Thrifting 101

April 14, 2011

Since my blogger tips went so well, and hopefully helped a couple of you guys out I thought I would do some thrifting 101 tips. I get comments and emails from time to time from people who say they are scared to go thrifting. Lets face it, thrifting can be kind of intimidating I mean the stuff is used and you don't know what may be embedded in the fibers of all those miscellaneous items of clothing. So do not fear thrifting novices I am here to calm your nerves! Here are some guidelines that I like to follow while thrifting:

1. Have an open mind:
Have current trends in mind while you are thrifting. Since fashion is constantly recycling itself you can usually always find something that is older or considered vintage, that would be in style currently. Here are some examples of just that, that I have found thrifting recently:
I had to buy that coral pencil skirt because coral is so IN right now... so this is me attempting to be IN ;). Also florals, polka dots, and A-line dresses never go out of style I had to snag them right up when I saw them! I think the polka dot dress will be my Easter dress, and bonus it comes with a matching bolero that I can wear with other outfits!! So all in all I am able to stay,...well what I consider to be in style for super cheap! My total for all these beauties is $15.00!! You can barely get a shirt alone for $15.00 nowadays...(I feel really old after saying that..Blick...Just ignore that last sentence ;)).

2. Try On, Try On, And Then Try On Some More:
I have learned to try on everything that I may potentially like, while thrifting. You will never know when you find a gem or a hidden hole ;)!

3. Just Because It's Cheap Doesn't Mean You Should Buy It:
Make sure that you really think through your purchases. Are you going to wear it just once and throw it out? Or will it be a staple in your wardrobe? See when I first started thrifting I went hog wild because everything is so cheap. To this day I either haven't worn, or used those items I first bought and that's $ down the drain :(...Learn from my mistakes friends.

4. Take It When You See It:
If you see something that you like or something that will haunt you for days if you don't buy it, BUY IT!! More times than not it won't be there when you go back...and that is just sooo super sad when that happens. I've learned that lesson a number of times.

5. Make Sure Time Is On Your Side:
Make sure you have plenty of time to go through rack after rack and bin after bin. Thrifting is like digging for treasure it takes time but when you find gold it is, Oh so rewarding! Also I like to go a couple of times a week, since they are constantly replenishing their merchandise with new items, so there is always stuff to go through. Plus do you want someone else getting awesome stuff over you? Didn't think so ;).

There is a little bit of a learning curve to thrifting, hopefully some of these tips can be of help to you. Just beware it can become super addicting! I am beyond addicted...I think I need thrifters anonymous ;). Let me know if you have anymore questions friends! I am always happy to help. Love, lovezz.

ps: Entered yet? Times a tickin'.

40 comments :

  1. I wish I could muster the courage to go thrifting more, but I'm really bad at picking the gems out of the junk. I usually end up loitering in the furniture section because I am much better at seeing the potential in old furniture. My sister is brilliant at thrifting for clothes so I really only do it when she's around...

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  2. i love these tips! they are exactly what i think when i trift! and that collared floral top is so so cute

    <3 steffy
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  3. Good tips! Especially #4 - if you pass it up it will not be there when you go back. The same is true for fleas markets. I've found that out a few times as well!

    I have been thrifting pretty much all my life since my mom took me to shops as well as antique shops ever since I was little, therefore I am hugely addicted! I'll be in your support group.

    I would also add to take advantage of the thrift shop's sales - like the Sal Val's 50% off day and Goodwill's frequent shopper card. (The Goodwill even has a return policy.)
    And then just have FUN!

    thanks!

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  4. Great tips! I've actually been doing a special on thrifting all week where I'm wearing all thrifted outfits, and have been writing tips and such. how funny!

    North Meets South

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  5. Excellent! I plan to spend my entire Saturday thrifting, I'm hoping for some good summer finds because I leave for vacation.

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  6. I just love that floral blouse. I am totally going to be thrifting for blouses this summer!

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  7. I am so flattered you commented on our blog! I've been following you for months.

    Oh, and great tips, thanks!

    http://asktheduplex.blogspot.com/

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  8. all amazing. the skirt may be my fave though. obsessing over your blog. super cute. amazing post. Thanks so much for sharing. If you have a second I'd love if you could swing by and check out my two new post today, including my latest celebrity trend report. Thanks love. xoxo

    www.fashboulevard.blogspot.com

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  9. I totally agree. Another tip I have is to wear comfy clothes...for some reason it makes a huge difference for me.

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  10. Thanks so much for these tips!!!

    Monique xxx

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  11. agreed. super addicting. i can't stop myself and even though it's cheap i still need to stop spending. whoops! thanks for the tips. they are oh-so-true. ps: love the blog layout. i liked your other one too but this one is bright and fresh. love.

