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!

Mindful Shopping: How to Save Time and Money While Clothes Shopping

As a new-er mom, I don’t have all day to spend shopping. Although sometimes I wish I did!

Shopping used to be one of my favorite past times. I loved spending the day with my girlfriends sipping on iced coffees, eating mall junk food and trying on all the clothes. Now that I have a family I don’t have as much free time. I have a baby to feed and a husband to clean after, and vice versa.

Here are my tips and tricks to help you shop mindfully to save you time and money, honey!

Girl loves our Target runs! Or is it the snack that has her so happy?!

The Down Low

  1. Know your body type! Knowing what styles are flattering for your shape will save you a ton of time in the dressing room. Once you know which cuts and styles don’t work for you, you don’t even have to bother trying them on. Not sure what your body type is? Don’t worry girl, I got you covered with my previous post on body types. Link here.
  2. Know your skin tone and undertones to determine which colors look best on you and which ones don’t. Find out which colors are most flattering for your skin tone here.
  3. I am jumping on the Marie Kondo band wagon! Only try on or choose pieces that spark joy and that you LOVE when you pick them up. I have wasted so much time trying on clothes that were cute but I didn’t love.
  4. If you don’t absolutely love a clothing item when you try it on, DON’T buy it! It doesn’t matter if its 50% off or you have a coupon. If it doesn’t spark joy put it back on the rack. That item is just going to sit in your closet and clutter it up.
  5. Have an idea what you are looking for before you step foot in a store. Google, use Pinterest or ideas from your favorite fashion bloggers to create a style board of exactly what you have in mind.
  6. Determine what stores and brands work best for you. Which brands fit you well, are in your price point and offer pieces that reflect your style?
  7. Be true to you. Its hard to not get sucked in to all the trends, whether they are flattering on you or not. Be very mindful of the items you are picking out. Are you choosing them because they are true to your personal style or are they trendy pieces that are in but you most likely will wear once or twice because its just not you?
  8. I have said it once and I will say it again and again. Dress how you want to be addressed. Are the pieces you are selecting pieces that you want to speak for you? Ensure the items are portraying the image you want to put out there.
  9. Always abide by the two rule. Make sure whatever you are purchasing goes well with two pieces of clothing you already own.
  10. If you are really strapped for time and have the budget, hire a style consultant. Style consultants are experts who will take in to account your body shape, skin tone, style and budget when picking out pieces for your wardrobe. Stylists will help you go through your current wardrobe, go over styles best for you and even offer personalized shopping sessions where they pick out pieces for you to try on and have them ready to go before you even get to the store.

I used to love to shop but now that I have my super cool one year old and my husband works shift work, I really value our family time. Heck yes, its nice to get some alone time/retail therapy! These tips will make your “you time” less stressful and more fun and productive.