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.
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.
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!
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: