Favorite Finds

10 Tips for National Thrift Shop Day

August 17, 2015

Happy National Thrift Shop Day…Let’s Go Shopping!

Put your good shoes on, grab your purse & let’s go!  Today is National Thrift Shop Day where we can celebrate our local resale, bargain or charity stores by dropping in & practicing one of my favorite past times…shop ‘til you drop (hee, hee!).


Here are a 10 tips for your next Thrift Store Shopping Session:


1.  Dress Comfy & Be Hands Free

If you have a good crossbody bag or fav backpack now is the time to whip it out.  You want to work hard to search those racks for a cute find or bend down & contort your body to check out the legs of that gorgeous table.  No time for aching feet & big pocketbooks (do folks say that anymore?) to get in your way.

2.  Try, Try, Again

The best things about thrifting are the challenge & the hunt.   If you didn’t find anything you like the first time around remember that new items will come in close to the weekend.  Keep checking back in.

3.  Cool Cash

Although, most places now take plastic cash is still a good way to manage your spending.   You don’t want to go cray-cray & spend the grocery budget…um, I’ve totally done that!

4.  Think Outside The Boxflea-market-343123_1280

Remember things can have a dual purpose if you just open your mind and think creatively.   Check out my post on the Rusted Roots Junk Market where amazing thrifting vendors upcycled their antique treasures. 

5.  Kill ‘em With Kindness

Folks, it doesn’t hurt to crack smile or give a hello.  Be friendly & get to know the owner or the people that work there.  They can tell you the story of that blouse you are about to try on or that bookcase you are eyeing.  Plus, if you are sweet as sugar they might keep an eye out for an item you’ve been dying to possess when the next batch of treasures comes in.

6.  Don’t Rush

Take your time when walking through the bargain store.  Hidden treasures are everywhere so channel your inner Sherlock Holmes & get to work.


7.  Bring a Measuring Tape

Learned this one from my MIL…don’t leave home without it.  You know the scenario:  Big Couch + Small Door = Not a happy ending.

8.  Leave Your Kids at Home

Correction…sometimes bring your kids.  The last thrift store we went to my kids had a ball and came out with amazing art materials for school and home.  Check out my post on Cary Creative Center, Inc.  They are a non-profit thrift store that provides donated art materials along with educational programming to the community.


9.  Bring a fellow Thrift Shop Junkie

Don’t just bring your bestie bring a friend or a family member who knows the ins & outs of thrifting.  They are the ones that can help you find the items you are looking for…plus they can hold the other end of the measuring tape.


10.  Pat Yourself On The Back

Enjoy every moment & remind yourself that you are #Givingback to your community with every purchase you make.

National Thrift Shop Day is not just a day of shopping & discounts, but a reminder of how we can conserve and value our past treasures.  Grab your bag, measuring tape & your shopping buddy & head out to your local thrift shop today and let the celebration begin!

What has been your favorite item you’ve purchased at your local thrift shop?

PicMonkey Collage



You Might Also Like

  • Reginia Cordell August 17, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Hands-free thrifting is a must. I had a “thrifting purse” that I carried to ensure that I wasn’t weighed down and had constant purse slippage (bc that’s annoying). Thrifting is such a “sport” that takes patience and a careful eye.

    • All Inspired Mom August 21, 2015 at 3:57 pm

      Purse-slippage….girl, that is the worse!!! Totally agree on it being a sport & the big win is finding the most interesting find that folks won’t believe you found at the second hand store. Thank you so much for stopping by A.I.M.! 🙂

  • Amy at Mom's Magical Miles August 17, 2015 at 11:32 am

    I had no idea this was even a thing! Better go shopping! Great tips – I also try on everything that’s anywhere from a size above or below my regular size. You never know if it ended up at the thrift shop because it wasn’t sized correctly in the first place!

    • All Inspired Mom August 21, 2015 at 3:55 pm

      Gasp!!!! I never thought about the “sizing situation”! Now that’s a GREAT tip! Thank you for stopping by A.I.M.! 🙂

  • Aidah August 17, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    I love these tips! as an avid thrifter I find myself shopping more than I should probably admit! I love the tip to leave the kiddos at home because it is so true!

    • All Inspired Mom August 21, 2015 at 3:54 pm

      Hee, hee! Yes, thrifting is not for kiddies…lol! Thrift shoppinb can be so addictive especially when you come across a good find. Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

  • Susan Schild August 17, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Enjoyed your practical tips, and good point about patting self on back. Smart shopper!

