If you know me at all, you know I love to thrift. I started thrifting in early high school and my love for it has only grown. I love that thrifting is economical, sustainable and it encourages me to try new things with fashion.
Even though it does mean setting aside a couple hours and looking through racks upon racks of clothing and knick-knacks, the end result is totally worth it and I would recommend it to anyone.
If you are new to thrifting, you might be intimidated and confused on where to start or how to do it. In this blog post, I will be sharing with you a few tips and tricks on how I tackle a thrift store and I will also share how I styled one of my favorite pieces that I have found from shopping second-hand!
Tip #1: Know that there is not one “right” way to thrift. Thrifting is so unique for everyone, because it depends on where you live, what store you shop at and what items you are searching for. If you are worried that you will not be as “successful” as other thrifters, know that there is not a single definition for “success” at a thrift store and that everyones’ experiences are going to be different!
Tip #2: Look up days local thrift stores have sales. Almost all thrift stores have percentage-off days throughout the week, so take note and try to go on one of those days! Some of the deals can be as amazing as 50% everything, so take advantage of the sales!
Tip #3: Go thrifting with someone. Especially if you have never gone before, try to go with someone who also wants to try it out, or has already been. They can help you find pieces and tell you their honest opinion about something you find, plus it makes it so much more fun and you’ll feel more comfortable.
Tip #4: Go up and down every aisle. Yes, look at the men’s section, the shoes, the tank tops in the dead of winter and even the kid’s section! Look at the places and sections others may avoid. Sometimes that is where you can find the best stuff. Even if you aren’t searching through every rack and every article of clothing, feel the different fabrics and take a glance at the patterns to see if anything catches your eye.
Tip #5: Don’t rush. This is closely connected with the last tip, but give yourself time to look through the store completely. Don’t expect to be out of the store in 30 minutes, or in some stores, even an hour. Set aside a couple hours for when you want to go thrifting, even if it means going less often.
Tip #6: Don’t pay too much attention to sizes. Sizes are practically irrelevant in thrift stores. Something can be labelled as “XL” but it could fit as an “XS.” Forget about the number that the tag or sign says and gauge it based on how the garment looks, but be ready to try on.
Tip #7: Be Adventurous. You will find pieces and items in a thrift store that you cannot find anywhere else. With that being said, if you find a piece that is out of your comfort zone but captures your interest, try it on. Pick up the piece that you can’t stop looking at and carry it around the store with you. As I mentioned before, one of the many benefits of thrifting is that you find pieces that you cannot find anywhere else and that no one else will have. So try on the thing that you normally wouldn’t and bring it home if you love it!
This is a piece that I found at the thrift store that is totally out of my comfort zone: a bright fire-truck-red, corduroy jacket. It is a statement piece for sure, but I am in love with it. I loved being able to pair it with a simple graphic tee and high-waisted jeans, while also putting it over a black-and-white polka-dot dress for a more classic color combination.
I hope you found some inspiration and helpful tips to want to start thrifting and shopping second-hand. Stay tuned for another blog post (coming soon!) on a different, and somewhat easier, way to thrift.
And to all my fellow thrift-lovers, what is your favorite piece that you’ve ever found at the thrift store?
All pictures taken by Meredith Amadee. She was a wonderful photographer to work with and I’m obsessed with how these photos turned out! 🙂