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What I look for in a top quality thrift store.


I have people often ask me how I can go into unorganized thrift stores and not be overwhelmed with the hunting process. Honestly I know that exact feeling. I have to admit there have been days when I did not even have the energy to go shopping. As I became more experienced in my craft, I started to rate thrift stores on different categorizes. ENJOY!

  1. The location of the thrift store. Higher income neighborhoods means better thrift finds.
  2. The cleanliness of the store. I mean why not?
  3. The clothing is organized by size or color but I prefer size.
  4. The prices are priced at thrift store rates and not department store prices. Also when you are donating item that are new it would be best to remove the tags. Most stores price the item higher.
  5. The store has a weekly or daily sale.
  6. There is a dressing room to try on clothing. I know some people can go without but I like to see the item visual on myself.
  7. The variety and quantity of items in the store.
  8. Customer service. This is a big deal for me. I have had in my past no so good service and totally turned me off from wanting to shop at the establishment. When this happens I often talk to a manager if problem is not resolved I reach out to corporate and also get the worker’s name, date, and time.
  9. The mission of the company. Are you supporting a local family ran store or a chain store? Does the thrift store bring jobs to the locals or give back to the community? Do your research to know where your money is going.
  10. The overall experience. If I enjoyed myself or not so much I always give a store another chance over time some days are just off days for myself.

What do you look for in a thrift store?

My Top 5 Thrifting Tips & Advice


I am sharing a VLOG today with you about my tips and advice on how I save the most money. If we could all start small we are doing our part. see video below

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My Honest Beauty Review:MaryKay

I wanted to switch gears and talk with you about beauty. I feel it is important to not only share the inside of our beauty to the world, but also show how I am feeling on the outside. I love to pamper myself, and I am all for anything beauty. I live a very budget-friendly lifestyle as most of you know I thrift shop for most of my clothing for my whole family too. I have extra money to be able to afford my beauty items. I learn not to splurge but I purchase what is best for me.



I recently attended a MaryKay party. I was looking for something budget friendly and effective. I am starting to see a difference in my skin as I am getting older and wiser. I want to share with you my honest review about the products I have sampled so far. I am a big supporter for woman empowering other woman. And I support small business. I am always willing to support woman in my community. I know MaryKay is a global company, but these woman are supporting their families, teaching woman about skin care and make-up, and giving woman the confidence they need. These woman are killing it in the skin care and make up world. Please see video below for my review.


Please share your experience with skin care and make up with me. It can be MaryKay or other brands.

How to dress from head to toe with $20! Look-a-like Thrift Challenge Explained

I recently had a thrifting segment with the local news station in Cleveland, Ohio. I had a challenge a head of me to dress 3 models in three different looks. All outfits from head to toe had to be under $25. Can you believe it? I love treasure hunting and finding the best deal in my city, so I accepted the challenge and went on to get some inspiration looks online. I picked a date night look and two casual looks. This is what I came up for my inspiration down below.

Casual Inspiration

Date night Inspiration

Casual Inspiration

The Hunt

I get a thrill on hunting for the perfect item for the best price. I looked in my closet to find pieces I may already have so that way I am not buying the same thing over again. I mean I live the zero-waste lifestyle and want to make sure I’m not spending money I don’t have. I had some black jeans and a grey vest so I did not have to buy these items.. Score!

The Final Results

This challenge is all about finding pieces that I can style and they look like I bought them at retail prices. I had to keep my budget in mind and I shopped on sale days. For example on Sundays at goodwill they have one color tag for $1. I stayed on budget and I killed this challenge!

Casual Look #1

I love the color black and mixing it with light color or print is my favorite look. I like this outfit because it is comfortable and you can go anywhere with this look. This look was created for under $20. You read that right. See down below for pricing list.

Casual look I created

Lets break down the pricing

  • Necklace $1
  • Bracelet $1
  • Tunic Shirt $3
  • Vest $0 ( I had in my closet I bought it for $3 )
  • Black Jeans $4 (not pictured)
  • Shoes $6

Total $18

Casual Look #2

I enjoyed putting vintage items together with trendy pieces. I have always done what I want in fashion. If it looks good and feels good I will wear it. This look can be worn for going out for the day or drinks with the girl friends. This look was created for under $20. See down below for pricing list.

Casual look I created

Let’s break down the pricing

  • Hat $2
  • Shirt $3
  • Cami $1.49
  • Belt $1
  • Black Jeans $4 (not pictured)
  • Shoes $5

Total $16.49

Date Night Look

I love this classic look. The red and black really compliment eachother. This classic look is perfect for going out with your boo thang! This look was created for under $20. See down below for pricing list.


Let’s break down the pricing

  • Earings $2
  • Trench $5
  • Dress $6
  • Shoes $5
  • Clutch $2

Total $20

Join the Thrift Lifestyle

I hope you enjoyed the looks I created and hope you find inspiration to start the thrift life style. The goal is to make everyone a thrifter for life. As you can see the sky is the limit as a thrifter. You are free to use your creativity and create your one of kind look that no one will have. I encourage you to reach out to me if you would like to join my thrift challenge. Not only do you get an amazing outfit to wear, you will learn how to budget and get a look into my world as a second- hand shopper. Happy thrifting!

March Spring Look-a-Like Challenge

Happy March Cleveland! I can not wait for the time change to spring forward. Thats right Cleveland get ready for the extra daylight and possibly sunshine. I have been hibernating it seems for the whole month of February. I only hope for no more snow and cold but Cleveland weather always has other plans for us ohioans, Am I right? On to the look a like challenge for the month of March. I am excited not only for the best time of year Spring but also that wardrobe change (well kind of in Cleveland, we still have our cold temps to look out for, but I am going to wear a dress okay!) I have been looking for something fun this spring and I picked four different looks down below. I encourage everyone to find a look they love and make it your own. I will be treasure hunting in my closet and the thrift store. I will keep the budget to $20 an outfit, thats right from head to toe. See my inspiration looks down below

Want to join the Look-a-Like Challenge?

