I have recently gotten into thrifting. I love the hunt and the excitement of finding something unique that can’t be bought in-store. My good friend Megan of Diary of This Girl is a champ at finding the best thrift store fashion items. If you haven’t been to her blog, I encourage you to check it out.
My style is super girly and classic, so when I found this cardigan at Classic Consignment I was in hog heaven. I love the color (I’m a big fan of neutrals), and if you know me, I couldn’t resist the ruffles.
Whenever I go thrifting, I primarily buy whatever catches my eye. I know that this strategy doesn’t work for everyone, so I thought it would be helpful to put together a list of thrift store fashion tips.
Thrift Store Fashion – A Beginner’s Guide
- Location location location If you shop in a nice area you can expect to find better things then if you shop elsewhere. Do your research and utilize Yelp, Google, and The Thrift Shopper to find cool stores in your city.
- Create a wishlist Just because you are getting a good deal doesn’t mean that you want to have buyer’s remorse. To keep things in perspective, I suggest doing a closet assessment to identify any gaps and make a note of other fun items that you hope to find.
- Carry a reusable shopping bag or two You’re already helping the environment when you thrift, so keep the momentum going and bring your reusable shopping bags. They can be easily stored in your purse.
- Wear comfortable shoes and clothes Thrifting can be an all day event, so you’ll want to wear your most comfortable pair of shoes. There is nothing worse than getting your shop on and having your feet hurt. Be sure to also wear comfortable clothes. This is not the time to wear a bunch of layers and lace up shoes. After your second round in the dressing room, you will regret not wearing something simpler.
- Brings snacks Shopping is exhausting and sometimes emotionally draining, even when you’re having fun. Be sure to stay hydrated and well-fueled during your shopping extravaganza. Definitely bring water, fruit, almonds, and anything else you think you might need.
- Shop at the start of the season People tend to clean out their homes at the end of a season. January is another good time to shop.
- Talk to the employees Find out the best days to shop and when new shipments are delivered.
- Don’t just buy something because it’s a good deal Keep things in perspective and refer back to your wishlist that you created prior to your trip. If you’re on the fence about a purchase think about how useful the item is and how much wear you’ll get from it. If you can only wear it for one occasion (unless you’re shopping for an event), or only 25 % of the time, you should probably hold off.
- You can always repair it If a piece you find is damaged or not the perfect fit, you can always have it repaired or altered depending on the condition. Keep an open mind.
- Shop Often Thrifting is like any other type of shopping; sometimes you have good days and other times you don’t. Be sure to visit your favorite hunts often to find the best deals. Just like regular retail, the good stuff moves quick.
There are a lot of benefits to thrifting, but most importantly thrifting creates jobs and reduces our carbon footprint. Donating your items keeps them out of the landfill. Bigger organizations have large recycling programs and fund charitable organizations through the donations that they receive.
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Thrift often and have fun! If you have additional tips please share them in the comments.
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Loving the boots and the jeans a lot. So stylish.
Great post and tips, Asa! I love to thrift myself and I couldn’t agree more on LOCATION, LOCATION! It makes such a big difference! The richer the neighborhood is seems the better the thrift stores! You look lovely, as always! Gorge pictures!
Thanks Vanessa. You’re seriously the sweetest! Yay, another thrifter. It’s so much fun. 🙂
Great tips! I love a good thrift shop. The Buffalo Exchange is my fav!
Thanks Zeena! I love Buffalo too. 🙂
These photos are beautiful! The ruffles look lovely on you and so on trend.
Aww, thanks Yasmin! :*
Such a lovely outfit babe!! Love your jeans and those accessories! ♥
Thanks Dana! :*
Amelia Vesper says
I am the worst about buying things just because they’re a good deal…I would never look twice at them otherwise, but man am I a sucker for a deal on something fancy! Good tips, especially hitting thrift stores in upscale neighborhoods!
Lol! You’re silly.
Thanks Mil! So glad that you enjoyed the post.
My Fashion S/ash Life says
Hon, welcome to my world, I’ve been a vintage/2nd hand fanatic for about a decade! I love the hunt as you put it! These are good thrifting tips, its not a sport for everyone so its best to be informed on the best ways to do it! Your cardi is super girly and super you, good find! ( :
That’s awesome! I don’t know how I’ve managed to go this long without thrifting. I love antiquing so it only makes since. Wish you lived close so we could go together!
Glad you like the tips. I appreciate your kindness.
Oh thanks so much! I’m obsessed with this cardi. 😀
I love your striped shirt and ruffled cardigan, SO pretty 🙂 what finds!
Happy Hump Day x
Much Love Karen
Thanks Karen! 😘
This cardigan is so cute- love the ruffles! 🙂
I love to thrift also.Thanks for sharing some great tips. love the ruffle sweater paired with the stripped blouse and distressed jean.You look amazing.
Thanks Mom! 😘
Yay! A thrifting post! I’ve always wanted to do one 🙂 I grew up on thrift store (and yard sale) finds and it took me a long time to adjust to the price of new clothes Lol Even now I get kinda anxious when I spend more than $20 on any one item.
Also…your blog is so easy to love. All the photos are glowy and girly. And your outfits are always spot on<3
You should do a thrifting post, I would love to read it. Sounds like you probably have a lot of insight on it. I wish I was as budget conscious as you. I definitely don’t get anxious spending $20. 😀
Aww, thanks Niki! Your comment made my day, seriously. Thank you! ☺️😘
Haha you cracked me up when you said bring snacks! That’s such good advice, anyone who thrifts knows it can take time! Love the tips, and I’m a huge thrifter! I used to live in Seattle, and you guys have some of the best thrift stores around 🙂
Lol! Glad you liked it, snacks are very important. 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate. Very cool that you used to live in Seattle. If you still lived here we could go thrifting together.
Emily Billing says
Oh I would have loved that! I do have a fondness for Seattle! If you ever come to Melbourne, Australia let me know and I’ll show you all the thrifting fun here 🙂
That would be awesome! I will definitely drop you a line if I ever get the chance to travel there. 😀