Thrifting is real fun, and it is the ecological and modern way of shopping. Not only getting clothes at a more affordable price, but you are also saving our planet. This is a win-win situation if you ask us. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some practical tips for thrifting.
1. Plan your time
If it’s true that many of us already lose patience in fast-fashion stores when we have to wait in line to go to the checkout, it’s important to take your time when you’re shopping in a thrift store. To find the piece that will make you fall in love with it, staying more than an hour in the same store is sometimes necessary.
Even if you feel tired, do not give up; it is often in these moments that we make the most beautiful finds. To have a better chance of finding the piece of your dreams, avoid going to the thrift store on the weekend. I prefer a time during the week to have more peace of mind. Finally, if you haven’t found that famous western jacket you’ve been dreaming of, don’t hesitate to go back regularly to see the new arrivals.
2. Make a list of things you want to buy
The basic principle of a thrift store shopping session is to treat yourself by buying original and unique pieces. If you are passionate about fashion and want to have a vintage and trendy dressing room, then this method will not be very relevant.
On the contrary, having a style requires going hunting with a list of specific pieces to improve your wardrobe with vintage and designer clothes. This idea of creating a trendy wardrobe in one’s own image is becoming more and more popular in second-hand and vintage fashion.
Even if some thrift stores offer bins with items for 1$, the total of all your finds can very quickly reach an unexpected sum. To avoid unpleasant surprises at checkout, plan your budget in advance. Also, remember to take cash because many thrift stores do not accept credit cards. This will also help you control your spending. Indeed, we realize our expenses more easily when we can touch the money. You can also prepare a small list of clothes and accessories to find. Stick to this list to stay within your budget.
In order to choose the pieces you are going to buy or not, first of all, think about wearing an outfit that completely reflects your style. Thus, by looking at yourself in the mirror, you will be able to easily see if this pair of vintage sneakers fit you or not. This will also make it easier for you to imagine what clothing to pair it with.
If you don’t know how to wear it, then put the item down because you will never wear it. If you are unsure about a piece, put it aside or keep it on your arm to come back to later. Choosing the right thrift store items also means being vigilant: check that the clothes are not stained or have holes, that all the buttons are present, or that there is no smell of humidity.
You are never safe from a bad surprise, and even if these clothes are bought second-hand, nobody likes to buy something damaged. Don’t forget to touch the materials and read the labels in order to favor noble materials such as wool, silk, or leather, which age better.
Finally, don’t hesitate to ask your friends to accompany you, they will be able to give you good advice and even find pieces in your style that you hadn’t noticed! More than just an afternoon of shopping, thrift store hunting could become a real hobby! Sound off in the comments section below and tell us what you want to read next and if you want to read more about thrifting.