As many of you have probably realized, I love fashion. I also might have a slight shopping addiction, but one thing that really comes to my rescue is thrifting. Going to thrift shops is literally one of my favorite things in the world. There’s endless possibilities to what you might find and for an extremely reasonable price. I know for some people thrifting might be intimidating and they might get overwhelmed with the enormous amount of clothing so I’ve come up with some tips that will help your thrifting trip run smoothly! Like the saying goes, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure so don’t be hesitant to hit up your local thrift shop to spice up your closet!
Go in with an open mind: You can’t go thrift shopping and expect to love everything you find right away. You also can’t go thrift shopping thinking you’re going to find something very specific you have in mind. Sure you can be on the hunt for the perfect pair of mom jeans or a super comfy knit sweater, but don’t turn away from things so quickly. If something catches your eye, try it on (even if it’s something you wouldn’t normally reach for). If you go in with an open mind you’ll be more likely to find somethingCheck the sleepwear section: I know what you’re thinking, uhm Caroline I’m not going thrifting to find some pj’s. Yeah, yeah, I know, but the sleepwear section holds silk and satin galore; a trend that is super in right now. In the sleepwear section you can score some awesome satin slips and silky tops that are super chic and will hurt your wallet way less than wherever Kylie Jenner got hers.
Find out what day is the best day to shop: Call up whatever thrift store you’re interested in going to and ask them when they put out new inventory. This way you’ll have the largest selection of clothing to look through. I think this is important if it’s your first time going because sometimes the racks are almost bare and it could throw off your first impression.Don’t forget the men’s section: This goes both ways of course, but I know I never skip the men’s section when I’m thrifiting. My favorite things to look for are button ups, over-sized sweaters, over-sized t-shirts, and sweatshirts. If you want to be trendy and get a Champion sweatshirt but don’t want to spend $60 at Urban Outfitters, this is where you look. I also love taking sweatshirts and cutting them into crop tops, it’s super cute!
Take your time: When thrifting, you have to look at everything. This isn’t like going to your favorite store and just skimming the racks because you know the feel and style of the place. At a thrift shop you have to really accept the fact that you’re going to be there for a while and you have quite a bit of racks to go through because you never know what you might find.Wear comfy clothes: You’ve just spent hours looking through clothing and now it’s time to try all of your top picks on in the dressing room. If you’re wearing shoes that take forever to get on and off, or skinny jeans that are going to make you sigh when you realize you have to take them off, you’re going to be unmotivated to try things on. Throw on some leggings or a loose dress so it’s easy to take off when you want to try all your finds out!
I hope these tips come in handy when you set off on your thrifting adventure. I know it can be overwhelming sometimes, but it’s usually worth it in the end. Let me know if you use any of these tips and if they help your experience become a more positive one!
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