Thrifting for Beginners

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New to thrifting? Here are a few tips to get you started…
  1. Keep an open mind

When shopping for deals or thrift store shopping you must keep an open mind. Some clothing items do not look good on the hanger. If you like a pattern or style of an item, try it on if possible. If it doesn’t fit the way you planned, the low price easily makes the piece a worthwhile investment. Even if you’re not 100% sold on the look, think about all of the ways it could be refashioned or repurposed (make sure it’s a good quality material).

 

  1. Set a budget

When you go shopping at a “regular” retail store, you may find it easier to shop by with a budget because of the outrageous prices. However, when thrifting, you can find your budget goes out the window when you can buy a ton of clothes for less than one item at the other stores. Make sure you have a planned amount you will spend, and stick to it.

 

Remember: Quality vs Quantity

 

  1. Patience is key

It takes time and patience to be a successful thriftinista! If you want to find that great piece, you’re going to have to dig for it! One at a time, hanger by hanger, don’t expect to be in and out- it may take some time, but it will be worth it. So break out the tennis shoes and coffee, and get ready to do some damage. The best things in life don’t come easy.

  1. Lastly, don’t be afraid to walk away from a great deal. Here are some questions to help you decide.

-Will you ever wear it?

-Would you buy it if it wasn’t on sale?

-If you still want to buy it despite reservations, can you refashion it?

Last minute tips:

**Go early for great deals- this is especially important on sale days. To get the best bang for your buck, arrive before the store opens to be among the first to have access to the selection.

**Ask the store for shipment delivery dates- some places have new products daily, while others just a few times per week. Ask the store staff when their new arrivals come so you know the best day to shop.

Why Thrifting is Better Than Mall Shopping: Part 1

Thrifting often gets a bad rap. People often think of clothes from a thrift or consignment store as dingy, dirty, or lacking in quality. While you certainly need to be careful when thrifting and pay close attention to any used purchase, the fashion steals you will find make it all worth it.

Personally, I prefer thrifting and clearance shopping over buying the newest releases at the stores in the mall. The advantages of bargain shopping are numerous and I think any type of shopper can appreciate them. Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing the various reasons I love hunting for a bargain.

Thrift Benefit #1: No one will have the same clothing as you.

You know how you’re passing a store in the mall and you see a really cute outfit on a mannequin at one of your favorite stores? You go in and buy the outfit- complete with the recommended accessories- immediately. Congratulations on your new outfit. The problem with that is, countless other woman fell in love with the same outfit and bought it as well. Everyone has experienced or knows someone who has experienced showing up to an event with the same outfit as another person. With thrifting, you won’t have to deal with that. The clothing in thrift shops are unique. If you don’t need to wear the latest fashion trends in order to feel chic, vintage and past season trends can look brand new against the current trends everyone else is wearing.

 

There are so many reasons why I’m in love with thrift stores! Check back for part 2 in the series!