Tip Of The Day: How to get the most out of your time at Saver’s – the lowdown on how their weekly (WEEKLY!) sales work. Plus, what others have found and tips on how to shop a thrift store.
Tip For Tomorrow: “If you’d just take better care of your things, you wouldn’t have to always buy new ones,” The Shoe Edition. Nagging tips, straight from our mothers.
Further Elucidation Of My Cheap Deal: Today is Monday, and if you are a Saver’s devotee, you know that means it is 99 Cents day. As I am the knower of all things thrifty (yes, that does sound conceited, in a weird way), I scurried off to the new(ish) Saver’s in Maplewood to see if I could find anything I needed. Note the key word, NEEDED. Not wanted. I WANT lots of things, like Daniel Craig on a stick. Yum.
I resisted the pull of many cute things I merely wanted, but it was tough going. So, to reward myself, I went next door to Marshalls and bought two pairs of Anne Klein black tights for $7.99 total. Yes, they were a need, not a want. They are the finishing touch to a couple of outfits I’ve been dreaming up, which I will unleash on my unsuspecting public in the weeks to come.
Sale Alert: Marshalls (in Maplewood, at least) has most of their winter items on clearance. You’ll find cute Ralph Lauren sweaters for $25 and cropped leather jackets for $29.
Back to Saver’s. As I wandered through its many aisles, it dawned on me that not everyone knows about Saver’s sales. And that is TRAGIC. So, to enlighten the world, or, the section of the world that reads Cheap But Not Easy (and really, shouldn’t EVERYONE?), here is the skinny on Saver’s sales:
Every Tuesday: Senior Discount Day. Folks 55 and older get 40% off. Check your local store first, some of them run this sale on Wednesday.
Weekly Tag Sales: Saver’s tags each item with a color-coded price tag – purple, blue, yellow, orange, green, etc. Every Thursday, one color goes on sale for 50% off. No matter what the item, if it has that color tag, it’s 50% off. And the color stays on sale through the week, including Sunday.
99 Cent Mondays: On Monday, the tag that was on sale the week before drops to 99 cents.
What will you find at Saver’s? EVERYTHING.
You need new dishes, a bowling ball bag, and work pants? Done. My friend Larue has found real Uggs, Hannah Andersson kid’s clothing, Tommy Bahama silk shirts, Oilily dresses, you name it. My favorite score this year has been the Nine West purse I bought my friend HaC for Christmas. They showed it WHEN I WAS ON TV LAST MONTH. Yup, I worked it in again. Sorry.
How do you shop at a thrift store? Here are three things to keep in mind:
1. Be prepared to spend a lot of time at just one store – at least an hour, if not two or three. You have to search through every item to find the deals; they aren’t just laid out for you. But that’s half the fun – it’s like a treasure hunt.
2. Be flexible in your sizing. These are pre-owned items, which means they were probably shrunk in the wash. If you are normally a size 8, try on everything from an 8 to a 12. It’s just a number, after all. A VERY IMPORTANT number maybe, but just a number.
3. Have a running list in your head of stuff to always search for. Examples? I’m always on the lookout for cashmere sweaters, corduroy/velvet blazers, silver trays, and cute purses. Larue always checks out the shoes and the kid’s clothes. HaC is on the hunt for Editor Pants – an Express brand she loves.
It’s been brought to my attention that not everyone shops at thrift stores. And I can understand your initial hesitance. “The stuff’s been USED. By someone ELSE. Someone who may not BATHE as much as I DO.” I get your point.
But to pass up a thrift store is to pass up on crazy-good savings. Plus, you’ll miss out on the biggest and best thrill a Midwestern can have – buying something that originally cost $100 for only $5, and then bragging to everyone you know about it. Do we EVER brag about how much money we spent on something? No.
Don’t deny your heritage. Go to a thrift store TODAY. Besides, everything is washable or dryclean-able.