That moment when you’ve been searching to buy an army camouflage jacket and after a month of searching, God blesses you with one.
A black business was selling one for $70 because it was going to be customized. Ebay and Etsy were selling some between $25 - $40. But after going to four different thrift stores, I found mine for $5!
Before I went to fourth and final thrift store, I literally prayed before entering. Then I looked to my left and my beautiful jacket was right there, like it was waiting for my arrival. To top it all off, it literally fits like a glove.
Thrifting is dope af. It’s great clothes for a great price. You can find unique pieces that no one else will have or you can get some popular high end clothing for a low price. Here are my tips for anyone interested in becoming a thrifter…
The dirtier the store the better: I know this sounds gross but if you want to find unique pieces look for the grungy independent thrift stores. People usually avoid these so they’re less picked over. Also these stores are usually cheaper. And if you’re worried about catching some strange disease from your new dress just wash it! This is what washing machines are for. Also don’t worry about hats. Lice can only live on an object for three days so buying a hat from a thrift store is the same as buying one from retail.
Ask about sales: Usually thrift stores (especially chains) have pretty frequent sales. My favorite thrift store in my town is half off every Saturday. Ask the employees if they have a list of their annuals sales or you could follow the store on Facebook. You’ll get even more a a bang for your buck.
Look in all the sections: Look. Everywhere. From the children’s to the plus size mens section you can find something that you dig. Just because it says it’s a certain size doesn’t mean it’s actually that size. Someone could have donated it because it was to big or it shrunk in the wash. Plus you can always rock the oversized look.The mens section is my favorite place to find flannels and the kids section has some great t-shirts. You never know what you’ll find.
Figure out how long you want to shop: Your time limit depends on how you should shop.If you have all the time in the world search through one section at a time. Pro tip: start at the beginning of a rack and push on it until all the clothes shift to one side. Then you can easily look at the pieces one by one. If you only have a few minutes look in specific sections. Most thrift stores are organized by color. If you want a yellow shirt look on the yellow shirt rack. If you want a denim skirt those will have their own section too. If you don’t want a specific item I would suggest looking on the return rack. You can see what other people were interested in. Just because it didn’t work for them doesn’t mean it won’t work for you.
Try everything on: Like I said before, a lot of the items aren’t the size the label says. Try things on to see their true fit. This can also prevent you from impulse buying. Don’t buy something just because it’s cheap, if you don’t like it on you in the store you won’t like it on you in your closet.
Wear simple and tight clothing: Most thrift stores only have one or two dressing room if they even have one at all. Wear some simple and tight clothing like yoga pants, a tank top, and a cardigan. Layers are your friend. Find a mirror (There’s almost always a mirror) and just put on the clothes over what you’re wearing. This way you can avoid the line to try your shit on and theres no limit of clothing you can try on like there is in most dressing room.