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    Top Thrifting Tips

    1. Ali

      May 28th, 2015 at 9:30 am

      Great tips! I’ve been experimenting more with thrifting and I love that it gives you more of a “thrill of the hunt” because you really have to search for the hidden gems. Also, I am often disappointed to find that retail stores seem to offer the same, boring items. Thrift stores are a great place to find unique pieces!

    2. Tonya@Budget and the Beach

      May 28th, 2015 at 9:40 am

      I do need to give more thrift stores a try, since my go-to store is probably the poorly made quality clothes from Target, but it seems you need to have a great deal of patience to shop there? Something I’ll have to work on since I pretty much loathe shopping. 🙂

    3. Kirsten

      May 28th, 2015 at 10:06 am

      I need help just find a “good” thrift store, I think. The ones I have tried never have any brands I recognize and selections in my size seem like grandmas used to own them. Don’t get me started on shoes for my size 11 feet – I’m narrow and the ones I find are all completely stretched out. I’ve tried… But never found anything worth buying.

    4. Angelina Saenz

      May 28th, 2015 at 6:21 pm

      I saw two pairs of size 11 shoes one Alex Marie today and the other ones were Bellini’s or something like that and they were only two dollars a pair

    5. Abigail @ipickuppennies

      May 28th, 2015 at 3:06 pm

      This inspires me to go back to thrift store shopping. It’s harder for me to find good stuff because I’m not slender. A lot of stuff in my sizes in thrift stores is NOT flattering. And I don’t think I’ve seen a $2 piece of clothing in awhile.

      But next time I’m looking for additions, I’m going to scout Goodwill first.

      And for people worried about bedbugs? Just dump it directly from the thrift store bag into your washer. Really not difficult, people!

    6. Kate @ Cashville Skyline

      May 28th, 2015 at 10:55 pm

      I’m all about thrift store clothes! I can’t believe some of the deals I’ve scored on designer pieces. Sometimes even with the tags still on!

    7. Jayson @ Monster Piggy Bank

      May 29th, 2015 at 5:42 am

      I am meticulous when it comes to clothes that’s why I spend lots of time looking for problems areas. Better be sure than not especially when it is a thrift shop.

    8. Kim@YourFinanceProfessor

      May 29th, 2015 at 11:43 am

      You are lucky that you live in NYC and have so many awesome thrift store options. For the rest of us who don’t want to look like homeless people or have been informed that we are too professional to start a grunge chic trend, ThredUp is a good option.

    9. Andrea

      May 30th, 2015 at 7:38 pm

      Another great idea for keeping your clothing spending in check is to bring your unwanted items to the thrift store and sell it. this way you get credit towards the second hand shop and scoop up used threads for nearly nothing!

    10. Laura

      June 2nd, 2015 at 3:58 pm

      Thrifting is great if you happen to fall within the sizes of a young woman. I see TONS of cute clothes in those sizes. The sizes of the teenage girl depends on the area of the country you live in though, what I saw in south San Diego differed from north San Diego county which differed from Minnesota which differed from N.Carolina. Whatever the average size of someone 13-28 was in that area, there were lots of good options. Probably because these are the ages which people buy things without knowing their own size/style and because they constantly need to make room for the latest fashions. If you aren’t in the store at least twice a week, you can pretty much bet someone has already grabbed the great find in your size.

      BUT if you happen to be outside that size/fit range then good luck finding anything. I’ve never met anyone who raved about thrifting who wasn’t within an average size range. They were all of short-average height, thin to average weight, and with one exception, none of them had large chests and none of them were over 5’7″. Additionally, they all had the time and opportunity to scour thrift stores. 98% of the things in stores are not of good quality or condition. So you really have to be able to take some time to get in there and look. And then you have to go back in there frequently because things are always changing.

      If you happen to fit within these parameters then absolutely you can look like the budget-blog fashionistas. I was able to dress my teenage sister this way using thrift stores – until she grew tall and developed a chest and hips (Hello Marylin Monroe!). Those great finds became fewer and fewer and took more effort. Eventually you have to realize where your time becomes worth more than your money.

    11. Veca Hilgeman

      July 26th, 2015 at 8:59 pm

      Maybe I am just lucky here in Colorado. I am 6 feet tall, plus sized, have size 12 feet, and wear a B cup. My closet is overflowing with designer clothing. The kids and husband have closets that are stuffed too. It is easier to shop for them, but I am very patient and have watched the thrift stores for years. I know which thrifts pay off consistently in the sizes I need. My thrift stores and theirs are not the same, but we are willing to travel to make it work. I would say that 95% of what we have comes from thrift stores. Undies, bras, and socks are the exception to this.

    12. clothespin

      August 30th, 2015 at 11:16 am

      I’m also 6 feet tall and wear size 12 shoes and am of average weight. That still generally means a size 14 in clothes for me though. I also love to thrift. I agree that it is harder for bigger ladies. I never find jeans to fit (Duluth Trading is great – long legged jeans and reasonable prices and they wear forever) or shoes. But tops for me, especially as a stay at home mom, this is great. Lots of stuff in size XL tops. And, I get normal length jeans in my size to turn into cut off shorts. It works.

      And realistically, even shoes in real stores are hard for me to find. I wear a size 42/43/44 European and my favorite shoes JUST this past year were made in 43 for the first time ever. It’s not just thrift stores that I have issues in – it’s nearly all stores.

    13. Rebo

      August 30th, 2015 at 10:51 am

      A lot of larger clothes & shoes are sold on Ebay. They are not as inexpensive as thrift but they are not full price, either. I wear size 11NN shoes. Talk about hard to fit!!

    14. Claire

      October 18th, 2015 at 7:23 pm

      That’s a really interesting perspective! Where I live, in the rust belt of the Midwest, it’s definitely being slim that puts you at a disadvantage. Sizes XS-S and 0-4 make up maybe 10% of the stock at all the thrift stores I go to. There’s one particular store I visit that usually has about ten pairs of pants between 2-4… 3 racks of everything between 6 and 12… and 3 racks just for size 14. Sigh.

    15. Mrs. Budgets

      June 7th, 2015 at 8:51 pm

      Thrifting is even better if you can sew or know someone that does. In my case my mom is a great seamstress, she grew up making her own clothes. Whenever I find something that looks great on the hanger but just doesn’t fit me quite right, I know I can take it to my mom’s and she can make it fit like a glove!

    16. Pyper B.

      June 16th, 2015 at 3:32 pm

      These are some great tips! My sister is getting married next spring. She might laugh at me, but I am going to recommend checking out thrift stores for table decor items and dresses. The possibilities are endless!

    17. Michelle

      August 5th, 2015 at 7:23 am

      Almost all of my clothes come from thrifting now and I always get compliments on my fashion. I love finding great items for little to low cost. I am 100% on board with not paying full price for anything anymore-especially clothes when everyone else has prepaid the bulk of the depreciating cost.

    18. Stefanie

      August 5th, 2015 at 8:27 am

      That’s a brilliant way of thinking about it- prepaying the bulk of the depreciating cost.

    19. Mary S.

      August 30th, 2015 at 10:55 am

      I was just down in Charlottesville, VA for a few days and got in some thrifting, of course. It seemed like every other piece of clothes, even in Goodwill was from Talbots, J. Crew, etc. Good names mainly in smaller sizes. Thrifting is the thrill of the hunt!

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    22. Candice Marie

      October 26th, 2015 at 11:07 am

      Love this post! I haven’t been thrifting in a while, but your post makes me want to head back. I love the idea about looking in the fashion magazines before hand and trying to find similar outfits on a budget. Finding quality is deff a must as well. Thanks Steph!

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