Now that the New Year is in full swing, it’s time to start thinking about a few things. First, classes are probably starting up again soon and you should probably be getting everything in order for that ASAP. Second, is your 2019 dorm room and wardrobe up to par? After all, New Year, new you, right?
But updating your wardrobe or your dorm room can quickly become pretty costly if you’re not careful. How can you update everything without blowing your new semester’s budget completely out of the water? By hitting up your local thrift or secondhand store, of course!
If you’re on a budget or looking for something a little more off the wall for your wardrobe or dorm room, try hitting up a secondhand or thrift store to find the statement pieces you’ve been missing in your life. Here are our favorite places to shop when we want a statement piece for a price we can actually afford.
STOP #1 – THE SALVATION ARMY
OUR FAVORITE PLACE FOR: affordable statement furniture
First up on our list is the mother of all thrift and secondhand stores – the Salvation Army. These locations typically carry both furniture and clothing, and lots of it! Do some online research and find the largest location near you to hit up for your statement-piece shopping. With a larger selection of items available, you’ll be more likely to find what you’re after!
STOP #2 – GOODWILL
OUR FAVORITE PLACE FOR: statement clothing items
Another one of the classics, Goodwill is always a stop on our list. From clothing to books, furniture to toys, this place has it all. And the best part? The discount days! Head in-store on certain days during the week to score an additional 25 – 50% off a selection of items. Who knows – you may be able to snag that killer statement 80’s windbreaker for next to nothing if you play your cards right!
STOP #3 – SAVERS
OUR FAVORITE PLACE FOR: statement clothes and home decorations
If you’re lucky enough to have a Savers in your hometown or near your college, make sure to take some time to take a trip here. While most of the items Savers has in-store are clothes, they do have a pretty decent selection of small furniture pieces tucked in the back, too!
STOP #4 – YOUR LOCAL MOM AND POP STORE
OUR FAVORITE PLACE FOR: statement vintage pieces
Nothing beats shopping local. Most towns and cities have at least one locally owned thrift, secondhand, or vintage store that you can hit up to find statement clothing and furniture. Be sure to do your research online before you head out and see what other people are saying about the store before you take the plunge. Some stores can get very pricey very quickly if you’re not careful!