I’ve been a thrift store shopper my whole life so it’s clear to say I’ve learned a few tips and tricks for when it comes to shopping at thrift stores. When I was younger my parents would take my sister and I and we’d get “new” clothes along with costumes and toys. As I grew older I stopped until I met my boyfriend, Isaac and he got me into shopping at thrift stores again. We now go monthly and it has definitely become one of my favorite things to do together. When we arrive we venture off to each side of the store and once we’re done looking, we’ll meet up and show each other our finds and help one another make buying decisions. Here are our tips for getting the most out of your thrift shopping 🙂
1. Go in with an open mind
When deciding to thrift, the best thing to do as preparation is to keep your mind open to new and cool finds. Don’t make a list of all the things you hope to find because 9/10 times you’ll never find exactly what you’re looking for. Since the beginning I haven’t ever gone in with my mind made up of things I want and am super hopeful to find. Of course I have a list of things I’m dying to add to my wardrobe but I’ll eventually find them over time. It’s taken months to find things I’ve had on my list but along the way I’ve found so many amazing pieces that to me are awesome.
2. Feel the store out
Whether you go to a local small thrift store or Goodwill, make sure you browse through the whole store and see if they have things you’re interested in. A lot of thrifts have specific things in store like housewares or clothes. Before going to any thrift stores, I like to read reviews and see what they have to offer.
3. Shop on discounted days
Several thrift stores have special deals on certain days of the week like 50% off the whole store, Buy 1 Get 1, Dollar Deal Weeks, and so much more. I follow Goodwill on Instagram and every week they post the color of the week which means any tags with that color will be 50% off and on one selected day, any tags with that color will be $1. I lucked out at a new Goodwill last Thursday when I got a pair of Levis shorts and an adorable sun dress for only $1 each! If you go to a local thrift store, be sure to call ahead and ask about any specials they may have.
4. Wash what you buy
This should be a given however even if it is new with tags or you’re super tempted to wear it, DON’T! You never know what people are donating and everything is just filled with germs. Be smart and cautious. Also washing may help take out any dirty spots you find on an item, to make it look brand new.
5. Check for designer brands/labels
Occasionally at a Goodwill or other thrift store, you will come across an item that is a bit higher priced than other items and it might be due to it being a designer item. If you see the label and it’s a brand you’ve never heard of, use your phone to do some online investigating to see how much of a deal you may be getting. If it’s an old navy tee shirt selling for over $5 don’t buy it because it’s definitely not worth it. On Sunday, Isaac and I went to Rare by Goodwill which is a boutique style thrift store and I found this Adrianna Papell dress that retails for $260 for only…… $20. I was so excited that I found it and I can’t wait to wear it soon 🙂
I hope you all enjoyed reading this as it was so much fun for me to put it together! If you have any questions please let me know.