thrift store outlet

Adulting Life Hacks (Short List)
  • Buy an air mattress 12+ inches off the ground and a memory foam bed topper or two. It’ll cost hundreds less than a mattress and you’ll sleep just as good if not better. 
  • Wash your sheets once a week if you can. Yes, you will notice a difference. 
  • Never study/read/scroll through tumblr on your bed. Your brain associates activities with places. Associate your bed with sleeping. 
  • Grocery outlets are not below you. You can get the same produce at a steep discount, allowing those on a college sized budget to eat better. 
  • Invest in quality products (laptops, school supplies, clothes, ect) but don’t be outlandish. A laptop that will last you through a doctoral degree is one thing and a $200 pair of jeans is another. 
  • Never go to sleep with makeup on if you can help it. 
  • Cleanse, exfoliate, tone, THEN moisturize. 
  • Tea tree oil shampoos twice a week will heavily combat dandruff and scalp flakes. 
  • Invest in a pair of good sneakers and hiking shoes. Look for pairs at thrift stores and outlets. (I got a pair of leather Timberland boots for $20). 
  • Always carry an umbrella, a lip balm or chapstick, change, and a snack. 
  • Therapy does not mean you are weak or need help. Sometimes talking things out can let your brain focus on more important things. 

Stay positive my darlings. 

Have I talked to you guys about the Dig and Save? Let’s talk about the Dig and Save.

The Dig and save is a thrift store outlet. You heard that right. Thrift. Store. Outlet.

The Dig and save is where broke nonsense goes to die. You need a bunch of mismatched coffee cups, probably chipped? They got you covered. You need a crap ton of cloth and you don’t really care where you get it from? They’ll sell it to you by the pound. You need furniture as a base for something you’re building? I’ll bet you’ll find it for $5.

Basically in that weird limbo between genuine garbage you should throw away and the kind of weird crap that artists and makers would like to pick up off the curb but don’t really want to clean, there exists the Dig and Save. The stock comes from things that are too damaged, stained, or tangled to be sorted out and priced properly for thrift stores, specifically St. Vincent de Paul.

Most things are priced by the pound. If you are doing art or building theater sets on a budget, I cannot recommend that place more highly. Bring boots. Bring gloves. Bring low expectations. And bring about 20 bucks. You’ll probably leave with a car load.

I say this all now because apparently Chicago now has a Dig and Save. Part of me is delighted. Part of me is very very concerned. Mostly for my storage space and budget.