I will need others to participate in this challenge if you are interested in being one of my models I would love to dress you. The deadline is March 27th, 2020. I will be featuring you in my blog. Live too far from Cleveland? You can always contact me through instagram or email me to send in your pictures and what your favorite look is out of the four looks above and I will feature you on both the blog and social media page. Also please use hashtag #ThriftingWithMegan #LetMeganTeachYou #SpringLookALike. I love seeing the creativity of others and the mission is to live a zero waste lifestyle. Looking forward to see the looks you put together. Please look forward to the upcoming blog post for the final results of this March 2020 look-a-like challenge. Happy thrifting Cleveland!

My favorite Thrift Store Sales days in Cleveland Ohio

I am a westsider of Cleveland and these are my favorite stores and sales. I am all about saving money and getting the best deals in Cleveland, Ohio I put together a list of my favorite thrift stores and the sale days I shop. Enjoy!!

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My Tips

  • Go often. Thrift stores get new merchandise everyday.
  • Make a list. Jot down your wants and needs.
  • Set a budget.
  • Be creative.
  • Have fun!

Favorite Sale days!

  • Mondays– Savers Rockyriver, Ohio 50% off WHOLE store!
  • Thursdays– Common Threads Fairview Park, Ohio 50% off ALL CLOTHING including coats
  • Sundays– Goodwill any store in Cuyahoga County 2 color Tag sale one color $1 and 2nd color tag 50% off
  • I also receive exclusive VIP Coupons in my email by signing up and subscribing to thrift stores emailing list.

Share your favorite stores & sale days around Cleveland so I can check them out! Cleveland for life!

Valentine day looks 2020

I had recently made a look(outfits) list for each month and for February I am focusing on Valentines day. Heres the list down below.

Some people hate it some people love it either way I wanted to do something fun for my Valentines day.

I am guilty of loving this holiday

I put together four looks. The outfits I created were thrifted or I already had them in my closet. It just takes a little creativity and motivation to get yourself putting together amazing outfits! I had to try on most of the outfits and I am not the best picture taker but I tried! Well enjoy!

The first I put together is warm and cozy, As you all know I am from the North, Cleveland, Ohio. It is quite cold in the winter so sweaters are great. I paired the red knitted sweater with black pants or you could do black jeans. You can create a casual look by adding flat black boot or add some booties with a heel to make it more dressy. I accessorized with my silver hoops( I love my hoops) and two heart bracelets. This look could be worn at the office, school, or a date night,

The second look is more dressy. I put a long sleeve black under my dress because it is freezing here in Cleveland, Ohio. I love the bright red and the contrast of the black really brings out the red. I went for a open toe sho with a black strap. I went with pink flower earrings just to put some pink with the red, I love that color combination. This look is perfect for a valentines night out for dinner or a valentine’s day dance.

The third look is a one piece long romper. I can only dream I could wear this outside but in Cleveland it is 30 degrees so this is wishful thinking. If you are in the warmer climate this is perfect. You could pair this with a jean jacket and some cute tan wedges or scrappy white and tan sandals. I accessorized with red bracelets and a simple silver necklace. This look is great for a date at the beach, out for the day. or dress it up for an evening date.

The final look I put together is casual and cute. As you can see I did not do too much red or pink. The flower shirt is just enough color but not over doing it. I wore jeans a olive green utility jacket(one of my favorite jackets) And brownish tan flat booties. I accessorized with a pop of color my pink purse( I love color) and fuchsia colored hoops. This look is great for school, casual date, and day out.

I hope you can find some inspiration for looks on Valentines Day. Have fun with your outfits and always be confident in yourself. Rock that outfit girl!

Share your thoughts with me about your looks for valentines day.

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MLK Sale alert Vaule World 🚨

Happy Friday! Good morning! It’s the weekend let’s celebrate! Do I have some great news for you. Vaule world is having a 50% off sale whole store !!! Omg yes you read that right 50% SALE today January 17- January 20th. If you have Monday off why not do a little treasure hunting. My personal favorite store is located in Lakewood, Ohio.

My favorite Value World
Located @
11900 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107

Vaule World has low priced goods and get this it was founded right here in cleveland! That’s right let’s continue to support our city.

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Please make sure to use your coupon in store to get this amazing deal. Happy thrifting cleveland!

What great thrift store are located in your area and why do you love to shop there?

Thrift finds January 13th 2020

Most people dread Monday’s but not me. Today is my favorite day of the week in the thrifting world!


Northeast Ohio has some really great stores and the daily or weekly deals are why I keep going back for more.

Savers is located at 21201 Center Ridge Rd, Rocky River, OH 44116

I went to Savers in Rockyriver, OH. Monday’s are special because the store is 50% off the whole store!! Omg that is not a typo it’s forrreal y’all! The store is organized and clean. The area is a wealthy community and that means great finds. The store is clean and very easy to navigate. The prices are already low priced so this store is a must to get there on Monday’s. If you have to get out on your lunch break I highly recommend some retail therapy.

Cher was my idol growing up! I even had the Barbie Jeep lol 

I always make a list when shopping .

Monday thrifting list

  • Real life play items for zayn
  • Foam floor letters
  • Clothing items to resell( I am selling my thrift finds soon on Instagram so follow me for more @thriftingwithmegan2020)
  • Books( this is a frequent item I keep on my list)
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