How to Thrift Shop Like a Pro
By: Mystique Myrthil
In the last few years, thrift shopping has become more popular as people have discovered the beauty of second-hand clothing. Not only is thrift shopping fashionable, but it’s also sustainable and keeps wearable clothing out of landfills.
Fair warning for those of you who may be new to thrifting- it’s time-consuming and can be a process. However, it can be rewarding because you could leave with trending pieces for affordable prices. To help you make the most of your next thrift adventure, here are five tips for you to shop like a pro.
When thrifting, you can’t go in expecting to find something you’ve been wanting. You have to go in with an open mind and explore each rack. Thrifting is like walking into Narnia and leaving with the big faux coat you’ve always wanted. Allow it to take you on the adventure you didn’t know you needed.
The best days of the week are Discount Days! Even though the clothing in thrift stores is already affordably priced, discount days are great for shoppers and the stores. For shoppers, you can get quality, name-brand clothing for as little as .50 cents and probably leave with a whole new wardrobe for $30, which is impressive. For the stores, it creates room for new donations and products to gear up for the upcoming seasons.
Get the classics
You can never go wrong with classic pieces like white tees, denim, and cozy jackets that can be found at any thrift store. Items like this never go out of style and can be worn in multiple ways, making them wardrobe staples you want to keep handy year-round.
Take your time
At first glance, overcrowded racks at thrift stores may look dull, with nothing popping out to you. However, once you dive in and take your time, you could end up finding a lot of great pieces. I suggest thrifting on a day when you have plenty of free time so you don’t feel rushed. Thrifting can be therapeutic and relaxing after a long week or a stressful day.
Tailor your finds
If you find something you have to get, but there’s a hole, or it’s a little too big, you can still buy it! Don’t let minor imperfections deter you from purchasing a thrift piece when you can quickly fix it with a needle and string or a quick visit to a tailor.