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Date: 5/30/13 2:41 PM

After all the talk about thrift store shopping in the other thread I thought we needed a thread for those who love to thrift. ( And yard sale and estate sale shop.)

So, lets share stories ( and pics) of our finds and post tips about thrift store shopping for those who have the love of the thrift.

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Date: 5/30/13 2:44 PM

Just this week I found a great coat at the Goodwill that I believe is from the late 50's or early 60's. It is hip length and doesn't have any type of closure. Does anyone know what that style is called? The best part? It was only $3.75!

On second thought, I think it may be called a swing coat but I am not 100% sure.

I also got a cute pair of white summer sandals for $3. Normally, I am kind of grossed out by used shoes but these looked never worn.
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Date: 5/30/13 2:57 PM



(I can't post now, but I'll be back. )


P.S. You mean it's meant to just be open? I've seen some of those jackets even recently, in patterns. Not sure what they're called.
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Date: 5/30/13 2:59 PM

This isn't about me but my daughter found a pair of gently used Uggs for $7. I was insanely jealous. We have a new thrift store that just opened near us. I forget the name but it's a chain thing with a % of monies going back into local community. To me a place to take stuff lol.

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Date: 5/30/13 3:16 PM


My best tip is to go mid-week or later if you're shopping in one of the big, chain thrift stores. Weekends are too crowded and where I live they don't put out new stuff on the weekends for that reason. They spend the time just picking up after customers rather than re-stocking. Mondays are picked over and they haven't yet had the chance to get a lot of the new stuff out on the floor. I like Thursdays and Fridays best. They've had a few relatively unbusy days to get new stuff out on the floor and the crowds aren't so thick that you have to elbow your way to the racks.

The exception is smaller charity stores. Charity stores get a lot of donations over the weekend and a lot of that stuff gets put out on Mondays.

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Date: 5/30/13 3:46 PM

You are the thrift store and auction queen! The types of items and prices you paid for them are terrific. You should be giving us advice. (I follow your blog)

If the coat you bought is flared, then it is a swing coat which was very popular in the 50s and maybe early 60s. In my opinion this style looked good on only a certain percentage of women.

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Date: 5/30/13 3:51 PM

I will have to get a picture of it. It kind of looks like a swing coat but it lacks the fullness in the back that I think of with a swing coat. My camera has been behaving badly lately so I will see if I can wrangle into submission for a pic.

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Date: 5/30/13 4:09 PM

I am a big thrifter. Here are my tips:

--go to thrift stores in or adjacent wealthy neighborhoods
--go right when they open, less crowded, better access to racks, change rooms
--pick one area to scour per session (tops, bottoms, outwear etc), check your size and then also other sizes, things get out of place easily, and sizing changes by era. If you have energy after that one area, only then go to others.
--don't waste ANY time on cheap brands, go for expensive, quality labels (get to know your brands).
--I look for natural fabrics first: silk, linen, wool, cotton
-be as picky about what you thrift as what you buy new. Don't get into the mindset of buying something just because it is cheap. You need to love it and it needs to be look current and fit into your wardrobe. (However, thrifting is a chance to try out styles you might not otherwise).
--if they have a return policy, return whatever you aren't absolutely thrilled with

Recent scores (all almost new):

--a pair of Born loafers
--a BCBG linen/silk skirt
--two Vince wool cardigans
--an Eileen Fischer linen jacket
--A silk Trina Turk blouse
--a Calvin Klein cotton blouse
--a DKNY wool swing coat



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Date: 5/30/13 4:16 PM

I lucked out last week. Usually I acquire my pieces throughout the year as I come across them. Well, it turned hot here really, really quick. Hubby went to go find PJ's and I had forgotten to buy any PJ's for either one of my kids for warmer weather. (Like somehow I forgot summer was coming.)

So off on a shopping trip the next day. I have my favorite 2 thrift stores and 2 consignment shops although really the 2 consignment shops overprice everything so shopping their sales rack for the next season is always the best idea. I held out little hope, figured I would have to buy new and planned on hitting just 2 of the 4 and then Target or Kohls. Well, go to my first favorite and for my DS (who luckily was with me) 8 brand new looking sets of summer PJ's short and long sleeve tops included. They had them marked at $1 a piece per set because someone had cut out the size tag (probably bothered the kid too much). Held up against DS, must be a 3T... Sold! Some of his favorite characters too. Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Lightening McQueen, Spiderman, and Cat in the Hat. He is one happy camper every night. Found some PJ's for DD also and nightgowns in beautiful never worn shape.

Spent $25 and got 8 sets of PJ's for him 6 for her, and Old Navy top for me, and a new book each for them. I love my Target, but try that there.

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Date: 5/30/13 4:19 PM

My best thrift shop score was a long genuine shearling coat for $25 back in 2006. I needed a very warm coat before heading back to college that mid-January and happened to try it on and it fit perfectly. I recently donated it back last month because my arms have gotten bigger and it was getting difficult to wear anything other than a buttondown shirt under it. I replaced it last winter with a Land's End down coat that is hooded, much lighter, and just as warm.

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