We’ve all heard the song – yep that song. All thanks to Macklemore, everyone on Earth knows what thrift shopping is and three years later, thrift shopping is still pretty awesome. Whatever you want to call it – thrift shopping, charity shopping or second-hand shopping, it’s an awesome way to explore your inner fashion stylist and the best thing is that your wallet will still be happy after a day shopping. Most of the time, second-hand stores will donate all proceeds to a charity, so you’ve set yourself up for a win/win/win situation!
So you want to hit up your local thrift store and snap up some goods? Keep these tips in mind while you shop and become a profesh thrifter in no time!
1. Look through every section
Thrift stores aren’t like any other store you’ll find at a mall. For the most part, every item for sale is unique and is different to the next item; it has its very own background story and that’s what makes thrift shopping so interesting. Thoroughly look through the Men’s section, Women’s section, Kid’s section, then go check out the books and Vinyls, then take a peek at the homewares. You never know what you’ll find!
2. Go shopping with an open mind
You might walk in and see a top that you wouldn’t normally wear, but just remember: taking risks is what thrift shopping is all about! It’s about finding pieces that no one else has, showing off that sh*t and being the most fashion forward icon in town.
3. Be patient
As mentioned before, try to look through every section to find that rare gem. This means that you should spend time looking at items and thinking whether it’ll go with your new boyfriend jeans or if it’ll look cute AF paired with a dress. Patience is a must because you won’t always find anything you like; sometimes you’ll only find one thing you love and other times you’ll hit the jackpot and leave the store with bags on bags full of awesome finds.
4. Look out for sales and deals
Most thrift stores already have super low prices, but a lot of the time you’ll find really, really good deals like half off days or Buy 1 Get 1 Free deals. If you’re up for a good bargain (let’s face it, who isn’t?), do yourself a favor and hit up a thrift store right now!