Update: Need another idea for your Memorial Day? It’s a half-off day at Value Village, today, Monday the 27th (I’m told if you get one of their saver passes, you get to shop a day early. Anyone go yesterday?)
This is an older post, but it’s got some good tips if you’d like to shop this one!
First, let me say that I’m not one of those folks who wades into the thrift store and comes out with kitschy, shabby chic style treasures. In fact, last night the hubs and I concluded our house has the shabby covered, but chic…not so much…
I am, however, pretty good at finding a variety of thrifty ways to fill gaps in the boys’ wardrobes, whether it be the clearance rack at Target, a garage sale, or half-off day at Value Village (Yes, I’m so thrifty I only shop the thrift store on half-off day! It’s o.k. if you want to laugh at me.) Now, on the cheapness scale, Value Village shops are thriftier than consignment sales but pricier than a yard sale. They do half off sales on the Monday holidays (think Labor Day, President’s Day…), and they’re a great way to get a lot of bargains in one stop. Plus, I love that it’s a, “Greener,” way to shop and feels a little like a treasure hunt.
Is it for everyone? Nope. If you don’t like the idea of used goods, or if you just don’t have time to hunt busy racks with hoards of other value seekers-pass on by! If you’d like to give it a try, here are some tips:
As you can see, there are treasures to be had, if you’re willing to hunt. I’ll buy anything that can go in the washer, but I do try to avoid anything with obvious stains or odors. If the last owner couldn’t get them out, you probably won’t be able to either! There are dressing rooms, and if you go at a busy time, you can get a number and wander around until someone calls you. If you don’t want to use a dressing room, you might want to bring a friend. There aren’t any mirrors, so you won’t know if that jacket looks good, unless you ask someone. Speaking of shopping companions, unless yours are old enough to enjoy it, I’d leave your kids home. They end up all over the place, and there is just no good place for them to be here.
When I get done showing off my finds, I just toss them in the washer. If you’re sort of phobic about bugs or germs, put everything in an air tight bag and leave it your garage for a while. Then bring it in and launder as normal.
Finally, don’t forget to have fun! I find that the shoppers and the clerks at these sales are much more cheerful and helpful than the crowd you’d find at Nordstroms. People were pulling around giant carts and no one minded getting out of the way or trading places.
I ended up with a short jacket I’m going to wear over my tees and short sleeved tops,and I got three shirts, a pair of jammies (New with the tags on), and some swim trunks for the oldest. My total with tax was just over 15.00. None of them were fancy brands, but I was pretty pleased anyway.
If you’ve got a favorite thrift store, a great sale, or another fabulous tip, I’d love to hear about it!
Note: These pics were from the Puyallup Value Village store. Your local, thrifty experience may vary! Also note that the half-off sale includes clothing,shoes, accessories and bed and bath, but excludes new tags, books, jewelry,furniture and housewares.