5 Tips for Thrift Shopping

5 Tips for Thrift Shopping

To many, the idea of thrift shopping may sound as appealing as an unconventional Project Runway challenge. However, if you’re balling on a budget like I am, thrifting is a fun way to get creative with your outfits and make the most out of your shopping money. Not only can you find unique, rare, and one-of-a-kind clothing pieces and accessories, but thrift shopping is a form of recycling that reduces environmental waste and factory labor. I’m here to provide you with the ultimate tips for efficient thrift shopping!

  • Decide What You’re Going For

Thrift shops can be overwhelming. Some are organized by color, gender, size, or type of item. Other stores are basically free-for-alls. When in doubt, make a list. Mom jeans, check. Dad hat, check. Oversize sweater, check.

  • Try it On

This is something every girl could improve on. Some things look great on the rack, but aren’t flattering on. Some things might surprise you when you put them on. Think out of the box and grab that printed dress. Also, remember to wear something easy to change out of when thrift shopping so you can easily try things on.

  • Look for Quality

Check for stains, rips, and holes. Look for items with lots of life left in them!

  • Location, Location, Location

Some of my favorite thrift stores are in large cities or by the mall. Check near campus to find clothes for game day.

  • Look Online

The internet is a great place to thrift shop. Look at apps like Etsy and Depop to find vintage pieces.

This Fashionista is styling in her Goodwill getup. She paired a lace top with a vintage pendant necklace. Her embroidered jeans are my favorite part of the outfit. Thrifting won’t be a pain if you follow my five easy steps! Don’t forget to donate to thrift stores. Donating means jobs for the community and refreshing others’ wardrobes.

What are some items you’re searching for at your local thrift store? Let me know in the comments!