7 Sections of the Thrift Store You Should Be Shopping: The Discard Rack

Thrifting has been a weekly activity for me for about 12 years now, so I’ve developed a routine in how I make my way around a store and what it is I'm looking for. While it's been a great method for cutting down the amount of time spent aimlessly wandering the store, I noticed about a year ago that I had filled my closet with several variations of the same four shirts--all patterned! It hadn't occur to me until that moment that my careful shopping had been limiting my style.

So, instead of freaking out, I decided to start fresh. Not with my closet!... with my shopping habits. I challenged myself to check out every corner of the store before I left and see if there were any areas I should be giving a closer look on future visits.

Follow along over the next few weeks as I share some of these oft-overlooked sections, and why I believe you should also be giving them a second look.

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Kaftan, Value Village thrift store

The discard rack

Why you should be shopping it: The percentage of items I found on that dumpy-looking rack on my way into the fitting room and subsequently took home is staggering. Think of it this way: one woman's ill-fitting garment is another woman's treasure. The discard rack is full of items that other customers have already curated out of the rows of bland so-so's, and for whatever reason they said 'no.' You're lucky enough to get the next first crack at them!

Read more about an epic vest I scored, also from a Value Village discard rack! 

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