Thrift Shopping: Dirty Little Secret or Brag Worthy?

Tory was game to pick up this wicker set for me. Free.

Tory was game to pick up this wicker set for me. Free.

Curb cruising and thrifting (okay, and dumpster jumping in the old days) is part of who I am. I’ve rescued worn down and cast-off furniture and home accessories from curbs all over the tri-state (okay, and beyond) area. I love the thrill of the find and the challenge of refurbishing other people’s castoffs. Ask my husband Mike about my, uh, hobby. I’ve rewired lamps, reupholstered furniture, repainted wicker and so much more.  And I challenge you to pick the items I’ve refurbished out in our home. My kids used to tease me about the “junk” I brought home … until I outfitted my son’s college apartment with quality rescued/thrifted items; and now my college freshman daughter said she can’t wait to be “next.”

Why am I telling you this? Because I have another hobby near to my heart that I’ve pretty much kept a secret for many, many years: I shop thrift and resale stores for clothing and accessories. I can spend hours looking through yucky stuff in hopes of finding, say, the perfect evening bag for my daughter Tory.

Perfect condition. $5.

Elegant with a hint of rock & roll. . $5.

I am a willing diver-into-large-boxes looking for an awesome vintage (but perfect in every way) chamois work shirt (or two) for my son Max.

Super soft and oh so warm chamois shirts.

Super soft and oh so warm chamois shirts. $3 each.

And I’ve taught my daughter Tory how to thrift for quality items like gowns.

Halter style (a la Marilyn Monroe) sparkly gown for my blonde daughter. $20.

Halter style sparkly gown for my blonde daughter. $20.

Although not a thrift shopper, Max has asked me to be on the lookout for particular items of clothing for him. His latest? a neon orange watch cap. No worries. I’m on it.

My kids get it: You can find a quality piece of clothing that, with a little washing or dry cleaning, is perfect for you and at a fraction of the cost of “new.” And for every item I rescue, that’s one less item in the garbage stream.

A tailor (or, if you’re like me and sew) can nip and tuck and get a perfect-for-you fit every time. And let’s face it, well tailored clothing makes you look and feel better about yourself.

So how about you? Do you have a fashion (or other) secret? Care to share it with me?

Here’s a blogger who is all about thrifting. I enjoy reading her inspiring posts and seeing what she’s found in her local Texas thrift stores.


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5 Responses to Thrift Shopping: Dirty Little Secret or Brag Worthy?

  1. OpinionsToGo says:

    I’ve never been a thrift shopper kind of girl, but I think you might have talked me into becoming one. Consignment Shop, HERE I COME!!

  2. I’ve always wanted to get the hang of seems so hard to find stuff that’s worth it. But maybe I’ll give it a try!

  3. I’ve never done this, but one of my best friends, who probably has more money than anyone I know, loves to shop in thrift shops. She loves the thrill of finding hidden treasures.

  4. I have a goal for the rest of my life to buy used whenever possible. Our most recent purchase was a kitchen table, chairs and buffet from the 1920s!

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