This year I’ve been exploring thrift shopping. Last January, I bought seven coats for only $70 during the Salvation Army coat sale. And in July, I increased my summer wardrobe during one of Housing Works’ Buy-the-Bag Sales. Most recently, I couldn’t pass up the chance to hit the Snellville, GA Salvation Army. There wasn’t a special event going on or anything, but if you’ve visited Snellville, then you know there isn’t much going on there. So I jumped when my cousin offered to drop me off at the Army. After three thrift excursions I’m convinced that I don’t need to spend major dollars on trendy and vintage items to add to my wardrobe.
The Army is one of the easiest places to go thrift shopping because all the clothing is sorted by garment type and color. Plus, they actually have sales! All the items marked with a blue tag were 50 percent off the day I shopped. So if you’re hitting up your local Army, check to see when/if there are sales too. I bought nine pieces for about $32!
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On Saturday, I went to the Salvation Army coat sale for the first time. It would have been quite an overwhelming experience if my “thrifting coach,” Patrice J. Williams of Living Fly On A Dime, hadn’t given me some pointers before we began shopping. You see, Patrice has challenged herself to purchase only thrifted, second-hand, or vintage clothing and shoes for a year. She’s four months into her challenge and knows a lot about where and how to thrift. Under her tutelage, I found seven coats and jackets and I paid less than $70 total! Keep reading »
When I recently purged my closet and wanted to donate some of my things to charity, I went to the closest drop-off center, a Salvation Army (also one of world’s largest Christian organizations). The thing is, itâ€™s hard to tell black trash bags apart and I accidentally donated some personal items…including my collection of handmade pasties. Oopsies! When I realized my mistake, I went back to reclaim the bag before a sweet old church lady exposed my tassel twirling sins. Lucky for me, a nice grandpa-like fellow volunteered to take me to look for my stuff and I thought I could manage to keep him from my sequined secrets. After a desperate dumpster dive, I found the bag, but it was strangely empty. â€œOoooooh, that bag,â€ the man said, as if he never expected me to be the tart with the talented rack. â€œYeah, some of the ladies found it yesterday and we threw the stuff out because, well…we wouldnâ€™t put out that kind of item. After all, this is a place of God.â€ Blushing, I tried to recover by joking, â€œOh, not even for women who want to entertain their husbands?â€ Apparently, that wasnâ€™t his kind of entertainmentâ€¦.although he did recognize that they were pasties. So anyway, if you ever are donating clothing to your local S.A., just make sure the items are bigger than one-inch in diameter. [Salvation Army] Keep reading »