Take your Thrift Upscale; Try Resale! Furbished Fashion Finds—and a Can’t Miss Coupon!

There are so many ways to be thrifty when purchasing clothes. Perhaps you’re tired of the Goodwill scene or have limited time to find high-quality clothes on a budget. My advice?  “Take your thrift upscale; try resale!”

Resale consignment stores are a great way to find unique high-quality items at a fraction of the price you would normally pay. Plus, you’re supporting local businesses!

Recently, I scouted out Furbished Fashion, a  local resale boutique in West Des Moines, Iowa.

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I really enjoyed the ambience of this store. It was well organized and attractively designed.

I also liked the flat rate pricing structure. For instance, all shirts, skirts, non-denim pants, and shorts are priced at an even twelve dollars; purses and shoes are marked at fifteen dollars. You get the idea!

There is also a back room filled with higher-end designer merchandise. (A different pricing structure applies here).  If designer merchandise is your thing, you will enjoy perusing the bargains on your favorite name brands.

I purchased several items here that I really love. One item was this blouse that I affectionally call my “shelf liner shirt.”

 

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My “shelf liner shirt” was new with tags, and it oddly feels–and looks–exactly like those protective shelf liners used for cupboards and such. (I will have you know that shelf liners are very comfortable to wear).  I love this shirt and never would have picked it out for myself,  but Nicole, the owner, suggested I try it. So thanks, Nicole, for helping me leave my style rut!

I also like this blouse because it’s a chameleon.  Despite how “young” and casual the blouse feels, it surprisingly paired well with a professional ensemble. When I combined it with my thrifted Express skirt and heels–both from Goodwill–I felt comfortable wearing this outfit to work.  Who knew shelf liners were so versatile? 🙂

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The best part? Total cost of the entire ensemble was just under $25.

My other favorite Furbished Fashion find was this adorable dress paired with my Goodwill strappy heels.

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This dress is so different from most things I own, but that’s why I love it. It feels fresh and fun! And how cute is the bow?

So friends, next time you’re feeling thrifty but want to change up your thrift routine, stop in at Furbished Fashion in West Des Moines, Iowa. Nicole and her assistant,  Lora, are great, and I think you’ll come away with some stylish finds. They’ve even offered readers of Dressed on a Dime an excellent coupon offer!

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Given the already low bargain prices,  this coupon is going to help you score an exceptional deal. Pull it up on your phone or mention that you saw it on Dressed on a Dime. Limit is one per customer. 

So, go say hello to Nicole and Lora at Furbished Fashion and make sure to use your coupon! I’d love to hear about your finds.

Happy Thrifting!

 

 

Thrift Smart: 4 Ways to Save Money at Thrift Stores

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Benjamin Franklin said, ” A penny saved is a penny earned.” If you’re shopping at thrift stores, you are already “earning” more because of all the pennies you’re saving. But did you know there are ways to save even more pennies while thrifting?

Consider these four ways to save even more on your thrifting excursions. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how low the prices can go!

  1. Shop by Color With Tag Sales

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Two of the biggest thrift giants,  Goodwill and Salvation Army,  use a multi-color tag system to assort their merchandise. Each day, a new color is on sale–typically 50 percent off. Shopping by tag is a great way to maximize your savings on already low prices.

2. Purchase a Goodwill Coupon Calendar

I didn’t know this one was a “thing” until recently.

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These calendars can be purchased for five dollars, and the ROI is well worth it. This year’s calendar featured $96 dollars worth of coupons (two per month) to be used at Goodwill stores throughout the year.

(Now, in all honesty, purchasing the calendar was the easy part, but if you’re like me, remembering to actually have the coupon on hand at the time of purchase is the real challenge).

Regardless, when I do remember to bring my coupons, I save money. Because each time I redeem a coupon for five dollars off my purchase,  I essentially score a free article of clothing. So while “There’s ‘No Such Thing As A Free Lunch,’  rest assured “There Is Such A Thing As A Free Shirt” at Goodwill!

3. Take advantage of Holiday Sales 

Celebrate the holidays by thrifting! Many thrift stores observe holidays such as Labor Day, New Year’s Day, and July Fourth by offering special sales and discounts.  Again, these sales vary by location, so check the websites and social media pages of your local stores for the deals in your area.

4. Make a trip to a Goodwill Outlet Store.

Two words: Controlled chaos.

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This is the typical scene at a Goodwill Outlet store– a maze of bins filled to the brim with unsorted goods.  Going to a Goodwill Outlet store is an experience all it’s own, and I only recommend this mode of thrifting if you’re up for an adventure, have plenty of time, and are sufficiently caffeinated. :/

The upside of shopping the Goodwill Outlet is that it’s dirt cheap: Items are paid for by the pound instead of being individually priced.

