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The Key to Successful Thrifting

The Key to Successful Thrifting





Sweater: Banana Republic (similar) | Denim: American Rag | Boots: Sam Edelman (thrifted; similar here and here) | Bag: Vintage Dooney & Bourke (thrifted; similar modern version) | Necklaces: Gap/American Eagle

Despite wishing for spring weather, I’m trying to make the most of my winter wardrobe, and that means wearing my boots as often as I can. I have a penchant for shoe-shopping, but finding shoes at thrift stores is the best because the prices are (usually) so affordable. The boots I’m wearing in this particular post I bought at one of my local Goodwills for $15 — and they normally retail for upwards of $200 at department stores.

When asked about my secret to successful thrifting, my number-one tip is to shop out of season. It’s when you’ll find the best quality and the best deals. I bought these boots in June. They were sitting on the shelf being overlooked by everyone in favor of summery sandals and wedges. I knew I’d have to wait at least another three months before Mother Nature gave me the chance to wear them, but the price I paid was well worth my patience.

So even though the wind and snow are probably still blowing in your area, try shopping in the short-sleeve shirts and summery dresses for the best deals. You never know what bargains you’ll find!

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CaitlinWilson (32 Posts)

Caitlin Wilson is the founder and editor of Re-Mix-Her, a personal-style and fashion blog. Caitlin graduated with a degree in professional writing, with concentrations in public relations and Biblical languages, from Taylor University. She works at Litfuse Publicity Group as the Chick of All Trades (social media coordinator and publicity assistant), and she also works as a freelance writer and editor. When she isn’t found browsing Pinterest at a local coffee shop (with an iced coffee in hand), she’s either shopping, thrifting, or hanging out with family and friends.


  1. I love this so much! My girls (19 and 12!) and I LOVE thrifting…but normally we’re running out last minute in “NEEDED THIS LIKE YESTERDAY!!!” mode… remembering to look for out of season items is SUCH a good tip. Thanks:)

    • I’m glad to hear that, Valorie! I’ve been thrifting/going to garage sales since I was in elementary school, so it’s wonderful that you’re already instilling that love of secondhand shopping in your girls.

  2. I just got back from an awesome day at the consignment shop. Tuesdays are 1/2 off everything!

  3. I bought my boots last summer too! I love wearing them. I had been looking for a pair of high rise black boots and there they were in the thrift shop, so lonely in July!

  4. I love, love, LOVE thrifting! 🙂 My best deal ever was a $100 Fossil shoulder bag I bought at Salvation Army for $5. It is well loved. I was in the right place at the right time for that one.

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