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Thrift Store Fashion – Saving Money on Clothes

January 22, 2013
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Looking for a way to save money on your clothes?  Then the Thrift Store is your answer.

The outfit above is almost entirely from the thrift store..the denim jacket (Old Navy – like new – $4.99), the leopard cardi (Chico’s – like new – $2.99), the shoes (Naturalizer- like new – $3.99 ), the belt ($.99) and the necklace too ($1.29).

Thrifting seems to be quite popular nowadays.  Even Julia Roberts shops at Goodwill.  I love it and shop there for myself, hubby and my kids.  What a great way to play around with fashion and not have to spend an arm and a leg to do so! 🙂

I’ve been going to the thrift stores on and off for quite a few years, but it wasn’t until about 1.5 years ago that I really started going often.  Some of you may know that we are working on a goal to be debt free and have resolved to basically cut out all unnecessary spending.  And buying clothes at the thrift store is part of that plan.

I know that a lot of folks shop at thrift stores to buy clothes for their kids.  I think it’s crazy to be buying them new clothes as they grow so quickly.  I’ve been lucky enough that my kids got a lot of hand-me-downs from their cousins.  However, my oldest son, who is 13, is now 6’5″ tall and 215 pounds..has always grown like a weed and is the biggest in the family (so no hand-me-downs for him).

Right before school started, I went shopping to 2 Salvation Army stores and spent about $70 and bought my 13 year old all of his clothes for school this year, as well as some for his 2 younger brothers (retail at least $800 as I bought tons of stuff).  The greatest part about it is that most of the clothes were like new and brand name.  I bought Aeropostle, Abercrombie & Fitch, Gap, etc.  I’m really not a brand name person at all, but if I can buy like new, brand name clothes for my kids at pennies on the dollar, why wouldn’t I?

When I have the time, I go to The Salvation Army.  Their prices are much better than Goodwill, but are not sorted by size, so you really need the time to look.  When I’m pressed for time, or driving by a Goodwill, I will certainly stop in real quick to scope for treasure.

I have bought tons of stuff at thrift stores, from clothes to housewares.  One of the keys to finding great stuff is to go often.  Have there been times that I haven’t bought anything?  There sure have, but I enjoy the thrill of the hunt.  I enjoy shopping at a thrift store as much as I did/do a regular store…but knowing that I’m saving so much money makes it even more enjoyable.

Do you shop at Thrift Stores to save money on clothes?  I’d love to hear from you!

Today I’m linking up with The Penny Worthy Project, What I Wore Wednesday, Rae Gun Ramblings, Waste Not Want Not Wednesday, The Pleated Poppy, Rolled Up Pretty, Your Whims Wednesday, Young Heart Old Soul, Modest Monday and Thrifters Anonymous.



  1. Wow, Margaret, love that outfit! I’ve never been thrift-store shopping, but I’m starting now. How much off of retail prices do things usually run at thrift stores?

  2. Nice outfit. I always shop at yard sales and thrift stores for the family. Love it. And happy birthday! Hope you have a great one. Remember today is your day. Don’t let anyone tell you different.

    1. Thanks so much Veronica! 🙂

      I gotta say that I love yard sales a lot too. As the prices are usually better than the Thrift Stores. Last fall I bought 11 yo son some almost brand new Levis..5 of them for $1 each. Score!!!! 😀

  3. Nice outfit! You did find some great deals too on name brand items. I like to thrift for really quality items that I could not otherwise afford. I found a men’s sweater that was made in England, looked like it hadn’t been worn for under $5.00. The quality is amazing! I wear it, even though I’m a woman’s small and it looks great with skinny jeans and boots. It’s fun to find items and wear them differently then they were originally meant to worn. Fun post!

    1. Hi Nancy,

      That’s so interesting. I never would think to do that, but it makes perfect sense. I’d love to see a photo of that.

      What’s great about Thrift Stores, is that you can see how well an item holds up. Most of the items, if not new with tags, will have already been washed, etc. You can definitely find some great quality items!

      I love your blog..just followed you via GFC and Good Reader.

  4. Well, you may think this is goofy, but we usually shop thrift stores to put together outfits/costumes to wear to anime conventions. For example, my daughter made up a steampunk costume from a pair of camo cargo pants, a puffy white shirt and a leather vest. She added some new, inexpensive lace up leather-look boots from Target, a top hat that was left over from her dance competition days and a pair of goggles she got at a flea market.
    By the way, you look fabulous!

    1. Hey Lorraine. Thanks so much!

      The thrift stores are full of amazing stuff. I’ve bought wedding outfits/dresses complete with shoes and purses…and have gotten tons of compliments from people. I see interior decorators there all the time for styling homes, etc. I bought Halloween costumes for all three of my boys – one was an actual Mario costume, the others we were creative and created them. So many treasures!

  5. Very impressive! You are such a good shopper and those are finds! i dont have as much luck at thirft store. I do love a particular consignment store where things are A LOT cheaper than new but not as great as these prices!

