I have always loved to shop; I think most of us women do. In high school, I spent all of my extra money doing it, and I'll still pick shopping over most things if I get free time. Growing up, we didn't have a lot of extra money. I started thrifting when I was in junior high because I realized it was a way to stretch what spending money I did have, and as a bonus, it was also a way to find really unique and cool items for my wardrobe. Now that I am married and work a little from home, I do have a more money to spend on clothing, shoes, or accessories, but my thrifty habits have carried over. I am a style blogger who loves to thrift but also is just thrifty with how I spend. Read on to find out where I shop. I think you'll find I don't spend a lot or shop at places that are very different from you.
Savers thrift store is where I shop the most. I shop at the one closest to my home and I stop in every other week. There are several reasons why I shop at Savers over other thrift stores in my area. One is that they are open until 9 pm, which makes it easy to stop in after the kids are in bed if I want to get out of the house. They also carry really nice items. They are expensive for a thrift store standards, but I never shop there without donating something on my way in and getting a coupon. You get a 20% off coupon every time you donate. I also am a Club Member, which means I get 25% off every Tuesday and special emails about sales. About 4-5 holidays a year, all clothing and shoes in the store are 50% off. Those are my favorite days to shop. I shop for myself, my husband, and my kids there. I love that I never know what I will find, and it will always be unique. You can read my tips for shopping at thrift stores here and here.
All from Savers
All from Savers
As a mom, I often shop at the stores that are closest to me out of convenience. Target and TJ Maxx both fit that bill. I am not a crazy Target shopper. I probably go there once a month, and while I'm there I will check the shoe, accessories, and clothing clearance. I know how often things go on sale at Target, so I almost never buy things full price. Target is a place for me to pick up a cute basic sweater or a new scarf on sale. They also have on trend or ahead of the trend boots and shoes for a good price. If you are looking for a shoe knock-off then Target is the place. I love checking out their hats as well. This year, I bought almost everything for our family photos at Target. It was an inexpensive way to find coordinating items that were on trend. I always use my Red Debit card and my Cartwheel app when I shop.
Pants: TJ Maxx
TJ Maxx is another local store that I frequent once a month. I love their on trend selection and prices. I usually shop the sale rack, but even the full price items are affordable. My favorite items to buy there are black ponte knit pants, trendy blouses and Lucky Brand denim. Their shoe department is also really fun to shop. The shoes are good quality but often still expensive. I will buy them on clearance for the right price. My world changed when I recently found that you can shop TJ Maxx online. I was able to find the strappy flats below and my camo pants both online when my store didn't have my size. I have been really impressed with their online selection.
Pants: TJ Maxx
Pants: Lucky Brand (TJ Maxx)
Shoes: TJ Maxx
When I am at the mall, I will always go into Forever 21. I also shop them online. I love their cheap and edgy jewelry, their hats, and their enormous selection of on trend clothing for the right price. You can find any trend there. You do have to be wary of things that are too trendy - there are many ways to go wrong. And usually you have to go up a size or two because honestly, their clothes aren't sized for women. BUT I can always find interesting and fun pieces to add to my wardrobe for at least one season. The quality is low, but you can't beat the prices. The ability to find the right look for the right price makes this one of my favorite stores.
I have shopped at GAP for longer than I can remember. While some seasons I love their collections more than others, I will always hit up the sale rack. I love when there is an extra 30% off of sale prices, and I also buy their jeans frequently. I have a GAP credit card that earns rewards so I will always use it to pay when I buy from GAP or Old Navy and the rewards do add up.
Sweater: Old Navy
Scarf: Just Dawnelle
Old Navy is another place I always stop in while at the mall. It always has good sales, and I will buy basics like cardigans, sweaters, flip flops, sandals and long shorts there. I never buy their jeans unless I am pregnant. I do shop their maternity section often when I am expecting.
Instagram shopping is something that I have started doing in the last year. I have found some amazing things, but it is hit or miss. I do have a separate IG account for selling and shopping on IG so that I can follow shops that I like on that account rather than clog my personal feed. I started shopping on Instagram just by searching the hashtag #shopmycloset. You will get thousands of results, but the first ones are the newest items listed. I just browse for pictures that look good or look like my style, and then I will click over to that shop. It is pretty easy to spot the good items and the nicer shops. It is a little addictive at first because you can do it anytime, anywhere. All it takes to purchase something is to leave your Paypal email. You can also make offers and sometimes get a lower price by a dollar or two or order multiple items for a discount.
Bag: Garage Sale
Shoes: IG shop
The Rack is pretty far from where we live, but I would love to shop there more often. I love to buy shoes for myself and my kids there. I have also found a few shirts and blouses there for great prices. My husband often has good luck there as well.
While I love affordable items, there are some things that are just such high quality that they are worth it. For example, I own several pairs of Frye boots because they are amazing. If I am looking for something that is expensive and high quality, I'll scour eBay for them for a few weeks. High quality items are great to buy second hand because they still have a lot of life left in them.
Sierra Trading Post
This is one of my husband's favorite places to shop, and I browse there occasionally too. They often have high end shoes, boots, and coats for a great price. You can find almost anything and usually use a coupon too.
I buy most of my basic white under-tees here. Unfortunately, I feel like the sizing changes all the time, but they are the cheapest long under-tanks and under-tees that I have found.
I don't subscribe to a lot of deal sites because it makes it too easy to shop from my phone, but I do love Very Jane. I'll order trendy items from them if I know it is a good deal.
This is another of my favorite deal sites. You can always find something you love, and the girls that run it are so talented. I've ordered clothing, accessories, and home items from them. Often the best stuff sells out, so following them on IG is a great way to stay updated.
I mostly shop here for my boys' shoes, but I'll look for myself sometimes too. You can find running shoes and a lot of other items for a great deal.
If I am looking for a really generic item, I will check Amazon. I was looking for a leopard scarf last year and searched Amazon on a whim. I found one from China for only $2 shipped! It's usually worth a try. I buy beauty products from Amazon frequently because of Amazon Prime.
MY OWN CLOSET
If I have an item in mind that I want but can't find, I often make it or alter something that is similar. I make graphic tees all the time out of old tees that I don't wear anymore. I also thrift skirts that are too large and take them in. I cut the bottoms off my jeans if they are too long and I want a raw edge. Recently, I have tried my hand at distressing jeans and tearing intentional holes in them. I've sewn the ends of a fur stole together to make a fur scarf. I don't let what the stores are selling stop me from getting the look that I want, and sometimes that means making it myself.
Shirt: Made by me
Obviously, I shop at more stores than these, but these are all my go-to places. I don't let where something is sold matter as much as it being the right thing. Recently, I bought a black baseball cap at Michaels craft store because it was less than $2 and it looked exactly like what I wanted. I always have my eye out when I shop anywhere. You never know when you will find just the right thing at a garage sale, the grocery store, or even Walmart.
What stores do you love to find a good deal at? I'd love to hear where you shop!