THRIFT TIPS: Five Steps for Thrifting Success

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Are you a thrifting newbie? Will this be your first time going into a thrift store? I want to make sure that you have a great experience! The following tips are what I consider to be the tried and true way to have a memorable time thrifting. If you follow these five steps, I guarantee you will have thrifting success:

WEAR A THRIFTING UNIFORM. Some stores do not have dressing rooms or if they do the lines are long and they limit the amount of pieces you can take in the dressing. So wear leggings (or a skirt, dress) a close fitting top and shoes that are easy to slip on and off. This will allow you to try on clothes without getting undressed. Plus wear a crossbody bag to free up your hands for searching the racks. 

BRING A LIST. To avoid getting overwhelmed and possibly buying too much, make a list of your wants and/or needs. Bring your inspiration style diary or tear sheets to serve as a visual guide of your must-have pieces. Buy only what you need, pieces that you love and wear immediately. 

SHOP FOR ACCESSORIES. Shop for silk scarves, leather purses, vintage jewelry, and belts. Accessories are an inexpensive way to update your wardrobe. Look especially for the basic essentials that your accessory wardrobe may be missing, like a pearl necklace or black leather bag. 

SHOP FOR TRENDS (and classics too). Thrifting is a guilt-free and an inexpensive way to determine if you would like a certain look or style. So go ahead and experiment with a new style or trend. Stock up on classics like black pants, blazers, button down shirts, denim shirts and denim jackets.

SHOP THE LABEL. Whether shopping for vintage pieces or high end brands, labels tell the story. Labels will identify if a piece is vintage or designer item; if the item is worth the price marked; and the care instructions for the piece. Click HERE for more details about shopping the label.

Below is my feature story on Fox 5 Atlanta, where I shared my thrift shopping tips. This will help you prepare for thrifting success too!  What tips would you add to this list?
Atlanta News, Weather, Traffic, and Sports | FOX 5 Atlanta News, Weather, Traffic, and Sports | FOX 5

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  1. Brilliant post, Karen. I am so glad we are connected again, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    Please, please keep in touch.

  2. @mispapelicos thanks love for the compliments!