{style on a budget} how to shop at thrift stores: part one

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I have always been a bargain hunter.  I love sales, clearance aisles, garage sales, and let’s be honest — one of my favorite days of the year is big item trash pick up day!  (The things people will throw away…)

For me thrift store shopping is a natural thing.  It only makes sense that I would buy the same item at a discounted price, but I know there are people out there that maybe haven’t figured out how to do it, or who get intimidated by the idea of trying to wade through a large thrift store packed with items.  This post is for you!

I am going to give you a quick break down of how I shop at a local thrift store…

Here are a few items I normally look for when shopping:

All of these items are extremely common and also inexpensive :)

I recently visited my local Savers and found a few items that caught my eye:

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Drinking Glasses & Mugs: Oh drinking glasses, why must you all be so cute? I seem to have a problem with buying too many cups so I had to pass on these this time, but these glasses are so sweet and simple! They would be great for a casual dinner, and at .49 cents a piece who could pass them up? And don’t worry at all about buying glasses used. Just a quick cycle in the dishwasher and they are good as new!

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Photo Frames: Savers is a gold mine for photo frames.  This entire wall is full of different sizes and shapes of frames, and the highest price I found on them was $4.99. If you like the bones of the frame don’t be afraid to paint it to give it a fresh new look!  Just remove the glass and use some acrylic, oil or spray paint to add on your new favorite color or gloss.

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Decorative Accents: I love these little guys!  I have really been into brass candlesticks lately and I hit the jackpot here!  In case you were wondering they ALL came home with me.  (At $0.99-1.99 each, it wasn’t exactly breaking the bank.)

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Books & Records: I love the book section in this store! Usually the books are priced at around 1.50 a piece and if you purchase 4 you get 1 for free! When it comes to using them for decorating I like to check out the vintage and collectable section — they usually have some really great character to them!

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Below I have a photo of a vase with some terrible fake flowers.  I think a lot of times people shy away from these items because they look tacky, but the vase itself is actually pretty cute, and at $3.99 that is a pretty great deal. I can already picture a sweet little succulent planted in it!

Style on a Budget: How to Shop at Thrift Stores | Gimmesomestyleblog.com

Style on a Budget: How to Shop at Thrift Stores | Gimmesomestyleblog.com

Other items people normally seem to avoid are the linens. I definitely think it is important to properly clean your used purchase, but once you wash them you end up with a pretty great find! This adorable blanket was priced at $7.99, and the pattern reminds me of something you might easily find at Urban Outfitters.  I just might have to go back for this one!

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Here’s a close up photo of the pattern — love it!

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Cookware & Dishes: I found this sweet cup and saucer set and almost took it home with me.  It could be such a fun little set to entertain with or even to give away as a gift — the feather pattern along the edge is so great!  Plus, the whole set was only $6.99.  Can’t beat that!

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These are just a few ideas that hopefully get your brain in gear to find your own deals!  I know sometimes for me all it takes is a little direction to get started.  Just remember, look for what YOU like!

Another thing to keep in mind is that a lot of times stores will run specials.  On the day I was at Savers they were running a “Spend $20.00 and get 25% off” deal!  They also have a rewards card that is free and includes some great savings.  It’s worth the extra time to find out when stores are having sales.  Sometimes you can really save big!

What about you guys?  Anyone found a great deal lately?  What are some of your favorite thrift stores?  Am I the only one who buys too many drinking glasses?

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Liz Stevens

My name is Liz. I dwell in the "Paris of the Plains" (aka Kansas City) and am married to my highschool sweetheart. Together we have a dog named Veda and a 1976 VW bus. Both of which we love like they are our children. :) I write about all things pretty. I hope to leave people feeling hopeful and inspired as I share my little ideas with the interweb. Enjoy! Follow me on Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.

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  1. ali — November 11, 2012 @ 1:39 pm (#)

    Adorable!!! I so want that blanket! :-)

    • liz — November 11, 2012 @ 5:00 pm (#)

      I may have gone back and gotten it already… :)

  2. melissa — November 11, 2012 @ 3:48 pm (#)

    I love this whole post! I am an avid thrifter myself. I love the ideas. I wish we had a Savers here because VOA is expensive.

    • liz — November 11, 2012 @ 4:59 pm (#)

      Thanks Melissa!
      I do love our savers! Maybe one will come to your area soon! They seem like they are expanding rapidly! :)

  3. Becca — November 12, 2012 @ 12:13 am (#)

    I love this! I am so excited for you as you begin this journey in the “blogging world”. You inspire me and I’m so proud to call you my sister!! Can’t wait to read all of your posts and be even more inspired :).

    • liz — November 12, 2012 @ 9:32 am (#)

      Thanks Becca! You are the best :)

    • ali — November 12, 2012 @ 10:11 am (#)

      Aw, I didn’t know you had a sister too! Love the sister love! :)

  4. bet — November 12, 2012 @ 8:01 am (#)

    i can’t wait to check out that savers now, liz. especially for vintage books!!

    as far as too many glasses–i started buying single glasses in patterns i like (at thrift stores, of course) rather than an entire matching set. it makes me so happy and allows me to keep adding to my collection without completely running out of space. :)

    • liz — November 12, 2012 @ 9:31 am (#)

      That is the best idea! I may have to do that! I always seem to buy huge sets and then fill up the whole cabinet… one at a time would give me so many options!

    • bet — November 12, 2012 @ 1:23 pm (#)

      you could do a glass swap where everyone displays their sets and leaves with their very own eclectic assortment of glassware! :)

    • stefanie phelps — November 12, 2012 @ 9:52 am (#)

      Love the idea of single glasses of all types. I too like Liz have the problem of stocking up when I come across them. Ask my husband! If I bring two home I have to get rid of 4! Great post Liz! lOve savers!

  5. Debbie — November 12, 2012 @ 9:46 pm (#)

    Great blog, Elizabeth! I will definitely enjoy reading and keeping up with your posts!

  6. Marge Lawler — November 13, 2012 @ 6:03 pm (#)

    Great blog! You are the cutest! Fun and inspiring!!

  7. Mary — November 24, 2012 @ 10:27 pm (#)

    You’ve inspired me! Must go when I can take my time! Sans kids.

  8. gemma — April 11, 2014 @ 7:13 am (#)

    That cup and saucer set is so cute. It would be perfect for an English tea party where everyone sips from the little tea cups and eat cucumber sandwiches. Or Victorian themed and the tea can be served from a Victorian silver teapot and everyone sips elegantly! Ahhhh

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