Have I ever mentioned how much I LOVE thrifting? I love the fact that you never know what you're going to find and there are always different things when you go thrifting. I know heading to the closest store is often way easier but it's also more expensive and way less exciting.
I've been able to find some great deals while shopping a the thrift stores but I agree, sometimes it's not always the easiest and most convenient way to shop.
Here are some tips I've learned over the years. Thrifting is fun, environmentally friendly and CHEAP! I hope that if you're not a thrifter this blog post will inspire you to give it a try!
1. Make a list!! Start a list of items you don't need now but need eventually. Right now my list reads something like this....white tiles (for craft project), shower curtain (must be new!!), yarn, note cards, muffin tin in a cool shape (for craft project), craft paper.
2. Go often! Things are constantly changing at thrift stores so be sure to go as often as you can. I try to go on Saturday mornings.
3. Know when they're having a sale. Our local Salvation Army has a 5 dollar bag sale most Saturdays. You can fill a shopping bag full of clothes and shoes for only 5 dollars. What a deal!
4. If it won't work for you-consign it! You might find something fabulous that's not your size or style but you know that there's no way you can pass it up. If you have a local consignment shop then don't hesitate to buy the item and consign it. Use the extra money to do more thrifting ;-)
5. Take your time. There are so many random things in a thrift store that it might be overwhelming at first. Go when you have plenty of time and can peruse the aisles and search for all your treasures. (granted, if you have kids you might just have to scratch this one).
I've found a ton of great stuff over the years. Lots of fun clothes, WINE GLASSES (I refuse to allow any new wine glasses into my house. They always end up breaking!), books, organizing gadgets, furniture, baskets and lots more.
This is a mug from Sea Mart that I found. I dug up an old picture of my brother and I with the Sea Mart man and sent it to him for his birthday!
Oh, and the last tip...know when to say no!