Thrift Store Shopping 101


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For lots of folks, thrift stores are treasure troves, teeming with opportunities just waiting to be uncovered. For others, thrift stores are chaotic collections of junk that are best overlooked in favor of more organized outposts. For members of the latter camp, Blair Stocker has a transformative approach to thrifting that’ll completely upend the experience of being overwhelmed by secondhand shops.

In Thrift Store Shopping 101, Blair will teach you a systematic approach to scoring at the thrift store. Blair is personally and professionally committed to the art of upcycling and, over the years, has developed a tried and true approach finding salvageable goods in unlikely places. In this class, she’ll teach you how approach thrift store shopping so you stay organized, get great deals, and walk away with pieces you can add to your craft closet. You’ll get insider tips on the best days to shop and which departments carry the most sought after items.

Thrift Store Shopping 101 will transform the way you think about buying secondhand and help you navigate the Goodwill like a serious expert.



  • This course is very very basic and short. If you do enjoy thrift shopping already, this is probably not for you. I was hoping for more project ideas or how to look at pieces differently, which there is a bit of that when it comes to fabric, jewelry and some home items, but that's about it. If you have never gone thrift shopping, this course can get you started, hence the 101 title. But for any other kind of inspiration, the course is way too short and doesn't have enough information to be something to spend money on. I really think this course should be free to show the presenter and her projects in a great light instead of helping others train their eyes on what to look for and especially avoid if you want to create great projects besides the ones the presenter makes. I haven't taken the presenters other courses but I am sure they are much better and more helpful.
  • I loved that the class gave me actionable ideas that I can use when I visit thrift stores. I shop for yarn and fabric for thrift stores, but had not thought of using clothes outside of their intended purposes.
  • Very quick and basic for the price.