Thrifting Tips and Hacks: Clothing Addition

So if you know me, you know that a majority of my clothing and shoes and basically everything are things that I purchase from thrift stores. Not only are thrift shops affordable (obviously), but they have  the most unique finds that you can't find anywhere else.

Since I literally go to the thrift shop for everything, I have so many tips, so this will probably be a Part 1 of many, so get ready. Also, if you want to see some of the pieces that I have (Idk, like a haul or favorites video) then definitely let me know! This post will be tips for clothing purchases.

Anyway, lets get started!

1. Know your surroundings

So for me this is so very important, especially when you go to a thrift shop for the first time. The first thing I always do is before even looking at anything, I take a quick walk around the store. I do this so I can see how everything is organized and to see what variety of finds they have.

2. Find out about sales!

Of course not every small thrift shop will have sales because... well, its a thrift shop; however, many of the bigger "franchised" ones have great sales and even coupons. My go-to thrift shops are called "Unique" and there are at least 4 in my greater travel vicinity, though I am a regular at the closest one.
These thrift stores actually have a VIP membership and even an app! So for example, on Mondays, all VIPS get 25%, and 25% is a lot at a thrift shop. So it is very important to find out about these things because a deals a double deal.

3. Know what you're looking for

Okay so this is another tip that will help you be less intimidated when thrift shopping. It's always good to have an idea of exactly what you are looking for. Now when I say that, I don't mean "Okay I need a purple v neck 100% cotton made in america with a warm undertone because it compliments my skin" kind of specific (but if you are that specific, good for you). What I mean is, have an idea of what you are looking for so that you don't end up looking at everything in the store for 6 hours. For example, before I go to the store I will have a category or color scheme that I am looking for.

"I need outerwear"
"I need more red things"
"Brown boots"

These are some examples of what I mean. I promise it makes your trip 10 times easier and efficient.

4. Be open to new things

This is kind of related to the previous tip. When going shopping its always good to know what you are looking for, but its also a great chance to try new things. There are so many great and unique things at thrift shops that you would probably never see in a department store, so take advantage! I feel like thrift shops are the best place to buy those random experimental pieces that you wouldn't want to spend a load of money on (because what if you end up not liking it) but still want. And this goes hand in hand with the previous tip. You can find those unique items within your catagory. You need more outerwear? Well how about this baby pink velvet blazer? Need more red things? Check out this red suede belt!
Thrift shops are the best place to find those great accent pieces to your outfits, and sometimes even a great conversation starter!

These are the first of my tips, I literally have so many, but I don't want to overwhelm you with all this super valuable information. So, until my next post, HAPPY THRIFTING!

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