A question I have been getting a lot lately is..."How come you do not go to the THRIFT stores anymore??" Seriously people...I have already told my husband that even if we win the lottery I will still buy stuff at Good Will. I will just buy MORE stuff.
BUT last week I went to a thrify night at our church and realized that MANY people just don't do thrifty things because they dont' know how or don't know how to start. I admit that the first time I walked into GOODWILL as an adult, I almost passed out. Do they only take cash? What are the rules?? Do they have bathrooms for Emersyn? What is that smell? Well I still have not figured out the smell, but everything else....EASY PEASY.
My first suggestion...decide what your limits are. What ARE you willing to buy used and where is THAT LINE. I personally have a very high tolerance. Although I understand why people would not. I have no problem buying clothes and shoes that are used. I just wash the clothes and lysol the shoes. I am not a germ-aphobe, but if you are I guess that might not be the solution. I love to buy housewares, kids' clothes, fabric, purses, and of course I get stuck bringing home a dirty old toys just about every time we go. I dooooo draw the line at bras and underwear...seriously grosses me out that it is even IN the store, but I guess somebody must be ok with it. Other than that...I am pretty open minded. I understand that many folks don't wanna buy used clothes. I love it. I love NOT having the same shirt as everyone else I see on the street. I also love that I can wear it once, decide I don't love it anymore, and not feel guilty for the 3 dollars I spent.
shorten the sleeves. I also add fabric flowers, pins, and other embellishments and VOILA...a brand new (used) sweater that is ALL my own and super cheap. SOOO when you are looking around. DON'T just look at an item for what it IS NOW. Look at it for what it COULD be. Maybe a shelf is ugly green and chipped, but with paint it could be PERFECT in a craft room. Or maybe you do not NEED another fancy bowl in your kitchen, but you DOOOO need something cute to plant some flowers in. If you like the LOOK of something, you might be able to find SOMETHING to do with it.
Moving on...the pink shorts. Em did not NEED pink knit shorts, but they worked GREAT for making a shortie skirt. They saved me from having to make pink shorts for underneath....cannot beat that.
The little tiered skirt....just plain cute. I probably buy about 80 percent of my kids clothes at thrift stores. HERE is my advice. Look close, only buy name brands, and look ahead to next season or year. You don't want anything stained or with holes---gross. So look for items that look like they were only worn once or twice. I buy brands like GAP and Gymboree because they are made well and last. I do not buy Wal Mart clothes at the thrift store because I can buy them just as cheap NEW at the store. FYI...my kids NEVER look shabby so don't feel bad for them. I am actually a little TOO concerned about how my kids look most of the time;)
OKKK the sun dress. I always buy these if I love the fabric. HERE is why. They make GREAT skirts. I just cut the straps off and use the dress as a skirt. I don't just use the dress as a dress because normally they are too short and I do not go sleeveless.....personal choices. Anyway. They make GREAT skirts because no matter what size the dress is they USUALLY fit around your waist. I have one that is a large and one that is an extra small---they both fit the same----just stretch more. ALSO, they worked as maternity skirts because I could either stretch it OVER my tummy like a panel OR pull it down and have a longer skirt UNDER my tummy. That is what makes them great. One time you can have a long skirt, then the next time you can change it up and pull the elastic over your belly and shoren it up. LOVE IT!
SOO here is my disclaimer. I do not shop at Thrift stores to save money. I usually just spend the same amount, but get MORE stuff. BUT my kids ALWAYS have tons of clothes and I don't have to ALWAYS put them in the SAME outfit. PLUS...when they get stained or ruined....I could care less.
For me it is a WIN WIN!!!
Don't forget EVEN thrift stores have sales and clearance. Pay attention to signs. Something that you may not wanna buy for 6 bucks my be perfect for only 3.
Ok...I have blabbed on and on. But here are a few last ideas for thrifty finds.
Use vintage sheeting for quilts...or just for quilt backs.
You can also repurpose adult or other clothing into kids clothing like I did HERE
Or a million other times in a million different posts. Which reminds me I really need to start re-purposing again....I love it!!!
SO there you have it. Probably nothing new for many of you, but if you have never gone to a thrift store...why not??? Give it a try. You may just find your new favorite.....