It's not too late for thrifty back to school shopping
In case you missed it in the paper yesterday, check out the Deal Divas' guide to back-to-school thrift store shopping below. Your kids may be trudging back to their classrooms this week, but it's not too late to spruce them up with some new outfits!
Plus, we just heard from Sherry's YesterDaze that the Seminole Heights vintage consignment shop is hosting a huge blow-out sale this weekend, with tons of featured clothing and accessories for just $5 or less! It'll be at Tempus Projects, 5132 Florida Avenue, a bigger location that's about a block away from the store.
It's happening Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., but those who want first pickings can pay $10 and browse a special early bird sale from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. Call the store at 813-231-2020 for details.
Sherry's is just one of many local thrift shops worth checking out! Here are a few our our favorites:
Hernando-Pasco Hospice Thrift, 6528 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey: It's a huge store, but organized enough that it's easy to browse. Stop by every Tuesday for half-off all clothing and accessories. Other random specials are announced at the store's opening each day.
Second Image of Tampa Bay, 9103 U.S. 19, Pinellas Park: Another local favorite, this shop has different deals each day. Monday Mark-down day features deals on anything in the store with a red dot — a scavenger hunt of sorts. On Tuesday seniors, students and military personnel receive an additional 25 percent off. Thrifty Thursday means 50 percent off anything $9.99 or less, and Friday is buy-one-get-one-half-off clothing after 4 p.m. until closing at 8 p.m.
Goodwill, 10596 N Gandy Blvd., St. Petersburg: Browse tons of clothes and an even bigger warehouse in the back full of accessories and housewares. On Tuesdays through Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the store opens up its "outlet," which features items priced by weight. Clothing and other textiles are $1.39 per pound, and toys and housewares are 50 cents per pound.
Sunshine Thrift Store, 4304 S Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa: This huge warehouse of a shop can be overwhelming, but those who don't mind digging through piles and piles of shirts and slacks won't leave disappointed. And mark your calendar: Sunshine's already cheap clothing is half-priced on the third Thursday of every month. Be sure to peek in the store's glass display cases near the cash register for their most covetable items.
Plato's Closet, 4023 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa: If you need to make room in your closet, consider trading old duds for cash. Don't expect a return anywhere near to what you paid. Still, you'll get a deal if you stay to shop. Because the consignment chain inspects all its donations before accepting them, most of the selection is brand-name, newer stuff. It's a good option for kids who are squeamish about thrifting.
• Be patient: It often takes a good amount of scouring before you find a score. At thrift store prices, the time pays off.
• Be open to alterations: Maybe you found the perfect skirt, but it's too long. Or there's an adorable blouse with awful ruffles along the sleeves. Don't give up. A local seamstress can work wonders.
• Bring cash: These days, most shops come equipped with debit-credit card machines, but you never know. You wouldn't want to lose out on a great deal because you can't pay for it.
• Wash before your wear: This may seem obvious when you're buying secondhand, but it's an important thrifting step. Don't forget about jewelry, either. Wipe your new accessories down with alcohol to sanitize them.
• Don't buy just because it's cheap: If you're a thrifting novice, you're going to be surprised at some of the prices you find. But even if it's only $1, don't buy something for which you wouldn't pay full price. A dollar's a dollar, after all.
Deal Diva Kim