4 Things You Should Buy At A Thrift Store
I’ve been thrifting most of my life. I learned the love of thrifting through my mom and now I share this love with family and friends. Here’s a few tips I learned along the way and 4 things you should always buy at a thrift store. Scroll to the bottom for a list of my favorite places to thrift when I go back home to Colorado to visit family.
One, Kitchen Items
Basics like plates, cups, and silverware are great things to buy especially if you’re just starting out in your first home. I love antiques and vintage items so if you’re like me there are some great antique dishes that you can collect to have that mix-matched farmhouse feel.
Bake-ware is another great item to buy at a thrift store. You can find amazing collectible bake-ware brands like Pyrex and Fire King. They’re also usually super cheap compared to buying at an antique store. You’ll just have to dig and visit often to find great items like these.
Other great kitchen items to always buy, are serving platters. Silver platters are great collectibles and they are great home decor items as well. Just look at what Red Head Can Decorate did with her thrifted silver platters. Any type of big serving platter or bowls, whether it be silver, ceramic, or wood are always worth purchasing. You’ll be glad you have them when someone asks you to host Thanksgiving dinner!
My silver platter haul!
I’m a mom of a two year old girl and we are going through clothes like crazy! Her wardrobe is 50% thrifted 50% gifts from family. There is no shame in buying clothes for your kids at the thrift store. At this age they are so rough and are constantly spilling food and drinks on them, that paying $1 for a t-shirt instead of $15 will give you a piece of mind.
I personally love shopping for clothes during Halloween time. I swear they hold all the good vintage stuff in the back until October. Also, shopping at the thrift store for costumes for Halloween will save you a ton of money. Who doesn’t want to wear a business suit from the 90’s to go as one of the Heathers?!
My wardrobe consists of many thrifted items. I love wearing unique items that stand out. It makes me happy when someone comments that they love my ridiculous pink, purple, and black 90’s wool sweater. I’ve also found a couple leather jackets and vintage coats from the thrift store that I absolutely adore.
Good furniture pieces might be harder to find, but believe me they are out there! Some of my favorite pieces in my home are thrifted. Granted some pieces needed a little TLC, but that shouldn’t scare you. Nothing a little paint, glue, and updated hardware can’t fix. My favorite place to look for furniture is the Salvation Army off of Tutt and Barnes. They get a lot of their stuff shipped down from Denver, but I have also had luck at many other places in town.
Four, Home Decor and Seasonal Decor
If you’re a one-income household like we are, then you know how hard it is to walk through Target and be upset because you can’t afford any of the pretty things they have. Thrift stores have a great selection for home decor and seasonal decor. You can buy picture frames super cheap, candle sticks, greenery, baskets, really anything you can put your imagination to (refer to the silver platters). Also if you love decorating for Halloween, Christmas, Valentines Day, Easter…etc. then the thrift store is for you. You can find some neat holiday items, a lot of them being vintage if you’re into that.
As a reminder, visit your local thrift stores often because inventory changes daily. If you see something you love, buy it, because it probably won’t be there the next day. Also, a lot of my local thrift stores have daily sales based on the color of the price tag, so be mindful of that, because you could be saving even more! Finally, if an item is cracked, chipped, stained, or broken beyond repair (or the amount of effort your willing to fix up the piece) then move on, it’s not worth your time.
I would love it if you shared your favorite thrift store and why, plus the awesome thrifted pieces you’ve purchased. Comment below and pictures are always welcome!
Here are some of my favorite places to thrift in Colorado.
Pueblo Goodwill : This is my go to for costume jewelry, home decor, seasonal decor, and kids clothes.
Colorado Springs Goodwill on Academy and Austin Bluffs : I love this one for clothes and home decor. This one is super clean and COLOR CODED!!!
Monument Goodwill : Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Think name brand like Express, Dolce and Gabana, Prada, Banana Republic and so many more.
Denver Goodwill on S. Broadway: Another great place for high end brand clothing. Denver even has Goodwill Outlets and a Boutique Goodwill (ummmm WHAT?!?!?!) called Deja Blue! Who wants to go check that one out with me?!
Salvation Army on Tutt and Barnes : Furniture, kitchen items, and home decor. They color code their house hold items!
The Arc on Austin Bluffs: Great vintage clothes during Halloween time, Kids Clothes, Seasonal Decor, Unique Jewelry, Kitchen Items. PSA this place is a mess so if you love digging (literally) then this is the place for you!