THRIFTY THURSDAYS: Thrift Store Shopping Tips

Thursday, May 5, 2011

We have learned that it helps to shop thrift stores armed with knowledge.  Here are a few tips that help us in our quest to find the best for less!

    Picture courtesy of Voice Fashionista Bethany Karn
  • Bring someone who appreciates the hobby or simply shop alone.  Thrifting is not for the faint of heart and requires a great deal of patience.
  • Find a reputable tailor who can make alterations to items you just have to have.  A tailor goes a long way whether thrifting or not.
  • Bring cash.  Many thrift shops do not take credit cards and certainly not checks.
  • Consider how the look could be changed to meet your needs and match your style.  For example, a man's shirt can be worn as a dress or an oversize blazer can be belted.
  • Know that a thrift store is not the mall.  Go in without expectations and don't give up if you do not find specifically what you are looking for.
  • To avoid getting overwhelmed and possibly buying too much, make a list of your wants and/or needs.
  • Many stores do not have dressing rooms; therefore, wear leggings and a fitted top to try on clothes in the aisle. 
  • Visit stores in affluent areas.  They generally have the best merchandise.
  • Become a frequent shopper.  Associates may become familiar with your style and point you in the direction of great finds.
  • Dry clean or wash your finds on gentle cycle before placing them in your closet.  This is important way to avoid bringing any contaminants from the previous owners home.
  • Remember the accessories.  Thrift stores are a great place to find silk scarves, vintage jewelry, and belts.
  • Shop the label.  Whether shopping for vintage pieces or high end brands, labels tell the story. 
Please share any tips that you have. We would love to hear from you!

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  1. Great tips! I totally agree, it's NOT for the faint of heart. What I love about it is the thrill of the hunt! Great tip about trying on items in the aisle!!

  2. Thanks for sharing these tips. I've only been thrifting a year but I'm sooo addicted :)

  3. @Kerissa Isn't it a great way to update your wardrobe with wonderful pieces. My mom introduced me to thrifting at an early age, so I have been doing for about 20 years now. I agree it is very addictive :-)

  4. @Ashley I hate being rushed, so I prefer to shop alone. Because like you I enjoy the hunt and I don't want to miss my next big treasure!!

  5. Thanks for sharing these tips! I will definitely use them in this new found love

  6. @Inez of Style Chic....360
    What a great a tribute to your grandmother on your site.

  7. So much good advice here! I try to make lists before going, and I check for flaws/stains when trying things on. I also go on weekdays when it's less crowded, or when they have 2 for 1 days. I mostly prefer to go by myself, that way I don't feel rushed, and can take my time making decisions. Now all I need to do is find an inexpensive tailor :)

  8.  This shopping tips are really helpful for us and we can buy a best clothes in our budget. We should followed these all tips if we want to save money and want cheap clothes.