I often have people ask me – Where did you get that!? My answer, most often is, THE THRIFT STORE! I love the thrift store. I find it terribly hard to purchase something for $50 when I could find it at the thrift store for $5. On our mission to a minimal, ethical wardrobe for the whole family, thrifting clothes is second on the list to mending.
Here are seven tips and secrets I came up, that seem to work for me, and I hope they do for you too!
1.) IT TAKES TIME
You are not going to just pop in to the thrift store and grab a great item and dash out. It takes time to sort through the mass of stuff. However, that’s what it’s about, the hunt. There is such satisfaction when you find a great Anthropologie dress for $8. You grab that and you hold on to it! It does take time and going to the thrift store with kids I always pack snacks and we always hit the toy aisle. Going to the thrift store without kids! Ahhhhh – vacation.
2. ) CHECK ITEMS OVER
Usually items make it to the thrift store for a reason. Sometimes because it has a snag or stain or tear. If you are happy to mend it for the price you are paying then go ahead. However, possibly not. So check items over at the store so you know what you are buying.
3. ) THROW OUT THE LIST
If you are looking for an item, you most likely will not find it. Go in with an open mind and see what you can find. Going in looking for a white floral midi dress with cap sleeves is probably not a good idea, but going in looking for a dress for an upcoming wedding, great idea!
4. ) KNOW YOUR TAGS
I like to think it a skill of mine to look at an item, a tag and know the value of the item. It will come with experience. You can tell quality pieces and brands from not so quality brands. When in doubt, pull out your phone and google it.
5. ) WHEN TO GO
To be honest I don’t go as often as I like just because, well, life. Visiting the store frequently and at prime time you always will find the best items. What is prime time? I’m sure it varies with each store but often Mondays, after garage sales and weekend chores cleaning out closets are a great time to go.
6. ) WHERE TO GO
We only have one thrift store in town so I don’t have a choice. However if I am going to the nearest city, I try to find thrift stores in the ‘higher-end’ neighbourhoods. They usually have some great items for very good prices.
I try my best to abide by the philosophy to not have anything in my house that I do not believe to be beautiful or useful. I am on a mission to a minimal lifestyle for my family and kids and always find a few items that don’t fit that list that I’ve been hanging on to. Plus, when you donate sometimes they give you a discount off your purchases.
If thrifting just isn’t your thing, let myself and my sister in law, Shelby, do the ground work for you and head over to my online store to find those unique items at great prices.