12 Days of Thrifty Christmas: Fashionista

This is the inaugural post of our 12 Days of Thrifty Christmas series!  What is the gift of thrift?  The gift of thrift means buying things from a secondhand source (usually a thrift store) in order to give them to a friend or family member.  Buying thrift gifts is a fun way to indulge your … Continue reading

Last Minute Thanksgiving Tips

Thanksgiving is upon us – time for turkey, pumpkin pie, football, and hours spent with family.  If you’re hosting a dinner this year, we have a few tips to help you get ready for Turkey Day with items from thrift stores.  Huge thanks to our co-blogger Lindsey for some great DIY décor tips in this … Continue reading

Last Minute Halloween Costumes from Thrift Stores

You probably thought you weren’t going anywhere this Halloween – after all, it’s on a Wednesday this year.  But maybe somebody invited you to a last-minute bash and now you have nothing to wear. You’re in luck:  thrift stores are perfectfor finding last-minute Halloween costumes.  These DIY costumes are going to be way cooler than … Continue reading

Fall 2012 Fashion Trends, Trend Three: Velvet

On the Runway Velvet has traditionally been a faithful standby for winter holidays, but the fabric will be big again this fall.  The plush textile definitely fits with the continuing theme of opulence.  Two fresh, favorite velvet looks:  Gucci’s bright green velvet gown with a deep-V and sexy leg slit, and L’Wren Scott’s deep red … Continue reading

Fall 2012 Fashion Trends, Day Two: Leather

Trend-2-Fall-2012-Leather

On the Runway Leather continues to be a big trend on the runway.  Patent or shiny leather is especially in this season, such as Tommy Hilfiger’s lacquered shiny leather coat (in oxblood!) or J.W. Anderson’s glossy magenta ensemble. Other (less shiny) runway looks I love: See more inspiration on the Destination Thrift Runway Inspiration Pinboard! Ideas … Continue reading

Thrifting Tips for Teachers

Teachers spent $1.3 billion on school supplies in the 2009-2010 school year, according to David Nagel in this well-cited article.  Breaking it down, that’s an average of $356 of teacher’s own money spent on supplies like paper, arts & crafts, pencils, glue, etc. & instructional materials like teaching aids.  That’s a lot of money!  Add … Continue reading

Photographers: How to Shop a Thrift Store

Thrifting Tips for Photographers

Meet Jennifer Parr, a freelance photographer who successfully made the switch from hobbyist to professional.  She’s always scouting out great deals for new equipment, but she also extends that bargain-hunting to thrift stores!  Thrift stores are a veritable treasure trove for budding & professional photographers.  Whether you are just starting out, a seasoned pro, or … Continue reading

20% of people shop in thrift stores!

According to this USA Today article, about 20% of people shop in thrift stores. Do you count yourself as one of the 20%?

Seven Benefits of Buying Secondhand Clothing

Buying secondhand clothing has several benefits over buying brand new. If you aren’t convinced, read these seven reasons why you should consider checking out secondhand clothing on your next shopping trip. Author’s Note:  This article originally appeared on Helium almost 4 years ago, but the reasons still ring true today.  This is a quick overview of the basics – … Continue reading

Natalie’s Five Basic Tips for Thrift Store Shopping

Looking to build your wardrobe on a budget?  Try shopping at a second-hand, thrift, or consignment store.  Here are five tips to help you maximize your shopping experience. Author’s Note:  This article originally appeared on Helium almost 4 years ago, but the tips still ring true today.  This is a quick overview of the basics … Continue reading