Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Thrift shopping necessities

So for the last couple of years I've been going and doing the 50% off Labor Day sale at a couple of local thrift shops with a good friend.  I have learned from each experience and don't want to brag, but I think I have my shopping experience down to an art.

First off - a tank top and a skirt are a necessity as long as it's warm enough.  It totally was today.  This way, you don't have to stand in long lines to try stuff on.  I pull stuff on over the tank and pants I can pull up under the skirt.  We just find a corner - usually in bedding because that aisle doesn't seem too crowded, and just do a quick change right there.

Also a necessity are sandals - easy to slip off if you do find good enough looking shoes to try on and take home.  I don't have tons of luck thrifting shoes but a big part of that is, I'm picky.  They have to look relatively new. 

The last necessity is a good crossbody bag.  I want to be hands free when I'm digging the racks and I don't want a big bag in the way.  I have learned this the hard way in the past, but I finally have that part figured out! I got this bag just this weekend when my ModCloth order showed up - it's my first ever order, I shopped their big summer sale and the box came on Saturday.   Girlfriend needs a shopping ban now!

Anyway, this worked out perfectly - we only made it to two stores before we were shopped out, but I was pleased with my purchases, you'll see more of those soon too.  Like I said, it may be time for another shopping ban....

Outfit rundown:
Tank top - Mossimo, Target
Skirt - LOFT thrifted
Sandals - Italian Shoe Company, DSW
Purse - ModCloth
Jewelry - S&D


  1. Simple outfit for the marathon of thrift shopping. Can't wait to see what you got!

  2. I hope you found some great bargains! I went to four thrift stores, but was very good and only spent $20 total! Lots of cute summer clothes, when I was looking for fall! :) I hope you had a fun day!

  3. love that bag! xoxo linds http://www.rubygirlblog.com/

  4. That's a super sensible thrifting outfit! AND I love the new crossbody bag, Beth! The pattern on the fabric is so cute.
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  5. I always go shopping with a crossbody bag on too.. I like to keep my hands free to peruse the racks :)

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  6. I totally understand about the thrifting wear...you have to wear something that you can do sneaky public changes in :D It's a bummer when thrift stores don't have dressing rooms. LOVE your bag soooooo much, it's the best shape and plaid!!!

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  7. A cross body bag is definitely a necessity when doing any kind of shopping. Hands free is the way to go. I haven't been thrifting in so long since I am on a shopping ban, but I am starting to go through withdrawls, lol! Heather

  8. Great tips but... they're not available to me. As much as I'd like to, I can't put on female clothes while shopping in public as a man. It'd be too disruptive. Which is why I eyeball and guess about how clothes will fit. I'm wrong as often as I'm right.

  9. i made it to ARC with eva and that was enough for me. but we got a ton of stuff!! i love your new purse. i have a great one that i wear all the time, but it's getting too small for all that i need in a purse!! (or maybe i just want an excuse to get a new purse!)

  10. Anytime I go shopping, I try to wear shoes that are easy to slip on and off. It's a must!

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  11. I'm with you on the crossbody bag & slip on shoes don't forget to skip the necklace I've made the mistake of that getting in the way. The tank is a good suggestion I will try that next time.

  12. Great tips! I might remember this for any market shopping! I'm so jealous of the modcloth sale- there were so many lovely dresses! Alas!!!!

  13. I love our thrift store shopping days :)

  14. Looks similar to how I dress when thrifting. I always bring slip on shoes that I can stand on and not touch the dirty thrift store floor too. Hope you got some good scores while thrifting. Can't wait to see what you came away with.

  15. You look ready to shop! Now you have to share your purchases.

  16. I can't wait to see what you found!! I think a shopping ban may be in the very near future for me too. :(

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  17. Great structured bag!
    I was itching to go to the Labor Day sale at my thrift store, but called upon all my willpower to not shop.

  18. Yes! We have very similar strategies! I posted about that a while ago. The tank and crossbody bag are musts!

  19. Great tips. I've worn skirts to the thrifts but never tried pants on under them, if I'm trying on pants I usually just wait for a dressing room, just a little too awkward for me. That bag is pretty adorable and I hear you on the shopping ban, pretty sure I need another one too.

  20. I completely agree with everything in this post! Crowds at thrift stores can take such a long time for the fitting rooms- wearing simple, non fussy items is a great tip! I also ADORE that bag! Although, pretty much everything from modcloth is amazing... :)


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