I think it’s interesting that these days more and more people are turning to thrift stores to fulfill some of their shopping needs. I guess it is true what they say; fashion/style recycles itself. Different people are drawn to thrifting for different reasons. For some it might be their love for vintage apparel. For others, it might be the individuality or exclusiveness of thrifted items. For me, it is a little bit of both.
You might be wondering why I consider myself qualified to give thrifting advice? Well, I did work at a thrift store while I was in high school. This means that I know a few inside tips on finding those thrift treasures. It was because of my work experience at a thrift store that I fell in love with thrifting. I also fell in love with the reaction I get from people when I tell them that a piece they admire was thrifted.
So now that I have convinced you of my thrifting-advice-giving credibility, here are five ways to ensure you are getting the best out of your thrifting trips:
- Patience. You need loads of it. In fact, you need more patience than money when shopping at a thrift store. The truth is, you might not even find what you want right away, you might have to come back some other time. Thrifting is a lifestyle.
- Personal style. You need to have an idea of who you are style wise. Otherwise, it might be an overwhelming experience for you. I have a few tips on how to hone your personal style here. If you are not so sure about your style yet, then at least know what specific item you’re looking for. It could be a vintage leather jacket, or vintage jeans. This makes for a more pleasant shopping experience, especially if you are completely new to thrifting.
In fact, you need more patience than money when shopping at a thrift store.
- Peruse. To find those thrift treasures, you need to peruse the entire store. You need to thoroughly look through each rack and or shelf. For example, I got my favourite high waisted Levis jeans (pictured below) in the men’s section after I had looked through the entire women’s jeans section. Yep. I wouldn’t have my favourite pair of jeans if I gave up after looking through the women’s section. Peruse, peruse, peruse.
But be sure to go with friends who are just as excited about thrifting as you are. You’ll be surprised by how quickly your thrifting energy can be drained by friends who are not into thrifting
- Peers. Be mindful of who you take along with you. While going by yourself is more productive, it is definitely more fun, in my opinion, to go with friends. But be sure to go with friends who are just as excited about thrifting as you are. You’ll be surprised by how quickly your thrifting energy can be drained by friends who are not into thrifting.
To find those thrift treasures, you need to peruse the entire store.
- Practice Constraint. Be strategic and honest with yourself. Yes, it is cheap and cute. But will you actually wear that? In this post, I talk about how part of growing in your personal style is practicing constraint in the things you purchase. You don’t want to end up with an entire wardrobe of things you will never wear.
What are some thrifting tips that you have? I’d really like to know. I’m always looking to improve my thrifting skills.