Celebrating 90 Years - Thrifting Tips from Kim Holcomb

by Kim Holcomb, Evening Magazine
February 7, 2013

There isn’t an exact formula for thrifting, but I have a few strategies that help me get what I want, for what I want to pay!

  1. KNOW RETAIL BRANDS AND PRICES. The best way to get psyched about shopping at Goodwill is to fully understand how much you’re saving! Having a base knowledge of popular retail brands and their respective price tags helps you sift through the racks more quickly. It will also help you gauge what size you are in that brand, since we know sizes vary! And if you’re shopping at one of the boutique stores, like the South Lake Union location, it will also protect you from sticker shock. If a bag is $75 at Goodwill, it’s because it cost hundreds of dollars retail!
  2. CHECK THE WEBSITE FOR SALES/EVENTS. Choose your nearest store online and click on the “sales/event” section before scheduling your shopping trip. I’m not a senior citizen, so it wouldn’t make as much sense for me to shop on a day when seniors get 50% off. But if it’s a ½ price pink tag sale day, I’m in!
  3. TRY BEFORE YOU BUY. Dressing rooms are there for a reason. A great price isn’t a bargain if the garment doesn’t fit.
  4. GO EARLY AND OFTEN. The joy of thrifting is never knowing what you might find! New inventory comes in all the time. If you have something specific in mind, you can pop in for 10 minutes and see if they have it. (I just KNOW my perfect leather jacket will be there one day…)
  5. ACCESSORIZE ACCESSORIZE ACCESSORIZE. Of all the trends in fashion, accessories are the most necessary/frustrating. They’re expensive, but fall out of favor within months. Shopping at Goodwill helps you stay on-trend, on a budget. Example: brooches were popular this past fall. I didn’t have one to my name. But the nearest Goodwill had three adorable ones, for less than $5 each (since I got them on a half-price tag day!)

Celine bag

One of my great Goodwill finds - a gorgeous Celine handbag! 

Check out our 90th anniversary timeline for more Goodwill stories.


Kim Holcomb is an award-winning television reporter and host.  Based at KING-TV in Seattle, Washington, she has 10+ years experience covering news and entertainment.  She currently works for Evening Magazine, the top-rated locally produced news magazine show in the country.

Kim has been honored with multiple Emmys and the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award.  She has a degree in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside and earned a master’s in broadcast journalism from Boston University.  She also spent a year teaching as a visiting professor at UNLV.

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Posted by tina | Saturday, Feb 9, 2013 @ 05:45 PM

Kim has mad thrifting skills!

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