1. Go often. They put out new items every day. Different things go on sale every day. And by sale, I mean 50% off what was already the thrift store price. One visit I walked out with a pair of shoes, a dress, and three skirts for $20.
2. Browse. You have to look carefully because the really good blouse is going to be hidden amongst a bunch of not so good ones.
3. Try on. Since pieces in thrift stores come in a wide range of clothing lines, your size will vary. Sometimes a size 8 will work. Sometimes it will not.
It's hard to choose what my favorite find has been so far, but this purse is definitely in the top three. I think I scored it on my second trip there. It was on the wall behind the register, so I knew it was probably a good one. They were protecting it, you see. I spied some familiar little details on it. I'd know those textured silver hearts anywhere.
The hardware on the purse caught my eye.
It's a Brighton!
As the manager handed it to me, I asked, "Is this a Brighton?" She smiled, "It is." And then she said something that made my heart leap for joy, "It was $75, but it just went on tag sale. It's half off." She then proceeded to show me the label inside to assure me it was authentic.
Then I checked out this adorable pink and orange floral lining and fell even more in love. "I'll take it, " I said.
I love a cute liner in a purse or coat.
This purse was $37.50 when all was said and done. If you look them up online or go into Von Maur, you'll see that they retail for somewhere between $200 to $500.
I was thrilled to discover this little purse. It goes with everything and is just the right size for what I like to carry with me. I am especially charmed by the silver heart hardware and fetching lining. All my jewelry is white metal, so it's perfect for me. What's even better - if something happens to it (gets lost or is chewed up by the dog), I know I didn't spend what amounts to a car payment on it. It's of great quality, so I know it will last for years of regular wear. It's a classic style and color, so it won't look outdated in a year. I chose the word "discover" at the beginning of this paragraph because that's what if felt like - the discovery of a treasure hidden just for me. With a great price tag.