I went thrift shopping a couple of weeks ago, and I thought I’d share some tips on how to find the best clothes at the thrift store. It goes without saying that one person’s donated clothes, is another person’s treasure to add to her wardrobe. That’s what I discovered in this gold mine of vintage. lightly worn and classic pieces at the thrift store.
If you’re that person that says, “I can’t ever find anything at the thrift store”, or “I don’t wear hand-me-downs” then this post is especially for you.
I was literally the same way, but once I figured out that with thrifting, I’m helping a cause that’s bigger than me, then it was a no brainer.
A thrift store like Goodwill pays the profits they make off of reselling donated clothes, by hiring underrepresented people in their community who may otherwise not have the opportunity to find work. Thrifting or buying second hand also keeps you from falling into the endless rabbit hole of fast fashion, which we all (millennials) have tripped into.
I’ll talk about why you need to drop fast fashion fast in a different post.
Fashion and styling are not about buying the most expensive, or in fast fashion’s case, the cheapest clothes that are on trend. It’s about taking the textures, prints, and style of clothing and make them compliment your style and body type. Keeping that in mind, you can make anything fashionable and fit into your personal style.
If you want to hop right into watching me rate my Thrift Store Haul, then simply click below. Once you’re done watching, read the seven tips below to find out how I found the best clothes at the thrift store.
How To Find the Best Clothes at the Thrift Store
Make a list:
one of the things that guided my thrift store finds was going in there with pieces or ideas in mind. Since I wanted to stay on trend, I was looking for on-trend pieces that could be timeless. Since this season is all about animal print, it was easy for me to find a nice animal print blazer and I was sold. Even if it’s not on trend pieces, having an idea of what you want before you go in will help you to cut down the time looking through the clutter.
Search by size and color:
I found that unlike a lot of regular stores that are usually coordinated by style, then size, the thrift store is separated by size, then color. This is very helpful because it allows you to go straight to your size and find cute styles.
Look through everything:
I said it in my Thrift Store Shopping for Beginners post and I’ll say it again here. Thrifting is all about the search game. It may take you some time, but it’s so worth it in the end. I feel like, after this last trip, the clothes that I purchased can be worn in any season after a little tweaking. I wouldn’t have found them if I wasn’t will to look high and low, literally. You never know what pot of clothing you’ll stick your hand into, so be willing to work a little for it.
Look at reviews:
something that would save you a whole lot of time in thrift is looking at the reviews of the one you want to go to. Usually, people keep it brutally honest and will tell you whether or not thrifting at that specific place will have what you re looking for. The reviews also let you know other important things like how friendly is the staff, whether or not the clothes are clean, etc.
Ask for help:
you might think that this is a simple tip, but most people don’t like to ask for help. When I went thrifting that day, I walked into a Buffalo Exchange and assumed that it was a thrift store because of they also resale clothing. My friend and I realized how wrong we were when we saw that the prices were double that fo the thrift store. Once we finally asked, we were told that they don’t consider themselves thrift stores. All of this could’ve been figured out upon entry if we would’ve just asked and saved time.
Let your imagination loose:
one of the beautiful things about our minds is that we all have our own way of thinking and imagining things. When doing things like trying on clothes, this is no different. Let your imagination run loose and picture yourself wearing and styling each peace you pick up before you purchase it. If you absolutely can’t see yourself in it, don’t buy it. During my last trip, I was able to imagine how I’d style each piece so it was easy to pair them when I got home.
Step outside of your style comfort zone:
you never truly know how good you can or cannot style until start taking risks and trying new types of styles and clothing. I was able to leave the thrift store with two bags full because I went in there with an open mind. I saw things that I wouldn’t normally pick up at a regular store, and I told myself to go for it. The saying is true, don’t knock it until you try it and you never truly know how anything looks until you try it on.
Thank you for reading!
As I always say at the end, just have fun with it. Let thrifting be therapeutic and make it a way of life. Share in the comments below your own tips for thrifting efficiently, and how you find your best clothes at the thrift store.
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Read the previous post, Thrift Store Shopping for Beginners.
It’s always a pleasure speaking to you. Until next time, much love.