Thrifting Tips. Thrips? Tipting?
I received a request for thrift tips! I figured I’d make a full post about them, since I’ve got plenty of advice after tearing apart stores across the country. Here’s what I’ve learned.
Give yourself plenty of time to comb through the store. If you just skim, you might pass up on some awesome stuff.
Don’t be afraid to get something because it seems offbeat. If you really love that 70’s fringe jacket, get it! Bright pink alligator sandals that you’d rock on a daily basis? Do it!
Keep an open mind. Thrifting is a great way to expand your style or take your closet in a new direction.
Always try things on. You might love an item, but when you put it on you realize the sleeves are too short and that specific shade of green washes you out.
This is a big one: Don’t get carried away.
Some thrift stores overcharge. Just because the item is marked slightly lower than its original retail price doesn’t mean it’s worth dropping a bunch of cash.
Just because the items are cheaper doesn’t mean you should buy more of them. If you only feel “eh” about something, you probably won’t wear it and buying it would be a waste of your money.
With larger stores, it helps to go in with a specific piece in mind. Comfy sweater, high-waisted jeans, statement jewelry, something to decorate the apartment with, cowboy hats, etc. When you do this, you aren’t overwhelmed because you have a goal, but you can still find cool things along the way!
Look for staple pieces. Denim shirts, plain tees, little black dresses. They’re timeless and you can get them for half the price of regular retail.
Remember: everything comes back into style! It’s like we’re on a twenty-year cycle or something. Those acid wash jeans that are “on sale” for seventy dollars at the mall could also be found in a thrift store, thanks to people who gave away all of their 90’s wear in the early 2000’s. Before you spend too much on a remake, spend some time looking for genuine vintage finds.
Go with friends! Preferably ones who will be honest with you. The honesty is important for two reasons:
1. They’ll tell you what you don’t look good in.
2. They’ll recommend pieces that are perfect for you!
I love shopping with friends because they end up showing me things I missed. They usually hold up gigantic sweaters or anything with a puppy on it - I snatch those recommendations up and squeal.
Take a bottle of hand sanitizer. (This tip is from my mother.)
This is not suggesting that thrift stores are unsanitary, but they can get a bit dusty and they see a lot of traffic. On that note, take hand sanitizer any time you go shopping. You can never be sure how many people fondled that exact same shirt sleeve.
Again, TRY THINGS ON. With so many brands, the sizing will be different, not to mention you’re looking at things that have been washed before. There probably won’t be any room for shrinking or stretching.
Keep an eye out for bigger brands! Sure, they might be a few seasons old, but you can find some big retail names hidden among the racks.
That’s all! Hopefully this helps anyone breaking into their local thrift scene.
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Happy thrifting, light and love,