Posts Tagged: thrift shopping

Consignment vs. Thrift: Knowing Your Options

What are the differences between consignment and thrift store shopping?

When it comes to my outfit posts, I tend to list anything that’s been bought secondhand as “thrifted,” which isn’t quite fair. Yes, items purchased at consignment shops are used and yes, I had to do some digging to find them. But thrift stores and consignment stores are really quite different.

HOW THRIFT STORES WORK

Weeellll, some will work differently than others. But here in the U.S., the vast majority of thrift shops are donation-based and center on a charity or non-profit organization. Community members donate used goods – including clothing, shoes, and accessories – to the organization in question. Although donating truly ruined items is discouraged, damaged, heavily worn, and flawed items are relatively common. Items are sorted and priced by volunteers, then sent to the sales floor where they are bought by shoppers. READ MORE

Originally posted 2013-08-19 06:08:04.

How Not to Thrift

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My love for That Mitchell and Webb Look has been well documented here on the blog, and over the years this BBC show has done some great bits about marketing, feminism, and style. I have mixed feelings about the content of the sketch itself, but love that they titled their parody of fashion makeover TV shows, “How What Not to Look Like.”¬†Because, after all, “What Not to Wear” is an awkward phrase. AWKWARD, I say! So please consider the title of this post in the same fun-poking vein as Messrs Mitchell and Webb. READ MORE

Originally posted 2012-07-09 06:14:10.

Power Thrifting

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Thrifting takes time. Even a seasoned thrifter is unlikely to pop into a thrift store for 20 minutes and emerge with a few great finds. Thrift stores are generally large and slightly disorganized, so shopping trips will be most successful when they’re relaxed and un-rushed.

But there are plenty of ways to make sure you stay focused and on-task when you do thrift, so you don’t waste time faffing about with stuff you don’t need or want. Here are some tips that will help you up your thrifting game: READ MORE

Originally posted 2011-11-18 06:33:47.