Too Thrifty Chicks


Q&A with R&R


Kira from Houston, TX asks:

“Is there a prime thrifting season? It seems like sometimes you’d be able to find things and other times not.”

Excellent question Kira! First, if you’re interested in thrifting, check out local stores to see if they have discount programs. B-Thrifty, one of our faves in the DMV, has a “BIP” program. If you sign up for it, you can get 30% off every Thursday. Value Village stores (which can be found all around the country) have a similar program where shoppers can save 25% on a day of the store’s choosing. The Salvation Army and Goodwill retail stores also have special customer appreciation days and many thrift stores have 50 percent off days on your standard holidays such as Veterans Day and Memorial Day for instance.
Thrift stores can be as savvy as any new retail operation. They tend to have seasonal inventory. So if it is fall and winter you’ll find an abundance of sweaters and coats. What some stores don’t sell one year appears to get put in the back shop until that season rolls around again if they have the space. Last year, a Salvation Army that M. Ricks frequents rolled out a large and impressive variety of leather jackets. If they don’t have the space, what’s on the racks might stay on the racks whether its winter or the middle of the summer until someone buys it so really it depends on the store.
Now that it’s fall, some stores will start hiking up the prices on coats and sweaters as we get closer to winter. And if you want a sweater for your Ugly Christmas Sweater Party get it now. The closer we get to Christmas the more expensive those things will be and you really don’t want to spend that kind of money on something you likely will return to the thrift store when you’re done. Get in and get what you need as early as possible to avoid the price increases. While thrift stores are already good places to find bargains, knowing when to shop can help you save even more.
Happy Shopping!

Author: A. Reese

UMBC Assistant Professor. Black Feminist. Food justice advocate and researcher. Lover of color, ruffles, stripes, and pockets. Your kids' flyest professor.

3 thoughts on “Q&A with R&R

  1. I’m a big believer in Monday afternoons/Tuesdays. I’ve noticed lots of thrifts restock after the weekend, and this is also when direct donation stores sort through the new donations get those out on the floor.

    Love these tips!


  2. I’d add that you can find some of the best deals and a better selection when you shop out of season. No one is thinking about cute, flirty spring/summer dresses when the weather turns chilly, which makes this the perfect time to stock up on warm weather attire. Imagine already having next season’s wardrobe lined up…months in advance! I racked up on wool skirts last summer, took them to the cleaners a few at a time, and, by the time winter rolled around, my work wardrobe was just about set!


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