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This, my friends, is a subject that is very close to my heart.

I started thrift shopping around 5 years ago. Before that, my personal style was practically non-existent. I didn't know any good clothing bands (for quality's sake and not necessarily recognition from others). I would basically wear things until they fell apart. Most of the time the articles were expensive and would break down very quickly. Fashion, to me, had limited importance in general.

This is when I discovered thrift store shopping. At that moment, it's almost as if the clouds parted and the sun shined through upon my life. I began getting some extraordinary brands for next to nothing. This is the real deal! We're talking some serious stuff here... Armani shirts, Gap Star jeans, Banana Republic sweaters, Versace glasses and shirts, Gap jeans, J. Crew button downs, Fossil and Armani Exchange watches, Ariat leather belts, sterling silver jewelry, Nike and Jordan brand sneakers, North Face and Eddie Bauer parkas, Express everything, etc. The list goes on and on. Most of the time these items still have the tags on when I buy them.

This hobby combines retail therapy (which can be dangerous anywhere else) and treasure hunting. The kicker? After all of this fun, you get to keep the loot and add this treasure to your wardrobe! For $20-$50, I can usually get 3-5 shirts, a couple pairs of jeans, a couple of accessories, a sweater or two, some button downs, and maybe a pair of shoes. One time I found a $100 bill in a small pocket in a pair of thrifted Gap jeans. It was an incredible feeling. What a score!

Honestly, and I'm aware this may be my addictive personality fueling this hobby, but it's fun and I look good darn it! The only things that I wear that aren't bought at thrift stores are my socks and underwear.

Does anyone else enjoy doing this? I love to hear where others thrift shop and what scores they've had. If you haven't checked this out, I HIGHLY recommend it.

Happy hunting!
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Yeah, I love thrifting too. I go to Savers a lot. I buy a lot of North Face Hoodies for $5. name brand T shirts like American Eagle, and Hollister. I buy Leviís with tags still on them for $10. I also go to this nicer thrift shop near me and they have a lot of really nice stuff. Iíve bought Ann Taylor jeans with the $80 price tags on them for $7, and an $80 Vera Bradley purse with the tags still on it for $15. I saw a Ralph Lauren dress one time with the $240 price tag still on it for $14, but I donít wear dresses so I didnít buy it.
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Totally love thrifting. Also, Out here in Phoenix, the Walmarts have excellent womenís clothing deals on clearance racks on an ongoing basis. Brand new tops for $3 or $5. That beats Savers. The thrift shops out here donít usually have designer clothes but I donít care about name items tho that does indicate good quality. Have fun!
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Yeah, I love thrifting too. I go to Savers a lot. I buy a lot of North Face Hoodies for $5. name brand T shirts like American Eagle, and Hollister. I buy Leviís with tags still on them for $10. I also go to this nicer thrift shop near me and they have a lot of really nice stuff. Iíve bought Ann Taylor jeans with the $80 price tags on them for $7, and an $80 Vera Bradley purse with the tags still on it for $15. I saw a Ralph Lauren dress one time with the $240 price tag still on it for $14, but I donít wear dresses so I didnít buy it.
That's so awesome! It looks like you have the thrift bug too. Thank you so much for sharing this. I love hear thrifting success stories. I actually just went out after I posted this and I scored a good new pair of jeans.
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I hope this might make you smile BonsaiGuy.

I routinely buy quality clothing in thrift shops. But also, I travel between climate zones and often misjudge temperature differences in winter and summer. I was in some mountains when the hourly bus service got cancelled meaning a 2 hour wait. It was a freezing cold, windy evening. I went into a thrift store that was about to close, picked up a boys hooded down parka for a few dollars, paid and put it on in the shop.

When I got the parka home, I saw that the tag inside was "BRAVE SOUL". I still love that parka!
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One of my favorite thrift stories is..
Last year, I found myself in a precarious predicament with two of my sons with winter coats. I had washed them and bagged them the previous year and put them away to start the winter season. During the after Christmas sales is when I would typically try to catch some markdowns. Anyways.
Apparently they were not completely dry. And were very ruined and unsalvageable. It was getting cold. And never mind prices, I couldn't even find something for them. I was on a tighter budget as we were weeks away from a trip out West to my dad's wedding. I went to one, found some that were just ok nothing major name brandwise but the place was only accepting cash or a certain card logo that I didn't have. I put on hold but instead of returning I thought about trying savers. Obermeyer and Columbia were what I came home with. Apparently Obermeyer is a big name ski brand. Columbia is stating the obvious. The Obermeyer was missing a hood that would naturally come off as it is. The Columbia has someone else's last name and an ever slight tear. I think I paid less than $20 that day.
I have an LLBean wool coat and Michael Kors leather from consignment.
I have no qualms backfilling wardrobes with thrift. None whatsoever.
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I hope this might make you smile BonsaiGuy.

I routinely buy quality clothing in thrift shops. But also, I travel between climate zones and often misjudge temperature differences in winter and summer. I was in some mountains when the hourly bus service got cancelled meaning a 2 hour wait. It was a freezing cold, windy evening. I went into a thrift store that was about to close, picked up a boys hooded down parka for a few dollars, paid and put it on in the shop.

When I got the parka home, I saw that the tag inside was "BRAVE SOUL". I still love that parka!
I do love this! In fact, many times I will wear something out of the store. This may be bizarre to some people, but I do it because the item that I just purchased is more stylish than what I came into the store wearing

Thanks for sharing your story!
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I swear by Goodwill. I can come home with bags and spend maybe $40. I'm not a name-brand person. I just enjoy wearing clothes that fit me and fit my mood. I'm a plaid person, so I love walking away with new plaid. It's definitely retail therapy for me. I always buy clothes with the 50% tag with some extremely rare exceptions, and I always walk away feeling like I got a terrific deal. I had a thing where whenever I'm over at my grandparents I'd give my grandma a look and she'll say "Wanna go to Goodwill?" We were always Goodwill buddies, 9 out of 10 times if I come over we go to Goodwill. I introduced her to the Goodwill that was so big it had it's own "library". She got sucked in right away and found so many books, mostly books for my grandpa cuz he reads about 2 books a week.
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I LOVE thrift stores.I would much rather buy clothes that have already been washed and worn than brand new ones because I know they shouldn't shrink anymore.I have found way too many good deals to think of any specific ones right now though.

I DO definitely wash everything I buy though,usually at least 2-4 times before wearing.that's because I worked at Goodwill at one time and after some of the things I saw no way would I put something on and wear it out of the store.Many ppl think clothing is washed and it's not.
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I get decent scores at thrift stores. Recent purchases have been various gym clothes for max of $4/piece, penguin originals shoes for $4, a working Sega Genesis and 7 carts including two controllers and the cables ("Sonic and knuckles," "micro machines" and vectorman 2) for $30, a 40 watt X4 Lloyd's am/fm/dual-cassette receiver for $10, and a pair of sbl70's for $12. I plan to sell the audio equipment when I can bring myself to do it. I have a buyer.
A friend grabbed an RCA turntable/am/fm receiver with matching speakers for $10.
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