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Have I ever told you how much I hate thrift stores? Like I HATE them. There are several reasons for this:

  1. They smell bad. Honestly, this is probably the biggest reason. All thrift stores smell the same and it’s gross and I feel like I need a shower after.
  2. I’m not much of one for the hunt. When I shop, I head straight to the clearance section – there are either things I like there or not, and I move on. At thrift stores you have to sort through all the trash to MAYBE find one thing you like. It’s too much work. (On a related note, I refuse to eat wings or ribs or fried chicken for the same reason – too much work.)
  3. I don’t think the prices are actually that great. When I can buy new things for the same price or less (as I regularly do), I would rather. Of course, there is that chance you might find a high end label that is new/barely used for a steal – but, for my opinions on that, see #2.

However, because I do have a limited budget, sometimes I just have to hold my nose and go into thrift stores. This happened recently because I’m looking for a specific piece of furniture and just can’t bring myself to pay several hundred dollars for something I have to assemble on my own. And new, already-assembled furniture is out of my price range at this point. So…hey, Good Will!

Naturally, I did not find what I was looking for, but on the way out, I noticed a sequin dress on the mannequin by the front door. So, of course, I got sucked in by something sparkly. I’m glad, though, because $6 for a sequin dress is a good price, even by my standards

Since I was already hooked, I just gave in and started browsing. Most was nothing I’d be interested in, but I did find the pants below, which are destined to become a new favorite.
Light blue, silk, floral pants with multiple colors in the patternย  to mix and match, and a super comfortable drawstring waist that’s also not frumpy looking? Sign me up.
These pants are actually not my best thrift store find – one time I got a Louis Vuitton garment bag (which, I’ve never used, but I own!) for $10.25. But, I like them a lot.

What’s your best thrift store/yard sale find? Do you like the thrill of the hunt, or are you more of an efficient shopper like me?

3 Comments

  1. Thrift & Consignment stores are my crack these days. I love clothes, shoes and all things girly a bit too much and unfortunately that 100k a year salary has just not appeared at this point. So the thrill of the ‘hunt’ is what keeps me going. My recent bargain was a pair of MK sandals that have never been worn for $10. There are limitations to my hunting – I just can’t do the whole digging through the bin thing. I do feel like I need a shower at that point – yuck! But finding Coach, MK, and even a Mark Jacobs dress one time make going back an addiction. ๐Ÿ™‚ I even shop on my vacations!

    • Sarah_Beth
      Sarah_Beth

      April 3, 2017 at 5:22 pm

      Well, I can’t argue with results, Kara! And you always have fun clothes, so well-done!!

  2. Hahaha, yeah I hear you there, Sarah Beth concerning thrift stores. Most of them always have that “moldy” or “basement” kind of smell, which is kind of gross. I mean, sure you can find some pretty decent articles of clothing there for a fraction of the original price, which is good. But when you think about who may have worn the clothes beforehand, no matter how many times your wash it as soon as you get home, well…
    But every so often, I manage to find something that’s really good there.

    And I chuckled to myself when you mentioned not eating ribs, wings or fried chicken because it’s too much work. I feel the same way about steak; I don’t like all the chewing. I prefer hamburgers. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Great look for your outfit! The light blue in your pants seems just right. ๐Ÿ™‚

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