There’s nothing like a good sale when you have a few extra dollars. You almost can’t wait to give your money away for whatever tangible item it might be. Well, I must confess, I don’t like spending a lot of money. I like the classic combo of a sale price coupled with an exclusive coupon. So, one Saturday morning as I’m scrolling through emails I find this and jump right in the shower and prepare myself for the journey. I mean seriously, how could I turn this sale away. I love 1/2 off – not as much as 75%. 😉
The second-hand store has my heart. I’ve always had a love for old pieces. As a child, we would visit the antique market in the Eastern Market weekly. I didn’t get into buying clothes from the thrift store until I was an adult. It started in small boutique shops then I ventured into the larger chains. I’m hooked and I can admit it. Oakland County locations are the best and if you’re from around here you know what the OC means! So, I walked into the Value World location with no purse, comfortable shoes and nothing but time. Yup! I was prepared for the hunt through stale industrial detergent smelling items for little gems I could add to my wardrobe. (I’ll be sure to take you along for the next round in a few weeks to show you what it looks like.)
My methods are focused and success driven. I have an idea of what I need in my wardrobe and what sections may produce the unexpected steal. These are the areas I focus on when entering a large thrift store for fashion: work, trends, men’s.
The men’s department gave me a blue oxford shirt (I forgot to get a picture.) This is generally what I pick up from that section or a cardigan/sweater. It’s the tomboy in me that keeps me in that section. I like oversized sweaters and men’s dress shirts for casual days and weekend attire.
My shopping didn’t end with those 7 pieces. The journey continued as I sought out a few trending items. Kimonos, scarves, and sequins. Only one of these were fruitful – scarves. I like to wrap my hair/head up from time to time. Sometimes it makes an outfit grand. I only wanted the ones with great pattern or silk. Now, if a scarf embodied both of these characteristics, God bless us all. After searching each end cap’s selection of scarves, I walked outta there with 6. Some restraint was displayed because at one time while in the store I had 14 in my cart. Then when I got home I realized one of these things was hiding a secret. I’m not a label whore but I literally screamed when I saw it but it said Balenciaga. SCOOOOOOORE!!!!
The only hang up I have with Value World is their lack of fitting rooms. I’ve been spoiled by Salvation Armies, Mother Fletcher’s (RIP), and Lost & Found. The majority of your goods are clothing items and the return policy is non-existent. So, why wouldn’t you want to have at least one small area dedicated to physically seeing if this garment works for you? I mean, I literally had an in-store associate cover me while I got 50% naked to see if that black dress would fit nshit. Heaven help someone that doesn’t feel this motivated to make meaningful purchases in the second-hand store. I don’t care if the thing is only $5. It’s my money and I don’t want to waste it. Do better Value World!
These are the tags from my haul. Okay, not all of them but 80% is damn good. LOL! Now, add them all up and divide that by .50. I walked away from the register with 20 items for $45. BINGO! The time spent was well worth it. All of these items haven’t been placed into the rotation. Some are scheduled to go to the cleaners. The scarves, shorts, and tops have been washed in Tide/Downy Scentables being dried with a Bounce dryer sheet. That’s all I really need – ensure they are clean.
Since I began shopping at these type of stores, my anticipation about the mall is ever present. I don’t like spending full price and appreciate the individuality of secondhand finds. It almost guarantees I’ll be the only one with a specific garment on at a particular time and I relish in my individuality.
Are you a fan of the secondhand/thrift stores?