5 Reasons You’ll Love Thrift Shopping

Image via Dagmar Bleasdale</a
Image via Dagmar Bleasdale

After moving to one of the most expensive areas in America, Westchester, NY, and deciding I'd definitely stay home with my little son instead of putting him into daycare, something had to give. I had to find a way to make one income be enough for three people in an area where Richard Gere and Martha Stewart live in mansions.

I have since become an expert at cutting coupons and finding healthy food for less, and became an avid thrift shopping mom by seeking out thrift stores and yard sales.

I have managed to purchase so many interesting items for way less than I would have regularly paid for them in the store and I am hooked – I even host a weekly “Thrifty & Vintage Finds” link party.

Going to tag sales and thrift stores is part of my weekly ritual now, and my son sometimes tags along, often coming home with the biggest score of the day.

5 Reasons Why You'll Love Thrifting as Much as I Do:

 1. The Love of the Hunt

There's nothing better than finding something unexpected and getting it for just a few dollars. Just last week I went to a local flea market after seeing a sign for it the day before and came home with a beautiful 20-pound cast iron farm house.

I spotted it among a whole bunch of other items, and I'm so glad I asked the vendor for the price although I figured it would for sure be too pricy. I ended up paying $3 for it. Score!

2. It's a Creative and Unique Way to Decorate Your Home

No one else I know will have a large, 20-pound cast iron farm house sitting on their table, and it's sure to be a conversation piece the next time we have friends or family over. Thrifting lets me express my personal design style on a dime. I love making our home a cozy and inviting place – and it doesn't have to cost a lot to achieve that.

3. Thrifting Makes Buying Your Favorite Items Affordable

Like my parents, who owned an antique store I grew up in, I'm a collector. Of vintage bottles and linens, pretty stationary, and vintage tea cups for my handmade candles.

One of my newest collections is milk glass. I wouldn't be able to afford milk glass at antique store prices, but I built a whole collection just from going to tag sales and local thrift stores. I once found 15 milk glass vases – a whole collection in itself – for $1.50 a piece at Goodwill.

4. You'll Learn to Barter and Your Kids Will As Well

ADVERTISEMENT

It takes a little bit of finesse and guts to barter and get the best price for an item. I think that's a great skill to have, but it takes a little bit of getting used to.

My son gets a first-hand look at how to barter every time we are out thrifting. Now that he is 6 years old I encourage him to find an item he likes, let him barter for the best price with my help, and buy it with his own money so he learns math skills.

He also learns that sometimes you can't have the item you fell in love with because it's too expensive – another very valuable lesson to learn in life.

5. You Can Make Money Reselling Vintage Items For More

If you score a vintage item for very little while out on a thrifting trip, you could sell it for much more on Etsy, Craigslist, or Ebay! I have an Etsy store, Dagmar's Home Decor, where I sell my candles and vintage treasures. This way I have money for my next thrifty item I just can't live without, or make some extra money.

Do you enjoy thrifting? Have you ever scored something special at a tag sale or a thrift store?

{Related: Do You Shop at Discount Stores?}

 

What do you think?

5 Reasons You’ll Love Thrift Shopping

Dagmar tackles motherhood, thrifty home decorating, DIY projects, and green and frugal living on her lifestyle blog Dagmar's Home. She loves finding treasures in thrift stores and sells her handmade candles on Dagmar's Home Decor. Connect with her on Twitter (26,000 followers), Facebook, and Pinterest. ... More

Tell us what you think!

Advertisement
[x]
×

EverydayFamily.com Week-by-Week Newsletter

Receive weekly updates on your pregnancy or new baby’s development as well as Free Stuff, Special Offers, Product Samples, Coupons, Checklists and Tools you can use today, and more from EverydayFamily! Plus all new members are entered to win FREE diapers for a year! Receive weekly updates on your pregnancy or new baby’s development as well as Free Stuff, Special Offers, Product Samples, Coupons, Checklists and Tools you can use today, and more from EverydayFamily! Plus all new members are entered to win FREE diapers for a year!

Due Date or Baby's Birth Date


By clicking the "Join Now" button you are agreeing to the terms of use and privacy policy.

Send this to a friend