I am not a clothing snob. I don’t intentionally look for designer brands when shopping because, let’s be honest, I can’t afford them. I hunt for bargains when I shop. I enjoy quality clothing as well as accessories. Since my divorce and a big move a few years ago I have learned to hone my shopping skills and stretch my money. This is a good thing because I was quite the “mall rat” before.
This 100% wool cardigan by Cynthia Rowley is a staple piece in my wardrobe. My multi colored scarf, also thrifted, was a gift.
There are so many reasons to buy pre-owned items. It is good for the environment. Less waste because you are saving an item from a landfill. You can find one of a kind items like a handmade skirt. An item has history… think of that beaded bag you found from the 60s! It’s an inexpensive way to try a trend and you won’t feel guilty if it’s not really “you”. It’s an inexpensive way to shop, especially for college students or new moms.
Thrited cordurouy jacket and American Eagle jeans.
Here are some tips on how you can shop like a pro when going thrifting. The first thing I learned it to relax. Don’t go out planning to find a particular item because it can be much like a treasure hunt. You may or may not find that special item so be patient.
Do have an idea of what you already have at home. If you have a collection of jeans, you probably don’t need another pair. Think of what is lacking in your wardrobe.
Shop more than one section. I am small so I search the womens and the juniors racks. Grab some items you wouldn’t ordinarily choose such as a trendy pant or blouse. You may find a new love!
Try everything on. Don’t think just because it is marked the size you normally wear that it’s going to fit. I can’t tell you how many times I have found the cutest top, but when I tried it on it was not cared for properly and was either stretched or shrunken. (Do not let this discourage you. I take a TON of stuff in the dressing room for this very reason)
I love this lilac cashmere sweater. It’s so warm and I like dressing it up with different scarves from my collection.
Once you’ve tried your items on and decided what you love, check them over. Are there any stains or holes? Are there buttons missing ? If so, can you either fix it or live with it the way it is?
The red boho shirt above is a perfect example of an item that was not well cared for. I hadn’t checked it thoroughly and completely missed a few small holes on the bottom. Thankfully they are unnoticeable!
I don’t always shop with a friend, but if you do and you are unsure of the fit of an item it is good to have someone there who will give you an honest evaluation.
Lastly, BEFORE you get to the sales wrap, look at the items you chose once more. Sometimes you will discover you already have a simular item at home. This is where you can weed out what don’t really need or were still deciding on.
A stripped Anne Taylor LOFT top with bow. Perfect with black slacks or jeans or cropped pants.
Now you are ready to thrift like a pro!! If you have any questions or tips of your own, please leave a comment below. Happy hunting!!
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