|At the Rose Bowl Flea Market|
For as little as $20 - $40, you can practically replenish your closet with bags of clothing found at thrift or vintage stores and even flea markets. Discovering bargains is thrilling, certainly not as difficult or overwhelming as you might think if you're willing to take the time. With the abundance of thrift, vintage, and discount stores to chose from these days, there is no excuse to pay full price for clothing . . . and I rarely do.
Before the days of the web with all information known to man at your fingertips, my mom and I actually took a two hour class on "thrifting," where we received a map of the best thrift stores around, among other good tips. Now, you can just google the location of your nearest Goodwill to begin your treasure hunt. Since I grew up with the thrift store queen and learned from the best (a.k.a. my mom, of course) thrifting is second nature to me. My friends, it's time to pass along the wisdom, so listen up if you want to find a deal!
|Mom, the thrift store queen|
- Go with no expectations and be open minded.
- Look for racks with colors or textures of clothing you like.
- Wear leggings and a tank top in the event there is no changing room, so you can try clothes on over what you are wearing.
- Be willing to try on lots of clothes. What might look one way on the hanger might look entirely different (and better!) on you. You can’t judge a shirt on the hanger.
- Ask sales people about the color tag discount of the day, new shipment arrivals, or other store coupons.
- Keep in mind that sometimes a thrift store price is not the best deal. For example, you can find brand new dresses for as low as $6 at Ross, whereas used ones at Goodwill start at $8 or higher.
- Go to thrift stores in good neighborhoods because items donated are usually of better quality and more in style.
- Check with friends, family, and neighbors to find out by word of mouth which thrift and vintage stores are the best in the area.
- Be brave enough to haggle, especially there is a stain, hole, or discoloration (but the item is worth it and you think you can fix it).
- Check on the labels to see how to wash the item. For dry clean only items, assess whether the cleaning price is worth buying the item.