5 Tips For Thrift Shopping


Hey everyone!

I hope everyone’s having a blessed week, as we know the “case of the Mondays,” always get us down. ๐Ÿ˜›

Anyway, thrift shopping. Some of us love it – some of us stick to the mall, or things made easy, like Amazon’s new clothing policy.

I, (Hadassah) personally LOVE thrift shopping. From Goodwill to ThredUp,ย I love scoring second-hand finds and things that are just so… ME. Which is why I’m going to be sharing tips that make thrift shopping easy, to give you a different way of thinking when you head to the store or even online. I have been asking for a ride to Goodwill for about five years now, as I loved it even when I was six or seven! One of my most loved posts by the Boyer Sisters was their “How We Shop at Goodwill,” as they are some of the best thrift shoppers I know. ๐Ÿ™‚


  1. Keep in mind the price!
  2. Inspect the product!
  3. Does it match your other things in your closet?
  4. Check for your favorite brands!
  5. Check the size etc.


1. Keep in mind the price!

This goes along with the wellness of the product. Thankfully, most things at thrift stores are very cheap that we don’t usually even have second thoughts about it! But if something is pretty expensive, and you have a budget, think about these things: Do I have something in my closet that matches it? Is it worth the price? Will I ever wear it more than once? Is it well made?


2. Inspect the product!

Is the productย well made? That’s the real question. First of all, check the tag. Some of my favorite long-lasting clothes & shoe companies are Old Navy, Ann Taylor, and Arizona Jeans (they make more than jeans though!). Does it have a stain that is very visible? If it’s a dress or shirt, could you layer it (jean jackets or sweaters!) to cover up the small stain? If you’re going for more of a boho look, you could make it looked kind of “worn,” but if it’s beyond repair, and the stain is as big as your hand, go ahead and put it back!!

With shoes, I find if you try them on, you can feel if they’re loose or if the insides are really worn out. If they’re cloth shoes and they have small stains, I usually grab them anyway, but only if they’re no more than $7. You can wash them and use my favorite stain stick remover to see if the stains come out! If they’re really tiny, then no one will ever notice! Otherwise, just wear them around the house. They’re usually very comfortable!


3. Does it match other things in your closet?

I don’t have a capsule closet, but before buying something I always think: does it go with something else in my closet? My two base colors that I circle my closet around are black and gray. The best color that I can do with those two is pink. Pink personally looks pretty good on me, since I have dark brown eyes and light brown hair, and pink always looks good with those two colors! But I don’t just look for those colors! I have pretty much every color of the rainbow in my closet, especially blues and for some odd reason, bright orange. Not sure why that one always gets in there, but it always brightens up my day when I wear my favorite “weekend skirt,” that’s bright orange. ๐Ÿ™‚


4. Check for your favorite brands!

Always look at the tag! Some of my personal favorites, as I said before, are Old Navy, Ann Taylor Loft, and Arizona Jeans. Old Navy is probably the brand that I wear the most. They definitely make a lot of modest clothing, from modest swimsuits to comfortable dresses and really cute jackets. I have a whole bunch of different brands in my closet, including ones that I’ve never heard of like Koret, Parker, and some other ones. The best investment I ever made was a Chadwicks jean skirt that was around $4 at Goodwill, but would be $60 dollars ordering online!


5. Check the size etc.

Well… of course. I mean, I am a small petite girl, so I always go to a woman’s XXS/S, and I still go to the girl’s 12-16 of Goodwills. ๐Ÿ™‚ Some thrifting stores are different, with sizes all organized and easy to find, while some are just the “dump” stores, where you have to dig… which can be both frustrating and fun! ๐Ÿ™‚ But you should always check the sizes around you. I recently got a sweater from Goodwill that was in the XXL rack, but fit me perfectly! Sometimes ‘oversized’ has shrunk down to a XXS. So just keep an eye out for those deceiving tags! And always go to the dressing room to try it on.

I hope this post helps you next time you head to your local thrift store or head to good ol’ Goodwill!

All for now,

Hadassah S.

6 thoughts on “5 Tips For Thrift Shopping

  1. sisterof5 says:

    Fabulous tips, Hadasah! Thrift stores are my favorite places to shop as well. The environment always seems to be a lot more enjoyable, and they typically have great options. (Some of my favorite clothes are bright orange too) ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • joyfullyyou says:

      Thanks Julianne! Yes, I definitely like (ok, love) the environment, and they usually have pretty good options, you just have to look at everything! But that’s what makes it fun, right? ๐Ÿ˜€

      Love you girl!

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  2. Honor says:

    Also, thrift shops are the BEST place to go for cheap, fun high heels! ๐Ÿ˜‰ St. Vincent de Paul in Mason has a huge collection of very inexpensive shoes (and shirts) that I enjoy browsing. Do any of y’all ever go there?

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  3. Claire says:

    Thanks Dassah, that is helpful. my mom doesn’t like thrift shopping so we do not go often, but I like all the tips you shared.


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