Mar 26, 2012

Finding Vintage Sheets-Thrift Stores

Thrift shopping can be a really fun way to find unique vintage items. But, maybe you are like me and your town doesn't have thrift stores or your thrift stores don't sell vintage sheets. Most of the time I travel a few towns over to stock up on my favorite vintage linens. However, I love to discover gems while I'm on vacation too.


I'm going to let you in on a few of my secrets for finding vintage sheets at thrift shops. Actually, this guide will help you find anything at a thrift store in your town or your next holiday destination.

I have a few favorite go-to websites:
Yelp helps you find all kinds of businesses and see reviews from other Yelp users. Yelp is in the U.S., Canada, Australia and many European countries including the U.K.
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Yelping is easy!The arrow color corresponds with the instructions below.
1. Type in "thrift store"
2. Type in the city where you want to shop
3. Filter by distance, review rankings, and features like accept credit cards
4. Read the reviews. They tell you about things like quality, size of shop, types of items sold, attitude of staff, lighting and smell of store, etc. This is the most important step!
5. Look at the map. Sometimes stores are clustered together. Score!

This is another great resource. It lists over 10,000 charity-based thrift stores in the U.S.A. Plug in your city or zip code for a listing of local stores. Read reviews and check out the ratings based on:
Selection:
Pricing:
Organization:
Customer Service:
Cleanliness:
Overall:

Another option is the Resaleshopping.com. It lists stores in the U.S. and Canada. Although most stores are consignment stores, it also has a growing list of thrift stores.

More Shopping Tips:
A few months back I asked VSB readers about finding vintage sheets at thrift stores. We had a lot of responses.  Here are a few tips:
  • Be discriminating. Look for tears, thinning, fading, holes, etc. You don't want surprises when you get home.
  • One reader uses a thrift store app on her phone.
  • Readers prefer flat sheets over fitted because a lot of yardage is used in the elastic corners. Also, fitted sheets and pillowcases show more wear than flat.
  • Some readers have luck at the big thrift stores and others have more luck at the small, local charity stores.
  • Shops in older neighborhoods are more likely to carry vintage items.
  • Shop often. Supplies change constantly.
I hope this guide helps you find vintage happiness. If you have any other tips, please comment and I will add to the list.

For more tips on finding vintage sheets, check out the post on finding vintage sheets at estate sales.



2 comments:

Mom Taxi Julie said...

Thanks for the "Thrift Shop" link! Now I just need a full day to hit them all ;)

shirley said...

Thank you for the awesome post! My husband & I love to go to thrift stores and always looking when we visit somewhere new. Excellent websites!