If there’s one thing about fashion, it’s that one doesn’t require a lot of money to stay fashionable. This is where our favorite thrift stores come in. Thrift stores have been around for a long time, but the talk of sustainability has seen more and more people turning towards thrift stores in the past few years.
Apart from sustainability, there are so many other advantages that thrift clothing has over fast-fashion industry clothes. As fashion is always a reference from the past, coming to thrift stores is literally buying ‘vintage.’ Thrifting is a better way to buy good quality one-of-a-kind outfits without wreaking havoc on your budget. A unique sense of fashion and style is also something that may come to you after a while of thrift shopping, and there’s nothing better than finding your personal style and being complimented for it.
Fast-fashion stores have also been gaining a bad reputation lately, with news of the mega pollution, child labor, and exploiting workers’ rights. This may be another reason why many people are now turning to thrift stores.
Now that you’re (probably) sold on the idea of thrifting, we need to warn you: thrifting isn’t that easy when you really get down to it. It can be intimidating to walk into a store, and it takes a lot of patience to find thrift treasures that will survive in your closet for years.
To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of the general know-how you need in your purses when entering a store and hoping to find gems that will be loved and adored by not just you but everybody.
Research the Store Before You Go
If you intend to hit a street full of thrift stores or multiple thrift stores in general, it’s always great and wise to make a plan ahead of time. This will help you map out a route to and between these thrift stores, and you can use the time on your hands judiciously to find your perfect outfits. In case you find any thrift stores you loved, it is excellent to keep a tab on these for future reference.
Always Carry Extra Cash
While many thrift stores accept digital payment now, it’s always a good idea to carry cash when going thrift shopping. Some thrift stores still like to go old school, and you don’t want to leave a piece you really liked just because you weren’t carrying cash.
Some of the most popular thrift stores don’t have changing rooms, and even when they do, the crowds at thrift stores are a headache. Therefore, it’s clever to wear a dress or leggings so that you get to try on clothes above the clothes you’re already wearing.
Don’t Go Hungry
Yes, you read that right. If you’re planning to spend some time thrift shopping, remember that it’s always better to go with a full stomach, as thrifting can take hours, and you will find yourself getting lost in the pile of clothes. It’s also a possibility that there may not be a food chain close to the thrift store.
Don’t Be Embarrassed at the Store.
Many people who go thrift shopping for the first time are always hesitant about shopping for second-hand clothes. This is the wrong mindset if you’re hoping to find the right pieces for you, and you yourself will make your experience a miserable one. Also, going into the store looking for a specific item, like a pair of maroon jeggings, will only set you up for disappointment. This is because thrift shopping is about letting yourself find an unexpected gem that will keep you motivated to keep digging even more.
Look Through Everything
It’s also very essential to remember that not everything you find at a thrift store is something you like, and that can be a little demotivating. Therefore, it’s good practice to go through all racks and hangers and every available pile of clothing in the store, even the Kid’s or Men’s section, as it’s easy for good pieces to get lost in those stacks.
Make a Pile of Everything You Like
Because there are many piles to look through and not enough time, remember to add any item that catches your eye to your shopping cart or bag. This makes it easier for you to finally sort through all these pieces in the end and figure out what you like and what looks flattering on you. Don’t stress too much on size when you’re picking out clothes either, as a lot of fits are vintage and oversized fits are also in right now!
Know Your Fabric
Before going ahead and buying items you’ve sorted out for yourself, it’s essential to look at tags (if any) and touch the fabric of these items. This will help you understand how to wash these items and whether they are worth the price. Always remember to do this as it may save you from buying something you will later regret spending money on.
Ask Yourself if You’ll Really Wear It
This may seem like a strange tip, but it’s easy to be tempted to over-buy when you find clothes that cost less than most of your mall clothes. Thus, it is better to stop and ask yourself every once in a while if you see yourself wearing an item before deciding to buy it so that you don’t end up with a pile of unused extra clothes at home.