- Cardi – American Eagle Outfitters – $3.00 (orig 39.95 online)
- Shirt – Cato polka dotted sleeveless shell – owned
- Skirt – Gap – peasant ruched skirt – $4.00 (orig 49.95 online)
I don’t even pretend to be a Fashionista. What I can do is spot a deal and good quality clothing from a mile away. No really. Some of the stuff I find in thrift stores would amaze you, I am sure of it. It is hit or miss and you need to be prepared to dig but its out there folks.
Tips I find that work:
1- Wear comfy shoes – you stand for hours going item by item.
2- Wear a tank and skirt – no changing rooms you have to try it on in the aisles. Not kidding – VV doesnt have changing rooms.
3- Try before you buy – you have to remember most of this stuff has been in the wash, and prob not the same size the tag says.
4- Set a budget.
5- Small children don’t love thrifting. Its not fun for them and becomes NOT fun for everyone else when they are terribly upset crying and exhausted.
6- If you are tired, hungry and low on energy its really hard to see potential in styles colors or patterns. Leave refresh and come back. You have to go through racks like a madhatter. If you are not feeling it you can’t thrift. It takes a mindset.
In the past I think Pixie was hesitant because thrift meant used. It wasn’t new or designer. It wasn’t what every other kid was wearing “this year”. Those concerns have changed over the years as she has found vintage cameras, linens, Pyrex and other items and discovered that little thrill of the “score”. It is a great deal more fun to find something in your size that there is only one of. It is a bonus when you find an antique or treasure that no one else knows about. That American Eagle shirt still had its tags on.
Places we visited: Value Village - 1023 Alpharetta Street Roswell, GA 30075
When I was a teen I had a friend whose father would go to three different stores on a sunday shopping trip. It always took several hours. He actually packed a cooler for the car or tried to limit perishables to the last store visited.
I thought this was complete madness. It wasnt until I started doing the weekend shopping with my dad that I saw he did the same very thing. As our conversations changed during shopping it became a challenge to see who could find the better deal. Obviously this was fun for me, but ingrained a sense of savings that few have been able to rival. I am frugal. I have to be.
I always check BigLots and the Dollar Store against my savings totals – coupons – adverts and flyers from the grocery store. Sometimes there are hidden treasures that even astound me. Yesterday was such a day. I had house stuff to buy. Detergents, cleaning products, shampoo, and mostly non food related items. I went over after placing an order for the movie pizza last night (Mellow Mushroom is no more in Cumming – more on that in a minute) and needed 20 minutes to kill.
Morticians Daughter – $24.99 reduced to $3.00 then on BOGO Sale
Windflower – $24.95 reduced to $3.00 then on BOGO
Arthur – $17.95 reduced to $3.00 then on Bogo
All three books unknown to me were actually ON sale for a $1 each then had the buy 1 get 1 tag. Total I Paid at register = $2.00
The best part for me… the first two are ones I really wanted to read. Especially Windflower. Its by the same author that wrote my most favorite book of all time : Griffin and Sabine.
Other savings followed:
My favorite Shampoo – Normally between $6-7.00 was on sale for $1.50
12 pack of Mountain Dew 120z bottles = $2.00 (we dont normally do soda but since Pix has been ill it helps wash the muck away).
Tide Ultra Cold Water Detergent normally $12-15.00 = $3.50
Snuggle Vanilla Creme = $1.50