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July 16, 2013

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July 16, 2013

My First Thrifting Experience

July 16, 2013
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I am not a thrifter.

I would love to be one.

But the thought of it is completely overwhelming to me.

I mean, I get stressed out by the disorder of TJ Maxx. And I’ve always pictured the typical thrift shop as a dingier, smellier TJ Maxx.

But I decided to give it a try, and brought my friend Mel with me, since she’s an expert thrifter, in addition to being one of the funniest people I know. Have you read her post about Zumba? I kid you not – one of the most laugh out loud things you’ll ever come across.

Armed with my hilarious tour guide, we took her daughter Carsten and my two youngest along for the fun to a local place called Unique.

And oh boy – is it ever aptly named.

There is just about everything you could think of at this place, from muumuus to murals, maxi pads and more. And if your decor is 1980s chic, this is the perfect spot to add to your collection.


This little lycra number had my name written all over it. If only I had somewhere to wear it.


If you’re looking to plan a wedding on a budget, this may be your spot. They had a whole section of bridal apparel. And a nun doll, should you be on the hunt for one.


When I said this place had everything, I was not joking.

unique signWhile I can’t say I’m hooked on thrifting just yet, I can think of worse ways to pass an afternoon. And I did come away with a couple of graphic print tees (with the tags still on!).

Are you a thrifter? What’s your best ever thrift shop score?



  1. I live for thrift shopping. My best find was a Rachel Roy dress at the Salvation Army for $6, but I routinely find anthro pieces and my favorite workout clothes from Lucy at Goodwill.

  2. I love thrifting but I avoid Unique like the plague! It super creeps me out. I stick to Goodwill and SA with a Savers trip mixes in. I’ve bought all my kiddos snow pants for next year (cause they wear them out) and probably paid under $10. That includes Lands End and Burton In perfect condition. Loved reading about your thrifting!

  3. Yes! I am a thrifter! :) and… Unique is definitely NOT my favorite place to thrift it up. Maybe if you’re up for round 2 of a thrift experience ill take you to the best spot for a thrift experience! ;)

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