Thrifting 101: Thrift Shopping Survival Kit

Monday, September 28, 2015

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Thrift shopping is unlike shopping at a department store, it is more like a treasure hunt. So it requires patience and preparation too! Before I step foot into my favorite thrift store, I spend some time to prepare for my thrift shopping day.  From deciding what to wear to packing a yummy snack, will ensure that I have a fun and successful day. Below are my top tips on what to bring and how to shop for savings and score amazing secondhand fashion.

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. 

BRING A REUSABLE TOTE BAG. Some stores even give you exclusive discounts if you shop with a reusable tote bag. Plus it's a great way to keep you fabulous finds right by your side, especially when some stores run out of baskets. 

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. 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.

BRING A SURVIVAL KIT. It is so easy to shop for hours which may leave you feeling dehydrated, hungry and exhausted too. So I pack my crossbody bag filled with the following must-have necessities that will come in handy during the day:

  • a Bottle of Water to quench my thirst
  • Hand Sanitizer to clean up my hands after perusing the racks of clothing,
  • Measuring Tape to measure
  • Two Regular Size SNICKERS® bars. It is packed with roasted peanuts, nougat, caramel and milk chocolate so it keeps curbs my hunger. 

I turn into a REAL Princess when I'm hungry, so I head straight to the checkout counter at my local Walmart stores to purchase my SNICKERS® . So, who are you when you're hungry? Take the quiz below to find out and share your results in the comments! Be sure to check out other great SNICKERS® ideas. I'd love to hear about your new favorite way to eat a SNICKERS®!

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  1. Great tips! I am been trying to do more thrifting so these will come in handy! (client)

  2. Great tips! I am been trying to do more thrifting so these will come in handy! (client)