This Thrifted Thursday I provide just a glimpse of the great thrift finds I spotted while out on Retro Row in Long Beach. You don’t need the luck of the Irish (it’s St. Patrick’s Day, in case you missed it) to get your hands on some great finds while getting your secondhand shop on. You just have to open your eyes and explore. Pro tip: Check the displays. Sometimes the trinkets spotted on shelves are there to show off the owner’s interior decorating prowess, but you’d be surprised at how many of those quirky, one-of-a-kind items are actually for sale. Don’t be shy! If you see something, you fancy, ask about it. Anyway, click through the slideshow to see a handful of gems I came across during that recent thrift store jaunt.
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This makes my third thrifted picnic basket. I think my habit is on the verge of getting out of hand. But when you see how much this fun little guy costed, you’ll see why I couldn’t pass it up.
See more after the jump!
After enjoying THE greatest staycation at the Ace Hotel Downtown L.A. the night before, I woke up early to get the party started. I had a long and glorious day of thrift shopping ahead of me with friends new and old as part of my 31st birthday celebration. Prior to the big day, I mapped out three Lomita thrift shops within a mile or so of each other, as well as an eatery suitable to meet my hankering for pizza, and set an itinerary: Savers at 11 a.m., Alpine Attic at 12:30 p.m., Palos Verdes Resale at 1:30 p.m. and, lastly, California Pizza Kitchen at 2:30 p.m.
At our first stop on the thrift crawl, we ran through Savers. It was especially great because this was my first time ever setting foot inside of one of these spots, and I was taken aback by how organized and ample the selection of goods and wares was. I tried on some hot pants and a skirt but to no avail. However, there were a couple other items that fit the bill. And when I checked out, I casually mentioned to the cashier that it was my birthday and she gave me a special discount. A-wooooooo!
The uniform: You already know that red, white and blue are protocol for Independence Day! I kept my look casual with what I’ve termed “patriotic polka dots.” See the full outfit after the jump, my fellow Americans!
I’ve been a proud thrift enthusiast for many years and often get queried by friends, family and colleagues about how I acquire so many great finds at secondhand stores. Well, if you’ve ever wondered about how we thrifters attain success, you’re in luck because I’ve compiled a list of hot tips that will empower you to thrift shop like a pro!
1. Look for coupons in the circulars or junk mail. Salvation Army, for example, regularly distributes fliers for sales happening in their stores. If you catch them at the right time, you can find a 40% off coupon and apply that on top of other discounts. Savings on top of savings!
2. Don’t be afraid to shop in sections beyond age or gender norms, especially because thrift shops don’t always keep things organized neatly. I’ve had luck in the children’s and men’s sections, and my admirers are always none the wiser.