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1. You don’t have to be poor, on a budget, or live a grunge lifestyle to embrace thrift shopping. There are many other reasons for buying second hand stuff – my #1 reason has been the idea of cutting down on the amount of things I consume, instead choosing to repurpose, reuse and refashion.
2. When shopping for thrift store clothing: Keep a running list of things you need & want – try to plan ahead because it may take some time to find what you are looking for. This list will also help you stay focused because the expanses of a large thrift store can be completely overwhelming. Specific items that have been on my list lately: oversized cardigans, plaid pleated skirts, blazers, buffalo plaid men’s shirts.
3. Before purchasing an item look closely for stains (although some stains my wash out once you get home) holes, & tears.
4. Many thrift store don’t have dressing rooms so know your measurements & take a measuring tape with you. You can also opt to wear tight clothes so you can try on clothes over what you are wearing.
5. Get to know basic sewing skills (whether your own, or those of a friend or tailor) so you know what might be able to be altered or mended.
6. Be prepared for the hunt. You can’t just casually walk through a thrift store and see what catches your eye like a normal store. Find a rack and start flipping through each piece one by one. If you don’t have the time or energy to do this – don’t even try. It’s also a good idea to bring snacks and water.
7. For your first time out, shop with an experienced thrifter. You can feed off their energy, learn their patterns for the hunt and they’ll probably be able to find great things for you.
8. Experienced thrifters usually find the good stuff because they go often. Merchandise changes quickly at thrift stores & keep watch for thrift store sales. They will often have 50% off days (and you thought the stuff was cheap before!)
9. Thrift store clothing not for you? Browse through the accessories, the books, the dishes. Looks for old prom dresses, hats, to fill up your child’s dress up box. If you’re a crafter, beautiful floral sheets can be used as fabric yardage, pillowcases can be turned into little girls dresses, old dishes and candlesticks can be turned into cake stands.
10. Visit many different thrift stores and you will soon find a favorite. Your favorite store might not even be in your same city. One of my favorite things to do is to visit thrift stores while I am on vacation. The Savers in Maui, HI was amazing and way cheaper than the tourist traps for cool hawaiian garb!
Do you have a favorite thrift store shopping tip?