Thrifty Ways To Give Back This Christmas

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” -Buddy the Elf I love Will Ferrell, but for me the best way to spread Christmas cheer is to give my time, energy, and resources to bless someone else. I emphasize the giving back part of the holidays with my children. … Continue reading

Winter Wardrobe Essentials

Winter is on its way!  Like it or not, the colder weather demands some wardrobe changes.  But all those pricey sweaters, coats, and boots can leave you feeling left out in the cold.  Not to worry:  we’ll show you how to shop for great winter staples at low thrift store prices. The Basics If you … 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

Know What to Pay, and When to Walk Away

Learning to recognize true value and when someone is overcharging is a key shopping skill for both regular and thrift shopping alike.  Thrifting is a great way to hone this skill because of the diversity of merchandise and the shorter window of time to decide – part of why I have a firm belief that … Continue reading

Six (6) Tips for Sellers to Improve Your Garage Sale (from an addicted shopper)

Having a garage sale can be a lot of work – all that sorting and hauling and displaying and haggling… Let’s face it, this summer pastime is a commitment!  As a long-time garage sale shopper, I came up with six tips to make sure people will shop your sale. Advertise smartly Team up. Use your … Continue reading

Eight (8) of the Most Popular Items Found at Garage Sales

If you are a newbie to garage sailing, you may not know what to expect.  Just what kind of things can you find at a yard sale?  Truthfully, you can find almost anything at a garage sale.  But for all the beginners, here’s a list of the eight most common items I’ve seen at neighborhood … Continue reading

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

Breaking the Thrift Store Stigma

Let’s face it – we all want to dress like we raided a celebrity’s closet.  But in this economy, who honestly has the extra wiggle room in their budget to afford those Jimmy Choo shoes or that adorable Alexander McQueen frock?  That’s why fashionistas across the United States are looking to alternative fashion destinations: the … Continue reading