What to thrift for your pool day

The weather is getting warmer and pool season is finally among us! If you’ve already packed your sunscreen, then you’re off to a good start. Shopping secondhand for poolside essentials is very necessary for a summertime full of fun. Don’t fret, the first official day of summer is June 21st, so you still have plenty of time to lock down all your summer must-haves! Find all your pool day essentials at thrift stores in Iowa.

The perfect outfit

Soak up some vitamin D and look good while doing it! Find all your pool day outfit pieces by shopping secondhand. From the swimsuit to accessories, pair your fresh tan with these thrift store finds.


From one-piece to two-piece swimsuits, find something that you feel the most comfortable in! When shopping for the perfect swimsuit, find something that makes you feel your best and fits you the best. Be on the lookout for comfortable and stylish pieces to rock all summer long.


Soaking up the sun is great, but don’t damage your eyes in the process. Find a pair of sunnies that not only protect your eyes but that you feel stylish and chic in! Go for a round or oversized shape with a high UV protection if you want the most protection out of your sunglasses.

Pool shoes

Don’t break out your best most fabulous shoes for the pool, the chances they will get stepped on, get covered in sunscreen or be damaged from the sun is pretty likely. A comfortable pair of flip flops or slides will do the trick and finding them secondhand is even better! Stock up on a variety of pairs and keep them in your pool bag, car and at home so you always have a pair on hand.

Tote bag

Bring all your pool day essentials in a cute tote bag! Canvas tote bags are in right now, and are perfect for pool days and days on the go. Bring your sunscreen, towel and a good read to make for a relaxing day.

Pool essentials

The perfect outfit has been assembled, now you need the essentials to have the fixings for a memorable day! 


Stay hydrated with all of your favorite beverages with a secondhand cooler! Coolers can get expensive, shopping secondhand can save you money and give you many options to have fun in the sun. 

Lounge chairs

Catch some rays and relax with a good book in a lounge chair! There are lots of options when it comes to finding the right lounge chair for you. Stock up on lounge chairs so friends and family can enjoy the sun and lounge poolside when the inevitable water breaks are needed.


Bringing a towel to a pool or beach day is essential! Get enough towels to stock the house and the car if you find yourself sporadically going to the pool this summer!

Pool toys

A pool float or raft is a relaxing change-up if a lounge chair isn’t your vibe. For the young ones, pool toys are a good way source of entertainment!

Insulated cups

There’s nothing worse than a warm beverage after a hot day in the sun. Keep your beverages cold with an insulated cup and stay hydrated!


Have you been putting off your reading until the summer? Kick back and relax with a good book or two and get a tan while you’re at it. Thrift stores have a plethora of genres to choose from to keep you entertained on every pool day.

Thrift stores in Iowa

Be prepared for your next pool day by shopping for all your secondhand essentials at thrift stores in Iowa! Find sustainable options by thrift shopping our inventory online or visiting our many store locations. Shop our locations in the Omaha Metro, Council Bluffs, Carroll, and Kansas City!

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