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Tips for shopping thrift & consignment stores

Tips for shopping thrift & consignment stores

 

I discovered consignment and thrift shops in college when my husband and I were newlyweds.  Now that we have two little boys, saving money has been equally as important as it was then.  It took me a little while to get the most out of my shopping trips, but I finally have it down!  Here are a few tips and tricks I follow as I shop:

 

Make a list.  When trying to save money, there’s nothing worse than spending extra money on things you don’t need.  Make a list of the items you are in need of and colors to keep an eye out for (especially for home decor).  You will often find deals you have a hard time passing up, so remember your initial goal – to save money!

 

Visit often.  The selection changes on a daily basis at most secondhand stores.  And if you plan to go back for an item, don’t hold your breath because someone else may have picked it up already.

 

Keep an eye out for sales. Some of my local thrift stores have “color of the week” sales where the tags that match the color advertised are 50% off.  Another has a $0.69 sale on Saturdays, along with other unadvertised sales.  You can look up your stores’ phone numbers online or in a phone book and call ahead of time to find out what the sale is today.  Many stores often have a Facebook page or other social media they post their deals to…and even some of their favorite new items! 

 

Price check.  I have occasionally found items priced at or higher than new retail price.  If you have a smart phone, you can Google the item to determine whether that seems to be a reasonable price or not.  Consignment stores also run higher prices than thrift stores so make sure you only pay the amount you are comfortable with.

 

Check the items!  Always check for stains, holes, missing pieces or other damage.  Sometimes employees miss something that could be detrimental to the product.

 

Stay open minded. If you can make simple changes to an item of clothing that doesn’t fit absolutely perfect, don’t toss it aside.  There are hundreds of ideas on Pinterest for upcycling, mending, or modifying clothing, furniture, or other odds and ins.  There are some amazing ideas out there!

 

Have patience!  The selection depends on the donations or consignors.  Maybe you didn’t find what you wanted today, but keep trying!  The organization of many secondhand stores is also difficult to get used to as a new shopper, as each item is different and you will have to thumb through clothing and take some time to look through.

Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty (March 13 – April 2)

Ulta's 21 Days of Beauty is back - you won't find better cosmetics deals!

It’s Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty!!! 

Ulta is having awesome deals on top brands, most marked down to half price…for ONE day each!  This is a great chance to catch up on those gift cards you received for Christmas, or stock up for the year.  Maybe even get start your Christmas shopping early!

Sunday, March 13th…IT cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Finishing Powder $12 (reg $24)
Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Face Wash $14  (reg $28)

Monday, March 14th…Stila One Step Correct $18 (reg $36)

Tuesday, March 15th…Smashbox Baked Fusion Softlights $16 (reg $32)

Wednesday, March 16th…Bare Minerals Loose Eyeshadow $7.50 (reg $15)

Thursday, March 17th…Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick $11 (Reg $22)
Exuviance AP25 Peel $37.50 (Reg $75)

Friday, March 18th…Tarte Clay Paint Liner $12 (reg $24)
Clarisonic –  any White Device or Alpha Fit $30 off

Saturday, March 19th…Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush $15 (reg $30)
Philosophy Purity Cleansing Cloths 30 count $7.50 (reg $15)
BENEFIT COSMETICS FREE Brow Wax (brow bar)

Sunday, March 20th…PUR Cosmetics 4-in-1 mineral powder foundation $19.50 (reg $29.50)
DermaDoctor Kakadu C Cleaner & Serum $18-$47.50 (reg $36-$95)

Monday, March 21st…Too Faced Lip Injection Plumping Lip Gloss $11 (reg $22)

Tuesday March 22nd…Mally Beauty Face Defender $25 (reg $40)

Wednesday, March 23rd…Butter London Nail Lacquer & Patent Shine 10 x Lacquer $10 (reg $15-$18)

Thursday, March 24th…Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water $16 (reg $32)
Strivectin $17.50 (reg $35)

Friday, March 25th…Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil $12 (reg $23)
Serovital-HGH Dietary Supplement 120 ct $69.30 (reg $99)

Saturday, March 26th…Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara $10 (reg $21)
Mario Badescu Entire Brand Line ~ 25% off

Sunday, March 27th…IT brushes for Ulta Airbrush All Over Shadow Brush $7 (reg $14)
Dermalogica Everyday Essentials Set $9 (reg $18)

Monday, March 28th…PUR Cosmetics Dirty Girl Mudd Masque $18 (reg $29)

Tuesday, March 29th…Laura Geller New York Baked Blush-n-Brighten $15 (reg $28)

Wednesday, March 30th…Lorac Riesling Romance Eye Shadow Palette $15 (reg $70)

Thursday, March 31st…Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner $11 (reg $22)
Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Anti Wrinkle Booster Serum $37.50 (reg $75)

Friday, April 1st…Bareminerals Blush or All Over Face Color $10-$10.50 (reg 20-$21)
Peter Thomas Roth Un Wrinkle 4 pc kit $44 (reg $88)

Saturday, April 2nd…IT Cosmetics No 50 serum primer $24 (reg 48)
Murad Acne Clarifying Cleanser $14 (reg $28)
BENEFIT COSMETICS FREE Brow Wax (brow bar)

Hesitant to upgrade iPhones? No need to be!

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Charging my phone on the go without cables.. pretty awesome!

 

It’s no secret that I use my phone a lot, and for more than just phone calls.  My kids use it to play games when we’re shopping, I take about a thousand pictures a day (ok maybe that’s an exaggeration) and I am constantly checking on my social media. I even have a LifeProof FRE Power Case on at all times for when I can’t get to an outlet to charge my phone back up.  I’ve been using iPhones since 2008 and have upgraded several times.  My mother on the other hand is still using her iPhone 4
and was hesitant about upgrading until I told her about this awesome opportunity to save money on her new phone!

Did you know you can make way for a new Apple iPhone by trading in your old iPhone to Gazelle?!  And you’ll want to upgrade – Apple’s next-generation phones are expected to be unveiled next week and have faster processing, more RAM, and integrate the Force Touch technology found in the Apple Watch and some MacBook models.  I can’t wait to check them out!

So out with the old, in with the new, as they say! Trade-in your old iPhone at Gazelle — they’ll even pay you cash for it!

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