Hi friends! Welcome back to my blog. I recently did a poll on my Instagrams stories and asked my followers to tell me what my next blog post should be- tips for thrifting, or my favorite thrift stores??? Obviously, by the title of my blog, you know what today’s post is going to be…my best and most used tips for thrifting! So, without further ado, let’s get to it.
Thrifting can be stressful, especially when it is something new. It can be overwhelming at first, and if you don’t know what you’re doing, it will be more frustrating than fun. The most common mistake that people can make is walking in, getting overwhelmed, and then never trying again. It is important not to give up in anything, even with shopping. So, if you are one who likes to shop on a budget, or who just is curious about thrifting, stick with me today and let’s turn your thrifting struggles into thrifting successes!
TIPPITY TRICKITY #1: Have plenty of time
One thing that makes thrifting much more difficult is not having enough time. A lot of people see thrifting as a quick run through the store and see if anything catches their eye; HOWEVER, that is the easiest way to fail at thrifting. So many people have told me, “I can never find anything.” The reason you may not be finding anything is because you are trying to shop in 15 minutes or less.
If you are wanting to get the best outcome from thrifting, TAKE YOUR TIME. I usually give myself 45 minutes to shop at thrift stores. This gives me enough time to look through everything, try things on, and have some breathing room.
TIPPITY TRICKITY #2: Grab a cart and start piling
This may seem unnecessary, or awkward, but one of the best tricks that I can give you is to always grab a cart. Carts are almost always accessible at thrift stores, but if they are not, grab a bag or basket. Once you have a cart/basket, start shopping.
Something I notice frequently with people I thrift with is that they almost always get to the fitting room with 2, maybe 3 items…NO. Okay, stick with me for the next minute…When you are looking through the racks of clothing, if something looks EVEN A LITTLE APEALLING, throw it in the cart. If something looks slightly small, or slightly big, STILLL PUT IT IN THE BASKET. Put everything and anything into your basket, even if you think it won’t work.
TIPPITY TRICKITY #3: Fitting rooms
To piggy-back off of the last tip, once you have everything in your basket that looks like something you may want, head to the fitting room. So many of my friends say, “I’m sure I will like it, ” or “I don’t need to try anything on.” Trust me, you will want to try on the clothes.
ALWAYS TRY ON THRIFT CLOTHES. There are serious perks to trying on clothes…When you try on clothes, you can notice certain things more than when they are on the rack. It could look perfect on the rack, but on you, it could be too small or too big. In addition to size, it could have holes that you did not notice until it stretched out on your body. Also, it is easier to notice stains and marks on the items when they are tried on.
BEFORE TRYING ON: Look through your cart, and see if there are items you JUST KNOW you would never wear. There are some times when I look at my cart, and after looking at then for a second time, I decide not to try it on. Usually there are a few items that I decide against, but for the most part, I try on everything in my cart.
One thing that I have noticed when trying on clothes is that fifty-percent of the time, items I thought I would hate, I end up loving! So, for these reasons, one of the most rewarding tips I will give you is to try on items at the thrift store.
TIPPITY TRICKITY #4: Sizing
When you walk into a thrift store, throw out all knowledge about what size you wear. In thrift stores, sizing is tricky. Thrift stores usually do not put much thought into whether it is a plus size, a petite size, a junior size, or a normal size. I wear a size small in almost everything, but a lot of my thrift finds that I wear all of the time are size large. Some larges can fit extra small people, and some extra small peoples clothes could fit someone who are a large. In addition to this, sometimes you can find a size small item in the mediums. If it looks huge, but it is super cute, take it to the fitting room with you anyway!
TIPPITY TRICKITY #5: Know the sales
Every thrift store has sales, but it is your job to know what they are. Bigger stores like Goodwill does fifty-percent off on certain colored tags, and the colors change weekly. Smaller thrift stores do clearance sales and often have perks for those who subscribe to emails. Other stores that I go to have fifty-percent off sales throughout the year, and other sales during the week. One of my favorite stores does fifty-percent off sales twice a month, thirty-percent off other times, and has $1 sales every day of the week on certain colored tag items. Knowing the sales is an easy way to save even more money.
TIPPITY TRICKITY #6: Shop during the off seasons
An easy way to save money is by shopping in the off seasons. When it is Summer, and everyone is on the look-out for tank tops, shorts, and sun-dresses, you can be shopping for sweaters, jackets, pants, and boots. YES, I know this sounds crazy, and it can take some practice, but it is one of the most rewarding ways to save money. When Winter hits, and you realize you don’t have enough sweaters, or long-sleeves, it can be really tricky to find them at the thrift store considering that everyone else is looking for them, too. When it is the off season, everyone is looking for tank tops, and no one is thinking of buying that adorable sweatshirt 😉 This also works for holidays. It may seem ridiculous to buy that Santa shirt, but even though you just celebrated Easter, you will be so happy when it comes time for Christmas and you already have your cute outfits in the closet.
TIPPITY TRICKITY #7: Ask for a discount
When shopping at thrift stores, you have to keep in mind that things have been worn and loved by other people. This means, there can be holes, stains, and flaws in items that you may have your eye on. While some damage cannot be fixed, others can. If you think something can be salvaged, but does have blemishes, a lot of thrift stores will give you a small discount on the item–YOU just have to ask.
TIPPITY TRICKITY #8: Shop often
Thrifting can be a hobby, or it can be a lifestyle. For me, it is both. I absolutely love thrifting, and I have for the majority of my life; however, for a lot of people, it is not something they frequent. To have reoccurring success, it is helpful to shop at your local thrift stores often. The reason for this is because you can learn about your stores. You can learn about the sales, the layout of the store, when they bring out new stuff, and much more. When you know these things, you can make it 100x easier for your shopping experience, and in turn, save more money.
TIPPITY TRICKITY #9: Budget
As many people know, thrifting is cheap. While this is true, all of those cute $3 tops start to rack up. Suddenly, your boyfriend reminds you that you have spent $250 at the thrift store this month…I definitely don’t know this from personal experience…
ANYWAY. It can start to get expensive if you thrift often. One way to tackle this is by budgeting. EW, that is such a boring word; however, it is AWESOME for thrifters. How to do this is by setting an amount of money that you can spend when you go thrifting. A lot of times, I give myself $20 to spend, and I try to keep it below $15. This amount of money can go a long way, and is more than enough when you thrift often and only buy things that you love.
TIPPITY TRICKITY #10: Have fun
Many people will tell you to have a plan when you go thrifting. Some will say, “Know what you are looking for.” While this can be extremely helpful when you are shopping for something specific, it can make your thrifting experience more constrictive and dull. My last and final tip for you is to not have a plan and to just have fun. Go to your favorite thrift stores, pick up items that you love, and let your personality and style run the game!
I have been thrifting for the majority of my life. I started with garage sales. Then I went to clearance racks in department stores. Next, I dabbled in a few consignment stores. Now, I primarily shop in thrift stores. I spend $2-$3 on clothes, and am proud of it. In the beginning, it was just a way to save money. Now, it is a full-blown passion of mine. I get a lot of questions every day, asking me how I do it. It’s not hard. These ten tips are ones that I use every time I go shopping. I love thrifting, and I want other people to love it, too. If you are someone who has had less-than fun experiences thrifting, or are wanting to start thrifting but are not sure how, follow these tips and tricks and you will be a thrifting chick!
Thank you for reading my blog today. I hope these tips and tricks have helped you in some way!
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