Thrifting in a Technology World

When I started thrifting years ago Goodwill and garage sales were the token venues for deals. Goodwill for those who liked a set price and garage sales for the negotiators.

Then the internet arrived on our doorstep and slowly but surely, the world of thrifting began to change. Now, no matter what you’re looking for, if you’re patient enough you can find it … and at the right price. Here are my favorite ways to thrift online …

ebay eBay | The largest and most accessible marketplace for used goods, I have had oodles of luck finding specific pieces on eBay. Great brands at great prices make buying new almost obsolete!

thred upThred Up | Featuring items in women, kids, shoes and handbag categories, Thred Up is the perfect place for mamas to shop for themselves and their little ones.

kidizenKidizen | I just joined Kidizen this week and so far so good! I LOVE that you can snap photos with your phone and both buy and sell through their app.

clCraigslist | For those who want to stay local and avoid shipping costs, there is always Craigslist – both for specific items and to hunt out the best garage sale course. Don’t miss Tips for Selling on Craigslist.

bcBlogger’s Closet | Just for us mamas! Yay! So often I see fabulous outfits on my favorite bloggers and just wish I could peek inside there closets. Now I can!

smSwapmamas | Not interested in buying? I was recently introduced to Swapmamas which sounds amazing! Swapmamas runs on old fashioned bartering and swapping to fill your clothing needs and share what you have in excess.

instagramInstagram | Aw, Instagram! Did you know there was a whole world of buying and selling happening within most everyone’s favorite social media platform? Just search #shopmycloset #shopmykidscloset #instasale #instashop #forsale and others along those lines and you’ll find fabulous deals!

Now it’s your turn … in this technology driven world, where do you find the best deals? What has been your best find?

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Gretchen hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest along with her husband and two young children. Before transitioning to life as a stay at home mom, Gretchen worked in sales and marketing while earning her Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership. Now her days are focused on managing meal plans and nap times while organizing her sewing stash and children's toy bins. My oh my, how life changes in the blink of an eye! Gretchen writes frequently about natural parenting, becoming more environmentally conscience, her affinity for thrifted treasures, and hopes of making it out of yoga pants each day on her blog That Mama Gretchen (

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