There are some things that I hardly ever pay full price for at department stores. But for every 30-dollar sweater is an even better piece at a better price at your local Goodwill. You just have to know where to look!
Before I begin, a word of warning: you need to be extremely selective when buying sports clothes in a thrift store. There are some pretty gross thrift store workout clothes out there that should probably just be burned. However, hanging in your local Goodwill are some new Nike and Adidas finds with the tags still on. Just think one of the Golden Rules of Thrifting – Be Patient. Even if you don’t have any luck the first time you look, keep checking back. The next time you go, there could be a slew of new donations on the rack waiting to be dug through.
I refuse to pay 30 dollars for a turtleneck at H&M or Express when there’s an entire rack of great turtlenecks at Goodwill for five dollars. Maybe even color coordinated, and in your size. Ribbed sweaters and turtlenecks are a huge trend right now — but it was in the early 2000s, too. There’s hardly any difference between the older versions of the newer trends, except maybe $25.
The entire mens’ section
Any thrift-shop-loving girl will tell you this. But I will tell you again, and shout it from the rooftops. The men’s section of Goodwill is possibly the best section ever. Patterned pants, sweatshirts, t-shirts anything. All of my favorite cozy patterned-knit sweaters are either hand-me-downs from my dad—or they’re from the men’s section at Goodwill. Everything in the men’s section is oversized, warm, and has pockets. Deep pockets, too. Like nothing you’ll ever see in any women’s clothes. Ever.
Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. All year round, I love wearing a good skirt. The best thing? I never, ever buy them new. All of my shirts are thrifted. Thrift stores have the best plaid and denim skirts I have seen. Honestly, their construction and aesthetic is normally better than anything I would find at the mall for four times the Goodwill price.
This is the tiniest and most overlooked section in any thrift shop. And belts are probably some of the most overpriced accessories on the market. Some of my favorite thrift store finds are my belts. You never know what you’ll find – colorful patterns to western belt buckles. Again, don’t overlook the men’s section here, too. If you want a cool western belt buckle, the men’s section is the first place to look.
The shoe section at Goodwill is where I get all of my black ankle boots that are so en vogue at the moment. Again, they were a trend about fifteen years ago, as well. One of my favorite pairs of shoes is a pair of black Aldo ankle boots from Community Aid that I paid nine dollars for. I swear, I saw an identical pair at Forever 21 for thirty-five dollars a few days later.
Those are all of the gold mines that I have discovered in my thrifting trips. If I overlooked your favorite section, let me know down in the comments!