Over the past couple of weeks my friend Liz and I have been hitting up the best thrift stores in Columbus to create a list of tips and stores for you guys! (Of course we did a little shopping while we were at it as well). Liz and I became friends through blogging. She is a very trendy lifestyle and mommy blogger who also shares the same love of bargain hunting as I do. Seeing that I am fairly new to Columbus, I reached out to her to see if she could show me the ropes. Liz knows her way around the thrift stores and knows how to work it. She shops every section, finding adorable swimsuits for her daughter to summer jean shorts for herself. We shopped three different stores, Volunteers of America- West Henderson, Ohio Thrift- Upper Arlington, and Goodwill Columbus.
Below are my tips for thrifting. Head over to Liz’s blog for her tips!
1) Be comfortable and patient. Don’t expect the perfect dress right off the bat. You need to give yourself time to dig through the store and try things on. You will not find a gem if you only spend 5 minutes searching. In addition to this is comfort, you need to have your hands free and feel comfortable so that you can focus all your attention on the items.
2) Pay no attention to sizes. Most of us, have our individual size so stuck in our mind that other sizes don’t even exist. If you see something you like try it on. The styles, companies, eras, fabrics are all so different at thrift stores that sizes don’t matter. If I see a pattern, fabric, or style that I like, I try it on. Yes I have tried on some awkwardly fitted clothing, but I have also found amazing pieces that are no where close to my size.
3) Color of the day. Almost every thrift store marks their clothing with colored tags. These colors are a certain percentage off different days of the week. Check out what colors are discounted on what days. If you are on the fence about an item come back on it’s discounted day, if it is still there then it is fate. You can get a $2.99 shirt for 50% off! What a deal.
4) Have fun! Thrift stores have so much merchandise who knows what you might find, so have fun with it. You might find a mermaid trinket that could make for a jewelry holder or a goofy hat that would be a great prop for a party or halloween costume. So just remember don’t take everything too seriously 😉
I love a good bargain and this outfit shows it. Besides the two items that were gifted to me, The rest of the outfit was all thrifted and on sale. The Old Navy knitted shirt I’ve had since high school and wear it all year round. In the summer I’ll wear it as a bathing suit cover up and in the winter I layer it to look more like a sweater. My sisters have borrowed it a couple times as well 😉 so it has gone a long way for $10 on sale!
Many of these pieces have also been featured in other outfits earlier on in my blog. Wearing the same clothing doesn’t mean you have to be an outfit repeater, just find different items to wear it with and no one will know! Outfit breakdown below:
Scarf: Scotch and Soda //
Jacket: Target //
Top: Old Navy //
Jeans: Goodwill // BDG jeans: $10
Boots: Rummage Sale //
Necklace: Waxxpot //
Sunglasses: Street Vendor //
Earrings: Street Vendor //
POSTED IN: bargains
, cowboy boots
, Old Navy
, scotch and soda
, winter style
The Bullseye of Ohio, Columbus. My newest Target look came with even more deals than I expected. The sweater, scarf, and booties were all on Target’s discount app, Cartwheel. What I love about Cartwheel is I was able to get markdowns on some of their new merchandise! 15, 20, 25% may not sound like a lot but it sure does add up. Only other thing I love more than finding bargains, is getting to wear those bargains! Strut your stuff and show that style confidence.
Target Merona striped sweater: $13.59 with Cartwheel 20% off sweater deal
Target Mossimo black shorts: $19.99
Target gold polka dot scarf: $12.47 with Cartwheel 15% outerwear deal
Target Sam & Libby booties: $26.25 with Cartwheel 25% shoes
Goodwill black dress jacket: $4.99
Goodwill white clutch: $2.99
Goodwill green belt: $1.99
POSTED IN: discount
, fall fashion
, sam & ellis
, Target Cartwheel
, Target Style
I adore getting all dolled up and wish I had more events to go to that I could wear this fabulous coat. My vintage gold opera coat makes me feel glamourous and classy. Since I was young, I loved shopping at vintage clothing stores, it challenged me to get lost in another era and their fashion. Cool thing with vintage clothing is almost all trends from the past resurface as styles in the future, a renovation of style if you will.
Treasures and Trivia vintage opera gold coat: $20- One of my favorite pieces!
Burlington Coat Factory black heels: $9.99
Goodwill sequin purse: $2.99
Stella and Dot chain necklace: $49.99
* Treasures and Trivia is one of my favorite rummage sales. I volunteered at the annual sale for about 7 years before leaving for college. It is put on by the Pasadena Guild of Children’s Hospital and last all weekend! This year it is on October 24th, so if you are in the Pasadena area, I highly suggest going. A great cause and amazing clothes.
POSTED IN: bargain
, burlington coat factory
, renovation of style
, Stella and Dot
, Treasures and Trivia