Our household is going through an interesting shift right now. We dropped of my sister today at her dorm, and needless to say, there are some feelings of sadness right now. Of course, going off to college and starting a new chapter in her life is a good thing, but it never really hit me that her leaving home would feel so real…until now.
As I ended my undergraduate career, she is just starting hers. While I begin to apply to graduate school in the upcoming months, she will be making new friends, cramming for her first set of midterms, and (hopefully) not forgetting to Skype us.
Even though we both depend on our family’s income right now for the majority of our expenses, she has the right to call herself a poor college student. I can’t exactly use that term for myself right now…at least not until I officially know where I’ll be a poor grad student .
Anyways, I have been bugging her to write a guest post on my blog for some time now, and seeing how thrifting is catching on nowadays, I thought it would be the perfect topic for her to write about. You see, my sister has become an expert thrifter over the course of this summer, and I thought it would be great if she could share some of her thrifty tips with all of you students (or just savvy savers) out there.
I’ve only been a dedicated thrifter for a few months now. I started at the beginning of the summer when my best friend moved back into town, and considering we are both college students, her going into her second year, and me going into my first, thrifting was our only choice if we wanted to go on a summer shopping spree.
But thrifting is fun in more ways than just being able to buy a lot more for the money you have. You can find treasures along the way, items that have been passed from hand to hand for generations. Or you can hunt for vintage items of great value and resell them yourself. Or you can end up finding tons of things you never thought you wanted and later have a strange fish-shaped bowl staring at you from your kitchen counter.
But if you still want to get started thrifting and save yourself a couple months of learning the tricks on your own, here’s what I know:
1. Set aside time. A lot of it.
Thrifting is all about taking your time. As well as there being cool and interesting items, there’s also a LOT of crap. Depending on how large your local thrift store is, make sure to set aside enough time in your day to go through every piece in the store. Many of the best pieces can be hidden between things your eyes skim over.
2. You won’t always find something.
Like I said earlier, there’s a lot of crap in thrift stores. They depend on donations and sometimes the donations that day just aren’t up to par. The merchandise in the store may be appealing to other people but not you – and that’s okay. Be satisfied with coming back and trying again another time.
3. Try on things before you buy them!
Even if you’re sure it’s going to fit, a lot of holes and tears are only visible when you put on the piece of clothing. It takes a few minutes to try something on, and it can save you from buying a piece you later won’t be happy with.
4. If you really want great deals, know when the sale days are.
Many thrift stores allow you to subscribe to texts or emails that alert you when a sale is coming up. If not, there are usually set sale days, like a fifty-percent off day every last Sunday of the month, or half-off certain colored tags that week. Don’t be afraid to ask the employees or volunteers about these deals and when they happen.
Even without all the rules and tips, thrifting is still an exciting experience. Go out and see how many interesting items you can buy with only a dollar!
I’m not a big thrifter when it comes to books, clothes, or household items, but I do appreciate finding a treasure among the junk from time-to-time. Since I have professed my love for Grocery Outlet on this blog many times, I guess you could say I am a foodie thrifter .
Lately, I found a food treasure in the form of Asian yogurt:
Tarté Asian Yogurt has a lighter subtly sweet taste compared to most flavored yogurts, yet it is still very smooth and creamy for a high protein yogurt. (source)
They had these two flavors available, at a convenient 2/$1.00 price.
The yogurts are said to be all-natural since they are sweetened with Stevia, and have a 1:1 sugar-to-protein ratio.
I found both yogurts to have a consistency close to Chobani, since neither was as thick as Fage. Strawberry and Guanabana tasted great with a Nutella dollop, and I had the Original with some peanut flour.
Usually I absolutely need to mix in something into original flavored yogurts since they often are too sour for me, but I honestly could have eaten the original flavor on its own. The peanut flour did add some more thickness though, which isn’t a bad thing when it comes to yogurt!
They have four more flavors that I am eager to try—Mango & Coconut and Green Tea & Honey are included! Need I say more ?
Are you a thrifter?
What’s your favorite thing to thrift?