Play the Thrift Store Game

The Thrift Store Game is fun for kids to play.August 17 is National Thrift Shop Day. Wahoo!

What a wonderful ‘holiday’ to celebrate with your grandkids!

I have a great Thrift Store Game that I want to share with you.

But first, I want to show you some of the great finds that I gotten at our local store.

In the past year, my friend and I have gone several times to the thrift store. On one trip, I found this dress. It was the perfect size for our granddaughter.

I added bling on the flowers on the bodice and the skirt. It’s kinda hard to see it in the picture but it’s really there.

I added pearls along the neckline and a silk flower at the waist. Our granddaughter absolutely loves to dress up it it!
This thrift store dress was jazzed up by adding pearls along the neckline, bing around the flowers, and a silk flower at the waist. Great dress-up dress!

I also happened upon these lovelies. Aren’t they stupendous? You just gotta love those pointy toes and the sequins.

So far, they are too big for my granddaughters. However, one granddaughter has attempted to wear the blue shoes because those shoes are a tad smaller.
These lovely shoes from the thrift store will be perfect for dress-up!

I love going to find things for my dress up closet! That’s a cheap form of entertainment for me!

Okay. Now for the Thrift Store Game.

Gather your grandchildren together. Take them to your thrift store. Pair two together. Each set needs either a digital camera or a cell phone with a camera. (This activity works best for tween and/or teen-aged grandchildren.)

Print off copies of the Thrift Store Game list. There is a set for the granddaughters and one for the grandsons.

Explain that they cannot run around and act wild. They have to have good manners and good behavior. Otherwise, they are eliminated from the game.

They have 1 hour to find as many things on their list as possible. If the item is a piece of clothing, they have to take a picture of one of them wearing the item. If it is something like a toy or book, they have to take a picture of one of them holding the item.

At the end of the time, see who has taken pictures of the most items on their list. Those grandkids are the winners. (You can adjust the amount of time spent on the activity depending on the age of your grandchildren.)

Then, give each child 2-3 dollars to buy something that they would like to have. Or, they can help you find something for your dress up clothes. Or something to use for a Halloween costume. Or a sweater for an ugly sweater party (that you could have another day). This way, you are supporting the thrift store and not just using it as a playground.

I hope you have loads of fun playing this game with your grandkids!

8 thoughts on “Play the Thrift Store Game

  • Jann Olson

    Such a fun idea! My youngest daughter use to love to go to the thrift store with her friends and take pictures. thanks for sharing with SYC.

  • April J Harris

    What a great idea to show kids what a great resource thrift stores can be! And it’s a good way to help them be creative and resourceful as well. Love the dress by the way, that is so pretty! No wonder your granddaughter loves it! Thank you for sharing this post with us a the Hearth and Soul hop.

  • Bobbie

    We used to do similar scavenger hunts with a Polaroid for teen activities! They were always a hit. I love the idea in the thrift store!

  • Alexandra @ My Urban Family

    I love this idea! My friends and I used to do something similar, but in HS. We’d have a master list and then go into the heart of Chicago, wander around for a few hours in groups, and then all meet up for an early dinner and to see who found the most (usually silly) things on the list. It can turn from a thrift store game into something larger as they grow!

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