Thrift store shopping has not been well-received by fashion fanatics before but its appeal is certainly starting to look great these days. There is a high possibility of scoring great finds in low prices with the heartwarming thought that you are also doing your part in the community by lessening environmental impact and helping charities do their work for the less fortunate.
But just because thrift store shopping will be guaranteed good for your moral consciousness and your wallet doesn’t necessarily automatically imply that it will make you look good. There are so many things that pre-loved clothing could do that can give away your secondhand secrets. But there are also numerous things that you can do to make the most out of your thrift shopping experience. Here are some tips that you can take note of when going thrift shopping.
INSPECT THE CLOTHES AS KEENLY AS YOU COULD
This certain tip is quite a broad one as it relates to a number of sub-tips, as you may call. There is nothing far worse in thrift shopping than snagging a great wool trench coat for $5 only to find out that a couple of its buttons are gone and there’s a conspicuous tear at the back hemline. Now you might argue that repairing it would be easy but do you really want to spend an additional $30 for the repair or tire yourself out doing the repair yourself?
Most of us will answer no. So if you don’t want the hassle, it’s better to veer away from worn out clothing. You have to keep in mind that you are shopping used clothes; tears, fades, missing buttons and such will always be abundant. So inspect, inspect, inspect. Take your time with thrift shopping. Scourge through the area where there are a lot of thrift shops. Preferably, set aside a day for thrift shopping. The ordeal is no hurried business. The more time you set in them, the better you’ll inspect clothes and the better finds you’ll snag.
DON’T FORGET TO FIT THE CLOTHES
A simple eyeballing will not do you good at all. You have to see if the clothes you find will really fit you and if there are any thing that you want to alter. A great thrift shop outfit to wear will be loose and flowing skirt, tight top and sandals. The flowing skirt will make it easier to try out pants and skirts without losing your dignity in a shop. While the tight top will allow you to try tops without taking your own top off. The sandals are given for easily trying closed shoes.
KEEP OUT FOR TAGS
Whether it’s a designer tag or a tag of a label you do not know, you want to look into the tags of the clothes, if they have any. You never know. An unknown label with quality clothes and is something you often found in thrift shops might be your next favorite brand. As for designer labels, there’s no question that other than special boutiques that only sell vintage clothes, thrift shops are your next best places to find a vintage Valentino that designer shops and most boutiques won’t have in stock.
HUNT FOR FABRICS THAT WILL NOT WEAR OFF EASILY
The thing with thrift shops, with their cheap prices and great bargains, is that they let out this surge of hidden feelings inside you to impulsively buy stuff. And that’s something you must be cautious about. Guard your heart and fashion-lusting mind from these urges. A great thing to keep in mind is to only hunt for fabrics that will not wear off easily even when it’s already used. Look for cotton, linen, leather and suede and avoid stretchable fabrics like polyester (for obvious reasons) and also nylon.
ALWAYS KEEP YOU EYES OPEN TO THRIFT SHOP JEWELRIES
If there was only one thing that you want to shop in thrift stores, I highly suggest accessories. Jewelries, hats, shoes, bags, belts…these are gold in thrift stores. And the accessories these shops have do not even look different from the ones they sell in boutiques. Think of it this way: why wear a $5 dress with $100 belt when you can do the same look with a $100 dress and a $5 belt. You may not be able to wear that belt in any other outfit but it did its role.
Thrift shops are a great way for you to diversify your wardrobe and putting on different kinds of accessories can alter your boutique-bought basics for any look. So if you do shop for accessories in thrift shops, find one that you don’t have yet.
KNOW WHAT TO PAIR WITH YOUR THRIFTED CLOTHES
Here’s where your resourcefulness will play out in making the most out of your thrifted finds. You might find this nice silk top with stained armpits that you just think will look absolutely perfect with the blazer you bought online. So appoint a ole on that top and make it an underclothes for a layered outfit. The girl below is wearing a thrifted cream dress along with boutique-bought pair ups in a Bohemian-inspired outfit and the dress doesn’t look thrifted at all! It all comes with how creative you can be with what you have.
KNOW HOW TO UPCYCLE CLOTHES
Upcycling has been a hit among the DIY community lately and why not? You might find this torn sweater made of quality fabric and you just know that they will be the perfect pair of mittens for fall and winter. A little trimming and sewing here and there and that vintage dress could be a fabulous preppy dress.
READ THE LAUNDRY INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY
It’s not just an issue of cleanliness and because these clothes have been worn previously. Just because they are thrifted doesn’t mean you should treat them differently. In fact, I think this tip is vital whether your clothes are bought from thrift shops or boutiques. Proper care for clothes will make them look good as new every time you wear them.