Hopefully you have already read Part One of this post, have made your plan, and now are ready to actually head out for your day of shopping! Here are 5 more ways to successfully get the most bang for your buck when out on your thrift store quest for your spring wardrobe.
6. Go Prepared
First of all, don't forget your bags! Just because you're not grocery shopping doesn't mean you shouldn't use your reusable bags.
Next, bring your donations along. As I mentioned, Savers gives you a 20% discount on every donation you bring in, no matter the size, so in addition to sharing with others, your bottom line is going to be even less. Even if you don't get a discount at your local thrift store, it's a good way to practice keeping your wardrobe and home clutter-free.
Thrift store shopping can take some time. One of the good things is that there is no food court attached to most thrift stores, so you won't have impulse purchases when your stomach - or those of your kids if you have them along with you - start rumbling. That said, it is good to be prepared with some snacks for while you're in the store (a granola bar, for example) and perhaps even a bag lunch for when you come out, especially if you have kids that are STARVING and might begin to melt down if you have any more stops to make. If you're having a fun day of shopping with a friend and the weather is nice, you might want to make a real day of it and stop somewhere for a picnic lunch in between stores or at the end of the day to celebrate all your good deals! :)
7. Go Pretty
Get dressed up and feel good about the way you look today even without your new clothes. Florescent lighting in stores is not flattering to anyone and you want to feel as good as you can when you step into that dressing room. So, put on your makeup, fix your hair and accessorize. Plan to have a GOOD day! :)
8. Go Inspired
Getting dressed up will take you part way to getting inspired. But why not listen to some great music while you are getting ready? You could try classical music around the subject of "spring." Or you could play some of your motivational music that makes you feel like you can conquer the world! On the opposite end of the spectrum, you could play soothing, spa-type music that lends a feeling of pampering to your day ahead. Or play music that takes you to another place in your mind - French music or Italian or Spanish. You might not be strolling the streets of Paris, but you can still feel inspired! Pandora and other playlist services are great, free online apps for this or pull out some old, favorite CD's and set the mood you want to create for yourself.
9. "Speak Kindly and Carry a Small Hairspray" - Theodora Roosevelt... ;)
So, you're in the store and you've found some things and now it's time to try them on. If you're lucky, you're already feeling pretty and inspired and you're going to be so happy with the items that you're finding. But let's just say something is going awry (I know, impossible, right? But we're being hypothetical here.). Let's say you've tried on four different things so far and only one of them is working and the others feel tight in areas that shouldn't feel tight or that color just makes you look sick even though you thought it was the perfect dress. Perhaps you begin to say some not so nice things to that gal in the mirror. And these are the kinds of things that we would never say to our best friend in the changing room next to us, because it would devastate her. Come to think of it, we wouldn't say these kinds of things to anyone - even our enemies - because we're mature... and beyond that kind of trash talk... and we practice loving our enemies... But what about that poor thing in the mirror there? What about that girl that's been planning and getting excited about her day and is sticking to her budget and got prettied up and even took the time to bring along some sandwiches and fruit and sparkling water for the picnic by the river with her best bud when they're done shopping? What about her? Have you been saying some not-so-nice things to her?
Ephesians 4:29 is one of my favorite Bible verses. It says, "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouth, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen."
I remember when I first realized that I needed to take this advice and apply it toward myself as well as toward others. So, promise yourself that if you hear those ugly thoughts starting that you will counter each one with a positive thought.
And do carry a small hairspray... and maybe a lipstick.
I learned this the last time I went shopping and tried on more than a dozen pieces. You just have to if you want to find something that fits and flatters! I was looking pretty disheveled by the time I came out of the dressing room and was wishing I had some way to put myself back together a bit, so I was feeling as good as when I headed out on my shopping adventure!
While you're in the dressing room and when you come out, practice smiling! If you start to feel a bit crummy or tired, trick your brain into thinking you are happy by making your body strike a happy pose. Science tells us this works, but you won't know it until you try it. And as you're walking up to the cash register with your new finds and you've stayed within your budget, you'll have a lot to smile about anyway! And maybe someone will even smile back at you. :)
So, I hope you found a few useful tips here and try them out. It's fun to get a few new things without breaking the bank and is a nice little reward for surviving another winter without losing your mind!
Happy spring, everyone; and happy shopping!
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