BY TARA BURKE
I didn’t have any classes today and since it’s infamous syllabus week, I needed something to fill my day. So, Cailin and I took a trip to the thrift store. For those who have never thrifted before, throw away any inhibitions you have about it! I know it seems a little weird, buying stuff that someone else has worn or used, but it’s like a treasure hunt. You can find some great designer labels, cute glassware and mugs, awesome records and so much more! Sometimes you can even find brand new clothes! Kind of like how Marshalls or TJMaxx gets the overstocked inventory from designer labels, thrift stores often partner up with big box retailers who want to give their extras to a more charitable cause.
Thrift shopping is often a hit or miss kind of thing. Some days I come out with a shopping cart full of great finds. Other times, I walk out with nothing at all, but the hunt is always exciting. If you’re lucky, you’ll have a first time thrifting experience that goes a little something like this: After digging through some incredibly 80’s-styled shoulder padded dresses, you come upon a perfect dress that is in great condition. It’s your size and then you take a closer look and see a tag is still attached! Ah, it’s brand new and only $4! You snag it up right away and head to the checkout counter. The cashier rings it up and complacently tells you, “Your total is $2.” You’re a little confused…the tag said $4. The cashier reads your expression and recognizes you’re a thrifting newbie. She let’s you know that it’s half off on blue tags today. You didn’t even know! You hand her 2 bucks and head out the door humming Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s “Thrift Shop” and feeling like a queen.
Today, we walked out with four cheeky mugs and three trendy wine glasses. Cailin also found a great Starbucks travel mug. The best part about that find is the double discount! She bought it for $1.99 and if you use it in Starbucks cafes you get a $.10 discount on your drink. Well, $.10 isn’t that much, but you are contributing to waste reduction! So for all you thrifting first timers, good luck! Hopefully you’ll find some amazing items with equally amazing deals!