THRIFT THINGS // A 'Fit Under $30

Welcome to my first thrift blog post! I've been thrifting for about 2-3 years now, but I never really got to share my tips + tricks to the interwebs until now. Having little money to spend in the first place is really what kicked me off to start shopping for secondhand finds and probably 95% of my closet is either thrifted, bought at a consignment store, found at a garage sale, or given to me by a friend.

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Goodwill Outfit Total: $30

Black turtleneck (white stag): $2

dark grey trousers (unknown brand): $4.50

black wallet-purse (no brand): $1

suede air max 90s (nike): $22.50 - my most expensive thrift ever!

A lot of my friends have told me that they've gotten discouraged from thrifting because they've actually tried and got disappointed because they walked out with nothing. The biggest tip I have for people starting to thrift is to DO NOT GO TO A THRIFT STORE TO SHOP. That probably made no sense at all since you pretty much buy things, but what I mean by to "not shop" is that you should release any expectation/hope of getting a certain thing.

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When people usually go shopping (unless it's "window shopping"), we usually have a pre-notion thought of "I'm looking to buy a pair of black jeans" or "I need to find a white long sleeve for work." A thrift store is pretty much a treasure trove of goodies and you'll have NO idea what you're going to find unless you physically have it in your hands. Nowadays I like to think of it as a game because one day I may walk out with nothing, but one day I may walk out with 15 things!

I used to try to go thrifting with the thoughts like "I'm going to thrift a cool pair of shoes today!"

...then I'd walk out without a pair of shoes. Essentially I'd get pretty disappointed and the fun of thrifting was gone.

Luckily sometime in the past year, $1 day at Goodwill was born. Every Saturday (in Las Vegas), one certain color tag will be $1 for the entire day! For example, if the color tag of the day is orange, then EVERYTHING orange tag in that store is $1. Doesn't matter what it is, it's $1! Some of my best $1 items that I've snagged are the wallet-purse shown above, levi's jeans, an Express "LBD," and snow chains. Yes, snow chains.

NOTE: Every city has their own weekly deals for Goodwill, so make sure to take note of the deals if you go in your city! For example, Los Angeles' $1 day is on Thursday instead of Saturday.

The catch? You have to become a Goodwill VIP member. But don't worry - it's totally free to sign up (and it's seriously worth it if you're starting to thrift more often!) As of March 2018, Goodwill Vegas just launched a new monthly sale where every 2nd Saturday of the month has the entire store 50% off (excluding red tags) and $1 tags!

You know where I'll be every 2nd Saturday.

NOTE 2: i've only noticed that the las vegas market has the vip program, so let me know if your city has one or not!

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Hopefully these tricks have helped motivate you to go out there and dig! i totally understand that thrifting can be pretty time-consuming, but if you happen to pass by a thrift store and have a bit of time to kill... you never know what you'll find unless you try. c: