Five Things to Always Purchase at the Thrift Store

Happy Saturday thrifters! While drinking my morning coffee, I came across an article by Kathryn Jenkins titled “Confessions of a Thrift Store Shopper.” I found myself laughing at the similarities we have when it comes to thrifting. We both agree that thrift shops are THE place to hang out and the hunt to find items makes the experience even more thrilling.

But then I began to think. What about the folks who are new to thrifting? Or those who aren’t sure what to look for in a thrift store because all they see is a disorganized mess? Well, have no fear! I’ve come up with a list of my top five items every thrift shopper, experienced or inexperienced, should pick up during their hunt.



  1. Holiday Decorations                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     IMG_3475

Whenever you are out thrift shopping and come across some nice holiday décor, in season or not, PICK IT UP! Based off my past thrifting experience, good quality holiday items are usually found off-season. If you see nice Christmas ornaments around Easter, pick them up! Chances are they will not stay on the shelf until said holiday. People purge their holiday décor at different times during the year, so if you see holiday items, pick them up before someone else does.

  1. Vintage Pyrex Bowls                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      IMG_3477

I used to come across vintage Pyrex bowls and leave them on the shelf. But now, I pick them up whenever I see them, thanks to BargainBabe’s top 5 items to pick up at the thrift store. I’ve even managed to stack up a little collection. Anyway, vintage Pyrex is great for baking and home décor. They can be great for displaying oranges or baking a casserole. They also wash up very easily. Regardless of how you chose to use them, they add a nice accent to anyone’s kitchen and they are a must-buy when you see them at the thrift store.

  1. Books                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         IMG_3478

Thrift stores are a great place to go whenever you are looking for something new to read. Thrift store books are super cheap. The ones above were $1 each. I choose to read books that I buy from the thrift store rather than renting from the library because once I buy it, it’s mine. I don’t have to worry about a late fee. If you think about it, a library book a few days late would cost the same as one of those $1 thrift store books. Sometimes you can find textbooks in the thrift store and resell them to make a profit (if reading isn’t your thing.)

  1. Jeans                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          IMG_3479

Thrift stores always have tons of jeans, therefore, pick up gently used ones whenever you see them. Jeans are pretty expensive when purchased new. Save yourself the money and get some nice pre-owned jeans. If taken care of correctly, your pre-owned jeans can last a long time. Especially if they are well-made. Sometimes the selection of jeans at the thrift store can be overwhelming (or underwhelming depending on which thrift store), so take the time to look through the racks and grab yourself some thrifted jeans.


  1. Cast Iron Skillets                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  IMG_3474

My last item on my top five list would be cast iron skillets. Growing up, my grandmother cooked with cast iron, so they are a favored cookware of mine and bring back good memories. You should pick up cast iron skillets for two reasons: they are excellent to cook with and they are an affordable thrift store find. Cast iron skillets are great for cooking because they are durable. They can be used on the stove top or in the oven. Cast iron skillets are a great thrift store find because of their price. The highest price I have seen for a thrift store cast iron skillet has been $9.99. As long as it is in your budget, pick up cast iron skillets because they usually fly off of the shelves. Also, don’t forget to season your cast iron skillet once you purchase it and NEVER put it in the dishwasher.


What are your top five items to always purchase in the thrift store? Let me know in the comments below!


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