Friday, 21 July 2017

Thrift Shopping: Fun and Money-Saving

"Never underestimate the power of wardrobe." - Mary Reynolds

A good thrift shop can make a budget go miles.

One of my favourite things to do is go to the thrift store. We have a couple of amazing thrift (and consignment) shops in my area and it is amazing what I have found by just taking a peek.  A

 I believe that if you put in some time and effort, you can bring home a huge haul from the thrift shop. For example, I paid about $60 and got at least 10-15 outfits (through a bit of mix and match).

Shirt: $5.99 CAD, Jeans, $12.99 CAD (previous trip) Tank top: a relic of mine.



 So how do you go about doing this yourself? Thrift shopping is not like going to a box store and pulling something off the rack. You have to be willing to put in some serious time and effort to find the hidden gems.

Here are three important tips for going thrifting:
  1. Be willing to put in the time - As I just said, thrift shopping is not an in-and-out thing. you have to be willing to go through everything there to hit the jackpot. and on that note...
  2. Go through EVERY single rack, every single size - Things get mislabeled, put in the wrong places, or hidden by people who plan to "come back later." I actually found the cutest owl shirt (to be featured next week) by doing exactly that. And finally...
  3. Try everything on - as I said, it might be mislabeled. I had a heartbreaking instance today where I found the most adorable skirt (reversible with blue polka dots on one side and flowers on the other) but it was about three sizes smaller than labelled. If I had taken it at face value, I would have bought a useless (to me) skirt.
Shirt: $5.99 CAD, Guitar infinity scarf: $1.99 CAD
To sum it up, why do I love this? Well, beyond the massive savings the outfits are unique, they're fun, and they're almost impossible to replicate.

Not to mention they all suit my special brand of crazy.

Do you have any great thrift store finds? Tweet them to @bolognabudget or leave a comment!

 ~A

Update - See part 2 now!

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7 comments:

  1. I love thrifting! I don't get too much for my use, mostly find stuff that I can make a profit on. Still, I find some useful things for myself to pick up every now and then.

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  2. I love that. And buying and flipping is brilliant.

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  3. I love to buy old things and make them into new! It's so fun ☺️ Love this post!

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    1. Thank you for the kind words! I actually cover repurposing thrift finds in my next article (up now).

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  4. I should really do more thrift shopping! All of your outfits look amazing that you've picked!

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    1. Did you get a chance to see part 2 of my thrift adventure? Those orange capris...

      Thank you for the kind words. It is a treasure hint, but sometimes, you really do hit gold.

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    2. Did you get a chance to see part 2 of my thrift adventure? Those orange capris...

      Thank you for the kind words. It is a treasure hint, but sometimes, you really do hit gold.

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