Thanks to Marie Kondo's wildly popular new Netflix show, Tidying Up, people across the country have been cleaning out and organizing their homes. From toys to clothes to home decor items, anything that isn't sparking joy is getting tossed into donating piles. But where is all of that stuff going? Well, luckily for me, a lot of it is landing at thrift stores, and I've been finding some serious gems recently!
Just because I didn't necessarily buy into Kondo's methods by cleaning out our home doesn't mean I didn't still greatly benefit from them.
Just yesterday, my young daughter and I went shopping because we needed a few things but didn't want to spend top dollar. We hit up both consignment and thrift stores and came away with some pretty great stuff, and I truly don't think it's a coincidence. The stores were packed (more so than usual) with two main things — kids' toys and clothes. We have a few birthday parties to attend this month, so we hunted for some toys that were brand new with the tags still on them, and boy did we score. We even found a brand new Lego set for my son's friend that's completely untouched (major Mom win!).
With Spring coming up, I also wanted to see if we could find any new or barely used clothing for my kids. And we did. I found quality rain coats and rain boats that will likely last for at least two seasons for my children. Plus, we stumbled upon some high-end t-shirts, jeans, and other lighter gear for when the sun finally chooses to show up and melt the stubborn snow.
I also found some great decor items, too. I nabbed a cool vintage-looking clock, an almost new lamp, and a few modern picture frames. And for me, I purchased a couple of tops (still with the tags on them) and a barely worn maxi dress for the Summer months. It was so much fun taking my daughter along for the bargain-hunting ride, and I hope she learned a trick or two, as well.
Just because I didn't necessarily buy into Kondo's methods by cleaning out our home doesn't mean I didn't still greatly benefit from them. The time to go thrift shopping is right now! Think ahead to Spring and Summer for anything your kids and family may need. It's so worth it, and your bank account will thank you.