Not only is Sarah a frugal shopper and thrift store genius, she also happens to be a good friend. Because of this, and the fact I had extremely limited funds and needed shorts for summer camp, I decided to take one more close look at her shopping tips and take the plunge into the world of second hand shopping. I found out two important facts about myself along the way regarding my thrift store shopping ability.
1. I have a gift for finding hideous clothing and I have the pictures to prove it.
My first find were these lovely pleather cropped pants. They had matching pleather ‘ties’. One can only imagine what you are supposed to do with these strands of pleather that are approximately 4 feet long. I think you are supposed to wrap them around your leg. Mom said she would cut them off and fashion some sort of amazing braided head band with them.
My mom found these and I just had to try them on. There are just no words that do this pair of jeans justice. No. Words. So we decided to move into the footwear section…
2. I have an equal or perhaps an even greater ability to locate ugly shoes. More pictures for your viewing pleasure…
Are you picking up on the pattern here? Yikes. Shoe shopping at a second hand store can be wonderfully amazing if you are Sarah and not so much if you are Eva.
Okay, okay. Enough with the joking. Although it is absolutely true that I made some horrific discoveries at my local Goodwill, I did find that Sarah has good solid advice for shopping second hand. When she tells you that you are going to have to take the time to look around, and dig through piles, and try lots and lots of jean on…well, she was telling the truth.
It’s easy to get discouraged. I’m used to going into a store with nice neat racks of size organized clothing and felt a little overwhelmed on my first thrifty shopping mission. After giving the store a once over my mom and I started with a very long rack of shorts, because that is what I need the most for a summer camp that I am attending. We probably went through 80 pairs of shorts. I’m not exaggerating! I took 5 – 8 pairs to try on and ended up purchasing two pair of shorts. I also got a pair of jeans while I was there because they were in almost brand new condition and fit perfectly.
We spent a little over an hour in the store. I came away with 2 pair of shorts and a pair of jeans for $12 bucks. You will be happy to know that I left all those shoes right where I found them! All in all a good first experience and I’m looking forward to doing it again in the fall. I sure wish that Sarah lived closer so that she could come along and I could learn from watching her! Maybe someday…
Do you have any thrift shopping experiences to share? Do tell!