Some thrift shops are clean and organized. Others smell a bit weird and aren’t organized at all. They come in all shapes and sizes but they have one thing in common: it’s full of hidden treasures. Never been thrift shopping before or haven’t got any luck yet? Here’s my how-to on thrift shopping clothing. I hope you enjoy it!
First of all, I’m not gonna lie: I’m not a die-hard thrifter. I’m blessed (and very thankful) that I’m able to buy almost everywhere I want, short of true designer clothing, but I do like to thrift every once in a while. If there’s something you want of which you’re certain you won’t find it at H&M or Zara, a thrift store may be the solution. I shall give you an example. My favorite thrifted piece of clothing is a $10 white/gold Michael Jackson-inspired jacket. I wanted one long after the Michael Jackson-fashion mania and I couldn’t find it anywhere. I was so glad I found it second-handed. It looked like new and fitted perfectly! In summer, I wear it so much it’s ridiculous. I still wouldn’t have a Michael Jackson-inspired jacket if it wasn’t for thrift stores. 😉
Enough said, let’s start with my tips!
+ Wear a (semi-)tight, small top underneath your clothes when you go thrift shopping. Not all thrift stores have dressing rooms and you may find a cute dress for the perfect price without being able to fit it. Wearing a top underneath your clothes makes it possible to change in the store itself. That way you won’t have to buy the dress with the risk it won’t fit!
+ Take a look in your closet and on the internet. Start your thrifting trip with your shopping wishlist in mind.
+ Try things on! There are countless brands in a thrift store. Remember that sizes vary depending on the label. You can be a size medium in one brand and a size extra large in another. It’s possible. If you see something you like but you’re scared it won’t fit, fit it anyway. It may surprise you!
+ Have patience. Thrift stores can be a bit overwhelming if it’s your first/second/third time but it’s really a treasure hunt.
+ It’s the place to buy designer labels for cheap prices! I’ve seen Dior for $4 before.
+ Don’t buy anything you won’t wear. This may seem obvious, right? It’s not and let me tell you why. Because of things being so cheap, you might be tempted to buy something you otherwise wouldn’t buy. You see a $4 skirt and you’re going to buy it even when you know somewhere in the back of your head you won’t wear it. Do you merely like it or do you WANT it? I agree $4 is not much but if you think like that a couple times, you lose more money than you win buying second-handed. If it’s something that just will lay around in your closet for the next year to come, don’t buy it. You’ll regret it.
+ Please don’t buy underwear or swimming suits at your thrift shop. Just… don’t. It’s unhygienic.
♡ RIGHT BEFORE PURCHASE
+ Examine your piece of clothing carefully before you purchase it. Turn it inside out, check for tears, stains and loose seams and see if there are any buttons missing. Sometimes you’ll find something that’s utterly beautiful but show sings of over-wear. That’s big no-no, too.
+ You know the smell of really old clothing? That horrible, musty smell? Most thrift shops smell a bit like that. But don’t forget to smell at your piece of clothing, even if it looks weird. If your piece of clothing smells very musty, it probably won’t go away. Trust me, when you’re back home with that top/skirt and you can really smell it, I guarantee you you won’t wear it. Sure, you can wash it ten times and use a whole can of deodorant but that smell won’t go away. If it smells too musty, leave it be. It’s not worth it!
♡ RIGHT AFTER PURCHASE
+ Wash everything you buy immediately. The hot water and air will kill everything you don’t want to have on your piece of clothing. If it’s dry-clean only, get them dry-cleaned or dry it at high heat yourself.
+ Enjoy your newly thrifted piece of clothing!
Q: Do you thrift? Of what thrifted piece(s) are you most proud of?