THRIFT STORE 101


HELLO Y'ALL SO I'M EXCITED TO SHARE SOME TIPS OF MINE WHEN I GO THRIFT STORE SHOPPING, MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS ALWAYS TELL ME OMGOSH WHERE DID YOU GET THAT--- WAIT---- THRIFT STORE HUH ------ MOST OF THE TIME YES I MEAN THERE IS SOME GREAT STUFF AT THE THRIFT STORES SOMETIMES EVEN CHEAP DESIGNER STUFF.

SO THRIFT STORES ARE NOT FOR EVERYONE. I GET IT, KINDA WELL NOT REALLY BECAUSE AT THE END OF THE DAY IT'S JUST CLOTHES ONE DAY YOU WILL DONATE IT OR THROW IT AWAY. OK DON'T GET ME WRONG GOING TO THE  MALL IS NICE TOO BUT WHEN YOUR ON A BUDGET BUT STILL WANT TO LOOK GOOD WHY NOT GIVE THE THRIFT STORE A CHANCE AND WHEN YOUR ONLY WEARING IT ONCE TO A WEDDING HECK SAVE SOME MONEY AND GO SHOPPING TO THE MALL WITH THE MONEY YOU SAVED OR PAY YOUR BILLS YUP PAY YOUR BILLS BETTER LOL. OF COURSE YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO TO THE MALL THERE IS MARSHALLS AND ROSS ETC.


OK FIRST I'M NOT A CHEAP ASS OR NOT CLASSY---UMMM I LIKE TO SAVE MONEY AND USE IT LATER TO GO OUT WITH FRIENDS OR INVEST IN MY BUSINESS AKA THIS BLOG OR BUY SPRINKLES CUPCAKES YASSSSSSS-----BUT I'M VERY CREATIVE AND LIKE TO USE VINTAGE STUFF AND PUT AN OUTFIT TOGETHER OR REMOVE SOME PIECES TO MAKE IT MODERN TO MY TOUCH AKA MY STYLE LOL. WHO DOESN'T WANT TO SAVE MONEY I MEAN THAT WOULD BE DUMB IF YOU DON'T LOL.



I LOVE THRIFT SHOPPING!


IF YOUR NEW TO THRIFT SHOPPING EMBRACE YOURSELF IT'S OVERWHELMING AND EXCITING AT FIRST. WHO AM I KIDDING IT'S ALWAYS LIKE THAT AT LEAST FOR ME.

OK SO I'VE LEARNED A FEW THINGS BEING A THRIFT STORE LOVER AND MOST LIKELY YOU HAVE GONE MANY TIMES BUT IT JUST SEEMS LIKE YOU NEVER FIND THE GOOD STUFF WELL GRAB A SNACK OR WINE OR BOTH NO JUDGEMENT HERE. CHEERS!

TIP 1: BE POSITIVE AND IMAGINE YOUR GOING TO FIND SOME GREAT THINGS!

YUP YOU MIGHT THINK WAIT WHAT----YES WHEN YOUR POSTIVE AND IMAGINE YOU WILL FIND GREAT THINGS YOUR SENDING THAT ENERGY THAT YOU WILL. THIS CAN APPLY TO LOTS OF THINGS IN LIFE ACTUALLY BUT FOR NOW WHEN I GO THRIFT STORE SHOPPING I ALWAYS SAY I'M GOING TO FIND SOME GREAT THINGS AND I ALWAYS DO ACTUALLY I FIND A LOT MORE THAN I EXPECT BUT THEN I'M LIKE WHYYYY NEED MORE MONEY LOL

TIP 2: HAVE PATIENCE.

