Friday, May 10, 2013

How I Shop at Goodwill

how to shop at goodwill
I buy 90% of my clothes from Goodwill. People are always asking me where I get my sweater from, or my dress, and when I tell them I bought it at a thrift store, they usually say something like:
How do you find anything in that place? I can never find  anything worthwhile in all that junk!
To which I respond by telling them exactly how I peruse Goodwill, and find amazing things...all the time. Usually they roll their eyes. I never understand it.

Anyway, now I'm going to tell you how to shop at Goodwill. ^_^
  1. Go early. No, really! I go to Goodwill usually within 1-2 hours of them opening. This means everything isn't picked over. Now, they do put things out continually all day--so you can get lucky at any time--but I go early. Why is this essential to finding good items? First of all, in the morning their are usually no crowds. Also, everything they put out last night and before they open is still fresh on the shelves. I'm the first person that gets to see it.
  2.  Go frequently. I visit all the Goodwills in my area every week. You may think I'm crazy, but I'll just point you to my wardrobe of amazing pieces that I've collected for a fraction of the cost. Not to mention the resale value of many things I've found, but couldn't wear, or tired of wearing after one season.
  3. Go down every isle. This is non-negotiable. I go down every isle and look at every shirt. That way I don't miss one.
There you go! Put these four things into practice and I'm sure you'll be fashion-forward in no time.
Entire outfit (well, minus leggings) found at my local Goodwill
(Seriously, some of the things I find there I can't believe other people just gave it away. Eh, one man's trash is another man's treasure, I guess ^_^)

Do you have any tips for savvy shopping? Please share! 


Rachel said...

I'm not at all good at shopping at Goodwill or thrift stores in our area, and I'm come to the conclusion that it's because of the sizes I'm looking for. Thrift stores have a lot of normal sizes, but if you are an unusual size, the selection goes down quite a bit. It's not only me, but my cute little husband. In the men's section they'll have 30 size Large dress shirts and only 1 or 0 in XS, which is usually the size Angel needs!

noone said...

I love going to goodwill too and yaa you have to go often for sure! love the tips here, have a great weekend!

Cliffie said...

Because of your post, I know have "Thrift Shop" lyrics in my head... :)

Anonymous said...

These are great thrifting tips! I haven't been in a few weeks, and now I'm itchy to thrift. Maybe when May is over, I will go!

Kristin said...

I seem to mostly be drawn to books, records, and housewares in thrift stores! :) I guess I never really take the time to look through the clothes. Plus, our Goodwill rearranged the clothing by color over the past year. I like it better when they're organized by items (shirts, skirts, coats, etc.)!


Heather said...

When I lived in the Midwest I knew the places to go and get thrifty, but I just haven't taken the time to find them down here. Only been in a Goodwill maybe twice in the last five years? That's crazy now that I think of it! I love the idea of going early!