So you want to start thrift shopping, eh? Well good luck. It takes a lot of time, dedication, and a very creative mind. Well, it’s not that serious, actually, it’s kind of fun! Not only does it help with my shopping addiction with out me spending a lot, it helps my wardrobe become more interesting by providing one of a kind pieces that no one else will have. Shopping at thrift store is a great way to also get your creative juices flowing! You’ll find looks and styles that you wouldn’t find in a regular retail shop and have a whole new way of thinking about your look. So are you creative? Looking for a new way to spice up your wardrobe? And want to create a look that’s completely new, and totally you? Then you need to start thrifting! Below are some helpful ways to transition from mall junkie to thrifty trendsetter…
1. Make Time
This isn’t forever 21, so you’re not going to be able to find things so easily and so quickly. You’re going to be searching through racks for a perfect pieces. So set aside some time (or a day) to go thrifting depending on how you shop you may be in there for a while.
2. It’s one of a kind but, not one of your kind
So you’ve found an amazing dress! The color is vibrant, the look is chic and you’re getting it for a STEAL! One problem though, it’s not in your size. Oh cruel fate why have you done this to me again? Sorry since this is a thrift store there’s probably only one is stock :-(. But you can fix this! Become a seamtress! This is probably the most useful you can learn. Why? Because if it’s so big you can bring it in a little bit for a custom piece. If it’s too small then you let it out a little bit so it can hug your curves better. If you love it that much you could always take it to a tailor!
3. Doubles as a fabric store
Ok not a real “fabric” store per say but, if you are a D-I-Y daredevil than you can get a shirt and style it to be an amazing skirt! Turn a simple black dress in to a bold statement piece. Even a simple pair of shoes can become a work of art! See the possibilities are endless.
4. Be careful there’s a smell.
From my recent experiences in thrift store hunting every single store has a smell, and it’s not pleasant. It’s like an old, musty, old people smell. Not to be scared though, it’s doesn’t mean that there bad clothes, but you do need to wash these before you wear them. They may have not been washed before they were put out, and god knows what happened in these prior to donation. If you want to wear that shirt before laundry day then might a suggest, Lysol?
5. Inspect, Inspect, INSPECT
Did you see a loose thread? Are they stained? Was that a hole? Most thrift stores do inspect the items before they actually put them out on the floor, but they’re only human, somethings maybe over looked. Or what is a deal breaker to you isn’t a deal breaker for them. So just be careful and look, it’s a final sale item so if something’s wrong then you’re stuck with it.
Thrifting can be every fun experience, grab your friends, take the family for a day of budget friendly shopping. You can find great vintage pieces, or funny iconic graphic T’s the possibilities are endless and the rewards are great! Ever since I’ve started I haven’t been able to stop, and I’m falling back in love with my wardrobe. Ah-mazing! What are some of your thrift shopping rules? Or do you even have any? Be social and let me know!
Photo courtesy of: Dispatchmag.com