November 30, 2012

Guest Post: Secrets of a Self-Proclaimed Thriftista

Hello Beauties!

If you didn't know from my last thrifting adventure, thrifting is a passion of mine.  With that said, I'm thrilled that Kara from FabulousNFrugal is sharing some of her thrifting secrets.

Check out her secrets below:

I’m a thriftista and have been thrifting for over fifteen years and want to share some tips to make sure that your next thrifting excursion is productive and fun—whether it’s your first time or your 100th time.

1.  Keep Your Cell Phone Close So You Can Do Quick Searches For Unfamiliar Designers
Come across a cute item, but are not sure that it’s worth the price? Solution: take out your phone and do a quick online search.  During one of my many thrifting missions, I found a Morgan Oakley bag for $7! Before doing an on-spot search to find out that this designer’s bags average upwards of $300 and $400 dollars, I had NO idea who Morgan Oakley was.  But once I learned that I was scoring not just a cute, leather red bag, but a designer, high-end, cute, leather red bag, I was even more excited about the purchase!

2.  Wear Tights or Leggings To Make Trying On Simple
The return policies in thrift stores are basically non-existent and many do not have fitting rooms.  Wearing tights or leggings allows you to slip into skirts, jeans, and pants quickly and takes the guesswork out of figuring out if you should take it with you.

3.  Find Out Your Thrift Stores’ Discount Days
Many thrift stores schedule days where they slash prices on the already discounted items in the store.  Plan your visit around those days and save the extra cash for something else!

4.  Check Out The Men’s and Boys’ Section
Who says that just because you are a lady, you have to shop in the women’s department?  I have found some cute blazers, button-down shirts, and cardigans in the men’s and boys’ departments.
And quiet as kept: some women like to hide their goodies in these department, so they can come back for them when the items are on sale during the discount days.

5.  Shop For the Sole and the Other Soul
If you love reading as much as you love shopping, then make sure you check out the book section of your local thrift store before exiting. From personal experience, I have been introduced to ideas and authors that I would have normally overlooked because the authors were unfamiliar to me and the cover prices of the books were too high. But thanks to my local Salvation Army, I have been able to expand my personal library and body of knowledge without breaking my budget.

6.  Keep It Clean
With all the touching of gently-worn, worn, and straight-up unclean clothes, it’s a smart idea to keep a little hand sanitizer in your bag and use it after your shopping excursion.  And even though it goes without saying, let’s also remember to launder our finds before wearing them.

Kara Stevens is head blogger at FabulousNFrugal, an online home for all things girl power, wealth management, and juicy living. Follow her @fabandfrugal on Twitter. 


  1. Great post & tips, Ashley! I just started thrifting(thanks to my sister) and I like it.

  2. Awesome post. These are some great tips that I will definitely try out when I go to my local thrift shop.

  3. Great tips for a thrifting newbie like me. I am planning to go thrifting for the first time at some point in December. I figure there will be lots of great items as everyone is doing closet clean outs!


  4. thanks for reading, Karen. Yes, I agree. Shopping at the end of the year is good just for that reason.

  5. Thanks for reading, Kara. Happy thrifting!

  6. Thanks for the tips!!!


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