I've mentioned that my mother and I used to go to thrift stores together all the time. It gets a little more interesting than that... The Robinson Girls were known for looting furniture off people's front yards on bulk garbage days. We were like the Hillbillies of Beverly Hills, except we were still kind of classy, but also cheap and we lived in Glendale, Arizona.
My mom would slam on the brakes and we'd all hop out and carry shit into the back of our mini van. My sister used to be so embarrassed to join us - she thought we were absolutely nuts. Honestly, I still stop to look at furniture left in peoples' front lawns to this day. I'll reverse my car real quick and do some geometry in my head trying to figure out how to get a dresser in the backseat.
Thrifting helped me develop my own unique sense of style and allowed me to stretch my dollar when things were tight. We've all struggled financially - I know I did when I was in my early twenties. Thrifting is also great when you're losing weight - I'm not paying full price for a pair of jeans when they won't fit in a couple months.
Value Village or Savers (depending on what part of the country you live) is where its at. I try to stay away from Goodwill because they organize their clothes by color and not by size which baffles me and they are a little pricier. I find some pretty good stuff on the clearance racks at Target and TJ Maxx too. Out of season sales are fantastic if you can budget in some clothes for next year.
Finding quality thrift store clothing is becoming so much easier these days thanks to the internet. Ebay, DePop and ThredUp are some of my favorite online merchants.
One last thing: find a local alterations store and take your clothing there for adjustments. The peacoat in the post below was missing a few buttons when I bought it. This peacoat was $7 and then paid another $7 for my alterations lady to fix it. Instead of paying $50 for a winter coat, I only paid $14 total.
Here are a few outfits from the last couple weeks including descriptions of each piece. In the future, look out for fun, budget friendly posts where I piece together an entire outfit for $20 or less.
Where are some of your favorite places to shop?