Thrifting is a Habit

Last month, I purchased a Cashmere sweater, brand new Lambskin leather jacket, Banana Republic dress, green sweater and Talbots wool dress pants for $4.95? Yes, you read that right...$4.95!!! Yaaasss!!!

It had been a helluva week, maybe it was a Friday, and I decided to step away from my desk for a little retail therapy. When does a little shopping not cheer anyone up?  Presently, I am paying out of pocket for grad school expenses, so shopping for non-essential items is not high on the list. But this day, I was over it all and had $5 in cash. If you have ever stopped in a thrift store on a select color of the day or special colored tag event, then you know $5 is a lot of money in the thrift store world. Sp where'd I go? I decided a stop at my around-the-corner-from-work-Franklin Goodwill, would be the perfect place to blow some steam, and a whooping $5.

After a few minutes of perusing the racks, I had racked up a load of items. After 30 minutes, I was in my car with a bag full of goodies a d couldnt have been happier. Retail therapy satisfied+spent under $5 = a VERY happy me.

I have been thrifting for several years. In fact, at least a third of my wardrobe is from a thrift store. Most of the items still had the tags attached at the time of purchase. Whoever these people are and wherever they reside, I LOVE YOU! My pockets love you more.  

I really started thrifting when some of my top stores like The Limited and Ann Taylor Loft started closing down some of their brick and mortar stores. These were my go to shop for my professional and social calendar.

Now hey, let me just say that I have always loved fashion, and I have always loved a bargain. In fact, I can't recall the last time I paid full price for anything. It's in my DNA; I blame my mama. I can go into any store and peruse the new arrivals and not purchase a thing because I know it will all eventually go on sale. Don't believe me wait about 6 weeks or for the next holiday or major sale. 

Often I am asked how do I score such amazing pieces, do I have any tips can I offer a new thrifter. I sure do! Here are a few tried and true methods that work for me:

1. Practice patience. 

Some days I score so much stuff. On other days, I score or find nothing. But the key is to be patient with yourself. Some days will be better than others. Practice patience and operate from an attitude of expectancy, and it will all work out. Promise!

1. Find stores that resonate with your shopping style.

I love Goodwill. I am not sure what they have done within the last couple of years, but in the Nashville area every store has a similar layout. The racks are nicely organized and it's easy to find the section that you're looking for it. For example, if you're looking for skirt you can look up and see a sign that reads skirts easily. For that reason, I have no issues visiting various Goodwill's because I know from a branding perspective, there is consistency.

2. Shop on the less popular shopping days. 

Now this is a a no brainer, but I am sharing it for the new thrifter anyway. I hardly ever go to Goodwill or any thrift store on the weekend. People usually spend weekends  shopping. So I visit on off days, like a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. Other gtimes that work are during lunch, first thing in the morning or immediately after work. New merchandise is brought out throughout the day, so popping in at odd times increases the likelihood of finding unique steals.

3. Don't carry a basket

Okay, I must really like ya'll because I'm giving you real gem here.  When I shop at Goodwill I don't use a shopping cart.  I  walk up and down each aisle  looking for  items with brand new tags or items that are in great condition.  I'm often able to snatch items up quickly because I don't have a shopping cart to hinder my progress or vision.