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Where do I go? Where should I start? What am I looking for?
These are just a few questions that you may have when it comes to thrifting. No worries I am here to help! The very first time I went thrifting I will admit; it was overwhelming. A lot of people don’t have the patience to shop in stores such as TJ Maxx or Marshalls, so how can they manage to shop in a thrift store? My first piece of advice would be Patience! Without it, trust me, you won’t get far. There is literally one of each item and only one size of each item in the thrift store. To find the “hidden treasures” you have to search through each and every piece of clothing to find them. Below I will list a few tips while searching for those hidden gems!
1. Patience: As stated earlier without it you won’t get far at all. When I go thrifting I have to be in the mood for it.
2. Dress code: Not all thrift stores have dressing rooms; I suggest that you wear leggings or something that fits your body snug so that you can try on pieces over your clothing if necessary. I also suggest that you wear comfortable shoes if your on a “thrift mission.”
3. Take hand sanitizer: Not because all of the clothing is dirty but because you are going through different pieces that have come from different people homes and sometimes the pieces are 20 plus years and older. There are times that I leave thrift stores and my hands “feel dirty.” If there isn’t a restroom around I know that I have my hand sanitizer to rely on.
4. Try it on: Just because an item does not say your size on the tag does not mean that it won’t fit; this is especially true when it comes to vintage. Sizing standards have changed and most vintage pieces do not fit true to modern day size. I wear a modern day size 1 or 3 and I have size 10 vintage pieces.
5. Don’t expect to go in looking for a certain item: As stated previously there is only one of each item at thrift shops. You won’t always go in and come out with exactly what you were looking for. Some times you will even come out empty handed; if that’s the case don’t get discouraged. This happens to me often. I very seldom come out of the thrift store with and entire outfit. It usually takes me 2 or 3 trips before I can put an outfit together.
Are there any thrift tips that you would like to share?