BOY OH BOY IF YOU DON'T SORRY THIS IS NOT FOR YOU! MOST THRIFT STORES HAVE SECTIONS FROM SIZES AND CATEGORIES WHICH IS GOOD BUT THERE IS SO MANY UNIQUE ONE PIECES/SETS SO YOU CAN'T ASK IF THEY HAVE THIS IN THE BACK LOL BECAUSE ALL THESE THINGS ARE DONATED. SO YOU HAVE TO LOOK THROUGH EVERY PIECE. TAKE YOUR TIME BECAUSE PEOPLE HIDE THINGS AND PLEASE DON'T HIDE THINGS YOUR LEAVING THAT ENERGY OF FEAR THAT SOMEONE WILL GET IT. MOST LIKELY IT WILL BE GONE NEXT TIME YOU COME, SOMETIMES IF IT'S A POPULAR THRIFT STORE. I LEAVE THINGS WHERE THEY ARE BECAUSE THEY GET SO MUCH THINGS THEY PUT IT ON THE RACKS AND THINGS MOVE AROUND.

TIP 3: EAT BEFORE YOU GO

TRUST ME IF YOU KNOW YOUR GOING FOR A WHILE EAT BECAUSE YOUR STANDING AND WALKING FOR A WHILE AND THEN YOUR HEAD HURTS AND YOU CAN'T FOCUS. EVEN IF YOU SAY NA I'M GOING IN REAL QUICK---NO EAT LOL BECAUSE YOUR NOT GOING TO BE THERE REAL QUICK LOL.

TIP 4: TAKE YOUR ALLERGY PILLS/ HAND SANTIZER/ HAND WIPES

THESE ARE DONATED CLOTHES YOU DON'T KNOW WHERE THEY HAVE BEEN----I KNOW GROSS WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT. SOMETIMES THINGS EVEN HAVEN'T BEEN TOUCHED AND DUST BUILDS UP. I ALWAYS USE HAND WIPES AFTER I LEAVE THE STORE BECAUSE THERE ISN'T RESTROOMS IN THE STORE AND I'M A CLEAN FREAK LOL WEIRD THOUGH BECAUSE I SHOP AT A PLACE THAT IS NOT REALLY CLEAN HUH BUT HEY I'M NOT DELICATE LOL AS LONG AS I CLEAN MY HANDS AFTER I'M GOOD.

TIP 5: WASH CLOTHES

LIKE I SAID DUST BUILDS UP OR ALSO THINGS FALL ON THE FALL. WE DON'T WANT YOU GETTING A RASH. WHICH LEADS ME TO SAY WHERE EVER YOU SHOP IN THE MALLS OR THRIFT STORE YOU SHOULD ALWAYS WASH THE CLOTHES YOU BOUGHT BECAUSE PEOPLE TRY IT ON, IT FALLS ON THE FLOOR. I HAVE RETAIL EXPERIENCE AND WHEN WE WOULD RESTOCK THINGS IT WOULD FALL ALL THE TIME ON THE FLOOR.

TIP 6: CARRY CASH

YES MOSTLY EVERY THRIFT STORE ACCEPTS DEBT AND CREDIT BUT SOME DON'T. DON'T BE THE ONE THAT YOU FIND SOMETHING GOOD BUT THEY ACCEPT CASH ONLY OR THE SYSTEM IS DOWN----- IT SUCKS  BECAUSE THAT PIECE MOSTLY LIKELY WON'T BE THERE NEXT TIME. I GOT YOUR BACK THOUGH SO YA CARRY CASH.

TIP 7: DISCOUNTS

DISCOUNTS BUT THRIFT STORES ARE SUPER CHEAP. YES, THRIFT STORE PRICES ARE LOW BUT THRIFT STORE OFFER DISCOUNTS. MORE SAVING YASSSSS PLEASE. SO IF YOUR A STUDENT, SENIOR(NOT HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR) THERE ARE DISCOUNTS ON CERTAIN DAYS MAKE SURE TO CALL OR GO ON THE WEBSITE OF THE STORE YOUR GOING TO AND ASK WHEN THEY HAVE IT. SIGN UP FOR THEIR EMAIL LIST AND YOU GET A CERTAIN PERCENTAGE OFF NEXT TIME YOU SHOP. I LIKE THE EMAIL BECAUSE THEY LET YOU KNOW WHEN THEY HAVE SPECIAL OFFERS GOING ON. LIKE IN GOODWILL THEY HAVE A WEEKLY COLOR DEAL. A CERTAIN COLOR ON THE ITEM WILL GET A DISCOUNT IT'S NOT EVERY ITEM IN THE STORE FYI.  THEY HAVE A CERTAIN PERCENTAGE DISCOUNT. SOME THINGS 50% OR MORE IT DEPENDS.

