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.