“I’m gonna pop some tags, only got $20 dollars in my pocket,” sings Mackelmore about the joys of thrift shopping. Once you start, you may want to start singing too because most people I know LOVE to brag about the fantastic items they find at discounted clothing stores.
I know some of you might be feeling a bit of what I call the “ick” factor. I guess it could sound a little icky to buy someone’s old shoes or clothing. But let me tell you something my dears, if the clothing wasn’t in really good condition, it would not be for sale. There is just so much right about giving a life to a beautiful garment that someone hardly ever took out on the town. It also depends on where you decide to pop some tags, take the time to do a little research. I dare you to ask your family, friends and co-workers about their favorite thrift shop, you’ll be surprised by what you hear. They may be keeping a secret from you because they don’t want you to know where they find killer deals.
Thrift shopping doesn’t necessarily have to happen at Thrift Town (although you should really check it out!) or Deseret Industries, any second-hand or consignment store will work. Most thrift stores are well organized, sometimes by size and by color. And depending on where you’re shopping, you also get to feel good about yourself because you’re helping fantastic organizations like WEAVE and SPCA.
One of my favorite consignment stores is ReLoveIt in Folsom. I have found holiday dresses, work clothes, shoes and even a coach purse for incredible deals. I am amazed at what I leave with for under $50—and some of the items I have purchased were brand new, tags still attached—but at a fraction of the original price. Who has two thumbs and loves a good deal? This lady!!
And oh my goodness, thrift shopping is fantastic for children’s clothes—especially seasonal clothing! I just got my boys beautiful clothes from Once Upon A Child.
Plus, while I was there I sold last years, close to new ski coats that they grew out of and they paid me on the spot for our gently used kids clothing.
I have also made money at several consignment stores selling my clothes. Come on, we all have those jeans and little black dress that we are never going to wear again. Make some money, go sell it! Every consignment store has rules that you need to follow in order to sell your goods, but the rules aren’t crazy, and most are very easy to work with.
So my friends, next time you need a new dress, I double dare you to give a second career to a garment that isn’t quite ready to retire and waiting to party again for half the price! Now, go, go on and pop some tags.