5 Tips to Thrifting Success + My Mini Goodwill Haul

When I shop, I’m the one who goes straight to the sale rack; I’m a penny pincher when it comes to buying clothes and I’m not afraid to admit it! That goes along with my love of yard sales and thrift stores too. I like the randomness and the whole “one (wo)man’s trash is another’s treasure.” Love it. I’m sharing some of my tips on having a successful thrift hunt and also sharing some of the things I found last time I dug around.

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No. 1 Know What You’re Looking For
Going in without an idea of what you’re looking for can result in grabbing more than you’ve bargained for. If you have a specific item in your mind when you go thrifting, you’re more likely to find what you need. For example: “warm clothes” they have several sections of long sleeved shirts, sweaters, and coats. Places like Goodwill are color coded and arranged by size – they make it too easy!

It also helps to be a ‘digger.’ Want a green sweater? Go to your size and flip through every single green sweater. It’s worth it. You’re more likely to find exactly what you want if you just hunt! Same goes for the furniture. Hunting for an item that big won’t involve as much digging.

No. 2 Look For Specials
The entire Goodwill store was 50% off the other day. WHAT!? I definitely got lucky. I came back the next day and the whole store wasn’t discounted but certain color tags were still half off.

Keep your eyes peeled for promotional signs and discounts. Some stores have senior citizen specials so you might want to bring your grandma next time, and most thrift stores have emails lists that keep you up to date on deals.

No. 3 Don’t Buy It If You Won’t Wear It.
This is an area I still struggle with. If it weren’t for my boyfriend, I would’ve gotten three more pieces I liked, but probably would have never worn. We all need a little reminder sometimes! Buying things you have something to go with will help you avoid getting garments you don’t need.

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No. 4 Bring Cash
Leave the debit card in the car on this trip. Trust me. Keeping a certain amount of cash to shop will limit your spending and help you with No. 3^. Use self control – you’ll be glad you did.

No. 5 Wash Before You Wear
That goes without saying, but I said it anyway. It’s just a common rule of thrifting.

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My mini Goodwill haul:

While visiting Nashville last week I raided a Goodwill and got a few new pieces. They’re simple and I know I’ll wear them. The entire store was 50% off so I left with 2 things for $8. Such a deal. My boyfriend is a real trooper for agreeing to go in with me!

Sweater –  $4. Can’t beat that. It’s honestly one of the warmest sweaters I’ve gotten in a while. The sleeves are a tad short so I just rolled them up. It’s black, has stripes – for what more could I ask?!
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Jacket – $4. Again, super warm and worth the $4 I spent. It’s a simple black jacket I needed for my winter wardrobe. It’s soft and I can wear it with pretty much anything.
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I hope these tips help get you through your next thrift store adventure and inspire you to look for something new! I wouldn’t be so excited about second hand shopping if it wasn’t something I loved.



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