Thrift stores are a treasure trove just waiting to be dug into. Filled with the cast offs, and the over abundances of thousands of homes, these very reasonably priced stores offer up a multitude of items that are just not available at your local department store. With the amazing array of clothing that enters these facilities it is easy to find virtually any style, color, or fabric line that your heart might desire.
Where as local clothing stores tend to be trend driven, and only
carry certain colors or styles in any given season, thrift stores thrive
on their individuality. This is one reason why everyone should attempt
to purchase clothes from thrift stores before shopping at their local
Walmart, Target, or K-Mart.
You are just much more likely to find
something to fit your individual tastes at a thrift store.
When it comes down to dollar savings on your clothing purchases the
difference is amazing. A forty to one hundred dollar outfit at your
local retailer can usually be purchased at a thrift store for ten
dollars or much less. On a thrift shop’s sale days you might even pick
up an amazing outfit for a dollar or less.
Of course, there are a few major differences in shopping at a thrift
store compared to shopping at a local retailer, and these differences
must be taken into consideration when you explore this venue. Keep in
mind that a thrift store generally carries only one of a kind items so
will not have a selection of sizes in any given piece.
The clothing is
however generally in good condition. The clerks in thrift stores usually
sort through the donated clothing and select only acceptable clothing
to put on the racks for sale. Unacceptable clothing pieces, or those “in
need of repair”, torn or stained, are generally set to the side to be
made into rags.
This means that searching in a thrift store for the
perfect clothing for your family can take a little more time. Finding
the perfect outfit, and the amount of money that you can save on it,
makes that extra time spent shopping very worth while.
It is very important to cruise the local thrift shops on a regular
basis. As thrift stores have a revolving selection of clothing, it is
important to stop by relatively often, in order to have the opportunity
to purchase items as they come available.
Call it the thrill of the
hunt but touring your local thrift stores on a weekly basis can net you
some amazing and very reasonably priced finds. Designer jeans, name
brand labels, and expensive fabrics can be picked up for a fraction of
their original cost.
When you have children the clothing budget can be almost enough to
break the bank. They require an ever changing wardrobe as trends, and
their sizes, change.
Shopping thrift stores for a large bulk of your
children’s clothing purchases can mean that they are able to wear name
brand items that you would otherwise be unable to afford. It also
insures that additional monies are available when needed for extra
special purchases elsewhere and that makes for a win-win situation for
It is also nice to know that when you shop at your local thrift, or
Goodwill store, that you are providing much needed to funding for those
less fortunate. Most funds that are garnered from local thrift stores
are used within the community to provide much needed food, and services,
to those who may not otherwise be able to afford those luxuries. It is
just one more reason why everyone should take the time to cruise through their local thrift stores.