Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries
Serving Greater Cincinnati

What to Look for When Thrifting Cozy Winter Clothes

Keeping cozy this winter doesn’t have to cost a fortune. With a few thrifting tricks, you’ll find great pieces that will make you snug as a bug ““ and you’ll feel good about your purchases too!

Coats for the Whole Family

Winter outerwear is by far the most expensive clothing item you’ll need to stay warm this season. Depending on the material, most winter coats can cost anywhere from $50 to several hundred. When thrifting coats for adults, look for classic cuts that are made from quality materials. Wool peacoats and down quilted coats will wear well and are water-repellent.

For kids, choose coats that are comfortable and built to last. Children typically prefer quilted or puffer coats because they allow for all the movement that comes with play! Look over zippers, buttons, and seams for sturdiness, too.

Layers, Layers, Layers

Ohio winters are unpredictable, so the best way to prepare is with layers. Thrifting long-sleeved t-shirts, sweatshirts, and sweaters allows you to fill your closet with options for those frigid February days! Choose simple layers in neutral colors and prints so you can easily mix and match. As always, natural materials typically last longer, so when purchasing knits for layering, look for cotton over synthetic options.

Jeans of Every Cut & Color

It just makes sense to thrift jeans. For a complete wardrobe, you’ll want jeans in light and dark wash, possibly some that look worn, and some without any holes for nicer occasions. The length of your jeans is important in the winter because you’ll want a variety to complement different boot styles. So, don’t be shy about stocking up! Experiment with the waist of your jeans, too. When you shop Goodwill, you’ll find low-rise, high-rise and everything in between! 

Hats, Boots & Accessories

To finish off your new winter look, search for knit hats and those with a brim, gloves, mittens, scarves, and boots. Adding bright accessories is a great way to boost your mood and get you through the gray winter months!

Get to Your Nearest Goodwill Often

It’s time to get out and start shopping! When thrifting at Goodwill, the best approach is to shop often. Items change from day to day, and you never know what treasures you’ll uncover each time you go! Ohio Valley Goodwill also has multiple retail stores in the Greater Cincinnati Region, so there’s probably one (or more!) near you.

Best of all, shopping at Goodwill means shopping with a higher purpose. Did you know that your purchases help fund job training and employment services for hundreds of individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment in your community? This makes it easy to feel good about shopping at Goodwill!

Find your ultra-cozy winter wardrobe additions at your nearest Ohio Valley Goodwill store, and be sure to share your fantastic finds with us on social media “” just tag @CinciGoodwill!