a comprehensive guide to all things thrift shopping
If you've never been thrifting before, it can be a bit indimidating. I've compiled a basic list of my top ten tips for finding the best stuff.
- Be prepared
You need to set aside the whole day, because even if you are only planning on hitting one thrift store, you might be there for a while.
One of the most important parts of thrifting is your mental state. It's essential to fill up your mental tank before you fill up your gas tank. Get a good night's sleep; thrifting will definitely take a lot out of you, both physically and mentally, so you need to be ready. Your incredible finds will be worth it I promise. On the contrary, be prepared to come home empty handed.
Wear something that you can easily throw stuff on top of, like a tank top or t shirt, and shorts or a skirt. A flowy skirt is good because you can try on pants without having to go to the fitting room. If you're not in the mood for wearing a skirt, I would go for a comfy pair of flowy shorts or running shorts.\
Bring a friend, or not!
Personally, I prefer to thrift on my own.
This way, I can take as much time as I want, and I can buy what I really love.
However, if you are nervous to go alone, bring a good friend, or your mom!
If you're bringing a friend, definitely bring someone who either has a very different style from you, or is a very different size from you. Every item you find is going to be one of a kind, so to avoid a dramatic movie scene where you both grab that beautiful '80s Chanel bag at the same time, follow this rule.
- Go in with an open mind
Some people think it's good to go in with a list of what you want, so you don't get overwhelmed. However, I think it's best to go in with a clear head, because you never know what you're going to find.
Be ready to look at every section. The men's section is a major key. Also the little boys section. I honestly never find anything in the women's section.
- Look for quality over quanity
The thrift store is the perfect place to find the intersection between a quality piece and a good deal.
Check for stains! Super super important.
If theres a stain, decide if it will come out easily, and how much you care about the item
- Think about how you're going to wear the piece
Imagine where you are going to wear the piece, and how you will style it with the pieces you already own.
- Be ready to sew and DIY
If you love the fabric and you have a sewing machine, go for it!
Think about non-traditional ways in which you could wear the piece. That men's button-up could be a dress, or that shirt could be a tie-front crop top.
Don't be afraid of sewing! You can easily make a jean skirt out of those men's vintage Levi's!
- Don't impulse buy!
don't buy random things just because they're cheap, or they caught your eye on the rack.
Patience is a virtue. Don't get upset if you don't find a steal right away. You gotta dig through the dirt to find the gold!
Have fun with it!!!!!
The most important thing is to enjoy yourself. Buy something you normally wouldn't wear, but has the style you are going for.