Happy Friday, lovely people! Today, let’s talk all things thrifting! I truly adore a good thrift shopping session! For me it’s like an adult treasure hunt and who doesn’t love the thrill of finding a good deal?
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If the thought of thrifting makes you feel overwhelmed or unprepared, I’ve come up with a few tips and tricks to help you navigate your local Goodwill or Salvation Army. Unless you’re shopping a in a specifically vintage shop, you’re bound to have to dig a little so keep calm and read on!
1. Look for patterns that catch your eye.
There’s no specific pattern or fabric to look for because each person has different personal styles. For me, I enjoy floral, paisley, velvet, etc… So I look for these fabrics and patterns first thing. Find out what you like and search for that.
2. Try on everything.
You may be thinking, “Duh! I have to see if it fits.” But what I really mean is try on the things you think will look terrible on you. You may be surprised what you find. Also “vintage” clothing is often sized a bit differently than what we got going on nowadays, so be sure to give everything a try before you buy.
3. Use your imagination!
If you find a piece in a pattern or fabric that you like but is also slightly hideous, imagine it with alterations. Shoulder pads making that adorable dress ugly? Rip them out and there you go! Really cool patterned dress in an ugly length? Cut it and hem it! Really oversized dress? Belt it! Mom jeans in all the wrong length? Cut them and distressed the hem! You can create some amazing pieces with things from the thrift store. Trust your own style and if you can’t alter things yourself, find someone who can.
4. Know what’s a good deal and what’s a rip off.
You may be thinking everything at the thrift store is a really good deal, but then you would be wrong. some things are just absolute trash or way overpriced for worn out items. Sometimes I just want to yell, “Just because they’re *insert brand here* doesn’t mean you can charge this much for them!” So know what’s worth the price and what isn’t. For example, once upon a time I found a camel colored leather bomber jacket with a zip in fur liner for $30 in a Goodwill. But then it was half off putting it less than $17 after tax! You read that right $17 for an awesome leather bomber jacket! I snatched that thing up in the blink of an eye!
So, I hope you found this How To helpful! If you’re just branching out into thrift store shopping, start with finding a cool dress that may just need a little work and then branch out from there. But warning, it’s pretty addictive once you get started!