Adventures in Thrifting

Tucson Thrifting Adventures: Or, Look Ma! I'm On TV! ON THE INTERNET!

Seeing yourself on film is simultaneously the most horrifying experience you can have and the most gratifying experience you can have. On the one hand–do I really sound like that? On the other hand: LOOK! It’s MEEEEEEEEE! (Me wearing my crooked glasses, which was not the best call).

To explain: I’ve some stuff here on Hello Giggles about shopping at thrift stores and all the wonderful and terrifying things you can find there.

I was approached by a student writer, Samantha Munsey, who said she was an “avid reader” of my thrifting column on Hello Giggles. Once she realized that I lived in Tucson, AZ, also, she asked if she could interview me.

She basically had me at “avid reader”–I tried to play it off, like, yeah, I have lots of those! No big! SUPERSTAR GIGGLER THAT I AM.

We both had busy schedules, so we finally found a time to meet at Savers, which was hot and crowded. Samantha was a total professional who actually knew how to use unwieldy sound equipment, and I was very, very nervous. I assuaged my nerves by:

1) Wearing a fluffy pink prom dress;

2) Talking in a rapid and high-pitched chipmunk voice;

3) Making fun of clown figurines.

She put together an impressive video that cuts down my babbling to the salient points, and includes shots of some thrift-store goodies I’d overlooked (BRIDE AND GROOM BOBBLEHEADS! A KITTEN AND BUTTERFLIES PICTURE!). The whole thing was published on the website of our local paper The Arizona Daily Star, which means I’ve officially forced my friends to start referring to me as “local Internet celebrity, Laura Owen” (they love doing this). Samantha’s no longer with the Star, and I thought the website that inspired the video deserved a look at it.

Despite my nerves, I’d love to go back to Savers with Samantha sometimes.

If we do another video, I’m totally wearing a tiara next time.

Featured image via TechNode


  • Jason Kallelis

    You are, by far, my favorite local Internet celebrity.

  • Caitlin Gilbert

    great video! I’m a starving college student and love to hear tips about how to save money, especially in video form!

  • Dani Gifford

    Tucson thrifting is the best! I’d also suggest only looking at clothes that are made from good-quality fabrics- it really helps keep me from getting overwhelmed.

  • Emily Allmon

    WOW! What a great video! I like thrift stores as well!

  • Ginette Gonzalez

    I had no idea that there was so much involved in thrifting, I usually only go to seek out sweaters for “ugly sweater day.” Good to know!

  • Amer Taleb

    Great video!

  • Shayne Garner

    Amazing video and helpful tips! :)
    Shayne Garner

  • Kimber Silva-Munsey

    Sooooooo many good tips! I’m trying them all!

  • Anna Herbert

    This makes me want to start shopping at thrift stores! Awesome video!

  • Alanna McDonald

    That was very informative and helpful! I’m excited to get into thrift-store shopping

  • Bibi Finazzo

    Adorable! Hey, sometime, you should check out the Humane Society thrift store on Speedway. I scored pretty bigtime there today.

  • Sally Foster

    Hey Sam–come do one of these in Encinitas. I’ll take you to Flash Back, Ona’s favorite vintage re-sale. Great video!

  • Jane Stewart

    I love this practical angle on the glory that is thrift store shopping. A good thrift find makes my day. My technique has always been to focus on what I need before entering and then target that first. Like if I have an inkling for a wacky skirt I’ll head to the skirts rack pronto and build from there. But I must admit, sometimes I’m distracted by bright pink formal dresses.

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  • Amanda Bramel

    Yay for thrift stores! I loved it Sam!!! You’re amazing!

  • Gypsy Estrada

    Yay, thrifting! Some great advice for newcomers. I tend to browse the clothing racks considering the fabric quality and designers. I love pieces that will last for years to come!

  • Sarah Smith

    Cute video and helpful! I can improve my thrifting productivity and now have something to show for it.

  • Tenaya Snider

    Way to go Samantha! This is a great video… I may have to hit up some thrift stores tomorrow.

  • Francisco A Morin-Corona

    Nice vid Sam, good luck on making more =]

  • Tierney Formanek

    Love it! Tucson has great thrift store shopping. Also a good way to find fabrics to make something new

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