Monday, June 22, 2015

5 Tips For Shopping Thrift Stores

Here are my top tips for thrifting.
1. Have a master list. Things that you are
on the lookout for. Mine is getting longer all
 the time. Each time you go you'll find
different merchandise and something
from your list is bound to be there. 
I keep mine on my iphone. I give the list 
a quick glance before I head in. I can often 
find my missing pieces like Corningware lids
or items from sets.
On this trip I found the vintage ice tong
that went with my vintage ice bucket I
found last year. The tongs were 12¢. 
 I found a bag of cookie cutters for $1.00. 
I'll use them for tree or gift decorations. 
 I'll add them to the cookie cutters I've
collected in the glass jar.
2. Serendipity is a wonderful thing.
Of course there are always things to find
that are not on your list at all, but you just
can't pass up. Think about gifts for
friends or seasonal merchandise, 
I found this set of 4 cups with saucers 
that are for espresso or Cuban coffee. 
All for less than the price of an espresso!
I love to use platters. This 14" one from 
Bavaria was $1.50
A set of silver plated coasters for $1.50 will
 be pretty in a table setting using my
  silver plate chargers found last year.
A big cup and saucer for cappuccino, coffee, 
tea, or cocoa. $1.00

3. Dress comfortably. Wear a t-shirt under
 your blouse in case you want to try
something on and don't want to wait for
 a dressing room. Use a cross body purse
 to keep your hands free and your
 money safe. Grab a shopping cart.

4. Have measurements for the spaces in
your house that need  a picture,
mirror, or furniture piece. 
Carry a measuring tape.
5. Watch other shoppers that seem to know 
what they are doing for inspiration. I would
never have thought to look through the bowls
to find these great pottery pieces if not for
 the lady carefully looking on the bottom
shelf for handmade pieces. 
 I love this blue pottery bowl. I see them at
craft fairs all the time. This was a steal
 for $1.00 and it's a size I can use daily.
 Ideas: scrambled eggs, pancake batter,
and grapes. Pretty enough to leave out.
I've now added pottery bowls to master list.
 This larger bowl is a beautiful terracotta
 color. Ideas: Potato salad, fruit, pinecones in the fall.
 It was $1.50!
Handmade pottery,
my favorite find of the day!
Most important, thrifting is fun! 
It's an adventure! It's a hunt! It's a mystery!



  1. Great tips, Rita....thanks for sharing! I hadn't thought about keeping the list on my phone - that's a great idea! Love your thrifted finds, too, especially the handmade pottery!

  2. Great idea! Love the pottery!


  3. I'm not a real "go often" thrifter, but your ideas would make it more of an adventure.

  4. Darn those are good prices .
    I have stopped thrifting for a while till I get rid of all the things I have thrift ed in last 20 years LOL