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My Best Thrift Find Yet & How to Thrift like a Pro

July 3, 2017

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,

What has been your best thrift find?
46 comments on "My Best Thrift Find Yet & How to Thrift like a Pro"
  1. That top is amazing! Such a good find. I'm afraid I've never had much luck at thrifting.

    1. It can be really hard to find a gem. Definitely takes patience!

  2. What a STEAL, it looks in amazing condition and so soft and silky <3

    Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE


  3. Oh my, what a great find! Thanks for the tips! <3


  4. I love everything about this look! So stylish and great tips!

  5. I love thrifting but I never find amazing pieces! Hoping these tips will help!


  6. I love thrifting!! These tips are so great. I totally agree with #2 - you really need to take your time while thrifting!

    xo, Allie

  7. You truly found a perfect top, I adore this and you look so chic!

    My Vogue Style |

  8. Thats so cute! I haven't done a good thrift shopping trip in at least a year - maybe need to do it soon!

    1. Yes definitely give it a go again!

  9. That Armani shirt is a spectacular find at a thrift store. And I love your tips, especially about checking all the sections. You never know where you're going to find the perfect silk blouse for $25!

  10. Definitely a great find! I love it with your jean shorts too.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  11. What an awesome find! These are great tips. I love to go to thrift stores when I have time.

  12. Your pick is amazing! Usually I don't shop at thrift stores but I really think I should give it a try. Hugs from Switzerland

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box
    Instagram: littleglitterybox

  13. You find the best stuff during your thrifting! What a pretty blouse!

  14. Thank you for sharing! Love those sunnies!


  15. Very nice post and I really like the pictures!

  16. You are looking stylish and trendy in the top, I also want to wear this top on 4th of July.
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  17. Excellent tips!
    I love your look, so elegant and stylish, beautiful shirt

  18. Love this top!! xx

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  20. That silk top looks absolutely amazing on you! I've only been into thrift stores a few times, but I can never find anything haha. I'd love to go thrifting with you someday!!!

  21. I am in love with the top. I wanna go thrift shopping now. - KANDICE

  22. That's a really chic top! I've never been lucky with thrift shopping.

    xx Alyssa // STYLE VANITY

  23. There is indeed an art to thrifting! Good find and that is so gorgeous on you!

    Jessica |

  24. I have a similar blouse in white and I am such a sucker for this kinda blouses.
    Thanks for sharing this post. Definitely a must read for shopaholics!

    Dimito Michiyo

  25. So many great thrifting tips! This blouse is so classic and gorgeous!

    Rosy Outlook

  26. Such a gorgeous blouse you gave some wonderful tips!

    Gemma x

  27. What an amazing find Keri, definitely the jackpot! It suits you beautifully. I only started thrift shopping last year and I am still learning all the tricks of the trade, so thanks so much for sharing your tips! Will come in handy for sure :) Happy week

    Saida | She talks Glam

  28. Omg I can't believe you found that expensive top there! What a great score!

    Bernice | New Post Live:

  29. Oh wow! I can't believe you found that gorgeous silk shirt in a thrift shop! Such an amazing find!

  30. Jees that really is impressive! I have a lot of Ralph Lauren I've found second hand super cheap but never anything that expensive, nice work

    The Quirky Queer

  31. Such an amazing find! Love your tips! So helpful!
    xo, Jane

  32. Oh that looks totally fab and chic! What a great find! :)

  33. I am absolutely in love with your top! You wear it so well! I wish I was better at thrift shopping, but I don't think I have the same eye as you with fashion! Thanks for the tips anyways!

    Simply Lovebirds

  34. Score! I need to go thrifting with you :-)


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