    • All Inspired Mom August 21, 2015 at 3:51 pm

      Aw, thank so much for stopping by! Yes, you have to feel good about thrifting….it’s a win-win! 🙂

  • Alli August 17, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    I’m a thrift store novice, so I need all the help I can get! I love all of your tips, especially the one about bringing a friend along that knows the ins and outs. I once went thrifting with a friend who knows exactly to look for when searching for antiques and one of a kind pieces.

    • All Inspired Mom August 21, 2015 at 3:50 pm

      Friends are the best when thrifting because it is so overwhelming at times. Thank you so much for stopping by A.I.M. & I hope you get in a thrifting adventure or two! 🙂

  • LaShawn August 17, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    I used to be the thrift store queen! I mean it was a sport for me seriously! But since I had my son, it’s been a little harder to do it! I agree with ALL of your tips!

    • All Inspired Mom August 21, 2015 at 3:49 pm

      Yes, it can definitely be a sport! The challenge is so much fun, but the kids can make it a bit harder….totally understand. Thank you so much for stopping by A.I.M.!

  • Neely August 17, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Good to know! I love thrifting!

    • All Inspired Mom August 21, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      So glad you stopped by! Thrifting is a lot of fun! 🙂

  • Natasha August 17, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Very cool! I haven’t been thrifting in seems like forever!! I would like very much to get back into it, and these are some great tips! Thanks for sharing!

    • All Inspired Mom August 21, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      Definitely jump in to the thrifitng fun! You never know what goodies you will find. Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

  • Latoya August 17, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    I absolutely love Thrift shopping, I have find a lot of great deals over the years. Thanks, for posting such helping tips. A lot of which I never real thought of but I definitely will apply them my next shopping trip.

    • All Inspired Mom August 21, 2015 at 3:46 pm

      Aw, thanks so much! So glad you enjoyed the tips, but I bet you have some ones to offer with all the thrifting you have done over the years. Thrifting is so much fun! Thank you for stopping by!

  • Mary Hill August 17, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    I love thrift stores. My favorite are the Habitat for Humanity stores. I also like the thrift stores operated by Goodwill and Hospice. Thanks for the neat ideas. 😉

    • All Inspired Mom August 21, 2015 at 3:44 pm

      The best ones are definitely the ones that #giveback! It’s a win-win in my book. Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

  • Betsy @ Happily Ever After, Etc. August 18, 2015 at 1:58 am

    Happy National Thrift Store Day! Thrift shopping is one of my absolute favorite past times… I love getting my hubby into the thrift store and seeing what we find! I love your tip on bringing cash… the last store we went didn’t have it’s credit card machine working… and I didn’t have cash! So I had to leave my last little pile of treasures at the register… oh and spending the grocery budget? Been there!

    • All Inspired Mom August 21, 2015 at 3:42 pm

      Ugh, I’ve totally been there with the “no cash” situation. Sniff, sniff! Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

  • Jessica Lasseter August 18, 2015 at 3:26 am

    Love this! I love thrifting, but I do mine mostly through garage sales and estate sales.

    • All Inspired Mom August 21, 2015 at 3:43 pm

      Love garage sales! I’ve never done an estate sale…gotta do one! Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

  • Addie August 19, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    These are such great tips! Thrifting is one of my favorite things to do, and it definitely requires patience, comfy clothes and a lot of focus! Thanks for sharing your tips! =)

    • All Inspired Mom August 21, 2015 at 3:41 pm

      Addie, thank you for stopping by A.I.M.! I always love reading about your thrifting adventures…your outfits are perfect! 😉

  • Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories August 27, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    I love going to the Goodwill for books but need to do better about scoping out things to upcycle. Looks like I need to head to Cary too, art supplies are another weakness. I’m not artistic in the least but my husband and boys are! Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday Linkup, pinned to our linkup board!

    • All Inspired Mom September 9, 2015 at 2:40 am

      Tanya, thank you so much for stopping by and checking out the post. C3 at Cary Towne Center is such a fun place and I found myself buying tons of scrapbook and planner accessories…yikes! Lots of fun, though!

  • Gail Akeman August 29, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    Thrift shops are best to be frugal. Thank you for joining the Small victories Linkup party. Please join again. Pinned to the group board.

    • All Inspired Mom September 9, 2015 at 2:43 am

      Gail, thank you so much for stopping by and thank you for the pin! I love the Small Victories Linkup….always so much fun!