Thrifting can be an overwhelming process for many thrifting virgins. There are rows upon rows of clothing items and not to mention the furniture department. How do you find gems among the rocks? And how do you get in and out with your sanity still intact? I’m here to help you through your first thrifting experience. I promise to be gentle.
Tip Numero Uno: Empty your car
Make sure you have nothing bulky in the back seat or the trunk of your car. You don’t know what you’re going to find. Could be an amazing chair or table and if your trunk is filled with miscellaneous items, chances are you’re going to have to leave the treasure you just found at the store. So, clear out any clutter before hitting up the thrift store.
Tip Numero Dos: Wear comfortable slip on shoes or boots
The last thing you want to do is wear high-heeled shoes or shoes with laces. You need to be able to slip in and out of those bad boys as quickly as possible and you also want to be comfortable while you shop. You may be standing for a long period of time or you may have to do some heavy lifting. Leave the ultra-fashionable shoes at home.
Tip Numero Tres: Wear clothing that is easy to slip in and out of quickly
Never wear clothing with a lot of buttons or zippers to a thrift store. You want to maximize your time in the dressing room and not complicate your life. Wear close-fitting tops or a pullover in the winter. Leggings in the winter or summer are also great, especially if your local thrift store doesn’t have dressing rooms. You can always try clothes over your leggings without any bulk.
Tip Numero Cuatro: Think carefully about the bag you take on your thrifting trip
You do not want to take a hand-held bag to the thrift store and you definitely do not want a bulky and oversized bag. You want your hands to be free and your back to be pain-free. Crossbody bags, small knapsacks, or the now trendy fanny pack are all good choices to take with you thrifting.
Tip Numero Cinco: Never leave an item you’re thinking of purchasing. Never ever.
Chances are, by the time you decide you really do want that dress and you head back to the aisle it was in, it’ll probably be gone. There are thrifting vultures who covertly follow you around to see what you inadvertently leave behind and then swoop in for the kill the minute you turn around. So, beware and take anything you think you might want with you. You can always leave it behind at the checkout if you change your mind.
Hoping these 5 tips from a thrifting addict will help you thrift like the boss I know you are. Are there any other tips you think I missed? Leave them in the comments below.
Much love XX