8 Things You Should Always Consider Buying From the Thrift Store


S ome people have weird hang ups about thrifts stores, but I don’t. I cannot tell you how many times people have looked at me bewildered when I’ve mentioned thrifting. I think they equate shopping at the thrift store with being poor and that’s not always the case. I shopped at the thrift store when I had nothing in college and I still shop there now. Here is a list of 8 things you should consider buying from the thrift store.


1. Hangers. I’ll never understand why people buy hangers brand new. Hangers are literally, wiry pieces of metal or plastic that have no value and are never seen. I’ve moved 3 times in the last 3 years and I’ve only bought hangers from the thrift store.

2. Toys. Toys are expensive and I’m not in the business of buying expensive toys that are just going to be broken and forgotten. My kids know the toy section in each thrift store like they know it  in Wal-Mart. One time got a $200 Smart Cycle for $5.00 from the thrift store. I take the toys home, give them a good wash and its Christmas every week around here and the toys they don’t use anymore are donated back.

3. Dishes/Glasses. Most times there isn’t a huge selection of dishware to choose from at department stores. Variety is the thing I love most about thrifting. I’ve gotten some of my best glasses and

Glasses From the Thrift Store
Glasses From the Thrift Store

dishware from the thrift store, each more fabulous than the last. And for those of you thinking “Ew that’s nasty” please don’t act like you bring your own dishes to TGI Fridays. Just run the dishes through the dishwasher before you use them. And they’re good as new.

4. Luggage. Please, please don’t ever buy new luggage. Your luggage is just gonna get banged up or broken or both. Before my mother came to visit us I urged her to buy luggage from the thrift store, but no Zsa Zsa Gabor just had to get fancy new luggage. And just as fate would have it her handle was broken and the airline wouldn’t repair or replace it. Another reason I buy luggage from the thrift store is because I once had a $2.00 suitcase run over by an airplane. They ended up replacing it with a bigger better one which was a win-win for me.

Books at the thrift store
Books for $2 and $3

5. Books! I have discovered some of my favorite books from the thrift store for around $2 or $3, and don’t let me go on a military discount day, its going down. I recently read Small Miracles by Yitta Halberstam. It’s become my new favorite book. You’ll find books on nearly any topic from the thrift store. And if you’re really lucky and they want to purge a bunch of books,  you can get them even cheaper. The thrift store on post is notorious for having 10-cent book sales- and that’s for hard and soft cover books.

6. Picture frames. For some reason picture frames are crazy expensive. I don’t know why 4 chopped up pieces of wood cost so many green pieces of paper. Every picture frame I own has been purchased secondhand either from a thrift store or garage sale and if I don’t like the color of the frame I just spray paint it.

7. Kids clothes.  My kids grow like weeds. Each of them are in or exceed the 85th percentile for height. So that means a lot of growth spurts have been happening around here. Whatever stigma you may have about buying kids’ clothes from the thrift store please throw it out the window. The thrift store is literally a gold mine for kids clothing. A few months back I found Zion a Burberry Sweater for $5.00 at a children’s thrift store. Again I repeat GOLD MINE

8. Home Décor. This can include paintings, wall hangings, vases, and sometimes-even curtains. Curtains are too freaking expensive and if I’m buying them brand new I have to REALLY like them.


Next time you go to the thrift store take the time to really look around. You might be surprised by what your find but you won’t be disappointed. What are some things you buy when shopping at the thrift store?


* Thrift Store=A general term for Goodwill, The Salvation Army or any other local thrift store and/or consignment shop.





  1. I’m glad we were raised to learn the importance of thrifting. So many people go without in order to buy new, not realizing they could buy more and spend less by going second hand. I think to encourage them but I guess if you’ve never been introduced to it, the concept could be hard to digest. Especially, if you associate used with unclean. Oh well! Hopefully you’ll help them see the light!

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      I know! I’m so glad I understand what’s important to buy new and what can be bought secondhand. I’ve bought some really nice and unique things from thrift stores that I could never find at a regular store. Some people don’t understand the fun and savings in thrifting and they may in fact be the real less fortunate lol.

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      Welcome Raki! Goodwill is also my go to store first. Please check out the luggage next time you’re there, it will save you tons! #BMLGirls!

  2. Absolutely! I like thrifting. There is an exciting feeling that l get when l can buy my son 5 toys for the price of one. A few weeks ago l happen to find an upholstered toddler recliner at an upscale child resale shop for $30! Thirty freakin bucks! That mini lazy-boy is probably almost $200 retail. And it matches his room decor perfectly. #BLMGirl

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      Good Furniture is the best! I honestly cannot describe the feeling of excitement! It’s So hard to explain to people that don’t thrift! Thanks for stoppy by! #BLMGirl

  3. I seriously need to get back into thrifting especially now that I have 2 kids! I used to be into it in high school and after relocating from NYC-metro to Portsmouth, NH this past fall I’m finding there’s some well curated thrift stores in the area. #BLMGirl

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      You have to get back at it, just think of all the amazing things you’re missing out on and that should motivate you lol!

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      Welcome Siobhan! I love when #BLMGirls stop by! I really hope you do start thrifting, I’ve found some amazing irreplaceable things thrifting, it’s a way of life in my house lol.

  4. Great tips super useful can’t wait to search !

  5. I agree wholeheartedly with everything you said! I love to thrift but people look at me like I’m crazy. You sleep on sheets that everyone has slept on at a hotel–the same should be for clothes, linens, etc. Just wash them b4 wearing and you will be fine.

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      Yes Susan, I couldn’t agree more with you. People have too much pride about the wrong things. Thanks for stopping by!

      1. I have an itty bitty wanna-be-blog Facebook shopping page. It is not a sales page. I have written thrift store articles for the local paper though—anyway, the link to my page is: https://www.facebook.com/SkokieShopper

        I generally post about twice a week about my buys, friend’s buys, contest wins and any other thing I may deem shop-worthy.

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