I often get asked how I find all the things that I do at thrift stores. So, here are my tips and tricks on thrift shopping and how to find the best deals in the right sections!
TIP NUMBER 1: Shop Everywhere
Don't just limit yourself to the women's sections - always check out the other ones. The photo below shows two puma track jackets, and guess where I found these babies? IN THE MENS SECTION! HELLLOOOO, the men's section is really where it's at!
TIP NUMBER 2: Use those peepers
Let your eyes do the work. Scope out the racks of clothing and allow yourself to look at whatever is attracting you. When you see a print or color you like, snag it off the rack and take a look at it. Envision how you would style it, and go from there!
TIP NUMBER 3: Forget size
Sizes really don't exsist when you are thrifting unless it's pants. T-shirts are allowed to be oversized if you like whats on it. Shop in ALL SIZES. In my case, I can will find t-shirt dresses in larger sizes and I can also find croptops in the kid's section.
TIP NUMBER 4: Go Big
Smaller thrift shops are usually more expensive. From my experience with thrift shopping, I have founds that the smaller consignment shops are more expensive and they price their items based on brands. If you go to Goodwill and larger non-profit thrift stores, they price their items more so on the category. I know Goodwill sells their t-shirts for around $4.25 (at least in my area), and I have found Free People tops in those racks plenty of times.
TIP NUMBER 5: Choose off-peak
Try to go thrifting on less crowded days. Weekends are always the busiest. If you are going thrifting on a Saturday when everyone else is going, you will be limited in what you will find. I usually go on Tuesdays and Wednesdays because stores tend to be less crowded. I also go early, around 9am, that way I get first dibs. The early bird really does get the worm when it comes to thrift shopping!
TIP NUMBER 6: Try fleamarkets
If you only have weekends off work, I would suggest going to a fleamarket. They are open on weekends only, in most cases. Arrive extra early, around 6am-8am, to get first pick. Flea markets are great for accessories like jewelry and belts. I found my favorite pair of sunglasses for just $1!
TIP NUMBER 7: Shop sale days
Pay attention to sales that might be going on at thrift stores. On certain days they might have either 25% off or even 50% off of certain colored tags. Shopping these sales can really save you some even more money!
TIP NUMBER 8: Come prepared
Go on Pinterest before you go thrifting to get some inspiration for outfits and styles to look for. This will help get you inspired and focused on a specific look when searching the racks.
TIP NUMBER 9: Look for "boyfriend" jeans
Mom jeans and boyfriend jeans are super on trend items right now. In order to achieve these looks, the thrift store is a must! If you are a size 2 or under, I suggest trying the women's jeans first. Then, head over to the little boys section. They always have a good selection of boys jeans with a waist size of 25/26. I have found hundreds of pairs of Levi's these sizes in the boys section. If you are larger than a 2/4, head over to the men's section! Find a pair that fit and cuff them at the bottoms. Then, you got yourself a pair of boyfriend jeans! You can even alter your jeans by putting rips in them or using some bleach to add more effects!
TIP NUMBER 10: DIY FTW
Alterations! A pair of scissors can go a long way in the world of thrifting, especially in the summer time! If you find a t-shirt that is just way too long and not t-shirt dress flattering, cut it into a croptop! If you find a pair of jeans that are too short in length, cut them into shorts (see photo below)! If you find a t-shirt with a stain on the sleeve, cut it off! The possibilities are endless!
Thank you for reading my thrifting tips, and I hope they will be as useful to you as they are to me!