Hope you’re ready for some more thrifting talk! Cue cheers and applause. This week’s installment of the Thrift Tips Series is focused on the actual shopping. If you haven’t read last week’s about preparation, you may click this magical link.
Upon arrival of your desired destination (yes, alliteration again), you take a glimpse at the never-ending rows of racks and get smacked in the head with an overwhelming feeling you’ve never experienced in your [insert number here] years of spending your money on pieces of cloth. Never fear! Your shopping thrift tips are here! Hooray.
Yes, I know, I know. It is a thrift store and you’ll never know what you’ll find. But you can still keep your eyes peeled for, you know, those cute things you’ve been swooning over, but haven’t had the heart to spend your money on at a retail store. Thrift stores actually sometimes have items from places such as Forever 21, American Apparel, etc., so you know never, you might find those to-die-for shorts you’ve been eyeing. Or you might have a general idea of some vintage pieces you like that thrift stores often carry, such as a floppy hat or a denim jacket. So keep your wants in your head as you go through the store, especially when you come across a rack that corresponds to something on your wishlist.
Now back to the idea that you’ll never know what you’ll find. It’s true. You might find a blouse with a classic buttonup structure, but it has the wackiest print. At your first look, you think, ew, that’d be so embarrassing to wear out. Then you take it off the rack and kinda just… stare at it. You like it. Well, then, put it in your cart already! The world of vintage is filled with crazy, but super cute, prints and countless bold trends, those of which are definitely present at thrift stores. So remember to be open-minded as you sift through all the items. Your taste in clothing might just shift a little.
So I usually do this in about ten seconds in my head, but I still believe it’s important to do, so you don’t find yourself walking back and forth across the store. Before you go on and do your thing, I suggest you think through the order of the sections in which you’ll shop. For example: Jewelry, bags, shoes, women, girls, men, boys, appliances, and lastly, books.
Wasn’t your example in the last tip a bit too extensive? Nooo, you must go through all the racks and walls and shelves and display cases! Well you don’t have to, but it is highly suggested. I’ve spotted many of my favorite thrift finds in sections other than the women’s! One being this rad vintage colorblock denim hoodie, in the photo below, I found in the boys’ section. And yes, the tank top and shorts are also thrifted. High five. You might also want to look at sizes bigger than what you normally wear, as you can wear various pieces oversized. I’ve found an amazing oversized knit cardigan, which has become one of my wardrobe essentials, in the XL section (I’m a size XS/S.) So please. Just look through everything! You’ll thank me later.
That’s all for shopping, gals! If this series is helping you out on your thrift trips (or better yet, convinced you to start thrifting), feel free to comment below :) I’d love to hear from y’all. Keep an eye out for the next, which is also the last, installment of Thrift Tips!