I Wear Your Granddad’s Clothes..

…I look incredible.  And so will you!  If you shop at that thrift shop down the road.

Thanks to the popularity of “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore, people are finally recognizing the awesomeness of shopping at thrift stores.  If you want to pop some tags, but you’ve never stepped foot in a thrift store before, here are a few basic tips to try and stores to shop:

Thrifting For Newbies

1.  Give yourself time to dig.  Big shops, like Savers in Bloomington or Unique Thrift in New Hope will take you hours to sort through all the merchandise.  If you only have an hour or less, try a more manageable store like ARC Valu Village in Richfield or the CHAP Store in Burnsville.

2.  Determine what you need before you go.  Don’t waste your time shopping in every department – most thrift stores are divided into easy-to-shop segments, especially Savers thrift stores.  They break departments down into very specific categories.  For example, Women’s is broken down by sleeveless tops, short sleeve tops, long sleeve blouses, sweaters, pants, skirts, blazers, 2-piece suits, etc.

A great item to shop for now is winter coats.  Just like department stores, winter coats are on deep discount.  And since winter will still be here for a few more months, you still have time to wear your new-to-you item.

3.  Consider the thrift store “gateway drugs.”  More than one experienced thrift-er has told me they got into thrifting by shopping in the two most non-threatening areas of the stores:  house wares and accessories.  These items are either washable, or never touch your bare skin.

As you gain experience, branch out into the areas that offer the best bang for your buck: denim and blazers.  When you’re hunting, be sure to try on jeans at least 2 sizes up and one size down.  And men’s blazers are often tailored to fit, so be sure you try it on and not rely on the labeled size.

4.  Remember, one item in, one item out.  Before you hit the stores, sort through your closet for donations.  Many of the Savers thrift stores will give you a coupon when you donate that you can use during your visit.  Also, those coupons tend to have a long expiration date, so if you donate and you don’t have time to shop?  Save those coupons!

5.  Search for sales events.  Holidays equal sales days at most thrift shops.  For example, Savers offers 50% off on Labor Day, President’s Day, and Memorial Day, to name a few.  And the Salvation Army in Minneapolis has 50% off on New Year’s Day.  If you want a store with a handy list of sales event on their website, look no further than ARCs Value Village.org.

Speaking of ARC, they have weekly sales events, too.  Every Sunday, the items stocked in the stores the week before go on sale for 99 cents a piece.  Check the tag color to know what’s on sale.

6.  Join the club!  Literally.  ARC Value Village and Savers have discounts clubs you can join to receive their rewards cards.  Check out their web sites to register today.

7.  Last, but not least – don’t be squeamish!  You, and everything you buy from the thrift store, are washable.  Remember, when you donate and shop at a thrift store, you are going green.  And being environmentally friendly is as trendy as liking Macklemore.

Websites: Savers http://www.savers.com/, Unique http://www.imunique.com/, ARC Value Village http://www.arcsvaluevillage.org/, and the CHAP Store http://thechapstore.com.

One Last Tip!  If you thought you couldn’t thrift online, pump your brakes mister.  YOU CAN.  At ShopGoodwill.com.  Check them out from the comfort of your pj’s.

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  1. Posted February 27, 2013 at 3:04 PM | Permalink

    Another great non-profit thrift shop is the Bethesda Thrift Shop. They support individuals with disabilities through fundraising, job experience, paid positions, and advocacy. The shop is located in Minnetonka in the Westwind Plaza on County Rd. 101.

  2. Posted March 19, 2013 at 10:02 AM | Permalink

    Hey, girl, great job on tips for selling the house, especially the light bulb thing. Nice work. On Fox9 morning.
    Thrift stores: No mention of the $1.49 days at what, Goodwill? I used to shop the one in Roseville, near Snelling and County Road something.
    Plus, their colored tag specials—all yellow tag items are 99 cents. That store rotated the color tags, alphabetically. So, after it was yellow tag Tuesday, the new Tuesday would be blue tags. Scores for me: Jeans hardly worn, a leather jacket, a windshirt with the $70 retail label on it.
    ALSO, MEN, GET OVER IT. There is MUCH more women’s clothing than men’s in most thrift stores. So, men, learn your size !
    I’m a 14 tall in Rider jeans, for example. And I’ve got a great pair of elastic waist lightweight denim pants in a 20W. Ooh, comfy.
    That’s all I got.

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    Where I Thrift

    Everyone has their favorite thrift stores, right?  Okay, you do if you love thrifting as much as I do!  Here are the stores where I enjoy popping tags:

    Saver’s in Bloomington – close proximity to Prestigious West Bloomington and Edina equals excellent, higher end thrift scores.  Remember, if you donate?  You receive a 20% off coupon you can use right away!

    Saver’s in Columbia Heights – it’s the nearest thrift store to my house, and they have the NICEST staff of any Saver’s in the TC, in my humble opinion.

    ARC Value Village – For me, ARC is hit or miss.  I either score BIG, or leave empty-handed.  Either way, I always enjoy perusing this tidy, friendly shop.