The Author

Hi thrifting friend! I'm Arlene, thrift shopping addict, online reseller, and creator of the blog From Pennies to Plenty. My closet is packed with name brand dresses, stylish athletic wear, and cute casual clothes. Guess what? While it looks like I spent a ton on my clothes, I did it without spending much at all by shopping at thrift stores. In the process, I've saved tons of money that I've put towards other things like savings and travel. I’ve also earned thousands of dollars selling my excess thrift finds. Now I want to share my knowledge and finds with you so you can do the same.


Frequently Asked Questions


I don't know how to thrift shop. Will this help?

How to Thrift Shop Like a Pro is perfect for you! The book includes how to get started thrifting including navigating stores and what to look for on your first few visits. You'll find tons of tips for getting the best finds, but you don't have to implement them all at once. The printables (a wardrobe essentials list and a be-on-the-lookout page) are meant for the beginning thrift shopper.


Can't I find this information somewhere else?

Maybe, maybe not. How many extra hours do you have in your day to research and piece together tip after tip? How many thrift shoppers do you know out there are telling you ALL their tips to get the best finds? Thrift shoppers may tell you some things they know but not everything because they don't want to give all their secrets away. I've held nothing back in making this guide. All my knowledge is now your knowledge. And everything in the guide is based on my thrifting and selling experience. 


Why are you sharing all this information?

I started From Pennies to Plenty to share my thoughts and tips on how to save money. This book is an extension of that desire. Since I started writing about thrifting, I've received so many questions and comments from people about how to improve their thrift shopping and sales. I decided to focus on the experience of thrift shopping itself in this book. I remember being a new thrifter and trying to learn as much as I could about it. Save yourself time and some of my shopping mistakes by learning about thrifting with this guide. 


Is $15 a good deal?

Yes, it is! Think about how much money you will save by becoming knowledgable about thrift shopping. You can easily save $15 or more with just one thrift store find. One of my most recent thrift finds is a beautiful Eliza J dress that I think is brand new. It last retailed for $131 (probably on sale) and I bought it for $12.50! I saved $118.50 right there on that one dress. That's not a rare occurrence either. 

And guess what? I'm selling it for only $15 because I want you to have it. I'm positive you will find over $15 of savings at the thrift store just by implementing the tips you find in this guide.


Is payment easy and safe? 

Yes, From Pennies to Plenty and it's associated shop are run by Squarespace. Squarespace accepts credit card payments through Stripe as well as payments via PayPal. The checkout page is protected by SSL to keep customers’ credit card data safe and secure. Checkout pages are Level 1 PCI compliant and use 128 bit SSL encryption. You will see a lock icon in your browser when you check out.


What happens after I make a purchase?

After purchasing the book, you'll receive an email with a link to download the book. Once you first click in the link, you have 24 hours download the book before the link expires. Don't worry, I can resend the download link to you if needed. Just email me at

Will I receive a copy of the guide in the mail?

No, the guide is provided in digital form only. You will receive an email with a link to download the book once purchased. No physical copy will be sent to you in the postal mail.


What is your refund policy?

Refunds are not offered due to the immediate accessibility of the guide. That said, I want all buyers to be happy with their purchase. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, please feel free to contact me.


What if I have more questions?

I'd be happy to answer your questions. Send me an email at and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.



Thrift stores are full of hot goods waiting to be found by people like you. Become an expert thrift shopper now with How to Thrift Shop Like a Pro!

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