actually use. Now I will be honest, sometimes I buy things because they are a good deal but I don’t need them “Right Now” but I will down the road. Which will make more sense when you read on to my list of my top 5 favorite things to buy at the thrift store.
1. KIDS CLOTHES
Once I discovered the kids clothes it was all done for me. I now rarely buy kids clothes new, especially for my little ones. I have 3 kids and they grow so fast that it feels like I am constantly getting them new clothes, so now every time I am at the thrift store I go through the kid’s section. I start at the size they are wearing currently and then keep going up a couple sizes because if it’s a good quality item and in good shape but its not their size yet I will still buy it and put it away for when it fits them. I also tend to only buy clothes that are high quality brands and are in really good condition. I try to stick to brands like; KidsGap, BabyGap, Banana Republic, American Eagle, etc. These are brands that I don’t EVER pay retail for. I can not in my right mind spend $50 on a pair of Gap jeans for my 7 year old but I sure as hell will spend $5 at the thrift store.
2. MY CLOTHES
I have no shame in it and in fact if you compliment something I am wearing that I got at the thrift store I will absolutely tell you about it! But I do have a slightly different method when I am thrifting clothes for myself. I always look for higher quality brands, I will most of the time never buy something that I know is from Walmart or from even Target. Because let’s be honest the quality is not super great and if its already been donated chances are its probably gotten its worn. Now that being said I will buy it if it is new, and I mean new new, with tags on and everything. That may or may not surprise you but I have gotten so many clothes that are brand new with tags on from thrifting, so that is usually the only exception to my rule. I will also tend to look at my size and the next size up, and my biggest reason for that is because clothes can shrink. If you are like me, I don’t dry clean all my clothes and I definitely don’t have time to let everything hang dry (if you do, then that’s great, but this momma doesn’t have time to wait for jeans to dry). And I also know that clothes can just change shape after lots of time throught the washer, so I look at the next size up because sometimes you can find a great top that got thrown in the dryer to many times and now it’s the perfect size for me. I also personally like a more flow-y top so I don’t mind if something is a bit bigger.
Like I said I have 3 kids and I definitely don’t need any more toys in my house but when you see a toy for $5 that is still in stores for $40 I will scoop it up. Not every time but if it saves me $35 down the road then I will. My kids don’t care that its not brand new (maybe because they have me as a mom and they know the joy of a good deal, or they know a toy is a toy and not to look a gift horse in the mouth). Either way it’s a win win for everyone, even if it doesn’t have all the original accessories (which will get lost anyway) and then when they get sick of playing with it in 6 months I can either resell at a yard sale or donate back to the store.
4. DIY HOME DECOR
One of my other great joys in life other then my kids and good deals is DIY’s, so that’s why next on my list is home decor. So I always walk through the décor section of my thrift store every time I am there because you never know what will spark a great idea for a makeover. My favorite things to look for are milk glass, anything wood, metal pieces, frames, old pots, etc. Things that can be brought back to live with some heavy grit sand paper and couple coats of spray paint make great DIY’s and if you are like me an have a healthy appetite for Pinterest then you wont have any problems finding potential candidates for a DIY make-over.
My final favorite thing to thrift for are books. We are typically a library family and I cant remember the last time that either myself or my husband bought a book new. But when my oldest started reading, I wanted her to love books and to have her own little library in her room so there was never any excuses for not having anything to read. And I too have extended my own collection of books to read. Our thrift store already discounts the books heavily off the retail price, but they also do a deal that if you buy 4 books you get 1 free. So that’s a deal on top of a deal if you ask me and we have fully taken advantage of this. She recently got into the Junie B Jones series and we have managed to collect all but 3 of them. I believe there is 27 in the series and we have 24 of them, and if I do the math really quick, with the childrens books all being .99 each and every 5th book is free then that’s less then $20 for 24 books. Now these books only retail for $3.99 (soft cover) but that’s still a significant savings.
So those are my 5 top favorite things to thrift for. I hope you enjoyed reading. I would love to hear what your favorites are so please leave me a comment and let me know what you thrift for.