Going thrifting can be an amazing experience; you can score some really great digs for some really awesome prices. However, if you are not used to doing it, you may be in for a shock. Some people may get easily overwhelmed once they step foot in a thrift store. And I can totally understand why. I want to share a few things that I have picked up on over the years when it comes to leaving out of the thrift store feeling successful.
1. Research all of the thrift stores in your area because you will most likely have to visit more than one, since every store is different.
2. Be patient! You’re gonna pretty much have to sift through everything on the racks if you wanna find that piece that jumps out at you. Remember, its a process!
3. Get creative! If you see something that you like but may need some revamping, try to think about how you could jazz up the piece. New buttons? Cutting into a crop top? Adding some embellishments? The sky’s the limit!
4. Sometimes, there aren’t any dressing rooms available and you may have to try something on. Try to wear clothes that you can easily throw another piece of clothing on top. Items such as slim tees or leggings/shorts are good for this.
5. When you finally find an item you like, make sure that you eye it down! Look for any stains, rips or other defects. If it’s something that you can’t repair or isn’t wearable in your opinion, then keep it moving! On to the next find!
6. Thrift stores are great for having unique + awesome accessories. I have found plenty of printed scarves (my fave) and cool earrings while thrifting. With pieces of jewelry, make sure that you disinfect them before wearing!
7. Make sure that you wash all of your finds! You don’t know where these items came from and how they ended up in the thrift store….often times, the stuff may have a weird smell to them and who wants to walk around smelling like that?
8. Ok, so you’re done shopping and now you’re home…go through your closet once in a while and find the clothes that don’t quite fit like they once did or that you don’t love so much anymore. Give back! Donate some of your pieces to your local thrift stores and bless someone else with your once-upon-a-time jewel.
What are some other things that you suggest while thrifting? What are some ways you have reconstructed one of your finds? Let us know!