The Family Thrift Store Challenge – 4 Outfits for $24

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You may remember that last year, we visited a local thrift store and purchased outfits for the entire family for only $20. The girls loved it so much, they’ve been begging us to do it again. So last weekend, I surprised them with a trip to Goodwill! While the prices have changed just a bit since last January, we were still able to dress the entire family for only $24.

The Hunt.

There are positives and negatives when it comes to our local Goodwill. They sort everything by color vs. size, so it takes a really long time to go through everything to find things that will fit you. We did find a few pieces that were brand new, but unfortunately, there were much more pieces with holes or were dirty. We decided that if we do this again, we are going to visit a different store, in a nicer area. We are convinced that we will find better quality that way.

Once we arrived, I presented them all with their challenge… to find an outfit that they love for around $5.  They couldn’t wait to see who could find the best outfit, for the least amount of money.

So let me brag a bit about what they chose and how much they cost.

Falynn’s Outfit – Total $1.98

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This adorable Cherokee denim vest looks like it had only been worn once and was only $.99!  It can be worn as a top or over a tee or tank. She also chose a fun skirt from Epic Threads which was also $.99.  It’s perfect for my little tomboy because it has attached shorts.

Iyla’s Outfit – Total $6.89

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Iyla was on the hunt for something she could wear over the summer. And while white usually gets dingy, this top from On Fire was in great shape and was $4.59. She also found these super soft denim shorts from Garage which were on sale for $2.30.

Lucia’s Dress – Total $5.99

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Lucia is my rockstar when it comes to thrift store shopping. By the time she was ready to head to the fitting room, she had a cart full of options. She was excited to find this dress from Forever 21 because she can wear it to the next school dance. We did find a small hole in the front, but she is confident she can fix it. At $5.99, it was definitely a steal. She also got a brand new Holister dress, with the tags still on, for only $7.

Nelson’s Outfit – Total $9.18

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Super Dad never has a problem spotting the deals. He looks for brand names and always finds great pieces in the 6 racks of men’s clothing. His Izod top and Adidas khaki shorts were $4.59 each and make a great outfit for Summer.

We are going to make this an annual challenge because they really love the hunt! And of course, since Falynn chose the least expensive outfit, she was able to choose one prize, a book for $.69.

Have you ever shopped in a thrift store? What was your experience?  Would your family enjoy this challenge too?

Shopping for a family on a budget can be fun! We headed to a local thrift store and bought outfits for the entire family for only $24!

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  1. You have got to be kidding! You spent $24 dollars?! You all look adorable and those outfits all look super cute and might I add chic too. All the collections of outfits are affordable.

  2. I love these totals. They are all so cute. We love thrift shopping. I need to go look for Halloween costumes there.

  3. You all did a great job finding bargains! I have only been in one thrift shop and it didn’t any great finds. Another opened recently and I am hoping to get there sometime.

  4. First of all, you have a beautiful family! The clothes really look good on them, they don’t even look like you got them at a thrift store. Just gorgeous! I’m going to try and have my family to this too.

  5. You did an awesome job girl! This would definitely be a challenge for me, but I think my hubby could do it!

  6. I love thrift shops because you can find amazing buys at them. You did a great job with your finds.

  7. You have got to be kidding! You spent $24 dollars?! You all look adorable and those outfits all love super cute and might I add chic too. Amazing bargains.

  8. This seems like an interesting challenge to do with your children. It seems like they enjoyed it a great deal and I’m glad your family did it.

  9. Oh my goodness! That is pretty amazing! I always love shopping at a cheap price. I love this so much!

  10. Wow, outfits for only $24? You need to receive a thrifter prize for finding those gems at that price! Everyone looks great and the outfits are super cute and crazy affordable.

  11. Great fun and wonderful to see everyone involved. I hadn’t shopped at Goodwill for years, but stopped in one last year when I needed an easy pair of pants. I got them at a steal and they are my favorite Summer pants. Love thrift stores and hunting for deals 🙂

  12. I love visiting the thrift store. I always find great deals. You did a great job on their outfits!!

  13. Oh, wow! Those are such awesome finds. I love it when I score pretty stuff at such affordable prices. Great job!

  14. I wish we had something like this by me!!! Where else can you get 4 outfits that cheap?!

  15. Thrift store finds are always so much fun. You never know what someone might have just decided that they did not have a need for anymore! Awesome finds that you all found for a great price.

  16. No, I haven’t shopped in a thrift before. Here, it’s usually an open-market, with so many traders laying out their merchandise on the road-side as close to the people as possible.

  17. There is so much awesome in this post I dont know where to begin! First thrift shopping and teaching kids frugal and reusable! I remember the first time I took my son into a huge thrift store in Erie, his mouth hit the floor and he said this is the biggest indoor yardsale I have ever seen… He was 4 and thought it was like disney! lol lol

  18. I love thrift store shopping and it’s even more fun now that my girls are old enough to find things themselves. Love to find fun shirts and if we are lucky we can score brand new fun socks!

  19. It looks like everyone found a great outfit! Were you able to find one as well? My kids shop at thrift shops regularly and find some amazing deals. While I find some wonderful things for the house, there’s not much at the thrift shop in my size and style.

  20. Those are some great deals, and the clothes are nice too. I love shopping at thrift stores too. I think it’s great how much you can save and still find some amazing clothing.

  21. I think Falynn’s outfit is my favorite. So many great finds. I wish I had your shopping skills at goodwill. I always seem to come out empty handed there. Great job!

  22. Lots of good deals! My kids are at the age where they don’t want me going to thrift stores, but I still like them!

  23. I LOVE the idea of a family thrift store challenge. What a wonderful way to save money on clothes and involve the kids in learning about budgeting.

  24. I remember the post from last year, and this year you’ve outdone yourselves!! Everyone looks great. Such a fun challenge.

  25. My daughter loves shopping at thrift stores and making outfits! We used to live in a town with so many of them but where we live now only has a few, that’s where garage sales have really come in handy. So much fun, cute outfits!

  26. Goodwill collects stuff and sends it all over. Just because it is donated locally does not mean it stays local so another area may not yield better results. You may want to try something like the Salvation Army or Hospice. I believe those donation stay local.

  27. It really is amazing the things you can find in thrift stores! I love that you have managed to kit yourself out with some amazing outfits along with the rest of your family.

  28. Oh my gosh I love this! We’ve been working really hard to reduce our consumption and waste, and buying second hand is a great way to do that. I’ve been shopping thrift stores more often and you make a great point that they are perfect for saving money—and treading more lightly on the planet.

  29. I do love clothes shopping at thrift stores. Your stores have better prices than mine as my outfit with jeans, a top and a sweater cost me 15.00 but still a great price.

  30. This is why I love thrifting. You can find some great stuff there, and if your style is really funky, you can REALLY get crazy.

  31. What great finds! I love thrifting, but I definitely hate it when the thrift stores sort by colors not size. It makes it harder sometimes.

  32. Everyone looks fabulous! I LOVE shopping at thrift stores. You find the best stuff at amazing deals. My daughter would have been thrilled with a Forever 21 dress as well.

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  33. I love this idea! It’s like a scavenger hunt for clothes where you don’t need to spend a huge amount of money. I think my family would love to do something like this. It looks like you all found some beautiful stuff.