4 Thrifting Tips for a Stylish Winter Season

Cold winter days are ideal for indoor activities, like thrift shopping! If you’re new to thrifting, you might feel intimidated by the thought of searching through a store filled with seemingly endless choices. But once you learn some basic tips and tricks, thrifting is easy and fun!

Best of all, thrift shopping is sustainable shopping. Buying pre-owned clothing prevents waste and protects the environment. Sustainable shopping is also good for your wallet! At Ohio Valley Goodwill, our retail stores offer affordable clothes and accessories that fit your budget, so you can get more for your money.

Ready to master the art of thrift shopping this winter? Follow these tips to get started:

Mannequin dressed in white hoodie with gray jacket and leopard scarf from Goodwill

Warm hoodies from Goodwill

Mannequin dressed in green blouse with navy pants

Green blouse with navy pants

Stock up on winter staples

You can never have too many winter wardrobe essentials, from long-sleeved tees and turtlenecks to jeans, scarves, hats, cardigans, and mittens! Look for patterns and textures that offer warmth and style. You’ll be able to stock up and save when you shop at Goodwill!

Clothing racks at Goodwill store

Goodwill retail store

Don’t be afraid to size up

Oversized clothing is trendy and oh-so-cozy for the chilly winter months. While thrift shopping, don’t hesitate to browse the racks outside your usual size — you might find something that’s perfectly oversized and on-trend! We especially like the relaxed look and feel of oversized sweatshirts, graphic tees, and flannels.


Blue Trenchcoat from Goodwill

Blue Trenchcoat from Goodwill

Leopard print purse from Goodwill

Leopard print purse from Goodwill

Make a statement

Adding vibrant colors to your wardrobe is a great way to get through the gray winter months. How about a bright blue coat or a bold animal-print purse? Or, look for fun statement jewelry like pins or brooches, necklaces, and earrings to give any winter outfit a much-needed pop of color.

Shop often!

Donate and Shop. Change a Life.

Donate to Goodwill and change a life!

This last thrifting tip is true for winter and all year round! Part of the thrill of thrift shopping is that you never know what hidden treasures you’ll find from one day to the next. If you can’t find what you’re looking for at first, try again another day or visit a different Goodwill store. With a network of retail stores in and around Greater Cincinnati, there’s bound to be a convenient location near you.

Building a sustainable, stylish wardrobe starts with shopping at Goodwill! When you shop at Goodwill, you’re extending the life of usable items while supporting Goodwill’s mission to change lives through the power of work. Every purchase you make from Goodwill helps fund job services for individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment living right here in Greater Cincinnati.

Get ready for a thrifty, fabulous winter, and find an Ohio Valley Goodwill store near you today! 

P.S. Want more thrifting inspiration? Check out our weekly Fashion Blog for helpful tips and ideas!