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General Thrift Wave Info

Are items on this site for sale?

Not entirely, but if you’re curious about an item email me at and we can work it out! Eventually I may open an online shop for certain items on the site, but that’s a Phase 3 operation and I’m not in that neighborhood yet.

Can I contribute to the blog?

You sure can! Send your name (or preferred display name), post, and a link pertaining to you (if you want) to and you’ll receive a confirmation email.

Can I submit my find?

Yes, item submissions are welcome and encouraged! Email your find to using the following format:

  • Display name
  • Item title
  • Short description (a sentence or three)
  • Item brand (if applicable)
  • Item price
  • Venue type purchased from (thrift store, flea market, or yard sale)
  • Note (any other information you’d like to add)
How do I contact you?

Email or fill out the form on the Contact page.

Where did the idea for Thrift Wave come from?

I’ve acquired some really funky pieces over the years (example: Rubel Originals Fur Coat) and people would occasionally ask, “where’d you get that?” the answer would always be thrift store. Some people would be legitimately shocked like they didn’t know you couldn’t find great things from secondhand shops. That was when I decided to start “showing off” my thrifted finds, but this website didn’t happen until a few years later.

Quick Thrift Tips

How do I find (great) things in thrift stores, flea markets, and yard sales?

There’s several way to go about this, but these tips usually work for me:

  • Buy what you like. While doing that, sharpen your eye to the point where you can spot a Ralph Lauren print from two aisles away! Walk in that store like you’re ready to get down to business, but also investigate sale days like a detective.
  • Use this digital era to your advantage. A smartphone is a tool in a secondhand store and if you can, do the research. That weird piece of art may be worth something.
  • Sharpen your eye! Yes, I’ve said this already, but that is the key. Look for missing buttons, check pockets, look at linings, and pay attention to labels.
  • I did say to buy what you like right? Buying something just because it’s fascinating is all good (it’s your money anyway), but buy something that will be useful to you. I can’t tell you how many high quality pots we have in the house from secondhand shops.
What if I live pretty far from secondhand stores?

Yikes, you ever thought about a thrifting road trip or vacation? Online shopping options? I’m not very familiar with online options. I shall do research and return to this post! Mark my words!

What types of things can I get from thrift stores, yard sales, and flea markets?

My question in return is, what are you looking for? That’s what you can get, now I mean that optimistically not literally.

Where do you shop?

I’m from south New Jersey and most of the time I just shop locally. By locally, I mean my usual spots are no more than 30 mins from my house. There’s a decent amount of shops and markets around me. Depending on where you are you may have to expand your shopping radius. When I want to “venture” out I’ll go to my favorite Salvation Army in Long Island, New York or random shops in Pennsylvania.

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