Let’s be upfront with each other, walking into a sea of thrift store goods is a beautiful and scary thing. Whether you are a pro thrifter or new to the game we have all had our moments. Moments of feeling overwhelmed or at peace as we walk into the shop. As for me, over the years in the thrift world, I’ve seen neatly placed items to piles of clothes on the floor. I learned how to navigate my way through clothes and figured out what really matters when deciding to buy. So I decided to share my 5 Thrift Store Tips and Tricks That Will Help You Shop Like A Pro.
A Thrift Stop
One of my favorite shops is Threads in Corpus Christi, Texas. The store is clean and always stocked with the latest trends. We recently hosted a “Thrift Stop” there to feature the latest as well as show you around the place. Of course, my team and I used these tricks to help navigate and find the items that truly fit me in every way. So let’s get down to business…
The 5 Tips and Tricks
#1. Be True to Your Style
There is absolutely no use in buying something (even if it’s a $1) if you are never going to wear it. First, you’re cheating someone out of an item they may really love. Second, it’s really important to shop consciously even if you are thrifting. It comes with time (and some experimenting) to learn what you love and hate wearing. So, if you know you will never wear it just pass on it and shop the room. Now, by the end of your shopping routine if you are still thinking about that particular item then maybe try it on and ponder on it a bit. If your curiosity gets the best of you, buy it. The rule for this tip, if you don’t wear it within a month (depending on the weather) then give it to someone who will or repurpose the material.
#2. Scan The Room
This comes with practice. I will walk through a rack of clothes and scan all the material first. That’s how I judge if it’s worth taking off the rack or seeing a bit closer. If the material from the start does not “move” me then I move on! If it does, then grab it and look at the style. You may enjoy the material and not the style once you actually examine it.
#3. Be Patient
This is HUGE as most of us get anxious with finding sizes or the perfect style. Since there is usually only one of a kind pieces you must learn to let things go if you can’t find something in your size. Also, if there are piles of clothes to look through it is your choice to browse through the treasures. I usually go for it! I’ve found some of my favorites pieces that way but it takes time. Breath and give yourself a few hours to really give the thrifting experience a shot. Know that it will take time. Sometimes you can walk into a thrift store and find your favorite items in 10 minutes and other times it will take an hour, two or even longer to find your piece.
#4. Fall in Love With The Hunt
As mentioned before thrift stores will usually only have 1 style, in 1 size and it may be your perfect match and other times it won’t. That’s the beauty of it though. There are times where I have spent the entire day thrifting and came home with nothing to show for it. That’s what thrifting is all about, the element of surprise and mystery. I like to think of it as a treasure hunt… I mean why not?!
#5. Ask Yourself These Questions…
- How many times will I wear this? It should be often unless it’s a “special occasion” piece.
- Can I wear it with other things in my closet or will this bring a fresh look to my wardrobe? Look for items you can match or unique items that will uplift your closet.
- Does it fit me properly? Ask a friend or an employee there, I do this often.
- DO I LOVE THIS? If you don’t, chances are you won’t wear it often, if at all.
- How do I feel when I wear this? You better say awesome to this question!
- Is the item in good condition, if not, can I fix it on my own? A button is missing or it needs to be stitched in one area, no problem.
It’s quality over quantity here. Going over these questions will help you evaluate your decision. Is it a compulsive buy or is it really practical? Remember that thrifting is a fun and unique experience. You will find shops you love and visit often while others you don’t and that’s perfectly fine too.
Keep an open mind, enjoy the hunt.