My adventures to thrift stores began when I started attending Super Summer, a camp for churches in Oklahoma. We would always go and find clothes in our school color. It was during those visits that I realized I actually found some pretty cute t-shirts. And not just t-shirts.... cute clothes, purses, accessories, shoes, furniture, etc.
Why spend $100 on a chair when you can find a $5 chair in almost perfect condition?
Why spend $70 on jcrew or banana republic pants when you can find those exact brands at thrift stores for only $4?
Why spend $15 on a target frame when you can find one for $1 that has much more character?
It's rewarding to achieve a cute outfit or decorate a room with so little money.
Now, I'm not saying I've taken a vow to only shop at thrift stores. There are rare moments when I may be looking for something specific and might choose to shop at old navy, target, or ross. However, as much as I can stick to the thrift stores, the better.
My friends and I have the best time going to thrift stores in our area. Most of the time we meet some great people, stumble upon some weird and memorable items, and laugh a lot along the way. You should try it. You scurred? Don't be...
Why people don't go to thrift stores/goodwill stores:
-you have to go through so many clothes to find things you like
-the clothes smell
-you feel weird and cheap
-wash your hands
-you would do this anywhere you shopped... so block out some time and have patience
-wash, wash, wash, and wash
-being weird and cheap is cool
Where to start? Here are my favorite thrifting locations in order of preference:
1. goodwill - 50th and macarthur (excellent selection of clothing and fun items for your home)
2. community thrift - 23rd and macarthur
3. uptown thrift - midwest city (a tad bit pricier than the others... but still thrifty!)
4. goodwill - nw expressway and council
5. heart and hand thrift store - 23rd and council (they usually have a good furniture selection)
6. bargain thrift - 16th and meridian (con: no dressing rooms)
.... there are several others, but those are my personal favorites.
So go visit your local thrift stores/goodwill stores this week! And remember....
Being thrifty is nifty.