And so begins our next thrifting adventure! Two weeks ago, my roommate (and model for this blog post), Iris, and I headed over to Family Thrift Outlet. We went on Tuesday, so everything was 50 cents. Family Thrift Outlet is really a thrift store for a thrift store; they are associated with Family Thrift Center, and they sell items you would find at an Family Thrift Center location, but at a further discounted price. In fact, the highest price you will ever pay for an item at Family Thrift Outlet is $2. Now this is a pretty sweet deal, but you definitely need a little bit of prep for a successful shopping experience at this store. Luckily, Iris and I are pretty familiar with Family Thrift Outlet (and thrifting in general). Here is what Iris has to say about Family Thrift Outlet:
“I started thrifting in middle school and it became my main source of clothing by high school. I love thrift stores’ unique items and wide selection, it allows me to define my style. Thrift stores are also usually very inexpensive; Family Thrift Outlet is particularly cost effective. In addition to these personal benefits, I appreciate that thrift shopping is a form of recycling. Lastly, thrift stores are often connected to non-profits, donating their proceeds to good causes. Thrift stores sell cute and interesting clothes, at great prices, and provide a shopping experience that I feel great about.”
Now I know you have probably already looked at the photos, and read that you won’t pay more than $2 for an item, but there are couple things you need to know to be prepared to shop at this store. So slow your roll because I promise these tips are going to make your life much easier. If you’re still unsure about the thrift store, you can check out some of my other pro-tipsand you’ll have the prowess of a seasoned thrifter in no time.
There are two really important things you need to consider before you head over to Family Thrift Outlet: Do you have cash? AND Are you prepared for NO fitting rooms?
I don’t mean to destroy your hopes and dreams of finding that perfect floral dress that fits perfectly for only $2, because it’s definitely possible (see photos below). You just need to be PREPARED. I suggest having a $5 bill on you, as there is a minimum card requirement of $5. This doesn’t seem like a lot, but when you pick out 6 items on a 50 cent day, you wont reach that minimum and it’ll feel like a waste of time.
It’s also just nice to know that a thrift store doesn’t have fitting rooms before you get there. The first couple of times I visited Family Thrift Outlet, I picked out a handful of items and then wandered around the store desperately looking for a fitting room just so I could give my arms a break. The thing though, is that this store doesn’t really need fitting rooms. When you are never paying more than $2 for an item, and you are really diggin’ that dress, and it looks like it will fit, then you can buy it and try it on at home. If it doesn’t fit when you get home, well, you spent $2. And that’s OK! Especially because that $2 goes to a place that supports local charities. Family Thrift is associated with Charity Clothing Pickup, which donates to San Antonio Texas Paralyzed Veterans and Rainbow House.
“Ok that’s dope, but I’d still like to try my clothes on first.”
You can try most items on over your clothes (i.e. sweaters, skirts, tops), and it helps if you wear shorts or leggings and a tank top (then you can try on pants too). Whenever Iris and I shop at Family Thrift Outlet, we pick out everything we want, meet up in an empty isle, take a minute to look over what we grabbed, and try on any items we aren’t sure will fit. And, if you really can’t shop without the full dressing room experience, then check out Family Thrift Center; they have what you’re looking for.
Ok, now to get to the good stuff. Iris and I spent about an hour at Family Thrift Outlet; she left with a floral dress, an adorable embroidered blouse, and a sparkly black sweater. I left with tube top (which I later destroyed in the washing machine, but that’s a different story), a purple velvet knit sweater, and a light blue silk blouse. Again, everything was 50 cents on Tuesday so we spent a total of $3 for six items.
So Iris bought her dress, blouse, and sweater on Tuesday, but everything else you see in the photographs below (minus the socks) are also previous Family Thrift Outlet purchases. Yes, her clear jelly sandals, black leather shoes, and black velvet lace skirt are also from Family Thrift Outlet. These are old purchases, so we can’t remember how much they cost, but let’s just say they each cost the max price of $2. This means Iris’ two super cute outfits cost her a total of $7.50. Hopefully your jaw just hit the ground.
Sometimes I will realize my entire outfit is thrifted and I’ll play a little game where I try to recall where I bought each item and how much it cost me. It’s so pleasing to realize you managed to look fabulous head to toe for only $10. But it’s not just about going easy on the wallet, it’s also about going easy on the environment and making purchases that benefit the community. Iris’ and my purchases at Family Thrift Outlet is one way we participate in recycling, by reusing previously-owned clothes and reducing our fast fashion purchases (there are those three key words again). Plus, when we no longer want these items, we’ll donate them, so that someone else can feel the thrill of looking good and making good choices.
One of a kind items, low prices, sustainable purchases, donations to charity; you can’t get this at a fast fashion retailer. I hope this blog post encourages you to explore your local thrift store or to make more sustainable fashion choices in general. Thanks for stopping by!
Are you still there?
Is it because you want more photos?
Of course you do. I do too.
Here are some fun items we discovered at Family Thrift Outlet: