3 Thrift Store Challenges to Spice up Your Weekend

Okay, if you’ve got a boring weekend ahead I know how you can shake things up: take a thrift store challenge! With super low prices and community benefits like how Goodwill® organizations address the unique needs of families by providing financial education and planning as well as coaching and counseling tools to develop and meet financial and asset-building goals, shopping at Goodwill is a wonderful way to spend the weekend. With so many unique finds, I also feel like Goodwill stores have a really playful atmosphere which is perfect for these three thrift store challenges…


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Challenge #1: Have someone else thrift your outfits. That’s right—I’m asking you to relinquish control and let someone else take the reins in updating your closet! Of course, you can still tag along and buy your own pieces, but you might be surprised to learn something about your partner or best friend if they choose a few looks for you like Ben did for his gal Jenn in this video I spotted over on Goodwill Industries of Wyoming (Cheyenne)’s website. It looks like they had so much fun shopping together with this creative challenge, but there are other benefits, too. Specifically, because we are biased when shopping for ourselves, someone searching the racks on your behalf may pick an item that highlights a strength you didn’t even know you had! This is such a refreshing way to shake up your wardrobe by bringing in unexpected pieces. You may even find a few new favorites!


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Challenge #2: Use an unconventional thrift store find to solve a problem. As you know, Goodwill stores are filled to the brim with every household item imaginable. But it can be hard for us to think outside the box when we look at things while shopping. A curtain rod is just a curtain rod, right? No! And that’s exactly what this challenge is all about. Think of a problem you have in your home—maybe a cluttered counter—then find something in a thrift shop to solve it. Goodwill Industries of Wyoming (Cheyenne) has the best example of this with the curtain rod kitchen organizer they shared on their website. It has that streamlined Ikea-esque look that I love and makes super-efficient use of the narrow wall space under kitchen cabinets to make a place for everything and keep everything in its place. Since each item is hanging from S-hooks off of this rod, it will also be super easy to swap things in and out whenever necessary. Brilliant!



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Challenge #3: Thrift in your pajamas! Say, what? Yes, we went there. Blogger B.Jones and her two pals were looking for adventure when they met one morning for a very brave thrift store challenge: to show up wearing pajamas and dress for the day in the store. I absolutely adore the Rosie the Riveter vibe I’m getting from Christian’s thrifted look. But I’m also smitten with the idea of having two friends present to give me opinions on my daily attire. Unless you live with your BFF, it’s probably pretty rare that you get their take on an outfit as you dress in the morning so this would be such a fun opportunity. The question is, do you have the courage for this challenge? Only the bravest thrifters need give it a try!

I guess the moral of this story is; don’t let a boring weekend beat you. Trying out a challenge like this might be the perfect way to break the ice with a new thrift-loving friend or to bring a little excitement to a date with your long-time love. Best of luck finding some unexpected treasures!