Here at Palo Magazine, we love a good thrift store haul. Not only is thrift shopping good for the environment; but it can be good for your wallet and your purchases can end up helping others in need!
Shopping at thrift stores can help you get what you need, or simply what you want, at a fraction of the price. And secondhand shopping doesn’t have to be just for clothes. Did you just move into a new apartment? Chances are most of your budget went to first and last month’s rent, but that doesn’t have to stop you from furnishing your living room or filling your kitchen pantries! Thrift stores are an excellent place to look for pots and pans at a much lower price point than buying them new in stores. You can even find couches, dressers, nightstands, and more! Often a good scrub, some furniture polish, or a fresh coat of paint make them look new again!
Here in Berks County, the OppShop thrift store has an excellent selection of furniture, and even better yet, your purchase benefits the Opportunity House shelter supporting those in need right in our very own community! When it comes to finding items that you love for your apartment or house, we suggest, if you’re able, going multiple times. Store inventory is updated as donations come in; your new couch or that coffee table that would fit perfectly into your living room could be donated any day now!
Buying your work clothes at thrift stores is another way to save big, especially if your personal style and work style are different. Goodwill stores have an excellent selection of clothing in great condition and with locations all over Pennsylvania, you’re sure to find something nearby. When buying quality pieces for your work wardrobe, make sure you thoroughly check the item over for any stains or holes. Stand in good lighting or bust out your phone flashlight; doublecheck the armpits and the bottoms of pants – places where extra wear and tear happens. Also, check the tags for wash instructions and be honest with yourself. Will you take this special garment to be dry-cleaned or will you wear it once and leave it to sit in your closet forever? If you don’t have the time, or dry-cleaning isn’t in your budget, leave that silk shirt on the rack!
Staying on a budget doesn’t necessarily have to mean you can’t make fun purchases for yourself. Check out your local thrift stores and you’ll be amazed at what you might find!