Friday, February 24, 2023



When my granddaughter (now almost 17) was 14 or 15, she and her buddies taught me the art of THRIFTING.  None of them could drive then, so I was often asked to be their chauffeur.  We would hit up the only THRIFT STORE in our small town, then head 30 miles away to a GOODWILL.  Those girls would just crack me up going through all the clothes as if they were looking for the Golden Egg at an Easter Egg Hunt.  And they would always come away with a bag full of tee shirts and other items and their pocketbooks still holding some change.  (Yes, I’m old-fashioned and still say pocketbook!)

Well, you guessed it…I caught the bug, and I’ve been thrifting ever since.  I don’t mind wearing “slightly used” clothing since I grew up wearing my cousin’s hand-me-downs.  And although I do love getting good bargains and saving myself money, I am also happy that I am helping the environment.

“Shopping at thrift stores is a simple & easy way to go green.  Manufacturing, producing, packaging, & distributing new clothing takes a lot of energy & water.  Disposing of unwanted clothing also takes a toll on the environment.  In the U.S., individuals throw out 60  to 80 pounds of textile waste each year.  It can take months & even years for these materials to fully break down in landfills.  By choosing to buy secondhand clothing instead of brand new, you reduce waste & help the planet.  In this way, thrift shopping is the ultimate way to live out the ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ motto.”


 I recently visited our local BROTHER CHARLIE'S THRIFT STORE which helps drug-affected and homeless men in the community.  You can get some great deals for only $2 or $3.  For example, this is a GAP jacket I recently bought and it’s like new.  I absolutely  love it…and I got it for the grand price of $3!  I snatched that thing off the rack so fast it made my head spin.  

And look at this sweet jacket by EMMA JAMES that will be perfect for spring that I got for only $2!!!


 And this is the prettiest sweater by CHICO'S that I also swept up for $2.

I don’t find too much at Goodwill…the nearest one is just not very good.  But occasionally my husband and I make a trip to SAM’S CLUB for supplies and we’ll do a little thrifting there.  I’ve even got my husband hooked after he got these ORVIS pair of pants that normally sale for about $119 for $15!

My favorite place to thrift, however, is online.  Although I’ve only found a couple of sites I like my favorite is POSHMARK.  It is sort of an “upscale” thrift store with prices from very low to very high.  I even have my own “closet” on there which I’ll tell you about in a moment.  Here are some recent goodies I scored at (to me) great prices:

 $7 + shipping

 $10 + shipping

 $16 + shipping

 $10 + shipping

(Yes, I’m a shoeaholic!)

 $17 + shipping

  POSHMARK is amazing but can be a little overwhelming at first because there is SO MUCH at all different price points.  It takes awhile to get the hang of it whether you are buying or selling but I think it’s worth it.  One good thing is that if you don’t like the price shown, you can make the seller a lower offer and every time I have done that (and I always do that), the seller has given me a better price.  The down side of POSHMARK is the shipping…$7.97...unless the seller is nice enough to give you discounted shipping.  There are some good youtube videos to better explain POSHMARK.

 Another online thrift store I have had luck with is THRED-UP.  With this one you have to look through a lot of duds before you find that diamond in the rough.  To make it a little easier, you can search for what you want and you can set your size, preferences, etc.  You can also save your favorites (can do in Poshmark also) and go back to them later.  THRED-UP has good sales often so that’s a plus.

 Both pieces $29

If you like a good bargain, don’t mind hand-me-downs, and want to help the environment, I highly recommend THRIFTING.  (By the way, I do wash/clean each piece when I receive it...just in case!) And to get started, I’d love to have you check out my POSHMARK CLOSET at:



Try just might like it and the environment will thank you!

PS:  This lady on youtube (LITTLE POET) does a lot of thrifting and finds the neatest things.  There are also lots of other youtube videos about thrifting and about Poshmark.


  1. My Granddaughter is a big thrifter and gets the cutest things thru Thred Up. I smile thinking how much my Mom would have loved doing this in her day. She was always one to find the best bargains in any store she shopped. Goodwill has left a bad tasted in my mouth when I see how high they sell things and won't go down in price. They get all this stuff for free! Your "closet" has lots of cute tops and it's seems like a good way to earn a little cash to get newish things in return! I love those ballet flats. Those are my kind of shoes! I hope you have a good rest of your weekend and it's good to have you back blogging!

    1. I am not too fond of Goodwill either but today I did luck up and all blue tags were $.99...and I scored the cutest top. First Goodwill find in awhile! Thanks so much for welcoming me back:)

  2. WOW - what deals!! I often donate and think "someone will be excited to score this". I rarely look at clothes in a thrift shop but ALWAYS check out the home decor and dishes - I have been lucky at times....keep up the hunt!

  3. Good for you. I am not fond of Goodwill because their pricing structure is all over the place. I can find things cheaper at Kohl's for clothing sometimes. That being said, it is great for glassware and different decorative items. I like St. Vincent DePaul, too, because the money goes directly to help people in need. GW is more of a profit organization and I think some of their prices make things unaffordable to people in real need. xo Diana

  4. My daughter is a huge thrift shopper. She finds the most interesting items. I'm a big thrifting fan, too, but I don't buy clothes. I stick to the home section! Something for everyone!!

  5. Hey! I am also one who still says "pocketbook", you know I do! And I like to find nice clothes but for a very good bargain, thanks for all your tips here!

  6. Oh Cheri, I LOVE THE THRIFT SHOP....I like doing that cause I can go after certain things. I like it almost as much as roadside shopping, but the difference is I get what I get, maybe not exactly what I am looking for. BUT....I can revamp it for me. HAHA....I have been GWing and thrifting for as long as I can remember. Shop on, and ENJOY.


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