Saving Sunday: Thrifting

One of the best ways to save money while shopping doesn’t require clipping coupons, entering promotional codes, or scouting for sales. One of my favorite ways to find fun, one of a kind pieces, for a low price is thrifiting.

Don’t be afraid of rummaging through thrift or consignment stores. Yes, these clothes have been previously loved, but nothing goes on the racks with holes or stains. Granted, not everything is a winner, but a fashionista like yourself will be able to find some diamonds in the rough. It does take patience and practice, but if you have never spent a Sunday shopping at a thrift store, take my advice, you should!

Still aren’t convinced? Well I have spent several shopping occasions at thrift stores and have found some really amazing pieces. Honestly, most people are shocked to know that I got a skirt for $0.99 or a great vest for $5.00 – for the most part these clothes are sold or donated to these stores because they were never worn, or haven’t received much love lately from their owner. As an extra layer of security for those who are weary, stores like Buffalo Exchange, Plato’s Closet, or Crossroads Trading Company, offer money to people who are willing to sell their lightly loved garments. This means that they are more selective about what they will take – meaning things must be in almost new condition, seasonally appropriate, and in style.

I have shared some personal thrifting finds. First that tea length floral skirt was an amazing find for me! I love how light, bright, and summery it is. Paired with a simple white tank and some fun jewelry and this outfit would be perfect for any Summer gathering.

My next outfit features a super fun Hawaiian print blouse. With florals being such a popular pattern for summer, how could I pass up on this? With some black high waisted shorts, a rock n’ roll inspired metal necklace, and glitter flats add an edge to this traditionally touristy print (no fanny pack and oversized camera necessary).

I found this powder blue and daisy print crop top at a thrift store in Las Vegas and was unsure of whether it would be able to wear – or fit into. But with my high waisted Levi’s from another thrift store, it pairs perfectly. I have a love for daisys and a soft spot for this top, which mimics something similar to what I would have worn to preschool with oversized hair bow to match. But to bring it into this era I added a bleached denim vest and gold jewelry. I got lucky to wear two thrift store goodies in this one outfit.

This leather vest was clearly handmade and such a fun piece to add to my wardrobe. With an all black outfit like this it is just the pop I need to stand out. There are literally dozen’s of ways I plan to rock this vest: with a black maxi dress, under a long sleeve top, with high waisted shorts, or brown chords. And as an added bonus, the neural color scheme will transfer over nicely to fall and be super cute with boots.

Thrifting is fun and what is even better is you can really stretch that dollar and get some amazing one-of-a-kind pieces. Check out your local Goodwill, Plato’s Closet, Buffalo Exchange, Avalon Exchange, or Crossroads Trading Company just to name a few great stores. And if you want more tricks and inspirations check out our Featured Fashionista, Anna Golka’s, Blog –

Happy Savings!!


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    • Jen
    • July 30, 2012

    great article! unfortunately I would never look that good in those outfits! 🙁 great tips though 🙂

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