Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Thrift Shopping for the Willing

 I love thrift shopping. It's like treasure hunting. You find things you'd never expect. It's not always easy, and you always have to be willing to get your hands dirty. So, this post is for those who would like some pointers on how to make the best out of thrifting.

#1. HAVE AN OPEN MIND- this is very important. Look at it this way: your job is to be creative and have fun. Don't take it too seriously. Pick up things you normally wouldn't touch. If you have taken a second glance at something, pick it up. It might be worth it. If you come close minded,  you most likely won't find anything.

#2. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE CASH- many thrift stores do not take cards. I know, it stinks. I NEVER have cash on me, so I have to make sure I get some out of the ATM. I would bring about $25 to $30 (or more if you wish)  just in case. It's better to have more than not enough.

#3. LOOK THRU ALL SIZES- alot of the clothes are old, and sizes have changed with the times. Don't just stick to your normal sizes, but look through all wracks. And don't become distraught if you try a skirt on that is 3 sizes bigger than what you normally wear.

       *This vest I found in the men's section. Isn't it cute?

#4. ALWAYS TRY ITEMS ON- like i previously stated, sizes have changed and it is wise to try things on. Thrift stores usually have fitting rooms, so that's not a worry.

*Went to try the navy blue flare capris on... and they fit! Yay!

#5. TRY PIECING ITEMS TOGETHER- this is where your creativity comes in. A shirt might be boring, but if you add a cute skirt, pants, or shorts to it, it might make the outfit. Remember in every outfit there is always one staple item that makes the outfit and brings it together. So be creative, think outside the box. Look at accessories such as belts, purses, and jewelry that are there.
  *Absolutely adore this rug travel bag. Can't wait to use it!

#6. GO TO MORE THAN ONE THRIFT STORE- there is usually plenty of places to go to such as Goodwill, Humane Society thrift stores, and church thrift stores. What's cool about thrift stores is many of them donate money to good causes. You're helping the community while have a good time. It's a win win :)

#7 ITEMS CAN ALWAYS BE WASHED-  i'm just gonna say it: thrift stores smell funny. But who cares? anything you buy can be washed. No big deal in my book.

*Look at how much money I spent! This is one of the reasons I love thrift shopping. No guilt. :)

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