To say that I love thrift stores would be a bit of an understatement. I’ve talked about it a little here and there on this blog and on Instagram, but I thought I’d do a post where Maya and I are wearing ALL thrift store purchases, and do a breakdown on the cost vs sharing links. We’ve worn everything below on the blog already, so links have already been provided for similar items.
Funny story. I thought we would venture out of our neighborhood for this shoot, but it was so sunny (out of nowhere!) and WINDY (neither is which is good for pics), so my hopes of doing this with a Seattle skyline backdrop got dashed, and….we ended up down the street from my house haha. Yes, all these pics are still taken with a tripod and self timer 🙂 In order of my favorite ways to get what you want at a fraction of the cost-
- eBay-By far the best way to get what you want for a fraction of the cost. The search bar and category/size features make it so easy to find what you want. That said, a lot of sellers don’t do a great job of listing what they have, so sometimes broaden your search and you’ll get the real steals! eBay tip-bid the minimum bid right away if it’s something that you want. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been watching something, then forget about it, see that it ended for no bids, then it gets relisted and snatched up-GRRR! On things I really want, I set a reminder (yes, I’m that big of a nerd) and then bid in the last 10 seconds. If you think that is extreme, I’m not alone! I’ve been outbid with 2 seconds left! Then…sell what you don’t want and make $$ to buy what you do want. “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” FOR SURE! I’d say half of what I wear on here is from eBay 🙂
- Thrift Stores– By this, I mean Value Village, GoodWill, or something similar. Goodwill posts a monthly calendar of discount days. So, if you go and see something you like, but it’s more than you want to spend, look up the color and go back 🙂 Value Village has their Super Saver program, which obviously I’m a part of haha. You get email notifications for random days that are 30-50% off clothing, and you get to take part in holiday sale days a day earlier than everyone else. It’s free-sign up!! They also have 30% off punch cards every few months, where you get stamps for every $5 purchased or bag donated.
- Consignment Shops– These are a little more expensive than thrift stores, but not always. A lot of times, they don’t know the current designers and accidentally mark them lower. Ie-just scored a pair of Current Elliot boyfriend jeans for $18 (retail for $200+)!! And…because I had a credit for bringing stuff I didn’t wear anymore, they were FREE!!! Don’t we all have things that we are sick of wearing? Still cute? Someone else will LOVE it, and you get credit to buy something “new” to you that you’ll love! Or…just get cash to spend elsewhere 🙂
- Antique Stores– Not where you might originally think to shop, but there are SO many fun things to buy at a fraction of retail price. Clothing-think cool leather jackets, wool jackets, adorable dresses, awesome shoes that are totally on trend right now (cowboy boots, loafers, oxfords, and amazing heels if you have itty bitty feet which I don’t) and fun sweaters. Then…there’s furniture! I could do (and probably will!) an entire blog post on cool furniture you can snag at a fraction of today’s prices.
And…here’s what we scored recently.
Let’s go down there! On me…
, bought during 25% off promo = $5.20
Scarf- Bought at Value Village $1.99, but had 30% off punch card = $1.40
Jeans- J Brand bought at Value Village $9.99, but had 30% off punch card = $6.99
Boots- Born bought at Value Village $9.99, but had 30% off punch card = $6.99
Total Outfit Cost- $20.58 (If I hadn’t had the store credit, it still would have been $45.58!)
Jacket- Circo Bought at Value Village $2.99, but went during 50% off sale = $1.50
Sweater- Gap Bought at Value Village $3.99, but went during 50% off sale = $2
Jeans- Levi’s Bought at the Value Village $3.99, but had 30% off punch card = $2.80
Shoes- Minnetonka Bought at Value Village $3.99, but went during 50% off sale = $2
Total outfit cost- $8.30
Our Combined Outfit Cost- $28.88!
Anyone else have any super thrifty tips?? I’d love to hear them 🙂