For my thrift-goddess friends I've learned that there are two keys to successful thrifting 1) go often and 2) be prepared to hunt so allow a chunk of time. While I can't go weekly, I've made a commitment to go thrifting at least twice a month (except for in February). Sam and I also worked thrifting into our budget.
With our finances growing thin we decided we needed to assess every aspect of our budget. We had already realized that most of our clothing would need to come from thrift stores. I still need to buy shoes for Sam (he wears a size 16.5!) and underthings for the entire family. Also, there is Hope's issue of being between girl's and junior sizing and truly only Target jeans work for her. We've been budgeting for clothing we buy new, but we hadn't really budgeted a regular thrifting amount. Finally we decided that we would set aside $10 a week and a certain percentage of any extra income (Sam's tattoo tips and overtime, for example) and use that for thrifting. Now we know that if I go every other week I will at least have $20 to spend at the thrift store. We've also decided about a having a mostly thrifted/handmade Christmas in 2013 and we will be looking to handmade and thrifted birthday gifts throughout the year. I probably need to do an entire blog post on ideas for that.
The one challenge with thrifting... for me... is controlling myself. I want to thrift all the vintage sheets and owl figurines and pyrex and embroidered things. This is not practical. Instead I make priorities for my thrifting:
- Kids clothes
- Clothes for the adults
- Housewares / Bedding
- Fun stuff
I have some more thrifty plans in the works; namely I'm thinking of doing a Christmas in July toy and kid clothes swap. That idea is still germinating and I'll report back once I figure things out.