Wednesday, October 17, 2012

What I Wore & 7 Thrifting Tips


 Sunnies: F21
Top: F21 (Thrifted)
Bracelet: Alfani (Macys)
Ring: Charming Charlies
 Jeans: American Eagle (Thrifted)
Sandals: Calvin Klein (TJ Maxx)
Handbag: Kathy Van Zeeland (TJ Maxx)

1. Go regularly
Thrift stores put out new inventory daily, so it pays to go in frequently for great finds. 
I try and go at least once a week. 

2. Sale & discount days 
Find out if the Thrift store has sale/discount days were you can get a percentage off of certain items or your total purchase. My "go-to" Thrift Store on Tuesdays and Fridays are 25% each item with my rewards card. On Thursdays, its 50% off red marked tags. Score!

3. Keep an open mind
Sometimes Thrifting can be very overwhelming and you can run across items that you think wont fit or maybe a home decor piece that is a little roughed up. Don't pay attention to sizes. You can always find something that's a little to big or small that will only need minor alteration to make it work! As far as home decor there is always paint!

4. Keep a wish list of wants and needs
I have a small notebook in my purse that I keep a list of items I am on the lookout for.

5. Only buy what you really love 
I double check my finds before going through the checkout just to make sure that everything I'm purchasing I love and know I will wear it or use it. Most Thrift stores only accept exchange if you need to return something. I have made the mistake many times of not trying clothes on and getting home and having it not fit. So make sure you love it and it fits!

6. Dig...dig...dig!!
This is probably the most important tip. Thrift stores have massive amounts of "stuff"
It's not like a regular store that you can just go into, see something and buy it right away. 
For the most part most Thrift stores organize it in sections (jeans, long-sleeve tops, short-sleeve tops, dresses, skirts) but you have to dig to find the treasures. Most of the brands I find a lot of are Juicy, Banana Republic, GAP, Ann Taylor, F21, and BCBG. I pay anywhere from $3-$8 a top.

7. Look over each item and question each item before buying
Take a look at the item and make sure there are no rips, tears or stains before buying.
I also make sure that I will really wear the item I am buying. When Thrifting, I have found it to be so easy to just buy something just to buy it because its such a great deal. I don't do that anymore! Now I picture what I could wear it with and how much use I will get out of it. You don't want to buy something to have it just sit in your closet!

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At October 18, 2012 at 6:21 AM , Blogger Citrus - Refreshing Fashion said...

we thought alike today on thrifting tips! love ur great finds :)


At October 18, 2012 at 7:22 AM , Blogger Kimberly Bonham said...

Thanks Meghan!

At October 18, 2012 at 7:43 AM , Blogger emily said...

What thrift store has a rewards card?!?! And those discount days?! Name Brand Exchange and Plato's Closet are my two fav's and I almost always find stuff at those.

At October 18, 2012 at 7:47 AM , Blogger Kimberly Bonham said...

Yeah! It's called SAVERS.
I have heard of both. There is a Name Brand Exchange in Mesa. Wanna go sometime soon with me???!!!

At October 18, 2012 at 10:06 AM , Blogger Kristen said...

Great tips! I'm horrible at thrifting! I can't ever find anything! Love the striped sweater and always love a good pair of flared jeans!

At October 18, 2012 at 12:25 PM , Blogger LeahJo said...

I wish I had more good thrift stores around me. The ones that are close do not carry good items and I hardly ever find something that I would want. It's a bummer because I really enjoy thrifting.
That sweater is really cute. love the stripes!

At October 18, 2012 at 1:55 PM , Blogger Sola ante el espejo said...

Cute look!!!


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