Thrift Store Hacks To Help You Shop & Save Like a Boss

I scored this JCrew skirt for $3 and Susan Graver leopard print top for $2 at my local Salvation Army!
(Shoes, belt and bangle from Walmart)

I’m gonna pop some tags, only got $20 in my pocket….Hey Macklemore can I go thrift shopping with you?!

Who doesn’t love a good deal?! And better yet, a rare treasure on the rack in your local thrift store.

I discovered my love of thrifting in college when I was on the hunt for vintage clothing for my Jackie Kennedy costume. I love fashion trends from all decades, so having the opportunity to scour the racks and finding unique but forgotten gems gave me life.

I have found so many thrift store finds that I have had for years and still rock on the daily. I have found everything from vintage hats to designer handbags and name brand threds.

While I love to thrift shop I know how overwhelming and time consuming it can be. Below I will share all you need to know to help you thrift shop like the boss you are, girl!

I found this Banana Republic dress, Metaphor coat and Target heels at Plato’s Closet.

Thriftin’ Tip & Tricks

  1. Set aside plenty of time to shop. Bring the kids to the grandparents and block out a few hours for you to shop. Thrifting is all about digging for treasure. You really have to scan through the racks, which is time consuming but you never know what gems you might find.
  2. Make sure your belly is full and you are hydrated. I always try to eat a good breakfast and drink plenty of water. I also grab a coffee on my way to the store, so I am really on my A game. Coffee=mom fuel!
  3. Dress in comfortable clothing that will be easy to change in and out of.
  4. Monday’s are the best days to hit up the thrift store since most people bring their donations in on the weekend. Skip shopping on the weekends when it the stores are the busiest.
  5. Find out what days your thrift stores have special sales. The Salvation Army near my house has half off on Wednesdays!
  6. Ask employees when they restock or what discounts they offer. On certain days they have senior, teacher, student and military discounts. Who doesn’t love to save?! More $ for coffee, grub and wine!
  7. Know what you are shopping for before you step foot in the store. Try creating a Pinterest board of what styles you are looking for so you can stay on track while shopping. On my latest haul I was on a mission to find prints. My wardrobe is pretty much all solids and I want to breathe some life into it.
  8. Master the art of scanning. Scanning will help you save a heck of a lot of time. Instead of going through every single rack go for the colors that look good on you and skip the racks of colors that don’t. I usually quickly scan the racks until something catches my eye and causes me to stop in my tracks. Its like love at first sight!
  9. Inspect all the items very carefully. Check for holes, snags and stains. Most thrift stores don’t do returns or exchanges. so its best to CYA (cover ya a** girl).
  10. TRY ON EVERYTHING! I know trying on clothes can be a hassle but you don’t want to get home to find that half of what you purchased does not fit or flatter your body. I have gone to the dressing room with a cart full of clothing and only bought four or five pieces.
  11. If there is an item that you absolutely have to have but is damaged don’t be afraid to negotiate the price. Whats the worst they can say?! No? Its worth a try!
  12. Don’t forget you can always get something altered! If you come across a dress that gives you life but it is too big, buy it and get it altered!
  13. Bring a friend. A real friend. You know, the one that isn’t afraid to give her honest opinion. Sometimes I get caught up in the style and not how it looks on me, so it is nice to have someone give it to me straight. That will save you money and space in your closet. And what is better than a girls shopping trip?!
  14. Only buy what you love! Or in the words of Marie Kondo, what sparks joy. I know the prices are so good that it is tempting but if it isn’t the one, put it back!
  15. If it catches your eye, throw it in the cart! I cannot stress this enough. My prom and wedding dress were both styles I would have never gone for but when I put them on I fell in love. You never know how something truly looks on you until you put it on. So get cray and try it on. If nothing else, its fun to step out of your comfort zone and try on different styles.
  16. Donate any of your unwanted items before you shop. This will make room for your new pieces and some thrift stores will give you a coupon if you donate.
  17. Have fun and try not to get overwhelmed! Yes, there is a lot of stuff to dig through but just think of all the amazing pieces that are hiding in that mess!
I hit the jackpot with this Kanar sweater I discovered at Plato’s Closet.
(Old Navy jeans, Steve Madden boots, Jessica Simpson clutch, belt from Amazon)
I found the most comfortable and flattering Zara jeans at an antique store in upstate NY for $5! and this Olivier jacket at Salvation Army $3.
(Clutch from FabFitFun box, Rampage flats, TJMaxx t-shirt)
I have searched high and low for some comfy casual pants and I found these bad boys at a Farmer’s Market for $15. I am almost 6 feet tall, so when I put them on and they fit I knew it was meant to be!
(Tank from TJMaxx, sandals from Walmart)
I love a good blouse and I scored this Banana Republic top for $3 at Salvation Army!
(Skirt from Dip line at Smiths, heels from Walmart)
This might not knock your socks off but I found this cute polka dot White Stag tee at Salvation Army for $2. I am on a mission to add more print into my wardrobe and I feel much more comfortable paying less for items that are a little out of my comfort zone. But I am so glad I did because I absolutely love it!
(Old Navy shorts, Walmart sandals)
I paid $3 for this JCrew button up top at Salvation Army! So cute and so many ways to wear it!
(Old Navy skirt)
I set a goal for myself to find a 90’s style dress and I had to have this Eddie Bauer dress for $4 at Salvation Army.
PS. I’m bringing back pins on denim jackets.
(Old Navy denim jacket)

As you can see, there are some pretty sweet pieces out there in your local thrift store just waiting to be discovered. Now take these tips and your cute self to the thrift store!

2 thoughts on “Thrift Store Hacks To Help You Shop & Save Like a Boss

  1. Great outfits!! Only wish you had a love of thrift shopping when you were younger! Actually makes me want to go! Who knew?!? 💁🏻‍♀️ Good job!😍

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