What to Thrift When You Don’t Have Time

Despite what you may have heard, thrifting does not have to take all day. Sure, some people love to spend hours in thrift stores, including myself. Don’t have time or energy to spend hours at a thrift store? Good news! You don’t have to spend hours in thrift stores to find really nice things. We’re sharing a handful of items that require minimal effort to find at secondhand stores – we’re talking 15 minutes, in and out.

Wall Art

Wall art requires very minimal effort to thrift. They are usually stacked nicely against a wall for easy browsing. Because art is so subjective, it’s the kind of thing that will automatically stand out in an otherwise packed aisle. Also, wall art is expensive at retail stores but at thrift prices like $3 and $6 you can switch up your décor often for the price of one piece from a regular retail store.

Housewares, Specifically Glassware and Plates

Whether you’re into quirky, classic or vintage glassware, these items are among the easiest to find at thrift stores and add the perfect touch to your home for entertaining or to add to your personal collection.

Seasonal Décor

Spring, Summer, Winter or Fall, Goodwill has it all! Be on the look out for seasonal vases and fill them with flowers for the host of a party, or add some secondhand style to your mantle, bookshelf or front door any time of year with seasonal home accessories.

Home Accessories

Look for mirrors, lamps, wall hangings, frames, candles, baskets, and more to add your existing home décor without breaking the bank or spending hours at the store.


If you don’t have a lot of time to thrift, browse the dresses. They are easy to style, just add accessories from your existing wardrobe and you’re out the door with a dash of thrift!


Coats are big and bulky so they stand out on a rack. So in most cases you can browse without having to sift through every single coat.


I honestly can’t remember the last time I bought a scarf that wasn’t from a thrift store! Thrift stores carry tons of winter, silk, or small neck scarves. There are lots of tutorials online that can provide helpful styling ideas. Add them to an existing outfit for an effortlessly chic look.


a cart with jeans and black shoes

Shoes are super easy to spot on a rack and require hardly any effort to browse.

Thanks, it’s Thrifted is a podcast about secondhand shopping hosted by two treasure-hunting friends, Dina & Shannon. Subscribe today. Follow on Instagram @dinasdays and @thanksitthrifted.pod. For more about the podcast visit dinasdays.com/podcast.

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