I’m gonna see how long it takes me to get to the beginning of my posts… Time to delete all the give-away stuff, embarrassing texts posts, and probably some repeats…
I’m pretty sure my first posts were actually thinspo, Adventure Time, and tattoo stuff…. How long have I even been on Tumblr??
Update: I found a contest post that ended in July… And a LOT of embarrassing text posts… And I’m nowhere near done…
Update 2: I made it to last Christmas, and I’m getting really tired… I found the original Moon Moon post and LOTS of Skypehammer and super-cute family pics and stuff. Sorry for the nostalgia spam!
I wouldn’t be able to do that with my blog. I got nearly 42k posts
Have a really old, unfinished sketch of Blixi (my resto shaman) that I just unearthed.
He’s changed a little bit now, but he’s mostly still the same.
holy shit dude you make Blixi look awesome. I wanna draw a reply but I’m not awake enough, so I’ll just sit here ofr the next 20 mins appreciating this.
Yes, I do! Every store is different and I am basing this off of my experience with the general Twin Cities area, but my basic tips would be:
- Think about the location. The location helps you to decipher what kind of items will be donated because of proximity and general populations in that area. For example, my favorite thrift stores are Goodwill stores because they get merchandise from Target, especially bulk items that didn’t sell or salvaged items. Independent thrift stores tend to carry quirkier items not sold at major retailers. Thrift stores in the suburbs or in affluent neighborhoods have a higher quality of items, though they can be more expensive than other thrift stores.
- Go during the week. If you are able to go during a weekday, you will probably have a better chance of finding nicer items. There aren’t any specific restocking days as far as I can tell, but my thoughts are if you go after a big tag sale day there will be new items on the floor the next morning because so much was purchased the previous day. Same with busy weekends.
- Bargain hunt during your bargain hunt. Tag sales can definitely be worth it. If you have a few days to peruse the store, you could go the night before a tag sale, right as they are about to close, and see if you can find anything you like that will go on sale the next day. Then if you get there right away in the morning you can get the item for a discounted price.
- Try things on. I cannot stress this enough. If you don’t feel comfortable trying on used clothing in the store, wear tight fitting tank or shorts beneath your clothing and try it on over that to get a good sense of if the item will fit you. Thrift stores have short or non-existent return polices, and even if it’s cheap, you still don’t want to lose money. Items come from many stores over many decades, so sizing is never accurate. I’ve purchased things in a medium up to like a 4x which makes no sense at all, and I never would have guessed they would fit if I hadn’t tried them on.
- Shop seasonally. If you’re like me and you thrift shop because you saw something at Target but don’t want to pay full price, make sure that you go to the thrift store around the time that big name stores are changing their seasonal stock. Summer clothes end up at thrift stores in September and October, and winter clothes start coming in around February. Of course there are exceptions, but this is when you can find the most name brand, new items at much lower prices.
- Look for items in bulk. If you don’t want to look through ever rack for the lowest price, try to look for clumps of the same shirt or dress or pants on the rack. Chances are the thrift store received a large donation of something that didn’t sell well, and it will be priced lower than other items because they have so much of it. So a shirt that would be $5 on it’s own is now $1 because there are 20 of them at the store.
- Think practically. If you find an item you really love, check it for stains or rips first. Some things can be repaired or are worth it even with a small flaw, and some you can find with a gaping hole that could never be fixed. You don’t want to get home and be disappointed. If you’re looking for furniture, keep in mind that a coat of paint can cure almost anything. Have faith in your ability to salvage.
- Know your brands. I don’t mean this in a snobbish, “only buy a Prada bag” way. I mean like know which stuff comes from Kohl’s and which comes from Wal-Mart. The only reason it matters is because your great deal might actually not be that great depending on the original retailer. Faded Glory, a Wal-Mart brand, can dip as low as $1-5 during clearance events, so your great priced t-shirt might actually be a ripoff. Whereas Daisy Fuentes jeans retail around $50 and are worth your money at a thrift store. Plus the quality of the clothing depends heavily on the original retailer. Clothes from Wal-Mart are cheap but they don’t last, especially if someone else has worn them before you.
- Don’t get disappointed. Finally, I think it’s important to remember that a bad shopping trip is just that—one trip. It doesn’t mean that you won’t find something again in a week, you just didn’t find it that day. If you thrift shop often you’ll come to find stores that you want to go back to. For example, I know by now that Goodwill in one suburb has the clothes I want, the Goodwill in another gets a lot of name brand jeans, Goodwill in a major city has dishes and jewelry, and the Goodwill in an different city has brand new shoes. I never would have figured that out if I had stopped looking at different places. Just because you didn’t find it the first time doesn’t mean it’s not out there.
happy shopping :)