Trip to the Thrift

10 Tips for Scoring Big at Thrift Stores

  1. Generalize

When heading to a thrift store, keep in mind a general idea of what you want to buy, but not a specific item. Thrift stores won’t have exactly what you’re looking for, but that’s the best part! You never know what you’ll find.

  1. Look Everywhere

According to an associate at the Cure Thrift Shop, “A lot of customers pick things up and don’t know where they go, so they put the items back anywhere.” My advice is to search high and low because your new favorite shirt can be on a coat rack.

  1. Don’t Just Shop for Clothes

Many thrift stores carry trinkets such as brooches, patches, and pins that can be used to customize clothing you already own. You can never have enough pins on a canvas bag!

  1. Bring Your Own Bag

Not only will you save the environment, but it’ll easier to carry your haul of cute clothes home. Some stores such as Buffalo Exchange even donate five cents to charity when you use your own bag.

  1. Shop the Opposite Gender

Shopping in the opposite gender’s section further widens your purchasing possibilities. One gender might have something the other doesn’t, making your thrift shopping experience more abundant!  

  1. If You Love It, Buy It

If you see something you really like on the rack, get it. If you can’t make up your mind, walk around with the item you like; if you can’t stop thinking about it, buy it, because it’s most likely not going to be there tomorrow.

  1. Check the Tag Inside

If you’re looking for more vintage than modern-day clothes but are unsure what’s truly out of the past, a manager at Housing Works Thrift Shop said, “Check the tags. Usually vintage clothes have a stiffer tag.”

  1. Don’t Be Afraid to Try It On

If you’re not sure about the sizing, try it on! Most thrift shops have fitting rooms downstairs or toward the back of the store.

  1. If You Don’t Thrift, Just Take a Trip

Some people can feel uncomfortable wearing clothes other people have worn. If this bothers you, some thrift stores carry new and never-worn items. Buffalo Exchange and Crossroads Trading are known to have both new and used clothing.

  1. Don’t Be Afraid to Find Yourself

Thrift stores carry all types of clothes for all types of people. Whether your style is grunge, boho chic, or if you’re a floral maniac, every thrift store is going to have something special. However, don’t be afraid to branch out and try different things. You never know, you may find a style that takes your look in a new direction!

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