GUIDE TO THRIFTING
I have created a guide on how to thrift so that you too can become a pro. If you are a thrifter already, let me know if you do these things, or if I should add anything. And if you aren't a thrifter yet, welcome to the process. I can't wait for you to start.
Thrifting requires a lot of patience
Know your own personal style really well, or if you don’t have a style of your own yet, and you really admire someone else's, find some pictures, and references that you really like. This will be really helpful when you go in, and search through a bunch of different things.
3. lose expectation
Don’t come in with expectation of finding a certain piece. It almost never happens that you find exactly what you were looking for. Thrifting is unpredictable.
When you see something that grabs your attention, imagine it with pieces you already own, and see how it can fit with your own personal style, or the style you are going for.
5. start small
Start in a section with only one item of clothing, for instance, start with the shirts, and spend time looking through them for a while. I find I get really overwhelmed when I jump from section to section, but if I stay in one section for a while, I usually find something cool.
Know if you are getting a deal, or being ripped off. I can’t tell you how many times I have found something super cool, that is still pretty expensive for a thrift store. If you really love it, and it is original, then get it. Sometimes, they over price things, and you can find them cheaper at a different thrift store.
7. start simple
Start simple. Don’t stress yourself out by trying to make something work. If you don’t find something, don’t become discouraged. I have been a few times, and have walked out empty handed. Give yourself time to practice. You may not always find something.
8. grab a friend
Grab a friend who is interested in thrifting. It is so much more fun to do it with someone you love. Get the opinion of your friend who not only knows your style, but can tell you what looks best on you. It can be fun on your own, but it can be so much more enjoyable when you bring someone else along for the experience.
9. Go anywhere
Go anywhere. Even if it looks like a whole in a wall, it may just be packed with gold. I have been inside some random thrift stores, that look old, and just plain weird. In those stores, are where I have found some of what I like to call, my thrift treasures. You never know what you can find, so it doesn’t hurt to check.
10. Buy it anyway
Lastly, buy it even though it might not be your size. Shoes, pants, shirts, whatever. I bought a pair of shorts that didn’t even fit me. They were levi, and super cute and cheap. Now, they are a bit big, and I love them. Even if you never plan to fit into them, you can end up selling them to someone who can. They may not have the time or keen eye to thrift, and you just scored a sweet item for them. And even if you don’t sell it, buy it and just give it to a friend that it might suit. Bless them. I can’t tell you how many times I have passed up on a great deal, because the item wasn’t my size. Just get it, because you might not know what you can sell it for, or who might feel at home in it.