For those of you who are new to my blog, I have a thing for thrifting and I think I have come across my best find thus far. Previously, I have managed to find a pair of Cole Haan loafers, a Theory t-shirt, and the perfect leather belt. However, this past week I have managed to hit the jackpot. In the boutique section of one of my local thrift stores, I came across this little number – a vintage Giorgio Armani silk blouse that happened to fit almost perfectly. It was priced for $50, but since I went on a Monday, items with a red tag were half off and I went home with this Armani top for $25. A typical silk Armani shirt is easily over $1,000. Naturally, I think it is pretty safe to say this is my best find yet!
Now that I have been frequenting my local thrift stores for years now, I thought I would share some of the tips I have learned when it comes to getting lucky:
1. Keep an open mind
I know a lot of people say that you should go into a thrift store with a general idea of what you are looking for. This is never the case for me. I tend to go in with no set agenda and I just let the thrifting surprise me. Although, some days you will come out empty handed, going in with an open mind does lessen the disappointment if you do not have too high of expectations. Remember, thrifting is all hit and miss.
2. Never go on a time crunch
A thorough thrift store search takes a good amount of time. Generally, things can be pretty cluttered at your local store, so it is best to go when you know you are not in any rush to be somewhere. This allows you to relax and search through each rack as thoroughly as possible.
3. Check all the sections
Do not limit yourself to just the women’s section. When I hit up Goodwill, I always start at women’s, but make sure to hit the other departments too. You never know where the treasure will be hidden. Sometimes you can snag a cool graphic tee from the men’s section or a pair of mom jeans from the boys section (true story). I always make sure to check out the home goods section as well. One of my favorite things to thrift are coffee mugs!
4. Size doesn’t matter
I feel like when I go shopping at a regular clothing store, I stick to the size that I usually wear. However, when I go thrifting, I am more open to all sizes. In fact, most of my thrifted clothing purchases are not my correct size. A lot of times I managed to find a really nice top in a large size and find unique ways to wear them, such as knotting it, cuffing it, hacking off the ends. The opportunities are honestly endless in a thrift store.
5. Always try it on
As far as the aforementioned tip, it is important to try everything on at thrift just in case you do not like the fit! Also, be sure to visualize how you would wear the piece. To avoid purchasing something I would only wear once, I try to see how many outfits I can create with the piece in question.
These are just a few of my thrifting tips! I highly encourage you guys to check out your local thrift stores. It is a great way to find unique fashion at an unbeatable price,