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  12. great tips! You absolutely right to say there's a learning curve to thrifting; I used to only stick to belts, purses and jewelry, before I dared go into the aisles of clothes! And now, it seems only natural!
    I must say, thrifting seems a lot cheaper in the US! All of the American bloggers always find amazingly cheap things which would be double the price in Canada...:(
    I love, LOVE the printed dress and the coral skirt--gorgeous finds!

    p.s.- so glad I found your blog!

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  13. haha i need to repeat: "Just Because It's Cheap Doesn't Mean You Should Buy It" over and over as i shop aaaaanywhere! great tips.. i could use them. i'm terrible at thrifting, but love the idea of it!

    that's so funny that you call your dachshund boo hehe.. my boo is "boo radley" but i call him a bazillion names.. mostly boo though :) he's doing much better this evening.. thank you so much for your concern! i felt so terrible, but luckily he'll be ok!

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  14. So true! I love all of your tips. You totally have to be in the right mind set to go thrifting (even if you love it) I have gotten some of my favorite things from the Goodwill. I love your finds, I'm so jealous! :)

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  15. Great advice! Definitely agree with #3. I have way too many pieces on my closet floor that I jut had to buy because they were cheap.

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  16. both the blogging and these thrifting tips are great! i love hearing other bloggers views on things- its great to feed off your knowledge:)
    im loving what i'm reading here so far, and I'm your newest follower. looking forward to keeping in touch:)
    xo
    L

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  17. Love the tips! That red collared dress is gorgeous.

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  18. I love thrifting! Thanks for the tips!

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  19. Great tips!! That blouse is absolutely fantastic!! I'm in love with that print! Another thrifty tip is go outside of your "designated area". Look in boys, little girls, mens. You can usually find a gem may fit or that's miscategorized!

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  20. P.S. I've gone through my clothes & I'm convinced we need to do a clothing swap. SOON. I've got a gigantic pile of clothes for swapping!

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  21. what a useful post, dear.. thanks for sharing!

    Hugs,
    The Picnic Girl

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  22. Thirfting is the best. I just love wearing highwaisted pencil skirts to work, and you can always find tons around here at the thrift stores. I just bought a beautiful emerald one and a fuschia one, they're the best...

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  23. Great tips. I should know I've been going to thrift stores for over 20 yrs
    Chic Modern Vintage

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  24. great advice! love all of them!

    just became your new follower!

    xoxo
    yvonne from www.simplyvonne.blogspot.com

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  25. These are really great tips. I always get frustrated thrifting so next time I will try to apply these tips.
    Cheers,
    Bre

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  26. Great tips and love the blog!

    Sabrina
    http://missworkingirl.blogspot.com/

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  27. Oh that floral blouse is so pretty! I would like to be able to thrift more, but UK shops just arent as good as US ones

    Daisy Dayz Home
    Cross-Jones-Photography Home

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  28. Oh that floral blouse is so pretty! I would like to be able to thrift more, but UK shops just arent as good as US ones

    Daisy Dayz Home
    Cross-Jones-Photography Home

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  29. These are really great tips. I always get frustrated thrifting so next time I will try to apply these tips.
    Cheers,
    Bre

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  30. great advice! love all of them!

    just became your new follower!

    xoxo
    yvonne from www.simplyvonne.blogspot.com

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  31. Great tips. I should know I've been going to thrift stores for over 20 yrs
    Chic Modern Vintage

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  32. So true! I love all of your tips. You totally have to be in the right mind set to go thrifting (even if you love it) I have gotten some of my favorite things from the Goodwill. I love your finds, I'm so jealous! :)

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  33. what a useful post, dear.. thanks for sharing!

    Hugs,
    The Picnic Girl

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  34. I totally agree. Another tip I have is to wear comfy clothes...for some reason it makes a huge difference for me.

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  35. all amazing. the skirt may be my fave though. obsessing over your blog. super cute. amazing post. Thanks so much for sharing. If you have a second I'd love if you could swing by and check out my two new post today, including my latest celebrity trend report. Thanks love. xoxo

    www.fashboulevard.blogspot.com

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  36. I am so flattered you commented on our blog! I've been following you for months.

    Oh, and great tips, thanks!

    http://asktheduplex.blogspot.com/

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  37. Excellent! I plan to spend my entire Saturday thrifting, I'm hoping for some good summer finds because I leave for vacation.

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  38. Good tips! Especially #4 - if you pass it up it will not be there when you go back. The same is true for fleas markets. I've found that out a few times as well!

    I have been thrifting pretty much all my life since my mom took me to shops as well as antique shops ever since I was little, therefore I am hugely addicted! I'll be in your support group.

    I would also add to take advantage of the thrift shop's sales - like the Sal Val's 50% off day and Goodwill's frequent shopper card. (The Goodwill even has a return policy.)
    And then just have FUN!

    thanks!

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  39. I wish I could muster the courage to go thrifting more, but I'm really bad at picking the gems out of the junk. I usually end up loitering in the furniture section because I am much better at seeing the potential in old furniture. My sister is brilliant at thrifting for clothes so I really only do it when she's around...

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