  6. I love Goodwill! My husband and I stop there a lot, and most of my wardrobe is thrifted. I feel disappointed when I don’t find anything. I know what you mean about SalvationArmy not sorting by size. We were at a store this past weekend, and I got frustrated going thru so many clothes just to find my size.

    1. Hi Lee Ann. I have to say that probably 70% of my wardrobe is thrifted. And I gotta say that my wardrobe is much nicer now than it was before I thrifted. I dress much better now and barely spend any money on it at all. A girls dream!! 😉

      But I do still sometimes get frustrated at SA, that’s why I only try to go when I’m not pressured for time..otherwise, it’s no fun.

  7. Naturalizers for $3.99?!! Are you kidding me?! I love their shoes and bought 3 pairs during the Boxing Day madness this year!

    I love thrifting, too. One of my favorite ways to thrift is actually shopping on consignment, that way you can almost ensure high quality clothing for great prices. Find an affluent neighbourhood and look for a consignment store! Most of my wardrobe is consignment bargains 😉

    Thanks so much for sharing this on Waste Not Want Not Wednesday. Also, in case you haven’t already seen it, I’m giving away a copy of a new Paleo cookbook called Primal Cuisine, so stop by and sign up to win 🙂

    1. Hi Danielle. I really like naturalizes too and have quite a few of them. I don’t shop at consignments around where I live (we have a teeny house in a very affluent neighborhood) as they are still very expensive. I much prefer the thrift store. But I do online resale part time and am there shopping anyway. This way I do run across some great stuff for my self and family!

  8. I just went yesterday and searched for some clothes! $14.50 I had 2 Old Navy skirts, an unknown brand skirt, and a brand new Gap dress with the tags still on that retailed for $79.50.

    I have no idea why people knock thrift shopping!

    1. awesome is that. You can’t buy half a shirt for that at a regular store. What a great score. I just went last week and bought like 5 pieces from the Gap, Chicos, Target. And three of the pieces were new with tags.

      I don’t know why either..they just like spending their money and being broke! 😉

      BTW, I just noticed that you are a photographer. I actually own a portrait studio! 🙂

    1. Becky, so true. I have a harder time with jeans as I’m almost 6′ tall and need Tall sizes…but once in a while I’ll find something.

      But almost all my kids clothes for this school year were from thrifts. And they look awesome. Most of my 11 yo’s jeans are from the Gap!

      BTW, I see you sell on Etsy. I love vintage glasses and pyrex. I also collect mismatched china. And I sell on Ebay! 😉

  9. I love the thrift store!! You can stretch your budget even more if you know some basic altering skills!!! I have three boys who I usually find the most for, but the last couple of trips, I have found a buggy full of clothes for me! BTW, I’m a huge Dave fan! We’re debt free and loving it!!

    1. Hi Missy, I have three boys too! Ages, 7.5, 11 and 13.5. I buy all their clothes from there too. Good for you on your last couple of trips. I have to say that I need to clean out my closet as it is getting very full.

      Good for you on being debt free! How amazing is that. We’ve got a ways to go, but are making great progress.

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  10. Margaret ~ I’m impressed on so many levels. #1- You are committed to living debt free. #2 – Your kids don’t insist on high dollar full retail clothing and most importantly #3 – YOU DO YOUR OWN MODELING. You go girl!!! You look totally awesome in that outfit.

    1. Julie, Awe’re makin’ me blush! Thanks so much for your comment and compliments, I appreciate it. I read quite a few fashion blogs and that’s the common thing to do. Fashion is the reason I started thrifting. Wanting to create a nice wardrobe without spending a lot of money. I also hate to be photographed, I like being behind the camera (I’m a portrait photographer). This is my attempt to be more self love myself just the way God created me.

      Thanks again! 🙂

  11. Great outfit! I try to pop into my favorite thrift store regularly. I have to dig, but I’ve found most of my blue jeans there. It’s hard to buy them at a retail store when I know they are at the thrift store for less than $5.

    1. Hi Kristia, so sorry I missed your comment.

      It’s hard for me to pay full retail price for anything really. There isn’t much you can’t find new, or almost new at the thrift store. You just have to be patient.

      Thanks so much for stopping by.

  12. Great post! I used to hate when my Mom dragged us to thrift stores when I was younger – then, in my teens, I discovered how I could have a cashmere sweater in every color of the rainbow for less than $2 each by thrifting!! Now, 30 years later, I have my own online resale shop and still love thrifting every chance I get. Like you, I can’t shop retail anymore – I’m always calculating how much I coul buy for that same money in a thrift shop!!!

    1. Hi Gigi, thanks for commenting. My Mom used to drag me to thrift stores too. I’m in my late thirties and thrifted a little here and there..but have really started doing the majority of my clothes shopping there in the last 1.5 years. I checked out your online you also sell on Ebay? Or just your shop?

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