Thrifty Gift Challenge
Be Thrifty and Take the Challenge!
You will be surprised at the treasures you may discover. And there is a certain "thrill of the hunt," for that deal of the day. Recycling and upcycling are easier on the planet, and the money spent helps charities, churches, and other benevolent organizations.
Many families and groups participate with "secret Santa" activities. This is when everyone puts their names in a hat (or box or bowl) and then draws one name. Everyone agrees on how much to spend, perhaps $20 for adults and $5 for kids, and then the hunt begins.
I spent many hours learning the fine art of thrifting from my mother; it's an activity that I enjoy. The enjoyment isn't as much about the shopping, rather it is being on the lookout for something someone I care about would love.
It is easy to pop into a store and purchase a quick gift for $20. To invest a little bit more time you may just end up finding something wonderful, and at the same time cross a few more names off of your gift list!
The Vintage leather jacket, mint condition from Tip Top of California "Club 66" line - paid $19.99
Google Map "Thrift Stores" AND your city or community for a handy map with shops shown - often you will find clusters of shops in the same neighborhood!
New To You
While many of the dresses on the racks at thrift shops may appear a wee bit dates this does not mean they wouldn't look good in your closet. Fashion blogger Marisa Lynch presents plenty of cool tips for the seamstress to turn thrift shop dresses into unique and fashionable gems.
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A Guide for Beginners
If you are new to thrift store treasure hunts, this video is a fine primer.
New Dress New Look
Dresses found on the racks at thrift stores may sometimes look a wee bit dates, but don't let this stop you from discovering a style which can be a new and unique statement designed just for you!
Fashion blogger Marisa Lynch shares plenty of terrific ideas with basic tips for stylish dresses on a thrift store budget!
A World of Opportunities!
Get smart with this ultimate guide for bargain hunters. Whether you are seeking terrific deals for consignment and thrift stores across America or from around the globe, this "bargain hunters bible" is a must have for locating specific shops wherever you are!
Author Carolyn Schneider has been secondhand shopping for more than twenty years. While she had limited time and money to invest in a wardrobe her corporate career required a professional style. She became such a pro in her hunt for bargains that she has since appeared in many forms of media, print, radio, and television to share her budget fashion sense.
For the Lovely Ladies
Classic and Sporty
Start A Business
Barcode Booty: How I found and sold $2 million of 'junk' on eBay and Amazon, And you can too using your phone provides resources for the bargain hunter with business sense. Online shops such as Amazon.com and online auction spots such as eBay provide lucrative opportunities for those of us who are interested in seeking out bargains to be resold for a profit.
Author Steve Weber has been successful in selling more than two million dollars worth of treasures found in outlet stores, bargain bins, thrift, and charity shops.
This how-to guide provides opportunities for building your own profitable online business.
What do you appreciate about thrifting?
Do You Thrift?
Do you treasure hunt at thrift and consignment shops for gifts?
Charity Shops Online Resources
- Charity Shops Resources At Knowhow Nonprofit
Resources and information if you or your organization are interested in setting up a charity or thrift store in your community. Pay it forward!
- Habitat for Humanity ReStores
Habitat for Humanity Restore's sell gently used tools and furniture for your home.
- Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Find information about the Society of St. Vincent de Paul works towards helping those in need in your local area, including local thrift shops.
- The Salvation Army Family Stores Search
Find a local Salvation Army Thrift Store in a community near you in the United States.
- Salvation Army Thrift Stores Canada
Discover Salvation Army Thrift Stores across Canada. With over 200 nationally and locally operated thrift stores from coast to coast, the Salvation Army operates one of Canada’s largest national clothing recycling operations.
- Goodwill USA Store Locator
Through shopping at Goodwill Industries you will help people earn a living, improve their lives, and strengthen their families and their communities.
- Oxfam's Online Shop
Discover thousands of unique nearly new and donated women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, books, memorabilia and household items at this online version of the popular United Kingdom charity shop.
Locate thrift shops in upscale areas - people prefer dropping off donations close to home!
Share your thrifting tips and treasures!
Are you an experienced thrifter? One thing that I have taken away from my thrifty shopping habits is that when I am browsing my favorite shops there are plenty of kindred shoppers who are always open to share tips and exchange addresses of further shops and opportunities. I have made many friends and exchanged lovely stories of great finds. When reward comes through treasure hunting "bragging rights" are always enjoyable whether you are sharing a personal experience or listening to that of other thrifty shoppers.
Do you have a personal story or a bit of advice to share?