TIP 8: FINAL SALE

EVERYTHING IS FINAL SALE SO YOU CAN'T RETURN I MEAN THIS STUFF IS DONATED SO IT MAKES SENSE YOU CAN'T RETURN-----SO MAKE SURE IT FITS YOU OR YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR GOING TO WEAR IT WITH. IF YOU DON'T IT'S COOL TOO I GUESS BUT WHY WASTE MONEY. I MEAN THINGS DON'T COST THAT MUCH BUT THIS IS 2016 DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY LOL.

TYPES OF THRIFT STORES:

YOUR PROBABLY WONDERING THERE IS TYPES UMM YES. ONE BECAUSE OF LOCATIONS. SOME THRIFT STORES ARE IN MUCH WEALTHIER LOCATIONS SO THEY CHARGE A LITTLE MORE SOME TIMES IT'S THE SAME PRICE AS SOME THINGS AT THE MALL WHICH DOESN'T MAKE SENSE BUT SOME TIMES ITS A REALLY GOOD CONDITION DESIGN/VINTAGE PIECE. DON'T GET SCARIED THOUGH MOST HAVE VERY LOW PRICES AND YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO TO GHETTO PLACES TO GET THEM. DON'T GET SHOT FOR CLOTHES. YOU CAN FIND GREAT THINGS IN GOOD LOCATIONS TOO. I'M NOT A HUGE DESIGNER PERSON I MEAN I RESPECT THE DESIGNER IF IT'S A GOOD DESIGN AND IT'S GREAT QUALITY AND IF IT'S NOT A $5 BAG AND IT'S $35 THEN YA I'LL PAY IT BECAUSE IT'S GOOD COMPARED TO THE ORIGINAL OF $600 THEN LOOK HOW MUCH YOU JUST SAVED.
THERE IS THRIFT STORES THAT YOU CAN SELL YOUR CLOTHES FOR CASH OR GET STORE CREDIT (DEE LUX) ALTHOUGH I DIDN'T LIKE HOW THEY HANDLED STUFF IN THE CLAREMONT LOCATION MAYBE THE ONE IN SANTA ANA YOU COULD BE IN LUCK. FIRST BE CAREFUL BECAUSE THEY ARE PICKY(EMPLOYEES) THEY BUY STUFF IN THE SEASON THEY ARE IN AND IF IT'S IN GOOD CONDITION.
THRIFT TYPE 1: DESIGNER PIECES/ VINTAGE/ COUTURE/ CROSSROADS
THRIFT TYPE 2: DEE LUX/ BUFFALO EXCHANGE/ PLATOS CLOSET
THRIFT TYPE 3: GOOD WILLS/THRIFT STORES

