Let's Travel to...Thrift Stores!

 


Thrift stores- they’re so hot right now! And I am here for it. As a kid, we shopped secondhand out of necessity: thrift stores, yard sales, hand-me-downs. Now, I do it out of necessity for our planet. But this isn't a post about how consumerism and fast fashion is killing our planet- we’ll save that for another time. If you have been doing your part and being mindful of your purchases and want to take a stab at thrift store shopping, I gotchu! Here are my 5 tips to consider when going to thrift stores.


1. Bring a list.

I mention this one first because it ties into a few of the other tips below. Bringing a list is so important because you CAN actually over buy at a thrift store too. Crazy, I know! But it’s almost like the “under $5” section at Target when you’re like “this is only $3, this is $2...” and next thing you know you’re spending $150 and blaming Target for it! (Haha) Well, that’s me at thrift stores! The goal is still not over consume and only purchase things off your list that you actually need. Save your list to the notes on your phone so you always have it with you. You never know when you’ll stumble across a thrift store.


Picture from my IG: @eve_09


2. Visit thrift stores when you’re out of town. 

This is my favorite tip! Whenever I’m going out of town, I always do a quick search of nearby thrift stores that are either in the area or along the route. It’s fun to go into new thrift stores and see what you find. They really do have a different vibe to them. But also, the brands you find are different depending on the area you’re in. I think we all know when we’re in areas where we can potentially find “higher quality” items. And I don’t miss my chance! And good thing you have that list saved on your phone for reference :)


100% Thrifted Outfit featured on @GoodwillSoCal IG

3. Look out for the "Color of The Day"

I mean, I know I'm already AT a thrift store but if you don't like MORE discounts, then see ya! I don't need that type of negativity in my life! (haha) I’ve scored nice blazers for my work outfits for $5! And don't get me started with Goodwill’s $1 Thursday...oof!

Picture from my IG: @eve_09

4. Aim to visit 2-3 thrift stores at a time.

Yes, thrifting is definitely exhausting. Believe me, even IIIII get tired of it (but not often). However, if you map things out, it makes it a lot easier and convenient to visit more than one store. If you’re in the LA area, you can visit St Vincent de Paul- the largest thrift store in LA. We found our couch here (with tags!) for only $300 and it retails for $1,400! SCORE! And there’s a Goodwill literally around the corner. If you still have energy, there’s another Goodwill only 10 minutes away and BAM! You just visited 3 thrift stores in one day. Visiting multiple stores is beneficial to you because odds are you probably won’t find what you’re looking for after visiting only one store. Which brings me to my next and final tip...

Ridiculously proud of this find at St Vincent's

5. Be patient.

That’s it! Just be patient. Don’t expect to show up with a list and find everything you need. And if you do, consider that your lucky day! But odds are you won’t find exactly what you’re looking for every visit and that’s ok. That’s actually part of the fun! You’ll be so excited when you finally do find what you’re looking for. Those are your gems!

Bonus tip from Nick

“Don’t look at things as they are. Anything can be spray painted” haha! He’s not lying though! A few of our home decor items are thrift store finds that we spruced up. We actually love XO, Maccena on YouTube. She has so many thrift flips and home decor ideas.

Picture from my IG: @eve_09

There you have it! My 5 thrift store tips! Have you visited any thrift stores lately? Let me know what gems you've found in the comments below.


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