My visit to the small town of Jefferson, TX inspired an addictive habit to pop back up: my need to shop. Luckily now my shopaholic syndrome is balanced by a head for budgeting and a mantra of spending on experiences – but thrifting let’s me get away with everthing.
I never spend a lot of money and the hunt for treasures is always a good time.
The last couple of years, I’ve been very into thrifting for homewares and furniture. Ever since I started traveling, I’m all about thrifting clothes. I want to go a lot of different places and not have on the same outfit (like some weird cartoon character). I also want to be able to say I got my whole outfit for under twenty bucks. Ah, the pride of a bargain.
While in Jefferson, I was on the lookout for a simple vase, but of course I came away with some clothes instead. One of the shops had a special rack sale where everything was fifty cents. I got two floral tops and some jeans I’m working on DIYing. The thrifting in Jefferson was pretty great!
That is the other thing – thrifting offers you an opportunity to try some DIY projects. I’ve been able to accomplish top trends just by making it myself with a cheap foundation. Vintage denim is perfect for making into high-waisted shorts and you can add embroidery to almost any plain shirt for a cool effect.
I could go on and on, but here’s some quick tips to end it.
- Look through everything! Especially the men’s section, where some might stay away – lots of great denim, coats, and graphic tees to be found.
- Have some general ideas or inspo before you go so you can have a keener eye on what you’re looking for. (But don’t get set on something too specific!)
- Be patient. Sometimes when I’m in too much of a rush, I get frustrated. There will be days when you look for an hour and find nothing. Luckily, just looking can be fun for me!
- Bring hand sanitizer. Sometimes things feel pretty grimy, and a lot of the home goods haven’t been touched in ages.