THERE IS SOME THRIFT STORES THAT HAVE COUTURE PIECES (WHICH MEANS THEY ONLY MADE ONE SO IT'S REALLY A ONE OF A KIND) WHICH CAN BE SOME WHAT OF PRICEY BUT MAN OH MAN SOME COUTURE PIECES ARE SO BEAUTIFUL THEY ARE HANDMADE----HANDMADE PEOPLE. YOU CAN FIND MANY UNIQUE PIECES IN THRIFT STORES. FOR EXAMPLE I FOUND AN EXPRESS UNUSED  BLOUSE THAT ORIGINALLY WAS $60 BUT I GOT IT FOR $6 THE TAGS WERE STILL ON. SOME PEOPLE HAVE SO MUCH STUFF THEY DONATE IT. ALSO IF YOUR IN THE HOLLYWOOD AREA TV/MOVIE STUDIOS THEY DONATE A LOT OF STUFF FROM SETS. I KNOW YASSSSS GIRL/GUY LOL. THE THING IS TO BUY SIMPLE PIECES SO IT CAN BE USED FOR DIFFERENT OUTFITS AND LAST YOU A LONG TIME.  YOU DON'T HAVE TO GET JUST SIMPLE BUT THRIFT STORES HAS A LOT OF BEAUTIFUL UNIQUE PIECES/PATTERNS. HAVE FUN WITH YOUR PIECES. DO YOU! YOUR GOING TO WEAR IT MAKE IT YOUR OWN IT'S YOUR STYLE SO IF IT'S NOT THE TREND WHO CARES LIKE I SAY DO YOU. I LIKE WHEN PEOPLE MAKE IT THEIR OWN BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT MAKES IT THEIR STYLE.  ALSO REMEMBER A LOT OF PIECES ARE FROM THE 80'S, 90'S OR EVEN FARTHER SO TRY ON BECAUSE SIZES BACK THEN WERE DIFFERENT THEN THE SIZES NOWADAYS. REMEMBER THINGS ARE MEANT TO BE USED.

I HOPE THIS HELPED YOU!
HERE IS SOME PIECES I'VE GOTTEN AT THRIFT STORES.
YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND PIECES SIMLIAR TO THESE WHEN YOU GO THRIFTING.
MAKE IT YOUR OWN!

From my Heart to Yours

WISHING YOU LOTS OF LOVE & SWEETNESS
AMANDA BERNADETTE

HATS: YOU WILL FIND LOTS OF HATS AND CAPS.

 BACKPACKS: GREAT QUALITY BACKPACKS. BACK THEN THEY DID QUALITY STUFF MORE THAN THESE DAYS.
 BEACH/PICNIC BAGS: THERE IS A LOT OF THIS SAME STYLE AND SOMETIMES BIGGER.
 PURSES: I LOVE THESE PURSES AND GUESS WHAT THEY HAVE LOTS OF THEM LIKE THIS.
 BLOUSES/SHIRTS: THE NEW EXPRESS BLOUSE I FOUND. OK THERE IS A LOT OF SHIRTS AND BLOUSES LIKE MORE THAN MOSTLY EVERYTHING HERE.
 JEANS: LOTS OF HIGH WAISTED JEANS BUT THOSE ARE FROM THE 80'S SO THE ZIPPER IS REALLY LONG AND LOOKS WEIRD BUT SOME TIMES YOU WILL FIND A GOOD ONE. OTHER THAN THAT YOU WILL FIND LOTS OF JEANS FOR SURE.
 PANTS: VELVET PANTS, PATTERN PANTS, SLACKS ALSO. I ALTERED THESE PANTS BECAUSE I'M SHORT AND THESE WERE SO LONG.
 PENCIL SKIRTS: YOUR LOOKING FOR WORK SKIRTS GO TO A THRIFT STORE. YOU WILL FIND NEAT PATTERNS LIKE THIS NOT JUST ON SKIRTS BUT PANTS AND SWEATERS. LIKE ON FLANNELS.
 DRESS: LOTS OF DRESSES EVEN EVENING DRESSES OF COURSE YOU MAY HAVE TO TAKE THE SHOULDER PADS AWAY LIKE WHAT WAS THE 80'S THINKING LOL. MOST OF THE COOL PATTERNS ARE ON DRESSES, SHIRTS.
 JACKETS: VERY FEW BUT WHEN YOU DO IT'S GOOD ONES
 KNITS: THIS IS ALL CASHMERE AND I FORGOT TO PHOTOGRAPH MY OTHER OLD NAVY KNIT HOODIE SWEATER BUT OMGOSH LOTS OF KNITS PERFECT FOR AUTUMN AND WINTER. CHRISTMAS UGLY SWEATERS GO TO A THRIFT STORE.
 COATS: VERY FEW IN WOMANS SECTIONS BUT A GOOD AMOUNT IN MENS SECTION. ALSO YOU WILL FIND WINTER COATS FOR THE SNOW AND SNOWBOARDING PANTS SOMETIMES.

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