The downside? It’s not an efficient use of time and can feel overwhelming. Though I’ve found a few nice items here, it’s not my favorite way to shop.

What are you favorite ways to save money at thrift stores? I’d love to hear your ideas.

And as always, Happy Thrifting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Non-Thrifter Goes Thrifting: Here’s What She Had to Say. (And look what she found)!

Over the summer, I took my non-thrifting friend, Carissa, with me to a local Goodwill for a fun morning of bargain hunting. (Well, I had fun.  Carissa came with me out of sheer curiosity after a few too many instances of “Thanks, it’s from Goodwill” coming out of my mouth when she commented on my clothes). But she ended up having a better time than she anticipated—and  she found this beautiful dress!

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So all’s well that ends well!  However, going into our thrifting adventure, she wasn’t quite so optimistic.  In fact, she said she was fortunate to be with a friend so she “wouldn’t feel like she wasted time when she didn’t find anything.”

Oh, ye of little faith.

To get the perspective of a non-thrifter, I asked her a few questions about her experience; if you’re a fellow non-thrifter, you can probably relate to her.

Q: What are the main reasons you’ve largely avoided thrift stores in the past?

A: I’m an organized person. When I walk into a thrift store, I feel overwhelmed, like I don’t know where to start. It seems disorganized, and I get impatient.

I’m pretty sure this is the scene she was expecting.

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While there doesn’t always seem to be a method to the madness at thrift stores, alas, the store was tolerable. In fact, she found herself pleasantly surprised.

She stated, “The store was more organized and clean than I anticipated. I did find myself growing a little impatient, but finding three awesome items in an hour and a half was a pleasant surprise. I’m very happy with the pieces I found,  and I’ve become more optimistic about thrifting.”

Q: Will you go thrifting again?

A: Yes. I believe in reducing, reusing, and recycling, and I think this is a step I can take to be more proactive about those things. And I’m more likely to go if you come with me again. 

Let’s hit up the Salvation Army next, Carissa.

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So non-thrifters, it seems like the moral of the story is this:

  1. Grab a friend
  2. Be patient
  3. Put aside pre-conceived notions
  4. Have fun finding fashionable bargains
  5. Repeat

Happy Thrifting, everyone!

 

 

 

 

Five Reasons to Start Thrifting Today

I started thrifting regularly several years ago in the context of a complete financial overhaul, and it really has changed my life for the better. Yes, it’s time consuming and the stores are often unglamorous. But in my estimation, the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks. There are many reasons to thrift, but I’ve outlined five important reasons below.

Number 1: Let’s start with the obvious: You will save money. 

In the past three years, I’ve saved thousands of dollars by largely avoiding the mall and instead shopping thrift or resale stores. In fact, most of my clothes are from Goodwill or Salvation Army, places with rock bottom prices. I’ve used the extra money to pay off debt, save, and travel.

Number 2: Your outfits will be more unique and creative.

Thrifting lends itself to piece-by-piece buying.  You will begin to let your own sense of style emerge as you piece together one-of-a-kind outfits that are creatively all yours!  I love knowing that my outfits are unique to me and that no one else is donning the same ensemble. (Who else is walking around in lime ball earrings and an old school Christopher and Banks blouse that could have made a beautiful doily)? It’s also more fun to get dressed in the morning!

 

 

3.  You are lessening consumerism and increasing recycling.

In today’s society,  we tend to lose interest in our possessions quickly, eager to keep pace with the latest trends and styles. Thrift stores reduce consumption and provide a way for clothes to be “recycled’ to new owners instead of being dumped into a landfill prematurely.

4. You will develop more self-discipline.

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Charles Duhigg, in his fascinating book titled “The Power of Habit,” coins the term “keystone” habits. According to Duhigg, keystone habits don’t create a direct cause-and-effect relationship, but they can spark “chain reactions that help other good habits take hold.” (For instance, those who exercise are more likely to start eating healthier).

From a personal perspective, thrifting was a keystone habit. Once I became a habitual thrifter, I started becoming aware of other wasteful habits I’d developed. I subsequently quit going to Starbucks for overpriced lattes, stopped eating out so pervasively, and instituted savings goals. In short, I began to understand the value of money and the need to spend, save, and invest wisely. (Oh, and the book was a thrift store find, too). 🙂

5. You will become more content.

At the end of the day, you will find that happiness doesn’t hinge upon the things you own. When you untangle youself from society’s adoration of excess and expense, you will prioritize relationships with others, meaningful purpose, and new experiences–all things that spark true joy.