8 Steps To Shopping Thrift Stores – Saving While Looking Professional

I’m cheap. I like bargains. Although I’ve never had the backbone or discipline to acute coupon, the abstraction is intriguing. In the concurrently about I save money elsewhere.


Being fashionable is expensive. Good, superior accouterment usually comes with sticker shock ample abundant to beating the wind out of a person. And the agitation with appearance is, already you aggregate your apparel (provided you get accomplished the whooping bulk tags) and spent your activity accumulation accomplishing so, the accursed appearance changes.

Growing up, we didn’t accept abundant money. Hell, we didn’t accept any money. I was the youngest of three daughters (a decade adolescent to be exact) of a individual mom. Nurse’s aides don’t get paid well. They almost get paid abundant to eat, for all their back-breaking work. My mom was no different. The pay analysis artlessly didn’t amplitude far abundant to cover new, fashionable clothes. I wore decades-removed, accouterment and the primary “department stores” on our accouterment calendar was Goodwill, St. Vincent DePaul, and the bounce time backyard sales. As a kid I was ashamed breadth my clothes came from. I went to abundant lengths to burrow the fact. But all those ashamed moments of embarrassment as a kid accomplished me a affair or two about accepting acceptable clothes for next to nothing. So for every time I was a base at the bounded austerity store, I wish to say, “Sorry, Mom, and thanks.”

Shopping austerity food is awfully altered from arcade approved administration stores. You accept to go into it with the appropriate mindset. It’s not a individual mantra to accumulate in mind; it’s a set of rules to apply. I’m generally asked breadth I acquisition my outfits, or how did I appear up with the abstraction for the accouterments I’m wearing. For me, it’s as simple as a few rules to accumulate in mind.

Patience. ~ The old aphorism that ‘patience is a virtue’ is wholly applicative if arcade austerity stores. Unlike a approved administration store, breadth you can birr in and out and get what you charge in as quick as it takes to get in and out of the bathrobe room, arcade a austerity abundance takes a fair bulk of time committed to it. You will charge to set abreast a block of time to go arcade for a acceptable deal. I usually stick with two hours. I plan on my austerity abundance arcade demography two hours of my day. (Keep in apperception that is two hours per store. If you’re traveling to assorted stores, which may be necessary, you could absorb several hours shopping.)

Game Plan. ~ There is annihilation amiss with browsing at a austerity store. I do it all the time. Exploring the commodity to see what’s “new”. Also I animate you to browse your local

thrift abundance several times afore you intend to buy annihilation there. Accomplishing so will accord you the befalling to get a feel for the store, the abetment agency of the employees, and the commodity superior and about-face over rate. As for the bold plan, apperceive what you’re traveling for afore you get to the store.

Self-restraint. ~ If it’s not in your bold plan, don’t buy it. Simple. I’m not adage you should avoid an aberrant arrangement (read: the Vera Wang with tags still attached, or the astounding affair dress if you’re there to buy appointment clothes), but you should appearance a little willpower. If it isn’t an in fact draft your socks off affectionate of find, you should leave it on the rack.

Know Your Limitations. ~ Clothes that appear into a lot of austerity food end up there for three reasons: a) They no best fit the owner; b) They’re “out of style”; c) They’re defective. The aboriginal two should almost annals as blips on your arcade radar. Your physique is unique, so the accouterment may fit you; and appearance is cyclical. What is “in style” now is extraneous (except don’t buy those alarm cheers there; they will consistently be out of style). C about is important; basic even. 1) Never buy decrepit merchandise. That account has been laundered, apparently assorted times back it was stained. You are not accepting that out. 2) Don’t buy commodity that needs all-encompassing alterations. If you blot with a aggravate and cilia and yarn, don’t buy the jeans that charge hemmed, the blouse that needs a aperture the admeasurement of your deride sewn up in the foreground hem, or the sweater with a broad aperture in the breast area. Be realistic; if you accept never taken an commodity of accouterment to a clothier previously, you apparently aren’t traveling to yield that $4 shirt or brace of pants.

Try Aggregate On. ~ This should be a no-brainer. But, already aloft a time if I was still adolescent and abrupt (and bamboozled into assertive I was two sizes abate than I am), I was as

guilty of this as any of you. Clothes alter in admeasurement from architect to manufacturer. Also accouterment that has been beat and apple-pie dozens of times stretches and warps. You may anticipate you apperceive your size. Trust me, you don’t if it comes to austerity abundance shopping.

Compare. ~ I’m not talking about prices. It’s negligible at a austerity abundance really. I’m talking captivation anniversary account up to the added items you’re affairs to see if they plan together. Apperceive what’s in your closet at home and mentally account if the account you’re affairs will go with your absolute wardrobe. In fact it’s no abashment to yield an account or two into the austerity abundance and analyze them to what you’re getting. I do it all the time. Yield all your combinations into the applicable allowance and mix and bout to see what is changeable and what isn’t. It’s bigger than accepting a abruptness if you get home.

Add Quality. ~ Sometimes you just accept to breach down and absorb the money to buy a few good, superior items for your wardrobe. a) Jeans: I never buy jeans at a austerity abundance unless I charge something to acrylic the abode in or plan on the car in. b) Jewelery: you can acquisition nice jewelery at austerity stores, but it is the aberration rather than the norm. c) Underwear: um, just gross. You ability be able to get nice, superior bras or something at a austerity store. But accomplish abiding they accept all their aboriginal tags.

Know If to Say ‘No’. ~ If aggregate about an account doesn’t accommodated the aloft criteria, no amount how abominably I wish it/need retail therapy/need an account to ample a atom for something, I. Don’t. Buy. It.

I’m not a appearance expert. I’m not a arcade expert. I do accomplish appearance blunders from time to time. (More generally than I’d like to accept actually.) But added generally than not, I am complimented on my clothes. People aberration out if they acquisition out 75% of my apparel comes from austerity stores. I apprehend “Oh, I never acquisition annihilation like that at [insert name of austerity abundance here] if I go!” This is my acknowledgment to how everybody can acquisition the air-conditioned things I do.

You apperceive what, disregard. I don’t wish anybody searching as superstar as I do!!

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