Thrifting is definitely on my list of favorite things to do. I never miss a Wednesday sale and depending on my schedule I squeeze in another visit or two 😉 (don’t tell Mike). I would say about 90% of the clothing in my closet is from a thrift store and when people compliment my pieces they ask where I got it and don’t believe me when I say, “Goodwill” or “Salvation Army”. So, I thought that I would compile my top ten tips for the art of thrifting to help you get to expert level too.
1.) Have an open mind– yes, it’s a thrift shop, not a high-end boutique, so you will have to sort through old lady button ups, sizes that aren’t yours, and retired corduroy floor length dresses, but it’s so worth it, hang on.
2.) In the words of my Little (shout out to Jess), go in with a plan and a prayer. Before I go in, I know what section I want to hit first. If I know that I want to get a new grey cardigan, I hit that section first so that I can nail down a piece that I am specifically looking for before I find other great pieces.
3.) Be open to looking outside your typical size. Most thrift stores are set up more by color than by size (although not all), so be prepared to look through all sizes and who knows, you might end up like a different size than what you usually wear. One thing that I stand by with my fashion is that what you are looking at in the store doesn’t have to be how you wear it. I have been known to use the lining of a dress or a night gown for different purposes in the past…
4.) Thrifting is a non-committal (and cheap) way of trying out a new trend. Not sure if you are wanting to bring velvet back? Track down a velvet top or scarf at the thrift shop for a couple bucks, wear it with different items in your wardrobe, play with it a bit and if you hate it, you are only out a couple of bucks, easy!
5.) Know your brands. As someone who has always loved fashion and now works in fashion (where my Stitch Fix chicks?), I think that knowing your brands is an important way of sifting through a thrift store rack. Know what brands are worth buying, as well as what brands you prefer to wear. For instance, when I went last Wednesday there was a ton of J Crew clothing throughout the store and being a Wednesday where everything is 50% off, the prices were even lower than on the tags that you see below! I mean, come on, a J Crew black shift dress with the tags still on it for $15? Hello.
6.) Which brings me to my next point. Don’t walk, run on Wednesday’s, everything (minus whatever color they choose that day) is 50% off! Win win.
7.) There is a section designated to name brands. Now, I will say, there are the same name brands sprinkled throughout the store, but in this section you can often find pieces with the tags still on.
8.) Think outside of the box; don’t be afraid to mix pieces, patterns, textures, etc. For instance, I bought a super chic Banana Republic wool coat in Emerald Green and on a completely different trip, I bought a black fur collar (because, fur) and pinned it to the jacket and it was magic.
9.) Dedicate time. No, it’s not as simple as going into your local mall and going right to your favorite size/style/brand, but don’t get discouraged, you can almost always walk out with something if you are willing to get your hands a little dirty.
10.) As always, have fun, and stay chic!
PS- I will try to get better at adding how much I spent on the items in my posts and on my social, and where I got them so that you can see how easy it is to look chic and spend less!
Ralph Lauren denim $2! And I mean, who doesn’t want another chambray shirt? I know this girl does.
J Crew blouse, $4
The denim is great if you are into distressing or making your own cut offs for Summer wear.
Tags still on this timeless J Crew Shift sold here for $15!
Tommy Hilfiger blazer, in a rich burgundy for $4!
Michael Kors for $5??
May you go everywhere and wear (thrift?) it all.