Hey everyone! For those of you who don't know me, I loooove a good deal!! And for those of you who do, you know this well! Hence, my frequent trips to thrift and consignment stores. I try to check out the thrift stores at least once a week, just to see if anything new is there. I know for some there is a stigma attached to shopping in a thrift store, I say get over it!! Really, in this current economy if you can find a pair of designer shoes for $3.97 that have barely been worn, GO FOR IT!! I noticed the thrift store are more crowded now, more than ever before. You will find folks from ALL walks of life there. I do have a few tips that may help you in finding good deals and ways to navigate.
1. Find out if the stores have specials!
I have a Salvation Army in my area that offers 50% off of clothes on Wednesdays. WOW! The clothes are already cheap. Call your local store to find out.Also check their hours, and I find weekdays are always less crowded.
2. Know what your looking for before you go in!!
Or else you will be OVERWHELMED. If you need black pants, you can focus on that. Look the pieces you choose over thoroughly. Look for stains, missing buttons and tears. Some stores have clothes never worn with tags on them!!
3.Dont feel like you have to buy somethng!
Thirft and consignment shopping is hit and miss. Sometimes you win, sometimes you dont! That's why I enjoy it, it's like a treasure hunt!
4.Know the charity you are supporting!
Goodwill industries- Provides vocational rehabilitation for the disabled.
Salvation Army- Offers shelter, food job training, and spiritual guidance to the poor.
So it's a win win situation! You get deeply dicounted items, while supporting a cause. Also, dont forget to give back and keep the cycle going! If you or your kids are in betwen sizes, donate to your local thrift store, so someone else can benefit.
I hope these tips help, please comment and let me know what suggestions you may have!
P.S Check out the photo's of some of my finds. My Nine West red flats, My super cute wrap dress, and my Calvin Klein platforms! All for under $5.00 each!! Check back to see what else I might find!
- wonderfullymademama :)
- Charlotte, NC, United States
- I love a great deal and hate paying full price for things! I would love to share budget busting tips and ways to save on this blog. I am the mother of a son who drives and inspires me. I love and enjoy my family and friends. I want all mama's to remember that you are fearfully and wonderfully made. "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.Psalm 139:14 -Lets form a global network for "mamas". We can share tips,encouragement, support for wonderfully made mama's no matter what stage you are in life...Know that you don't have to have a biological child to be a "mama" you could be a spiritual mama to someone, or even a mama to a four legged friend!!
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Don't you feel like saying this to folks sometimes? Most of us have people close to us who can relate to what we are going through, but some people haven't a clue!! Life can be overwhelming when your a mother, a significant other, student,wife, employee and all around superwoman! Oh yes! Let us not forget there are the breadwinner's, the caregivers and the encouraging ones. Everyone has a different path, everyone has a different struggle. The thing we share in common, I believe is that sometimes you feel like you are in it alone and nobody understands! This couldn't be further from the truth. Just take a minute and realize somebody out there in this world has to be feeling something similar. This helps me realize, nobody is ever completely alone in their feelings. Maybe this website can be a forum for those feelings and ways to express them!Let's take the journey together. Let me know what you think.....