One of the best ways to create your personal style is to appreciate the art of thrift shopping. If you are a beginner or have never thought about thrift shopping it may take some practice. Sometimes it is difficult to accept the idea of buying used clothes and having to really look through the racks. But just look at it as a mission to find one of a kind pieces and put your creativity to work. So here are my tips on how make thrift shopping work for you!
You know when you sometimes are out shopping and you’re just not feeling the vibes? Definitely not the best time to be shopping yet alone thrift shopping. I think one of the main things to keep in mind when thrift shopping is that there is usually a TON of stuff to go through. It takes a lot of patience to sift through racks and shelves of clothing. Not a task for the faint of heart. Also be sure to go with someone who you know you can shop with. The last thing you need is an impatient friend following you around like a lost puppy while you try to search through racks of clothing.
Seriously. Never. Even if it has a weird name or the outside doesn’t look so great. You never know what kind of merchandise they have inside. Just think you could be missing out on a great designer jacket for pennies compared to the regular price just because you didn’t like the aesthetic of the shopping plaza. Talk about regret.
Thrift shopping can be extremely overwhelming so its important to know your own style and what works for you. Not much of a dress person? Save yourself some time and skip this section. If you know something is just going to sit in your closet and collect dust, put it back. Go to where you know you may find something that you will actually wear and that has value to you. Its so much easier to navigate through the store when you have a sense of what you already like and what will work with your closet.
I mean it. Look everywhere. The women’s section, the men’s section, different sizes, the handbag section, literally everywhere. 1. Things get mixed up easily and misplaced so its important to keep an eye out. 2. You would be surprised how many items I find in the mens section that end up being my favorite pieces. Think oversized jackets, graphic t-shirts, and button downs. 3. Sizing is not equal. Sometimes items don’t always fit like the label thats on them (if you’re a frequent H&M or Zara shopper, you know what I’m talking about). It just varies from item to item. Bottom line: one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, if you look for it.
Thrift shopping is kind of like a carefully crafted skill you have to learn especially in the beginning. It can be intimidating and you often feel like you have no idea what to look for but thats the beauty of it, you have no idea what to look for. Its important to always keep an open mind and pick something up if you like it and try it on. You never know how something looks on you versus the hanger. I think people often can’t get over the idea of buying used clothes and accessories but I love the idea of taking something that someone didn’t want and giving it life again. Not only do you find one of a kind pieces but you also have the opportunity to develop your own style that isn’t dictated by fast fashion, celebrities, or the trendiest items this season. What are your tips for thrift shopping?