Going to the thriftstore is NOT like shopping at Target!
You can't go with a list of things that you NEED.
Go with a list of things you LIKE!
I know I like-mid-century ceramic vases and flowerpots....and only in off-white, turquoise and browns. I don't find one every time I go, but I now have a pretty substantial collection.
I know I like-silverplate trays, bowls and serving pieces.....my collection is growing so now even the cats eat and drink from silver bowls.
I know I like-to put my wine glasses in the dishwasher so we use Goodwill finds for everyday and don't worry about it. New ones can be found for less that $2 when we need them.
Once in a while, I score big time.....like this St. John's Blazer with embroidery and leather trim for 14.99!
Friends often complain that they go to the thrift store and can't find a thing!
Here are some suggestions for success:
- Keep your "likes" in mind - I always look at the aisles with the metalware for silverplate and the vases aisle for my pottery. It is a quick scan to see if there is anything that fits my collection.
- Shop by color.....is it black pants you need? Then don't waste time looking at red ones!
- Know your brands and quality. Those Ann Taylor and Ralph Lauren t-shirts and camisoles will last years longer than the cheapies from Target or Old Navy!
- Think outside the box-I have been buying slightly damaged wedding invitation kits and remaking them into note cards and memos using my computer. There are always stickers, labels and envelopes with pretty designs.
- Books-even though I have a Kindle, I buy paperbacks to take on vacation so I can just leave them when I finish. And there are some amazing Coffee Table and Art Books that are real conversation pieces. Don't forget kids books...Just found the latest Harry Potter for 2.99.
- Cashmere- seems strange that I have this as a suggestion....but if you find cashmere sweaters even oversized...buy them. Nothing is cozier or more comfortable than lounging in real cashmere....and you can machine was these items and dry them flat!
- Find a Tailor/Learn to sew- I am pretty handy with a sewing machine so can do minor alterations on things. If I find something of high quality that needs alteration, I use a tailor. I have a Brooks Brothers Cashmere Blazer that was a little outdated but still had the $350 price tag on it. I had my tailor take in the shoulders and shorten it....$25 later it was an up to date classic.