Thursday, January 11, 2018

If You're Not Buying These 18 Things at a Thrift Store, You're Throwing Away Money

Stop shopping at the mall, right now.

If you love quality, designer duds and don't like throwing away your money, drop that Starbucks and run (don't walk) to your nearest thrift store.

Let me convince you: Here's my list of 18 items you should never, ever buy brand new.

1. Shoes

True story: I've found Louboutins with a PRISTINE RED SOLE at thrift. For $9.99. My feet have never felt so cool.

2. Sweaters

Don't bother spending a gazillion dollars on that Anthropologie sweater--buy them by the dozen at thrift stores instead. I've found Anthropologie sweaters (tags still attached) for only $6.

3. Designer bags

This one? Oh, it's Coach. And it was only $5.

Kate Spade, Miu Miu, Dooney & Bourke and  are all brands I've snagged at thrift stores.

4.  Statement pieces

That stand-out piece that makes everyone jealous. This coat is a vintage velvet Indian wedding jacket, and has literally made people stop and stare.

$12 is a totally reasonable price to make a statement.

5. Party dresses

Don't waste your money on a dress you might only wear once! Thrift stores are chock full of dresses other women paid for and only wore once.

Ann Taylor, Calvin Klein, Missoni...let someone else pay for it the first time! Pick up your dress for under $10 at the thrift store instead.

6.  Blazers

This one is L.A.M.B. by Gwen Stefani, and retails for over $1,000. I got it for $10.

7. Sundresses

Sundresses don't change: My whole collection of (over 40) dresses ranges from 50's vintage to DVF, and only set me back about $5 each.

8. Vintage pieces

50's, 70's, 80's and now 90's (God I'm so old now), they're all "vintage," and makes up about 70% of thrift-store inventory.

RELATED: 10 gifts to buy at the thrift store (that people will actually want!)

9. Sneakers

I never pay more than $10 for a pair.

10. Jewelry

This vintage fringe necklace is my fav piece of jewelry, found for just $8 at a Goodwill off Haight & Ashbury in San Fransisco (which makes it even cooler).

11.  Men's flannel shirts

Flannel is trendy (and comfy), and men's flannel shirts are better quality and priced cheaper at thrift stores. Don't pay more than $4-$6 per shirt.

12. Costumes

You haven't done Halloween right if you haven't been to Savers in October. They have the. Best. Selection of costumes, including authentic vintage pieces.

My pin-up girl costume set me back $20 for pedal pushers, top and shoes.

13. Leather jackets

100% leather at thrift is guilt-free, even if you're a card-carrying member of PETA. No new animals were harmed in the sale of this jacket, and it only set me back $9.

14. Cardigans

You'll find every color and style at thrift. Don't pay more than $5 unless it's designer or cashmere.

15. Hats

Beanies, fedoras, sun hats and ball caps--get 'em for under a buck.

16. Jackets

Don't pay more than $15. In fact, aim below $10 for casual light jackets.

17. Denim jackets

Your perfect vintage Friends-era 90's jacket is waiting for you at the thrift store.

18. Boots

Sorel, Via Spiega, Franco Sarto, Coach and'll get better quality and spend (way) less money at thrift.

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