Five tips to make ‘thrifting’ worth your time in 2022

thrifting - guadalupe resale shopRetail prices are soaring on everything from clothing and food to vehicles and gas. The inflation rate is at its highest level in three decades. Shipping delays and limited inventory are frustrating consumers from coast to coast. 

Savvy shoppers, however, are rediscovering a money-saving alternative – thrift store shopping. Prior to the pandemic, the thrift store industry was growing by 7% annually, according to The Association of Resale Professionals. However, the online resale platform ThredUp estimates the secondhand market will double from $36 billion in 2021 to $77 billion in 2025. 

Thrift store shopping, affectionately called “thrifting” by the trend’s devotees, can be entertaining and enlightening, as well as challenging. Below are five tips to make thrifting worth your time in 2022: 

Shop with a purpose

When customers enter a grocery store, they have a general idea of what they need to buy – milk, eggs, bread, etc. You don’t need a specific list to shop at a thrift store, though, just a general idea, goal or plan of action. If you’re looking to spruce up a living room with new artwork, for instance, decide in advance on the theme, like tropical, floral or wildlife. Then begin your search. 

Pay attention to labels

Resale shops are full of like-new and brand-new items. Shoppers often stumble across designer brands with the original price tags attached. If you’re looking for shoes, dresses, jackets or ties, know which manufacturers have the best reputation for producing high-quality products. Name-brand items can be discounted 50% or more from their original prices. 

Know the cause

Many thrift stores support nonprofit organizations and rely on volunteers to run operations rather than paid employees. That means a higher portion of revenue can support charitable causes like education, the environment, health care or the arts. It’s human nature to evaluate whether you really need to purchase an item, but that decision is easier when you know the money will support a cause that’s near and dear to your heart. 

Consider alternate uses

The best finds at a thrift store can come from repurposing items. A porcelain vase, for example, might have once held flowers, but someone with artistic abilities could transform it into a one-of-a-kind statement piece with a little paint. It’s similar to when fashionistas accessorize their outfits by wearing items that weren’t necessarily intended to go together, like a scarf or hat, but still look good. 

Shop at the right time

Resale shops typically receive the most donations on weekends and Mondays. That’s because people use their free time to clean. Although inventory is replenished on a daily basis, weekend donations can make their way onto the shelves early in the week. Also, many seasonal residents in Southwest Florida donate items before heading north for the summer, so inventory and selection is usually strong in March, April and May. 

The concept of thrifting is not new. However, economic factors have made thrifting popular once again. Shoppers certainly can capitalize on the trend in 2022 if they map out an appropriate plan of action before beginning their next shopping adventure. 

– By Kat McNabb, Manager of Guadalupe Resale Shop

Guadalupe Resale Shop debuts seasonal holiday décor

seasonal holiday decor at guadalupe resale shopGuadalupe Resale Shop is celebrating the season by filling a section of its showroom with holiday décor.

Christmas décor includes festive tableware like plates, bowls, glasses and casserole dishes, as well as place settings, table centerpieces, shelf decorations, stuffed animals, bows, lights, angel statues, decorative pillows and even a few ugly sweaters.

“Every year, our volunteers help transform the showroom into a home for unique holiday treasures and gifts,” said Kat McNabb, store manager at Guadalupe Resale Shop. “Customers have been telling us that they don’t want the same holiday décor that their neighbors and friends bought at big box stores, and they’re finding one-of-a-kind decorations and table centerpieces here.”

McNabb also notes a trend among party-goers to bring food in a leave-behind casserole dish. When the party is over, a guest simply leaves the bowl or plate as a small gift. The party host is welcome to keep that dish or pay it forward at the next dinner party.

Proceeds from sales at Guadalupe Resale Shop support three educational programs at Guadalupe Center in Immokalee: the nationally accredited Early Childhood Education Program, After-school Tutoring & Summer Enrichment Program and college-preparatory Tutor Corps Program.

Located at 12980 Tamiami Trail North, Unit 10, in Naples, Guadalupe Resale Shop is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays. Donations are accepted from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays from a curbside drop-off behind the store.

Tutor Corps students shop for future at Guadalupe Resale Shop

Each year, Guadalupe Resale Shop welcomes high school graduates of Guadalupe Center’s Tutor Corps Program for a fun shopping trip.

Students are allowed to select up to 10 items priced at $40 or less, at no cost. Students often use this opportunity to add pants, long-sleeved shirts, sweaters, jackets and coats to their wardrobes, as well as business attire for job interviews and formal events.

Check out photos of the Tutor Corps Class of 2021 shopping at Guadalupe Resale Shop.

Tutor Corps Shopping Trip

Guadalupe Resale Shop to host Fashion Show on March 15 to benefit education programs at Guadalupe Center

Guadalupe Resale Shop, long known as a destination for both fashion- and budget-conscious shoppers, will host a Fashion Show and Private Sale Event on March 15 to reveal the latest trends and styles while generating support for educational programs at Guadalupe Center.

Models will be sporting new designer and name-brand fashions that will be available on the racks at the Resale Shop after the Fashion Show, including bridal, wedding and cocktail dresses, as well as business attire, formalwear, casual attire and accessories. Love of Lace Bridal Shop donated new bridal, wedding and cocktail dresses.

The Fashion Show begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 15 at Guadalupe Resale Shop, 12980 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 10, in Naples. The Resale Shop will be closed to the public on March 15, offering Fashion Show attendees an exclusive opportunity to browse the boutique’s expanded selection of apparel and accessories at the Private Sale Event.

Tickets to the Fashion Show are $10 per person and available online at GuadalupeCenter.org/events or at the Resale Shop. Door prizes and refreshments will be available.

“The quality of our merchandise rivals that of an independent boutique, and we thought a Fashion Show would be a great way to showcase the type of apparel and accessories that customers can purchase here on a daily basis,” said manager Kat McNabb.

Proceeds from the Fashion Show will support Guadalupe Center, which serves more than 1,300 students annually through its Early Childhood Education Program, After-school & Summer Enrichment Program and Tutor Corps Program. The nonprofit’s mission is to break the cycle of poverty through education for the children of Immokalee. Any apparel not sold at the Fashion Show will be available to the public on March 16.

For more information, please call Guadalupe Resale Shop at 239-594-2696 or visit GuadalupeCenter.org.