Guest post by Carrie Hurst at My Favorite Finds
I went to Goodwill for the first time in my life today. Here are a few things I learned:
If you’re going to pay for it — even if it’s secondhand — make sure you love it.
If I buy five pairs of jeans for $3 each without trying them on and go home and find that only two of them fit, I’m out $9. I don’t justify secondhand purchases with “It’s only $3.” By doing so, I waste money and I’m disappointed.
Don’t be afraid to walk away from a “great” bargain.
This afternoon, I tried on a pair of COACH canvas slip-on shoes. I loved them! They were only $22, and I wanted them badly.
However, they were a bit too tight in the toes. I ended up not getting them because of this and the high pricetag. Even though I loved them, I left them behind because I wasn’t willing to pay for something that I wasn’t 100% convinced about.
Look for brands you are familiar with.
If I’m going to buy something secondhand, I want it to be decent quality and have a history of lasting. Today, I got a Land’s End swim top/trunks for my boys, two pairs of Banana Republic shorts for me, a pair of Saucony sneakers, a pair of American Eagle flats, a Baby GAP tank top for my daughter, an Old Navy polo for my boys, a pair of plaid Cherokee shorts for my boys, a Circo swimsuit for my daughter, and a Rare, too dress for my daughter. I got all of this for less than $30!
I chose these based on what we needed andwanted, but also based upon brands that I know we’ve liked and felt have held up to wear and tear in the past.
What are your best tips and tricks for shopping at thrift stores?
Carrie is a pastor’s wife, and a mom of twin boys and a toddler girl. She loves the Lord, and tries to be an example for Him. Visit her blog, My Favorite Finds.