Why thrifting doesn’t stink.

How to spot great finds at a thrift store or yard sale! From FunCheapOrFree.comI popped into Savers (a thrift store near me) to look for some parts for our Halloween costumes today. (Our costumes are going to be uh-may-zing, by the way.) While there I did some additional perusing, of course. Just to remind you how non-sucky (pardon my french) thrifting can be, here are some of my finds from today. The best part is that I brought in a bag of unwanted toys and clothes to donate, so I got a 20% off coupon to use for my entire purchase. Woo hoo!

WAIT! Before I show you the goods, first take a pit-stop to check out my thrift store shopping tips and tricks. Ok now check out these amazing steals. I've been trying to stock up mostly for baby girl (that will be coming in 5 weeks or less! yay!) since my only other girl (Priya) was a summer baby. I definitely scored! All the items were in great condition. Check them out:

(oh, and as always, sorry for the bad pics – taken with my phone as an afterthought. Oops!)

This adorable sailor dress: $3.99

How to spot great finds at a thrift store or yard sale! From FunCheapOrFree.com

…which just so happens to match my favorite dress of Priya's (as shown HERE), by the way!

Priya

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This adorable Spring dress: $1.99

How to spot great finds at a thrift store or yard sale! From FunCheapOrFree.com

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This Baby Gap suede baby pouch: $6.99

How to spot great finds at a thrift store or yard sale! From FunCheapOrFree.com

This will be a life saver since I will be having a baby in the dead of a Utah winter. *Note to self: no more winter babies. It's just not very fun.

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This cute Christmas dress: $4.99 only $2.49

How to spot great finds at a thrift store or yard sale! From FunCheapOrFree.comWhen I got up to the register, turned out green tags were 50% off today! Woo hoo!

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This adorable dress that will be the right size come Spring: $4.99

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This bright pink baby snow suit: $4.99

How to spot great finds at a thrift store or yard sale! From FunCheapOrFree.comAgain, will be a total life-saver this winter.

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This adorable Ikat crib sheet: $1.50

How to spot great finds at a thrift store or yard sale! From FunCheapOrFree.comWhether or not I use this for her everyday bedding, you always need good spare sheets!

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I also nabbed a few items for Beck:

This suit coat and vest: $3.99

How to spot great finds at a thrift store or yard sale! From FunCheapOrFree.com

This looked like it had seriously never been worn before, BTW.

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This Paul Frank sweatshirt: $2.99

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These Carters khakis for Hutch: $3.99

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Again, don't forget how great yardsaling is! When in Arizona this past week I stopped by a quick yard sale and picked up a whole pile of princess dresses and jambes for $10 total. Here are a few of my fav's:

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Do you have thrifting envy yet??

See, thrifting doesn't stink! Literally. I take the items home, pop them in the washer first thing, do a quick wash cycle, and they come out looking good as new.

Cheapskate tip: I always 100% of the time ignore the label if it says dry clean only. Why would I pay more to wash the clothes than I paid to BUY the clothes? I put it on gentle or hand-wash cycle, turn the water on cold, line-dry, and I've never ruined anything. EVER. (Pssst…same goes with my own clothes).

A word of caution:

Remember that just because something is used doesn't necessarily make it a good deal. You will just need to learn your prices by being a very conscious shopper, and don't get sticker-blind. Weigh the price with the value to decide if it's truly a good deal. And for heaven's sake, please start yardsaling! (See how to become a yardsale ninja for the top-secret sauce). It s a fabulous way to find amazing deals that are even cheaper than thrift stores much of the time.

Hope that inspired you. Happy Shopping!

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Comments

  1. Not gonna lie, I cringed when you mentioned Savers, because it’s my best kept secret! I don’t want people to know about it because I want all the goods for myself! But glad you are spreading the word- Savers is great, usually better than DI even. I shop at the one in orem and was thinking of going to one up north a little more? Maybe it would have an even better selection, especially in the baby department?

    • Haha I know, I debated for a long time giving the name of the store, actually! ha! But I thought I’d better spread the love 😉

  2. I got into the thrifting habit when I was disabled and living on a very modest income, but now I’m hooked. I went to Goodwill the other day to pick up a really cute scrub top for a friend who is a medical assistant – $3.99. But in the same section (we are both plus size) I found an Evan Picone silk blouse for $5.99!

  3. I LOVE thrifting! I found a Mego Star Trek Bridge from the 1970s today that I had passed up on eBay because it was $124. We have a large Star Trek collection but not because we have a lot of money. The shop was only asking $5 for it! Very exciting!

  4. I thrift ALL THE TIME! I don’t think I have bought new pants or jeans in over 5 years for myself. I also do consignment sales for about 90% of my kids clothes. I also love thrifting while loosing weight. Its a whole lot easier to re-donate the jeans I have outgrown when they cost me only $5 or less. I also get “new to me” clothes more often this way 🙂

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