After a lifetime of bargain shopping without thrift stores, my shopping changed once I tried thrift stores. I appreciate how it’s affordable to repurpose quality clothing!
Growing up, I was taught to be a good bargain shopper – to this day, I still gravitate toward sales racks and clearance sections. (Why spend extra money if you don’t have to?)
Yet I never stepped foot in a thrift store. Ever.
I was happy with my discount store deals, but when I got pregnant in 2007, I knew there was no way I’d be able to splurge on a complete maternity wardrobe for work and home, especially when I was planning to become a stay-at-home mom and needed to save money.
Friends had been helpful when they passed along their maternity hand-me-downs, but I had a variety of sizes and styles.
When I finally outgrew my pre-pregnancy clothes and my pants were bursting at the seams, I knew I needed a thrifty solution.
I knew I needed to try thrift stores.
I walked in to my local thrift store with a $20 bill and no idea what to expect.
I walked out with a bulging bag filled with name-brand maternity clothes and a new favorite store.
A thrifty switch
Ever since that night, I’ve gone to plenty of thrift stores – I’ve even searched out highly recommended ones on vacation.
Once my babies were born and I was introduced to a life of spit up on my clothes, I loved refreshing my wardrobe with ultra-affordable used clothes. It was a relief to not worry about staining a brand new outfit.
My thrifty habit has stuck with me as my children have grown, and I buy most of my clothes and my children’s clothing at resale shops.
I’ve noticed that I can find high-quality, name brand clothing for well under $10 with just a few tricks:
- Visit thrift stores in affluent neighborhoods.
- Before you go to the store, have an idea of what you’d like to shop for. What clothing do you truly need?
- Look for stains.
- Look for missing buttons.
- Look for missing accessories like belts.
- Try every zipper to see if they work.
- Check the care instructions. (I choose to not buy dry clean only items.)
- If the thrift store has a dressing room, try on your items before buying.
- Watch for sale tags and markdowns, if you’re hoping for big deals.
While I stick to searching for bargains at a few favorite stores, I also really like using referral credits at the online thrift store ThredUP.
I like the way my family’s clothing budget stretches, thanks to thrift stores. Plus, I love the way I can recycle and reuse someone else’s clothing.
For more thrift store inspiration, check out my posts:
The Art of Thrift Shopping
Readers’ Thrift Shopping Advice
6 Ways to Green a Wardrobe on a Budget
Repurpose Thrift Store Finds to Create Amazing Home Decor
Do you shop at thrift stores? What are your favorite items to shop for at a resale shop?
Disclosure: Purchases made through links in this post will result in a commission for Accidentally Green. Thank you for supporting this website!
Latest posts by Hilary Kimes Bernstein (see all)
- The Day I Realized Healthy Choices Don’t Guarantee Health - July 21, 2015
- Avoid Synthetic Bug Sprays with All-Natural Repellents - July 16, 2015
- The Day I Learned I Could Cook Real Food - July 13, 2015